Hammond, Mascoma Make Big Lead Work
Mascoma’s Walt Hammond, right, dives under the attempted tag of Kearsarge’s D.J. Heiner on a steal attempt of second base during the Royals’ 8-6 win yesterday. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Kearsarge’s Ryan Stanley dons a helmet before stepping up to bat against Mascoma yesterday. The Cougars fell into an early 8-1 hole but rallied before dropping an 8-6 decision to the Royals. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
West Canaan — The Mascoma High baseball team started its season in high fashion, racing to a big early lead before holding on to beat visiting Kearsarge 8-6 yesterday afternoon.
Cam Braley earned the opening-day start for the Royals, tossing four no-hit innings to earn the victory. Braley fanned five and walked none, allowing one unearned run. Mascoma scored seven runs in the second inning and led 8-1 midway through the game.
“We played good defensively; we communicated well. I’m pleased for the first time out,” Mascoma coach Guy Serviss said.
Sophomore Walt Hammond did it all for the Royals, pitching an inning and a third of lockdown relief for the save. The 6-foot-4 sophomore also went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Prior to moving to the mound to close the door on the Cougars, Hammond made three outstanding plays defensively at first base.
Mascoma’s Chris Sanborn was 3-for-4 with a run scored and a pair of RBIs. Nate Brown added a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs, while Ethan Neily had a two-run single. Nick Bailey led the Kearsarge offense with a single, two walks, a run scored and two RBIs. The Cougars’ comeback was fueled by wildness by Mascoma pitchers.
“We’ve got to cut down on walks,” Serviss said. “Hammond came in and really shut them down.”
James Scherer started for the Cougars, allowing six runs for the loss. Berkley Stevens pitched 4 2/3 innings of strong relief, allowing two runs while striking out three.
“We came back, chipped away. We’re getting out of the gates slowly, but it’s always a good sign when the guys don’t give up,” Kearsarge coach Travis Pelletier said.
Mascoma (1-0) visits Stevens while Kearsarge (2-1) hosts Hopkinton tomorrow afternoon.
Stevens 5, Windsor 1
Windsor — Ryan Tanguay twirled a two-hitter, fanning 10 to help the Cardinals (2-0) get past the Yellowjackets (1-2) at MacLeay-Royce Field.
After Tyson Boudro scored a first-inning run to counter a Trey Dansereau RBI force out, Stevens scratched its way past Windsor while Tanguay shut down the Jacks. Tanguay walked just one and silenced the hosts over the final six frames.
The Cards took the lead for good in the third on a passed ball and scored again in the fourth on a force play. Stevens strung together four hits in a two-run fifth, with Austin Tenney and Tanguay driving home insurance runs.
“They put together a couple of rallies and pushed across a couple of runs,” Windsor coach Don Swinyer said. “Tanguay overpowered us most of the game.”
Ethan Hill “pitched very well” in defeat for Windsor, Swinyer said. Hill surrendered seven hits and three earned runs to go with five strikeouts and two walks.
Windsor visits Bellows Falls on Thursday. Stevens returns to Barnes Park tomorrow to entertain Mascoma.
South Royalton 19
Chelsea 2 (5)
South Royalton — The Royals had little trouble with visiting Chelsea en route to opening their season with a blowout victory.
Darren Cilley led the SoRo attack with a double, a triple and two RBIs. Leif Johnson added a single and a double while Nathan Moore had a pair of base hits. Darren Kennedy earned the victory, pitching four innings of one-hit ball while recording a pair of strikeouts.
Profile 4, Woodsville 3
Woodsville — The Engineers staged a furious late rally but fell short to fall to 0-3 on the young season.
Freshman Jacob Tetley started for Woodsville, going five innings while striking out six against five walks and six hits. Dan Roy had an RBI single in the sixth inning for the Engineers to bring his team within three at 4-1. Garrett Phelps added a two-run double in the seventh inning.
Pembroke 3, Lebanon 1
Pembroke, n.h. — The Raiders dropped to 0-2, managing just four hits at the Spartans.
Grayson Hardy took the loss, going four innings while allowing three runs. Hardy struck out one and allowed five hits and three walks. Connor Greeley added two innings of solid relief work, striking out two.
Greeley walked and came out around to score the lone run for Lebanon. Matt Owens had two hits for the Raiders.
Monadnock 9, Newport 0
Newport — The Huskies’ Ben Mallet threw a no-hitter to drop the Tigers to 0-3.
Andrew Houde took the loss for Newport, going three innings while allowing four earned runs. Spencer Coronis pitched three innings of relief allowing no earned runs.
Woodsville 3, Profile 1
Woodsville — Danelle Huntington threw a complete-game one-hitter as the Engineers picked up their first win.
Huntington struck out 13 Patriots in her seven innings of work against just three walks. The Engineers scored a pair of runs on three consecutive doubles by Dianah Joslin, Julia Bowman and Lottie Page in the third inning.
Mascoma 12, Kearsarge 11 (8)
West Canaan — The Royals won an extra-innings thriller as Tori Makalinaw and Catie Mylott combined to go 10-for-10 out of the top two spots of the batting order.
Makalinaw was 5-for-5 from her leadoff position with five runs scored, five stolen bases, two double and two RBIs. Mylott was also 5-for-5 with two RBIs, two runs scored and four stolen bases. Briana Furman added three hits to drive in five.
Alison Josefiak started in the circle for the Cougars, tossing a complete game. At the plate, Josefiak was 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
Pembroke 18, Lebanon 1
Pembroke, n.h. — The Raiders dropped to 1-2 in a game moved to Pembroke Academy because of a wet field. Lebanon visits John Stark tomorrow.
Lebanon 15, John Stark 8
Lebanon — The Raiders (1-1) rebounded from a lopsided loss to Hopkinton by pounding John Stark during an NHIAA Division III contest.
Emily Perryman had four goals and three assists and Mo Moran and Emily Gage had four goals each for Lebanon. Erika Moffitt had a goal and three assists, and Shauna Rankin-Byrne added two tallies. Goaltender Erin Landry made eight saves.
Plymouth 16 (2 ot)
Plymouth, n.h. — Leading scorer Gemma Bready had six goals to lead Kearsarge in a meeting of what figures to be two of the top teams in New Hampshire D-III lacrosse, but it was freshman Anna Stowell who netted the goal in the second overtime to lift the Cougars to victory.
Caitlin Anderson won a draw early in the second OT, then found Stowell at the 8-yard line. Stowell’s aim was true, and Kearsarge walked off with victory.
Haley Brooks and Libby Brooks each had three goals. Anderson had two, while Geneva Heffernan and Kate Scheuch also scored. Goalie Morgan Galluzo made a key stop with 10 seconds left in the first overtime on her way to earning the victory.
Hanover 12, Nashua North 7
Nashua, n.h. — Four players contributed two-goal games as the Marauders (4-0 overall, 2-0 league) continued their undefeated NHIAA Division I ways.
Conor Austin, Brendan Forauer, Jesse Brown and Worthy Gardner dented the Titans’ net twice each, with Austin adding an assist. Hunter Simpson and Gus Lyons also scored, Lyons’ strike serving as the first of his varsity career.
Tom Peters set up two goals, Jin Kim and George Geraghty joined in the assist department and Dan DeRoy recorded 13 saves for Hanover.
Stevens 9, Lebanon 5
Claremont — Kieran Cochrane had four goals and an assist to lead the host Cardinals over the Raiders.
Dan Seaman added three goals and an assist for Stevens (1-1). Spencer Root added a goal and a pair of helpers, while Josh Casey also scored. Nathan Wright had two assists while Dan Croteau had one helper.
Goalie Joseph Marsinelli stopped 15 shots for the victory. Stevens visits John Stark tomorrow afternoon.
Kearsarge 5, Stevens 4
North Sutton — Kathleen Kowalski and Emily Irick recorded an 8-2 win at second doubles to clinch the Cougars’ first win of the season in a narrow defeat of the Cardinals (0-3).
Brianne Maguire and Sabrina Duquette joined Kowalski and Irick with singles victories as Kearsarge (1-4) surged to a 4-2 lead heading into doubles. Allison Lessard and Sami Vashaw provided singles points for the Cards, who also grabbed two doubles points from Cassie Dale and Corrie Holtz at No. 1 and Vashaw and Victoria Webster at No. 3.
Hanover — Dartmouth freshman designated hitter Joe Purritano joined four other players from around the country to earn national player of the week honors from Louisville Slugger yesterday.
The New Jersey native bashed Brown pitching in a four-game sweep of the Bears over the weekend. Purritano blasted four home runs and drove in 10 runs in the four victories.
Green’s Olentine Honored
Princeton, n.j. — Junior attackman Mike Olentine became Dartmouth’s first choice for Ivy League player of the week honors in more than two years when the league chose him as its co-player of the week for his play in last week’s loss to Hartford and upset victory over No. 9 Princeton.
Olentine had five goals and two ground balls in the games, an 8-7 midweek loss to the Hawks followed by Saturday’s 10-9 defeat of the Tigers.
Dartmouth 4, Princeton 3
Hanover — Freshman Katherine Yau claimed a third-set tiebreaker at first singles to give the Big Green (8-7 overall, 1-3 league) a narrow Ivy League win over the Tigers (11-6, 3-2) at the Boss Center on Sunday.
Dartmouth got started with the doubles point, taking two of the three matches. Akiko Okuda and Melissa Matsuoka won their singles matches, Okuda saved a match point to take her contest in three sets, and Yau handed Princeton’s Lindsay Graff her first league defeat of the season in a 7-4 tiebreak win in the third set to close a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 decision.
Green 10th at Brown
Barrington, r.i. — The Big Green posted a final-round 324 yesterday to place 10th in the two-day Brown Bear Invitational at Rhode Island Country Club. Sarah Knapp had the low 36-hole score for Dartmouth, shooting 79-77—156 to share 14th place.
Central Series Stop
Hanover — Dartmouth sent boats to five regattas last weekend, highlighting its busy schedule by winning the Central Series Race at Boston College.
The victory was the Big Green’s first of the spring, in a seven-boat fleet. Dartmouth swept the A and B Division races to tally 118 points, besting runner-up Tufts by 21.