No. 13 Engineers Upset Mules
Newmarket, n.h. — After struggling with defensive mishaps and a lack of timely hitting for much of the spring, the Woodsville High baseball team finally earned its first winning streak of the year during the last two games of the regular season.
The 13th-seeded Engineers weren’t done in the first round of the New Hampshire Division IV playoffs yesterday, upsetting No. 4 Newmarket, 6-4 in eight innings, behind a stellar effort from freshman Jacob Tetley.
Tetley delivered both the tying and winning hits and pitched four shutout innings to finish the game as Woodsville (7-10) advanced to play No. 5 Sunapee in tomorrow’s quarterfinals.
It’s the first playoff win in six years for the Engineers — and one that made 12th year coach Willy Kingsbury quite happy.
“Tetley played a heck of a game, and I’m just so proud of the kids for coming down here and playing so hard,” Kingsbury said. “It’s one of the better wins I’ve had, and this team has had, in my 12 years as a coach.”
Tetley laced a two-out, two-run single in the sixth inning to tie the game 4-4.
Keeping the Mules (13-4) scoreless from the mound to help force extra innings, Tetley again delivered in the eighth with a base hit into left that plated Dan Roy (lead-off single). Irva Barnes (single) also scored on the play after Newmarket’s lone error of the game, putting the Engineers ahead 6-4.
Roy finished with three hits and a double and Garrett Phelps and Tetley had two hits each for the Engineers, who will be gunning for their fifth semifinal appearance during Kingsbury’s tenure when they take on the Lakers in Sunapee tomorrow at 4 p.m.
Hanover 5, Oyster River 2
Norwich — The eighth-ranked Marauders tallied 10 hits while disposing of the No. 9 Bobcats in the first round of the New Hampshire Division II playoffs.
Joe Cravero (double) and Isaac Fleming-Steinberg both had two hits and an RBI, while Cravero (complete game, five hits, one earned run, walk, seven strikeouts) was solid on the mound.
Shortstop Liam Gantrish made a diving catch, then doubled up an Oyster River runner at second to end the game in the seventh.
Hanover (12-7) plays at top-ranked Goffstown tomorrow.
Monadnock 2, Newport 1
East Swanzey, n.h. — The 18th-seeded Tigers led 1-0 into the sixth inning before succumbing to the No. 2 Huskies in the play-in round of the New Hampshire Division III tournament.
Tanner Sherman had one of just three hits for the Tigers, singling in the first inning before stealing second and eventually scoring on Aaron Cherry’s groundout.
Cherry and Devin Wade had the other hits for the Tigers.
Spencer Coronis (eight hits, two earned runs, two walks, four strikeouts) pitched a complete game for the Tigers, who finished 7-10.
Randolph 11, Thetford 1 (5)
Randolph 4, Thetford 1
Thetford — The Galoping Ghosts (11-3) swept the doubleheader as the Panthers dipped to 4-9.
Leland Goodenough tossed an abbreviated complete game with no walks and six strikeouts in game one, then had a two-RBI single in game two. Ross Caswell went 3-for-3 for the Ghosts in game one before earning the win with two innings of work in game two.
Randolph’s Nick Jickling (two runs, two RBIs) and Thetford’s Nolan Howard (run) each had a pair of hits in the first game. Aidan Cleaves had two hits for the Panthers in the nightcap.
Andrew Cawley (seven hits, three earned runs, two walks, three strikeouts) tossed a complete game for Thetford in game two.
The Ghosts host Oxbow tomorrow in the regular season finale for both teams. The Panthers play their last game before the playoffs tomorrow at Harwood.
Blue Mtn. 12, Rivendell 2
Orford — The Raptors slipped to 5-8.
Nate Eastman went 2-for-3, Joey Wood went 1-for-1 with a run and Brandon Gardner went 1-for-2 for Rivendell, which plays at Twinfield today.
Harwood 6, Oxbow 2
Bradford, Vt. — The Olympians fell to 9-4 with the loss to the Capital League rival Highlanders.
Tyler Gillis hit a double and Quentin Mahikoa had an RBI for the Olympians, while Andrew Lyman (five hits, three runs, one earned, four walks) pitched 12 strikeouts in five innings for Oxbow.
The O’s wrap up the regular season tomorrow at Randolph in a rematch of last week’s extra-innings Oxbow win in Bradford.
Windsor 7, Green Mtn. 2
Windsor — Needing four straight wins — on four straight days — to clinch the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Vermont Division III state tournament, the Yellowjackets are one win away from doing so following yesterday’s win over Green Mountain Union at home.
After beating Woodstock on Tuesday in a regularly scheduled game, the Jacks (11-4) beat D-II Mill River on Wednesday and GMU yesterday in makeup games from earlier rainouts. Now Windsor can clinch the top seed by knocking off first-place Leland & Gray in the Townshend, Vt., this afternoon. The Jacks beat the Rebels, 6-5, earlier this season in Windsor.
Shortstop Haley Wood went 3-for-4 with a double and a two-run triple for Windsor, while Nikki Kibling went 2-for-2 with two runs and one run batted in.
After Kibling was intentionally walked in the third inning to load the bases, senior Taylor Tyminski made them pay with a two-run double. Kibling later scored on a double steal.
Mariah Marsh gave up seven hits, two runs (one earned) and had just one walk and one strikeout in six innings for the Yellowjackets. Sophomore Ashlee Bly pitched the seventh, settling in to record the final out after giving up two hits.
Otter Valley 6, Hartford 5 (8)
Brandon, Vt. — The Hurricanes (4-10-1) surrendered a one-run lead in the seventh inning in the loss to the Otters.
Kaitlyn Woodward (eight hits, two walks, eight strikeouts) went the distance for the Canes and had a pair of hits at the plate.
The Hurricanes host Mount Anthony today in their home finale.
Blue Mtn. 14, Rivendell 6
Orford — The Raptors fell to 2-11.
Kate Maddox went 3-for-4 with two runs, Emily Spaulding had a pair of hits and freshman Heather Dexter hit safely in her first varsity game for Rivendell.
Pitcher Brianna Wood tallied six strikeouts for the Raptors, who play at Twinfield today.
Randolph 12, Thetford 5
Randolph 12, Thetford 10
Thetford — The Panthers fell to 7-7 as the Galloping Ghosts swept a doubleheader.
Kate Hodge had a busy day for the Panthers, pitching six innings and game one and all of game two.
Ashia Pryor knocked a pair of hits for Thetford in the first game before Rosaland Isquith (two hits, two RBIs) and Suzie Howard (double, RBI) contributed to the Panthers’ 10-run offense in game two.
Thetford wraps up the regular season tomorrow at Harwood.
Hopkinton 12, Kearsarge 3
Hopkinton, n.h. — The seventh-ranked Cougars finished the year 10-7 with the loss to the No. 2 Hawks in the New Hampshire Division III quarterfinals.
Unbeaten Hopkinton (16-0) will face third-ranked Hollis-Brookline (15-1) in tomorrow’s semis.
Hanover 15, Dover 2
Hanover — Hannah Seibel and Rachel Boghosian each scored four goals and Evie Keating had three as the Marauders (16-1) scored on their first nine shots and led 13-1 at halftime of a NHIAA Division II quarterfinal game.
“We’re really one of the only teams in the division that can go coast-to-coast, pass-pass-pass-score,” said Hanover coach Chris Seibel, whose team passed up numerous, second-half scoring opportunities. “To do that, we have to be fit and we work a lot on conditioning.”
Claudia Noonan, Liesel Robbins and JJ Daniell also scored for the Marauders, who face Bishop Guertin in a semifinal matchup tomorrow at Southern New Hampshire University. Hanover beat Dover, 19-6, in its final regular-season contest and beat Bishop Guertin, 22-12, earlier this spring after leading by only three goals with 22 minutes to play.
Mount Anthony 7 Hartford 0
Bennington, Vt. — The No. 14 Hurricanes concluded the season 4-12 with a loss to the third-ranked Patriots in the first round of the Vermont Division I tournament.
Both doubles matches were taut, with Christine Miller and Alex Fogg dropping a 9-7, 7-5 decision at No. 1 and Colleen McDermott and Andrea Nelson edged 6-3, 7-6 (10-2) at No. 2.
Post 22 Holding Tourney
Lebanon — The American Legion Post 22 baseball program is seeking five-player teams for its second William “Bill” Broughton Memorial Golf Tournament on June 8 at Carter Golf Club.
The tournament serves to honor the program’s founder and raise money for the Bill Broughton Scholarship Fund, which grants up to $1,000 for former Post 22 players who go on to play baseball in college. Last year’s program also sponsored 33 youths on Post 22’s senior and junior American Legion teams.
The 18-hole scramble tournament begins at noon, with an 11 a.m. check-in. The entry fee of $125 per person includes the tournament, a barbecue from noon-6 p.m. and dancing from 6-10 p.m. Raffle items will include an autographed Dustin Pedroia baseball and other items donated by the Boston Red Sox. Non-golfers are also welcome to participate in the barbecue and dance with a $10 donation.
Entry forms and sponsorship information is available at www.post22baseball.org. For more details, contact Post 22’s Pete St. Pierre at 603-448-3429 or 603-252-7809.
Newport Parent Meeting
Newport — Newport High School football coach Larry Carle will hold a meeting for candidates for next fall’s team on June 4.
The meeting will be held in the high school’s cafeteria from 5:30-6 p.m. Parents of interested varsity and junior varsity players are invited to attend, as are athletes. Call Carle at 603-526-9654 for more information.