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7-6 walkoff win for Amesbury vs Ipswich

Amesbury had defensive struggles
Matt McGowan had 3 hits for Ipswich

(Amesbury) Amesbury may not have played well…..but they played well enough.

Amesbury (12-4) got a walkoff, 7-6 win against Ipswich on Tuesday afternoon.

Jake Harring delivered the walkoff hit.

“It felt good,” he said, “but I’m not sure we should have celebrated that hard.  We’ve got to be better.”

Unofficially, Amesbury had more errors (eight) than they had runs.  Outfield drops, infield bobbles, you name it, it was happening this afternoon.

“It was an ugly baseball game,” said Amesbury coach Joel Brierley afterwards.  “Someone had to win, and it happened to be us.”

Luke Arsenault homered in the second inning for Amesbury

It was just another tough loss in a season of tough losses for Ipswich (3-11).

“Today is the third game we’ve had the lead going into the seventh inning and lost in a walkoff,” said Ipswich coach Zack Lamkin afterwards.

The Tigers had seven hits and stranded ten baserunners.

Matt McGowan ended up with three hits and drove in two runs for Ipswich.

Trevor Kimball was the hard-luck starter for Amesbury.  The AHS junior went five innings, allowing six hits and five runs (all unearned).

Amesbury, despite its defensive misadventures, put single runs on the board in each of the first four innings.

AJ Pezza scored the 5th Ipswich run

A Luke Arsenault homer to left accounted for the Amesbury run in the second inning.

Ipswich carried a 5-4 lead after five innings.

Things turned for Amesbury in the Ipswich sixth inning when centerfielder Drew MacDonald made a good catch and then a very good running catch.  Those catches kept the Tigers from enlarging their one-run lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, Drew whacked a double to rightfield that drove in two runs and put Amesbury in front, 6-5.

Credit Ipswich for recovering. 

Play at first

Drew Lane walked leading off the seventh.  Josiah Scarano pinch-ran and was bunted to second by AJ Pezza.  Matt McGowan delivered the tying run with a single.

Amesbury came into this game averaging seven runs per game.  They only had six going into their half of the seventh inning. 

Luke Arsenault doubled down the leftfield line with one out to lead off the seventh.  He was moved to third by a Tyler Bartniski sacrifice bunt.  That set Jake Harring up for the game-winning hit.

“It was off the end a little bit,” said Jake of the game-winner.  “I didn’t think it would go over his (rightfielder) head, until I saw his back turned.”

“For the most part we controlled this game,” said Coach Lamkin afterwards.  “We battled today.  It’s just a matter of finishing.”

Drew Scialdone takes third base

Amesbury is currently #1 in the Division 4 MIAA power rankings.  Staying there will eliminate any early-round bus rides in the post-season.  Playing on the Amesbury High School field does have its drawbacks, however.

“This field is tough to figure out,” said Coach Brierley.  “You would think that we would have an advantage since we practice here but not necessarily.  Shea (Cucinotta) is a D2 shortstop and he still doesn’t know how to play this field.”

“That being said,” he added, “we still have to make the routine plays if we want to go far in the tournament.”

Cade Wetter scored two runs for Ipswich while Evan Stein had two hits.

Jake Harring, Drew Scialdone, Drew MacDonald, and Luke Arsenault each had two hits for Amesbury.

Drew Scialdone pitched two innings and picked up the W for Amesbury.

The weather was perfect.

     Ipswich   0   1   3   0   1   0   1   =   6

Amesbury   1   1   1   1   0   2   1   =   7

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Unofficial Amesbury box

Unofficial Ipswich box

Trevor Kimball was the Amesbury starter

Ipswich watching

Amesbury watching

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Amesbury gets strong pitching/hitting in 9-3 win over North Reading

Drew Scialdone (with Coach Brierley) had three hits and four RBI
Trevor Kimball K’d eight Hornets

(Amesbury) Amesbury (9-4) got excellent pitching and hitting and defeated North Reading, 9-3, on Tuesday afternoon.

Trevor Kimball went the distance and the Amesbury hitters had ten hits.

“Amesbury is a really good team especially with (Trevor) Kimball on the mound,” said NR coach Eric Archambault afterwards.

Trevor had eight strikeouts and ended each of the final four innings with K’s.

The Hornets (7-6) left baserunners in all seven innings.  “We had our chances,” said Coach Archambault, “and we might have gained some momentum with some timely hitting.”

Shea Cucinotta and Craig Rubino

Drew Scialdone and Shea Cucinotta carried the Amesbury offense.

Drew was three-for-four, scored twice, and drove in four runs.

Shea also had three hits.  In his other at-bat the AIC commit walked.  He scored four runs.

“When guys are on base, you have to be a timely hitter and knock them in,” said Drew post-game.

“In my second at-bat I told myself not to swing at a curve,” he added.  “But I got two strikes on me and so I took a swing at a curve and got a hit.”

“Drew has been awesome for us,” said Coach Brierley.  “He’s hitting over .500 and has great confidence.”

Matt Ryan had three hits for NR

Amesbury jumped ahead in the first as Drew’s double scored Shea.

In the third inning, Drew’s single (off a curve) produced one run and Will Arsenault’s single brought home two more. 

Nick Doucette’s single in the fourth inning delivered Ryan McCullough. That lessened the NR deficit to 4-1.

Amesbury responded with their biggest inning of the game.  Drew was again in the middle of the hitting attack.  This time it was a single that drove home Luke Arsenault and Jake Harring.  Trouble in the NR outfield led to two more runs in that productive fourth inning.

The Hornets put three hits together in their fifth inning.  Ryan Baker and Aldo Vittozzi had RBI.  Matt Ryan (who had three hits) scored one of North Reading’s two runs.

Coach Brierley and Coach Archambault

Trevor held the Hornets scoreless in the final two innings.

“He (Trevor) mixed his pitches, threw strikes, and commanded the zone,” said Coach Archambault.

“Trevor was phenomenal,” added Coach Brierley.  “He was throwing breaking balls for strikes and he was keeping his fastball low.”

Second baseman Jake Harring made a nice play behind second base on a grounder at the start of the North Reading fifth.

“Our defense, for the most part, made the plays,” said Jake.

Ball drops into the Amesbury outfield

Amesbury has three straight wins over North Reading.

North Reading is now 0-5 on the road.  “We’ve got to get back to the lab and turn things around,” said Coach Archambault.

Amesbury is now 6-2 in the Cape Ann League while the Hornets drop to 4-5.

A common occurrence in most of the games I’ve covered is that the visiting team arrives late, as North Reading did today.  The reason is almost always the same one, getting a bus.

The weather was cold, windy, and unpleasant.  I’m hearing of 80’s on Saturday.  Now won’t that be nice!

North Reading   0   0   0   1   2   0   0   =   3

        Amesbury   1   0   3   4   0   1   –    =   9

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Amesbury unofficial box

North Reading unofficial box

Drew Scialdone tries to score on a passed ball. Catcher Alex Carucci applies the tag for the out.

Watching the game

Drew Scialdone scores a run

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