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Masco gets two in the bottom of the 7th to defeat North Reading 7-6

Jordan Murray about to score the winning run on a wild pitch

Jordyn Murray about to score the winning run on a wild pitch

Tayla Murray slides across with the tying run in the 7th inning

Tayla Murray slides across with the tying run in the 7th inning

(Topsfield MA) For 2 1/2 innings Masconomet looked like anything but a softball team on a twelve game winning streak.

The rest of the way?  The Division 1 Chieftains (17-2) overcame a five-run deficit and overtook Division 2 North Reading, 7-6, with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a sunny Wednesday afternoon.

The Hornets (14-5) carried a 6-5 lead into the top of the seventh inning and were in an excellent position to pad their lead as they loaded the bases with one out.  But Masco’s complete game winner, Emily Dow, struck out Emma Santosuosso and got Bryanne Riley to fly out keeping NR off the scoreboard.

Masconomet celebration begins

Masconomet celebration begins

Now Masco needed a run to tie and another run to win.  They got both.  Emily Dow hit a two-strike single on the ground up the middle.  Tayla Murray ran for her.  Jordyn doubled sending her sister to third with one out.  Second baseman Carly Swartz opted to come home with Kylie Currier’s grounder but Tayla Murray slid home safely to tie the score.  Her sister (Jordyn) reached third on the play.  A fly to center wasn’t deep enough so Jordan held at third with two out.  Jordyn did get home standing up on a Kendra Butner pitch in the dirt, that eluded NR catcher Sophia Warner, to give the Chieftains the win.

The victory gives Masco the Cape Ann League Kinney Division title.

Catcher Sophia Warner waits for the throw as Sarah Webster prepares to slide in with the first Masco run

Catcher Sophia Warner waits for the throw as Sarah Webster prepares to slide in with the first Masco run

I came away impressed with the Chieftains’ hitting.  They collected thirteen hits and everyone in the lineup had at least one of those hits.  Eight of the hits came in the final three innings.

Junior Sophia Warren was a perfect four-for-four.  She also scored a run and had an RBI for North Reading.

Kendra Butner launched a no-doubter over the fence in left in the NR fourth.

The Hornets did get five runs in the first three innings but they also stranded five runners.  Once the Masco bats came to life those stranded NR runners became very important.

Julianna Kostas paced Masco with two RBI.  Maddie Kelly, Alex Mendelsohn, Emily Dow, and Kylie Currier had one RBI apiece.

North Reading captains Jen Castro and Tarah Reilly

North Reading captains Jen Castro and Tarah Reilly

Cassidy Gaetta, Tarah Reilly, Sophia Warren, and Kendra Butner had the RBI for North Reading.

Errors by shortstop Casey Maidment (fielding) and rightfielder Jordyn Murray (throwing) gave NR two unearned runs in the first inning.

The last Masco loss?  6-5 in nine innings at North Reading.  The Hornets scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to send that April game into extra innings.

The other Masco loss?  4-1 to Newburyport in the season opener.

This was the fourth one-run loss for North Reading in the Cape Ann League.  The other one-run winners?  Amesbury, Lynnfield, and Pentucket

A young Masco fan was hit by a hot grounder.  Two North Reading players were quick to bring ice packs.  Somewhere they learned that there is more to life than softball.

Emily Dow

Emily Dow

Emily Dow played the National Anthem with her trumpet.

A key to the Masco win was limiting 2013 CAL All-League Tarah Reilly to just one hit.  As shortstop, Tarah made a sure-handed play to end the sixth inning preserving NR’s one-run lead.

Maddie Kelly (2013 CAL All-Star) had a double, triple and scored a run.

Weather?  Perfect with plenty of sunshine.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Kendra Butner reaches home after a shot over the fence in left.

Kendra Butner reaches home after a shot over the fence in left.

attempted steal

attempted steal

Tarah Reilly takes in a popup as baserunner Maddie Kelly ducks out of the way

Tarah Reilly takes in a popup as baserunner Maddie Kelly ducks out of the way

Emma Santosuosso tries to bunt as first baseman Kylie Currier charges

Emma Santosuosso tries to bunt as first baseman Kylie Currier charges

Cassidy Gaeta

Cassidy Gaeta

Kendra Butner

Kendra Butner

Maddie Kelly

Maddie Kelly

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North Reading wins 9th straight routing Amesbury 14-1 in Cape Ann League softball

Sophie Warren tries for third

Tarah Reilly – four hits and five RBI

(Amesbury)  I have seen ten of the twelve softball teams in the Cape Ann League (missed Pentucket and Georgetown) this season and in my opinion there is none better than the senior-less North Reading Hornets.

The Hornets mugged a good Amesbury team, 14-1, on a beautiful Friday afternoon.

Amesbury (13-4) played the Hornets (15-2) a month ago and lost a close one (2-0) at North Reading.  There was no similarity between that game and the one I saw this afternoon at Amesbury.

NR was ahead 8-1 after 2 ½ innings and never in trouble thereafter.

Amesbury starter Carolina Merrill limited North Reading to three hits a month ago but this time around everyone in the Hornet lineup had at least one hit.  NR totaled sixteen hits.

Tarah Reilly whacked a bases-loaded triple in the third and Terri Ferrazzani did the same thing in the seventh.

Tarah had four hits for the Hornets batting second and drove in five runs.  The NR sophomore did a good job in the first inning of dirtying up her uniform as she tripped rounding third and ended up diving back into third.

Amesbury’s only run was in the second.  Alexis Boswell singled in the infield and reached third on a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice.  Rachel Cyr singled Alexis home from there.

Terri Ferrazzani – scattered seven hits and had a 3-run triple

But that was it for the Indians even though they ended up with seven hits off NR pitcher Terri Ferrazzani and left runners in every inning.  Amesbury, however, never had more than one hit in an inning except the second when they scored their run.

The Indians hurt themselves in the field in a couple of innings.  A bobble by second baseman Alexis Boswell in the second opened that inning.  Later with runners on first (Shelby Carney) and third (Leslie Zewiey), NR sent Shelby into a rundown.  Leslie was able to score while the rundown was underway and then Amesbury threw the ball away during the rundown and Shelby ended up on third. Shelby would later cross home with NR’s third run of the inning on Tarah Reilly’s single.

There were two drops by first baseman Sarah McCullough in the sixth that gave the Hornets an unearned run.

NR had three triples in the game.

North Reading has won nine straight.  They have Manchester-Essex away on Monday and finish with Lynnfield and Tewksbury.

The Hornets are undefeated (13-0) in the Cape Ann League.  AHS coach Chris Perry’s recollection was that the last undefeated CAL softball team was his in 2006.

Tewksbury defeated NR early in the season.  Masco was the other team to have a win over North Reading.  Two weeks later Masco and NR met again and the Hornets won, 17-2!

Not only did everyone in the North Reading lineup have hits but all of them scored at least one run.  Remarkable display of top-to-bottom hitting.

North Reading arrived a half hour late minus Coach Rusty Russell.  Rusty was singing at a funeral so assistant coach Nicole Zimmerman ran the team.

Autumn Kligerman – 2 hits for Amesbury

Alexis Boswell and Autumn Kligerman had two hits apiece for the Indians.  Autumn was sick and unable to play until the third inning.

Catcher Cassie Schultz made a diving catch of a popup down the first base line in the fifth.

Amesbury faces Georgetown at home on Monday.

The regular season is over for both teams next week.  Both teams will play in the post-season.  NR went on in the Division 2 North semi-finals last year.  I would not be surprised to see them do better than that this time around.

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Merri Moise heads for home

Tarah Reilly down rounding third

Shortstop Amanda Schell makes a running catch of a foul pop.

Meghan Riley rounds third as throw comes in from Erin Leary

Catcher Cassie Schultz makes a diving catch

Alexis Boswell lunges for a line drive

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