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Local Roundup: Hanover Fires Zeroes at Lebanon

  • Mascoma players wait to see if the rain will let up during yesterday’s game against Stevens in West Canaan. (Valley News - Libby March)
  • Mascoma’s Kyle Kosiorek reaches for a catch as Stevens High’s Donald Pellerin slides to safety at third base yesterday. (Valley News - Libby March)
  • Mascoma's Walter Hammond pitches against Stevens. (Valley News - Libby March)
  • Stevens' Ryan Tanguay pitches against Mascoma. (Valley News - Libby March)
  • Stevens' Ryan Tanguay waits for his coach to reach the mound for a pep talk in the midst of the game against Mascoma. (Valley News - Libby March)

Lebanon — Joe Cravero and no-no don’t simply rhyme. The two went together in one sentence and one game yesterday.

The Hanover High senior pitcher, who tossed a one-hitter to open his season last month, did one better to archrival Lebanon yesterday. Cravero no-hit the Raiders, fanning 16 and limiting Lebanon to put just five balls into play in a dominant 8-0 victory.

“He was outstanding. He deserved everything he got today. We couldn’t do anything with him,” praised Lebanon coach Doug Ashey.

The Raiders didn’t really hit the ball hard all day, reaching base three times on walks and once on an error by Cravero.

“It was a complete performance,” said Hanover coach Mike Jackson. “He was in control all the way.”

Grayson Hardy matched Cravero zero for zero until the fourth inning, when Hanover scored twice. The Marauders then broke the game open in the fifth inning when they scored four more runs with the help of three Lebanon errors.

Hanover (6-4) rapped out eight hits. “We were able to put the hits and the runners on base together,” Jackson said. “It was good to see that combination.”

Isaac Fleming-Steinberg led the Marauders with three RBIs, while Rohan Kumar knocked in two runs. Cravero helped his own cause with a bases loaded sacrifice fly and Liam Gantrish had two hits and scored two runs.

Hanover hosts Souhegan today and then travels to Cooperstown, N.Y., to play Hartford High on Sunday.

The road doesn’t get easier for Lebanon (1-9). The Raiders hit the road tomorrow to play top-seeded Goffstown.

Mascoma 6, Stevens 0 (5)

West Canaan — Don’t let the final score fool you: The Cardinals scored five times in the top of the sixth inning and had a runner on base with two outs when umpires called yesterday’s game on account of slippery field conditions, reverting the final score to the last completed half-inning.

RBI singles from Ethan Neily and Walt Hammond staked the Royals (6-4) to a 3-0 lead in the first. Neily made it 5-0 with a two-run double in the third, and Spencer Pierce’s RBI single in the fourth proved to be the game-winning hit.

Stevens (7-3) nearly reversed affairs in the sixth. Logan Batchelder plated Donald Pellerin with an RBI single, Ryan Tanguay delivered a run-scoring triple with two outs, Bryar Rouillard singled Tanguay home and Michael Puksta blasted a two-run homer to bring the Cards within a run.

Mother Nature, and the men in blue, stopped the game at that point and called it official about 40 minutes later. “We have a lot of clay in the infield, and it was very slippery in spots,” Mascoma coach Guy Serviss said. “It doesn’t take much for it to get slippery.”

Hammond earned the win on the mound for the Royals, who go to Winnisquam tomorrow. Stevens, which entered the day tied for third in NHIAA Division III, host Hillsboro-Deering on Saturday.

Newport 10, Hinsdale 0 (5)

Newport — The Tigers (4-7) handled the winless Pacers (0-12) with relative ease, making the most of five Hinsdale errors and timely hitting.

Taner Sherman and Danny Huot both went 2-for-3 with two runs scored for Newport. C.J. Lawrence also delivered two hits, all in support of Aaron Cherry’s complete-game two-hitter. Cherry struck out seven, walked one and allowed just two hits.

The Tigers go to Monadnock tomorrow.

KUA 5, Holderness 3

Meriden — Kimball Union improved to 10-3 win a home win over its Lakes Region rival. The Wildcats travel to Governor’s Academy on Saturday.

Gorham 13, Woodsville 3

Gorham, n.h. The Engineers (3-8) did little to help themselves yesterday, making six errors to produce seven unearned runs in the defeat.

Sam Wilson allowed three earned runs and just six hits while striking out five in five innings for Woodsville. At the plate, Andrew Coleman had two hits and Dan Roy had an RBI single.


Stevens 18, Mascoma 5

West Canaan — Things went from good to bad in an instant for the Mascoma girls yesterday.

Just as Morgan Coleman was rounding first base with an RBI single that brought in the Royals’ third run of the first inning, she collided with the first baseman. Coleman, also the Royals’ No. 1 pitcher, had to leave the field with a dislocated knee, with her future this season now up in the air.

Danielle Tenney led the Cardinals with five hits and three doubles, while Jenna Deschaine had four hits.

Mascoma freshman Mikayla Clifford took over the pitching duties and will be on the mound tomorrow when the Royals (4-6) travel to Winnisquam.

Newport 13, Hinsdale 1 (6)

Newport — Freshman Stephanie Carl and Katrina Batista brought the big lumber to the Tigers’ 12-hit attack in a mercy rule-shortened win over the Pacers.

Carl homered, doubled and singled for Newport (9-2), and Batista came away with two doubles and a single. All served to support the pitching of Mindy Carl, who scattered four Hinsdale hits with six strikeouts and two walks.

Boys Lacrosse

Hartford 14, Otter Valley 7

Brandon, Vt. — A few raindrops weren’t going to stand in the way of the Hurricanes, who received five-goal efforts from John Borchert and John Bielecki to raise their record to 3-5.

Taylor Thompson added two goals, while John Lewis and Walkker Judd added single tallies for the Canes.

Along with Borchert’s two assists, Lewis had an assist, with Kiefer Harrelson and Bryce Landon picking up one each. In net, James Young made four saves in the first half, while Garrett Stevenson made seven stops in the second half.

Hartford plays host to Rutland on Tuesday.

Mount Anthony 6, Woodstock 5

Bennington, Vt. — The Wasps (5-2) dropped their second successive tight contest to a fellow rival in Vermont Division I, this time the host Patriots (8-1). Woodstock entertains Hartford tomorrow afternoon.

Girls Lacrosse

Lebanon 19, Pelham 6

Pelham, n.h. — The Raiders (7-2) tuned up for tomorrow’s key game at No. 1 Kearsarge by putting Pelham away early.

Mo Moran scored seven goals and set up two more as Lebanon exploded for a 13-4 halftime lead. Emily Perriman (four), Hallie Bergwall (three), Erica Moffitt (two), Shauna Rankin-Byrne, Kyra Taylor and Emma Forman also struck twine for the Raiders, with Moffitt, Rankin-Byrne and Forman also adding assists.

Erin Landry made six saves to record the win in goal.

Mount Anthony 15
Hartford 5

Wilder — The Hurricanes (1-5) didn’t win on the scoreboard, but they did get one positive review in an otherwise tough game with the Patriots (4-4).

“The people we played were so skilled, the refs made a big note at the end that we were a team of great spirit and great sportsmanship,” Hartford coach Kathleen McPherson said. “That’s something we needed to hear with a record of 1-5. It’s good to get positivity out of such a negative number.”

Skyler Gay scored twice for the Canes to go with single goals from Aberash Ladd, Esme Cole and Megan Potter. Jessica Smith recorded five saves for Hartford, which visits Rutland tomorrow.

Rice 14, Randolph 2

South Burlington, Vt. — Emma Renner and Ellie Anderson produced the sole goals for the Galloping Ghosts (0-8) in a matchup against one of Vermont Division II’s stronger squads.

Kim Buckholts finished with eight saves in the Randolph goal.

Deerfield 11, KUA 4

Meriden — Kimball Union goalie Christine Bouchat-Bonin made 15 saves in the Wildcats’ loss to Deerfield Academy.

Storm Sideleau and Morgan Walsh scored two goals apiece for KUA which visits Vermont Academy tomorrow.

Boys Tennis

Lebanon 8, Derryfield 1

Hanover — The rain drove the Lebanon boys into Dartmouth’s Boss Center, but the Raiders (9-1) were hardly affected in a match that coach Rich Kelly said was closer than the final score.

The top two singles matches went to tiebreakers before No. 1 Max Reed and No. 2 Nabel Khan emerged victorious by 9-8 counts.

The rest of the matches were dominated by the Raiders. Will Sanborn won at No. 3 (8-0), followed by Jeff Purdy (8-3), Wyatt Goodwin (8-3) and Jacob Ryder (8-6).

In doubles, the No. 2 tandem of Sanborn-Purdy and the No. 3 pairing of Ryder-Goodwin both won, 8-2. Lebanon hosts Plymouth Monday.

Hanover 9, Plymouth 0

Plymouth, n.h. — Jackson Greenspan, Sandy Yu, Graham Dixon and Ziqi Zhang all won singles matches by 8-0 score, as did the doubles teams of Greenspan and Richard Qui and Dixon and Yiu as the Marauders improved to 11-0. Hanover hosts Souhegan tomorrow.

Girls Tennis

Hanover 6, Plymouth 0

Hanover — Rain moved the Marauders’ senior day into Dartmouth’s Boss Center, but it didn’t dampen wins from the three seniors at the bottom of Hanover’s singles ladder.

Katie Irwin (8-0), Helen Tosteson (8-0) and Raina Siegel (8-1) cruised to wins in their final home matches for Hanover, which also grabbed victories from Camille Hankel (8-0), Zoe Yu (8-3) and Kendra McGowan (8-1).

The Marauders go to Pembroke today to kick off a three-match road trip that will close their regular season.

Burr & Burton 4
Hartford 0

White River Junction — The Bulldogs (9-0) got in just enough action through the raindrops to stay unbeaten by topping the Hurricanes (1-7).

Maddy Pagnucco, Jordan Harmon and Gabi Hasaj claimed straight-sets wins at the first three singles positions for BBA, defeating Hartford’s Jessie Gofberg, Allyse Mullen and Ossia Dwyer, respectively.

The visitors clinched the team verdict when Julia Campanella and Haley McGrath teamed up for a 6-3, 7-5 win over the Canes’ Amanda Nelson and Colleen McDermott at second doubles.

The rest of the match was abandoned because of rain. Hartford visits Otter Valley today.


Eagles, Yellowjackets
Rained Out (Mostly)

Springfield, Vt. — Although passing rain kept Mid Vermont Christian and Windsor from completing yesterday’s match with three other schools at Crown Point Country Club, one MVCS golfer felt the cancellation was all wet.

“The only thing that happened was Henry Sherman refused to come off,” Mid Vermont coach Gary Ott confessed. “He said he was having too good of a round. He ended up with a 34 on the back nine.”

MVCS has received the OK to host a May 17 match with the Jacks, Springfield and Black River at the Quechee Club, which will serve as the Eagles’ only home date of the season. MVCS is at Okemo on Monday.