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April 19, 2014

Amesbury's defensive struggles prove costly, Indians fall to Ipswich 6-3

AMESBURY – Needing a blemish-free game to beat Ipswich, the Indians made key errors at inopportune times and fell at home, 6-3.

While Amesbury (3-2) was able to score early by playing smart baseball, their offense stuttered for the games majority as Ipswich (2-3) senior pitcher Sean Whooley got comfortable.

“(Whooley) is the best pitcher we have seen all year,” said Amesbury head coach Gene Burnham. “He is very competitive. He’s smart. He used the whole strike zone and then some area out of the strike zone. When he got ahead of us, that’s when he was the toughest. He threw the curve ball for a strike, the fast ball for a strike and he climbed the ladder on us with two strikes; it was either fastball up or curve ball away. Our good at bats were few and far between today and I give him all of the credit in the world. I give Ipswich all the credit; those kids came out and played some great team baseball and that’s huge.”

Things looked bright for Amesbury early. Ben Cullen began the game with a double, followed by a Jared Dupre sacrifice bunt and a Mackenzie Short sacrifice fly out. Just like that, the Indians enjoyed a 1-0 lead.

Defensively, the second inning was one to forget for the Indians. A pair of quick hits had tied the game for Ipswich, before Ryan Silva stepped to the plate with runners on second and third. Silva hit a single, scoring a run but continued around the bases as Amesbury made consecutive throwing errors. Suddenly, Burnham’s team was trailing 4-1.

“I think it happens in baseball,” he said. “You have one error that leads to another and that’s all it was. We made one bad throw to the plate and one bad throw to second base and all of a sudden a single turns into touching all of them. It wasn’t a lack of concentration, it was just physical. Those were physical mistakes and physical mistakes happen. It’s the mental mistakes that you have to concern yourself with as a coach.”

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