While chasing a state title is all the motivation the Indians (16-6) should need in their Division III North Semifinal match against Lowell Catholic (14-8), it doesn’t hurt knowing that if they reach the state championship game in Worcester, Augie will be able to come along for the ride.
But first, the Indians will have to overcome a tough Lowell Catholic team, and also the bitter memories of last year’s semifinal defeat.
“I’m pretty nervous because this is the game we got knocked out in last year, but their opponents that we both played, we only lost to Methuen by one and they did by 12, so I know we can do it,” Kligerman said. “Especially after what we’ve done already, we’re confident that we can beat them, we’re not cocky but I think we’re ready to go.”
Last year, Amesbury lost to Burlington 8-2 in the regional semifinal on the same field that they’ll be playing Lowell Catholic today. Though the team hasn’t played Lowell Catholic, the two teams have shared a couple of opponents.
Besides Methuen, who beat Amesbury 4-3 and Lowell Catholic 12-0, both teams have also played Notre Dame Academy. Lowell Catholic played Notre Dame twice in the regular season and beat them 6-0 and 5-2, while Amesbury played Notre Dame in the last round and won 11-2.
“They have a really good pitcher, she throws hard,” Waters said. “I’d say we’re evenly matched, they have a couple of kids who can hit, but their pitcher, Allison Moylan, is the really good one.”
The winner of today’s game will move on to the Division III North Finals, which will be played at Martin Field tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.
“We’ve got to go into every game thinking it’s going to be a tough team, and I’m sure they will be,” Aponas said. “But I think we’ll be ready, we’ve just got to do our best.”
Division III North Semifinals
No. 6 Amesbury vs. No. 10 Lowell Catholic
Martin Field (Lowell), 4 p.m.