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  • Stevens’ Ryan Tanguay grimaces in pain after a Monadnock player slid into his knee during yesterday’s baseball game at Barnes Park in Claremont. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

    Stevens’ Ryan Tanguay grimaces in pain after a Monadnock player slid into his knee during yesterday’s baseball game at Barnes Park in Claremont. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Stevens pitcher Caleb Beckley throws against Monadnock during the Cardinals’ game yesterday at Barnes Park in Claremont. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

    Stevens pitcher Caleb Beckley throws against Monadnock during the Cardinals’ game yesterday at Barnes Park in Claremont. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Stevens’ Chase Hussey warms up before stepping up to bat against Monadnock on Friday. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

    Stevens’ Chase Hussey warms up before stepping up to bat against Monadnock on Friday. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Stevens coach Paul Silva, second from left, rallies his team during a game at Claremont’s Barnes Park on Friday. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

    Stevens coach Paul Silva, second from left, rallies his team during a game at Claremont’s Barnes Park on Friday. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Stevens’ Ryan Tanguay grimaces in pain after a Monadnock player slid into his knee during yesterday’s baseball game at Barnes Park in Claremont. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)
  • Stevens pitcher Caleb Beckley throws against Monadnock during the Cardinals’ game yesterday at Barnes Park in Claremont. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)
  • Stevens’ Chase Hussey warms up before stepping up to bat against Monadnock on Friday. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)
  • Stevens coach Paul Silva, second from left, rallies his team during a game at Claremont’s Barnes Park on Friday. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

North Sutton, n.h. — Gemma Bready scored off a Libby Brooks pass with 1:46 to play yesterday, lifting the Kearsarge High girls lacrosse team to an 11-10 victory over Hopkinton in a matchup of top NHIAA Division III teams. The victory pushed the Cougars’ record to 5-0 while dropping the Hawks to 4-1.

“We practice and play pickup games with their players during the summer, so this was a rivalry game and very tense, but also very well-played,” said Kearsarge coach Scott Slogic, whose squad was missing two starters because of spring vacation and who started four freshmen, including three on defense. “This was a big game for us.”

Bready, who plans to play at Maine’s Colby College next year, had four goals, as did freshman teammate Anna Stowell. Caitlin Anderson scored twice and Geneva Heffernan had a goal and two assists. Morgan Galluzzo made eight saves for the Cougars, who have reached the division finals three times in the last four years and who next play May 1 at Con-Val.

Union-32 19, Randolph 3

Randolph — The Galloping Ghosts lost their opener despite Brooke Greenway’s nine saves and goals from Emma Renner, Brittney Malik and Zoe Listro. Randolph hosts Oxbow on Monday.

Boys Lacrosse

Hopkinton 15, Stevens 2

Hopinkton, n.h. — Cullen Eaton and Daniel Croteau scored and Joe Martinelli made 12 saves but the Cardinals fell to 1-3. Stevens hosts Manchester West on Tuesday.

Baseball

Monadnock 5, Stevens 1

Claremont — The Cardinals loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, but created only one run out of the opportunity, ending the frame with a strikeout and a line drive snagged on a leaping play.

Logan Batchelder, Austin Tenney and Trey Dansereau combined for Stevens’ three hits. The Cardinals play at Kearsarge on Monday.

Moultonborough 7, Woodsville 5

Moultonborough, n.h. — The visiting Engineers trailed 4-0 after four innings but erupted for five runs in the fifth. Ben Fournier was in the midst of the rally with a three-run home run and also had a double during the game.

In the sixth, however, Moultonborough used several walks and a two-run single to plate the winning run. Woodsville dropped to 1-4 and hosts Lisbon on Wednesday.

Newfound 4, Kearsarge 3

Bristol, n.h. — The visiting Cougars led 2-0 entering the bottom of the sixth inning but surrendered four runs. Kearsarge (2-3) pulled within one run in the seventh, but was retired with two runners on base.

James Scherer had two hits and two RBIs, Brad Donnelly had two hits and an RBI and James Bromwell belted a double for the Cougars, who received six innings from starting pitcher Berkeley Stevens.

The junior allowed four runs and struck out nine Bears.

Kearsarge hosts Stevens on Monday.

KUA 14, Brewster Academy 4

Meriden — The Wildcats scored nine runs in the first three innings, including four on a home run by Doyle Somerby in the first frame.

Nick Roberto and Niko Rufo also homered for the hosts, the former collecting three hits during the game.

Former Newport High standout Ben Bates earned his second pitching victory, allowing four hits and two runs in five innings while striking out nine and walking four.

Softball

Monadnock 13, Stevens 12

Claremont — The Cardinals pushed a runner to third with two outs in the seventh, but lost when the Huskies shortstop ranged into the outfield to snap a pop fly. Stevens committed four errors in the first two innings, but rallied for a 10-9 lead after three frames.

“We didn’t really come to play and were sluggish to start, but I’m proud we picked it up,” said Cardinals coach Missy Nichols. “For a while, it looked like it was going to be a short game.”

Stevens pitcher Tori Maslan allowed 11 hits while striking out two Huskies and walking four. Danielle Tenney had three hits, including a triple, and five RBIs.

Moultonborough 2, Woodsville 1

Moultonborough, n.h. — Each team scored in the fourth before the host Panthers parlayed two singles and two Engineers errors into the winning run.

“The kids were trying hard, but they didn’t connect,” said Woodsville coach Dana Huntington, whose squad fell to 2-2.

Danelle Huntington pitched six innings for the Engineers, allowing seven hits and one earned run while striking out six batters and walking three. Julia Bowman had three hits, including a double, for Woodsville, which hosts Lisbon on Wednesday.

College Baseball

Colby-Sawyer 5, NEC 4

New London — Former Lebanon High player Cody Pelletier’s ground ball to the Pilgrims’ third baseman was thrown past first, allowing Jeff Dunn to score from third with the winning run in the eighth. The Chargers improved to 13-13 overall and 8-8 in the North Atlantic Conference, while New England College fell to 2-17 and 1-13.

Colby-Sawyer pitcher Kevin Keith earned his sixth victory and second over NEC this week after throwing a scoreless inning of relief. Starter Alex Drost, a former Windsor High player, went seven innings, allowing eight hits and four runs.