Royals Rally Past Terriers
South Royalton — After a slow start to the season at the plate for the South Royalton School baseball team, Royals senior Troy Tracy evidently agreed with coach Mike Ballou that he needed to be more aggressive at the plate — and he picked the best times to deliver.
Tracy tied yesterday’s game against Bellows Falls with a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning, then smacked a walk-off single in the ninth as South Royalton rallied to beat the Terriers, 6-5.
Tracy finished with two of the Royals’ 10 hits, their highest output since registering 14 in the season opener against Chelsea. Hunter Brock (2-for-5, two RBIs) and Thomas Ingham (2-for-3) also had multiple hits.
“Troy did a better job today of being aggressive and not taking too many good pitches (to hit),” said Ballou, whose team improved to 3-1. “We were kind of all doing that as a team, because it’s still early in the season and we only got one (preseason) scrimmage in.”
With the Royals trailing 3-0 in the third, Brock tripled in two runs before scoring himself on an overthrow to tie the game.
Bellows Falls went back up 5-3 until the seventh, when Brock (single) and David Ballou (fielder’s choice) reached and Darren Cilley walked to load the bases for Tracy, who punched a base hit over the second baseman’s head.
In the ninth, Ballou, Nate Moore and Cilley hit consecutive singles before Tracy drilled the first pitch he saw into right center for the walk-off win.
Leif Johnson (five innings, six hits, one earned run, two walks, three strikeouts) and Darren Kennedy (four innings, four hits, no earned runs, two walks, strikeout) combined on the mound for the Royals, who host Hazen on Tuesday.
Tilton 14, KUA 2 (5)
Tilton, n.h. — Tilton scored 14 unanswered runs for a mercy-rule win over KUA.
Kylie Shields and Mackenzie Frazier each scored on passed balls to put KUA on the board in the first inning. Wildcat first baseman Katie Firstenberger and lift fielder Caroline McNair each had dramatic catches in the opening frame.
Freshman pitcher Kayleigh Coombs was a workhorse, striking out five batters and giving up just four hits. Coombs, Shields and Evie Whittemore had two hits apiece.
Bedford 11, Hanover 7
Hanover — The Marauders (6-1) suffered their first loss of the season.
Worthy Gardner scored three times, Jesse Brown scored twice and Gus Lyons and Gavin Ratliff had one goal each for Hanover.
Jin Kim (two) and Ben Acker both had assists, while Dan DeRoy made nine stops in the Hanover net.
The Marauders trailed 5-1 at halftime before both teams scored six times in the second half.
Proctor 12, KUA 6
Andover, n.h. — The Wildcats fell to 0-6.
Eric Megnia and Mike Robertello scored two goals and an assist each for the Wildcats. P.J. Tessier and Cam Beecy also scored. Santiago Morales made 14 saves for Kimball Union.
Hanover 18, Londonderry 16
Hanover — The Marauders edged the Lancers at home.
Hannah Seibel scored six goals with an assist and four ground balls, Rachel Boghosian scored five times and Evie Keating had three goals and an assist for the Marauders.
Sophia Lubrano had two goals, four assists, Christine Croitoru had a goal and two assists and Liesel Robbins scored twice for the Marauders. Robbins also had six draw controls.
Georgia Lubrano (four ground balls) and Eileen Daley had one assist each for Hanover, which wase short three players because of school vacation trips.
Hanover defenders Georgina Stern, a freshman and jayvee call-up, and Araya Lacy, were credited with strong games by their coach, Chris Seibel.
Emily Gougelet made three saves for the Marauders, who host Spaulding tomorrow.
St. Paul’s 14, KUA 2
Concord — The Wildcats fell to 2-3.
Morgan Walsh scored both goals for Kimball Union, while Newport’s Gretchen Schissel and Meriden’s Jojo Schafer had strong defensive games. Christine Bouchat-Bonin made eight stops for the Cats, who play at Brewster on Wednesday.
This article has been amended to correct an earlier error. The following correction appeared in the Tuesday, April 23 edition of the Valley News:
Darrin Kennedy threw four innings of relief to help the South Royalton High baseball team beat Bellows Falls in nine innings on Saturday, 6-5. Kennedy's first name was incorrect in the high school roundup that ran in the Sunday Valley News.