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Newburyport wins third straight downing Masconomet 4-1 in Cape Ann League softball

Lauren Singer, caught in a rundown, escaped and later scored as Coach Lori Solazzo looks on.

Lauren Singer, caught in a rundown, escaped and later scored as Coach Lori Solazzo looks on.

Victoria Allman gets congratulated by Kendra Dow after her third win of the season

Victoria Allman gets congratulated by Kendra Dow after her third win of the season

(Newburyport)  Last year these two teams met at Cashman Park in early April and there were thirty hits and Masconomet left with a 9-6 win in nine innings.

Not this time.  The hits were scarce (eight) and the Clippers won, 4-1, in Cape Ann League action on a cold/bleak Thursday afternoon in Newburyport.

Newburyport (3-0) is off to a perfect start with Victoria Allman showing that she can handle the every-game pitching assignment.

Victoria gave up three singles and one unearned run.

This was the opener for Masconomet.  They did have several scrimmages leading up to this game.  The Chieftains were 17-3 last season under first-year Mike Gibeley.  Mike was named coach-of-the-year for his terrific season.

Pitcher Rachel Shamon leaves the game with an injury.

Pitcher Rachel Shamon leaves the game with an injury.

Rachel Shamon (CAL D1 player-of-the-year) started for Masco but went out after 2 1/3 innings after getting a finger in the way of a ground ball.  Emily Dow came on to pitch one-hit ball the rest of the way.

The Clippers picked up a run in the first, two in the second, and another in the fifth.

In the first, Lauren Singer doubled to right center and reached third after a liner by Meghan Stanton was dropped by Rachel Shamon (pitcher).  Meghan took second uncontested.  Kendra Dow then grounded back to Rachel.  Rachel faked the throw to first then tried to get Lauren Singer off of third.  She couldn’t and the bases were loaded with one out.  Carley Siemasko worked Rachel for a walk and the Clippers led, 1-0.

Molly Stanton heads home with second Clipper run

Molly Stanton heads home with second Clipper run

In the second, Victoria Allman walked (Molly Stanton ran for her).  Meghan Stanton lined a 2-out triple over the head of leftfielder (Sarah Webster) scoring her sister.  Lea Tomasz singled to the right of second base driving in Meghan and giving Newburyport a 3-0 lead after two innings.

The Chieftains picked up their lone run in the fifth.  Sammy Martin walked and Alex Mendelsohn reached on a single to deep short.  Rachel Shamon’s grounder to third (Meghan Stanton) went through the sophomore’s legs allowing Sammy Martin to score an unearned run.

The Clippers got that run back in the bottom of the fifth.  Kendra Dow doubled to right and reached third on Casey Barlow’s sacrifice grounder.  Shelby O’Brien walked but on ball four the ball got away from catcher Alex Mendelsohn allowing Kendra Dow to slide in with the fourth Newburyport run.

Kendra Dow handled seven grounders flawlessly

Kendra Dow handled seven grounders flawlessly

Senior shortstop Kendra Dow had two hits, scored a hustle run, and handled seven grounders flawlessly.

Masco second baseman Erin Campbell made a terrific backhand stab of Vicki Allman’s liner to end the fifth inning.

Outfielders Lea Tomasz and Ashley Hodge collided in the fourth inning but Lea came away with the catch.

Sophomore Meghan Stanton had two hits, an RBI, and scored a run.

Sophomore Lauren Singer had three hits off pitcher Rachel Shamon last year.

The quickest feet were shown by Angus as he circled the field then raced back to obedience school for a lecture.

Masco and Newburyport will meet again on May 13th at Masco.

The Chieftains next game will be hosting Triton next Wednesday.

Newburyport will face an excellent North Reading team on the road next Wednesday.

Newburyport boxscore

Masconomet boxscore

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Erin Campbell congratulated after making a nice play at second

Erin Campbell congratulated after making a nice play at second

Sarah Rogers sights a fly in right

Sarah Rogers sights a fly in right

Angus shows speed

Angus shows speed

Julianna Kostas steals second as Kendra Dow awaits the throw

Julianna Kostas steals second as Kendra Dow awaits the throw

Meghan Stanton

Meghan Stanton

Casey Barlow makes a catch

Casey Barlow makes a catch

pitcher Emily Dow

pitcher Emily Dow

Lauren Singer gets ready to catch

Lauren Singer gets ready to catch

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Casey Barlow and Victoria Allman lead Newburyport past North Andover 3-1 in softball opener

Victoria Allman - complete game six-hitter with ten strikeouts

Victoria Allman – complete game six-hitter with ten strikeouts

Casey Barlow (#13) gets congratulated after her two-run blast

Casey Barlow (#13) gets congratulated after her two-run blast

(Newburyport) The white caps were not on the players’ heads but on the Merrimack River in the background at Cashman Park Wednesday afternoon.

But I doubt the Newburyport Clippers softball team minded the cold, windy setting as they defeated North Andover, 3-1, in a non-league season opener for both squads.

Senior Casey Barlow (three hits and three RBI) was the hitting star for NHS.  Last time I saw Casey in action it was in basketball and the lefty was shooting free throws right-handed because of an injury.  She’s fully recovered!

Casey’s wind-effected, two-out blooper in front of North Andover third baseman Paige Alholm delivered a run for the Clippers in the first inning.

Later, in the fifth inning, Casey put a charge into a liner over right fielder Jess Bramanti’s head and circled the bases successfully despite slowing up rounding third.  Kendra Dow scored on the play and Newburyport had the two runs that would make the difference in this game.

Dahlia DeCologero had two hits and scored the only NA run

Dahlia DeCologero had two hits and scored the only NA run

The Knights got their lone run in the third.  Kim Crucioli singled Dahlia DeCologero to third and the senior scored on catcher Lauren Bean’s passed ball.

Victoria Allman had a strong outing for Newburyport.  The junior gave up six hits but struck out ten.  Victoria had five K’s in the first two innings.

NA threatened in the fourth as Jess Bramanti and Paige Alholm both singled with no outs.  But Victoria served up a fly ball out to Lea Tomasz and two infield grounders handled by second baseman Jackie Krusemark to end the scoring chance.

The Knights put together a more serious threat in the seventh inning down two runs.  Danielle Wilson beat out an infield hit past the pitcher and later leadoff batter Dahlia DeCologero doubled over Ashley Hodge’s head in left.  That put two runs in scoring position with two outs.  But Victoria got Kim Crucioli to ground out to second to end the game.

Dahlia DeCologero had two of NA’s six hits.

Pitcher Kim Crucioli is congratulated after getting out of a jam in the second inning

Pitcher Kim Crucioli is congratulated after getting out of a jam in the second inning

Knights’ pitcher Kim Crucioli (6 hits/4 K’s) came up big in the bottom of the second.  Meghan Stanton belted a triple over the head of leftfielder Sarah Lemerise with no outs but Kim struck out two and induced a popup to escape.

Shortstop Kendra Dow erased a Knights scoring attempt at the plate in the first inning.  Dahlia DeCologero had reached third after singling, stealing second, and getting third on an errant throw by catcher Lauren Bean.  Kendra was playing in and Courtney Green’s grounder reached her quickly and her strong throw to Lauren Bean was there in plenty of time.

Another key to the Newburyport win?  Keeping Courtney Green under wraps.  Courtney was the Player-of-Year in Division 2 of the Cape Ann League last season.  Victoria Allman held her hitless in three plate appearances.

North Andover has moved to the Merrimack Valley Conference and they are certain to find the level of competition quite different than in the CAL with plenty of Division 1 teams on their schedule.

Meghan Stanton tripled to left in the second inning

Meghan Stanton tripled to left in the second inning

I took in last year’s meeting between these two teams on May 11th.  The Clippers won that one, 3-2, in eight innings.

North Andover was 10-11 last season.  They have a new coach – Caitlin Flanagan.

Newburyport was 13-10 in 2012 under Coach Lori Solazzo.

Next for North Andover is a trip to Pentucket on Friday.  Newburyport next plays on Monday at Saugus.

Carley Siemasko and Kendra Dow were CAL All-Stars last season.

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Lauren Bean tagged out trying to steal by Dahlia DeCologero

Lauren Bean tagged out trying to steal by Dahlia DeCologero

cold conditions at Cashman Park

cold conditions at Cashman Park

Third baseman Meghan Stanton fires to Carley Siemasko at first

Third baseman Meghan Stanton fires to Carley Siemasko at first

Centerfielder Morgan Coakley chases a flyball in the strong wind at Cashman Park

Centerfielder Morgan Coakley chases a flyball in the strong wind at Cashman Park

Catcher Lauren Bean and pitcher Victoria Allman

Catcher Lauren Bean and pitcher Victoria Allman

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Newburyport gets “mercy ruled” (16-4) by North Reading in softball

Close play at third involving Maddie Stanton and Jess Eisenhaure.

NR pitcher Terri Ferrazzani – eight strikeouts

(Newburyport) You know that things haven’t gone well in a softball game for one team when the topic of conversation after the game is the Mercy Rule.

And it was Newburyport (1-1) on the wrong side of the Mercy Rule as they were wiped out, 16-4, by North Reading (3-0) in a rule-shortened, 5 ½ inning game at Cashman Park on Wednesday afternoon.

As it was the game should have ended during the top of the 6th instead of after it because the Hornets had reached the 12-run margin necessary during the inning to be awarded the win.

And believe me, this was a game worthy of being ended early.  The Clippers are a good team but on this day……not so good.  The Hornets were a very good team on this day.

The only (?) positive takeaway for Newburyport from this one was their hitting in the bottom of the fifth.  The Clippers needed four runs to extend the game and they got them.  The key hit was a long triple by sophomore Victoria Allman that drove in two of the four runs.

Victoria Allman reaches third on a two-run triple in the 5th inning.

Winning pitcher Terri Ferrazzani (CAL All-Leaguer) yielded just five hits and had eight strikeouts during her five innings of work.  The junior threw heat and didn’t walk anyone.

And while Terri shut out the Clippers during the first four innings, the Hornets hit the servings of Molly Rowe and Victoria Allman hard.  North Reading rolled up twelve runs on thirteen hits during the first four.  The Clipper defense struggled with the difficult plays as well as several routine chances and gave NR way too many bonus at-bats.

There were plenty of heroes for North Reading. Here is what their first six batters did:
Shelby Carney – single/double/stolen base/four runs scored.
Tarah Reilly – double/stolen base/two runs scored.
Merri Moise – two singles/triple/two runs scored.
Alicia McCauley – two singles/run scored.
Terri Ferrazzani – four singles/stolen base/run scored.
Courtney Brosnan – three singles/run scored.

Lower in their order Jess Eisenhaure had a triple, double, and scored a run.

Merri Moise – two singles and a triple

You get the point……the NR girls, on this day, hit ropes, lasers, and rockets and jammed the bases!  Another day, who knows?

This was a nonleague game so there will be a regular season game (April 30th at North Reading) between the two teams.

Freshman Carley Siemasko had Newburyport’s first hit with two out in the third inning.

North Reading was 14-9 last year and reached the D2 North semi-finals.

Junior Terri Ferrazzani tossed a one-hitter against Triton on Monday with 12 K’s.

The Hornets play at Ipswich on Friday afternoon.

Newburyport hopes to recover against Masco at home on Friday.

The wind was not a factor on this sunny afternoon with temperatures in the 50s.

North Reading boxscore

Newburyport boxscore

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NR coach Rusty Russell

Kendra Dow

Jess Eisenhaure

Shelby Carney

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