South Royalton Shows Early-Season Form in Victory
Hunter Brock singles in the fifth inning of Montpelier at South Royalton baseball in South Royalton, Vt., on April 14, 2014. South Royalton won, 10-8. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »
South Royalton's Nick Howe makes it home safe before Montpelier's Nat Swyer can make the tag in the fourth inning of Montpelier at South Royalton baseball in South Royalton, Vt., on April 14, 2014. South Royalton won, 10-8. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »
Fans find distration with a tire swing during South Royalton's baseball season opener against Montpelier in South Royalton, Vt., on April 14, 2014. South Royalton won, 10-8. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »
South Royalton — Typical of spring, the South Royalton High baseball team did a few things that happen to a team with minimal outdoor practice time. Typical of a defending state champion, the Royals did plenty right in opening their season with a 10-8 win over Montpelier at Alumni Field on Monday.
Although the Solons (0-1) jumped on South Royalton pitcher Leif Johnson for four runs in the first two innings, the Royals (1-0) scratched out all of their offense in the first four frames. Hunter Brock had two of South Royalton’s seven hits and drove in two runs as the Royals erased an early 4-2 deficit to make a winner of Johnson (four innings, one strikeout, three walks, nine hits).
“It’s positive,” said coach Mike Ballou, whose Royals won the Vermont Division IV championship last year. “The reason I say that is we made a lot of good plays. Some of them we won’t make at the end of the year, but that’s the concept of getting everyone on the same wavelength. I’m pleased with it that way.”
Johnson helped his own cause with an RBI double, matching a similar outcome for freshman Nick Howe in his first varsity game.
The Royals return home to host Whitcomb on Thursday.
Kearsarge 12 Hillsboro-Deering 8
Hillsboro, n.h. — The Cougars scored seven runs in the first three innings and senior Berkley Stevens fanned 12 over 62⁄3 innings in two separate stints as Kearsarge (1-0) won its season opener.
Freshman Mario Fusco’s two-run single in his first varsity at-bat helped the visitors grab a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Ben Newbern (3-for-4) drove in two more runs and scored in a four-run third for a 7-0 advantage. The Hillcats (0-1) closed to within 9-8 after five frames, but Stevens — who was lifted before and returned during the hosts’ six-run fourth — kept the comeback from getting out of hand.
D.J. Heiner added to the Cougars’ 10-hit assault with two hits, two walks and three runs. The Cougars visit Newport on Thursday.
Otter Valley 10 Windsor 2
Brandon, Vt. — Both the Otters and Yellowjackets (0-2) had plenty of hits, but only Otter Valley could string them together and turn them into a bunch of runs.
Matt Thayer slapped three hits and Ethan Hill and Russell Simonds delivered two each for 10-hit Windsor. OV countered with 12 on the day, bunching four — including a home run — in a four-run first inning and five more in a four-run sixth.
The Jacks return home to host Woodstock on Wednesday.
Hillsboro-Deering 15 Kearsarge 1 (5)
Hillsboro, n.h. — Micheala Folcik singled and scored the Cougars’ only run in their season opener.
Folcik’s run tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the third. It apparently awakened the Hillcats, who used seven walks and three hits to score nine times in the bottom of the third to take control.
Kearsarge (0-1) goes to Newport on Thursday.
Bow 8, Kearsarge 1
Bow, n.h. — The Cougars (0-4) ran out of luck, then light, in a road loss to the Falcons.
Lahtesha Nelson provided Kearsarge’s only point in an 8-3 decision at fifth singles over Allie Wilbur. No. 3 Sabrina Duquette and No. 6 Gillian Shannon both dropped hard-fought 8-6 decisions. Freshmen Elise Paquette and Lydia Schoonmaker had a shot at a win as well at third doubles, but their match was called by darkness with the duo down 6-4.
Hofstra 9, Dartmouth 8
Hanover — Visiting Hofstra denied a pair of Dartmouth shots in the final minute to spoil the Big Green’s home finale at Scully-Fahey Field in the first meeting between the programs.
Dartmouth sophomore Jaclyn Leto’s shot to tie the game in the final 10 seconds was stopped point-blank by Hofstra goalkeeper Kelsey Gregerson, who then picked up the ball and helped her team run the clock down until the final buzzer sounded.
The Big Green (5-7) dropped its third straight contest. Leto and Sarah Byrne both had hat tricks for Dartmouth.