Boston High School: Mackenzie Gillis

Bay State Games: July 13 recap

July, 14, 2012
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Bay State Games communications coordinator Craig Kaufman sends along results from today's plethora of action:

BASEBALL
Southeast 1, West 1

West clinched the Silver Medal by playing to a 1-1 tie with Southeast, who were hoping to put themselves in place for the silver, but ended up settling for Bronze.

Derek Bauer (Millis) drove in Steven Gilbert (Franklin) in the first inning as Southeast took a 1-0 lead and held it all the way to the bottom of the seventh inning, when West, down to their last out, tied the game when Tim Donahue (Westfield) came across the plate and forced extras.

Northeast 4, Central 3
Having already clinched the Gold Medal, Northeast took the field and held off a late Central charge to finish with a record of 4-0-1.

Northeast scored three runs in the third inning, thanks t otwo walks and two singles, the second of which a two-run hit by Nicholas Comei (Bradford). Colton Fontaine (Newburyport) scored in the third and then again in the fourth as Northeast took a 4-1 lead.

Central scored twice in the sixth inning through a two-run single by Jake Ryan (Whitinsville) to pull within a run, but Ryan McAuliffe (N. Reading) stranded two runners in the seventh to shut the door and collect the save.

Coastal 8, Metro 3
Coastal busted the game open in the fifth inning with three straight doubles, the last of which, by Kevin Huscher (Middleboro) drove in two runs. Mike Bruemmel added a two-run single in the sixth inning , while Cody Younger (Middleboro), who went 2-2 in the game, had a two-run single in the third.

Metro tied the game at 3 in the top of the fifth after falling behind. William Mitchell (Quincy) and Alex Joyce (Newton) singled and walked, respectively and Austin Johnson (Arlington) delivered a single to left field.

Final 2012 Bay State Games Baseball Standings:
1. Northeast (4-0-1)
2. West (3-1-1)
3. Southeast (2-2-1)
4. Coastal (2-3) – won the head to head vs. Central, 2-0
5. Central (2-3)
6. Metro (0-4-1)

BOYS' SOCCER
Northeast 3, Southeast 0
Chris Donnolly (Woburn) opened the scoring in the 17th minute on a header from a corner and Conor Leahy (Beverly) doubled Northeast’s advantage with a shot from the left side in the 23rd minute. Paul Magazzu (Reading) capped the scoring in the 38th minute, taking a pass from Nick Atwood (Andover) and scoring from the right.

Metro 4, Central 2
Central got on the board first through Lukas Ritzer (Sutton) in the fifth minute, but Metro scored three times without answer, including a direct kick goal from Hilcias Palencia (Chelsea) and the first of two goals on the day from Jadison Medina (Chelsea). Central pulled a goal back in the 60th minute when Tyler Martin (Charlton) converted a penalty kick, but Miranda’s second of the day three minutes later finished the game.

Coastal 1, West 0
The lone goal of the game came in the 56th minute, when Coastal’s Noah Martins (Dartmouth) curled a bending chip shot in from 12 feet out.

Central 5, Southeast 0
Tyler Martin (Charlton) scored the first two goals of the game, including coring a penalty I nthe 32nd minute and Central shutout Southeast. Ritzer added a goal and assist, Jordan Elster (Sutton) scored and Justin Asam (Milford) had a goal and two assists in the victory.

Northeast 3, Coastal 1
Coastal got on the board first when Timothy Amaral (New Bedford) scored in the 14th minute, but three second half goals, including tallies from Nick Atwood (Andover) and Sean Berube (Wilmington) delivered the comeback victory for Northeast.

West 3, Metro 1
West led 3-0 at halftime after goals by Nicholas Martinelli (E. Longmeadow), Jeff Danek (Ludlow) and Matthew Kolb (W. Springfield), before Metro’s Hilcias Palencia (Chelsea) pulled one goal back in the 51st minute.

GIRLS' SOCCER
Central 1, Metro 0
Central’s Cierra Dubinsky (Sutton) scored the lone goal in the 35th minute to deliver the slim victory to Central.

Southeast/Coastal 2, West 1
Three goals in the final four minutes of play decided this game, as Southeast/Coastal’s Stephanie Striglio (Hull) scored in the 66th and 69th minutes. West pulled back a goal in the final minute, but ran out of time to get a point out of the game.

Northeast 2, Central 0
Megan Cullen (Amesbury) got both the goals for Northeast, scoring in the 44th and 55th minutes. Sophie Draper (Andover) picked up the first assist, with Rebecca Mercuro (Saugus) assisting on the second goal.

Metro 2, Southeast/Coastal 1
Southeast/Coastal’s Kelly Couite (W. Bridgewater) scored in the 10th minute on a feed from MacKenzie Gillis (Abington), but two goals from Alexandra Curtain (Winchester) in the first half delivered the final score in favor of Metro.

Northeast 2, West 1
Northeast bookended a West goal with tallies by Carolyn Cook (S. Hamilton) and Megan Cullen (Amesbury), with Rebecca Mercuro (Saugus) picking up both assists. West’s goal came from Jordan Bates (Chicopee), with the assist coming from Natalie Caney (Belchertown).

FIELD HOCKEY
Metro/Northeast 3, Central 0
Coastal 3, West 2
Southeast 4, Coastal 0

Boy’s 9-10 Basketball
Metro 71 Northeast 66

The Metro squad prevailed over the Northeast squad. The Metro team was led by Keith Burns from Belmont who had 21 points and Christian Lejuene from Waltham who contributed 15 points. The Northeast squad was led by Cody Broges from Dartmouth who had 16 points and Kareem Murrell from Dorchester who had 14.

West 60 Central 45
The West region was led by Jake Ross from Florence who had 18 points and Keith Natale scored 13 points.

Coastal 59 Metro 46
The Metro region was led by Adam Kleckner who contributed 9 points in a losing effort.

Northeast 67 Central 27
The Northeast squad was led by Kareem Murrell who had 18 points and Anthony Gilardi had 13. The Central squad was led by number 11 with 17 points.

BOYS' LACROSSE
Southeast 9, Metro 6

Steve Righini (Weymouth) scored three times for Southeast and Alex Pacitti (Foxborough) added two goals. Kyle Deluca (Weymouth) scored a goal and added an assist as Southeast scored three times in the fourth quarter to break a 6-6 tie. Goalie Keison Cunningham (Weymouth) made 11 stops for Southeast and also helped his own cause with a goal. For Metro, Jack Trottier (Tyngsborough) scored four gaols and Ben Foley (Tyngsborough) pitched in a goal and an assist, while Scott Powell (Swampscott) made 23 stops in a losing effort.

Coastal 11, Northeast 5
Will Mare led the way with five goals for Coastal, who also got three goals and an assist from Ethan McCullough. Mike McCarthy and Sean McNamara combined to make 7 stops in goal.

Northeast was led by Evan Connolly (Peabody) who scored twice and also got single goals from Derek Lawton (Bishop Guertin), John Curcuru (Gloucester) and Ian Kennedy (Gloucester).

Joshua Nelson (Medford) was strong in goal, making 19 saves.

Southeast 10, Central 5
Righini scored six goals and tallied an assist, while Jack Vail (Franklin) scored twice and Jake Sargeant (Franklin) notched two assists. Cunningham and Daniel Sprague (Weymouth) combined to make 9 stops in net.

Central got a goal and an assist from Michael Castellani (Nipmuc Reg.) and two assists from Nicholas Polutchko (Algonquin Reg.) and matched Southeast 2-2 in goals in the second and third periods. Matthew McIntire (Milford) made 13 saves.

Coastal 13, Metro 7
Will Moore (5 goals and 2 assists) and Joe Tyo (4 goals and 1 assist) paced the Coastal squad, with Ethan McCullough pitching in three goals and an assist. Jack Trottier (Tyngsborough) paced the Metro club with four goals, while Scott Powell (Swampscott) made four stops in net.

D2 South softball: Abington 3, Fairhaven 1

June, 10, 2012
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TAUNTON, Mass. -- A year ago, the Abington softball team was in the midst of a comeback bid against Coyle-Cassidy in the Div. 1 South semifinals when third baseman Stephanie Cornish slid into second base and broke two bones in her leg.

After undergoing surgery and not being able to walk for two and a half months, Cornish missed the fall soccer season while rehabbing. She was able to get back in time for basketball in the winter, but when spring rolled around, Cornish and her Green Wave teammates felt they had some unfinished business to take care of.

With Cornish playing a pivotal role in what was a stellar defensive performance, No. 1 Abington finished what they tried to do last year by capturing the south sectional title with a 3-1 victory over No. 3 Fairhaven Sunday at Taunton High School.

"Last year I broke my ankle. We were in the middle of a comeback too," Cornish recalled. "We were playing Coyle-Cassidy and I slid into second base and I broke my ankle - but I was safe though so that was good. But I think that kind of slowed our comeback a little and we ended up losing. Making it all the way this year is a great feeling. I can't describe it."

Cornish recorded a putout and three big assists in the later stages of Sunday's contest, emblematic of the way the Green Wave (22-2) settled down defensively after committing a pair of first inning errors that led to Fairhaven's (20-3) only run.

The defense provided a big boost behind Abington ace Kelly Norton, who scattered four hits and struck out six while setting down 16 of the last 17 hitters she faced from the third inning on.

"Since I have been at Abington Kelly has won 43 games and only lost four," said Green Wave coach Ernie Ortega. "That will tell you what kind of competitor she is and she does not let things get her down. It was very easy for them to get down after being down 1-0.

"We weren't making contact but once we tied the game and then took the lead, there was no looking back" he continued. "It's only the second time we've been down since I think the beginning of May. That was a testament to these girls. They showed they can play with the best of them."

A bit of nervousness played a role in a choppy start for Abington as the Lady Blue Devils put together a run when Kayli Moniz led off the game with a double and scored two batters later on a throwing error.

The Green Wave were to cash on mistakes as well, as Liz Morgan tied the game in the second, scoring after a double and a throwing error. Abington took the lead for good in the third when both MacKenzie Gillis and Jill Marella came all the way around after a pair of errors on Marella's bunt attempt.

Norton slammed the door shut from that point on, shaking off the nerves and allowing just a sixth inning double over the final five innings.

"Everyone just needed to take a deep breath because we always get nervous," Norton admitted. "Everyone's on the bus freaking out and jittery and we all just need to remember its just a game. We've played what, 23 times before this game? Everyone just relaxed and got back at it and collectively we did our job."

Norton added, "After the first two innings, I could tell I wasn't fully warmed up. Yesterday I was on it, I could feel I was in the zone. But after those first couple of innings I got down to basics and it just worked I guess."




TAUNTON, Mass. -- Can anybody cool down the bats of Coyle-Cassidy softball?

The Eastern Athletic Conference champions mashed their way through the regular season, scoring 205 runs in the regular season, or greater than 10 runs a game. C-C began the Division 2 South tournament by hanging a pair of 16-run performances on Norwell and Hanover.

The Warriors kept swinging Sunday in their D2 South semifinal against Abington at Jack Tripp Field, pounding out 14 hits and doubling up the Green Wave, 8-4.

“They all know their job,” C-C head coach Russell Hunt said. “I could be the number three hitter, or the five-hitter that needs to execute, either on the bunt or to make some contact. They know their jobs and we try to keep it simple here and thus far they’ve executed.”

Part of the key to C-C’s success has been its stacked batting order, as exhibited on Sunday. Every Warrior starter had at least one hit and four players (Patty Borges, Julie LeClair, Tricia Quinn and Genna Whelan) had multi-hit games.

Quinn and center fielder Megan Ritchie led C-C (19-4) both drove in a pair of runs.

“The bottom third of our order could be the top third,” said Katie Bumila, the Warriors’ senior catcher. “You could turn our lineup all around and we would still have the same results because we have that power and we have really just good hitters all the way through the lineup.”

That bottom of the order made its presence felt in C-C’s four-run fourth inning.

Ritchie, batting out of the sixth-hole, clubbed a two-run single to left. Next up, Warriors starter Katherine Clark delivered an RBI single. Then, No. 8 hitter Brittany Perdigao beat out an infield hit, scoring Clark.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Warriors, however. The top-seeded Green Wave (21-2) crawled back within a run at 5-4 in the fifth inning.

Lead-off hitter Mackenzie Gillis hit an RBI double to left-center; she later came around to score on Stephanie Cornish’s two-out single.




On the following play, in a scary moment, Cornish went sliding into second base on Haylee Rogers’ infield hit. Cornish slid safely into the bag, but her left spike dug into the clay. Play was stopped for nearly 20 minutes as Cornish was taken by ambulance to Taunton’s Morton Hospital with a broken ankle.

When play resumed, Clark got Alex Powers to pop out to second with the bases loaded to close the inning.

“We had a good rally going there,” Abington head coach Ernie Ortega said. “The kids played hard. They gave up a few more errors than you can commit against a team like Coyle, they take the extra bases. We prepared as well as we could for them, but they played better.”

The Green Wave committed three errors in the field, providing the Warriors with several extra outs.

“That’s kinda’ how we play,” Bumila said of C-C’s aggressive play on the base paths, “we go all out and we try to make them make mistakes and put pressure.”

Katelyn McCarthy earned the save after entering the game for Clark in the sixth. McCarthy retired the final four Green Wave batters in order. Clark earned the win, scattering six hits over 5 2/3 innings while allowing three earned runs and striking out four.

“It’s been a full team effort,” Hunt said. “They’ve all given it all that they possibly can, you’ve got to appreciate that.”

Fifth seed C-C will face No. 2 seed Hopkinton for the D2 South title Monday at Taunton High. First pitch is at 7 p.m.

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