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Local roundup: Tough schedule brings benefits to Wasps

  • Woodstock's Gina Sorrentino.

  • Oxbow's Trevor Moore.

  • Thetford's Ryan Pepe.


Staff Reports
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Staff Reports

BARRE, Vt. — The Woodstock High girls lacrosse team gets two benefits from playing a Division I-heavy regular-season schedule: The hard contests ready the Wasps for the state tournament, where they run into teams that they’re not used to seeing.

Then, as they did on Wednesday, they run roughshod over them.

Gina Sorrentino produced four goals and an assist and Kelly Gebhardt contributed a hat trick as the ninth-ranked Wasps routed No. 8 Spaulding, 14-4, to reach the VPA Division II quarterfinals. Woodstock (3-12) maintained control from the start, using a pair of three-goal runs to take an 8-2 halftime lead and cruise from there.

“We’ve never played Spaulding before. We don’t play a lot of D-II teams; we play a lot of D-I teams,” Woodstock coach Amanda Hull noted. “We’re not exactly sure what we’re going to see, so it can be in our favor. … We just sort of play a heavy D-I schedule, which prepares us well for the tournament.”

Audrey Eggum scored twice for Wodostock’s other multiple-goal effort. Izzy Jones, Sydney Pilot, Addie Gray and Avery Shewmaker also scored; Eggum, Pilot and Gray also had assists, and Kai Albers enjoyed a four-save game in goal.

The Wasps visit No. 1 Vergennes in Friday’s quarterfinals.

Hollis-Brookline 18, Hanover 1

HOLLIS, N.H. — Junior Maddie McCorkle provided the Marauders’ only goal in an NHIAA Division II quarterfinal loss to the second-ranked Cavaliers.

Seventh-seeded Hanover (9-8) loses three seniors to graduation: Jasmine Lou, Aiden Stone, Maggie Lee.

BOYS LACROSSE

Woodstock 18
Brattleboro 1

WOODSTOCK — The fifth-seeded Wasps (12-4) made quick work of the 12th-ranked Colonels in a VPA Division I tournament lid-lifter.

Caden White (three assists) and Lucas Piconi (one assist) posted four-goal games to pace Woodstock. Andrew Gubbins and Jed Astbury had two-goal, two-assist afternoons. Field Willis, Ora Astbury, Keaton Piconi, Peter Borden, Colby Eaton and Corey White also dented the net, while goalies Gabe Marsicovetere and Nick Bishop split seven saves.

The Wasps visit No. 4 Essex in Friday’s quarterfinals.

BASEBALL

Windsor 1
Leland & Gray 0 (9)

WINDSOR — The eighth-ranked Yellowjackets (7-10) rewarded senior Robert Slocum for his complete-game work on the mound by scoring the game’s only run in the bottom of the ninth inning with a game that coach Jamie Richardson called “the best one we’ve played all year.”

Jordan Place opened the home ninth with a single, advancing on a Daniel Cardillo sacrifice. After an intentional walk to Ethan Belvin, Windsor’s William Heim Jr. singled down the left-field line, which was enough to bring Place home for the win.

Slocum dealt 77 strikes out of his 99 pitches, holding the Rebels to just five hits and a walk. Slocum also amassed a season-high 16 strikeouts.

“He had it all,” Richardson said. “He threw his fastball as hard as he’s throw this year, and he was spotting it. He was throwing his off-speed pitch to strikes, too.”

Leland & Gray twice threatened in the late innings only to have Slocum snuff the Rebels’ rally out. The Windsor senior had two strikeouts and a pop-up in the seventh after surrendering an opening double. The visitors got a baserunner to third in the eighth, but Slocum fanned one batter and induced a groundout to end the threat.

Windsor visits No. 1 White River Valley on Friday.

Oxbow 2, BFA-Fairfax 1

BRADFORD, Vt. — Senior Cody Grant shut down the 11th-ranked Bullets (3-13) on five hits and allowed only one baserunner after the third inning as the sixth-rated O’s (10-6) advanced out of the VPA Division III first round.

Senior Avery Russin’s solo homer gave the visitors a lead in the top of the third frame. Oxbow answered with two runs in the bottom: Cooper Simmons singled, stole second and scored on a double by Cooper Smith, who rumbled home one batter late when Trevor Moore blasted a run-scoring double of his own.

Grant fanned four and walked one in the complete-game win. “I think he was just determined,” Oxbow coach Shawn French said. “He’s a senior, and he wanted to make sure his season continues.”

It will, with a quarterfinal on Saturday against either Richford or Vergennes.

Thetford 7, Northfield 2

THETFORD — The fourth-seeded Panthers (13-4) piled six runs into the bottom of the third inning, using that to eliminate the 13th-ranked Marauders from the first round of the VPA Division III playoffs.

Ryan Pepe, Alex Emerson and Seth Boyce all drove in runs and scored for Thetford, with Emerson providing his RBI hit in the big third-frame assault. Alden Nichols went 5 innings for the win, holding Northfield to four hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Eamon Deffner closed with a strikeout in 1 frames of work.

TA hosts Hazen — an upset winner over Williamstown — in Friday’s quarterfinals.

BF 4, Hartford 2

WESTMINSTER, Vt. — Eighth-seeded Bellows Falls broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run fourth and held off a late Hartford rally to end the Canes’ season in the VPA Division II first round.

Hartford (5-11) put the tying run on second base with one out in the top of the seventh but couldn’t complete the comeback. Kyle Hamilton had two hits and was twice hit by pitches for the Canes, who got an RBI double from Nick Cameron in the first inning, a double and two walks from Cody Chapman and a hit from Riley Packard. Colin Vielleux took the loss on the mound.

Hartford graduates Pack-ard and Cameron.

Enosburg 6, Woodstock 0

ENOSBURG FALLS, Vt. — The host Hornets limited the Wasps (5-11) to two hits in their VPA Division II contest.

Enosburg scored five runs in the first two innings to take control. Steven Bianchi and Wyatt Begin accounted for Woodstock’s hits.

The Wasps lose two players to graduation: Anthony Hendrick and Matt Carlson.

SOFTBALL

Sunapee 8, Newmarket 3

SUNAPEE — Hannah Cooney set the table for the seventh-ranked Lakers’ NHIAA Division IV first-round win with a complete-game two-hitter in the circle.

Elizabeth Bennett, Erin Moynihan and Ellie Frederick had two hits each to lead a nine-hit Sunapee attack. Bennett had two RBIs as did Miah Hamm, who also doubled for the Lakers. Cooney made it work, fanning five, walking just one and not allowing an earned run.

“The girls showed up,” Sunapee coach Bonnie Cruz said. “They played great as a team. Hannah Cooney had a gem of a game. She was in control.”

Sunapee (11-6) visits Wilton-Lyndeborough in a Saturday semifinal.

Woodsville 11, PCA 7

WOODSVILLE — The fourth-seeded Engineers (13-4) exploded for a six-run fourth inning, keyed by a two-run Morgan Wagstaff home run, to reverse a 7-4 deficit and oust Portsmouth Christian in an NHIAA Division IV tournament opener.

Woodsville amassed seven hits in the rally that won the day. Emma Restelli doubled and scored on a single by Emily Prest, who later scored on a wild pitch to cut the gap to 7-6. Leah Krull walked and came home on Wagstaff’s blast. Emily Farr and Anna McIntyre also had RBIs in the fourth. McKenzie Dennis made it stick with a complete-game win in the circle.

“The turnout was immense,” Woodsville coach Dana Huntington said. “We had Little League teams there. We had junior high teams there. We had cousins of cousins who hadn’t seen each other in years there. The support we get in Woodsville is tremendous.”

The Engineers host nearby rival Littleton in a quarterfinal.

Windsor 14, Thetford 5

WINDSOR — The sixth-ranked Yellowjackets (7-9) got a complete-game effort from pitcher Peyton Richardson and used a quick start to oust the 11th-seeded Panthers (3-11) from the VPA Division III first round.

Windsor scored six runs in the first and four more in the third to take a commanding lead early. Richardson limited Thetford to five hits with two walks and three strikeouts; she also led the offense by going 3-for-4 with a double, two singles and two RBIs. Angel Sutton and Kristin Clark both added two hits and an RBI for the Jacks, who visit No. 3 White River Valley on Saturday at noon.

TA graduates Lily Vaughan and Shannon Hayes.

Fair Haven 16
Woodstock 1 (5)

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. — The fifth-ranked Slaters (10-6) launched a pair of home runs to knock the 12th-ranked Wasps (6-11) out of the VPA Division II state tournament.

Mackenzie Yates doubled, Tobin Calder singled and Tessa Steward scored Woodstock’s sole run on a Fair Haven overthrow. Lizzie Peck took the loss in the circle.

Coach Jane Hoisington loses just two seniors, Cassie Hill and Julia Kowalski, to graduation.

U-32 8, Hartford 7

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. — Maia Casonguay’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning saved the sixth-ranked Raiders (8-6) from an upset loss to the 11th-seeded Hurricanes (4-13) in the VPA Division II tournament first round.

Sam Gibbs, Bailey Cameron and Kelsey Thibodeau all had two-hit games for Hartford, which held a 7-3 lead entering the home fifth. U-32 scored three times to cut the deficit to one, then scored single runs in the sixth and seventh to reverse the result.

Emily Smith added a double for the Canes, who graduate six: Bianca Severance, Kelsie Thibodeau, Carrie Comstock, Smith, Delaney Simmons and Bailey Bean.

Leland & Gray 20
Rivendell 1 (5)

TOWNSHEND, Vt. — The seventh-ranked Rebels (9-8) tagged Raptor pitching for a pair of home runs as part of a five-inning win in the VPA Division III first round.

Erin Cutts had a grand slam and five RBIs for Leland & Gray. The Rebels will meet two-time defending state champ Oxbow in the quarterfinals.

Tenth-ranked Rivendell (4-8), which got a double from Caitlin Kilmer, should get its entire roster back for the 2020 campaign.

John Stark 7, Stevens 0

WEARE, N.H. — The 13th-seeded Cardinals (8-10) saw their return season in NHIAA Division II end with a first-round tournament defeat at the fourth-seeded Generals (14-3).

Coach Melissa Nichols loses Madison Lapsley, Jenna Pond, Ashlyn Marsh, Madeline Ferland, Amelia Parizo, Kaitlyn Chambers and Ryann Rider to graduation.

Monadnock 14
Newport 2 (6)

SWANZEY, N.H. — The eighth-seeded Huskies (12-5) blew open the contest with an eight-run sixth inning for a mercy-rule win over the ninth-ranked Tigers (10-7) in the opening round of the NHIAA Division III tournament.

Newport managed six hits on the day, with Alicia Urista recording a pair. Shelby Adams had the Tigers’ sole RBI. Newport damaged itself by committing six errors.

The Tigers graduate just two: Megan Howard and Libby Tremblay.

BOYS TENNIS

St. Johnsbury 6
Woodstock 1

WOODSTOCK — Fortified by a strong regular-season schedule, the ninth-seeded Hilltoppers ended the eighth-ranked Wasps’ season in the VPA Division I first round. Henry Green and Danny Drebber teamed for a 7-6 (3), 6-2 win over Carlos Pineda and Eduardo Leznik at first doubles for the home team’s only point.

“It’s always disappointing when it comes to an end, but we had a tremendous season,” Woodstock coach Dave Miles said.

The Wasps (8-4) lose senior No. 1 Oliver Wilson to graduation.

BOYS ULTIMATE

Montpelier 15, Sharon 2

MONTPELIER — The top-ranked Solons eliminated the 16th-ranked Phoenix from the opening round of the inaugural VPA Division I tournament. Sharon concludes its season with a 2-10 record.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Pause promoted at SMC

COLCHESTER, Vt. — St. Michael’s College has removed the interim tag from Mat Pause’s job and made him the permanent coach of its baseball program.

A 2009 Hartford High School graduate, Pause took the Purple Knights’ reins after previous coach Jason Szafarski left to become an assistant at Connecticut’s Trinity College. SMC went 9-28 last season, when Pause never had more than 17 healthy players on his roster. The Knights did get wins over eventual NCAA qualifiers Assumption and Franklin Pierce during the campaign.

Pause is a past assistant of Szafarski’s both at SMC and with the NECBL’s Upper Valley Nighthawks.