Local Roundup: Cardinals Soar in Opener
Stevens first baseman Ashley Gianuzzi gets Hillsboro-Deering's Nicole Mooney out with her stretch during Stevens' home opener in Claremont, N.H., on April 18, 2014. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Purchase photo reprints »
Stevens' Tori Maslan releases her pitch against a Hillsboro-Deering batter early in the game in Claremont, N.H., on April 18, 2014. Maslan threw a two-hitter in the team's home opener. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Purchase photo reprints »
Claremont — Spring arrived on Friday afternoon for the Stevens High softball team — Opening Day at last. The Cardinals beat visiting Hillsboro-Deering 8-1, on just their third day on the diamond following the long winter freeze, as Tori Maslan tossed a two-hitter.
Maslan struck out five, walked three and allowed no earned runs. The Cardinals proved a rude host in the early innings, starting their season with five runs in the bottom of the first before adding three in the third inning.
Abbey Duford was 3-for-4 with three singles. Ashley Gianuzzi and Cassandra Cutts each added two-run triples.
Stevens took to the field for the first time on Wednesday, giving them two practices on the actual playing field in advance of the season opener.
“It was a good start today,” Cardinals coach Missy Nichols said. “We were able to get everyone in, get everyone an at bat. We could have generated more runs, but it’s more important to get the bugs worked out and get everyone some action.”
Stevens (1-0) hosts cross-river rival Windsor on Monday afternoon.
Mascoma 7, InterLakes 3
Meredith, n.h. — The Royals got their first taste of live pitching all spring and picked up the victory in the season opener.
Catcher Briana Furman led the attack offensively, going 4-for-5. Furman also helped lead a very strong defensive effort — the Royals committed only one error — by throwing out one would-be base stealer at second base.
Mikayla Clifford went the distance in the circle for Mascoma, striking out three. Samantha Farrell added a two-run single for the Royals.
“We’ve had one outside practice, so far, so I’m really proud of the girls,” first-year Mascoma coach Danielle Sampson said. “Their teamwork has been fantastic, they’re very positive and outgoing, it’s great to see.”
The Royals visit Kearsrge on Monday.
Stevens 11 Hillsboro-Deering 1 (6)
Claremont — Ryan Tanguay helped the Cardinals forget any would-be rust in the first game of the season, tossing a one-hitter while striking out 12 to lead Stevens to a season-opening blowout.
Ryan Tanguay added a pair of hits and scored two runs. Junior Brandon Tanguay, playing baseball for the first time since eighth grade, was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. The Cardinals erupted for seven runs in the fourth inning.
Caleb Beckley drove in two on fielders’ choices and also scored a run. Chase Hussey added a hit, drove in one and scored once.
The Cardinals (1-0) look forward to a matchup with visiting Windsor on Monday afternoon.
InterLakes 8, Mascoma 3
Meredith, n.h. — The Royals enjoyed their first action on a baseball diamond this spring, but couldn’t keep pace with the Lakers.
“It was good for our first time on a field this season,” Mascoma coach Guy Serviss said. “We have a lot of young kids, had some jitters in the first inning with kids seeing their first varsity action. But we settled down and did okay.”
Kyle Kosiorek started for Mascoma, tossing five innings while fanning five.
Sophomore Oscar Bruckner followed with an inning of relief work while also going 2-for-3. Walt Hammond added an RBI single.
The Royals (0-1) visit Kearsarge on Monday.
Hanover 7 Falmouth (Maine) 6
Falmouth, Maine — The Marauders (1-1) rallied back in the second half, winning on a Brendan Forauer goal with two minutes to play to pick up their first win of the season.
Hanover rallied to take their first lead in the fourth quarter, 6-4. The Yachtsmen answered with a pair to tie it up before Forauer put the Marauders in front with the final goal.
Forauer finished with three goals to pace the Hanover attack. Conor Austin added two goals and an assist while Tom Peters scored and had one helper. Jin Kim also scored while Jude Arbogast chipped in with three assists. Goalie Chris Washington earned the victory with 15 saves.
Hanover remains in Vacationland to play Yarmouth today.
John Stark 17, Stevens 1
Weare, n.h. — The Cardinals (0-2) went up against a strong Generals team, coming out on the short end.
Goalie Joe Marsinelli had his second straight strong effort, stopping 21 shots. Nick Lacaillade scored with an assist to Matt LeClair for the Cardinals.
Stevens visits Lebanon on Tuesday afternoon.
Sanborn 8, Kearsarge 1
Kingston, n.h. — The Cougars (0-6) played three highly competitive matches, but fell to the Indians.
Kathleen Kowalski won 8-3 at No. 1 singles for Kearsarge. Emily Irick lost a tight match at No. 2 singles, 4-8, while Sabrina Duquette was edged 6-8 at No. 3 singles.
The Cougars are now off next week for school vacation, and coach Laura Joslin-King is looking forward to the team’s first extended practice time of the season.
Colby-Sawyer Drops Two
New London — The Chargers dropped both games of a doubleheader, falling by scores of 6-4 and 3-2 to visiting Lyndon State.
Kyle Greenwood got the Chargers on the board first in the opening game with an RBI walk in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jon Wylie followed with an RBI single, but Lyndon answered with four runs in the top of the sixth. Mike Bowse pitched into the sixth inning for Colby-Sawyer, allowing two earned runs. Michael Fazio took the loss, allowing a pair of runs while recording four outs.
Lyndon jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the second game, but Chargers starter Kevin Keith settled down after that to record a complete game with seven strikeouts. Brett Emmertz drove in a run on a fielder’s choice in the third for those hosts followed soon after by an RBI single for Andy Lapple to bring the Chargers within a run.
Lebanon — Because of extraordinarily high water levels, Dartmouth College’s Ledyard Canoe Club has postponed its annual Mascoma River Slalom.
Originally scheduled for Sunday morning at Baker’s Crossing Conservation Area in Lebanon, the event is in its 51st year and attracts 40-50 canoe and kayak racers annually. It was meant to be the final event of this weekend’s Riverfest, a series of activities organized by Ledyard Canoe Club to celebrate the area’s waterways.
A makeup date for the Slalom has not yet been scheduled according to Riverfest Director Nathaniel Goss.
“We’d like to just bump it back one week (to April 27), but we’re not positive about that yet,” said Goss. “People can keep checking our Facebook page for updates on the exact date.”
In lieu of the Slalom, the group will seek out an area on the White River on Sunday for an informal race, Goss noted.
The Wells River Ramble, a one-mile race through Class IV rapids in Newbury, Vt., is still scheduled for today at 10 a.m.
— Jared Pendak