Local Roundup: Hanover Girls Tennis Is Looking for a Few Good Matches
Peterborough, n.h. — The Hanover High girls tennis team continued its dominant march through NHIAA Division II yesterday, blanking Con-Val 9-0 to improve its season record to 10-0. Marauders 11th-year coach Glen Eastridge wasn’t as happy as one might suspect, however, in the wake of his squad’s ninth shutout of the spring. The squad’s other match was an 8-1 victory in which the loss occurred in a tiebreaker.
“Doing what we’re doing is basically a waste of time,’’ said a frustrated Eastridge, whose program was 15-1 and lost 5-4 to St. Thomas in the division title match last season. “We’d rather lose a few times, because at least then you’ve been in a battle and you’re used to fighting to win.”
In recent years, Hanover could count on tough matches against Portsmouth, St. Thomas, Bedford and Bishop Brady, but not this season. The first two foes aren’t on the schedule this spring, Bedford moved up to Division I and Bishop Brady is struggling.
``We try to focus on things to make ourselves better in each match,’’ Eastridge said. “Go to the net more often than you would or hit a shot that you don’t like to use. The message to the kids is we’re not playing for today, we’re playing for the end of May.
“You can win your match in 15 minutes and not improve or you can work on some stuff and get better.”
Camille Hankel and Liza Goss each posted 8-1 victories yesterday, Hankel at No. 1 singles and Goss at No. 6 singles.
Hanover hosts Plymouth on Wednesday, then visits Pembroke on Thursday and Souhegan on Friday. A match at Lebanon next Wednesday ends the regular season. The Marauders have beaten each of those foes 9-0 this season except for Souhegan — which has lost to several opponents that Hanover has shut out.
Kearsarge 0 (2)
East Swanzy, N.H. — The Cougars played a doubleheader, losing twice by the same score. Kearsarge is 1-9 and hosts Wilton tomorrow.
Mount Anthony 5 Hartford 2
White River Junction — Jessie Gofberg won 6-3 and 1-0 at No. 1 singles, her opponent retiring early in the second set. Ossia Dwyer won 7-6, 3-6, 14-12 at No. 3 singles. The Hurricanes (1-6) host Burr & Burton tomorrow.
Bishop Brady 9, Lebanon 0
Lebanon — The Raiders (4-6) were whitewashed by the Giants and visit Hollis-Brookline on Friday.
Whitcomb 3, Twinfield 2 (8)
Bethel — A fortuitous defensive decision by the Trojans in the bottom of the eighth inning allowed Reba Hart and the Hornets (6-1) to walk off with a win.
Lindsay LaPerle started the winning rally with a leadoff walk, Jenna Townsend followed with a bunt single and the runners advanced to second and third on a double steal. Nicole Begin followed with a pop fly down the line, tailing into foul territory. With no outs, the Trojan outfielder caught the ball and LaPerle easily tagged up and ran home for the game-winning run.
Hart went all eight innings for the Hornets, striking out eight against two walks and four hits. Begin finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs while Mackenzie Delia had a single and a triple. Whitcomb hosts South Royalton for a doubleheader on May 14.
Stevens 21, Windsor 5 (5)
Claremont — A quartet of Cardinals banged out three hits each, not including Abbey Rouillard who had a grand slam as Stevens pounded the Jacks to improve to 5-2.
Jenna Deschaine and Alexis Melcher each went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Starting pitcher Danielle Tenney was 3-for-3 with a triple and scored four runs. Gillian Cahill also had three hits. Haley Wood had a 3-run home run for Windsor while Nikki Kibling was 2-for-3.
Kearsarge 1 (5)
Newport — Mindy Carl allowed four hits in five innings of work while striking out five for the Newport victory.
Katrina Bautista was 4-for-4 with a home run for the Tigers. Mindy Carl finished a home run shy of the cycle while Stephanie Carl had a pair of hits. Ally Doucette, Anna Stefan and Sky Curtis each had hits. Newport (8-2) hosts Hinsdale tomorrow.
Merrimack Valley 19 Hanover 2
Norwich — The Marauders fell to 0-9 by committing nine errors, walking seven batters and managing just four hits. The Pride scored only four earned runs, leaving Hanover coach Mike Landeau exasperated.
“We just showed up as zombies today and stood around,’’ he said. “It was ugly, but it wasn’t that Merrimack Valley did anything special. They just don’t walk anybody and they don’t drop the ball. Those two things will go a long way.”
Delia Nahabedian and Darby Phillips each had RBI singles for the hosts and Phillips went the distance in the pitching circle, allowing 14 hits, striking out two batters and walking seven. Hanover visits Lebanon tomorrow.
Rivendell 0 (5)
Orford — Danelle Huntington struck out 12 while allowing one hit during five innings for the Engineers (7-3).
Paige Martin had a pair of home runs, drove in five and scored four runs. Diana Joslin was 4-for-4 with two triples, four runs scored and four RBIs. Woodsville is at Littleton on Monday.
Hanover 18, Timberlane 6
Hanover — The Marauders — undefeated and top-ranked in N.H. Division II — got in a solid prep for their showdown Friday against No. 2 Portsmouth as 10 different players scored, highlighted by a ‘Katrick’ from jayvee call-up Kat Thomas.
Hannah Seibel had three goals and five assists to pace the Hanover (10-0) offense, while Liesel Robbins and Christine Croitoru also added hat tricks to the tally sheet. Rachel Boghosian had a goal and two asissts
Kearsarge 16, Laconia 1
North Sutton — Libby Brooks scored five goals, Anna Stowell had three and Caitlin Anderson chipped in two to boost the Cougars to 8-0. Morgan Galluzzo made 10 saves for Kearsarge, which hosts John Stark on Thursday and Lebanon on Friday.
Brattleboro 16, Canes 3
Brattleboro — Taylor Johnson had two goals and Mariah Palmer had the other for the Hurricanes (1-4), who received nine saves from Jessica Smith and who visit Mount Anthony tumorow.
Lamoille 14, Randolph 0
Hyde Park, Vt. — The Galloping Ghosts fell to 0-7 and visit Rice tomorrow.
North Sutton — Vincent Metrano won 8-6 at No. 2 singles, Tim Berube triumphed 8-0 at No. 3 singles and Drake von Kannewurff prevailed 8-4 at No. 6 singles but it was all for naught. The Cougars (2-9) visit Wilton tomorrow.
Hanover 9, Con-Val 0
Hanover — The Marauders (10-0) lost just four games in beating the Cougars. Kotaro Horiuchi, Brendan Barth, Jackson Greenspan and Henry Pletcher each won 8-0 in singles.
Lebanon 7, Bishop Brady 2
Concord — The Raiders survived a tough battle with the Giants, earning narrow victories in three of the singles matches.
Max Reed (8-2) and Nabeel Khan (8-0) won in the top two singles matches. Will Sanborn rallied from a 5-1 defecit at No. 3 singles to win 9-7 in the match of the day. Jeff Purdy (8-4) and Jacob Ryder (8-6) also won in singles. Reed and Khan partered for an 8-5 victory at No. 1 doubles while Sanborn and Purdy won 8-1.
The Raiders host Derryfield tomorrow.
Woodsville 5, Rivendell 4
Orford — The Engineers scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to steal a victory from the host Raptors after a wild final two innings.
Rivendell (2-3) broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a triple by Jason Daley, an RBI double by Ryan Farnham and then a run-scoring single by Brandon Gardner.
After two quick outs in the top of the seventh inning, the Engineers started their rally with a pair of walks. Andrew Coleman added an RBI single and a pair of errors later Woodsville had tied the game at 2-2. Ben Fournier added an RBI double for the go-ahead run and Sam Wilson legged out an infied single to score a pair of insurance runs — which proved vital when Gardner drew the Raptors within one with a 2-run single in the bottom of the seventh.
Jacob Tetley pitched into the seventh inning for Woodsville to pick up the win, striking out seven. Scott Calhoun took the hard luck loss for Rivendell despite striking out eight. Shawn Farnham had a pair of hits for the Raptors while Erva Barnes had two base knocks for the Engineers.
Woodsville (3-7) visits Gorham tomorrow while Rivendell is at Rochester this afternoon.
Newport 10, Kearsarge 3
Newport — Andrew Houde pitched a two-hitter as the Tigers (3-7) beat the Cougars (5-7).
Houde went all seven innings, striking out seven while allowing just one walk for Newport. Dan Huot was 3-for-5 with three RBIs to lead the Tigers’ offense. Kyle Greene added a single, a double and scored two runs. Spencer Coronis was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored while Devin Wade had a pair of hits and scored a run.
Brad Donnelly was 2-for-4 for Kearsarge, who host Franklin on Monday. The Tigers play host to Hinsdale tomorrow.
Merrimack Valley 5 Hanover 2
Hanover — Merrimack Valley ace David Drouin struck out 14 in a complete game four-hitter as the Marauders fell to 5-4 on the season.
Liam Gantrish took the loss for Hanover despite throwing six strong innings, recording five strikeouts. Jordan Levin had an RBI and scored a run for the Marauders, who are at Lebanon tomorrow.
Whitcomb 24, Chelsea 1
Chelsea — Caleb Chase had three hits, including a home run, two walks and four stolen bases to spark the Hornets (4-3). Starter Scott Nickerson threw a 5-hitter, striking out eight Red Devils and walking one. Whitcomb visits South Royalton on May 14.
Hanover — The Marauders routed the visiting Lancers and are now 11-2 on the season.
Jesse Brown had three goals for Hanover while Brendan Forauer and Andrew Huizenga each had a pair of scores. Jude Arbogast added a goal and an assist while Gavin Ratliff also scored. Zach Taylor, Jin Kim, Hunter Simpson, Austin Taylor and Tom Peters each had assists. Goalie Chris Washington stopped seven shots. The Marauders host Manchester Memorial on Thursday.
BFA-St. Albans 16
St. Albans, Vt. — Mikayla Hodge had three goals and Emily Speck, Abby Speck and Becca Calhoun also tallied but the Olympians (3-3) tumbled to 3-3. Oxbow received seven saves from Savannah Fay and hosts Green Mountain tomorrow.
Lebanon 16, Merrimack Valley 4
Lebanon — Shauna Rankin-Byrne had three goals and four assists as the Raiders (6-2) were dominant in beating the Pride.
Emily Perryman added four goals and an assist while Mo Moran had three scores and a helper and Emma Forman had a pair of goals to go along with one assist. Amelia Gage had a goal and two helpers while Taylor Friedman and Erika Moffitt each had a goal and an assist. Kyra Taylor also scored while goalie Erin Landry stopped seven shots for the victory. Lebanon visits Pelham tomorrow afternoon.
MVCS Wins at Rutland
Rutland, vt. — Henry Sherman and Austin Sayers each fired a 39 to share the medal as the Eagles beat Green Mountain at Rutland Country Club.
Tony Peterson added a 58 and Isaac McIntyre had a 61 for MVCS, who finished with a score of 197. Green Mountain took second with a 215. The Eagles are back in action at Crown Point Country Club tomorrow afternoon.
Rivendell takes Second
Ludlow, vt. — Luke Bell and Josh Marshall each shot 5-over par rounds of 40 on the front nine at Okemo Valley Golf Club to lead second-place Rivendell. Ryan Landgraf had 50 for the Raptors while Sam Kamel added a 51. Springfield’s Alex Rumrill took the medal with a 37.
Team Scores: Springfield 177, Rivendell 181, Mill River 187, Black River 239.