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June 7, 2014

Amesbury reaches semifinal with a little help from a friend

AMESBURY – If you’ve been to an Amesbury softball game at any point in the last three years, then chances are you’ve noticed the friendly cream-colored dog that roams around the Indians dugout during every game.

Augie is a three-year old English cream retriever who belongs to assistant coach Jacquie Waters, and over the past three years he has turned into something of a team mascot for the Indians.

“He’s the best, oh my gosh he’s awesome,” said junior outfielder Megan Aponas. “He’s kind of our inspiration in a way, he’s always smiling and cheering us on in his own dog way.”

Augie, whose real name is August Moon, comes to all of the Indians’ practices and home games, and when circumstances allow, Waters will sometimes bring him along to road games too. When the game is going on, Augie will usually watch the game from the dugout, though he’ll occasionally wander over to the opposing team’s bench to say hi to the other players.

“The Triton girls all loved him, he went over to visit with them,” Waters said. “He went over to visit Newburyport this year too, which was unacceptable.”

Augie was present for each of Amesbury’s first two state tournament games, which the Indians won by a combined score of 28-3. When the team found out they wouldn’t be allowed to bring him to their game against Lowell Catholic today at Martin Field in Lowell, they decided to throw him a little party, Waters said.

“It’s awesome having him there, I don’t think I’ve ever heard him bark,” said junior third baseman Autumn Kligerman, who joined the softball program at the same time as Augie three years ago. “He’s so friendly, I think it’s good to have him there. He diffuses the tension sometimes because if we’re losing then petting him makes us feel better, and it’s fun to have him.”

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