Local Roundup: Newport Ace Delivers
Newport — Andrew Houde continued a standout junior season for the Newport High baseball team on Wednesday, striking out 15 Conant Orioles in a 4-0 win while allowing only one hit and one walk in 88 pitches. Houde struck out the side in the first inning on nine pitches and surrendered his only hit during the fourth on a wet and overcast afternoon.
“It was unbelievable,” said Newport coach Tim Spanos, whose team finished the regular season 11-5. “He’s a hoss and he said before the game that the wet ball didn’t bother him. Once I saw the first inning, I realized he wasn’t lying. He never has a sore arm because his motion is nice and fluid and long. We could throw him again tomorrow.”
The Tigers continued to get offensive production from the bottom third of their order, with Ricky Hammond and Zach Brown each delivering two hits and Spencer Coronis one. Spanos said he expects Newport to host an NHIAA Division III playoff game next week.
Rutland 4, Hartford 3
Rutland — The Hurricanes (6-7) suffered what coach Jarrod Grassi described as “a heartbreaking loss”, blowing a 3-0 lead in the seventh inning. The Raiders parlayed three walks, two hits and a Hartford throwing error into their winning rally.
Sophomore Jacob Perkins made his second start on the mound, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out two batters and walking two. Steve Cerrone had two of his team’s eight hits. Hartford visits Otter Valley on Friday and Burr & Burton on Saturday.
South Royalton 18, Craftsbury 5
South Royalton — David Ballou had three hits with five RBIs, Justin Brock had two hits with four RBIs, Hunter Brock had three hits with two RBIs and Stephen Paige had two hits. The Royals (12-2) visit Thetford today and host Chelsea on Friday to finish the regular season.
Windham 11, Hanover 0
Norwich — The Marauders (5-9) fell victim to a hot pitcher and managed only one hit, a fourth-inning single by Rohan Kumar. Hanover hosts Sanborn today, plays a doubleheader at Manchester West on Friday and visits Souhegan on Saturday to conclude the regular season.
Thetford 8, Montpelier 4
Montpelier, Vt. — The visiting Panthers rallied with five runs in the seventh inning to improve to 4-10.
The tying and winning runs scored on infield errors before Nolan Howard’s three-run double iced the contest. Eric Lindhal started for Thetford and allowed six hits and four runs while striking out four batters and walking one.
Jack Sweet and John Blakeney pitched in relief and Matt Sonnhalter had three hits and two RBIs for Thetford, which hosts South Royalton today in its season finale.
Rochester 19, Whitcomb 6
Rochester, Vt. — Cody Snelling had three of the Hornets’ five hits and Forest Parent had another but the visitors fell to 5-9.
Whitcomb coach Les McIntyre said he’s unsure whether Monday’s suspended game at Twinfield will be made up before season’s end. That contest was halted with the Hornets leading, 3-2, with one out in the top of the third inning and the bases loaded. Whitcomb’s Scott Nickerson slid into home and dislodged it severely enough that the umpire ruled action could not continue.
“Thirty years in the game and I’ve never seen that happen,” McIntyre said with a chuckle.
Rivendell 10, Woodsville 3
Orford — The host Raptors took a 4-0 lead in the second inning, allowed Woodsville to halve its deficit in the third, but then answered with five more runs in the bottom of that frame. Cole Stever had two doubles and two RBIs and pitchers Scott Calhoun and Nate Eastman combined to allow seven hits while striking out six Engineers and walking five.
Rivendell (10-4), visits Oxbow on Saturday and hopes to host an opening-round, Vermont Division III playoff game next week. Woodsville (2-13) hosts Moultonborough on Friday.
Mill River 11, Windsor 5
Clarendon, Vt. — The hosts broke open a 5-5 game in the sixth inning, capitalizing as Windsor starter Tyson Boudro tired. The Yellowjackets, playing the second of four games this week, had to hold back arms in reserve, said coach Don Swinyer, whose squad committed four errors.
Boudro allowed eight runs, four of them earned, and eight hits during a 6 1⁄ 3-inning stint. He struck out two batters and walked one. Matt Thayer and Nick LeBeau each had two hits for Windsor (4-9), which hosts Bellows Falls on Friday.
Woodstock 9, Twin Valley 3 Woodstock 15, Springfield 1
The Wasps beat Twin Valley on the road before besting Springfield at home hours later. Doug Avellino had three hits and five stolen bases in the first game and four hits in the second. Woodstock (12-2) visits Poultney today.
Fall Mountain 14, Mascoma 2
Langdon, n.h. — Rachael Getman had two hits but the host Wildcats preyed on inexperienced pitchers Rachel Kahn and Carrie Hackman — who had never pitched before Wednesday — and dropped the Royals to 2-13. Both pitchers earned praise from Mascoma coach Danielle Sampson for stepping up.
Mascoma hosts InterLakes today.
Woodstock 7, Proctor 5
Woodstock — Gabi Rozumek had three hits, including a double, and Shelby Gault had two singles and the Wasps improved to 3-9. Brittany Sawyer threw a two-hitter with six strikeouts for Woodstock, which visits Poultney today.
Whitcomb 19, Rochester 5
Rochester, Vt. — Lindsey LaPerle had a home run, a triple and a double and four RBIs as the Hornets pounded out 21 hits and improved to 7-6.
Krista Townsend and Nicole Begin each had two doubles for Whitcomb (7-6), which hosts Blue Mountain on Friday in its regular seaon finale.
Windsor 12, Mill River 7
Clarendon, Vt. — The Yellowjackets used a two-run home run by Haley Wood to break a 5-5 tie in the sixth inning. Emily Anderson later delivered a three-run double and Val Koch a two-run single that allowed the visitors to pull away.
Ashlee Bly pitched and allowed nine hits while striking out five batters and walking six.
Windsor (7-6) visits Mount St. Joseph today and hosts Hartford on Friday in its regular season finale.
Woodstock 11, Brattleboro 9
Brattleboro, Vt. — Oliver Kaija had six goals and an assist to help extend the Wasps’ winning streak to six games. Nemo Wood had two goals and two assists, Conor McCarthy had a goal and three assists, Haven Lantz had a goal and an assist, Jackson Wood had a goal and Jonas Kantola had an assist.
Ben Orr made eight saves for Woodstock (11-3), which hosts Rutland on Friday night in its regular season finale and hopes to receive a first-round bye in the Vermont Division I playoffs next week.
Hanover 10, Salem 4
Salem, n.h. — With starting goaltender Chris Washington and four other players absent because they were performing in a school singing and instrumental concert, the Marauders turned to Jin Kim in net and the senior came up with nine saves. Kim had played the position only once previously, in practice.
Hanover (11-7) received three goals and two assists from Andrew Huizenga, three goals and an assist from Tom Peters, a goal and three assists from Ben Acker, two goals from Conor Austin, a goal from Noah Huizenga and an assist from George Geraghty.
Marauders coach Jeff Reed said he expects his team to finish fourth in NHIAA Division I and host fifth-place Nashua North in a quarterfinal playoff game next week.
Hartford 18, Otter Valley 0
Brandon, Vt. — The Hurricanes (5-6) received five goals and two assists from John Borchert, four goals and an assist from John Bielecki, three goals from John Lewis, two goals and an assist from Walkker Judd and single tallies from Jeff Lyford, Kiefer Harrelson and Matt Luke.
Bryce Landon had an assist and James Young made 14 saves.
John Stark 16, Lebanon 3
Weare, n.h. — The Raiders finished the campaign at 3-11 with their fourth consecutive loss and are 4-24 the past two seasons.
Lebanon 12, Hopkinton 7
Hopkinton, n.h. — Emily Perryman continued her offensive onslaught, scoring seven goals during the Raiders’ season finale.
Elle Brine had two goals and two assists, Erika Moffitt had two goals and an assist, Brenna Peterson had a goal and Sam Roberts an assist. Lebanon, which received seven saves from Erin Landry, is 10-4 and is likely to finish fifth in the NHIAA Division III standings, said coach Sara Ecker.
If that were the case, Lebanon would host a first-round playoff game Wednesday.
Hanover 9, Souhegan 0
Hanover — The Marauders waltzed to victory during an NHIAA Division II quarterfinal match and will host a semifinal contest Friday against either Oyster River or Portsmouth. Singles victories were provided Camille Hankel, Rine Uhm, Zoe Yu, Izzi Davis, Kendra McGowan and Margaret Werner and doubles triumphs came from Davis-Hankel, Uhm-Yu and McGowan-Emily Acker.
St. Thomas 8, Lebanon 1
Dover, n.h. — The eighth-seeded Raiders lost an NHIAA Division II quarterfinal to the top-seeded Saints.
Woodstock 5, U-32 2
Woodstock — The Wasps won a Vermont Division II quarterfinal match with singles victories from Amelia Sheppard at No. 1, Katie Miller at No. 4 and Morgan Hartman at No. 5. The tandems of Emma McLiverty and Haley Usiliton and Emma King and Elise Geschardt prevailed in doubles competition. Woodstock advanced to play Montpelier or Bellows Falls in a semifinal clash on Friday.
Newport High junior Andrew Houde struck out 15 batters in the Tigers' 4-0 win over Conant. Houde's class was incorrect in an earlier version of this story.