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2014 Cape Ann League All-Star softball team (pictures)

Alexi Boswell

Alexi Boswell

Rachel Cyr

Rachel Cyr

Autumn Kligerman

Autumn Kligerman

Jen Nutter

Jen Nutter

Maddy Crateau

Maddy Crateau

Meredith Kercher

Meredith Kercher

Hannah Travers (#20)

Hannah Travers (#20)

Paige Zeval

Paige Zeval

Julianna Kostas

Julianna Kostas

Alex Mendelsohn

Alex Mendelsohn

Kylie Currier

Kylie Currier

Vicki Allman

Vicki Allman

Ashley Hodge

Ashley Hodge

Catcher Sophia Warner

Catcher Sophia Warner

Kassidy Kennefick

Kassidy Kennefick

Maddie Binding

Maddie Binding

Kayla Parisi

Kayla Parisi

Mara Spears

Mara Spears

(Annika Han, Melanie Carter, and Jackilyn Murphy also made the team.)

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Shelby O’Brien’s 3-run homer leads Newburyport past Triton 5-2

Taylor Johnson tagged out at third base by Meg Stanton as Triton coach Michele Brewer watches

Taylor Johnson tagged out at third base by Meg Stanton as Triton coach Michele Brewer watches

Shelby OBrien hit a 3-run homer in the first inning

Shelby OBrien hit a 3-run homer in the first inning

(Newburyport MA) Shelby O’Brien’s three-run homer was the big hit for Newburyport in their, 5-2, win over Triton on Monday afternoon.

A huge win for the Clippers (9-8) as they try to qualify for the post-season.  They now need one win in their three remaining games to get it done.

The loss ended a three-game slide for the home team.  Their next game is at Pentucket on Wednesday.

Triton (5-13) had a five game win-streak in mid-season but have struggled in the games before and after that run of good softball.

The Vikings were missing four starters (Rylee Culverwell, Casey Ross, Christine Ciccone, Julia Hartman) for today’s game.  That put inexperienced players into unfamiliar places.

Newburyport scored three in the first inning and two in the third inning.  Triton got its runs in the first two innings.

Morgan Johnston and Vicki Allman after the 9th Newburyport win

Morgan Johnston and Vicki Allman after the 9th Newburyport win

Senior Vicki Allman pitched a 5-hitter for the Clippers with no walks.  After the first two innings, only one Viking (Emma McGonagle) was able to get to second base over the final five innings.

Vicki was hit hard in the first inning in more ways than one.  Mara Spears led off with a triple to left center.  Third batter (Kylie Gilroy) lined a shot off of Vicki’s left knee.  Vicki was able to recover and throw Kylie out but Mara scored and Vicki went down with a sore knee.  With backup pitcher Stephanie Gleason nowhere in sight, I’m not sure what NHS Lori Solazzo would have done for pitching if Vicki couldn’t continue.  But Vicki did continue and immediately had another liner hit at her which she caught ending the inning.

Newburyport put up three runs of their own in their half of the first.  Morgan Johnston beat out an infield hit and Carley Siemasko singled on the ground to right.  Shelby O’Brien followed with a high fly deep to the right-field corner.  Rightfielder Cailin Fraser had trouble finding the ball because it was over her head, hit high, and influenced by some gusty wind.  Shelby was into third before the ball was even picked up and reached home easily.

The Clippers would load the bases after the homer but Mara Spears struck out Shianne Sneider to limit the damage to three runs.

Olivia Lees

Olivia Lees

Triton got a run back in the second.  Sophomore Olivia Lees singled in the hole with two outs and was driven home by Taylor Johnson’s double.  The inning ended with Taylor being tagged out by Newburyport third baseman Meg Stanton.

The Clippers added two runs to their 3-2 lead in their half of the third inning.  Meg Stanton singled and Molly Kelley walked before junior Shianne Sneider hit an RBI single to right.  Ashley Hodge followed with an RBI double to left.

That 5-2 count would hold up the rest of the way.  There were few baserunners as the pitchers (Vicki Allman & Mara Spears and later Haley Johnson) threw strikes and had flawless defense behind them.

Weather?  We had the Big Three in this one: cloudy, rainy, and sunny.  I actually watched quite a few innings from my truck!  My only regret was that Shelby’s homer was hit during the rainy part of the game and my camera was staying dry in my truck.

Casey Barlow, Kendra Dow, and Maddy Stanton were on hand to support their former Newburyport teammates.

Triton plays its last game on Wednesday at Saugus.

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Vicki Allman caught in a rundown

Vicki Allman caught in a rundown

Shianne Sneider (one RBI) reaches 3B as Emma McGonagle awaits the throw

Shianne Sneider (one RBI) reaches 3B as Emma McGonagle awaits the throw

Meg Stanton sets to throw out baserunner Shannon Lyons

Meg Stanton sets to throw out baserunner Shannon Lyons

 

Infield grounder gets by second baseman Kylie Gilroy

Infield grounder gets by second baseman Kylie Gilroy

Mara Spears watches the pitcher

Mara Spears watches the pitcher

Second baseman Molly Kelley camps under a popup

Second baseman Molly Kelley camps under a popup

Haley Johnson

Haley Johnson

Triton pitcher Haley Johnson throws to 1B Lilly Anderson

Triton pitcher Haley Johnson throws to 1B Lilly Anderson

Carley Siemasko looks for a popup hit by Mara Spears

Carley Siemasko looks for a popup hit by Mara Spears

Shannon Lyons tracks down a base hit

Shannon Lyons tracks down a base hit

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Shelby O’Brien leads Newburyport past Amesbury 10-3

Celebrating begins as Shelby OBrien (#11) crosses home in the first inning

Celebrating begins as Shelby OBrien (#11) crosses home in the first inning

Shelby OBrien was flawless in the field and started a double play

Shelby OBrien was flawless in the field and started a double play

(Amesbury MA)  “Hey, she’s human!”

That’s what one of the spectators yelled after Amesbury’s Zoe Fitzgerald ripped a grounder down the line past third baseman Shelby O’Brien in the sixth inning.

Why?  Junior Shelby O’Brien was having a remarkable game in the field and at the bat.  She had handled tough chances and routine chances flawlessly.  She even had started a double play.  But there were equally good things when Shelby batted: a home run, two doubles and four RBI.

In the end, Newburyport defeated Amesbury, 10-3, on a sunny/windy Monday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

Meghan Stanton finishes her run around the bases

Meghan Stanton finishes her run around the bases

Meghan Stanton also homered and Stephanie Gleason added a triple as part of Newburyport’s 13-hit barrage.

Amesbury (6-4) had plenty of hits (nine) but were short on the big hit.  The Indians left runners on base in every inning.

Amanda Schell led Amesbury with three hits and two RBI.  She also scored a run.

Lauren Singer also had a big day for the Clippers (7-5) with two hits and three RBI.

Newburyport picked up three runs in the first inning.  Morgan Johnson singled and Carley Siemasko reached on an error (Maddy Napoli) before Shelby launched a 3-run blast over centerfielder Meagan Aponas’ head.

In the third the Clippers added two more runs.  Carley Siemasko ripped a single off of AHS starter Sammy Stone’s glove before Shelby doubled to right center.  Lauren Singer’s single to right tallied both runners.

Amanda Schell (3 hits and 2 rbi)

Amanda Schell (3 hits and 2 rbi)

Behind 5-0, the Indians rallied back in their half of the third.  An infield hit and an infield error (Morgan Johnson) opened the door for Amanda Schell to drive in both baserunners (Alexi Boswell and Lucy Scholz) with a single to right center.

Newburyport put their big bats back to work in the fourth.  Stephanie Gleason tripled to right center and Ashley Hodge singled her home.  The Indians looked to be out of the inning after second baseman Lauren Fedorchak started a nifty double play.  But on this day the runs kept coming for NHS.  After Carley Siemasko walked, Shelby had a wind-blown double to left scoring Carley.  Lauren Singer added another run with a single bringing Shelby home.

Next inning (fifth) the Clippers would add two more to their 8-2 lead against Rachel Cyr who replaced starter Sammy Stone.  Amy Sullivan walked and was the baserunner when Meghan Stanton homered to right center.

Alexi Boswell at second base

Alexi Boswell at second base

Newburyport carried a 10-2 leading into the bottom of the seventh.  Amesbury put three hits together for a run as Autumn Kligerman drove across Amanda Schell but that was it for the Indians.

The win enables the Clippers to sweep the season series with the Indians.  Newburyport pulled out a walkoff 16-15 win in April in Newburyport.

Everyone in the Newburyport lineup either scored a run or had a hit.

Vicki Allman went the distance for the Clippers.  She surrendered nine hits but gave up no extra base hits and allowed only one walk.  Vicki certainly had plenty of run support in this one.

Zoe Fitzgerald had two hits for the Indians.

Amesbury was coming off of a 9-8 eight inning win over a North Reading team that had only lost once.

The sun was very tough for those playing on the right side of the field.

Amesbury returns to action tomorrow at Saugus.  Newburyport will wait until Wednesday to resume play when they will host Ipswich.

It takes ten wins for a team to qualify for the post-season tournament.

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Pitcher Vicki Allman (#4) congratulates her teammates after the game

Pitcher Vicki Allman (#4) congratulates her teammates after the game

Lauren Fedorchak about to tag Amy Sullivan

Lauren Fedorchak about to tag Amy Sullivan

Vicki Allman in her pitching motion

Vicki Allman in her pitching motion

Centerfielder Meagan Aponas tracks a fly ball and rightfielder Alexi Boswell looks on

Centerfielder Meagan Aponas tracks a fly ball and rightfielder Alexi Boswell looks on

Pitcher Sammy Stone readies to fire to first

Pitcher Sammy Stone readies to fire to first

Shelby OBrien bats

Shelby OBrien bats

Morgan Johnson sets to throw to first

Morgan Johnson sets to throw to first

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Solid performance earns Newburyport 10-3 victory over Georgetown

Carley Siemasko gets congratulated by teammates after homer in the third inning

Carley Siemasko gets congratulated by teammates after homer in the third inning

Vicki Allman struck out nine Royals

Vicki Allman struck out nine Royals

(Newburyport MA) Newburyport put together a nice mix of pitching, hitting, and fielding to defeat Georgetown, 10-3, on Wednesday afternoon at cold and breezy Cashman Park in Cape Ann League softball.

The Clippers (6-4) seemed fully recovered from an excruciating 5-4 loss to Manchester-Essex on Monday.

NHS pitcher Vicki Allman retired the first ten Royals she faced and ended up with nine strikeouts.  The senior walked one batter and allowed only one extra base hit.

Carley Siemasko led a 13-hit Newburyport attack with three hits including a home run and five RBI.  Junior Ashley Hodge also had three hits for the Clippers.  This was a game in which Newburyport didn’t have any walks.  Maybe they didn’t want to stand in the cold any longer than they had to??

The Clippers defense also had a good game with only one error (shortstop Morgan Johnson).

Danielle Quercia

Danielle Quercia

Georgetown pitcher Danielle Quercia kept Newburyport off the scoreboard in the first inning by striking out Stephanie Gleason with two runners in scoring position.

The Clippers broke through in the second inning.  A throwing error by GHS rightfielder Maggie Noelk enabled Lauren Singer to score.  Later, Jade Carpenter’s fielder’s choice brought Vicki Allman across.

The visitors unraveled defensively in the third inning with three errors.  Those miscues combined with five Newburyport hits paved the way for eleven Clippers to bat and six of them to score.

This was the inning Carley Siemasko homered.  The ball went over leftfielder Gianna Faragi’s head and rolled to the fence.  Later in the same inning, Carley singled to drive in two more runs.

Molly Kelley was called out for interfering with shortstop Kylie Hayward in that six-run third.

The Royals (2-6) cut into their 8-0 deficit with runs in the 4th and 5th.

Carley Siemasko (5 RBI)

Carley Siemasko (5 RBI)

In the 4th, Jen Nutter reached third after a bunt single, fielder’s choice, and a stolen base.  Freshman Kylie Hayward’s bunt single delivered Jen with the first G’Town run.

In the 5th, two singles (Danielle Quercia and Hannah Jannell) were followed by Morgan Johnson’s error on a hard-hit grounder by Maddy Crateau that Danielle came home on.

Carley Siemasko had two more RBI in the Newburyport fifth.  Both Ashley Hodge and Amy Sullivan singled and moved into scoring position.  Carley did the rest.

Georgetown ran into outs in the 6th and 7th innings.  Samantha Newbury was picked off first after Molly Kelley caught a popup in the sixth.  In the seventh, Shelby O’Brien speared a line drive at third and caught Hannah Jannell off of first before she could get back.

Kaylie Sapienza triples

Kaylie Sapienza triples

The Royals, despite the double play, did get a run in the seventh inning.  Junior Kaylie Sapienza opened with a long triple to left.  Hannah Jannell then placed a full-swing blooper in between the pitcher and the second baseman getting Kaylie home.

Injuries to Dana Edwards, Emily Fraser, and Meghan Stanton kept them out of today’s game.

Georgetown is scheduled to be at Pentucket tomorrow.  Newburyport will be at Rockport on Friday.

The Royals have lost five of their last six games.

Danielle Quercia and Hannah Jannell had two hits for Georgetown.  The Royals ended up with eight hits.

Vicki Allman and Ashley Hodge each scored two runs.

Jen Nutter made a nice catch in centerfield in the first inning to prevent a run from scoring.

Weather?  After being at Newburyport High School on Tuesday, today at Cashman wasn’t that bad.  It certainly helped that today’s softball game lasted 75 minutes while the baseball game on Tuesday was more than twice as long.

Newburyport box

Georgetown box

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shortstop Morgan Johnson

shortstop Morgan Johnson

Ashley Hodge (3 hits)

Ashley Hodge (3 hits)

Amy Sullivan slides home

Amy Sullivan slides home

Jen Nutter eyes a popup

Jen Nutter eyes a popup

Maddy Crateau

Maddy Crateau

Shelby OBrien sets to throw to first

Shelby OBrien sets to throw to first

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Pentucket suffers tough 7-4 loss to Newburyport in Cape Ann League softball

Pentucket pitchers walked five in the Clippers 5-run second inning

Pentucket pitchers walked five in the Clippers 5-run second inning

Vicki Allman struck out six batters including two in the seventh inning

Vicki Allman struck out six batters including two in the seventh inning

(Newburyport MA)   Newburyport caught two Pentucket runners at home in their, 7-4, win over Pentucket on Friday morning in Cape Ann League softball.

The Clippers (5-3) turned a five-walk second inning into five runs and held off the Sachems (4-3) the rest of the way thanks to clutch defensive plays and the pitching of Vicki Allman.

Pentucket was coming off a tough loss yesterday to North Andover as a 2-0 lead evaporated because of a 10-run sixth inning nightmare.  Today’s loss may have been just as painful.

After Newburyport loaded the bases in the second inning with one out, PHS starter Carley Desjardins walked Morgan Johnston, Ashley Hodge, and Amy Sullivan to force across three runs.  Coach John Walsh brought in sophomore Sarah Stewart and she walked Carley Siemasko to send in a 4th NHS run.  The consecutive walks ended as Shelby O’Brien flied to right bringing Ashley Hodge in with the 5th Clippers’ tally.

The Sachems had the makings of a big inning in the 4th when third baseman Shelby O’Brien’s error was surrounded by two singles (Maddy Ammon & MK Corrado).  After NHS pitcher Vicki Allman K’d Carley Desjardins, Sydney Snow’s grounder tallied Maddy Ammon with Pentucket’s first run.  On Sydney’s grounder, second baseman Molly Kelley opted to try for a play at the plate but Maddy beat the throw.  This left the bases still loaded with only one out.  Here’s where Vicki Allman’s clutch pitching kicked in.  She got Nikki O’Rourke to popup and K’d Jenny Nelson to limit the damage to one run.

Meghan Stanton flips to second baseman Molly Kelley

Meghan Stanton flips to second baseman Molly Kelley

The Sachems were right back threatening for more runs in the 5th inning.  A bad throw by shortstop Meghan Stanton and an infield out put pinchrunner Amy McDonnell on third with one out.  Newburyport first baseman Carley Siemasko followed with two huge defensive plays.  Maddy Ammon hit a grounder to third that Shelby O’Brien fielded okay but her throw reached first on several hops.  Huge play Number One: Carley scooped out the low throw to get the out at first.  The runner at third (Amy McDonnell) opted to try for home.  Huge play Number Two: Carley fired a strike home to catcher Lauren Singer to nab Amy on a very close play.  The unfortunate bottom line for Pentucket was that they came away with no runs.

That wasn’t the case with Newburyport as they added two runs to their 5-1 lead in the bottom of that same fifth inning.  Meghan Stanton singled and took second on a wild pitch.  Vicki Stanton singled to left scoring Meghan and got all the way to third base when leftfielder Jenny Nelson bobbled the ball.  Jade Carpenter ran for Vicki and raced home on Morgan Johnston’s infield grounder.

Tyler Feeney circles the bases as leftfielder Amy Sullivan throws in to Meghan Stanton

Tyler Feeney circles the bases as leftfielder Amy Sullivan throws in to Meghan Stanton

Now down 7-1 after five innings, the Sachems had their most productive inning of the game as they pushed three runs home.  They could have had more…..but more on that later.  Junior Tyler Feeney led off by crushing a ball over leftfielder Amy Sullivan’s head and quickly circling the bases for a homer.

Pentucket was then able to get MK Corrado (3 hits) and pinchrunner Corie Lucier to second and third with one out.  Nikki O’Rourke followed with a hard-shot single to centerfield that scored two runs and went by centerfielder Ashley Hodge to the fence.  Ashley quickly retrieved the ball as Nikki circled the bases.  Ashley relayed to shortstop Meghan Stanton who threw a strike home to nab Nikki in a second close play at the plate.  This was the second time in the game that Newburyport turned an error into an out at the plate.  How often does that happen?

Carley Siemasko catches the final out

Carley Siemasko catches the final out

The Sachems threatened again in the seventh but came away empty.  Maddie Binding led off with a triple over Ashley Hodge’s head in CF.  With batters 2-3-4 coming up it wasn’t hard to envision a big inning.  Vicki Allman, however, struck out both Kassidy Kennefick and Maddy Ammon looking and then got Tyler Feeney (home run in previous inning) to pop out to Carley Siemasko.

Clearly a tough defeat for Pentucket.  They have been a 5-14 team the last two seasons but certainly look this time around to be much better than that.  They surely need to be a little more patient on the bases!

Maddy Ammon started a double play

Maddy Ammon started a double play

Newburyport hit into a double play in the first.  Sachems’ second baseman Maddy Ammon made a nice catch on an infield popup to short center and doubled baserunner Amy Sullivan off of first.

Both teams will be back in action on Monday at home.  Pentucket hosts Lynnfield while Manchester-Essex comes to Cashman Park.

I saw at least one girl on the Pentucket side visibly upset as the game turned Newburyport’s way.  I trust that someone will remind the young lady that no one person ever loses a team game.

I learned (indirectly) at today’s game that Vicki Allman will be attending Regis College (Weston MA) next year.

Weather?  It went from sunny to cloudy but with little wind.  I wonder if yesterday’s wind had an influence on the Pentucket/North Andover game.

Newburyport box

Pentucket box

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Meg Hubbard

Meg Hubbard

Sarah Stewart

Sarah Stewart

Meghan Stanton slides in with the 6th Newburyport run

Meghan Stanton slides in with the 6th Newburyport run

Maddie Binding (2 hits)

Maddie Binding (2 hits)

Carley Desjardins

Carley Desjardins

Amy Sullivan puts down a bunt

Amy Sullivan puts down a bunt

Shortstop Kassidy Kennefick dives for a grounder

Shortstop Kassidy Kennefick dives for a grounder

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Newburyport gets wild 16-15 walkoff win over Amesbury

Morgan Johnston walks home the winning run for Newburyport

Morgan Johnston walks home the winning run for Newburyport

Maddie Napoli puts the tag on Lauren Singer

Maddie Napoli puts the tag on Lauren Singer

(Newburyport)  Newburyport batted around in two of the last three innings and overtook Amesbury, 16-15, on a very windy Monday afternoon in Cape Ann League softball.

The Clippers (2-2) were down by two runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh but a two-run single by Lauren Singer tied things at 15-15.  A catcher’s interference call followed loading the bases and pitcher Rachel Cyr’s walk to Morgan Johnston forced across the game winner.

This game was anything but smooth.  The 20-30 MPH gusty winds made every ball in the air an adventure.  Infield popups dropped among players.  Outfield flies sailed over the heads of outfielders.  In fact, line drives right at players were dropped.

Lucy Scholz races to third

Lucy Scholz races to third

Things weren’t much better on the ground.  Part of the trouble for the infielders was the steady collection of baserunners serving up distractions.  There were way too many throws to the wrong bases.

The Indians (2-1) dominated the first four innings.  They led, 8-3, and already had eleven hits off of NHS starter Vicki Allman while AHS starter Rachel Cyr was limiting the Clippers to just three hits.

Newburyport turned things around in the fifth inning.  They sent twelve players to the plate and collected eight runs on just four hits.  Junior Morgan Kelley tripled in two of the runs.  Amy Sullivan scored twice.

Alexi Boswell

Alexi Boswell

Amesbury hit the ball hard all game and finished with seventeen hits.  Five of the hits came in their sixth inning and they made Newburyport’s 11-8 lead disappear in a six-run inning.  The Indians sent eleven batters to the plate.  Alexi Boswell had two hits in the inning.

Newburyport went quietly in their sixth inning and trailed, 14-11.

The Indians added another run in the seventh as Amanda Schell hit a ball sharply to right.  NHS rightfielder Morgan Johnston looked to have a chance on the ball but it got by her to the fence.  Amanda was able to circle the bases for Amesbury’s fifteenth run.

Sammy Stone pitched the scoreless sixth for the Indians and 2/3 of the seventh inning.

In the seventh Newburyport got down to its final out before five straight Clippers reached to win on a walkoff walk by Morgan Johnston.

One reason for the Clippers win may well have been that despite getting hit hard pitcher Vicki Allman only walked two.

Carly Siemasko catches a popup

Carly Siemasko catches a popup

Sixteen players scored runs in this game.  Thirteen players had RBIs.

Rachel Cyr drove in four runs while Molly Kelley and Lauren Singer drove in three each.

Amy Sullivan scored three times.

Alexi Boswell led all players with four hits, while teammates Lucy Scholz and Rachel Cyr had three apiece.

Meagan Aponas catches a fly just beyond the reach of Maddie Napoli

Meagan Aponas catches a fly just beyond the reach of Maddie Napoli

Lauren Singer had four hits for the Clippers including two triples.

Meghan Stanton looked good taking over for Kendra Dow at shortstop for Newburyport.

Weather?  No question it was windy but it was also warm.

Next game for Amesbury will be hosting Rockport on Wednesday.  Newburyport will be traveling to Saugus on the same day.

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Lauren Singer triples over Alexi Boswell

Lauren Singer triples over Alexi Boswell

Amy Sullivan scores as the ball gets by catcher Amanda Schell

Amy Sullivan scores as the ball gets by catcher Amanda Schell

Jade Carpenter fires to first

Jade Carpenter fires to first

Lauren Fedorchak

Lauren Fedorchak

Amanda Schell near home after circling the bases

Amanda Schell near home after circling the bases

Amy Sullivan and Coach Lori Solazzo

Amy Sullivan and Coach Lori Solazzo

Shelby OBrien

Shelby OBrien

Vicki Allman

Vicki Allman

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Amesbury downs Newburyport 11-1 in Division 2 North softball quarterfinals

Indians celebrate quarterfinals win over Newburyport

Indians celebrate quarterfinals win over Newburyport

Amanda Schell had three hits, three RBI, and scored three runs

Amanda Schell had three hits, three RBI, and scored three runs

(Amesbury) The stars were out and so was the sun screen as (#2 seed) Amesbury defeated neighboring Newburyport, 11-1, in the Division 2 North quarterfinals at toasty Amesbury on Saturday afternoon.

Impressive win for Amesbury (19-2).  They will play again on June 5th (Wednesday) in the D2 North semi-finals.

Good news for Amesbury today was that Tewksbury took out #1 seed Danvers.  Last year in the tourney, the Falcons ended Amesbury’s season, 2-1, at Danvers.

Five of the Indians were honored by the Cape Ann League a few days ago for their play in the 2013 season.  Against the Clippers those selections looked golden.  Let me take you through what each of those players did today:

(1) Pitcher Carolina Merrill – Gave up an unearned run in the first and survived a bases loaded jam in the second.   The Amesbury senior then retired 16 of the last 17 Clippers she faced.

(2) Shortstop Amanda Schell – Had 3 RBI, 3 hits, and 3 runs scored and flawlessly handled six chances in the field.

(3) First baseman Erin Leary – Had a hit, an RBI, and scored a run.

(4) Catcher Cassie Schultz (D2 CAL POY) – Had three hits and drove in three runs.

Ashley Valme heads for home as Kendra Dow throws from the outfield

Ashley Valme heads for home as Kendra Dow throws from the outfield

(5) Leftfielder Ashley Valme – Had a two-run homer that reached the stadium wall beyond leftfield.

Newburyport had been blown out by Amesbury a month ago, 18-1, enduring a thirteen-run second inning along the way.  The Clippers obviously needed to stay away from the big inning against Amesbury.

And they did, until the bottom of the fifth inning.  The Indians lead was only 2-1 and NHS starter Vicki Allman had retired eleven straight Amesbury hitters.

The fifth, however, started ominously for Newburyport as errors by 3B Meghan Stanton and pitcher Vicki Allman gave Amesbury baserunners they shouldn’t have had.  Five of the next six Indians’ batters had hits, including a double (Amanda Schell), triple (Cassie Schultz), and a homer (Ashley Valme), and the home team had seven runs and the dreaded big inning Newburyport wanted to avoid.

NHS coach Lori Solazzo visits the mound

NHS coach Lori Solazzo visits the mound

Up 9-1, Amesbury added two more in the sixth.  Amanda Schell tripled in Jenna Bartley and later scored on a wild pitch to close the scoring.

The Clippers had only four hits (Kendra Dow, Lea Tomasz, Casey Barlow, and Meghan Stanton).  Carley Siemasko drove in their lone run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning.

Newburyport had the bases loaded with one out in the second inning but Carolina Merrill got a force out and a fly out to end the threat.

Amesbury answered with two runs in the bottom of the first thanks to their first three batters.  Cassie Schultz’s double brought in Amanda Schell and Erin Leary.

Weird ending to that Amesbury first.  Pitcher Vicki Allman thought she had struck out Autumn Kligerman so she headed off the field and everyone followed including baserunner Lucy Scholz who was on second base.  The problem was that it was only two strikes and everyone stopped exiting including baserunner Lucy.  Rightfielder Casey Barlow had reached second base during the exiting part and was there to take the throw from catcher Lauren Singer and tag Lucy out for the third out as she scrambled to get back.  That’s 2-to-9 for those scoring at home!

Jenna Bartley had two hits, scored two runs, and drove in a run for Amesbury.

AHS coach Chris Perry and NHS coach Lori Solazzo

AHS coach Chris Perry and NHS coach Lori Solazzo

The coaches-of-the-year for the CAL were on hand for this one – AHS Chris Perry and NHS Lori Solazzo.

Amesbury had a 10-game winning streak stopped by Division 1 Methuen in their last regular season game.

Newbury finished 15-7 winning four of their last six.  Their best game of the season may have been the 4-3 victory on Thursday over Marblehead with a nice combination of pitching, fielding, and hitting.

The Clippers will have to replace senior starters Jackie Krusemark, Lea Tomasz, Kendra Dow, and Casey Barlow.  Lea and Kendra have been starters for three (?) years.

Autumn Kligerman makes a nice catch to end the game

Autumn Kligerman makes a nice catch to end the game

Third baseman Autumn Kligerman made two key defensive plays for Amesbury.

The ice cream truck had the good business sense to drive into the parking lot adjacent to the field giving off its usual sound effects.  I was shocked that a good part of the sizable crowd didn’t temporarily exit to find something cool.

This was Amesbury’s fifth straight win over Newburyport.

Newburyport boxscore

Amesbury boxscore

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Casey Barlow loses a battle to a tough sun.

Casey Barlow loses a battle to a tough sun.

Jenna Bartley scores the sisth run for Amesbury on a wild pitch

Jenna Bartley scores the sixth run for Amesbury on a wild pitch

Kendra Dow sets to throw

Kendra Dow sets to throw

pre-game prep

pre-game prep

parking lot diversion

parking lot diversion

Cassie Schultz loses the ball in the second inning

Cassie Schultz loses the ball in the second inning

Carley Siemasko drops a popup but recovers quickly to tag out Amanda Schell

Carley Siemasko drops a popup but recovers quickly to tag out Amanda Schell

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