Local Roundup: TA Softball Warms Up in the Cold
South Royalton assistant softball coach Adrian Lakin smiles as he hoists an injured Alexis Madore back to the dugout during the Royals’ game with Thetford yesterday. Madore was hurt when she tripped over the Panthers’ third baseman. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Thetford’s Shenia Covey delivers a base hit for her blanket-covered teammates. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
South Royalton's Rachel Moore slides safely into home during the game. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
South Royalton — With youth typically comes growing pains, but not for the slick-fielding group of underclassmen on the Thetford Academy softball team. The Panthers edged host South Royalton by a 10-6 score on a chilly afternoon yesterday.
Shenia Covey had a pair of doubles, a single and drove in one for Thetford. Susie Howard added a solo home run and a single. Elise Jackson and Rozzlyn Kidder each had a hit and two RBIs, and Carlie Ulman added a single and anchored the defensive effort with several great plays at second base.
Starting shortstop Michaela Pomeroy tossed three-plus innings of relief to close the door. Kaitlin Hodge started in the circle and allowed four hits in her three innings of work. With Pomeroy moving to the circle midway through, sophomore Ashia Pryor stepped in at shortstop and made a number of strong plays.
“Ashia came in, and we didn’t miss a beat,” Thetford coach Michelle Fifield said. “Our defense has been pretty good. The kids work really hard in both the infield and the outfield. Tonight was hard, they put the ball in play. But this is where our game is most of the time.”
Jackson had a key two-run single in the four run fourth inning for Thetford (5-3), who hosts Northfield tomorrow afternoon.
Woodsville 15, Littleton 6
Littleton, n.h. — Danelle Huntington threw a complete game, scattering seven hits while striking out eight against six walks to get the win for Woodsville (8-3).
Lottie Page had a single, a triple and scored two runs while driving in three. Abby Simano was 3-for-5, while Sadie Matteson was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored an two RBIs.
Mascoma 12, Fall Mountain 9
Langdon, n.h. — The Royals pounded the host Wildcats and enjoyed Morgan Coleman’s return to the circle to improve to 5-7 on the season.
Coleman tossed a 105-pitch complete game, allowing nine hits and just four earned runs. Coleman also was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Becky Gravel and Catie Mylott each were 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Rachel Kahn added three hits, drove in one and scored twice.
Lebanon 7, Kingswood 6
Lebanon — Rachel Berg drove home Kaylee Rogers from third base with an RBI double in the sixth inning as the Raiders won for the second time this season.
Rogers set up the winning run by driving in the tying score, her RBI triple knotting the game at 6-6. Ashley Goucher led the way at the plate for Lebanon (2-10) with three hits.
Windsor 11, Mill River 8
Windsor — The Yellowjackets had just three hits but capitalized on frequent Mill River miscues to pick up the victory.
The Jacks had six runs in the second inning with Tierra Huntley picking up a key single to go along with five walks and two runners reaching after being hit by a pitch. Windsor then added four runs in the fourth without the benefit of a hit.
Hartford 13, Union-32 9
East Montpelier, vt. — The Hurricanes won a wild game with the Raiders, outscoring the hosts 7-2 over the final four innings.
Kaitlynn Woodward got the win for Hartford (3-6-1), tossing a complete game while allowing seven hits and six walks against seven strikeouts. Jenna Yee had a pair of hits, including a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Woodward, Kristen Davis, Courtney Murray and Taylor Wilson also had two hits.
Coe-Brown 16, Hanover 2 (5)
Norwich — Amara Nichols allowed six earned runs in her five innings in the circle on 10 hits and one walk. Nichols added a two-run single for the Marauders (2-11), who visit Sanborn tomorrow afternoon.
New Hampton 13, KUA 1 (5)
New Hampton, n.h. — The Wildcats beat the elements, but they couldn’t overcome their hosts on Saturday.
KUA notched the game’s first run when freshman Lexi Uryase drew a bases-loaded walk. The rest went New Hampton’s way, with the hosts scoring their runs on seven hits, three errors and a handful of walks.
Woodsville 6, Littleton 2
Littleton, n.h. — The Engineers picked up their signature win of the season, beating the previously 9-2 Crusaders, who were tops in New Hampshire D-IV entering the game.
Andrew Coleman paced the Woodsville offense with three hits, an RBI and scored a run. Ben Fournier and Erva Barnes each added a pair of hits. Sam Wilson picked up the victory for the Engineers (4-8), tossing six innings with five strikeouts against four walks and four hits. The Woodsville defense was error-free behind Wilson.
Thetford 11, Twinfield 3
Thetford — The Panthers played a game of grand larceny to claim a victory over the visiting Trojans.
Jordan Eastman was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and stole four bases. Nolan Howard also had four steals and was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and four RBIs. Aiden Cleaves added three steals, a pair of hits, scored three times and drove in a run.
Hanover 3, Coe-Brown 2
Hanover — Joe Cravero pitched a complete game, recording 12 strikeouts as Hanover rallied from a 2-0 deficit for the victory.
Trailing 2-0, Hanover knotted the score on a 2-run single by Liam Gantrish in the fifth inning. Jordy Levin then led off with a single in the sixth inning. Harry Dwinell pinch ran, stole second base and then advanced to third on a sacrifice by Sam Hastings. Matt Whalen then drove in the go-ahead run on a suicide squeeze to put Hanover in front, 3-2.
Newport 10, Hinsdale 1
Hinsdale, n.h. — Aaron Cherry struck out 12 in a complete game 2-hitter for Newport (5-8).
Cherry helped his cause with a 3-for-3 afternoon, scoring two runs and driving in one. Spencer Coronis added a pair of hits, scored a run and an RBI while Dawson Campbell had an RBI single.
Kingswood 8, Lebanon 5
Lebanon — The Raiders fell to 1-11 despite a solid day at the plate.
Mike Servant had three hits for Lebanon while Ryan White had a pair of hits and Connor Greeley had a triple.
Grayson Hardy started on the mound and took the loss. Cameron Broughton threw three shutout innings of relief.
Lebanon 9, Plymouth 0
Lebanon — With top player Max Reed resting a hamstring injury and a weak opponent on the slate, Lebanon coach Rich Kelly used yesterday to give three players a first taste of action on the CCBA courts.
Donncha Coyle (8-1) and Chris Eisener (8-0) held down the bottom two spots on the singles ladder, their first starts this season, and joined Nabeel Khan (8-0), Will Sanborn (8-0), Jeff Purdy (8-2) and Jacob Ryder (8-1) to sweep six points. Ryder also earned an 8-0 win at third doubles with his younger brother, Sam, who made his varsity debut.
The teams of Sanborn-Purdy and Khan-Jason Lane also grabbed 8-1 wins at doubles.
Brattleboro 6, Hartford 1
Brattleboro, Vt. — Evan Brown netted the Hurricanes’ only win, beating the Colonels’ Oliver Goodman at second singles, 7-5, 6-2.
Alex Page put up a good fight for Hartford (0-7) at third singles, losing a tight contest to Brattleboro’s Lachlan Francis, 6-4, 6-3.
Lebanon 8, Plymouth 1
Plymouth, n.h. — The Raiders were dominant in beating the Panthers to improve to 5-7.
Haley Jones, Brielle Giaccone and Ashley O’Keefe each won 8-0 in singles. Sara Hagan won 8-1, while Brianna Li won 8-2. Jones and Li partnered for an 8-0 victory at No. 1 doubles while Giaccone and O’Keefe also won by shutout, 8-0. Hagan and Abby Wilkinson then won 8-3 in doubles to close the successful afternoon.
Stevens 7, Kearsarge 2
Claremont — The Cardinals picked up their first victory of the season thanks to a sweep in doubles.
Kendall Theroux and Cassie Dale won 9-8 (7-5) at No. 1 doubles for Stevens while Gabby Keyser and Desneige Roy added an 8-3 victory at No. 2 doubles. Sami Vashaw and Allison Lessard won 8-2 at No. 3.
Theroux added an 8-4 victory at No. 1 singles. Vashaw (8-1), Lessard (8-6) and Roy (8-0) also won for the Cardinals.
Kathleen Kowalski won the match of the day at No. 2 singles for Kearsarge, 9-8 (7-4). Emily Irick added a victory at No. 3 singles for the Cougars (1-11).
Hartford 4, Brattleboro 3
White River Junction — The Hurricanes won on senior day, getting three victories from soon-to-be graduates.
Senior Jessie Gofberg won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles while senior Allyse Mullen won 7-5, 2-6, 10-7. Also winning was senior Ossia Dwyer (6-3, 6-3) and junior Kali Covell (6-3, 6-3). Senior Alex Fogg lost a tight one at No. 5 singles, 2-6, 4-6.
Hanover 17, Goffstown 5
Goffstown, n.h. — Midfielder Mason McNulty led a Hanover offensive onslaught with six goals as the Marauders (11-1) bounced back handsomely from their first loss of spring.
Hannah Seibel scored four times and set up three goals, Christine Croitoru had a two-goal, two-assist day and Rachel Bogohosian assisted on three goals and scored once for Hanover. Claudia Noonan, Evie Keating and J.J. Daniell also had goals for the Marauders, with the latter two also assisting once each.
Emily Gougelet made 16 stops for Hanover.
Mount Mansfield 11, Woodstock 10
Woodstock — The Wasps came out on the short end in a battle with the D-I Cougars.
Annie Arthur had six goals and an assist to pace Woodstock. Clancy Farrand added two goals while Lauren Kaija had a goal and a pair of assists. Sam Harrington also scored and Jocelyn White had one helper. Goalie Megan Dalton stopped 14 shots.
Delaney Little was strong on draw controls according to coach Hannah Nichols while Abby Kaija was strong on ground balls and forced numerous turnovers.
KUA 15, Vermont Academy 7
Saxtons River, Vt. — Maura Doyle and Morgan Walsh scored in the first five minutes on Saturday as Kimball Union won a battle of Wildcats.
KUA never trailed, pulling away after earning a 5-2 halftime lead. Walsh finished with six goals and four assists, while Doyle converted four times for Kimball Union. Newport native and KUA senior Gretchen Schissel added her first two varsity goals in support of goaltender Christine Bouchat-Bonin (10 saves).
Track and Field
SoRo Sweeps at Home
South Royalton — Getting six wins out of three athletes, the Royals prevailed at a home field-events meet against three opponents.
Jesse James led the SoRo boys to a narrow team victory, winning the javelin and discus as the Royals nipped Randolph for team honors. The Ghosts had a triple winner in Rodney Johnson, who won the high jump, shot put and triple jump and took second in the long jump. Tommy Zani also won the pole vault for Randolph.
Larissa Stride turned in a hat trick of wins for the South Royalton girls, taking the javelin, pole vault and high jump to go with a discus win from teammate Cora Honigford.
Girls team scores: South Royalton 52, Randolph 26, Whitcomb 19, Hazen 9.
Boys team scores: South Royalton 36.5, Randolph 33.5, Whitcomb 15, Hazen 14.
Woodstock Third at Rutland CC
Rutland, vt. — The Wasps took third out of five teams over 18 holes at Rutland Country Club, led by Andrew Becker with a 93 over the par-70 layout.
Joe Bianchi added a 94, Jake Kelly had 99 and Carter Pratt had 100 for the Woodstock boys. Springfield’s Alex Rumrill took the medal with a 78.
Team Scores: Mill River 360, Springfield 385, Woodstock 386, Fair Haven 426, Otter Valley 532.
MVCS wins at Okemo
Ludlow, vt. — The Eagles’ Henry Sherman took the medal with a 4-over par score of 39 on the front nine at Okemo Valley Golf Club.
Austin Sayers added a 42 for Mid Vermont Christian while Wyatt Sherman had 53, Isaac McIntire had 59 and James King had a 64. Brian Meagher had 48 to lead Windsor while River Merriam had 50, Nick Witty had 52 and Tucker Gilman had 56.
Team Scores: MVCS 194, Green Mountain 199, Windsor 206, Black River 227, Poultney 245.
South Royalton assistant softball coach Adrian Lakin carried an injured Alexis Madore off the field during a game on Monday against Thetford. Lakin was misidentified in a photo caption in an earlier version of this story.