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Newport’s Early Runs Net an NHIAA Baseball Upset

Meredith, n.h. — The Newport High baseball team has often fallen behind early this season. That storyline was flipped yesterday, however, when the Tigers scored twice in the first inning en route to an 8-4 defeat of InterLakes in the first round of the NHIAAA Division III playoffs.

Newport scored twice in the first inning, one each in the second and third and exploded for four runs in the fourth for an 8-2 lead. The 18th-seeded Tigers collected 13 hits, the majority of them early in the action, against the No. 15 Lakers.

Andrew Houde tossed a six-hitter for Newport, allowing four earned runs and three walks while striking out five batters.

Dan Huot led the offense, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Aaron Cherry added a single, a double and two RBIs. Matt Bocko had two hits, and Houde helped his cause with two hits and two RBIs. Spencer Coronis and Taner Sherman each added two hits for the Tigers.

“The top of the order did some damage tonight,” Newport coach Bob Bates said. “We hadn’t played them yet, and we didn’t know much about them. It was nice to hold them down for a while and get on the board early.

“The guys played flawless defense, bunted well, executed some hit-and-runs. Everything seemed to work out for us today.”

Newport (8-9) visits No. 2 Monadnock tomorrow.

Fall Mountain 2
Mascoma 0

West Canaan — The Wildcats executed a suicide squeeze bunt with one out in the sixth inning to score the only run they’d need in an NHIAA Division III first-round playoff game.

“It was in a perfect spot, and there was nothing we could do,’’ said Mascoma coach Guy Serviss, whose team finished 7-10. “Down the first-base line between the dirt and the grass. Just beautiful.”

Fall Mountain used a sacrifice fly to score the game’s second run in the seventh. The Royals were held to two hits, one each by Walt Hammond and Cam Braley. Hammond also pitched, tossing a five-hitter with four strikeouts and three walks.

Rivendell 7, Oxbow 6 (8)

— Nate Eastman dumped a single over the shortstop in the top of the eighth inning with the bases loaded and two outs to score Brandon Gardner with what proved to be the winning run for the visiting Raptors (4-7). The Olympians (9-3) had cut down a runner at the plate moments before.

Eastman also pitched, surviving a first inning in which his defense committed three errors and Oxbow took a 5-0 lead. He allowed four hits while contributing four of his own on offense. Gardner had three hits and an RBI, Logan Gardyne had two hits and Nick Marsh added a double.

Windsor 5, Woodstock 2

Windsor — Three Yellowjacket pitchers combined to one-hit the Wasps.

Starter Ethan Hill struck out five and scattered seven walks while allowing just a single to Woodstock’s Doug Avellino in 52∕3 innings. Tyson Boudro and Shawn Pinsonault then closed the game, allowing no hits.

Freshman Jacob Meager had a two-run single in the fourth inning for Windsor. Connor Collins added two hits and drove in one while Hill had a pair of doubles and an RBI. Tanner Tibbits and Russell Simonds each had a single and a double.

The Jacks (4-10) visit Leland & Gray on Friday.

Randolph 8, Northfield 1

Northfield, vt. — The Galloping Ghosts improved to 10-3 behind a strong performance from the bats and the pitching arms of Ben Jickling and Brandon Keyes.

Jickling tossed the first four innings, earning the victory. Keyes then threw three strong frames of relief. Nick Jickling and Jacob Sprague each had a single and a double, while Ross Caswell drove in a pair of runs on sacrifices. Leland Goodenough added a two-run single.

The Ghosts visit Thetford for a doubleheader tomorrow.

South Royalton 11
Twinfield 6

— Keanan Thompson and Troy Tracy each had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Royals (13-1).

David Ballou and Darrin Kennedy each had two hits, including a double, and Hunter Brock had two hits, including a triple. South Royalton visits Craftsbury today.

Thetford 3, Montpelier 2

Thetford — Andrew Cawley threw four innings of no-hit relief as the Panthers won to improve to 4-7.

Henry Nichols started on the mound for Thetford, tossing three innings and striking out five. Cawley then came on to slam the door for the duration.

Nolan Howard was 2-for-3 with an RBI double, while Colby Richardson had a hit and scored a run. The Panthers host a doubleheader with Randolph tomorrow afternoon.

Rochester 8, Whitcomb 7

Rochester, vt. — The Hornets squandered a 7-1 lead as the Rockets took advantage of Whitcomb defensive miscues to mount a late comeback.

Starting pitcher Cody Snelling took a hard-luck loss for Whitcomb, allowing nine hits and just four earned runs while striking out three. “He did a heck of a job on the mound; I tip my hat to him,” Hornets coach Les McIntyre said.

Paul Fleming had a single and drove in two for Whitcomb (5-6). Bradford Allen added a hit and scored a run while Forrest Peront singles and had an RBI. The Hornets visit Twinfield today for the second of four games on the schedule this week.

Softball

Randolph 14
Northfield 10

Northfield, vt. — The Galloping Ghosts pounded the host Marauders and improved to 8-5.

Kalie Warner had four singles, Samantha Johnson had three base hits and Sarah Stallnaker had two singles. Mary Kate Poirier added a pair of base hits and a double while Rachel Johnson had a triple and a single. Starting pitcher Brooke Jacques added a single and a double.

Jacques tossed the first six innings, allowing eight hits while striking out one against four walks. Johnson came in for a shut-down seventh inning in the circle, striking out the side on 12 pitches. Randolph visits Thetford for a doubleheader tomorrow afternoon.

Whitcomb 22
Rochester 5 (6)

— Pitchers Reba Hart and eighth-grader Laura Vaillancourt slowed the Rockets’ bats while the Hornets had three players with at least three hits in moving to 11-2 on the season.

Hart tossed the first three innings, striking out seven. Vaillancourt added three innings of her own, striking out three against four walks and three hits, allowing four runs.

At the plate, Hart was 4-for-4 with a home and a double. Cambry Zullick was also 4-for-4 and scored five runs while Lindsey LaPerle was 3-for-4 with four runs scored and Nicole Begin had two hits, including a triple, and three runs scored.

The Hornets have a busy week ahead with a visit to Twinfield today, followed by hosting Concord on Friday and a visit to Rivendell on Saturday.

Oxbow 15, Rivendell 0 (6)

— Leah Hanzas pitched a no-hitter, striking out six Raptors and walking two. Cassie Hutchinson had two hits and three RBIs and Holly Lund had a hit and two RBIs for the Olympians (9-3) in a rout of Rivendell (2-9).

Windsor 15
Woodstock 0 (6)

— The Wasps played their best game of the season, holding the Yellowjackets to a 6-0 lead after five innings. It was just the third time this season that Woodstock has played a sixth or seventh frame.

Haley Wood belted a grand slam in the sixth for Windsor, which also received three hits from Nikki Kibling and two hits and four RBIs from Taylor Potwin. Gabbi Rozumek and Emma Blaiklock had the hosts’ two hits.

Woodstock (0-12) concludes its season Friday against visiting Burr & Burton while Windsor (9-4) is scheduled to visit Mill River today, the second of four games on four consecutive days.

Boys Lacrosse

Kearsarge 12, Trinity 10

— Oliver Gallo scored six goals and gobbled up 11 ground balls to lead the No. 7 Cougars to a first-round NHIAA Division III playoff victory over the No. 10 Pioneers. Goaltender Will Aufranc contributed seven saves in the second half.

Peter Allen had two goals and four assists for Kearsarge, which also got single tallies from Andrew Van Hooydonk, Matt Pickman, Travis Newman and Robbie Lutz. The latter also won 10 faceoffs for the Cougars, who led 10-6 at halftime.

Kearsarge visits No. 2 Hopkinton tomorrow.

Girls Lacrosse

Oxbow 12
Stowe 12 (2 OT)

Stowe, vt. — The Olympians squandered a 7-4 halftime advantage in drawing with the Raiders.

Emily Speck led the Oxbow attack with four goals and three assists. Mikayla Hodge added four goals and one helper while Lauren Tomlinson had two goals and three assists. Taren Gendron and Abby Speck also scored while Amber Strock had one helper.

Savannah Fay played well in goal for Oxbow, which visits Green Mountain Valley today.

Woodstock 11
Rutland 9

— Freshman goaltender Megan Dalton turned in a standout performance and Sam Harrington had four goals to spark the Division II Wasps’ third defeat of a Division I foe this spring.

Annie Arthur had three goals and three assists and Clancy Farrand, Lauren Kaija, Delaney Little and Nicole Stone also tallied for Woodstock (5-9), which won its third consecutive game.

Track & Field

Comstock Excels, Records Fall
At Essex Invitational

Essex Junction, Vt. — Windsor freshman Katey Comstock set a school record in the shot put and won the discus at the Essex Invitational.

Comstock won the discus with a toss of 103 feet, 11 inches. She then took third in the shot put with a record throw of 35 feet, 4 inches while qualifying to compete in both events at the New England Championships in Connecticut on June 8.

Athletes from two other Upper Valley schools also broke a pair of Vermont Division III state records yesterday. Thetford’s Ian Weider notched his in the boys long jump, a leap of 22-3 1/2 that nipped his own mark on a day that included a win in the 100-meter dash (11.13 seconds) and a runner-up in the 200 (22.98) behind Oxbow’s Will Heathman (22.76).

The Woodstock quartet of Elizabeth Bassette, Claire Spangler, Anna Ramsey and Carmen Bango broke a previous Wasp-held record in the girls 1,600 relay with a winning time of 4:09.84.

Bango added runner-up results in the 800 (2:17.79) and 1,500 (4:47.29) to go with Bassette’s second in the long jump (16-10 1/4). Woodstock’s Kathryn Bassette won the pole vault (9-6) and was second in the 100 hurdles (16.47).

Heathman finished one spot behind Weider in the boys 100 (11.22). Randolph’s Rodney Johnson shared second in the boys high jump (5-9).