Local Roundup: Pitching Paces Marauders; Hanover Senior Shuts Down Plymouth’s Bat
U-32’s Maggie LaGue and Hartford’s Mariah Palmer battle for the ball during yesterday’s game at Dothan Brook School in White River Junction. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »
Hartford’s Victoria Stevenson charges against U-32’s Kristen Keene yesterday at Dothan Brook School in White River Junction. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »
Plymouth, n.h. — When the offense is slow to wake up, it doesn’t hurt to have a pitcher who’s putting the other guys’ bats to sleep.
Senior Joe Cravero carried a perfect game into the sixth inning and a no-hitter into the seventh, an effort that helped Hanover High open its baseball season with a 4-1 win over Plymouth yesterday at Plymouth High School. As dominant as Cravero was — striking out 14, walking three and finishing with a complete-game one-hitter — the Marauders (1-0) needed every bit of result from their ace to give their lineup enough time to warm to the task.
It eventually did. Senior Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris delivered an RBI sacrifice fly to get Hanover on the scoreboard in the fifth inning, and his solo home run keyed a three-run rally in the seventh that broke a 1-1 tie and gave Cravero a well-earned win.
“Joe throws the ball hard, almost 90 mph,” Hanover coach Mike Jackson said. “He had good control. To say he was dominant would be an understatement.”
He needed to be. Rothwell-Ferraris’ sac fly would be answered by an unearned run for the Bobcats in the sixth. That set up the winning Marauder rally, which Rohan Kumar capped with a two-run double.
“It took a while for us to get going offensively,” Jackson said. “We left 12 people on base. It’s tough to win when you do that, when you have a guy throwing the way Joe was and you play defense, that helps.”
Hanover won’t play again until a visit to Con-Val on April 23.
Kearsarge 2, Newport 1
North Sutton, n.h. — Pitchers James Scherer and Brad Donnelly combined to twirl a four-hitter to lead the Cougars to a season-opening victory over Newport.
Scherer threw four shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks while fanning three. Donnelly followed with three innings of one-run ball, striking out a pair. “We played well defensively, especially with it being our first game,” Kearsarge coach Travis Pelletier said.
The Cougars survived a scare in the top of the seventh inning, nursing a 2-0 lead. Dan Huot brought home the first Newport run on an RBI double. The Tigers’ Matt Bocko and Huot were then on second and third with one out after a sacrifice bunt by Aaron Cherry. Andrew Houde followed with a hard grounder to shortstop for the second out — neither runner could advance with the Cougars’ infield pulled in. Donnelly then got Devon Wade to pop out to first base to end the game.
Scherer scored the first of Kearsarge’s two runs in the third inning on an RBI single by Ryan Stanley. Stanley then came around to score on Nick Bailey’s base hit later in the frame.
Houde went the distance on the mound for Kearsarge, allowing five hits and two walks while recording six strikeouts. Bocko was 2-for-3.
“We played well. We didn’t have any errors, overall I’m pleased except for the loss. Hopefully things will start falling in for us,” Newport coach Bob Bates said.
The Cougars host Hillsboro-Deering today, assuming Mother Nature cooperates. Newport (0-2) hosts Monadnock on Monday.
KUA 3, Tilton 0
Meriden — Ben Bates threw a no-hitter for the Wildcats, surrendering five walks against seven strikeouts over seven impressive innings.
KUA broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning when Alex Wosoja doubled and eventually scored on a passed ball. Doyle Somerby added an RBI groundout, while Paul Leger scored the final run on a defensive error.
Souhegan 8, Lebanon 3
Amherst, n.h. — The Raiders (0-1) rode first career hits from three sophomores to rally from a 2-0 deficit, but errors eventually doomed Lebanon in its season opener.
Sophs Cameron Broughton, Joe Flanagan and Noah Mayes delivered hits to start Lebanon’s fifth-inning rally. Austin Pelletier and Grayson Hardy followed with run-scoring hits as the Raiders took a 3-2 lead.
Souhegan rallied against Hardy in the bottom of the fifth, and four total errors assured that at least five of Souhegan’s runs would be unearned. Hardy struck out two over 4 1∕ 3 innings, and Connor Greeley finished the mound work for Lebanon.
Weather permitting, the Raiders will open the home portion of their schedule against Sanborn tomorrow.
Gorham 15, Woodsville 1
Woodsville — The Engineers (0-2) committed six errors to lose a sloppy game to the Huskies.
Freshman starting pitcher Jacob Tetley surrendered 10 runs in five innings of work, but just two were earned. Tetley allowed six hits while striking out three in a strong debut on the mound. Garrett Phelps had a double while Matt Abrams had a single. Ben Fournier drove in the Engineers’ only run on a sacrifice fly. Woodsville continues its hunt for win No. 1 at rival Blue Mountain tomorrow afternoon.
Whitcomb 27, Williamstown 4 (6)
Williamstown, Vt. — The Hornets (1-0) had a big offensive day in their opener, scoring 14 runs in the sixth inning to put the Blue Devils away early.
Nicole Begin led the onslaught, going 5-for-6 with two home runs, including a grand slam, to go with five runs scored. Reba Hart and Cambry Zullick both went 4-for-5 at the plate, with Zullick providing Whitcomb’s other round-tripper on the afternoon.
Hart combined with Caitlin Koliski and Megan LaPerle to limit Williamstown to just two hits. Hart threw three hitless frames for the win, fanning three and walking two.
The Hornets host Peoples in their home opener tomorrow.
Souhegan 13, Lebanon 7
Amherst, n.h. — The Raiders (1-1) sustained their first defeat of 2013, falling to the Sabers (1-1) on the road.
Lebanon returns home tomorrow to entertain Sanborn.
Tilton 12, Kimball Union 9
North Sutton — The Wildcats dropped their home opener on a damp, gray afternoon to the visiting Rams.
Lizzie Palker had a triple, a single, two RBIs, three runs scored and four stolen bases for Kimball Union. Mackenzie Frazier added a single with two walks, an RBI, four stolen bases and two runs scored. Evie Whittemore had a double and a single while driving in a pair. Pitcher Kayleigh Coombs provided five strong innings of relief pitching for KUA.
Springfield 16, Windsor 3
Windsor — The Yellowjackets were undone early as Springfield took advantage of Windsor free passes to score early and often.
Nikki Kibling scored twice for the Jacks while also collecting a base hit. Haley Wood added a triple and single while driving in one run, and Tierra Huntley had a good day defensively at third base.
Windsor (1-1) hosts cross-river rival Stevens on Monday afternoon.
Plymouth 7, Hanover 3
Plymouth, n.h. — The Marauders led 3-0 after Katie Fenton’s two-out, two-run single in the top of the third inning. Plymouth then answered with three runs in the bottom of the third before tallying four more to win going away.
Hanover had just two hits, as Halli Valentine added a single in the third inning. Amara Nichols went the distance in the circle for the Marauders, tossing six innings while allowing four earned runs and recording four strikeouts.
The Marauders are off for school vacation and will go for win No. 1 when Con-Val comes to town on April 23.
Newport 17, Kearsarge 0
North Sutton, n.h. — The Tigers (2-0) made quick work of the Cougars (0-1) for their second win in as many starts.
Kearsarge returns to play today against Hillsboro-Deering. Newport is off until hosting Monadnock on Monday.
Monadnock 9, Stevens 0
West Swanzey, n.h. — The Cardinals (0-2) return home tomorrow to host Conant after a shutout loss on the road yesterday.
Hanover 21, Merrimack 3
Hanover — The Marauders (2-0) earned a blowout victory as nine players dented the scoresheet.
Hannah Seibel led the attack offensively with five goals and two assists. Evie Keating and Sophie Lubrano each had four goals and two assists, while Christine Croituro had three goals and one helper. Rachel Boghosian added a goal and five assists. Liesel Robbins had a pair of goals, and JJ Daniell had a goal and two assists. Sarah Gallimore added a pair of helpers while Georgia Stearn had a goal.
Goalie Emily Gougelet had three saves for Hanover, which visits Winnacunnet a week from today.
Union-32 22, Hartford 9
Wilder — Taylor Johnson and Skyler Gay excelled in gloomy conditions as the Hurricanes (1-0) dropped their season opener in a nonleague contest with the Raiders at Dothan Brook School.
Johnson led the Hartford attack with four goals, followed by Gay’s three. “She had a 100 percent game today,” first-year Hartford coach Katherine MacPherson said. “It was dark and gloomy and it changed the girls’ energy, but Skyler had a phenomenal game. She was where she needed to be.”
Mariah Palmer scored twice, Amanda Dombroski set up a pair of scores and goalie Jessica Smith finished with 17 saves on a busy day. The Canes host Burr & Burton tomorrow.
Easthampton, Mass. — The Wildcats led 3-2 after the first quarter before their hosts took control for the duration.
Andrew Jarrett and Eric Mengla each had three goals for KUA, which hosts Proctor tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m.
Hanover 9, Goffstown 0
Hanover — The Marauders (2-0) ran the table for a shutout win against the Grizzlies on the Storrs Pond courts.
Camille Hankel, Kendra McGowan, Hazuki Horiuchi and Liz Goss posted 8-0 singles wins to get Hanover four quick points. Zoe Yu (No. 2; 8-1) and Katie Irwin (No. 4; 8-2) also rolled in their matches, and the six starters all linked up at doubles to complete the sweep while surrendering just two games as a group.
The Marauders visit Manchester West today.
Lebanon 8, Plymouth 1
Lebanon — The Raiders (2-2) made the most of a weaker opponent, using yesterday’s win to reinforce lessons learned in the preseason.
Lebanon earned five of the six singles points through wins from Haley Jones, Brianna Li, Brielle Giaccone, Megan Mason and Ashley O’Keefe. Jones-Li and Giaccone-O’Keefe followed with doubles wins, which were augmented by an 8-4 victory from Mason and Abby Wilkinson at No. 3.
“It gave our girls time to go out and work on strokes,” Lebanon co-coach Joe Doran said. “They got to work at the net a little bit. By doing things we’ve been working on all along … hopefully that translates into when we have a team that’s about our equal or a little better than us. They’ll feel more comfortable doing those things.”
Lebanon visits Milford tomorrow.
Woodstock 6, Springfield 1
Woodstock — The Wasps began their season on a high note against the visiting Cosmos.
Sophie Leiter set the tone at No. 1 singles, winning 8-1 as the matches were shortened pro sets due to the threat of inclement weather. Amelia Sheppard and Lizzy Miller added 8-3 victories while Kathleen Sheppard won 8-0 at No. 5 singles. Marissa Farbman lost a tough match at No. 4 singles, 8-6 to Kendra Dana of Spingfield.
Katie Miller and Emma McLiverty won 8-2 as the Wasps’ top doubles team. Freshmen partners Emma King and Morgan Hartman then made their debut on the varsity stage with an 8-1 introductory victory.
“It was a great start for the veteran singles players; all of them had a few challenges but they stepped up in the abbreviated format. The freshmen duo hung in there really tough,” Woodstock coach Tom Hopewell said.
The Wasps are off next week for school vacation and will return to action at Mount Anthony on April 22.
Pelham 9, Kearsarge 0
Pelham, n.h. — The Cougars were no match for the visiting Pythons, losing to fall to 0-4.
Sabrina Duquette lost a heartbreaker at No. 3 singles, falling 9-8 in a tiebreaker to Valerie Tocco. The Cougars host Sanborn on Saturday.
Kearsarge 7, Pelham 1
North Sutton, n.h. — The Cougars posted two shutout wins and swept singles en route to their first win of the season.
No. 3 Tim Berube and No. 5 Jack Van Etten cruised to 8-0 wins in their matches. Carver Bosela, Vinnie Metrano and Nate Horn also won, with Bosella and Metrano taking an 8-6 win at first doubles. Kearsarge also picked up a point with a forfeit win at sixth singles.
The Cougars go to Sanborn tomorrow.
Lebanon 8, Plymouth 1
Plymouth, n.h. — The Raiders won again to move to 4-0, the best start in program history, according to coach Rich Kelly.
Max Reed led a singles sweep with an 8-0 victory. Nabeel Khan and Will Sanborn each won 8-1 while Jeff Purdy, Wyatt Goodwin and Jacob Ryder all won 8-2. Reed and Khan then partnered at No. 1 doubles, winning 8-0. Donncha Coyle and Chris Eisener added an 8-2 victory at the second doubles. The Raiders host Milford tomorrow afternoon, weather permitting.
Hanover 9, Goffstown 0
Goffstown, n.h. — The Marauders won going away for their third consecutive victory to start the season.
Kotaro Horiuchi won the match of the day at No. 1 singles for Hanover, 8-5. Christian Mueller (8-2),
Brendan Barth (8-0), Jackson Greenspan (8-0), Sandy Yu (8-1) and Graham Dickson (8-0) also won in singles.
Horiuchi and Mueller then won 8-2 in doubles while Barth partnered with Henry Pletcher also for an 8-2 victory. Greenspan and Yu closed the perfect day with an 8-2 victory of their own. Hanover hosts Manchester West tomorrow.
Track and Field
Kearsarge Boys Win
Newport — The Kearsarge boys were dominant in field events on their way to winning an eight-team meet at Newport on Tuesday.
Zach Beltz and Troy Davis tied for first in the high jump for the Cougars with a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches. Gabe Carter took first in the triple jump, just ahead of teammate Logan Maville. Jacob Jones added a first place finish in the discus and the shot put. Not to be overshadowed, the Cougars took second through sixth in the 100-meter dash with Beltz, Eric Morin, Alex Akpan, Cameron Webster and Corey Jerome all placing high.
The Kearsarge girls took third place with Desiree Kalloch finishing second in the long jump and Katie Lindh second in javelin. Stevens’ Maddy Boardman won the javelin while host Newport’s Julia Sullivan claimed the long jump title. Woodsville’s Mike Vogt added a second place finish in boys discuss while Stevens’ Kai Kleyensteuber was third.
Boys team scores: Kearsarge 161, Hopkinton 144, Bow 128, Stevens 28, Newport 17, Woodsville 12, Sunapee 2.
Girls team scores: Bow 147, Hopkinton 132, Kearsarge 94, Sunapee 45, Newport 41, Stevens 35, Woodsville 6.
Dartmouth 19, Holy Cross 4
Worcester, Mass. — The Big Green broke out the heavy metal on the Crusaders, delivering 17 hits — including nine for extra bases — in a road rout.
The 19 runs were a season high for Dartmouth (18-6). Junior Jeff Keller went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a homer for the Big Green, scoring four times and driving in five runs. Junior Dustin Selzer and sophomore Nick Lombardi also had four-RBI games for the visitors.
Louis Concato threw six innings of six-hit ball for the win. Concato struck out three and walked one.
The Big Green is off until hosting Ivy League rival Brown for weekend doubleheaders at Red Rolfe Field on Saturday and Sunday.
BC 19, Dartmouth 6
Hanover — The visiting Eagles (10-22) scored early and often to hand a loss to the Big Green (14-17) at the Dartmouth Softball Complex.
Boston College held an 8-6 lead through three innings, then plated 11 unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth to call an early end to the day. Dartmouth had a four-run third to temporarily stay close, with Kristin Rumely contributing the last of her three hits on the day. Hillary Hubert and Megan Averitt each had two hits for the Big Green.
A scheduled second game between the two teams was called by weather and darkness in the third inning. Dartmouth closes its 10-game homestand with back-to-back Ivy League doubleheaders against Brown this weekend.
Colby-Sawyer 6, NEC 3
Henniker, n.h. — The Chargers rode a strong defensive effort in a win over the Pilgrims.
Amanda Murray had her first goal of the season for Colby-Sawyer. Caitlyn Wherty, Carly Baker, Sarah Harlow, Adrienne Bender and Jacquelyn Lane also scored. Former Oxbow star Karley Hamilton made nine stops in net for the Chargers, who visit Husson University on Saturday.
Merrimack College 6
New London — The Chargers dropped a nonconference matchup on their home courts.
Ashlyn Ramsay won at No. 2 singles for Colby-Sawyer, 6-4, 6-3. Claire Toffey added a 6-0, 6-2 win in singles before partnering with Liz Lincoln to win 8-0 at No. 1 doubles. The loss is just third of the season for the Chargers, who fell to 17-3. Colby-Sawyer looks to get back on track against Wheaton on April 21.