The nature of the state tournament is such that teams often play against other teams they know nothing about. It can provide an element of excitement. But it can create a certain level of uncertainty, too.

Take the Amesbury softball team. The Cape Ann League runners-up regularly play teams from the Northeastern Conference, yet Indians head coach Chris Perry can’t remember the last time they played Swampscott, their opponent in the first round of the Division 2 North sectional tomorrow.

“For all the time we spend playing NEC teams, I can’t remember the last time we played Swampscott,” Perry said of the Big Blue, the 14th and final seed in the bracket. “We do know that there are some good teams in that conference, so any team that makes it to the tournament is good.”

Still, Perry said he’s trying to diligently scout the Big Blue.

“I’m trying to find out what I can about them,” Perry said Wednesday. “But right now, that’s not much. We should know a lot more by the time we step on the field.”

Perry can at least take comfort in knowing that his own team can play ball.

The Indians finished the season with a 17-3 record overall, good for the third overall seed in the North sectional, behind North Andover and Concord-Carlisle, respectively.

Amesbury’s been solid defensively all season, and Jordan Oliva has been a big boost on the mound. The junior hurler will get the start tomorrow at 5 p.m.

“Jordan’s definitely shown that she can hang with the best teams,” Perry said. “There’s no doubt she’s shown a lot of improvement. We’re going to need her to pitch well.”

The Indians are going to need the offense to be a little bit more consistent, too.

“We haven’t really had a stretch where we’ve clicked offensively,” Perry said. “We can be good at times, but we’re kind of sporadic at the plate.”

But if defense and pitching are the most important components in the playoffs – and most people suggest they are – then Amesbury could be poised for a deep run.

Kate Hathaway, Kate Enaire, Angela Lattime, and Lindsey Miller have all been outstanding in the field and at the plate, and the Cape Ann League noticed. Along with Oliva, those four were named CAL all-stars.

“Those girls are the core of the team,” Perry said.

But to simply label that group as the key to Amesbury’s success would be shortsighted, Perry said. Junior second baseman Abby Perry has been outstanding all season, and Catelyn Bartley has been a David Ortiz-esque presence in the clutch, smacking two game-winning hits and leading the team in home runs.

“We’ve had a lot of people contributing,” Perry said. “We don’t have anyone batting .400 or more, which is kind of unusual, but we have a lot of kids playing well.”

Perry just hopes that carries over to Saturday and beyond. Check after the game for a game recap and photos.