Local Roundup: Canes Turn to Small Ball

  • Hartford’s Jillian Bushor beams after making the catch that ended yesterday’s win over Otter Valley in White River Junction. (Valley News - Libby March)

    Hartford’s Jillian Bushor beams after making the catch that ended yesterday’s win over Otter Valley in White River Junction. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Hartford’s Kaitlyn Woodward pitches against Otter Valley yesterday. (Valley News - Libby March)

    Hartford’s Kaitlyn Woodward pitches against Otter Valley yesterday. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Hartford's Kayla Lancor braces herself for a bunt against Otter Valley. (Valley News - Libby March)

    Hartford's Kayla Lancor braces herself for a bunt against Otter Valley. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Hartford's Kaitlyn Woodward collides with Otter Valley's Kelli Jerome on her way around first base after Jerome dropped a catch. (Valley News - Libby March)

    Hartford's Kaitlyn Woodward collides with Otter Valley's Kelli Jerome on her way around first base after Jerome dropped a catch. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Hartford’s Jillian Bushor beams after making the catch that ended yesterday’s win over Otter Valley in White River Junction. (Valley News - Libby March)
  • Hartford’s Kaitlyn Woodward pitches against Otter Valley yesterday. (Valley News - Libby March)
  • Hartford's Kayla Lancor braces herself for a bunt against Otter Valley. (Valley News - Libby March)
  • Hartford's Kaitlyn Woodward collides with Otter Valley's Kelli Jerome on her way around first base after Jerome dropped a catch. (Valley News - Libby March)

White River Junction — To earn its first win of the year yesterday, the Hartford High softball team kept things small.

Despite mustering just three hits, the Hurricanes scored once on a sacrifice fly, successfully executed a pair of bunts and added another RBI on a ground out in a 6-1 victory over Marble Valley League rival Otter Valley.

“It was a huge win for us today, because (the Otters) are a good team who we’ve had a lot of trouble with over the last few years,” said Hartford coach Gary Gervais.

“We did a lot of good things. Softball is a game of small ball: getting runners into scoring position and putting the ball in play with less than two outs to get them across the plate. That’s what the game is all about and we were able to do that today.”

After Liz Bergeron and Kaitlynn Woodward drew walks in the first inning, Bergeron scored on passed ball before Woodward tagged up and came home on Paige Laramie’s deep fly ball.

Bergeron led off the third with a walk, stole second and went to third on a bunt from freshman call-up Kayla Lancor before scoring on Woodward’s RBI groundout.

Winning pitcher Kaitlynn Woodward (complete game, four hits, seven strikeouts, no walks) also contributed offensively with a two-run single in the fifth.

Lancor added and RBI single in the sixth.

Hartford (1-1-1) hosts Hanover on Saturday.

Windsor 6, Leland & Gray 5

Windsor — The Jacks held on late to beat the Rebels as reliever Ashlee Bly struck out the last hitter in the top of the seventh to earn the save.

Mariah Marsh started in the circle for Windsor (3-2), going 5 1∕ 3 innings and allowing three earned runs while striking out two. The Jacks were nursing a 6-3 lead heading into the top of the seventh before the Rebels rallied for a pair of runs off Bly, who recovered to end the game with a strikeout.

Nikki Kibling was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Haley Wood had a hit, scored a run and had an RBI while Bly had a single and drove in a run.

Woodsville 2, Lisbon 0

Woodsville — Danelle Huntington threw her first career no-hitter to lead the Engineers over the Panthers.

Huntington struck out 10 against just two walks.

Paige Martin and Lottie Page keyed two run-scoring rallies for the Engineers (3-2), with Martin leading off the fourth inning with a single and scoring on Page’s two-out double.

Berlin 11, Mascoma 4

West Canaan — The Royals slipped to 1-4. “It was just a case where we didn’t hit the ball well and had too many errors,” said Mascoma coach Dan Griswold.

New Hampton 19, KUA 1

Meriden — The Wildcats (0-5) committed nine errors and couldn’t get anything going offensively against the Huskies.

Freshmen pitchers Kayleigh Coombs and Cayla Crumb combined for 11 strikeouts in their five innings of work.


Lebanon 7, John Stark 3

Lebanon — Connor Greeley and the Raiders (1-4) avenged an earlier loss to the Generals while garnering their first win of the season.

Greeley, a senior, earned his first career pitching win while striking out six, walking four and giving up five hits and two earned runs.

Last week in Weare, N.H., Greeley was largely effective against John Stark, but got little offensive help in Lebanon’s 6-0 loss.

That wasn’t the case yesterday as the Raiders snapped out of a funk at the plate following consecutive shutout losses.

Woodsville 8, Lisbon 1

Woodsville — The Engineers earned a rare victory over the Panthers as pitchers Sam Wilson and Jacob Tetley combined for 14 strikeouts.

Wilson pitched the first four innings, fanning seven while allowing just one run. Tetley then came in for three shutout innings, recording seven strikeouts of his own.

Tetley also had one of the bigger hits of the day as his two-run single keyed a three-run fifth inning that gave the Engineers breathing room for the day. Tetley and Garrett Phelps each had three hits while Wilson added a pair of hits and drove in one. The victory is just the third for Woodsville over Lisbon in coach Willy Kingsbury’s 12 years.

Hanover 9, Man. West 7

Manchester — The Marauders (2-1) overcame a late rally by their hosts and then scored two runs in the top of the seventh to earn the victory.

Isaac Fleming-Steinberg pitched the first 5 1∕ 3 innings for Hanover, allowing just one earned run while striking out five. The Marauders scored twice in the top of the seventh inning, and Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris pitched a perfect ninth for the save, striking out two.

Joe Cravero started the two-run rally in the top of the seventh inning with a single. Harry Dwinell and Matt Whalen each drove in runs with squeeze bunts as the Marauders opened a 9-7 lead. Liam Gantrish added a pair of hits and scored twice.

Mill River 10, Hartford 7

Clarendon, Vt. — The Hurricanes (0-3) couldn’t dig out of an early hole at the Minutemen.

Greg Shinn started on the mound for Hartford, going 2 1∕ 3 innings and allowing all 10 runs. Connor Brooks followed with 3 2∕ 3 innings of two-hit relief.

Freshman Jacob Perkins had a big afternoon, recording his first two varsity hits while also walking and scoring two runs. Codi Smith and Justin Loseby each went 2-for-4 while Joe Sweeney was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs.

Mascoma 8, Berlin 4

West Canaan — Walter Hammond struck out nine with two walks in a complete game as the Royals improved to 3-2.

Adam Dutille (2-for-4), Ethan Neily (1-for-3; two RBIs), Hammond (1-for-4) and Chris Sanborn (2-for-4) helped out at the plate.

Kearsarge 6, Franklin 2

North Sutton — The Cougars’ Brad Donnelly threw a complete game to help Kearsarge improve to 3-4.

Berkely Stevens had a single, a double, an RBI and scored a run to lead the Cougars. Nick Bailey added a hit, walked and scored a pair of runs.

Leland & Gray 9, Windsor 7

Windsor — The Jacks (1-4) led 5-0 after the first inning, but the Rebels did plenty of damage from then on.

Ethan Hill tossed a complete game for Windsor, allowing 10 hits while striking out eight. Hill added a pair of hits while Tanner Tibbits had three hits and three RBIs.

KUA 14, New Hampton 7

New Hampton, n.h. — Newport’s Ben Bates had three of the Wildcats’ 21 hits and got his third win of the year on the mound.

Bates had a solo home run, RBI triple and single at the plate while giving up six hits in four innings for the win. Senior Nick Roberto had four hits for Kimball Union.

Girls Lacrosse

Hanover 19, Bedford 9

Hanover — Hannah Seibel scored 11 goals as the Marauders (6-0) stayed unbeaten.

Rachel Boghosian had two goals and four assists, Evie Keating had a hat trick with one assist and JJ Daniell had two goals and two assists for Hanover. Liesel Robbins scored once, while Christine Croitoru, Sophie Lubrano, Mason McNulty and Georgina Stern had one helper each.

Lamoille 12, Randolph 9

Randolph — The Galloping Ghosts (0-3) couldn’t quite keep pace with the visiting Lancers.

Brittney Malik, Zoe Listro and Taylor Miner each scored a pair of goals. Emma Renner, Sasha Aronson and Ellie Anderson also scored while goalie Brooke Greenway had 19 saves.

Boys Lacrosse

KUA 10, Tilton 9 (OT)

Tilton, n.h. — The Wildcats rallied from a 9-6 deficit with four minutes to play to force overtime, where PJ Tessier’s goal gave KUA its first victory of the season.

Mike Robertello had two goals in the final four minutes while Eric Megnia’s third goal came with 19 seconds to play to knot the score at 9-9. Andrew Jarrett added a pair of goals while Morgan Dewdney also scored. Santiago Morales stopped nine shots in net for KUA.

Boys Tennis

Woodstock 6, Fair Haven 1

Woodstock — The Wasps improved to 2-0 in beating the Slaters.

Alex Sheppard (6-1, 6-2), Ray Kurek (6-4, 6-4) and Ryan Kopf (6-2, 6-3) had singles wins for Woodstock, while Brendan Gieger-Nate Hinson (6-1, 6-0) won at doubles.

Woodstock also received one forfeit win each at singles and doubles.

The Wasps began the season Tuesday with a 7-0 win over Hartford, with Rasmus Eriknaue, Nathan Fegard, Sheppard, Kurek and Alek Beaudoin earning wins.

Hanover 9, Plymouth 0

Hanover — The Marauders improved to 5-0 in sweeping the Bobcats.

Henry Pletcher (8-0), Sandy Yu (8-0), Jeffrey Li (8-2), Chi Zhang (8-0), Isaac Davis (8-1) and Miles Campbell (8-0) all had singles wins for Hanover. Brendan Barth-Pletcher (8-0), Yu-Graham Dickson (8-0) and Campbell-Davis (8-0) completed the sweep at doubles.

Lebanon 9, Milford 0

Lebanon — The Raiders easily dispatched the host Spartans to remain perfect at 6-0.

Max Reed won at the top singles match, 8-3. Nabeel Khan, Jeff Purdy and Wyatt Goodwin all won 8-0 while Will Sanbord (8-2) and Jacob Ryder (8-3) also won. Reed and Khan won 8-5 at No. 1 doubles while Purdy and Goodwin won 8-4. Donncha Coyle and Jason Lane won by a perfect 8-0 score at No. 3 doubles.

Girls Tennis

Hartford 6
Bellows Falls 0

White River Junction — The Hurricanes (1-1) won their first match of the year in sweeping the Terriers.

Betsy Gofberg won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. Allyse Mullen (6-1, 6-1), Ossia Dwyer (6-2, 6-2), Alex Fogg (6-4, 6-2) and Christine Miller (6-0, 6-4) also won in singles action. Amanda Nelson and Colleen McDermott teamed up for a 6-0, 6-2 victory in doubles.

Lebanon 7, Milford 2

Milford — The Raiders were shorthanded, bringing just five players to Milford, but won each contested match to improve to 4-2.

Haley Jones won the match of the day at No. 1 singles, 8-5. Brianna Li won 8-1 while Brielle Giaccone, Sara Hagan and Ashley O’Keefe all won 8-0. Jones and Li won 8-5 at the No. 1 doubles spot while Giaccone and O’Keefe won 8-0.

Burr & Burton 6 Woodstock 1

Brandon — The Wasps (2-1) didn’t go down without a fight against the perennial power Bulldogs.

Amelia Sheppard won at No. 2 singles for Woodstock, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5. The match took nearly two hours and featured many long rallies for points, according to coach Tom Hopewell.

Sophie Leiter (6-1, 2-6, 6-10 in tiebreaker) lost a tough match at No. 1 singles while Lizzy Miller (6-3, 1-6, 4-10) lost narrowly at No. 5 singles.


Hartford Wins Opener

Brandon, Vt. — Zach Temple shot a 4-under-par 33 on the front nine at Neshobe Golf Club as the Hurricanes won their season opener at Otter Valley.

Michael Follensbee (41), Chris Bateman (43), Jackson Dwyer (44) and Mak Lyford (46) also scored for the Canes.

Team Scores — 1. Hartford 161; 2. Mount Anthony 202; 3. Mil River 204; 4. Fair Haven 219; 5. Otter Valley 230.

Track and Field

Kearsarge, Stevens Win

North Sutton — The Cougar boys team turned in a dominant performance at a four-team home meet while the Stevens girls edged their hosts to earn a victory.

Peter Martin was one of three Kearsarge athletes to win a pair of events, taking first in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs. Jeff Kozikowski won the 300-meter hurdles and the pole vault. Gabe Carter won the 110-meter hurdles and the long jump.

CJ Gosselin won the shot put and the discus to lead the second-place Cardinals. Akeem Bailey added victories in the 100 and the 200.

Aly Lizotte led the first place Stevens girls with victories in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash. Rachel Nelson added victories in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs.

Emily Morcom won a pair of throwing events for Kearsarge, taking the shot put and the discus.

Boys Team Scores: Kearsarge 171.5, Stevens 48.5, Newport 42, Sunapee 17. Girls Team Scores: Stevens 101, Kearsarge 72, Sunapee 33, Newport 21.

Lebanon Sweeps

Westminster, Vt. — Will Merchant and Heather King won three events each for the Raiders, who captured both the girls and boys meets at the Bellows Falls Relays.

King won the long jump (15-10.75 feet), triple jump (32-06) and high jump (4-10), sharing the last with teammate Natasha Goodwin.

Merchant won the long jump (19-10), triple jump (40-02) and shot put (38-3.5) for the Raiders, while Leo Patenaude won the pole vault and high jump and Luke TanCreti the discus for third-place Windsor.

Boys team scores — 1. Lebanon 44; 2. Bellows Falls 38; 3. Thetford 37; 4. Windsor 31; 5. Brattleboro 30; 6. Fall Mtn. 20; 7. Stevens 12. Girls team scores — 1. Lebanon 52; 2. Windsor 46; 3. Bellows Falls 36; 4. Hartford 19; 5. Brattleboro, Stevens 17; 7. Fall Mtn. 16; 8. Green Mtn. 8; 9. Thetford 1.

College Baseball

Dartmouth 12, Quinnipiac 0

Hanover — Jeff Keller and Joe Purritano each went 3-for-5 as the Big Green (27-7) pounded the visiting Bobcats.

Five Dartmouth pitchers combined for a six-hitter as Adam Frank tossed the first 3 1∕ 3 innings in a scheduled short start, surrendering a pair of hits while striking out three.

Purritano finished a home run shy of the cycle as he had a two-run single, a two-run triple and led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a double. Keller had his 21st double of the season to set a school record, while also slugging a two-run home run.

Women’s Lacrosse

Husson 12, CSC 11

New London — Alissa Fallon scored with 29 seconds to play to lead sixth-seeded Husson to an upset victory over third-seeded Colby Sawyer in the first round of the NAC tournament. Laurel Bauer had three goals to pace the Chargers, who close the season at 7-9.

Senior goalie Chelsea Kondratowicz stopped 12 shots. Colby Sawyer trailed 11-9 with five minutes to play before Bauer and Nichole Danehy scored late goals to knot the game at 11-11.


Kaitlynn Woodward threw a complete-game four-hitter with seven strikeouts and no walks to lead the Hartford High softball team to a 6-1 win over Otter Valley on Wednesday. An earlier version of this story misidentified the winning pitcher.

The names of Hartford High baseball players Greg Shinn and Codi Smith were both misspelled in an item on the Hurricanes' 10-7 loss to Mill River earlier version of this story.


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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Otter Valley at Hartford softball in White River Junction, Vt., on April 24, 2013. Hartford won, 6-1. Valley News — Libby March …