Local roundup: Hanover softball nets first victory of season

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Published: 4/26/2021 11:23:02 PM
Modified: 4/27/2021 1:48:54 PM

NORWICH — Every Hanover High softball player scored at least one run as the Marauders picked up their first victory of the spring season in a 22-10 defeat of Fall Mountain on Monday afternoon.

Hanover (1-4) entered the bottom of the fifth with a two-run lead and scored nine times in the frame to force the mercy rule. Freshman Sage Johnson drove in senior Grace Lewandowski on a sacrifice for the walk-off win.

Senior Emilee Jones pitched all five innings for the Marauders. Junior Izzy Kachikis went 4-for-4 with four singles, four runs scored and one stolen base.

Hanover faces Fall Mountain again on Wednesday, but this time on the road.

Stevens 25, Mascoma 1 (5)

WEST CANAAN — Stevens (2-0) rode a strong start from junior Brianna Frisbee and a potent offensive attack to a road win Monday.

Frisbee struck out six batters while only allowing two hits and no walks. The Cardinals recorded 20 hits, led by freshman Kylie Bundy with four. Seniors Makalya Maccioli and Gabby Savo added three hits each.

“Every now and then, it’s good to eat a little humble pie,” Mascoma head coach Chris Thurston said. “After a great run of strong wins, we got a little too sure of ourselves. We always say to practice like there is someone better than you. Today, Stevens proved we weren’t joking. They are a very strong, skilled and cohesive team. So back to the practice field and we will prepare for Wednesday’s rematch.”

Stevens and Mascoma square off again on Wednesday at Stevens.

White River Valley 29, Leland & Gray 14 (5)

TOWNSHEND, Vt. — The Wildcats (3-0) continued their undefeated start with a big win Monday.

Senior Fiora Vaillancourt led the way with a 5-for-5 day with a three-run homer, two doubles, two singles, a walk and five runs scored. Senior Chelsie Trask recorded four hits, including two doubles, and three runs scored. Freshman Tanner Drury also enjoyed a four-hit game with five runs scored.

Senior Blake Southworth pitched all five innings for WRV. She also got two hits and scored five runs.

WRV is back in action Tuesday at home against Green Mountain.

BASEBALL Hanover 11, Fall Mountain 0 (5)

NORWICH — The Marauders (5-0) maintained their momentum behind a solid outing from sophomore Sam Sacerdote.

Sacerdote threw all five innings for Hanover, surrendering just two hits — both of which came in the first inning — and striking out eight. He also led the Marauders’ offense with a 3-for-3 game, with a walk, one RBI, one run scored and two stolen bases.

Senior Wes Stocken added three RBIs on one hit and twice getting hit by a pitch.

Hanover plays Fall Mountain again on Wednesday at Fall Mountain.

Stevens 9, Mascoma 2

CANAAN — Junior Dylan Chambers pitched a complete game to earn his first varsity win for Stevens (2-1) over Mascoma (0-5).

Chambers struck out 11 batters without surrendering a walk. Junior Zack Bundy led the way for the Cardinals offensively with two triples and three RBIs. Senior Owen Taylor recorded a double and two RBIs, and senior Caden Ferland chipped in a key two-RBI single. Sophomore Colby Sheppard added two hits and scored two runs.

“Dylan was fantastic today,” Stevens head coach Paul Silva said. “Very happy for him in earning his first varsity win. Zack Bundy had a pair of triples to really get us going offensively. We are hitting the ball and good things happen when you do that.”

Michael Evans finished with two of the Royals’ five hits.

The teams will stage a rematch on Wednesday in Claremont.

Rivendell 26, MSJ 12

ORFORD — The Raptors (2-1) used a seven-run first inning and a 10-run second to control the Mounties.

Wyatt Underhill went 4-for-5, scored four times and drove in three runs to lead Rivendell. Josh Gould added two hits in three trips. Underhill and Rowan Halsey Leckerling combined to toss more than three innings of effective work on the mound.

GIRLS’ TENNIS Hanover 5, Derryfield 4

HANOVER — The Marauders (3-2) squeaked out a late victory over the Cougars.

“It was a nailbiter of a match until third doubles today,” Marauders head coach Liz Murray said. “We were tied, 4-4, going into the last round of doubles. We are looking forward to seeing Derryfield again on Friday.”

Junior Eleanor van Aalst (8-6), sophomore Noura St. Hilaire (8-5) and senior Lyric Wilson (8-1) won singles sets for Hanover. The Marauders pulled out the win with doubles wins from van Aalst/senior Carly Miles (8-2) and Wilson/junior Natalie Feyrer (8-4).

The schools rematch Friday in Manchester.

BOYS’ TENNIS Hanover 8, Derryfield 1

MANCHESTER — The Marauders (3-2) cruised to victory Monday.

Hanover won all three doubles matches, including an 8-0 sweep by juniors Evan Yang and Alex Rockmore. Yang suffered the only Hanover loss on the night in his singles match. Rockmore, junior Kevin Pillsbury, senior Alex Stevens, sophomore Zhiwen Liu and freshman Zach Pearson all won singles matches.

“We were able to stick to our goals of patience, consistency and confidence in order to pull out the win,” Hanover head coach Jarrod Shaheen said. “I am very proud of and happy with their performance up and down the ladder. We look forward to a less windy rematch this Friday.”

That rematch will be a home match for Hanover.

Lebanon 9, Pembroke 0

LEBANON — Lebanon (2-0) handily defeated Pembroke.

Only two of the nine total matches (singles or doubles) were decided by less than a five-game margin — two 9-8 wins by Raider seniors Karsten Hansen and Tyler St. Martin. Sophomore Finn Ericson won his singles match, 8-0. Junior Mason Arado and freshman Nolan Arado both won their singles matches, 8-1. The Arado brothers also won their doubles match, 8-0, as did seniors Kian Schifferdecker and Jacob Hibner.

The Raiders face off against Pembroke again on Wednesday on the road.

Rutland 5, Hartford 0

RUTLAND — Hartford (0-4) won just four total games in the five individual matches in a loss to the Ravens.

“Rutland proved to be a challenging foe,” Hartford head coach Kate Godek said.

Hartford returns to the Upper Valley for its next match at Woodstock Friday.

BOYS LACROSSE Keene 9, Lebanon 3

LEBANON — The Raiders (0-3) were unable to overcome 28 turnovers in Monday’s loss to Keene.

Lebanon junior Griffin Auch scored two goals, and junior C.J. Childs added the third. The three goals came on 17 total shots. Keene scored its nine goals on 30 shots.

Lebanon travels to face ConVal on Thursday.

Harwood 14, Hartford 4

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Hartford (2-2) was unable to overcome a potent Harwood attack.

Sophomore Joe Barwood scored two goals and assisted one to lead the Hurricanes. Junior Memphis Johnston finished with one goal and one assist. Senior Bentley Boonyaharn scored one goal, and freshman Ezra Mock and junior Chris Pierce assisted one goal each. Junior goalie Tarin Prior saved nine Harwood shots.

The Hurricanes are back in action Wednesday at home against BFA-Fairfax.

GIRLS LACROSSE Lebanon 11, Keene 3

LEBANON — The Raiders (1-2) earned their first victory of the season through second-half improvement.

Ella Longacre paced Lebanon with four goals and an assist. Kayla Taber and Catherine Cole contributed two-goal, one-assist efforts. Molly Smith (two assists), Sydney Gonyea and Maddie Jewell (assist) provided the other goals, and netminder Lena Nowell made seven saves.

“We had a slow start and struggled with basic fundamentals in the first half but came out much stronger in the second,” Lebanon head coach Sara Ecker said. “We played poised and controlled even though it was a physically rough game. After four yellow cards, (Keene) had to play down a player for the last three minutes.”

Up next for the Raiders is a road battle with John Stark.

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