High Schools: Newport Baseball Wins Opener
Newport — It was the season opener for the Newport High baseball team against Kearsarge on Saturday, but the Tigers’ Andrew Houde already appeared in mid-sea son form.
Houde, a junior, hit a solo home run in the third inning and out-dueled Cougars’ pitching counterpart Ber keley Stevens as the Tigers prevailed at home, 3-0.
Both teams issued just four hits apiece as Houde struck out eight and walked two in a complete game. Stevens struck out seven and walked one in five innings while mixing it up on the hill for Kearsarge (1-2).
“He really kept us off-balance all game,” Norwich coach Tim Spanos said of Stevens. “He threw a lot of knuckleballs and curveballs, and he his fastball looked a lot quicker (than last year). He snuck a couple by us.”
Jeff Quimby (first inning) and Brady Bates (fourth) had RBI singles for Newport, which plays at Fall Mountain on Wednesday.
S. Royalton 4, Randolph 3
South Royalton — David Ballou’s RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning helped the Royals (3-0) avenge th eir only defeat from last year’s state championship run in Vermont Division IV. South Royalton this season is playing in D-III, which was won by the Galloping Ghosts in 2013.
It was the season opener for Randolph.
Alex Berk had two hits for the Royals, and scored the winning run in the sixth.
Pitcher Dalton McDougal (three innings, four strikeouts, three walks) had a two-RBI double and a run scored for the Ghosts.
South Royalton hosts Rochester on Tuesday.
Oxbow 10, Blue Mtn. 6
Bradford, Vt. — The Olympians edged their neighboring rivals in the season opener for both teams.
Oxbow’s Shea Brammell belted a bases-clearing double in the sixth to give her team an 8-6 lead. Teammate Cassie Hutchinson added two hits.
Leah Hanzas was the winning pitcher for Oxbow, allowing four hits and striking out 12 while walking two.
Oxbow continues its three-game home stand to start the season on Tuesday against Lake Region.
Windsor 9, Thetford 6
Windsor — Haley Wood had three RBIs for the Yellowjackets, including a two-run triple in the fifth inning as Windsor (1-1) got its first win of the year. It was the season opener for the Panthers.
Brooke Hurd had a pair of hits and Erin Wierzbicki had a hit and three runs scored for the Jacks. Windsor starting pitcher Ashlee Bly (six innings, six runs, two earned, strikeout, walk) was steady in the circle before Mariah Marsh retired the side in order in the seventh for the save.
Michaela Pomeroy had two hits and two runs scored for Thetford, which is off until hosting Blue Mountain on Saturday. Windsor, meanwhile, plays at Stevens on Monday.
Randolph 8, S. Royalton 4
South Royalton — Galloping Ghosts pitcher Rachel Johnson gave up no hits or runs in five-plus innings as Randolph prevailed in the season opener for both teams.
The Ghosts led 8-0 entering the sixth before the Royals scored four runs off of Randolph relief pitching.
“I think we only had one hit the whole game,” said South Royalton coach Roger McCrillis. “All of our runs came on walks and errors.”
The Royals host Rochester on Tuesday.
Newport 7, Kearsarge 6
Newport — Katrina Batista’s walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning capped a come-from-behind effort for the Tigers in their season opener.
Kearsarge slipped to 0-3.
The Cougars went up 4-0 with four unearned runs in the first inning, according to Newport coach Meredith McAllister.
Hailey Rossiter (three RBIs) and Emma Carroll both had three hits for the Tigers, the latter scoring on Batista’s game-winning hit.
Samantha McNeel (four hits, three walks) pitched a complete game for Newport, which plays at Fall Mountain on Wednesday.
Kearsarge’s Samantha Dow scored two runs and reached base twice, while Ashley Thompson scored a run and had two hits. Brianna Critch pitched a complete game.
Kearsarge hosts Mascoma on Monday.
Hanover 8 Yarmouth (Maine) 6
Yarmouth, Maine — Conor Austin had a hat trick for the Marauders, who outscored their hosts 4-3 in both halves.
Brendan Forauer and Jude Arbogast both had a goal and an assist, while Gus Lyons, Worthy Gardner and Tom Peters had one goal apiece for Hanover (2-1). Jin Kim had two assists.
Goalie Chris Washington made seven saves for the Marauders, who host Nashua North on Monday.
St. Johnsbury 18 Randolph 11
St. Johnsbury, Vt. — The Hilltoppers outscored the Galloping Ghosts 11-4 in the second half to prevail in the season opener for both teams.
Track and Field
Bell Leads Cougar Boys
Pelham, n.h. — Kearsarge senior Reed Bell scored in four events as the defending New Hampshire Division III champion Cougars placed fourth of 15 teams at the Pelham Invitational.
The Lebanon boys placed ninth.
Bell was third in the 300-meter run (53.69 seconds) and 110 hurdles (17.02) and fourth in the 200 (24.24) and was part of Kearsarge’s winning 4x400 relay team (3:47.73).
Elliot Lukaitis won the 300 hurdles in 46.24 and Toy Davis (high jump; 5 feet, 10 inches) and Zach Astle (shot put; 40-1.5) both placed second. Lukaitis was also part of the Cougars’ third-place 4x100 relay team (47.35). Alex Akpan was third in the discus (119-05) and Cameron Webster was fourth in the 110 hurdles (17.23) for the Cougars.
The Raiders’ Lytle Cooper won the high jump with a lunge of 5 feet, 10 inches, while Josh Fontaine (third in 1,600; 4:34.58), Zak Kinsman (third in 3,200; 10:13.95), Teddy Bessette (fourth in 800; 2:10.89) and Jeremiah Morton (sixth in 1,600; 4:34.58) also scored for Lebanon.
Newport’s Riley Cook was fourth in the javelin (132-09).
Lebanon placed eighth on the girls’ side, led by fourth-place finishes in both the 300 hurdles (51.19) and pole vault (8-00) by Samantha MacDonald.
The Raiders’ 4x100 relay team (53.57) and Georgia Michalovic in the long jump (16-2.25) were also fourth.
Kearsarge’s Hayley Joseph (fifth in 100 hurdles; 17.70) scored the lone points for the 14th-place Cougars.
Boys team scores: 1. Winnacunnet 79; 2. Milford 59; 3. Sanborn 56; 4. Kearsarge 52; 5. Pelham 50; 6. Coe-Brown 48; 7. Kingswood 47; 8. Merrimack Valley 36; 9. Lebanon 34; 10. Campbell 31; 11. Oyster River 29; 12. Con-Val 26; 13. Newport 5; 14. Bow 4; 15. Goffstown 2.
Girls team scores: 1. Coe-Brown 133; 2. Winnacunnet 93; 3. Pelham 71; 4. Merrimack Valley 68; 5. Milford 41.5; 6. Goffstown 34; 7. Oyster River 31; 8. Lebanon 21.5; 9. Con-Val 15; 10. Bow and Gilford 11; 11. St. Thomas 11; 13. Kingswood 9; 14. Kearsarge and Pelham 2; 16. Campbell 1.
KUA 5, Proctor 4
Meriden — Kimball Union (4-0) edged Proctor Academy on a chilly and windy afternoon.
In singles, Maggie Sewall (6-1, 6-1), Carly Jefferson (6-3, 7-6 (7-3)), Molly Adams (7-6 (7-2), 6-0) and Olivia Lombard (6-2, 2-6, 10-8) all won. In doubles, Lindsey Landwehrle and Jefferson won 8-1 to take the match.