Hanover Softball Deals Some Runs
Hanover shortstop Halli Valentine appeals to the umpire after attempting a diving tag of Hartford’s Jenna Yee at third base yesterday. Yee was safe, but her Hurricanes fell to the Marauders by an 18-6 score. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Purchase photo reprints »
Hanover’s Amara Nichols (13) is greeted at home plate by her teammates after hitting a grand slam during the Marauders’ 18-6 softball win over Hartford yesterday. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Purchase photo reprints »
Hanover catcher Ashley Elder gets a pat on the helmet from teammate Katie Fenton after tagging Hartford’s Jenna Yee out at the plate. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Purchase photo reprints »
Norwich — The Hanover High softball team has taken its lumps in recent years. Yesterday, however, the Marauders dealt out a few of them for a change, laying an 18-6 licking on Hartford at Huntley Meadows.
Amara Nichols belted a grand slam during the third inning, along with rapping two singles and drawing a walk. The sophomore finished with seven RBIs and recorded the final out of the five-inning contest in relief of Marauders starting pitcher Darby Phillips. The junior threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and six runs, while striking out two Hurricanes and walking seven.
Hanover’s Elise Austin-Washburn reached base with each of her five at-bats, singling, drawing three walks and being hit by a pitch. Teammate Halli Valentine delivered a two-run double and reached base four times.
“This was a great week for us,’’ said Hanover coach Mike Landau, whose team also beat Lebanon and narrowly lost to Stevens in a pair of road games in recent days. “Last week, we lost but played well against three good teams (Goffstown, Pembroke, Hollis-Brookline) and we gained a lot of confidence.
“When we lost 19-2 against Merrimack Valley to start this week, we reverted to our old habits. But we decided we weren’t going to put up with that anymore.”
Landau, in his third season guiding Hanover’s varsity after three previous seasons steering the program’s JV squad, said he’s thrilled to see his players’ evolving plate discipline.
“They’re going deep into counts and they’re not afraid to have two strikes,’’ he said. “In the past, we were hacking at anything they threw us in that situation, but now we’re taking bad pitches and getting baserunners that way from the bottom of our order.”
Hartford (2-6) played without pitching ace Kaitlynn Woodward, who attended her sister’s college graduation. The Hurricanes, who are two games into a stretch of playing five contests in seven days, got two hits and an RBI from Paige Larmie, a triple from Jenna Yee, a double from Courtney Murray and a single from Kayla Lancor.
“We have to get right back on the horse,’’ said sixth-year coach Gary Gervais. “Most of our kids have played varsity but we’re young enough that we have to play a perfect game to compete. Our maturity has a way to go.
“Mentally, we made some mistakes early today that cost us some runs. We had a girl picked off third base and another missed a bunt sign, but Hanover deserved everything it got today.”
The Marauders (2-10) host Coe-Brown (10-2) tomorrow. Hanover has been 2-14 in each of its last two seasons and closes the current campaign by facing Sanborn (8-4), John Stark (6-5) twice, Trinity (7-4) and Kingswood (0-10). The Marauders lost to Trinity by a run last month.
Lamoille 4 (6)
Randolph — Aleasha Finkle and Sarah Stalnaker each had three hits and the Galloping Ghosts had 11 total as they improved to 5-2.
Rachel Johnson threw a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts and five walks for Randolph, which visits Williamstown tomorrow.
Lyndon 9, Thetford 4
Lyndonville, Vt. — The visiting Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the first but issued three consecutive walks to start the bottom of that frame. Michaela Pomeroy then took over in the circle and allowed nine hits and six runs the rest of the way. She struck out two Vikings and walked four.
Kaitlyn Boyce and Roz Kidder each had two hits for Thetford (4-3), which visits South Royalton tomorrow.
Lyndon 11, Thetford 3
Lyndonville, Vt. — The Panthers led 4-1 after 3 1/2 innings but surrendered four consecutive hits and committed an error in the bottom of the fourth. The Vikings scored seven times in that frame with only four of the runs being earned.
“It just snowballed,’’ said Thetford coach Phil Chaput, whose team is 1-6 and hosts Twinfield tomorrow.
Aidan Cleaves drove in two runs with one of the visitors’ four hits and Colby Richardson did the same, both during the fourth inning. Jordan Eastman had Thetford’s two other hits.
Oxbow 10, Enosburg 9
Bradford, Vt. — The Olympians scored a combined seven runs during the last two innings and boosted their record to 7-1. Hunter Bingham had four hits and two RBIs, Sully Carter had two hits and an RBI and Andrew Wyman added a hit and an RBI.
Carter also entered as a relief pitcher in the third inning, allowing six runs but earning the victory. Oxbow visits Harwood on Thursday.
Hartford 9, Rutland 6
White River Junction — Jacob Perkins’ single brought in the winning run during a three-run sixth inning for the Hurricanes (2-5), who play Hanover in Cooperstown, N.Y., at 5 p.m. today. The players and coaches will depart at 6 a.m. and will tour the Baseball Hall of Fame before the contest.
“We’ve limited our mistakes, and we’re swinging the bat better,’’ said coach Jarrod Grassi. “We’ve got a fairly young group, but we’ve gotten to the point where we’re playing consistently. We could have packed it in at times today, but we battled back.”
Rutland scored three runs in the first but Hartford answered with five tallies of its own during its initial at-bat. The Raiders produced a 5-5 tie in the fourth and a 6-6 deadlock in the fifth.
Hurricanes pitcher Steve Cerrone allowed nine hits while striking out two batters, walking one and hitting one. Dylan Terino had three hits and Joe Sweeney and Connor Brooks each had two for the hosts.
Lamoille 9, Randolph 5
Randolph — The Galloping Ghosts rallied from a 4-0 deficit after two innings to produce a 4-4 deadlock after three. What would have been the go-ahead run was thrown out at the plate to retire the hosts in that frame.
Nick Jickling had three hits and Zach LaPerle, Dylan Jacobs and Mackenzie Poirier each had two for Randolph (7-1), which gets a rematch with Lyndon on the road Friday.
Lebanon Girls Top CVC
Lebanon — The host Raiders won the girls’ half of the Connecticut Valley Conference title, 30.5 points ahead of second-place Merrimack Valley. The highest-finishing boys team from the Upper Valley was Kearsarge, which earned runner-up status, 2.5 points behind victorious Keene.
Hanover’s Noah Williams won the 3,200-meter run in 9 minutes, 50.24 seconds, followed by Lebanon’s Josh Fontaine in 9:52.71. That latter time is a Raiders program record.
Stevens’ Akeem Bailey won the 200-meter dash in 23.67 seconds and the 100 in 11.59, followed by the Kearsarge duo of Cameron Webster (11.91) and Zach Beltz (11.96). The Cougars’ Gabe Carter also produced victories in the 110 hurdles (15.91), the long jump (20-8.75) and the triple jump (43-0.5). Teammate Reed Bell took second in the 400 dash (53.29), and Jeff Kozikowski matched that result in the pole vault (10-9).
C.J. Gosselin won the shot put with a throw of 43 feet for Stevens. He also added second-place points in the discus (124-3), the same event in which Windsor’s Luke TanCreti took fourth (114-7).
On the girls side, Lebanon’s Nell Houde won the 1,600 in 5:32.41 and the 3,200 in 12:08.67. Moriah Morton claimed the javelin with a throw of 116 feet and was second in the 1,600 at 5:34.64. Raiders freshman Lauren Anikis won the triple jump at 33 feet, 10.25 inches and took second in the high jump (4-11), and teammate Kelly Ludew was first in the 300 hurdles at 49.44.
Hanover’s Aidan Bardos picked up big team points by taking second in the 800 meters (2:25.26), behind Monadnock’s Micaela Athanasopoulos. Teammates Parker Goss, Zola Doyle and Lydia Vogt took 3-4-5 in the 1,600 behind Lebanon’s Houde and Morton. The Marauders’ Aparna Alavilli also drew runner-up points, following Houde across the line in the 3,200, while Katherine Vincelette drew second in the 300 hurdles. The Marauders also raced to a victory in the 1,600-meter relay.
Hartford’s Stephanie Grobe highlighted the Hurricanes’ efforts by claiming third in the shot put (31-5.5). Newport’s Julia Sullivan was first in the 100 at 13.46 seconds.
Girls team scores: Lebanon 131, Monadnock 100.5, Keene 100, Hanover 73.5, Bellows Falls 61, Fall Mountain 24, Hartford 13, Newport, 12, Kearsarge 9, Springfield 8, Stevens 7, Windsor 4, Brattleboro 2.
Boys team scores: Keene 116.5, Kearsarge 113, Monadnock 92, Hanover 52, Bellows Falls 45, Stevens 43, Lebanon 42, Fall Mountain 27, Brattleboro 14, Windsor 8.5, Springfield 4, Sharon Academy 1.
Stowe 19, Randolph 8
Randolph — Ellie Anderson had three goals, Emma Renner and Dessa Duval each had two and Britney Malik also tallied, but the Galloping Ghosts dropped to 0-9. Brooke Greenway made nine saves for Randolph, which hosts Chelsea on Tuesday.
Syracuse, n.y. — Dartmouth’s men’s heavyweight team closed its season with a victory at the Packard Cup against Syracuse. It was the Big Green’s first victory in the event since 2010.
The first varsity race was decided by less than a second, Dartmouth crossing the line in 6:08.9 and the Orange in 6:09.6. It was the fourth consecutive season the race was decided by fewer than four seconds.
Chargers Fall in NCAAs
Williamstown, Mass. — The Colby Sawyer women’s team fell 5-0 to Ithaca on Friday in NCAA Division III first-round tournament action. The Chargers finished the season 18-5, their roster reduced by injury, a job committment and graduation attendance. The visitors forfeited at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles, giving Ithaca (16-5) a 2-0 lead before the first serve was struck.