Local Roundup: Royals Find Plenty of Arms
South Royalton — The South Royalton baseball team is still trying to find its batting stroke, but the Royals apparently don’t lack for pitching arms.
Coach Mike Ballou sent five different hurlers to the mound, a group that backstopped a 13-7 win over Whitcomb at Alumni Field on Thursday. Leif Johnson grabbed his second win of the week with two innings of work to get things started. Junior Keanan Thompson worked in between stints from freshmen Josh Scoskie and Justin Brock, and senior David Ballou threw the final two frames to secure the victory.
“We were up 10-0, so I put in kids who were young and learning to pitch and a couple of older kids, trying to see if we could get a few innings with them,” Mike Ballou said. “(Whitcomb) kept playing hard, so it worked out well.”
The Hornets (0-1) limited the Royals (2-0) to just five hits, but four were doubles. Nick Howe drove in two runs with his two-bagger, while Hunter Brock and Thompson both contributed RBIs with their doubles. Alex Berk also doubled as part of a two-hit day for South Royalton.
Scott Nickerson took the loss for Whitcomb, going five innings. Pitching for the first time since Little League, the Hornets’ Harry Allen struck out the first four Royals he faced and finished with five strikeouts over his two-frame relief appearance.
Bradford Allen drove in two runs, Paul Fleming stole two bases and Matt Townsend went 2-for-3 and scored twice for Whitcomb, which hosts Rochester on April 26.
South Royalton hosts Randolph on Saturday in a matchup of last year’s state Division IV and D-III state champions.
Kearsarge 17, Stevens 2
Claremont — Four-goal games for Travis Newman and Andrew Vanhooydonk powered the Cougars (1-0) to a season-opening win over the young Cardinals (0-1) at Monadnock Park.
Freshmen Justin Norris, Colton Wilhelm, Leland Heckel and Gunnar Nurme all had their first varsity goals for Kearsarge, with Norris finishing with a hat trick plus an assist. Matthew Pickman, Lucas Muzzey and Tristan Rowe also scored once each. Tristan Rowe set up two goals, and Pickman and Muzzey added an assist apiece. Goalies Will Aufranc and Jakob Arnold combined on five saves.
Spenser Root had a goal and an assist and Cody Schoolcraft also scored for the Cardinals, who also picked up an assist from Nick Lacaillade and 13 saves from goaltender Joe Marsinelli. Stevens visits John Stark this afternoon.
The Cougars entertain Hollis-Brookline on Monday.
Kearsarge 14, Con-Val 2
North Sutton, n.h. — With Anna Stowell firing home six goals with an assist and sophomore goalie Breyna Carey turning aside 11 shots, the Cougars (1-1) rebounded quickly from a last-second loss to John Stark to open the season earlier this week.
Eleanor Angus and Libby Brooks both scored twice for the Cougars, with Brooks adding a helper. Lianna Blakeman and Kaileigh Davis both scored as well, as did freshmen Maici Hansen and Maggie Lee in just their second varsity games. The Cougars roared to a 10-0 halftime lead and were never seriously challenged.
Kearsarge is off until a date at Hopkinton on April 29.
Track and Field
Thetford Competes at St. Jay
St. Johnsbury, Vt. — The Panthers enjoyed a Chapman triple to highlight limited participation in a four-school meet at St. Johnsbury Academy.
Ella and Cole Chapman earned Thetford’s three event wins on the day. Ella claimed the girls discus with a toss of 92 feet, 9 inches. Cole came up aces on the boys side, winning the 110-meter hurdles (15.5 seconds) and the 400 dash (53.0) to go with third in the pole vault (9-0).
Aibhlin Moye-Linehan added three top-fives for TA with a second in the 100 hurdles (19.3), a third in the pole vault (6-6) and a fifth in the 300 hurdles (58.3). Gannon Walsh (third, 200 dash; fifth, triple jump), Julio Lopez (fourth, 800 run) and Ian Mundy (fifth, 1,500 run) also scored for the Thetford boys. The host Hilltoppers claimed the win in both meets, which included U-32 and Enosburg.
Stevens Girls Second
East Swanzey, n.h. — Sophomore sprinter Aly Lizotte contributed 24 points through three top-three finishes as the Cardinals took second in a seven-school meet at Monadnock Regional High School.
Lizotte contributed Stevens’ one event victory, winning the 400-meter dash in 1 minutes, 2 seconds. Lizotte finished second in the 100 dash (13.60) and third in the 200 (28.10). The Cardinals were also boosted with runner-up results from Jennie Morey (3,200 run; 14:42.90) and Nikki Root (long jump; 14-4) along with third-place tallies from Root (100 and 300 hurdles) and Emily Varnkham (triple jump).
The Stevens boys took fourth, getting two wins each from Akeem Bailey (100 dash, 11.40; high jump, 5-8) and Kai Kleyensteuber (discus, 77-8; javelin, 142-6). Bailey and Parker Smith swept the top two spots in the high jump, with Smith clearing 5-4.
Boys team scores: Monadnock 157, Conant 121.5, Campbell 95, Stevens 78, Fall Mountain 56.5, Wilton-Lyndeborough 29, Hinsdale 4.
Girls team scores: Monadnock 211, Stevens 72, Wilton-Lyndeborough 62, Conant 59, Fall Mountain 52, Campbell 44, Hinsdale 36.
Pelham 5, Kearsarge 4
North Sutton, n.h. — The Cougars (0-5) put up their best effort of the young season, coming up one match short of their first team win.
Emily Irick, Gillian Shannon and Sabrina Duquette won to give Kearsarge a split of the singles outings, with Duquette toughing out a 9-8 decision over the Pythons’ Allyson Masson. Lahtesha Nelson and Lydia Schoonmaker combined on an 8-6 victory at third doubles for the Cougars’ other point.
Kearsarge visits Sanborn this afternoon.
R.I. College 10, Colby-Sawyer 9 (ot)
New London — Junior Danielle Landon capped a comeback from a 9-6 second-half deficit with the only goal of overtime as the Anchorwomen (5-5) spoiled the Chargers’ senior day celebrations.
Freshman Allyson Redden led Colby-Sawyer (2-9) with three goals. Senior Adrienne Bender, who was honored prior to the game along with classmates Amazjah Grant and Carly Stevens, netted two scores, as did junior Alyissa Janak. RIC picked up four-goal games from Landon and Jessica Ricci.
The Chargers resume North Atlantic Conference play on Saturday against Maine-Farmington at the Kents Hill School.
New London — Longtime Colby-Sawyer baseball coach Jim Broughton received the Good Steward Award from the Campus Compact for New Hampshire Presidents for his service to New Hampshire communities.
In addition to coaching the Chargers, the Lebanon High School graduate has been instrumental in setting up projects and volunteer opportunities for his team. “My players are here (at Colby-Sawyer) for four years and may not know a lot about the surrounding area, so I try to get them out and engage them with others in the surrounding communities,” Broughton said in a news release.
A 1988 LHS graduate and former baseball player at Southern Maine, Broughton is in his 20th season at Colby-Sawyer and is nine victories away from 300 for his coaching career.