Local Roundup: Woodstock Slips Past Springfield
Springfield — Up against a much-improved opponent playing on its home courts, the Woodstock Union High girls tennis team beat host Springfield 4-3 on Thursday afternoon.
The match came down to the No. 2 doubles contest, which itself was a battle from the start. Emma McLiverty and Haley Usilton earned the point, and clinched the match, with a comeback effort. McLiverty (a junior) and Usilton (a sophomore) dropped the first set, 3-6, then won the second 7-6 (7-2). The match was then clinched with a 10-4 victory in the tiebreaker.
“This is the strongest Springfield team I’ve seen, ever, they’re really coming around. We hung in there,” Woodstock coach Tom Hopewell said.
Amelia Sheppard had a strong performance at No. 1 singles for the Wasps, winning 6-4, 6-0. Kathleen Sheppard added a 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) victory at the second singles and Morgan Hartman won 6-3, 6-0 in her singles match. Katie Miller lost a heartbreaker at No. 3 singles, 3-6, 7-5, 8-10.
The Wasps (8-3) host Mount Anthony today, assuming cooperation from Mother Nature.
Hanover 15 Manchester Memorial 0
Manchester — Jude Arbogast had five goals and an assist as the Marauders (8-5) turned in a dominant effort.
Mike Mayo added three goals and an assist while Brendan Forauer had a goal and three helpers. George Geraghty and Andrew Huizenga each scored and had one assist. Tom Peters, Gus Lyons, Ben Acker and Ben Carson-Turner each scored once.
Goalie Dan DeRoy made three saves for Hanover, which crosses into the Green Mountain State to visit Essex on Saturday.
Woodstock 10 Mount Anthony 6
Woodstock — The Wasps (6-2) used a shut-down defensive effort to beat the Patriots.
Oliver Kaija led the attack for Woodstock with five goals and an assist. Jonas Kantola added three goals and Daniel Robinson and Jackson each scored once. Connor McCarthy had a pair of assists. Goalie Ben Orr made 13 saves.
“The Woodstock defense did a superb job today, they made all the difference,” Wasps coach Brandon Little said. Also drawing praise from Little was the play of defenders Nick Donaldson, William Gault and Connor Fegard.
Woodstock hosts Burr & Burton on Saturday.
Gilford 7, Kearsarge 5
North Sutton — The Cougars (4-8) fell victim to a comeback by the Golden Eagles in losing their seventh consecutive game.
Kearsarge led 3-1 at halftime and 5-4 with three minutes to go but couldn’t hold on. Lucas Muzzey led the Cougars with two goals and two assists. Justin Norris added two goals, Bryson Barthol also scored and Bailey Kane had one helper.
Goalie Will Aufranc had six saves for Kearsarge, which visits Windham on Saturday.
Randolph 6, Oxbow 2
Randolph — Brandon Keyes did it all, tossing a four hitter and driving in three runs, to lift the Galloping Ghosts.
Keyers went the distance on the bump, striking out two and walking two. He also was 2-for-4 with those three RBIs. Nathan Gray and Greg Johnson added two hits apiece.
Tyler Gillis started for the Olypians, pitching the first four innings.
Randolph (3-6) visits U-32 on Saturday.
Concord (Vt.) 5, Whitcomb 4
Concord, Vt. — The Hornets (5-7) fought back the whole game, but couldn’t quite overcome the Wildcats.
Bradford Allen went the first 6 2⁄ 3 innings for Whitcomb, allowing three earned runs while striking out six and walking two. Harry Allen was 4-for-4 and scored a run. Forrest Peront added a hit and drove in two.
The Hornets visit Blue Mountain on Tuesday.
Harwood 9, Thetford 0
Thetford — The Panthers couldn’t muster any offense, dropping to 2-7. Jon Blakeney was 2-for-3 for Thetford, which visits Montpelier on Saturday.
Newport 6, Monadnock 4
Newport — Samantha McNeel tossed a complete game to lead the Tigers (7-3) over the Huskies.
McNeel gave up five hits and struck out three. She also added two hits and two RBIs in helping her own cause. Lindsy Desmarais also had a pair of hits to drive in two. Emma Carroll added a pair of hits.
The Tigers visit Hinsdale on Monday.
Oxbow 10, Randolph 0
Randolph — The Olympians remained unbeaten after shutting out the Galloping Ghosts.
Leah Hanzas started in the circle for the O’s, going six innings, allowing four hits and striking out five. Mary Bourgeuis added an inning of one-hit relief with one strikeout.
Cassie Hutchinson was 3-for-4 with a triple. Shaelyn Brammell was also 3-for-4 and Amanda Wheeler added a pair of hits. The Olympians (9-0) host Northfield this afternoon.
Thetford 17, Harwood 5
Thetford — The Panthers found the offensive groove in routing the Highlanders.
Carlie Ulman led the barrage from the plate with three hits. Taylor Cudhea and Kaitlin Boyce each added a double and a single. Rozzlyn Kidder tossed a complete game, striking out five while scattering eight hits and five walks.
Coach Michelle Fifield praised the defensive effort by the Panthers, who turned two double plays. Michaela Pomeroy (shortstop) and Shenia Covey (center field) each had strong games in support of Kidder.
Thetford (4-6) visits Lamoille on Tuesday.