Engineers Roll in Playoff Opener
Woodsville — In yesterday’s playoff opener, the Woodsville High softball team demonstrated it can do damage from anywhere in the lineup — and at any juncture of the game.
The No. 3 Engineers scored at least one run in every inning and received half its run production from the bottom third of the order in a 10-1 rout of visiting No. 14 seed Epping.
Senior Danelle Huntington struck out nine with no walks and four hits allowed in a complete game for Woodsville (14-3), which will host No. 11 Newmarket in the quarterfinals Saturday. The Mules upset No. 5 Pittsfield, 5-2.
“Our bats came alive and we took advantage of their mistakes,” said Woodsville coach Dana Huntington. “To me, the neat part is that we scored in every inning.”
Abby Simano (1-for-3, two-run home run, two runs), Molly Ruprecht (1-for-1, two runs) and Becca Hanley (1-for-2, run), Nos. 7-9 in the Engineers’ lineup, combined to score five of Woodsville’s 10 runs. Simano’s two-run blast, her third homer of the year, came in the third inning to make give Woodsville a 6-1 lead.
Paige Martin (3-for-4, double) and Diana Joslin (2-for-4) also contributed for the Engineers.
Winnisquam 27, Mascoma 0 (5)
West Canaan — The No. 16 Royals fell hard against the visiting, 17th-ranked Bears in the play-in round of the New Hampshire Division III tournament.
Mascoma finishes the season 8-9.
Oxbow 6, Thetford 5
Bradford, Vt. — Amanda Hatch’s bases-loaded, none-out walk pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Olympians (10-3) edged the rival Panthers (7-5).
Hatch’s draw forced home Holly Lund, who’d led off the inning with a double before the O’s juiced the bags.
Oxbow went ahead on three different occasions, only to have Thetford rally for a tie each time. Shenia Covey (two doubles) and Michaela Pomeroy (double) and had three hits each for the Panthers, while Thetford’s Kate Hodge tossed a complete game with four walks and three strikeouts.
Both teams had 11 hits.
Leah Hanzas walked none and struck out four for Oxbow, which was led by Cassie Hutchinson (three hits, RBI) and Amanda Wheeler (two hits, RBI) at the plate.
Thetford hosts Randolph today in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m., while the Olympians host Harwood today at 3:30.
Brattleboro 5, Hartford 3
Brattleboro, Vt. — Kayla Wood tossed a three-hitter for the Colonels as the Hurricanes dipped to 4-9-1.
Jenna Yee hit two of the three for the Canes, while Hartford’s Caitlyn Woodward (eight hits, two earned runs, five strikeouts, two walks) was solid in the circle.
Hartford is back on the road this afternoon, at Otter Valley.
Windsor 20, Mill River 11
Clarendon, Vt. — Yellowjacket bats ruled the day as Windsor improved to 10-4.
Senior Nikki Kibling went 4-for-6 with three runs, a triple and five RBIs and Tierra Huntley (four runs) and Ashlee Bly (triple) had three hits and two RBIs each for the Jacks.
Jadie Dow, Taylor Potwin and Erin Lapine all had two hits and an RBI for Windsor, which received pitching from Mariah Marsh (two innings, six runs, five hits, three walks) and Bly (four hits, five runs, four walks, three strikeouts).
Windsor hosts Green Mountain Union in its senior-day game tomorrow.
Whitcomb 5, Twinfield 1
Plainfield, Vt. — The first-place Hornets improved to 12-2.
Pitcher Reba Hart allowed just five hits in a complete game, walking two and striking out four, while going 2-for-2 with a run scored herself at the plate.
Cambry Zullick went 1-for-3 with a two-run double for Whitcomb, which hosts Concord in its senior day tomorrow.
S. Royalton 8, Twinfield 7
Plainfield, Vt. — Junior Rebecca Paige had two hits and a triple while both starting and relief pitching in the Royals’ win in their regular season finale Tuesday.
Paige pitched the first inning, then sat for freshman Alexis Madore. Madore tossed four frames before leaving with an injury, prompting Paige’s return.
Paige scored three runs, while Kim Lakin had four hits, four runs and four RBIs for South Royalton.
The Royals (10-6) await their seeding and first-round opponent in the upcoming Vermont Division IV tournament.
Hartford 4, Brattleboro 1
Brattleboro, Vt. — Sophomore Steve Cerrone (two hits, 11 strikeouts) walked none in a complete game for the second straight outing as the Hurricanes improved to 8-6.
Cerrone also had the winning hit for Hartford, driving in a pair in the third inning to make it 2-1.
“That was a big hit, because we’d had the bases loaded with none out and managed to get two (outs) without a run,” said Hartford coach Jarrod Grassi.
The Canes weren’t done in the inning, stretching the lead to 4-1 on Dylan Terino’s two-run single.
Hartford hosts Mount Anthony in its senior day tomorrow.
Twinfield 9, Whitcomb 5
Plainfield, Vt. — The Hornets fell to 5-7.
Sam Ennis reached on an two errors and scored three runs for and Tim Patch had two hits and a run for Whitcomb. Alex Messier and Matt Townsend added hits for the visitors.
Relief pitcher Hunter Paradis had a strong outing, allowing no runs and no walks in three innings.
Whitcomb hosts Concord tomorrow.
Woodstock 13, Hartford 9
White River Junction — The Hurricanes slipped to 1-11, while the Wasps improved to 6-9.
Lauren Kaija, and Delaney Little scored two goals each for Woodstock, while Annie Arthur (assist) and Abby Kaija scored once apiece.
Heather Illingworth scored three times in a strong effort for the Canes, while Taylor Johnson and Maraiah Palmer each scored twice. Megan Potter and Skyler Gay added one goal each.
Jessica Smith made 16 saves for Hartford, which hosts Brattleboro tomorrow.
Oxbow 12, GMVS 12 (2 ot)
Waitsfield, Vt. — Mikayla Hodge had four goals and an assist and Emily Speck (two assists) and Lauren Tomlinson tallied hat tricks for the Olympians (6-6-2).
Dilan Clements contributed a pair of goals for the O’s, who weren’t as strong as they were in an earlier home win versus Green Mountain Valley.
“Our goalie, Savannah Fay, had the best game of anyone,” said Oxbow coach Jane Smith, who credited the net minder with 31 stops. “It wasn’t our best defensive effort. (Green Mountain Valley) had 19 shots at halftime.”
The Olympians are tentatively scheduled to host Randolph on Saturday. The game may be moved to tomorrow because of a conflict with SAT exams, Smith said.
Dartmouth Players Honored
Hanover — Eight Dartmouth players were named to the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association’s University Division All-Star Teams, including six on the first team to lead all schools. All eight players had been named to the All-Ivy League first team two weeks ago, setting a league record.
The Dartmouth players chosen for the first team were senior left-hander Michael Johnson (7-0, 1.82 ERA), junior outfielder Jeff Keller (.369, 6 HR, Ivy-best 41 RBIs), sophomore third baseman Nick Lombardi (.294-4-39), sophomore catcher Matt MacDowell (.301-2-26), sophomore second baseman Matt Parisi (.329, 12 2B, 31 runs) and freshman designated hitter Joe Purritano (.343-5-3). Both senior outfielder Ennis Coble (.325, 12 doubles, 33 runs, 11-for-11 SB) and sophomore reliever Thomas Olson (2-0, 1.15 ERA, 6 saves) were pegged for the second team.
The players on the first and second teams will play in the NEIBA All-Star game against the College Division team consisting of the selections from the Division II and III levels. The game will take place on Monday at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.