Local Roundup: Canes Rely on Small Ball
Hartford’s Kayla Lancor waits for the throw to arrive as Windsor’s Nikki Kibling slides into second during yesterday’s game in White River Junction. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »
White River Junction — The sunlit skies gave one clue to the advancing season on the baseball diamond outside Hartford High school yesterday afternoon. The Hurricanes’ starting pitcher, Steve Cerrone, provided another, showing a practiced and polished arsenal of pitches as Hartford edged visiting Windsor 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel befitting of postseason action.
Cerrone needed just 75 pitches in seven innings, recording six strikeouts while scattering six hits without giving up a run. Windsor counterpart Ethan Hill was nearly as dominant, taking a tough-luck loss despite tossing a complete game six-hitter of his own.
Hartford took the lead in the bottom of the first inning as Cerrone scored on an two-out RBI single by Cody Smith. Windsor answered right back with a run in the top of the second after Shawn Pinsonault singled, stole second base and scored on an RBI base hit by Nate Mayo.The score remained knotted at 1-1 as Cerrone and Hill dueled for the next five innings plus.
Still tied heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Justin Devoid got things started for Hartford with a leadoff single. Joe Sweeney then doubled and Windsor loaded the bases by intentionally walking Cam Gaudette.
Freshman Jacob Perkins then came to the plate with no outs, the bases loaded and the score tied at 1-1. Coach Jarrod Grassi then gave the verbal sign for a squeeze play for the would-be game winning run. Jacobs missed the sign and Devoid was caught in a rundown for the first out, with Sweeney advancing to third on the play.
Redemption came quickly for the freshman outfielder though — Perkins regrouped and followed with a walk-off sacrifice fly to give Hartford the victory.
“He’s a freshman in a big spot,” Grassi said regarding the final plate appearance. “He came through. You’d rather not have to swing (the bats) in the seventh inning at home, but if you have to, this is the best way to do it.”
Devoid finished 2-for-3 for the Canes (4-6), who host Bellows Falls on Monday.
■ Prior to the Windsor’s home game against Otter Valley on Tuesday, the Yellowjackets will present a plaque for the baseball dugout in memory of former Windsor athlete and baseball coach Matt Harrington, who died in March at age 59.
Hanover 5, John Stark 0
Hanover — Joe Cravero tossed his second no-hitter of the season, striking out 12 Generals against just three walks as the Marauders improved to 8-5.
Evan Greenwald added a triple, stole a base and drove in one for Hanover. Liam Gantrish also had an RBI triple while Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris singled, stole a base and drove in one. The Marauders get another shot at the Generals on Monday in Weare, N.H.
Mascoma 7, Inter-Lakes 3
West Canaan — The Royals (7-6) got another economic performance from starting pitcher Kyle Kosiorek in beating the Lakers.
Kosiorek threw just 64 pitches in a complete game, striking out two while scattering nine hits. “He just throws strikes, he’s so efficient. And, we had a good defensive game,” Mascoma coach Guy Serviss said.
Cam Braley was 3-for-4 with a run and two RBIs. Kosiorek added an RBI single. Serviss credited the play of Nate Brown in left field, who made several nice plays in support of his pitcher. The Royals host rival Newport on Monday afternoon.
Profile 6, Woodsville 0
Franconia, n.h. — The Engineers (4-10) had no answer for Profile pitching, striking out 12 times.
Sam Wilson started on the mound and went five innings, allowing three earned runs. Ben Fournier and Dan Roy had hits for Woodsville.
Monadnock 5, Stevens 1
East Swanzey, n.h. — The Cardinals (9-4) managed just four hits in falling to the Huskies. Mike Puksta had an RBI single. Caleb Beckley tossed a complete game, scattering 11 hits while striking out three and allowing four earned runs in six innings.
Conant 11, Kearsarge 4
North Sutton — The Cougars stranded 12 baserunners in falling to the Orioles.
Berkeley Stevens was 2-for-4 while D.J. Heiner was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. The Cougars (6-9) visit Hopkinton on Monday to conclude the regular season.
Mascoma 10, Inter-Lakes 9
West Canaan — Tori Makalinaw capped a wild game with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Royals improved to 6-7 on the season.
Morgan Coleman started in the circle for Mascoma, allowing four earned runs in a complete game effort. Catie Mylott led the Royals’ bats, going 4-for-4 with a pair of double and three RBIs. Becky Gravel added three hits, including a double, while driving in one. Maggie Disbrow had a hit, stole five bases and scored three runs. Coleman added a 2-for-4 performance at the plate with two RBIs.
Mascoma hosts Newport on Monday.
Woodsville 11, Profile 4
Franconia, n.h. — Danelle Huntington allowed just three hits in her latest complete game effort, striking out eight Patriots as Woodsville improved to 10-3.
Dianah Joslin was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and had a three-run home run in the first inning, one of three big flies for the Engineers. Kat Emley added a two-run shot in the third inning and finished 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. Lottie Page added a two-run homer in the seventh inning.
Woodsville hosts Rivendell on Monday.
Hartford 12, Windsor 3
White River Junction — The Kaitlynn Woodward show was in full display as the sophomore pitcher did it all for the Canes (4-7-1).
Woodward tossed a complete game, striking out nine Yellowjackets while allowing just five hits. Woodward also had three hits, including a three-run home run. Paige Laramie and Courtney Murray each added three hits as well.
Starting pitcher Mariah Marsh took the loss for Windsor. Haley Wood had three hits and Nikki Kibling had a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs.
John Stark 8, Hanover 6
Hanover — The Marauders were edged by the visiting Generals.
Katie Fenton was 3-for-4 and drove in a run for Hanover (2-12). Amara Nichols was also 3-for-4 and drove in two while Elise Austin-Washburn was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base. Darby Phillips started in the circle, tossing three innings while allowing three earned runs. Nichols threw four innings of relief, allowing two earned. Hanover visits John Stark on Monday
Hanover 20, Man. Central 2
Manchester — The Marauders ran all over their hosts to improve to 13-1.
Sophia Lubrano and Hannah Seibel each had five goals for Hanover. Rachel Boghosian added a pair of goals and had five assists. Mason McNulty and Liesel Robbins each had two goals and one helper while Evie Keating scored and had three assists. Christine Croitoru and JJ Daniell also scored. Sarah Gallimore had three helpers, while Claudia Noonan had one assist.
Emily Gougelet stopped four shots in net for the Marauders, who look to clinch the No. 1 seed in the upcoming New Hampshire D-II playoffs with a win at Bishop Guertin on Monday.
Chelsea 13, Oxbow 8
Chelsea, Vt. — Mikayla Hodge had six goals and an assist for Oxbow, crossing the 100-goal barrier for her career in a loss to the Red Devils. Emily Speck added two goals and an assist while Vanessa Valley and Dilan Clements each had assists.
Kimball Union 11, St. Paul’s 9
Meriden — The Wildcats rallied from a 6-2 halftime deficit for the victory behind five goals and an assist by Andrew Jarrett.
KUA (2-12) still trailed 9-6 heading into the fourth quarter before clamping down defensively to spark the final comeback. Mike Robertello added a pair of goals and two assists, while Eric Megnia had two goals and one assist. PJ Tessier and Morgan Dewdney also had goals. Santiago Morales stopped 10 shots in net for the Wildcats.
John Stark 8, Kearsarge 7
North Sutton, n.h. — The Cougars dropped a tough one on senior night.
Ollie Gallo had four goals and an assist for Kearsarge (8-5). Peter Allen added a goal and two assists while Travis Newman had a goal and an assist. Matt Pickman also scored while goalie Will Aufranc stopped 10 shots. The Cougars graduate seven seniors in Gallo, Allen, Alex Wilson, Robbie Lutz, Jordan Barthol, Ben Gambino and Jason Harrington. Kearsarge visits Pelham on Monday.
“We had a chance to tie with 40 seconds left, the shot just went wide. We’ve got to give (John) Stark all the credit in the world, they played a great game,” Kearsarge coach Mike Heffernan said.
Lebanon 7, Windham 2
Windham, n.h. — The Raiders closed their regular season with a nice road victory over the Jaguars.
Senior Haley Jones won 8-3 in singles while Brianna Li (8-2), Brielle Giaccone (8-2) and Ashley O’Keefe (8-3) also won. Jones and Li won 8-4 in doubles, while Giaccone and O’Keefe cruised to an 8-1 victory. Senior Sara Hagan and Abby Wilkinson closed the proceedings with an 8-6 victory at No. 3 doubles.
Brattleboro 5, Hartford 2
Brattleboro, Vt. — The Canes (4-9) couldn’t keep pace with the Colonels.
Ossia Dwyer won at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 4-6, 10-7. Alex Fogg added a 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 5 singles. Hartford visits Saint Johnsbury on Monday.
Hartford 4, Bellows Falls 1
White River Junction — The Canes picked up their first victory of the season.
Evan Brown won 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2 singles while Alex Page won 6-4, 7-6 at No. 3. Andrew Files added a 6-2, 6-1 victory and junior Mark Knapp made his varsity tennis debut in high fashion, picking up a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 5 singles. Hartford goes for two in a row as St. Johnsbury comes to town for senior day on Monday
Lebanon 5, Windham 4
Lebanon — The Raiders fought their way past the Jaguars by winning several close matches en route to clinching a home match in the first round of the playoffs.
Max Reed won 8-4 at No. 1 singles while Will Sanborn won 8-2 at No. 2. Jeff Purdy earned a 9-8 victory in singles as the matches were tied 3-3 heading into doubles action. Reed and Nabeel Khan then won 9-8 in their doubles match while Sanborn and Purdy won 8-3. Lebanon (12-2) hosts a first-round playoff match on Tuesday.
MVCS Wins at Home
Quechee — The Eagles took the victory in the first high school golf match played at the Quechee Club since Tropical Storm Irene.
Henry Sherman fired an even par round of 36 on the front nine of the Highland Course to win the medal for the Eagles. Austin Sayers added a 40, Wyatt Sherman had 42 and Isaac McIntire had 56. River Merriam led Windsor with 48 while Tucker Gilman had 54, Ryan Meagher had 55 and Nick Witty carded a 56.
The Eagles are back in action at Woodstock on Tuesday.
Team scores: Mid Vermont Christian 174, Windsor 213, Black River 221.
Hartford Tops Two
Dorset, Vt. — Zach Temple won medallst honors with a 6-over par 76 as Hartford won an 18-hole match at Dorset Field Club.
Chris Bateman added an 80 for the Canes while Jackson Dwyer had 89 and Jeremy McGlone had 99. Hartford finished with a 354, Burr & Burton had 337 and Rutland had 370.
Track & Field
Royals Sweep at Home
South Royalton — Eliza Phillip won the shot put, pole vault and high jump for the SoRo girls while junior Michael Dunkle set a Vermont D-IV record with an 11 foot, 8 inch pole vault as the Royals swept the competition at a home meet.
Maggie Dakin added a victory in the discus for the Royals girls while Allison Zug won the javelin. Garrett Chase won the discus for the SoRo boys while Brian Striker took the javelin title. Gwen Timmins won the long jump for the second place Whitcomb girls.
Athletes to NCAAs
Hanover — The Dartmouth men will send nine individuals to the NCAA East Regional Meet next weekend in Greensboro, N.C. North Carolina A&T will host the meet at the Irwin Belk Track starting on Thursday, and wrapping up on Saturday, May 25.
Senior Brett Gilson will compete in the javelin Friday at noon, while sophomore Thomas Servino will represent the Big Green in the hammer throw next Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
On the track, the first round of the 1,500 meters will see Steve Mangan and Silas Talbot compete Thursday at 6 p.m. The 5,000 will feature Will Geoghegan, Phil Royer and John Bleday, who will compete next Saturday.
Jon Gault will run in the 10,000-meter national semifinal on Thursday at 9:40 p.m. and Henry Sterling will compete in the 3,000 steeplechase quarterfinal Friday at 9:30 p.m.
For the women, Dartmouth junior Abbey D’Agostino will begin defense of her NCAA 5,000-meter title next Saturday in the semifinals at 8:05 p.m.
Four other Big Green women will compete at the regional meet. The 3,000-meter steeplechase will see Sarah DeLozier and Katie Sullivan represent the Big Green when they take to the track next Friday at 8:50 p.m. Megan Krumpoch will compete in the 400 hurdles Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Freshman Kaitlin Whitehorn will be in the first round of the women’s high jump, set to begin Friday at 6 p.m.