Canes, Colonels Battle to 0-0 Draw
White River Junction — Darkness was the only thing able to answer the brilliant starting pitching displayed on the softball diamond outside Hartford High yesterday. The Hurricanes battled Brattleboro ace Kayla Wood to a 0-0 draw through nine innings of action as Hartford sophomore starter Kaitlyn Woodward proved nearly as unhittable as her counterpart.
Wood threw a no-hitter for Brattleboro, surrendering just one walk over nine innings. Woodward also went the distance, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out nine for Hartford. The game was called because of darkness.
Woodward was cruising along until the top of the seventh inning when she took a hard line drive off the shin, one of the Colonels’ four base hits. Down on the field in pain for between 5-10 minutes according to coach Gary Gervais, Woodward insisted on staying in the game. After giving up another hit to the next better, Woodward rallied to record a strikeout to end the inning, stranding two runners on base to preserve the scoreless tie.
“She pitched great. She gave us all she could give both with her pitching and her mental toughness,” Gervais added.
The Hartford defense committed only one error in their season opener. “In the conditions we were in, you couldn’t ask for more. To have a nine inning game with one error is quite an accomplishment,” Gervais said.
Third baseman Mikayla Hastings made a pair of highlight worthy plays to standout among the many slick-fielding Canes.
“It would have been a classic playoff game, the way both teams played. For the first game of April, it was outstanding. This is a great start to our year against a really tough team,” Gervais said.
Wood, Brattleboro’s senior ace, has helped lead the Colonels to a pair of state championships in recent years. The game will remain a scoreless tie until a decision is made regarding whether or not the game will be continued at a later date. Hartford is off next week for school vacation and returns to action at Fair Haven on April 22.
Newport 17, Kearsarge 0 (5)
North Sutton, n.h. — Kearsarge errors and Stephanie Carl’s pitching conspired to help the Tigers improve to 2-0 on the season on Wednesday.
Carl struck out six of the 18 batters she faced, throwing a mercy rule-shortened four-hit shutout with one walk. Carl also doubled three times to account for half of Newport’s hits.
Mindy Carl had a double and single and Molly Earl singled for the Tigers, who host Monadnock on Monday.
Hillsboro-Deering 16, Kearsarge 3
North Sutton — The visiting Hillcats ran roughshod over the host Cougars in the April chill.
Hillsboro-Deering 10 (9)
North Sutton — The Cougars rallied from a 6-0 deficit to beat the Hillcats and earn back-to-back one-run victories to start the season.
The Cougars rallied for six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to erase the early disadvantage. The teams then traded runs to force extra innings when Kearsarge won in the ninth inning. D.J. Heiner started the winning rally with a walk. Berkley Stevens pinch-ran, stole second and then came around to score the game-winner on an RBI single to right field by Christian DiDominc.
DiDominic finished 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. James Scherer had a pair of base hits and also scored twice, while Nick Bailey was 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored.
Brad Donnelly started on the mound and went four innings, surrendering three earned runs while fanning five. Cameron Commerford added two innings of relief and Scherer picked up the victory with three innings of one-run ball, striking out six.
“It’s good to see the kids not give up. They showed a lot of grit today, the kids fought hard, it’s a good sign early on,” Kearsarge coach Travis Pelletier said.
The Cougars visit Mascoma on Monday.
Whitcomb 12, Black River 2
Bethel — Junior hurler Scott Nickerson pitched six dominant innings to lead the Hornets to a season-opening victory.
Nickerson struck out 10 while allowing just three hits and a single walk. Whitcomb played strong defense behind Nickerson, according to coach Les McIntyre. Caleb Chase did the damage offensively, going 3-for-5 with a walk and four runs scored. Sam Ennis added a pair of hits and scored twice. Cody Snelling pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Hornets, who host Rochester on Tuesday.
Brattleboro 8, Hartford 7
White River Junction — The Hurricanes fell just short in their first contest of the season in what Hartford coach Jarrod Grassi called “an ugly game on both sides.”
Greg Shin was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Hartford. Justin Devoid added a base hit and a walk and also threw four innings of three-hit relief, striking out two while allowing two runs. Dylan Terino started on the mound, pitching three innings while giving up six runs on six walks and five hits against five strikeouts.
The Canes host Bellows Falls tomorrow.
Hartford 15, St. Johnsbury 1
White River Junction — The Canes won their season opener in high style, dominating their visitors from the north.
John Borchert set the tone with six goals. John Bielecki added three goals and an assist, while Joe Wood had a pair of goals and a pair of helpers. John Lewis and Bryce Landon each scored twice. Goalie James Young stopped eight shots for the season-opening victory.
Hartford visits St. Johnsbury on Wednesday.
Hanover 5, Concord 4
Hanover — The Marauders won a tight game despite controlling pace of play to improve to 2-0.
Jesse Brown had two goals while Andrew Forauer, Austin Taylor and Zach Taylor also scored. Andrew Huizenga had a pair of assists. Goalie Dan DeRoy had three shots. Josh Martin had six gound balls. Hanover out-shot the visiting Crimson Tide 34-7 and host Falmouth (Maine) tomorrow.
Kearsarge 14, Con-Val 3
North Sutton — Kearsarge had a winning recipe as a suffocating defensive effort paved the way for a balanced offensive attack.
Gemma Bready and Libby Brooks each had four goals. Freshman Eleanor Angus had three goals and had five ground balls in what coach Scott Slogic called an “unbelievable” debut. Caitlin Anderson added a pair of goals, while Lianna Blakemon and Hannah Anderson also scored. Brooks also had five ground balls and goalie Morgan Galluzo made seven saves.
Kearsarge plays John Stark today at New England College, in Henniker, N.H., assuming cooperation from mother nature.
Hopkinton 13, Lebanon 6
Contoocook, n.h. — After opening the season with a victory, the Raiders dropped their second contest to the host Hawks.
Mo Moran led the Lebanon attack with three goals. Shauna Rankin-Byrne and Amelia Gage each had a goal and an assist while Emily Perryman had a goal and a pair of helpers. Caroline Wren added a single assist. Goalie Erin Landry stopped seven shots for the Raiders, who host John Stark on Monday.
Hanover 6, Manchester West 0
Manchester — The Marauders swept singles play before rain washed away doubles action on a cold, gray day in southern New Hampshire.
Katie Erwin and Hazuki Horiuchi each won 8-0 playing out of the top two spots in the lineup. Liza Goss won 8-4, Emily Acker won 8-1, Willa Kaufman won 8-1 and Raina Seigel was an 8-2 victor. The Marauders are now off until a meeting with Hartford on April 23.
Colby-Sawyer Sweeps Doubleheader
New London — The Chargers won both halves of a doubleheader against Lyndon by scores of 1-0, evening their overall record at 10-10.
Kevin Keith tossed a shutout in the first game, going all eight innings while recording seven strikeouts against just three hits. The lone run scored when Kyle Greenwood reached on a fielder’s choice and then advanced to second on a Alex Fredette walk. Sean Gavin followed with a slow roller to shortstop. The Lyndon defense attempted to nab Fredette at second base to end the inning, but the speedy sophomore beat the throw while Greenwood came all the way around to score.
PJ Singster earned the victory in the second consecutive 1-0 shutout, allowing five hits and a walk against five strikeouts. The Chargers broke a 0-0 deadlock in the bottom of the sixth inning when former Lebanon player Cody Pelletier singled and then scored when Andy Lapple’s ground ball went through the five-hole of the Lyndon shortstop.
Colby-Sawyer plays a pair of doubleheaders at home against Maine-Farmington this weekend.
Colby-Sawyer 9, Lyndon 0
Lyndon Center, Vt. — The Chargers swept Lyndon to improve to 8-6 overall, 3-0 in North Atlantic Conference play.
Reeve Fidler and Nathan Taschereau won 8-2 at No. 1 doubles while the teams of Justin Pinard and Sergio Spassof (8-3) and Paul Holland and Clay Allen (8-1) also won convincingly.
Tanschereau added a 6-0, 6-3 victory in the top singles matchup. Allen and Holland each won 6-0, 6-0 in their singles matches while Spassof (6-1, 6-0), Fidler (6-1, 6-1) and Pinard (6-2, 6-2) also won.