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April 24, 2014

Midseason Review:

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In their first five games, the Sachems scored only 5 runs and left countless runners on base. That will turn around eventually, and when their bats get going, Pentucket should start seeing their fortunes improve.

Softball

1. Pentucket (3-1, 2-1 CAL)

2. Newburyport (4-3, 3-1 CAL)

3. Amesbury (2-2, 2-0 CAL)

4. Georgetown (1-1, 0-1 CAL)

5. Triton (0-8, 0-4 CAL)

It looks to be a three-way race to the top of the local softball scene, as Pentucket, Newburyport and Amesbury have all enjoyed strong starts to the season.

The Sachems currently lead the way at 3-1, with its only loss of the season coming against a strong Masconomet team (4-1), though Newburyport and Amesbury can take credit for playing the most entertaining game of the season thus far in a 16-15 barnburner that the Clippers won on April 14.

That game featured big hits, huge comebacks and a series of rallies, capped off by Newburyport’s improbable comeback after being down by four in the seventh inning. The loss was crushing for Amesbury, who’d lose their next game to St. Mary’s of Lynn, but in the end you know the Indians will be there when the state tournament begins.

Boys Lacrosse

T1. Pentucket (4-1, 2-1 CAL)

T1. Newburyport (4-1, 2-1 CAL)

T1. Triton (4-3, 3-0 CAL)

4. Georgetown (1-7, 1-3 CAL)

Speaking of three-way races, it looks as if local lacrosse fans are going to be in for a treat this spring. Pentucket and Newburyport have both looked outstanding in their first five games, with each jumping out to a 4-1 start. Those one losses each came against the same team (Masconomet, who is 6-2 and 4-0 in league play), and this Friday the two will collide in a battle of Greater Newburyport’s top two teams.

Unless you’re of the opinion that Triton is the best team in the area, and that wouldn’t be a hard case to make either. Sure, the Vikings got off to a 0-3 start, but since then they have won four straight, outscoring their opponents 54-18 during that stretch. Triton may also have the area’s best goaltender in sophomore Nolan Smith, and the team holds a one-game lead over the Clippers and Sachems in the CAL standings.

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