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Local roundup: Stevens baseball earns first win

  • Sunapee's Elizabeth Bennett.

  • Hartford's Logan Raymond.

  • Stevens' Derrick Stanhope.


Staff Reports
Friday, April 19, 2019

CLAREMONT — If the Stevens Cardinals were going to get a first win in NHIAA Division II baseball, they couldn’t have picked a better foe or tougher way to get the job done.

Derrick Stanhope threw a complete game with seven strikeouts and his batters produced a three-run bottom of the sixth inning for a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Plymouth on Friday at Barnes Park. New to D-II after a 10-8 campaign in D-III last spring, Stevens (1-2) finally broke through by beating a program that has appeared in 15 NHIAA baseball title games, winning six times. By contrast, Cardinal teams are more than 40 years removed from their last state championship (1978).

“That’s been a pretty good program over the years,” Stevens coach Paul Silva said. “It’s always nice when you get your first, but when you’re bumping up a division … they deserved to get a victory. I’m very proud of them.”

After giving up a pair of runs in the top of the first, Stanhope settled down to allow just one hit the rest of the way, eventually crafting a three-hitter. Trey Theriault cut into a 3-0 Plymouth lead with an RBI single in the third, but the Cards saved the best for last.

Theriault (two hits) led off the home sixth with a single; Stanhope reached on an error and Owen Taylor singled to load the bases. After Josh Stithen grounded into a force play at the plate, Cam Macia fought off an 0-2 breaking pitch for an RBI single that cut the gap to 3-2.

That brought up Dennis Peaslee, whose infield grounder left Plymouth in position for a rally-killing double play. But the Bobcats threw away the throw to first base, allowing Stithen and Macia to score the deciding runs.

“Beating Plymouth is a nice thing to do,” Silva said. “I don’t think I’ve ever done that.”

The Cards visit Hanover on Monday.

Woodsville 11Groveton 0 (5)

WOODSVILLE — Zach Moore, Brendan Walker and Ricky Vinnacombe combined on a five-inning no-hitter as the Engineers (2-0) run-ruled the Purple Eagles at Community Field.

Moore got it started with three innings of six-strikeout, two-walk pitching. Walker and Vinnacombe each threw one frame, combining for three Ks and two free passes.

Woodsville sent 13 players to the plate and scored eight times in the bottom of the first to gain early control. Vinnacombe had a two-run single, Carson Ste. Marie added an RBI single and Donnie Bowman scored twice and drove in two runs in the opening assault.

Bowman finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a stolen base. Billy Green had two hits in three trips and drove in three.

Woodsville hosts Colebrook on Monday.

Oxbow 7, Blue Mountain 1

WELLS RIVER, Vt. — Jace Page had two of the Olympians’ eigth hits and led a three-pitcher, one-hit effort on the mound as Oxbow (3-0) stayed perfect on the young season.

Page surrendered the only hit during a five-inning start that included seven strikeouts and two walks. Orin Mahikoa and Cooper Simmons both struck out a batter in an inning apiece. A peck-away offense did the rest, scattering eight hits and scoring in the first, second, third, fourth and sixth innings.

Jackson Schramm contributed a two-run double for the O’s, who host Randolph on Thursday.

KUA 3, St. Paul’s 2

CONCORD — Noah Spaulding threw a complete game as the Wildcats picked up a narrow win.

Kimball Union plated all of its runs in the third inning, with Jonah Silverman (sac fly), Trey Parker (single) and Kyle Young (single) driving in the runs. St. Paul’s scored once in the third and once in the fifth but couldn’t scratch another run off the visitors.

Spaulding finished with a four-hitter and Silas Nowlan notched his first career hit for KUA, which hosts Vermont Academy on Friday.

Hopkinton 14Mascoma 0 (5)

CONTOOCOOK, N.H. — The Royals (1-2) ran into an offensive buzzsaw in a loss to the Hawks.

Mascoma will try to right itself at Fall Mountain on Monday afternoon.

SOFTBALL Woodsville 5, Groveton 1

WOODSVILLE — The Engineers (1-1) put a check mark in the win column for the first time this spring behind Mackenzie Dennis’ complete-game work in the circle.

Dennis held the Eagles to three hits and an unearned run, fanning seven and walking four. Emily Prest played a key role in offensive support, delivering an RBI sac fly in the fifth inning for a 3-1 lead and adding an RBI single in the sixth to score Morgan Wagstaff and boost the advantage to 4-1.

Woodsville, which had six hits as a team, hosts Colebrook on Monday.

Sunapee 14, Derryfield 0

MANCHESTER — The Lakers (1-2) broke into the win column behind a 17-strikeout effort from pitcher Ellie Frederick.

Elizabeth Bennett led the attack, going 3-for-5 with a single, double, triple and three RBIs. Freshman Molly Reed had her first varsity hit and drove in two runs, fellow frosh Natalie Austin had two hits and scored twice, and junior varsity call-up Emma McNally also delivered a hit.

Sunapee visits Pittsfield on Wednesday.

Plymouth 4, Stevens 3

CLAREMONT — The Cardinals (0-3) came close to notching their first NHIAA Division II win, with a late rally coming up short.

Morgan Rhoades made her debut appearance in the circle for Stevens and threw well, surrendering just five hits with one strikeout and two walks before Madison Lapsley closed over the final two frames. The Bobcats nicked a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth to break open a 1-1 tie; Tanner Brown’s two-run base hit cut the gap to 4-3 in the home sixth, but the Cards’ rally ended with a runner stranded on base in the seventh.

Makayla Maccioli had three hits, Jenna Pond contributed two and Kaitlyn Chambers drove in a run for the Cards, who visit Hanover on Monday.

Springfield 11, Windsor 8

WINDSOR — After a slow start, the visiting Cosmos (3-0) erased a 6-2 deficit with a five-run fourth inning to pull away from the Yellowjackets (2-2).

Windsor used a five-run second inning to get its advantage before Springfield compiled three hits, two walks and a couple of Yellowjacket errors to build its big frame. Peyton Richardson had a pair of singles, one on a bunt, and scored twice for Windsor, while Alyssa Slocum doubled and walked in a reserve role.

Windsor visits Thetford on Tuesday.

Pelham 18, Lebanon 0 (5)

WEST LEBANON — The Pythons used to pair of seven-run rallies to open the afternoon and rode no-hit pitching to blank the Raiders (0-4) at Civic Memorial Field.

Freshmen Lilly Pettersen and Yasmine Lambert split the pitching chores for Lebanon, striking out two apiece. Kaitlyn Veracka played well on defense, making six clean plays. The Raiders host John Stark on Tuesday.

BOYS LACROSSE Hartford 14St. Johnsbury 2

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. — The Hurricanes made quick work of the Hilltoppers for the second time in as many games.

Reece Thompson and Carter Nalette paced Hartford (2-0) with four-goal afternoons, Thompson adding four assists and Nalette contributing two. Dawson Nalette posted a hat trick, Logan Raymond had two goals and Hunter Hutchinson also scored. Hutchinson and Aiden Boonyaharn each had an assist as well.

Tarin Prior had a strong game in goal, stopping 14 of 16 shots sent his way. Hartford hosts Mount Mansfield on Wednesday.

Laconia 17, Stevens 1

LACONIA, N.H. — The Cardinals fell to 0-3 with a road loss to the Sachems.

Stevens is off until hosting Kearsarge on May 1.

Gilford 12, Lebanon 7

GILFORD, N.H. — The Raiders (1-2) gave as good as they got in their closest contest of the season.

Lebanon is off until visiting Kearsarge on Friday.

GIRLS TENNIS Gilford 9, Stevens 0

CLAREMONT — A solid Gilford squad sent the Cardinals (0-4) into spring break with a shutout win at Monadnock Park.

Clara Avery was the only Stevens player to score against her foe in an 8-3 loss at second singles to Josey Curley.

The Cards return to action with a trip to Wilton-Lyndeborough on April 29.

WOMEN’S GOLF Green third at Ivies

RINGOES, N.J. — Dartmouth is off to a decent start at the Ivy League Championship, with freshman Kaitlyn Lees leading the Big Green to third place through the opening round.

Lees shot a 2-over-par 74 at The Ridge at Back Brook to front a 19-over 307 for Dartmouth. Penn has the lead at 297, with Columbia just a shot back.

Lees is tied for fourth after 18 holes, producing a card that included birdies on a pair of par-5s.

Sophomore teammate Moon Cheong is also in the top 10 after a first-round 76, good for a share of ninth place.

MEN’S GOLF Ohno leads Green at Ivies

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Sam Ohno rang up 15 pars on a 1-over-par round of 72 as Dartmouth played to fourth place as a team through the first day of the Ivy League Championship at Hidden Creek Country Club.

Ohno made his turn at 1 under, barely missing red numbers with back-to-back bogeys on the 12th and 13th holes.

The sophomore is in fifth place through 18 holes, four strokes behind Princeton’s Evan Quinn. Freshman teammate Mark Turner is close behind at 4-over 75, tied for 14th.

The Big Green shot a team 300 (16 over par) to trail Princeton (288), Yale (296) and Cornell (299) after the first day of the three-day championship.

TRACK AND FIELD Weather cuts shortDartmouth’s day at UVa.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The Big Green men and women saw their first day at the Virginia Challenge shortened by inclement weather, but not before both teams put up some top-10 results.

On the women’s side, Brooke Brunet claimed fourth in the pole vault, with teeammate Olivia Goodwin finishing 10th. Caroline Walker was sixth overall in the 400-meter dash with the second-fastest time (56.48 seconds) in her heat.

As for the men, Donovan Spearman took seventh in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.63 seconds that was among the best of a field of more than 40 athletes. Cole Andrus locked down fifth in the javelin with his sixth and final attempt.

Events put off by Friday’s weather will be included in Saturday’s final-day schedule.