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Masconomet defeats Newburyport (9-6) in nine innings in softball

Lauren Singer tagged out at third by Julia OReilly.

Rachel Shamon pitched nine innings and had three RBI

(Newburyport)  A lot of, “Where have you been’s,” were probably heard after the Masco/Newburyport softball game at Cashman Park on Friday afternoon.

Why?  Those on hand saw nine innings and thirty hits (fifteen apiece) before Masconomet (4-0) defeated Newburyport, 9-6, and some of those attending may have gotten home a little late for supper.

The Clippers (1-2) tied the score in the sixth on a Lauren Singer RBI single and had promising opportunities in the seventh and eighth to get a walk-off win.

Masco pitcher Rachel Shamon, however, escaped a 2-on situation in the 7th by getting Molly Rowe to ground out.  In the 8th, Carley Siemasko led off with a single and reached second on a wild pitch but Rachel got Lea Tomasz to fly to right to end that threat.

Maddie Stanton – three hits and two RBI

The Chieftains won this game with three runs in the ninth.  Rachel Shamon drilled a shot to center that brought home two of the runs.  Later, Alexandra Mendelsohn would deliver the third run with a single to right.

That was more than enough runs for Rachel to work with in the bottom of the ninth.  She gave up a hit to Beth Castantini to lead off the inning but retired the next three batters in order to end the game.

Rachel (junior) ended up with three RBI and five strikeouts.

Masco took a 1-0 lead in the second when Shannon Beaton’s bloop single over the drawn in Clipper infield scored Alexandra Mendelsohn.

Vicki Allman came across in the second for Newburyport on Kendra Dow’s single to right to tie the score.

RBI’s by Molli Marshall and Rachel Shamon put Masco in front 3-1 after 2 ½ innings but the Clippers came right back with three runs of their own to get ahead, 4-3.  Lauren Singer drove in the first of the three runs with a single past first and later Maddie Stanton’s single up the middle brought in two more.

The Clippers handed out two gifts in the fourth.  After Julia O’Reilly reached on an infield single, Shannon Beaton dropped down a bunt.  The Clippers tried to get the runner going to second.  The throw was wild and by the time Newburyport recovered, Julia had scored and Shannon was on third.  So instead of an out and a runner on, Masco had a run in and a runner on third.  A wild pitch enabled Shannon to score Masco’s third run of the inning and sixth run of the game.

Carley Siemasko nailed at third.

In the bottom of the fourth, Newburyport ran into an out.  Molly Rowe reached on an infield single.  Carley Siemasko hit a long triple scoring Molly but was picked off after putting on the brakes too far beyond third.  As luck would have it, two batters later Lauren Singer hit a single that would have scored Carley. The Clippers had to settle for only one run in that inning but they had tied the score at five.

Masco went ahead once more in the fifth as Julia O’Reilly’s sacrifice fly scored Alexandra Mendelsohn.

Newburyport would rally to tie the game in the 6th and have chances to end it in the 7th and 8th.  Masco, however, held on and put this one away in the ninth.

Shortstop Taylor Evans had three hits for Masco and made several strong throws in the field.

Freshman Lauren Singer and Senior Maddie Stanton each had three hits for Newburyport.  Lauren took a ball on the thigh (she’s the catcher) that was painful.

Beth Castantini pitched the first five for the Clippers and Molly Rowe the last four.

Shortstop Kendra Dow made a complete recovery in the field from the adventure she had against North Reading.

Masco boxscore

Newburyport boxscore

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

Taylor Evans reaches second

Alexandra Mendelsohn slides home

Kendra Dow tries to get runner going to third

Carley Siemasko – triple, single, two walks, and two runs scored

Masco mound conference

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Ipswich Girls Run Undefeated Streak to Eleven with 2-1 Soccer Win Over Masconomet

Tigers rush to goalie Molly Markos after 2-1 win over Masco.

(Boxford) One girls soccer team was undefeated in its last ten games and the other in its last eight games.  It figured to be a good match….and it was as Ipswich defeated Masconomet, 2-1, before a good crowd at Senior’s Day at Masconomet on Friday afternoon.

Hannah Weagle – goal and assist

2010 Cape Ann League Division 2 Player-of-the-Year Hannah Weagle was huge for Ipswich (10-1-3).  The talented senior scored a goal in the first half on a direct kick and then earned the assist on teammate Sam Brown’s game winner in the second half.

Hannah was also very active in the midfield area and part of an Ipswich defense that gave Masco limited scoring chances during most of the game.

The Chieftains (9-4-2), however, rallied late in the first half on a scramble in front to tie the score (Mia Farnham from Leah Connerty) and put their best sustained effort into the opening ten minutes of the second half.  During that hectic ten minutes, Masco took six shots, including two direct kicks and a corner kick, but the Tiger defense led by junior Courtney Long and goalie Molly Markos held on.

Hannah set up the game-winner seventeen minutes into the second half.  She broke away from a sideline battle for the ball and took a hard shot toward goal from the left.  Sam Brown raced in from the right and put a foot on the ball redirecting it on goal and into the net past Masco goalie Kendal Pratt.

The Tigers had three golden chances in the first half and cashed in on one of them.

The first chance was a goal from in close by Katie Monahan that was called back because of an offsides after nineteen minutes.

Hannah Weagle delivered on the second chance. First she drew a Masco violation with some penetrating dribbling.  Then she took the resulting direct kick and beat goalie Kendal Pratt with a shot into the upper left-hand corner of the net with twenty-three minutes played in the first half.

Six minutes later Hannah was back with the Tigers’ 3rd scoring chance with another direct kick attempt. This time goalie Kendal Pratt made a fabulous stop diving for the near post to deflect the shot out.  This was the stop of the game.

Leah Connerty (10) about to get an assist.

The Chieftain’s broke through at 38:07 after a direct kick by Paige Pratt.  From where I was (the other end of the field) it looked as if Leah Connerty got a foot on the ball to put it up in the air and Mia Farnham followed with a header past the Ipswich goalie.

This was my second time seeing Masco – I saw them play a 1-1 tie with Georgetown.  Paige Pratt is an excellent defender.  Mia Farnham and Taylor Evans create real problems on the scoring end because of their strength and persistence.  They both had pretty good scoring chances versus Ipswich.

The Ipswich/Masco JV game was played right beside the varsity game.  I suspected that whistles and stray kicks might be a problem but they weren’t.

Sam Brown (12) congratulated after game winner

I saw Ipswich in tournament play last season and Courtney Long is terrific as the last defender.  The sophomore has a strong kick with either foot and doesn‘t panic with the ball.

Hannah Weagle was all over the field.  Most high scorers in soccer don’t offer much in the way of defense but Hannah was active at midfield and in the box during corner kicks.

Ipswich (11-7-4 in 2010) made the D3 North Finals last season while Masco (17-2-2 in 2010) ) made the D1 North Finals.  They will be in the tournament again this year.

Hannah Weagle (6) contests with Masco goalie Kendal Pratt

Next for Ipswich is Triton under the lights in Ipswich on October 25th (Tuesday). Masco travels to Andover for a 5PM game on October 24th (Monday).

Further ahead, Ipswich has back-to-back road games with Newburyport (October 31st) and Georgetown (November 1st).  Those should be very competitive matches.

(I take full responsibility for the contents of this story.)   The pictures will enlarge to normal size if you click on them.

Courtney Long (24) defends Taylor Evans (27)

Mia Farnham (29) shoots

Hannah Weagle (6) & Courtney Long (24)

Taylor Evans (27) and Shannon McFayden

goalie Kendal Pratt

Mia Farnham

Sam Brown

goalie Molly Markos

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Newburyport Softball Defeats Masconomet 7-3 for Thirteenth Win

Centerfielder Eleni Kacher relaxes after catching the final out in Newburyport’s win over Masco.

Molly Rowe – retired eleven of the last twelve batters in a complete game win.

(Newburyport)  The Newburyport softball team defeated Masconomet, 7-3, on Monday afternoon at overcast Cashman Park in Cape Ann League action.

Newburyport (13-3) continues to roll along.  They’ve won ten of their last eleven games.  Masconomet (4-12) continues to roll along as well but unfortunately for them it is in the opposite direction – they’ve lost eight of their last nine games.

The Clippers stacked up five runs in the second inning to recover from a 1-0 deficit and that was enough as Molly Rowe limited the Chieftains to four hits over the last five innings.

Molly had five strikeouts and retired eleven of the last twelve batters she faced.

Newburyport was hitless in their first inning but erupted for twelve hits off of Masco pitcher Molli Marshall the rest of the way.  Other than the five-spot in the second, the Clippers had solo runs in the third and fourth.

Masco picked up two runs in the 4th and then their bats were nearly silent the rest of the way.

Kendra Dow – Clipper shortstop had three hits and scored two runs.

Kendra Dow led the Newburyport attack with three hits while scoring two runs.  Cassie Davis, Shannon Brunault, and Rachel Webster each had two hits.

Julia O’Reilly and Kiki Brown collected half of Masco’s eight hits between them.

Julia’s first hit in the top of the first was a well-placed bunt that attracted the attention of pitcher Molly Rowe and first baseman Rachel Webster.  Unfortunately, for Newburyport, no one was covering first and it turned into a hit.  Two hits later the Chieftains had a run (RBI by Molli Marshall) and runners on second and third with one out.  However, Molly Rowe K’d Taylor Evans and handled Lissa Rescigno’s grounder to get out of the jam.

In the Newburyport second, the Clippers mixed five hits together with a throwing error by third baseman Julia O’Reilly.  Newburyport batted around in the five-run outburst.  Shannon Brunault, Rachel Webster, Maddy Stanton, and Lea Tomasz had RBI.

The Clippers picked up their 6th run in Inning #3. Kendra Dow singled, went to second on a wild pitch, and to third on Taylor Summit’s single.  She came home on shortstop Taylor Evans’ throwing error.

Julia O’Reilly – two hits and RBI

Kiki Brown – two hits and run scored

Masco tallied two runs in the fourth inning.  A walk (Lissa Rescigno), a hit (Kiki Brown), and a sacrifice bunt (Courtney Gotts) put runners on second and third with one out.  Third baseman Maddy Stanton decided to go home with Samantha Martin’s grounder and was too late to get Lissa Rescigno.  Julia O’Reilly’s single to left brought Kiki Brown home with the second run.  Still threatening with runners on second and third, Molly retired the next two hitters to limit the Masco damage.

Newburyport got a gift run in the bottom of the fourth.  Cassie Davis singled, went to second on a passed ball, and reached home on third baseman Julia O’Reilly’s 2-base throwing error.

NHS coach Peter Murray was heavily into landscaping the Cashman Park field when I arrived early.  He made the usual puddles disappear.

What can you say about the weather!  The good news during this game was that there was no wind and it didn’t actually rain.  Bringing an umbrella to a game this season has been almost as important as trying to guess which of the three home fields the Clippers will be playing on.

Molli Marshall – Masco pitcher

Molli Marshall was just about the most relaxed pitcher I’ve seen.  She was carrying on conversations even while she was pitching!

After a missed popup by her third baseman Julia O’Reilly, who was wearing a mask, Molli said, “Take off the mask and let them see the dye job!”  Comedy Central material!

Clipper shortstop Kendra Dow continues to impress with her strong, accurate throws.  I learned that she grew up throwing a baseball rather than a softball.

I’m still looking forward to Wednesday’s game at Amesbury between the Indians (16-1) and the Clippers (13-3).  The Indians were beaten by North Reading on Saturday.  The Clippers lost, 10-9, in their earlier non-league meeting with Amesbury.

Both teams have qualified for the post-season.  At stake could well be a share of the CAL Division 2 title.

(I collect my own information and take my own pictures.  Mistakes happen.)

Shannon Brunault heads for third

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