Andrew Stewart wins the 2015 Bridgton 4 on the Fourth

Winner Andrew Stewart leads the way past the Bridgton News office with second-place Silas Eastman in the distance

Winner Andrew Stewart leads the way past the Bridgton News office with second-place Silas Eastman in the distance

Silas Eastman (Colby) controls second

Silas Eastman (Colby) controls second

(Bridgton Me) Moninda Marube dominated the last two Bridgton 4 on the Fourth’s.

This year Moninda was missing and newcomer Andrew Stewart turned in an equally dominating win in the 39th edition of this race.

The University of Louisville junior finished with a time of 20:19 on the four-mile course in an overcast day with temperatures in the high 60s at the outset.

Silas Eastman (winner in 2012) took second. The Colby junior trailed Andrew by 22 seconds. My picture shows Andrew passing the Bridgton News office as Silas is seen in the distance.

Good race for third between Nate Richards (Principia College) and Taylor Days-Merrill (Assumption College). Nate got it done by taking over a minute off of his 2014 time.

Chris Garvin of Charlestown (Rhode Island) ended 5th.

The bragging rights battle was between Kennett High School (Conway NH) track coach Tim Livingston and KHS runner Nicholas Brown for 6th. The 16-year-old finished thirteen seconds behind his coach.

Will Hopkins (counselor at Camp O-At-Ka) via Maryland was 8th and Benson Worthington, who starred at Brunswick (ME) High School got 9th.

Jeff Lindy from Brookline (MA) rounded out the top ten.

Erin Flynn led the women runners

Erin Flynn led the women runners

Erin Flynn topped the women with an 18th place finish. The Newton (MA) resident took over 1 ½ minutes off her 2014 time.

Mary Pardi of Falmouth (ME) was the second woman while Jodi Theriault of Portland completed the top women’s trio.

I mentioned earlier that Moninda Marube was unavailable. Moninda set out from Auburn (ME) on July 1st on a 3,700 mile cross-country run. The purpose of his run is to raise awareness of human trafficking. Moninda hopes to reach California in November and run in a marathon at Santa Barbara. Godspeed to him!

Another missing piece in this year’s race was some sort of vehicle conflict. Every past year there are vehicles that try and navigate the race route from downtown Bridgton just as the Main Street part of the race is about to happen. Last year a truck drove up Main Street just seconds before the runners popped the hill after Highland Lake. None of that “excitement” this time around.

The early runners are so serious and fast. Then you get to the runners who are out for a fun run. They almost always have friends/family ready to let out hollers when they pass by. One of the event staff at the end of Church Street had several runners come over to her and hug her before they ran on to the finish.

Impressive rendition of the National Anthem by a nine-year-old before the race began.

I can’t wait to find out what brought winner Andrew Stewart from Kentucky to Maine for this race.

RACE RESULTS

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Andrew Stewart (Louisville) before the race

Andrew Stewart (Louisville) before the race

Silas Eastman before the race

Silas Eastman before the race

Taylor Day-Morrill (1909) chases Nate Richards for 3rd place

Taylor Day-Morrill (1909) chases Nate Richards for 3rd place

Chris Garvin (5th)

Chris Garvin (5th)

Kennett High coach Tim Livingston (6th)

Kennett High coach Tim Livingston (6th)

Benson Worthington (9th)

Benson Worthington (9th)

Mary Pardi (2nd woman)

Mary Pardi (2nd woman)

Nicholas Brown (453) 7th and Will Hopkins 8th

Nicholas Brown (453) 7th and Will Hopkins 8th

Jodi Theriault (3rd woman)

Jodi Theriault (3rd woman)

time to greet a friend

time to greet a friend

Nick Wilmott of New Zealand

Nick Wilmott of New Zealand

riding to the finish

riding to the finish

showing the colors

showing the colors

Stella Rose Boucher (1312)

Stella Rose Boucher (1312)

Marsha, Bill, and Sheila

Marsha, Bill, and Sheila

9-year-old dazzled with her rendition of the National Anthem

9-year-old dazzled with her rendition of the National Anthem

Song Kim of York, Maine

Song Kim of York, Maine

 

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Yarmouth 2015 Class B softball champs 7-5 over Hermon

Yarmouth (2015 Maine Class B softball champions)

Yarmouth (2015 Maine Class B softball champions)

Clippers start to celebrate

Clippers start to celebrate

(Standish ME) Plenty went right for the Yarmouth Clippers as they defeated the defending champion Hermon Hawks, 7-5, to take the Class B softball title at St. Joseph’s College on Saturday afternoon.

Yarmouth (17-3) wins its first Class B title while Hermon (17-3) falls short on a title defense.

Yarmouth took the lead in the second inning and never trailed.

Hermon was within one (4-3) in the 4th and had two runs in with a runner on second with one out in the bottom of the seventh trailing 7-5. Yarmouth, however, turned a double play to end the game.

There were plenty of big plays for the Clippers but if you’re looking for a key player it would have to be junior Colleen Sullivan. The YHS centerfielder had three hits out of the 9th spot and drove in four runs including the winning run in the 5th inning.

Colleen Sullivan - 3 for 3, 4 RBI, run scored

Colleen Sullivan – 3 for 3, 4 RBI, run scored

Mari Cooper collected the complete-game win for the Clippers. The scary moment for Clippers Nation was the liner off the bat of Hailey Perry that caught Mari on her right index finger ending the Hermon 5th. The injury effected Mari’s control over the final two innings (3 walks) but Yarmouth’s 4-run cushion after five innings (7-3) was too much for the Hawks to overcome.

Karli Theberge of Hermon surrendered twelve hits but had eight strikeouts. At the bat, the talented junior had two hits and scored two of Hermon’s runs.

Kallie Hutchinson, Cat Thompson, and Eleanor O’Gorman each had two hits for Yarmouth. Kallie and Cat also scored two runs for the 2015 state champs.

I wondered early if it might be Yarmouth’s day after Kylie Kennedy ripped a first-inning liner to right that freshman Sophie McGrath was positioned perfectly for. Assistant YHS coach Richard Ashley had just positioned Sophie closer to the line and that was exactly where she needed to be to get Kylie’s laser.

The Clippers got their first run in the second inning. Eleanor O’Gorman reached on a flair over shortstop that Hermon’s Emily Perley nearly caught. Cate Ralph was hit by a pitch and Sydney St. Pierre’s attempted sacrifice bunt turned into a successful bunt hit. That loaded the bases. Colleen Sullivan then hit a blooper down the rightfield line that scored Eleanor O’Gorman. HHS pitcher Karli Theberge retired the next two batters (Andrea St. Pierre & Kallie Hutchinson) to limit the damage.

Catcher Hailey Perry jumps for a high throw as Cat Thompson nears the plate

Catcher Hailey Perry jumps for a high throw as Cat Thompson nears the plate

The Clippers would add three more runs in the third inning. Cat Thompson flaired a hit into short left with one out. The Hawks tried for a force play at second on Eleanor O’Gorman’s grounder back to Karli but 2B Claire Petersen dropped the throw. That drop proved costly. Cate Ralph singled up the middle bringing home Cat Thompson. The runners moved up on the throw to the plate. Sydney St. Pierre walked loading the bases with two outs. Colleen Sullivan delivered two more runs with a long single into the gap in left. Karli K’d Andrea St. Pierre to hold the damage to three runs.

Now down 4-0, the Hawks put three runs together in their half of the 4th inning. After a single by Karli Theberge, Hailey Perry reached on Cat Thompson’s bobble. Kylie Kennedy singled to CF driving in Karli and the runners moved up on the throw home. Sydney Addessi’s sac fly to center tallied Hailey Perry. Katie Windsor hit a two-strike single to right scoring pinchrunner Laura Zenk. Big moment alert! With three runs already in, pitcher Mari Cooper K’d both Emily Perley and Deanna Phipps to get out of the inning.

With their lead slimmed to 4-3, Yarmouth got a run back in their half of the 4th. After Kallie Hutchinson was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple (nice throw LF Jaelen Albert) Cat Thompson singled to CF with two outs. Cat took second when a pickoff throw from HHS catcher Hailey Perry bounced off 1B Sydney Addessi’s glove. Eleanor O’Gorman made Hermon pay for the miscue by doubling to right bringing Cat home with Yarmouth’s 5th run.

Yarmouth enlarged their cushion in the fifth inning by two more runs. Sydney St. Pierre reached on 3B Kylie Kennedy’s error. Colleen Sullivan’s fly ball into right fell in between RF Lexey MacManus and 2B Claire Petersen and the two fielders collided. By the time Lexey got up to chase down the ball Sydney had scored from first and Colleen was on third. Kallie Hutchinson beat out a two-out infield grounder to deep short that brought Colleen home. Those two “extra” runs became crucial in the final inning.heya-A8-Claire-Lexey-2heya-A9-Clair-Lexey-2-+heya-A7-Claire-Lexey-3heya-Clair-Lexey-4

The Hawks’ Lexey MacManus reached on 3B Cat Thompson’s bad throw. Later Karli Theberge walked to put runners on 1B and 2B with one out. Hailey Perry brought them both in with a loud double in the LF/CF gap. Now down two (7-5) with one out and a runner (Hailey Perry) on second things were set for a tense ending. 2B Sydney St. Pierre raced in to catch Kylie Kennedy’s bloop and was able to flip to her sister (Andrea) to catch Hailey who had broken toward third to end the game.

The press box was an excellent spot to view the game from.

Weather was excellent…….70’s with an occasional breeze.

I had a number of mess-ups in my scorebook. That’s one of the reasons I do a recording of the game as well.

Yarmouth box

Hermon box

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Mari Cooper (seven strikeouts)

Mari Cooper (seven strikeouts)

Mari Cooper and Coach Amy Ashley after a scarey 5th inning

Mari Cooper and Coach Amy Ashley after a scarey 5th inning

Kallie Hutchinson runs into an out at 3B

Kallie Hutchinson runs into an out at 3B

Cat Thompson looks for the handle

Cat Thompson looks for the handle

looking for a bunt

looking for a bunt

Shortstop Emily Perley attempts a running catch

Shortstop Emily Perley attempts a running catch

Karli Theberge (8 strikeouts)

Karli Theberge (8 strikeouts)

Catcher Hailey Perry

Catcher Hailey Perry

friendly rivals

friendly rivals

Claire Petersen (1 hit, 1 run scored)

Claire Petersen (1 hit, 1 run scored)

Eleanor OGorman (2 hits, 2 runs scored)

Eleanor OGorman (2 hits, 2 runs scored)

 

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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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Trouble with drop-down menus using Lenovo Yoga touchpad?

The lower left corner of the touchpad (sticky note is in that spot) is where the left-click function actually is.  Touch anywhere else, including the left side, and you get a right-click function.

The lower left corner of the touchpad (sticky note is in that spot) is where the left-click function actually is. Touch anywhere else, including the left side, and you get a right-click function.

I may have the answer to your annoyance over drop-down menus. Read on.

I bought a Lenovo Yoga 2 touchpad computer in February (2015) at Best Buy. Later I had Windows 8.1 installed on it.

After that, the trouble (frustrations) began. I do a daily blog. I like to compose on a blank document and then transfer the finished entry onto my WordPress blog (His Word for Me).

When I tried to compose an entry the drop-down menus constantly showed up. The touchpad is divided into two halves so I couldn’t figure out why the drop-downs showed up no matter which part of the touchpad I clicked on. The same frustration happened when I pasted the completed entry onto my blog.

I had access to help: Best Buy’s Geek Squad, Lenovo, and Word. Amazing, to me, was that none of them could provide the instant help I needed. Trust me, I had them inside my machine all over the settings!

One bit of support that led to the solution was a Geek Squad guy telling me that there was no difference between the right click and the left click.

The solution? The problem was in my perception of the touchpad. I thought it had two halves……it doesn’t. The lower left corner of the touchpad is where the actual left-click is. The rest of that touchpad is all right-click.

So in my document composing I would occasionally finger that lower left corner and it would function as a left click should, otherwise everything was right click. So occasionally I thought that I had figured it out only to learn otherwise.

The key is using the lower left corner for left clicks. Do that and the problem should end.

Why Lenovo, the Geek Squad, and Word couldn’t help makes me wonder about them.

I hope this article puts an end to frustrations with the Lenovo Yoga 2 Touchpad for some of you.

 

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Undefeated Amesbury (12-0) edges Georgetown 4-2 in CAL softball

Zoe Fitzgerald gets third as throw escapes Brenna Donoghue

Zoe Fitzgerald gets third as throw escapes Brenna Donoghue

All eyes are on a two-out fly ball to left in the fourth inning

All eyes are on a two-out fly ball to left in the fourth inning

(Amesbury MA) That’s a dozen and counting.

Amesbury got past scrappy Georgetown, 4-2, on cool, windy Monday afternoon in Cape Ann League action.

Freshman Hayley Cantania tossed a 4-hitter with 9 strikeouts for Amesbury.

The Indians (12-0) put three runs together in the decisive second inning. Lauren Fedorchak delivered runs 2 & 3 with a double to left center.

Three Amesbury popups in that crucial 2nd inning were significant. Two of the popups (Emily Robinson & Haley Catania) fell for hits in short rightfield while the other one was a foul ball that wasn’t caught.

The wind was a player all game turning routine plays into adventures for both teams.

The Indians added a run in the fourth. Meagan Aponas beat out a grounder to second and later reached third on a throwing error by G’Town pitcher Danielle Quercia. Meagan was able to score Amesbury’s 4th run when Sam Stone’s fly ball to left was dropped by Maggie Noelk.

Danielle Quercia

Danielle Quercia

Later in the Amesbury 4th the Indians loaded the bases with one out but Danielle Quercia got a popup and a strikeout to escape with just one run allowed.

The visitors cut their 4-0 deficit in half in the fifth inning. Kylie Hayward singled and stole second. Jen Nutter walked on a wild pitch and Kylie reached third with two outs. Jen’s steal attempt drew a throw from catcher Caity Baker allowing Kylie to score when Jen was ruled safe at second. Kate Irons’ wind-influenced popup fell between first and second enabling Jen to get Georgetown’s second run.

That was it for the scoring. Georgetown (6-6) had a runner on in both the 6th and 7th but couldn’t find a big hit.

Best play of the game? Last out of the game. Kate Irons hit a hot shot to 3B Autumn Kligerman’s left. Autumn dove for it, stopped it, and threw to first. 1B Zoe Fitzgerald scooped the hurried throw and the game was over.

Both team’s shortstops had defensive gems. Maddie Napoli (Amesbury) ranged left to backhand a grounder then threw out the runner. Kylie Hayward (Georgetown) took charge on a popup near the mound and made a nice running catch.

Lauren Fedorchak - two rbi in the second inning

Lauren Fedorchak – two rbi in the second inning

Danielle Quercia pitched well enough to win. However, misplayed popups and throwing errors cost the Royals dearly.

The two teams met on April 8th. The snow was flying and Amesbury came away 8-6 winners in a weather-shortened five inning game.

Maddie Napoli, Emily Robinson, and Hayley Cantania each had two hits for Amesbury.

Kylie Hayward, Jen Nutter, Kate Irons, and Dana Edwards collected Georgetown’s four hits.

The Royals have won four of their last six games. Next for them is a trip to winless Ipswich on Wednesday.

Amesbury hasn’t lost since last June. Who beat them? St. Mary’s in the D3 North finals.

Amesbury’s next game is at Lynnfield on Wednesday.

Weather? Ninety degrees Sunday afternoon turned into sixty degrees a day later! One of the attractions to this area we live in is that we have four seasons. I didn’t know you could have all of them over a 2-day stretch.

One of the numerous popups landed on a very startled Augie in foul territory.

Amesbury box

Georgetown box

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Meagan Aponas - scored fourth Amesbury run

Meagan Aponas – scored fourth Amesbury run

Dana Edwards

Dana Edwards

Brenna Donoghue

Brenna Donoghue

Hayley Cantania - 9 strikeouts

Hayley Cantania – 9 strikeouts

Running catch by shortstop Kylie Hayward

Running catch by shortstop Kylie Hayward

Sam Stone

Sam Stone

Autumn Kligerman (middle) throws to first for the final out

Autumn Kligerman (middle) throws to first for the final out

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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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