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Kayla Murphy hits two homers as Pentucket defeats Newburyport 7-5

Happiness at home for Pentucket
Kendra Griffin out at home

(Groveland) Home plate was where the action was.

Both Newburyport and Pentucket had runners thrown out there.

The biggest celebrating there, however, was done by Pentucket as they gathered twice to congratulate Kayla Murphy after home runs.

Pentucket (9-8) held on to get a 7-5 win over Newburyport (9-11) on Wednesday afternoon.

The Clippers took a 2-1 lead into the fourth inning.

Emma Lopata scored three times

In that fourth inning, Emma Lopata walked ahead of Kayla’s first home run to put the Panthers (their new mascot) in front for good.

Pentucket added another run in the fifth inning on an infield throwing error, before Kayla went deep again this time with Sydney Pichette and Kendra Griffin on board.

Kayla joked that she “wasn’t trying to get any of the dogs in the dog park,” (located just beyond the leftfield fence).

Emily Meleedy had eleven strikeouts for Newburyport

Both of Kayla’s homers landed in about the same spot in left center.  “I was looking for my pitch,” she said.  “The home run pitches were low in the strike zone.”

Sitting on a 7-2 lead going into the last inning seemed to be a comfortable situation for Pentucket.  After pitcher Molly LeBel retired the first two batters, things looked even more promising.

Credit Newburyport.  They weren’t planning to go quietly.  Five batters later the Clippers had the tying runs on the bases and the go-ahead run at the plate.

After an error on her first fielding chance of the inning, shortstop Kyla Murphy got a second chance and retired the last batter on an infield grounder.

Cassidy Bolcome heads for home

“I was hoping for one good play at the end, and I got it,” said Kayla afterwards.

“Everyone did their job,” said Pentucket coach Deb Smith, “and Kayla crushed it.”

One thing that Coach Smith didn’t want to do was pitch to Newburyport’s Emily Meleedy. Twice the talented sophomore received intentional passes.

“She’s in the middle of the Merrimack (River) if you pitch to her every time,” said Coach Smith.

A key play occurred in the fifth inning.  Newburyport had runners on second and third with two out.  Emily Meleedy was at the plate. Pentucket opted to intentionally walk her which would load the bases.  However, Molly LeBel’s attempt to finish off the intentional pass got beyond Pentucket catcher Ella Agocs.  Olivia Skibbee, who was on third base, broke for home but Ella’s flip to Molly covering home erased the runner and ended the inning. 

Olivia Skibbee tagged out by Molly LeBel

“That play was a turning point in this game,” said Coach Smith. 

Molly LeBel was the winning pitcher

Newburyport coach Bob Gillespie was disappointed with the loss.  “We have been making it a habit of needing comebacks after slow starts,” he said. 

“We have also struggled to win on the road,” he added.  The Clippers are now 2-7 away from home.

The Panthers are currently 7-1 at home.

The Clippers end the regular season 9-11.  The May 23rd Power Rankings for Division 3 had them at #21.  The top thirty-two get in the tournament.  You also get in if you win at least half your games.

Pentucket is now at 9-8 with three games left.  If they can win one of those games they’ll be in the tournament.  As of May 23rd, they are ranked #30 in Division 3.

Molly LeBel: “Even when things got tough in the last inning, I knew that the team had my back.  They have a lot of good hitters so mixing up my pitches was crucial.  I was throwing as hard as I could today.  I always try to do that but today I was actually doing it.”  Molly gave up seven hits and struck out four batters.

Sophia Lavallee had 2 hits and 2 RBI

Emily Meleedy struck out eleven but also gave up eleven hits.  “She is an unbelievable pitcher,” said Coach Smith.  “You have to go after her first pitch.  We told them to be aggressive today and we hit the ball hard.”

“The ending was shaky,” Coach Smith added, “but that seems to be our MO.  They want to give me a heart attack!”

Sophie Lavallee and Emily Meleedy paced Newburyport with two hits each.  Cassidy Bolcome and Emily each scored twice.

Kendra Griffin led Pentucket with three hits while Emma Lopata scored three times.

Newburyport centerfielder Nieve Morrissey made two nice catches in Pentucket’s sixth inning.  She ran in for one and raced back for the other.

Newburyport   0   0   0   2   0   0   3   =   5

      Pentucket   0    1   0   2   4   0   –   =   7

On April 28th Newburyport defeated Pentucket, 9-5 at Newburyport.  The Clippers built up an 8-0 lead after four innings before Pentucket rallied late to make things interesting at the end.

The Panthers have won three straight.

I continue to misread the weather.  It was sunny and pleasant.

Pentucket unofficial box

CF Nieve Morrissey makes a nice catch

Trouble with a popup
Kayla Murphy celebrates with her teammates
Newburyport unofficial box

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Liv DeLong no-hits Newburyport in 9-0 Amesbury win

Liv DeLong and catcher Ella Delisle celebrate the no-hitter
Liv DeLong – 11 K’s

(Amesbury) Liv DeLong didn’t know until the game was over.

“One of the umpires said it would have been a perfect game without the walks,” said Liv.

Liv DeLong had a no-hitter, with eleven strikeouts, leading Amesbury (4-0) past Newburyport, 9-0, on Wednesday afternoon.

“She shut us down and there was nothing we could do about it,” said Newburyport coach Bob Gillespie post-game.

Emily Meleedy

Amesbury was in contact mode against the Clippers’ starter Emily Meleedy. They whacked thirteen hits, getting at least one in every inning.

“We knew that (Emily) Meleedy is good, so we wanted to attack at the plate,” said AHS coach Jacqui Waters afterwards.  “We talked yesterday about going after the first strike.”  Amesbury never walked once.

Amesbury hit the ball hard and it was a credit to the Newburyport defense that they kept this one from entering the mercy-rule zone.

RF Matigan Richmond

3B Sophie Lavallee saved two runs snaring a line drive in the second inning.  RF Matigan Richmond made a nice running catch to start the Amesbury third inning.  Shortstop Emma Keefe kept numerous red-hot grounders in the infield and also made a good running catch in back of second base.

All these good plays lessened Amesbury’s run production and extended the game the full seven innings.

Amesbury turned three hits into four runs in the first inning.  Two Newburyport infield errors prolonged the inning.  Ella Bezanson, Liv DeLong, and Olivia Levasseur had the first-inning RBI’s.

Ella Bezanson – solo homer

Ella Bezanson had a solo homer over the centerfield fence in the Amesbury fourth.

“The pitch was right down the middle, and I saw it well,” said Ella afterwards.

Newburyport picked up their first baserunner (walk to Emily Meleedy) after Liv had retired eleven straight, striking out six of them.

Sophomore Grace Habib had a leadoff walk in the fifth inning.

“I gave up two walks, but that happens,” said Liv.  “Neither one of them got past first base.”

Nieve Morrissey

The closest Newburyport came to getting a hit was on a grounder to short by leadoff batter Nieve Morrissey.  Nieve is a fast runner and shortstop Olivia Levasseur’s throw to first just barely beat her.

The Clippers were unable to get the ball out of the infield.  2B Cali Catarius had four assists.

“They were up there to hit,” said Liv.  “My movement pitches were working especially my curveball.”

“Liv takes things in stride and is so easy to coach,” said Coach Waters.  “I don’t think she knew it was a no-hitter until the end.  We didn’t tell her. I think it was her 4th no-hitter.”

Liv DeLong – three singles

Liv is committed to play softball at Boston University next year.  “I’m not sure if it’s for pitching or hitting but if I’m being honest, it is probably hitting.”

Liv had three singles against Newburyport today.  I asked her about the two strikeouts she had against the slow-pitching, eighth grader from Georgetown recently.  “Getting the timing down is difficult.  Slow pitching brings out all the flaws in my swing.  There’s no time for that against fast pitching.  We do better as a team against fast pitching.”

Ella Bezanson, Lexi LeBlanc, and Lauren Celia each had two hits for Amesbury.

Alana Delisle and Sophie Lavallee

The Clippers (1-4) have three games next week.  “We’re looking to bounce back,” said Coach Gillespie.

So far, Amesbury has scored forty-three runs and given up only one (Peabody).

Amesbury has now defeated Newburyport three straight times.

Coach Gillespie took an Amesbury run off the books by appealing that a runner had left early tagging up.

Liv DeLong: “Winning the basketball championship was bitter sweet because I knew that I wouldn’t be playing basketball again but I was excited to win a championship.  There was only one day between basketball and softball.  I now want to get a softball championship.”

Wonderful weather for April 13th.

Newburyport   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   =   0

Amesbury         4   0   0   2   1   2        =   9

(The pictures will enlarge.)

Amesbury unofficial book
Newburyport unofficial book
2B Cali Catarius – four assists
Shortstop Emma Keefe makes a running catch
Catcher Ella Delisle dives for a popup
Freshman Lexi LeBlanc had two hits
Watching the action
Lauren Celia bunts
Watching the action
CF Nieve Morrissey makes a catch
Ball loose in the infield
Catcher Grace Habib chases a foul popup
Shortstop Olivia Levasseur throws to first
Ella Bezanson homered for Amesbury

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