Raiders Escape a Trap
Four-Run Seventh Pushes Lebanon Past Upstart Hanover
Hanover’s Elise Austin-Washburn, right, gets a high five from base coach and teammate Rachel Alibozek after reaching first base on a walk during yesterday’s softball season opener with Lebanon at Huntley Meadows. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Lebanon’s Liz Shipley, left, and Kaylee Rogers sprint off their respective bases. Both would play key roles in the Raiders’ seventh-inning rally that gave the visitors a 6-5 win. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Hanover’s Ashley Elder makes contact with the ball during the Marauders’ softball season opener with Lebanon yesterday. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Norwich — It had been quite a while since first-year Lebanon High softball coach Jessica Bavos had been involved in a game. The Raiders made sure she returned to competition in style.
Trailing 4-2 entering the seventh inning in yesterday’s season opener against Hanover, the Raiders rallied with four runs in the final frame and hung on for a 6-5 win at Huntley Meadows.
Pitcher Kaylee Rogers (double) and Shauna McGrath (triple) hit back-to-back extra-base hits to make it 4-3 before Elizabeth Shipley singled in McGrath, Rachael Berg had a base hit and Chrissy Drake drove in both with a two-RBI double. Drake was thrown out trying to steal third, but Lebanon was still able to enter the bottom of the seventh with a 6-4 lead.
“It was a little nerve-wracking, but that’s part of the game,” said Bavos. A three-year third baseman who helped the Raiders reach the NHIAA Class I final as a junior and win a state title as a senior, Bavos played one year at Wentworth Institute of Technology, but hadn’t coached or played the game since.
“I really hadn’t been part of a game in a long time, so it was good to come back with a win,” Bavos said. “It took a while for our bats to come alive, but we came through at the right time.”
Hanover nearly tied it in the home half of the seventh, loading the bases with two outs before Darby Phillips’ rocket down the right field line went just foul.
“It was a bummer,” said Hanover coach Mike Landeau. “I thought we had the game won on that swing, but it’s a game of inches and it didn’t land on the right side of the line for us.”
Phillips (four earned runs, three strikeouts, three walks) started in the circle and contributed an RBI groundout for the Marauders (0-1). Delia Nahabedian also converted an RBI ground out for Hanover.
Both teams are back tomorrow as the Marauders play at Plymouth and the Raiders at Souhegan.
Woodstock 0 (5)
Windsor — Haley Wood had a grand slam as part of a two-homer, five-RBI day as the Yellowjackets stormed past the Wasps in the season opener for both teams
Erin Lapine (two-run single; three RBIs, two runs), Tierra Huntley (three walks, two runs) and Taylor Potwin (two RBIs, two runs) also contributed to the onslaught. Pitchers Ashlee Bly (three innings, one hit, four strikeouts) and Mariah Marsh (two innings, one hit, one walk) were steady in the circle.
Windsor hosts Springfield tomorrow, while the Wasps hosts Bellows Falls on Thursday.
Newport 6, Stevens 1
Newport — Eight Tigers had hits as Newport won the season opener for both teams.
Sophie Willis (triple) and Stephanie Carl (two-run single) provided some of the big bats for the Tigers, while Carl allowed just one hit in four innings for the win.
Newport plays at Kearsarge tomorrow, while Stevens hosts Hillsboro-Deering on Friday.
Littleton 3, Woodsville 1
Woodsville — The Engineers fell in their season opener.
The Crusaders scored all of their runs unearned in the fifth inning, when Woodsville committed two of their three errors on the day.
Woodsville plays at Blue Mountain on Friday.
Stevens 5, Newport 0
Newport — Cardinals pitcher Ryan Tanguay had a great day on the mound and at the plate as Stevens won the season opener for both teams.
Tanguay hit a two-run double in the top of the first inning, giving himself a cushion before tossing the complete-game shutout. He allowed two walks and struck out six.
Austin Tenney (2-for-2, two walks) and Chase Hussey (2-for-3, run) also contributed offensively for the Cards, who host Hillsoro-Deering on Friday.
Woodsville — The Engineers dropped their season opener to the rival Crusaders.
Woodsville fell behind early before scoring five runs in the sixth, including a three-run home run from Ben Fournier, to pull within 8-6.
Jaret Bemis had a two-run double, while losing pitcher Sam Wilson surrendered four earned runs.
Dan Roy had two hits for the Engineers, who host Gorham tomorrow.
Kearsarge 17, Stevens 4
North Sutton, n.h. — Travis Newman and Peter Allen tallied five goals and two assists each as the Cougars blasted the Cardinals in the season opener for both teams.
Andrew Van Hooydonk added a hat trick, and Ollie Gallo had two goals and two assists for Kearsarge. Alex Wilson and Butch Bolger had one goal each for the Cougars. It was the first career point for Bolger, a freshman, who scored on an assist from Jason Harrington, a senior.
Kieran Cochrane (two goals, assist), Dean Seaman (two assists) and Joshua Casey and Cullen Eaton (one goal each) contributed for the Cardinals.
Kearsarge goalie Will Aufranc made seven saves, the same number Stevens netminders Rob Knight and Joe Marsinelli accumulated.
Kearsarge plays at Lebanon on Thursday; the Cardinals host John Stark on Friday.
John Stark 14, Lebanon 2
Lebanon — The Raiders fell in their season opener.
Dylan Drew scored both goals for Lebanon, while freshman Joey Rogers and sophomore Kyler Tang combined for seven saves.
The Raiders host Kearsarge on Thursday.
Bishop Brady 8
Concord — Erin Perryman scored six goals as the Raiders won their season opener over the Giants.
Mo Moran scored four times for Lebanon, while Amelia Gage contributed two goals and three assists. Elle Brine had a goal and an assist, Shauna Rankin-Byrne had a pair of helpers and Emma Forman had an assist.
Erin Landry made nine saves to round out a strong all-around effort for the turf-starved Raiders.
“It was a great way to open the season for us, because we’ve spent most of the last three weeks in the gym,” said Lebanon coach Sara Ecker. “We’d scrimmaged (Randolph) on Friday, and that was our first time outside. But once we got out there today, we showed we can play with a ton of hustle.”
The Raiders play at Hopkinton on Thursday before hosting John Stark in their home opener on Monday.
Hanover 15, St. Thomas 6
Dover, n.h. — Hannah Seibel had six goals and three assists as the Marauders prevailed in their season opener.
Evie Keating (assist) and Sophie Lubrano had two goals each, while Claudia Noonan (assist), Rachel Boghosian, Mason McNulty and JJ Daniell had one goal each.
The Marauders’ strong defensive effort was led by Lubrano, Grace Croitoru and Araya Lacy.
Emily Gougelet made 10 saves.
Hanover hosts Merrimack tomorrow.
Bishop Brady 1
Concord — The Marauders nearly swept the Giants while improving to 2-0 on the year.
Kotaro Horiuchi, Christian Mueller, Brendan Barth, Jackson Greenspan, Henry Pletcher and Richard Qiu also had singles wins, Qiu’s tiebreaker win the only by fewer than seven games.
Kotaro-Mueller, Barth-Pletcher and Greenspan-Qiu all combined for doubles wins.
The Marauders play at Goffstown tomorrow.
Bishop Brady 1
Hanover — The Marauders opened the season with a dominant win over the Giants.
Camielle Hankel (8-1), Zoe Yu (8-4), Katie Irwin (8-2), Hazuki Horiuchi (8-4) and Liza Goss (8-2) all had singles wins for the Marauders, while Hankel-Yu (9-8), Irwin-Kendra McGowan (8-6) and Goss-Horiuchi all earned doubles wins.
Hanover hosts Gofftstown tomorrow.
Bow 9, Kearsarge 0
Bow, n.h. — The Cougars slipped to 0-3.
“Bow is very strong,” said Kearsarge coach Laura Joslin-King. “I was proud of the sportsmanship and enthusiasm our girls played with.”
Big Green MVP
Hanover — All-Ivy League free safety Garrett Waggoner received the Bob Blackman trophy as Dartmouth’s team MVP at the Big Green’s team banquet on Sunday.
A senior tri-captain, Waggoner was third on Dartmouth’s defense with 56 tackles. He made a number of game-changing plays, including crucial forced fumbles in wins over Holy Cross and Princeton.
Waggoner finished tied for the team lead with two interceptions and five passes defended.
Wide receiver Ryan McManus took home a pair of accolades, receiving the Special Teams award as well as the Doten Award given to an outstanding sophomore. An all-Ivy honorable mention, McManus caught 42 passes for 664 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 7.6 yards on 21 punt returns.
More than a dozen total awards were celebrated by the Big Green, which went 6-4 last fall.
Dartmouth 10th at Yale
New Haven, Conn. — Charlie Edler (9-over-par 149; 15th) and Charles Cai (10-over 150) placed in the top 20 as the Big Green finished 10th of 13 teams at Yale University last weekend.
Princeton’s Bernie D’Amato shot a two-over 141 for the individual win while Villanova had a team-best 290.
Dartmouth plays in the Princeton Invitational this weekend.
Women’s College Lacrosse
Big Green Players Honored
Dartmouth’s Kristen Giovanniello and Hana Bowers were named Ivy League defensive player of the week and co-offensive player of the week, respectively.
Giovanniello, a junior goalie, made a season high 10 saves against Cornell on Saturday in the Big Green’s 9-5 win.
Bowers, who shares the offensive award with Brown’s Grace Healy, scored a game-high four goals against Cornell.
Henniker, n.h. — Colby-Sawyer took both games of a double header at New England College yesterday, winning the early game, 8-1, and game 2, 4-1.
The Chargers (8-10 overall) improved to 3-5 in North Atlantic Conference play.