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Shaky start dooms Amesbury 7-5 versus nonleague Concord-Carlisle

Amesbury pitcher Hayley Catania looks for the ball at home in a cloud of Jill Chelton dust

Amesbury pitcher Hayley Catania looks for the ball at home in a cloud of Jill Chelton dust

2B Lauren Fedorchak looks for the handle in the first inning

2B Lauren Fedorchak looks for the handle in the first inning

(Amesbury MA) Amesbury had three errors and a wild pitch in the first inning and never recovered from the consequences losing, 7-5, to nonleague Concord-Carlisle on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

Giving up four unearned runs early to a very good Division One opponent was asking for trouble.

Division Two Amesbury (6-2), despite the defensive start, came out swinging early and often and had home runs (Zoe Fitzgerald, Megan Reid) in the first two innings off CC starter Haley McMorrow.

Zoe Fitzgerald congratulated after first inning homer

Zoe Fitzgerald congratulated after first inning homer

The Patriots (6-3) allowed Amesbury to close to 6-5 in the fifth when they had a defensive nightmare of an inning similar to Amesbury’s in the first.  Haley McMorrow, however, was able to end the 5th by getting Maddie Napoli to fly to right with the tying run on second.

Sophomore Catherine Kingman enabled CC to gain two-run separation in the next inning by whacking a home run over CF Megan Reid’s head. Reliever Nicole Small then came on for Concord-Carlisle and, after giving up a single to the first batter she faced (Caity Baker), retired the last six Indians to seal the deal for the visitors.

Catcher Virginia Ryan puts an end to the AHS second

Catcher Virginia Ryan puts an end to the AHS second

Good crowd on hand and why not with sunshine and temperatures in the 60’s.

Without any outfield fences there was nothing cheap about today’s home runs by Zoe Fitzgerald, Megan Reid, and Catherine Kingman.

Both teams had three errors and both teams bunched them into one inning.

In the Concord-Carlisle first, Emma Della-Volpe reached on 2B Lauren Fedorchak’s bobble.  Catherine Kingman flied out and then Scout Boynton got first on 1B Zoe Fitzgerald’s drop.  So instead of three outs, CC had a run in and a runner on base.  Another chance for an out (fly ball to LF Emily Robinson) was dropped and two more runs crossed.  A wild pitch by AHS starter Haley Catania allowed CC’s 4th run. (Note picture above.)

Virginia Ryan slides the ball and glove loose from Amesbury catcher Caity Baker in the Concord-Carlisle first

Virginia Ryan slides the ball and glove loose from Amesbury catcher Caity Baker in the Concord-Carlisle first

There was a point in the first inning when the Patriots had three runs in and AHS catcher Caity Baker in serious pain at home plate after trying to tag out Virginia Ryan.

Things did get better for the home team as they came out swinging with two homers in the next two innings and their defense got better.

AHS starter Hayley Catania allowed just five hits but had eight walks.  Those walks added base runners and helped CC to get single runs in the 3rd and 4th innings.

Ball goes through shortstop Scout Boynton in the 3-run Amesbury 4th inning

Ball goes through shortstop Scout Boynton in the 3-run Amesbury 4th inning

Trailing 6-2, the Indians cashed three runs in their fourth all unearned.  The elusive second out was dropped first by LF Audrey McKennitt and later went through the legs of shortstop Scout Boynton.  The outfield drop produced a run.  Then with two outs, Lauren Fedorchak’s high infield popup got into the sun for SS Scout Boynton and deflected off her glove for two more Indians runs.

Memorable sequences:

  • In the fourth inning Scout Boynton was on third with one out. On a line drive to right she did not tag up and try to score. The next batter made the third out.
  • In the second inning, after Megan Reid had homered, Caity Baker tripled. Good relay by CC forced third base coach Jim Hounam to hold Caity at third.  Starter Haley McMorrow then retired three straight and Amesbury was only able to get one run out of a very promising inning.

 

Emma Della-Volpe

Emma Della-Volpe

Concord-Carlisle is from the Dual County League and have been a powerhouse in that league the same way Amesbury has been in the Cape Ann League.

There will be a rematch between the two teams on Saturday May 21st at Concord.

Emma Della-Volpe was the co-MVP of the Dual County League in 2015.  She was 8-1 with 105 K’s in 97 innings pitched.  Amesbury can be thankful that CC’s four games in six days kept her away from them this time.

Amesbury will be facing Lynnfield on the road on Monday afternoon.  The Patriots visit Bedford tomorrow afternoon.

Modern equipment: You watch football and see armbands.  Now softball teams have them.  They have numbers on them and coaches use them for offensive and defensive situations.  So a coach yells out a number and all the players look at their armbands.  It will be very hard to miss a signal under this arrangement!

One coach in my (very) distant past would yell things like, “This is your existential moment.”  He taught philosophy.

It was good to see Augie the Amesbury mascot on hand.

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Teammates celebrate Catherine Kingman's HR in the sixth inning

Teammates celebrate Catherine Kingman’s HR in the sixth inning

1B Zoe Fitzgerald tags out Emma Della-Volpe

1B Zoe Fitzgerald tags out Emma Della-Volpe

Shortstop Maddie Napoli fires to first base

Shortstop Maddie Napoli fires to first base

Patriots reliever Nicole Small prepares to throw to first base

Patriots reliever Nicole Small prepares to throw to first base

Emma Della-Volpe scores the first CC run

Emma Della-Volpe scores the first CC run

Close play at third

Close play at third

Scout Boynton

Scout Boynton

Starter and winner Haley McMorrow

Starter and winner Haley McMorrow

The sun gives Scout Boynton trouble in the 4th inning

The sun gives Scout Boynton trouble in the 4th inning

RF Jill Chelton looks for a fly in right

RF Jill Chelton looks for a fly in right

3B Adrienne Harris settles under a popup in the 2nd inning

3B Adrienne Harris settles under a popup in the 2nd inning

Megan Reid smiles after her second inning homer

Megan Reid smiles after her second inning homer

 

 

 

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Amesbury rallies past Rockport 6-4 in D3 North softball quarterfinals

Miranda Roller and Emily Robinson collide at second base

Miranda Roller and Emily Robinson collide at second base

Kayla Parisi scores the 4th Rockport run

Kayla Parisi scores the 4th Rockport run

(Amesbury MA) Rockport built up a 4-run lead after three innings but the #1 seed Amesbury took over from there getting a 6-4 decision on Monday afternoon.

The Indians (19-2) now advance to the D3 North semifinals on Wednesday afternoon (4PM) against Winthrop at Martin Field in Lowell.

#9 seed Rockport (14-6) hit the ball hard (six hits in the first three innings) and benefited from two Amesbury defensive lapses to get ahead 4-0 after three innings.

But after the third inning Amesbury tightened up their defense and took advantage of errors and wild pitches to get the lead in the fifth. An insurance run was added in the sixth.

Hayley Catania - 2 RBI & complete-game win

Hayley Catania – 2 RBI & complete-game win

Hayley Catania, after not holding a runner on third which allowed her to score in the Rockport second, was masterful thereafter. In the fifth Hayley, protecting a one-run lead with a runner (Miranda Roller) on third, got a strikeout and a flyout to end the threat.

Hayley at the bat? Timely. The freshman had two-out, RBI singles in the 4th and 5th.

The game ended on a play at third. Jess Collins grounded out shortstop-to-first with one out but baserunner Miranda Roller (on second) decided to try for third after the out at first. Unfortunate decision. First baseman Zoe Fitzgerald fired a strike to teammate Autumn Kligerman at third and Miranda never came close to reaching the base.roam-A16-throw-to-Autumn-from-Zoeroam-A17-Autumn-about-to-apply-the-tagroam-A17-tag-has-been-applied-for-the-final-out

In the Rockport second, Rachel Balestraci doubled in Emily Faulds. Rachel was sacrificed to third by Allie Davis with one out. Allie’s sister Rachel grounded back to AHS pitcher Hayley Catania. Instead of looking the runner back at third, Hayley threw to first which allowed Allie to score Rockport’s second run.

In the Rockport third, an Emily Faulds’ single to right with two outs drove in Miranda Roller. On the same play Kayla Parisi reached third and literally stole home unnoticed by the Amesbury infield. Meagan Aponas made a nice catch in center to end that inning.

In the Amesbury fourth, Autumn Kligerman’s sinking fly to left fell off Allie Davis’ glove allowing Autumn to get second with two outs. Hayley Catania delivered Autumn.

CF Rachel Haselgard about to save a run with a terrific catch

CF Rachel Haselgard about to save a run with a terrific catch

The Vikings still held a 4-1 lead but the Amesbury fifth would give them the lead. A walk, a play that wasn’t made at second, and a wild pitch all led to Indians’ runs. It was only a great running catch by RHS centerfielder Rachel Haselgard for the final out that kept the damage to four runs.

In the Rockport sixth, the Vikings had two on and two out when Rachel Haselgard drilled a liner to AHS shortstop Maddie Napoli.

Now up 5-4 after five, the Indians added one more. Megan Reid reached on an error but was cut down on Lauren Fedorchak’s fielder’s choice. From there Lauren stole second and went to third on a wild pitch with two outs. Maddie Napoli’s ground single to deep third scored Lauren.

Meaghan Wonson was injured (nose) during Rockport’s pre-game infield practice but recovered in time to play the game. Yet another reason for infielders to wear masks.

Rockport catcher KT Favoloro made several nice plays on foul pops.

Amesbury defeated Rockport in April (14-9) and May (10-5).

Miranda Roller had a 3-run homer in Rockport’s opening round win over Greater Lawrence.

Amesbury box

Rockport box

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Miranda Roller

Miranda Roller

Meaghan Wonson gets treatment

Meaghan Wonson gets treatment

close play at first

close play at first

Lauren Fedorchak

Lauren Fedorchak

Catcher Caity Baker comes out after a bunt

Catcher Caity Baker comes out after a bunt

Jess Collins pitched for Rockport

Jess Collins pitched for Rockport

Rockport coach Diane Parisi in front of the crowd

Rockport coach Diane Parisi in front of the crowd

trouble in the Rockport outfield

trouble in the Rockport outfield

Miranda Roller and Autumn Kligerman

Miranda Roller and Autumn Kligerman

AHS coach Chris Perry

AHS coach Chris Perry

close play at second

close play at second

 

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Amesbury recovers to win First Round softball 14-5 over Lynnfield

Zoe Fitzgerald races to first with the final out.

Zoe Fitzgerald races to first with the final out.

Annika Han scores the first Lynnfield run

Annika Han scores the first Lynnfield run

(Amesbury MA) The #1 seed Amesbury recovered from a 3-run Lynnfield first inning and went on to defeat the Pioneers, 14-5, in Round One of the D3 North softball tournament on Saturday afternoon.

The Indians (18-3) will now face another Cape Ann League team (Rockport) in the quarterfinals on Monday afternoon at Amesbury’s newly named Chris Perry Field.

The #16 seed Pioneers (13-9) came out of the gates hitting AHS starter Hayley Catania hard getting three hits and three runs in the first inning. After that the Indians freshman scattered five hits (and two runs) while striking out five.

Meanwhile the Amesbury bats were loud and never seemed to quiet down against LHS starter senior Sadie Oliver. Everyone in the Indians lineup had hits in Amesbury’s fourteen-hit afternoon. Also, every batter scored at least one run. It was quite the hitting show.

Sam Stone paced Amesbury with three hits. Autumn Kligerman and Zoe Fitzgerald each homered. Autumn’s was down the left-field line and seemed to roll forever. Zoe’s was a blast over leftfielder Leigh Guerra.

Seniors Hannah Travers and Kelly Hosterman each had two hits for Lynnfield.

Very impressed with LHS centerfielder Annika Han. The Lynnfield junior had a quick jump on fly balls and registered six putouts.

Maddie Napoli on her way to a terrific running catch

Maddie Napoli on her way to a terrific running catch

Another defensive standout was Amesbury shortstop Maddie Napoli. The AHS sophomore recovered from a first-inning bad throw to stay clean the rest of the way. Maddie turned in the play-of-the-game in the 4th inning with a running catch toward the left-field foul line off the bat of Olivia DeLuca. In the promising Pioneers’ (two on, nobody out) sixth, Maddie caught an LHS baserunner off second base.

Sadie Oliver tossed a 2-hitter in Lynnfield’s 12-0 win over O’Bryant in the preliminary round.

Amesbury defeated Lynnfield in April (8-3), May (9-1), and today in June.

Amesbury box

Lynnfield box

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Hayley Catania was the complete game winner

Hayley Catania was the complete game winner

Hannah Travers had two hits for Lynnfield

Hannah Travers had two hits for Lynnfield

Kelly Hosterman had two hits

Kelly Hosterman had two hits

AHS shortstop Maddie Napoli

AHS shortstop Maddie Napoli

LHS pitcher Sadie Oliver

LHS pitcher Sadie Oliver

Lauren Fedorchak

Lauren Fedorchak

tough chance in left field

tough chance in left field

LHS coach Peter Marinelli visits his pitcher

LHS coach Peter Marinelli visits his pitcher

Kelly Dillon (#6) after interfering with Lauren Fedorchak (#15)

Kelly Dillon (#6) after interfering with Lauren Fedorchak (#15)

close play at second

close play at second

AHS coach Chris Perry puts the stop on baserunner Hayley Catania

AHS coach Chris Perry puts the stop on baserunner Hayley Catania

Kelly Dillon fires to first

Kelly Dillon fires to first

Autumn Kligerman jumps for joy at the end of the game

Autumn Kligerman jumps for joy at the end of the game

 

 

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That’s nine and counting as Amesbury gets past Newburyport 5-2

Hayley Cantania leaves the mound after pitching a one-hitter for Amesbury

Hayley Cantania leaves the mound after pitching a one-hitter for Amesbury

Megan Reid delivered two runs in the crucial 3-run 4th inning

Megan Reid delivered two runs in the crucial 3-run 4th inning

(Newburyport MA) That’s nine straight for the 2015 edition of Amesbury Indians softball.

Coach Chris Perry’s team hasn’t lost since June 8th of 2014 when they were defeated by St. Mary’s (Lynn) 8-5 in the Division 3 North title game at Lowell.

In Monday afternoon’s 5-2 win over Newburyport, the Indians again had strong pitching by Hayley Catania. The freshman took a no-hitter into the final inning and allowed only two walks.

Minus the quality start the Indians might have lost this game because their infield defense (six errors) and faulty base running (ran into three outs) kept the Clippers (3-5) just a big hit or two from the upset.

Stephanie Gleason

Stephanie Gleason

Good teams find ways to win, however. Newburyport starter Stephanie Gleason allowed only four walks in six innings of pitching but three of them came in Amesbury’s 3-run fourth inning. Two of the walkers would cross the plate. Big hit? Megan Reid’s two-out double to right in that productive inning brought in two runs (Emily Robinson & Sam Stone).

The Clippers got a run back in the bottom of the fourth. An infield dribbler by Stephanie Gleason tallied teammate Shelby O’Brien from third.

Amesbury built on their 3-1 lead with a unearned score in the sixth. Zoe Fitzgerald singled, reached second on a wild pitch, and came home on Hayley Cantania’s two-out grounder got past shortstop Morgan Johnston.

Newburyport picked up an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth as Jade Carpenter reached on one error (Maddie Napoli) and scored on another (catcher Caity Baker).

Jade Carpenter waits for Autumn Kligerman in the 7th inning

Jade Carpenter waits for Autumn Kligerman in the 7th inning

The Insurance Man arrived in the Amesbury seventh. A two-out, three-base throwing error by 3B Carley Siemasko enabled Meagan Aponas to reach third. Autumn Kligerman’s single to left delivered Amesbury’s fifth run.

The big deal, at least in my head, was whether or not Hayley Cantania could get a no-hitter. It didn’t seem to matter to anyone else, however. Regardless of the lack of interest, Paige Gouldthorpe started the last of the 7th with a line drive to right. Megan Reid charged it but it bounced in front of her and then away from her to give the Clippers their first (and only) hit.

Hayley Catania reached base all three times – single, walk, and error.

Zoe Fitzgerald scored two runs.

Paige Gouldthorpe broke up the no-hitter in the 7th inning

Paige Gouldthorpe broke up the no-hitter in the 7th inning

Paige Gouldthorpe made several terrific plays in left field for Newburyport.

Molly Kelley pitched in the 7th for the Clippers.

With the win, Amesbury sweeps the season’s series with Newburyport.  Last year Newburyport won both meetings.

Weather? It was shockingly nice! Temps in the 80’s with a nice breeze is about as good as it gets in these parts.

Next game for Newburyport is at Ipswich on Wednesday. On the same day Amesbury will host a pretty good Pentucket team.

Amesbury box

Newburyport box

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Morgan Johnston waits for Zoe Fitzgerald to arrive

Morgan Johnston waits for Zoe Fitzgerald to arrive

Zoe Fitzgerald

Zoe Fitzgerald

Caity Baker chases a popup

Caity Baker chases a popup

Emily Dobson

Emily Dobson

Hannah Briedenbach

Hannah Briedenbach

Hayley Catania

Hayley Catania

Maddie Napoli

Maddie Napoli

Molly Kelley pitched the 7th inning

Molly Kelley pitched the 7th inning

Morgan Johnston

Morgan Johnston

Stephanie Gleason and Jade Carpenter converge on a popup

Stephanie Gleason and Jade Carpenter converge on a popup

collision at home

collision at home

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amesbury defeats Lynnfield 6-4 in eight innings in Cape Ann League softball

Amanda Schell and Rachel Cyr race home on a 2-run single by Zoe Fitzgerald in the 8th inning

Amanda Schell and Rachel Cyr race home on a 2-run single by Zoe Fitzgerald in the 8th inning

Second baseman Lauren Fedorchak squeezed the final out

Second baseman Lauren Fedorchak squeezed the final out

(Lynnfield MA) Converting second chances played a big part in Amesbury’s, 6-4, win over Lynnfield in eight innings on a sunny Wednesday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

The Indians (11-4) had the Pioneers (8-9) down by three runs, 4-1, with two outs in the seventh inning.  However, a boot by AHS shortstop Maddie Napoli and a dropped popup by second baseman Lauren Fedorchak delivered the tying runs for the Pioneers.

That exciting seventh inning ended for Lynnfield with Malia Roberto, carrying the winning run, getting tagged out at third by Autumn Kligerman.

The visitors had only five hits off of LHS pitcher Sadie Oliver but collected two of them in the extra inning.  Amanda Schell singled and Rachel Cyr walked to start the inning.  They both moved up on a fielder’s choice and scored easily on sophomore Zoe Fitzgerald’s sharp single up the middle.

Autumn Kligerman tags Malia Roberto to end the 7th inning

Autumn Kligerman tags Malia Roberto to end the 7th inning

Those two runs looked to be enough………..unless you recalled the previous inning in which three runs looked like enough!  After two outs Lynnfield had two straight singles (Lauren Guerra and Hannah Travers) and visions of the previous inning started dancing in everyone’s head.  But second baseman Lauren Fedorchak was given a second chance to end the game and this time held onto Rachel Buzzotta’s popup to do just that.

Amesbury has won five straight and have made the post-season tournament.  For the Indians the final five games will be about getting as high a seed as possible in the Division 3 state tournament.

Lynnfield still has to make the tournament.  Ten wins will do it.  They must win at least two of their last three games.  I like their chances of getting what they need since they’ll be playing three teams (Ipswich, Georgetown, Manchester-Essex) with losing records.

Rachel Cyr

Rachel Cyr

The Pioneers certainly had plenty of hits (ten) off of AHS pitcher Rachel Cyr but stranded ten runners.  Why LHS didn’t score more times with all their hits was because three Pioneers (Hannah Travers, Annika Han, and Lauren Guerra) had eight of the ten hits.

Amesbury started the scoring with a tainted run in the second inning.  Autumn Kligerman doubled but reached third on a bad relay throw from leftfielder Malia Roberto.  Autumn later slide home on a wild pitch by Sadie Oliver.

The Indians started the fourth inning with two straight hits (Meg Aponas single, Amanda Schell double).  Rachel Cyr’s sacrifice fly scored Meg.  Before the inning was over Amesbury would get two more runners to third (Amanda Schell, Autumn Kligerman) and both would come home on wild pitches.

Amesbury carried a 4-0 lead into the sixth inning.  In that inning Annika Han of Lynnfield singled, stole second, and reached third on a passed ball.  Malia Roberto’s single into right field put the Pioneers on the board.

The exciting seventh saw Lynnfield rally to tie the score, only to lose in the eighth inning.

Hannah Travers (#20) made a super catch in center field

Hannah Travers (#20) made a super catch in center field

The good crowd on hand saw a terrific running catch by centerfielder Hannah Travers to take away a double and possibly more from Meg Aponas to end the sixth inning.  The LHS junior went straight back and dove to make the catch.

Third baseman Autumn Kligerman had a strong game at third for Amesbury especially in the third inning when the AHS junior had three assists.

Weather?  Just terrific.  After yesterday’s 50’s I was overdressed for today’s 70’s.

Autumn Kligerman and Amanda Schell each scored two runs for Amesbury.

Amesbury won the previous meeting this season between the two teams, 9-7, on April 11th.

Next game for the Indians is at Rockport on Thursday.

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Amanda Schell at third

Amanda Schell at third

Sadie Oliver

Sadie Oliver

Zoe Fitzgerald - two rbi in the 8th inning

Zoe Fitzgerald – two rbi in the 8th inning

Third baseman Autumn Kligerman throws to first baseman Zoe Fitzgerald

Third baseman Autumn Kligerman throws to first baseman Zoe Fitzgerald

Maddie Napoli looks for the handle

Maddie Napoli looks for the handle

MacKenzie Comeau

MacKenzie Comeau

Rachel Buzzotta

Rachel Buzzotta

AHS coach Chris Perry instructs Meg Aponas

AHS coach Chris Perry instructs Meg Aponas

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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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Amesbury experience shows in 5-1 softball win over Georgetown

Zoe Fitzgerald (#21) gets cheers from her teammates after circling the bases in the sixth inning.

Zoe Fitzgerald (#21) gets cheers from her teammates after circling the bases in the sixth inning.

Autumn Kligerman sets to fire to first

Autumn Kligerman sets to fire to first

(Amesbury)  Experienced Amesbury opened their 2014 season with a 5-1 victory over Georgetown on a blustery Wednesday afternoon in Cape Ann League softball.

The Indians (1-0) were flawless in the field and capitalized on the inexperience of the Royals (0-1) especially in the outfield.

Minus graduated hitters such as Ashley Valme, Janine Fatal, Erin Leary, and Cassie Schultz, Amesbury couldn’t separate from the determined Royals.  This was a 3-1 game going into the bottom of the sixth inning.

In the decisive sixth, sophomore Zoe Fitzgerald hit a hard shot into right center that split freshmen outfielders Samantha Newbury and Dana Edwards on the ground.  By the time the two outfielders could retrieve the ball, and get it back into the infield, Zoe had reached home (with Amesbury’s 4th run) without a slide despite slowing up at third base.

The Indians added more insurance in the same frame.  Lauren Fedorchak singled to deep short and took second on a wild throw by SS Maddy Crateau.  Lauren then scored Run #5 on freshman Maddie Napoli’s blooper into right field.

The throw from first goes past Alexi Boswell and shortstop Kylie Hayward

The throw from first goes past Alexi Boswell and shortstop Kylie Hayward

Senior Alexi Boswell worked some base running magic to produce a run in the first inning.  After Alexi reached on a single, Lucy Scholz put down a bunt that activated the Georgetown infield.  Third baseman Hannah Jannell fielded the bunt and made an accurate throw to second baseman Maddy Crateau covering first to get Lucy.  However that defensive arrangement left shortstop Kylie Hayward covering both second and third.  So Alexi ran right past second toward uncovered third.  Maddy Crateau threw the ball past shortstop Kylie Hayward who was racing Alexi to third and Alexi came home with Amesbury’s first run.

More of that inexperience/experience thing kicked in for a second first inning run.  Senior Amanda Schell singled to right but the ball got past rightfielder Dana Edwards and Amanda ended up at third.  Senior Rachel Cyr singled to center scoring Amanda with Amesbury’s second score.

pitcher Danielle Quercia

pitcher Danielle Quercia

When Autumn Kligerman hit a fly ball to center that centerfielder Samantha Newbury couldn’t find in the sun, you sensed that a very bad inning was underway for the Royals.  But credit Georgetown starter Danielle Quercia.  She got Zoe Fitzgerald to strike out and Sammy Stone to line to first ending the inning without any more runs allowed.

Amesbury would build their lead to 3-0 in the second inning.  Lauren Fedorchak singled to center and Maddie Napoli sacrifice bunted her to second.  Lucy Scholz delivered Lauren with a two-out single to center.

Georgetown had five hits, a walk, and five stranded runners to show for five innings of play.  In the sixth the Royals used aggressive base running to get on the scoreboard.  Maddy Crateau and Jen Nutter set the stage with infield hits after one out.  When catcher Amanda Schell tried to pick Jen off of first (it was verrry close!) Maddie reached third.  And then when Jen stole second on another very close play Maddy raced home.

pitcher Rachel Cyr

pitcher Rachel Cyr

The key to that inning for Georgetown was being aggressive.  The key for Amesbury was Rachel Cyr.  How?  The senior pitcher struck out three Royals looking to keep other Royals off the bases and limit the damage to one run.

Former CAL All-League shortstop Amanda Schell made her debut at catcher for the Indians.  Amanda replaces Cassie Schultz who is now playing at Assumption.

Rightfielder Alexi Boswell showed her arm in the seventh inning.  When sophomore Maggie Noelk hit a liner to right, Alexi picked up the ball on the hop and threw Maggie out at first.

Amesbury starter Rachel Cyr allowed seven hits, one walk and struck out four.  She also successfully handled three chances.  Rachel, who replaces Carolina Merrill, will do most of the pitching for the Indians.

Georgetown starter Danielle Quercia gave up eleven hits but only five runs despite four errors behind her.  Danielle ends a run of eight years of the Erlandson sisters pitching.

Amesbury was 19-3 last season while Georgetown was 14-6.  Both teams are now in Division 3.

Jen Nutter

Jen Nutter

Jen Nutter led Georgetown with two hits.

Amanda Schell, Autumn Kligerman, and Lauren Fedorchak each had two hits for Amesbury.

Tough second inning for Georgetown.  Jen Nutter singled and reached second on a wild pitch with no outs.  However, Emily Fraser lined to Autumn Kligerman at 3B and the Amesbury junior doubled Jen off of second.  As bad luck (for Georgetown) would have it, next batter Hannah Jannell singled to center.  Could have been a run??

Amesbury junior Meagan Aponas had a pinch-hit single in the 6th but got caught in a rundown.

The game was originally scheduled for Georgetown but field conditions there weren’t good.

The temperatures were in the 50’s but the gusty winds made that number meaningless when it came to deciding what to wear.  Dress for winter until further notice!

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

third baseman Hannah Jannell

third baseman Hannah Jannell

Maddie Napoli readies the tag for Jen Nutter

Maddie Napoli readies the tag for Jen Nutter

Zoe Fitzgerald

Zoe Fitzgerald

catcher Amanda Schell

catcher Amanda Schell

shortstop Maddie Napoli

shortstop Maddie Napoli

Maddy Crateau

Maddy Crateau

Gianna Faragi tags out Meagan Aponas in the sixth inning

Gianna Faragi tags out Meagan Aponas in the sixth inning

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Ipswich defeats Amesbury 2-1 in Cape Ann League girls soccer

Devin Smith about to kick game winner as freshman Molly Lynch (19) tries to catch up

Devin Smith about to kick game winner as freshman Molly Lynch (19) tries to catch up

Amanda Martin (12) and Katie Monahan (18) battle

Amanda Martin (12) and Katie Monahan (18) battle

(Amesbury MA) If the Ipswich girls soccer team scores at least a goal in a game, they have come away with points this season.

That formula held true once again as the Tigers defeated the Amesbury Indians, 2-1, on a splendid holiday morning contest at Cashman Elementary School in Cape Ann League action.

Ipswich (6-3-5) has not scored many goals (twenty-one) but they had made them count because their defense has been solid.

Ipswich senior Devin Smith collected the game-winner in the second half just three minutes after Jill Hadwen had tied the score for the home team.

Amesbury (4-8-1) is clearly in a rebuilding year after graduating eight starters off the 2012 squad that went 16-1-2.

Sarah Wallis (21) in close

Sarah Wallis (21) in close

Ipswich, on the other hand, has plenty of experienced players in place from 2012’s 11-5-7 team.

With the win over Amesbury, the Tigers now have 17 points and are closing in on qualifying for the state tournament (they’ve done it 4 straight seasons) with four games left.

The Tigers had the territorial edge in this one in my opinion.  They were at their best in the middle of the field and forced Amesbury to use the outside lanes to get deep into the Ipswich end.

Cape Ann League All-Star Katie Monahan was part of most of the Ipswich threats.  Her corner kick in the first half set up teammate Emily Evans for the first Tigers’ goal.  In the second half, she was part of some Ipswich pressure deep in the Amesbury end that forced a turnover and led indirectly to Devin Smith’s game winner.

In the season opener (September 3rd) for both Ipswich and Amesbury, Katie tallied the winning goal in a 2-1 victory.  Let’s just say that the Indians won’t miss having her around!

The first Ipswich goal came off a corner kick twenty minutes into the first half.  The field at Cashman is definitely narrow so corner kicks can end up where trouble lurks for defenders, especially the goalie.

Katie Monahan’s CK went off the hands of Amesbury sophomore goalie Zoe Fitzgerald and into an area where several Tigers, including senior Emily Evans, were positioned.  Emily put the loose ball into the net.

Ipswich corner kick sails over AHS goalie Zoe Fitzgerald

Ipswich corner kick sails over AHS goalie Zoe Fitzgerald

Emily Evans (2) celebrates her goal

Emily Evans (2) celebrates her goal

Ipswich led 1-0 at the half and because of the positional domination I thought they would get the next goal.  But it didn’t work that way.

Two minutes after a very dangerous second-half Ipswich scoring chance (Emily Evans headed a CK by Maria Balzer over the net), Amesbury’s Hayley Tagliente was fouled setting up a direct kick.

Senior Kelly DiFazio took the direct kick and put it on net.  Ipswich GK Hannah Lynch and Amanda Martin collided as the ball reached the front of the net and a juicy rebound dropped to the ground.  Junior Jill Hadwen, who never stopped running toward the net,  collected the loose ball and drove it into the net to tie the score.

Jill Hadwen (14) never stops running and it will pay off in a goal

Jill Hadwen (14) never stops running and it will pay off in a goal

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So after twenty-six minutes of the second half the score was tied.  I started to think that maybe Amesbury might break its four-game losing streak.  Wrong again.

Ipswich got Amesbury trapped in their own end three minutes later.  The Indians had been successful most of the time in keeping the Tigers out of the middle………but not this time.

Kelly DiFazio (7) runs with Devin Smith (12)

Kelly DiFazio (7) runs with Devin Smith (12)

Senior Devin Smith intercepted a pass and broke in clean from the left.  Devin had AHS goalie Zoe Fitzgerald at her mercy and blasted a shot into the left side of the net with eleven minutes to go.

There were no “nearly scored” for either team the rest of the way and the Tigers left with a 2-1 win.

Ipswich next will travel to Rockport on Wednesday for a 7PM game.  They tied the Vikings 0-0 last time.

Amesbury visits winless Manchester-Essex on Wednesday night (7:15PM).

I was impressed with the play of Amanda Martin and Kelly DiFazio of the Indians.  Amanda was all over the field looking comfortable at either end.  The junior had four goals in a game this season.

Kelly is an important defender for Amesbury.  She plays with confidence and is not afraid to pull the ball back from a rushing attacker.  The senior had the assist on the Amesbury goal.

corner kick

corner kick

Junior JoAnna Perry of Ipswich caught my eye too.  She’s not tall but she wasn’t shy about getting into the middle of things.  She was a good passer and she also had the skills to pull the ball away from attackers.

The weather was simply stunning with plenty of October sun.  Good turnout of friends and family, many still talking about the day before in which both the Patriots and Red Sox served up terrific memories.

Ipswich is 50-24-25 over the last 4+ seasons.

The Tigers have given up only 11 goals (four to Newburyport) in their fourteen games.  The Indians have surrendered 34 goals during thirteen games.

Tigers goalie Hannah Lynch saved a penalty kick in the 2-1 win over the Indians in September.

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ball rolls to AHS goalie Zoe Fitzgerald

ball rolls to AHS goalie Zoe Fitzgerald

Jill Hadwen

Jill Hadwen

Emily Evans

Emily Evans

ball in the middle

ball in the middle

Katie Monahan corner kick

Katie Monahan corner kick

Kelly DiFazio

Kelly DiFazio

Katie Monahan and Amanda Martin

Katie Monahan and Amanda Martin

 

 

 

 

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