Local Roundup: Mascoma Baseball Makes a Royal Rally
Hanover's Camille Hankel serves during her girls tennis match against Hartford's Kali Cevell at Storrs Pond Recreation Area in Hanover, N.H., on May 6, 2014. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »
Hartford's Kali Cevell returns a ball against Hanover's Camille Hankel during their girls tennis match at Storrs Pond Recreation Area in Hanover, N.H., on May 6, 2014. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »
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West Canaan — They had them right where they wanted them. Trailing 9-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning on Tuesday afternoon, the Mascoma Valley Regional High baseball team scored nine runs to pick up an amazing 10-9 victory over visiting Newfound.
“It’s like the light bulb went on and it just stayed on,” Mascoma coach Guy Serviss said. “We’ve been struggling to score runs, but they just started swinging the bats and kept on going.”
Freshman Derek French pinch hit early in the decisive inning to make his varsity debut. Before the frame was over, French was 2-for-2 with two RBIs to help spark the comeback. The Royals sent 15 batters to the plate in charging back, yet did not record an extra base hit.
Walt Hammond, Alex Brueckner, Oscar Brueckner, James Partridge and Billy O’Connell all had RBI singles in the sixth inning. Hammond was the starting pitcher, going the first two innings and allowing six runs, two of which were earned.
Oscar Brueckner tossed five strong innings of relief for the win, striking out six without walking a batter. After aiding at the plate in the huge comeback, the sophomore hurler struck out the side in the top of the seventh to nail down the Mascoma victory.
“This is definitely something for us to build on. This should give us some real confidence that we can swing the bats,” Serviss added.
Newfound won’t have to wait long for a chance at revenge as the Royals (2-5) visit the Bears this afternoon.
Woodstock 4 Leland & Gray 2
Woodstock — The Wasps remained perfect on the season, rallying back to win a pitchers’ duel with the Rebels.
Zach Cole pitched the first six innings for Woodstock (6-0), striking out seven while allowing just two hits. Conor Joyce pitched the top of the seventh to record the save.
Woodstock didn’t have its first hit until the bottom of the sixth inning when Joyce singled and then scored the go-ahead run to break a 2-2 tie on Hunter Balch’s RBI single down the left-field line. The Wasps had tied it up in the bottom of the fifth when Matt Poljacik was hit by a pitch and eventually was walked home with the bases loaded.
The Wasps visit Green Mountain today.
Rivendell 15 Rochester 0 (5)
Orford — Scott Calhoun tossed a five-inning no-hitter, striking out nine against just two walks to pace the Raptors.
Ethan Jayne was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead a potent Rivendell attack. Phil Dunn added two hits and drove in four. Chris Dunn was 1-for-3 with three RBIs and Dakota Floyd had an RBI single.
The Raptors (4-3) visit Twinfield on Friday.
Oxbow 7, Thetford 1
Thetford — Tyler Gillis did it all, tossing a complete game and picking up three hits, to lead the Olympians (4-2) over the Panthers.
Gillis struck out 12, walked one and allowed five hits. He also had two singles, a double and drove in two runs. Eddie White added two hits and two RBIs.
Oxbow visits Harwood on Thursday.
South Royalton 17 Whitcomb 1 (5)
Bethel — The D-III Royals pulled away from the D-IV Hornets (4-3) behind the pitching of Darrin Kennedy.
Scott Nickerson started for Whitcomb. “We couldn’t hit the ball and they hit hard, often, and where we weren’t (positioned),” Hornets coach Les McIntyre said.
Harwood 6, Randolph 5
Randolph — All six of the Highlanders’ runs were unearned as the Galloping Ghosts dropped to 1-5.
Leland Goodenough started for Randolph, going the first three innings. Ross Caswell went the last four. Alex Delhagen led the Ghosts at the plate, collecting a single and a double to drive in two. Goodenough was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Nate Jickling was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Fair Haven 6, Windsor 1
Fair Haven, Vt. — The Slaters pulled away from the visiting Yellowjackets, dropping Windsor to 2-7.
Russell Simonds started and took the loss for Windsor, going three innings and allowing five runs, three of which were earned. Nick Kapuscinski added three innings of relief work. Nick LeBeau had two of the Jacks’ four hits.
Oxbow 9, Thetford 0
Thetford — Leah Hanzas threw a complete-game three-hitter to lead the Olympians (6-0).
Hanzas struck out five while walking just one. She also added a hit, walked twice and scored two runs. Amanda Wheeler was 2-for-4 with five stolen bases, including two steals of home. The O’s scored three runs in the first inning, then blew the game open with six in the top of the sixth.
Susie Howard had two hits for Thetford.
Hartford 18 Mill River 1 (5)
Clarendon, Vt. — Kaitlynn Woodward went all five innings in the circle for the Hurricanes, recording 11 of 15 outs by way of the “K.”
Jenna Yee led the potent Hartford bats, going 3-for-5 with a double and five RBIs. Kayla Lanor was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Paige Laramie added a three-run double and Courtney Murray was 2-for-5 with three RBIs.
Newfound 15, Mascoma 8
West Canaan — The Royals (1-6) played the Bears tight the whole way.
Mikayla Clifford pitched a complete game, striking out five. Rachel Kahn had two hits.
“We’re getting there,” Mascoma coach Danielle Sampson said. “We’re starting to get some hits and defensively we’re making more solid plays.”
The Royals visit Newfound for a rematch today.
S. Royalton 12 Whitcomb 6 S. Royalton 12 Whitcomb 1
Bethel — The Royals swept a pair from the Hornets, improving to 7-3.
Rebecca Paige pitched the first game for SoRo, striking out seven and scattering 12 hits. Jacqueline Fulcher scored three runs and was on base three times with a hit, a walk and hit-by-pitch.
Emily Ballou started in the circle in game two, tossing a complete game with eight strikeouts. Rachel Moore slugged a home run, had a triple and five RBIs. Paige added a single and a double and scored two runs.
KUA 10, Tilton 2
Meriden — The Wildcats improved to 3-4, led by a complete-game one-hitter by Kayleigh Coombs.
Cayle Crumb played flawless defense at first base for KUA, recording seven putouts. Crumb also did a good job advancing runners at the plate and had an RBI. Sofia DiAntonio and Danielle Lewis each had three hits, three stolen bases and an RBI, combining to score five runs.
Fair Haven 13, Windsor 7
Fair Haven, Vt. — Haley Wood was 3-for-4 with a triple, a home run and two RBIs but the Jacks lost to the host Slaters.
Ashleay Wilcox and Mariah Marsh each added two hits and an RBI. Ashlee Bly started and pitched the first four innings, allowing nine hits, 10 runs and six walks while striking out two. Marsh pitched two innings of relief.
Rochester 32 Rivendell 2 (5)
Orford — Erin Lapine had a leadoff triple in the first inning and came around to score on Taylor Acheson’s RBI single. Acheson also scored. The Raptors visit Twinfield on Friday.
Merrimack Valley 16 Kearsarge 3
Penacook, n.h. — The Pride had little trouble with the visiting Cougars (4-4), who dropped their third straight game.
Lucas Muzzey, Bryson Barthol and Justin Norris scored Kearsarge. Goalie Will Aufranc had 19 saves for the Cougars, who host John Stark on Thursday.
Con-Val 15, Lebanon 1
Peterborough, n.h. — The Raiders (1-5) had no answer for the Cougars. Jeremy Corbin scored for Lebanon. Kyler Tang (two saves) and Joey Rogers (10 saves) split time in goal for the Raiders.
Woodstock 14, Hartford 3
Wilder — Senior Annie Arthur factored in half of her team’s goals as the Wasps (1-2) won their first game of the season at the expense of the Hurricanes (0-7) at Dothan Brook School.
Arthur scored five times and assisted on two other goals for Woodstock, which bolted to a 7-0 lead at halftime. The Wasps picked up two-goal games from Grace Vosburgh and Clancy Farrand and received individual scores from Abby Kaija, Lauren French, Luaren Kaija, Elizabeth Kamb and Erika Gebhardt. Vosburgh also contributed an assist.
Esme Cole, Emma Patriquin and Natalie Yoder struck twine for the Canes. Cole could have added to her team-high 18 goals, but a first-half score was negated by an offsides call, Woodstock goalkeeper Megan Dalton (seven saves) stopped two close bids and another clanked the goalpost.
Jaden Sanborn and Leea Seaver each played a half in goal for Hartford, each making five saves.
U-32 17, Oxbow 0
Bradford, Vt. — The Olympians (2-5) weren’t able to contend with a highly skilled Raiders team.
“(U-32) had better stick skills and continued to beat us on the draw. My girls played hard until the end and showed tremendous sportsmanship,” Oxbow coach Donna Hatch said in an email.
Jasmin Clark led Oxbow with five shots on goal. Abby Speck, Mikayla Hodge and Lauren Tomlinson also had strong games. Goalies Felicia Brocar and Savannah Fay combined for 11 saves.
Stowe 12, Randolph 8
Stowe, Vt. — Sam Tullar scored her 100th career goal, and finished with seven goals on the afternoon, but the Galloping Ghosts came up short at the Raiders.
Sasha Aranson also scored for Randolph. Kim Buckholts (nine saves) and Brooke Greenway (five saves) split time in goal for the Ghosts (6-3).
Hanover 9, Hartford 0
Hanover — The Marauders proved to be an inhospitable host to visiting Hartford.
Hanover’s Camille Hankel beat the Canes’ Kali Covell 8-0 at No. 1 singles. Rine Uhm, Izzy Davis, Kendra McGowan and Margaret Werner also won 8-0 in singles for Hanover. Zoe Yu beat Hartford’s Christine Miller 8-2 in the other singles match.
Davis/Hankel then had an 8-0 victory over Covell and Ashley Fogg at the No. 1 doubles spot. Yu/Uhm (8-1) and Liza Goss/Hazuki Horiuchi (8-2) also won in doubles for Hanover (6-0).
The Marauders host Pembroke today at 4:30 p.m., later than the originally scheduled 4 p.m. start time.
Rutland 6, Woodstock 1
Rutland — Ray Kurek was the lone Woodstock winner as Rutland handed the Wasps (6-1) their first loss of the season on Monday.
Kurek, playing at No. 3 singles, earned his victory in three tiebreakers. Kurek won the first tiebreaker, 7-5, before dropping the second match, 7-4. He held on to take the win in the thirs tiebreak, by a 10-8 score.
Brandon, Vt. — The Wasps edged Mill River to win an 18-hole match at Neshobe Golf Club.
Joe Bianchi led Woodstock with an 88, followed by Carter Pratt with 93, Andrew Becker with 95 and Charlie Kelly with a 98. Mill River’s Johann Russell won the medal with an 11-over par 83.
Woodstock is back in action today at the Quechee Club against host Mid Vermont Christian and Springfield.
Team Scores: Woodstock 374, Mill River 382, Otter Valley 422, Fair Haven 469.
Hartford Visits Mount Anthony
Bennington, Vt. — The Hurricanes finished well off the pace in an 18 hole match at Mt. Anthony Country Club.
Drake Hall of Rutland won the medal with an even-par score of 71. Mak Lyford led Hartford with an 85 followed by Michael Follensbee with 91, Mark Rogensky with 104, Zach Davis with 115 and Riley Horan with 121.
Team Scores: Rutland 330, Burr & Burton 332, Mount Anthony 368, Hartford 401.
Windsor 2nd at Proctor
Proctor, Vt. — The Yellowjackets (219) finished just behind host Proctor (204) in a nine hole match at Proctor-Pittsford Country Club.
Brian Meagher led Windsor with a 50. Zhenya Malikowski added a 55 and River Merriam had 56 for the Jacks.