Local Roundup: Hartford Swings Away in Win

  • Jacob Mellish lines up before scoring in the first period of Stevens at Lebanon boys lacrosse in Lebanon, N.H., on April 22, 2014.  (Valley News - Will Parson)

    Jacob Mellish lines up before scoring in the first period of Stevens at Lebanon boys lacrosse in Lebanon, N.H., on April 22, 2014. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Nicholas Haidari scoops up the ball during Stevens at Lebanon boys lacrosse in Lebanon, N.H., on April 22, 2014.

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  • Oxbow's Leah Hanzas. Valley News - Tris Wykes

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  • Jacob Mellish lines up before scoring in the first period of Stevens at Lebanon boys lacrosse in Lebanon, N.H., on April 22, 2014.  (Valley News - Will Parson)
  • Nicholas Haidari scoops up the ball during Stevens at Lebanon boys lacrosse in Lebanon, N.H., on April 22, 2014.
  • Oxbow's Leah Hanzas. Valley News - Tris Wykes

White River Junction — To limit the number of signals missed by players, Hartford baseball coach Jarrod Grassi elects to issue them verbally rather than traditional hand signs.

That didn’t keep Greg Shinn from missing a suicide squeeze command in a key situation Tuesday — but it ended up helping the Hurricanes in a 4-3 win over visiting Burr & Burton.

With a runner on third and one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Grassi called for the squeeze. Shinn ostensibly didn’t hear it, instead swinging away and cranking one deep into the outfield to score Steve Cerrone for a walk-off win.

“The reason I do (verbal signs) is so they can’t say they didn’t see it,” said Grassi. “But if you’re going to miss one, that’s the way to do it. He swung through and crushed the ball, hit it over everybody.”

It capped a rally for the Canes (2-0), who trailed 3-1 after five. Jordy Allard (2-for-3) had Hartford’s big hit in the sixth inning, a two-out double to score Brandon Gaudet and Jacob Perkins.

Cerrone reached on an error to start the winning sequence for Hartford in the seventh.

Freshman Dylan Spencer (three innings, one hit, one walk, three runs) got his first career start before Shinn (2 1 3 innings, four strikeouts, three hits, run) and winning pitcher Codi Smith (one inning, no hits, walk) relieved.

Hartford plays at Bellows Falls on Thursday.

Hopkinton 3, Kearsarge 2

Hopkinton, n.h. — The Cougars (2-3) came up just short on the road.

Hopkinton went ahead 3-0 after two innings, but Kearsarge rallied behind Nick Bailey (2-for-3), Ryan Stanley (run, two stolen bases) and Andrew Ells (run, RBI).

Kearsarge left the tying run at third base in the seventh inning.

Cam Commerford (six innings) struck out just one as Kearsarge’s defense played a solid game.

The Cougars host Newfound on Friday.

Woodstock 18, Proctor 4 (5)

Proctor, Vt. — The Wasps scored 12 runs in the second inning to help mercy-rule Proctor on the road.

Doug Avellino (2-for-4, double, two runs) and Hunter Balch (three runs) helped out offensively for Woodstock, while Conor Joyce (three innings) earned the win.

Woodstock hosts Black River on Thursday.

S. Royalton 18, Rochester 8

South Royalton — The Royals improved to 4-0 with the rout of the Rockets.

David Ballou went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, while Alex Berk (two RBIs), Leif Johnson (two RBIs), and Keanan Thompson all had two hits.

Freshmen Steve Paige (three-run double), Justin Brock (triple) and Nick Howe (RBI double) also contributed.

South Royalton plays at Concord on Thursday.

Lake Region 5, Oxbow 4

Bradford, Vt. The Olympians came up just short of a comeback, stranding the tying run at third base in the seventh inning.

Oxbow managed only three hits, but one was an RBI triple from Tyler Gillis.

Eddie White (2 1⁄ 3 innings, one hit, no walks) got the start for the O’s (0-2).

Oxbow visits Twinfield on Thursday.

Blue Mtn. 10, Woodsville 0

Wells River, Vt. — Dan Roy and Jordan Clark had the lone hits for the Engineers (0-2).

Woodsville plays at Littleton on Thursday.

H.S. Softball

S. Royalton 18, Rochester 0 (5)

South Royalton — Rebecca Paige (four innings, five strikeouts) was the winning pitcher in a game shortened due to the mercy rule.

It was the first win of the year for the Royals (1-1), who play at Concord (Vt.) on Thursday.

Oxbow 7, Lake Region 5

Bradford, Vt. Amanda Wheeler, Leah Hanzas (double, three runs, RBI) and Heather White (run, two RBIs) all went 2-for-3 in a steady rain as the Olympians improved to 2-0.

Hanzas struck out 10 and walked six, allowing four runs as both pitchers struggled in the precipitation.

“It started picking up in about the fourth inning, and it was a factor for the pitchers,” said O’s coach Robin Wozny.

Oxbow plays at Twinfield on Thursday.

Woodsville 20, Blue Mtn. 4 (5)

Wells River, Vt. Lottie Page had a home run and four RBIs and got the win in the pitcher’s circle as the Engineers improved to 2-0.

Tori Clough (three doubles) and Dee Martin (two doubles) had three hits for the Engineers, while Page and Kat Emley (double, three RBIS) had three each.

Woodsville heads to Littleton on Thursday.

Proctor 13, Woodstock 2

Proctor, Vt. — Brittany Sawyer had two hits and pitched for the Wasps, who fell to 0-2.

Ashley Sigl had the only other hit for Woodstock, which hosts Black River on Thursday.

Otter Valley 15, Windsor 2

Windsor — The Yellowjackets fell to 1-3.

Haley Wood had a solo home run for the Jacks, who host Mill River on Thursday.

St. Paul’s 13, KUA 3

Meriden — Kimball Union dropped a home decision to St. Paul’s School.

Lizzie Palker and Daniell Lewis had two hits apiece for KUA, which visits New Hampton today.

Boys Lacrosse

Lebanon 15, Stevens 3

Lebanon — The Raiders won their opener behind four goals and two assists each from Lucas Gerow and Jake Mellish. Spenser Root had two goals and Nick LaCaillede had one for Stevens (0-3).

Lebanon committed nine of the game’s 12 penalties but held advantages in ground balls (46-22), shots (33-10) and faceoffs (18-4). Jeremy Corbin had two goals, Ryan Damren had a goal and two assists and Scott Colburn, Nate Damren and Nick Haidari also scored. Joey Rogers and Kyler Tang combined for 10 saves.

“As we grow and learn from our games, Lebanon will be a team to be reckoned with,” said first-year coach Lochrane Gary, who has taken over a team that went 1-13 last year. “Look for more high-scoring games with even higher shots-on-goal numbers. Our defense was smothering and lots of passes were batted down. We still have a lot to learn, and many areas to improve, but this year will be a big turnaround.”

Lebanon hosts Kearsarge on Thursday while Stevens entertains Con-Val on Saturday.

Woodstock 9, Burr & Burton 6

Manchester, Vt. — Oliver Kaija scored four times as the Wasps (1-1) got their first win of the season.

Jonas Kantola added two goals and Haven Lantz, Daniel Robinson and Nikolai Davis had one each for Woodstock, which never trailed and led 5-3 at halftime.

Connor McCarthy and Nehemiah Wood had assists and Ben Orr made 15 saves for the Wasps, who host Middlebury on Monday.

Girls Lacrosse

Rutland 15, Hartford 4

Esme Cole had a hatr trick and Emily Ruffing had a goal and two assists as the Hurricanes lost their season opener.

Goalie Jaden Sanborn played her first varsity game for the Canes, who host St. Johnsbury on Friday.

Boys Tennis

Lebanon 9, Manchester West 0

The Raiders won 8-0 in all nine matches as they moved to 2-0.

Max Reed, Nabeel Khan, Jeff Purdy, Terran Campbell, Jacob Peress and Jacob Armstrong all dominated thier singles matches, while Reed-Khan, Purdy-Campbell and Jason Lane-Bennett Newlove did so in doubles. It was Newlove’s first varsity match.

Lebanon hosts Hanover on Thursday.

Girls Tennis

Hanover 6, Lebanon 0

Hanover — The Marauders swept the singles matches to prevail in their season opener. The Raiders fell to 1-1.

Camille Hankel (8-1), Rine Uhm (8-1), Zoe Yu (8-1), Izzy Davis (8-0), Kendra McGowan (8-0) and Margaret Werner (8-0) all had decisive wins for Hanover, which hosts Manchester West today before playing its third match in three days Thursday against Trinity.

Lebanon hosts Windham on Friday.

Woodstock 6, Bellows Falls 1

Westminster, Vt. — The Wasps prevailed in their season opener.

Amelia Sheppard had a competitve match at No. 1 singles, winning 4-6, 6-2, 12-10.

Kathleen Sheppard, Marissa Farbman and Katie Miller all won 6-0, 6-0 in their singles matches and Emma King won 6-2, 6-3.

Emma McLiverty-Rose O’Brien went 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles.

Woodstock stays on the road Friday, visiting Mount Anthtony.

College Baseball

Dartmouth 16, St. Anslem 8

Hanover — Senior Jeff Keller ripped three doubles — the second of which broke Dartmouth’s career mark — and scored four runs as the Big Green set season highs in hits and runs in a victory over Division II St. Anselm.

Juniors Thomas Roulis and Nick Lombardi each drove in four runs, the latter with a grand slam, as Dartmouth (13-19) won its third consecutive game and 12th straight against the visiting Hawks (12-27).

Joining Keller with three hits were senior Dustin Selzer, who was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs, and freshman Michael Ketchmar, who made his first start in front of the home crowd. Roulis tripled, singled and scored twice to go with his four RBIs. Dartmouth collected 17 hits on the afternoon.

St. Anselm was no slouch at the plate against four Big Green hurlers, rapping out 13 hits. Dan Lagasse doubled and tripled while driving in a pair of runs to lead the Hawks, and Jon McQuarrie had a pair of hits with a double and two RBIs.

Dartmouth freshman Chris Burkholder (1-0) earned the first victory of his career with 21⁄3 innings of relief, allowing three runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Rookie right-hander Travis Lambert tossed 21⁄3 effective innings, yielding a single run while fanning three.

Dartmouth will play its final four Ivy League games this weekend against Harvard, playing a doubleheader at the Crimson’s O’Donnell Field on Saturday, followed by a Sunday twin bill in Hanover.

The Big Green are two games behind Yale in the Rolfe Division standings, so its will need some help from Brown — which faces Yale — to have an opportunity to catch the Bulldogs and keep its string of six straight division titles alive.

College Women’s Lacrosse

Colby-Sawyer 18, Green Mtn. 7

New London — Colby-Sawyer (3-11, 1-5 NAC) defeated Green Mountain (0-9, 0-6) to lock up the sixth seed in the Saturday’s NAC tournament first-round game.

Alyssia Janak and Michelle Upham led the Chargers with four goals apiece.