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Local roundup: Hanover boys tennis nets convincing victory

  • Alex Rockmore

Staff Reports
Published: 4/12/2021 11:00:12 PM
Modified: 4/12/2021 11:00:11 PM

KEENE, N.H. — It took almost two full years, but the Hanover High boys tennis team finally returned to action in a season-opening 9-0 shutout at Keene on Monday afternoon.

Kevin Pillsbury won, 8-0, at No. 3 singles for Hanover. Evan Yang, Alex Rockmore, Alex Stevens, Zhiwen Liu and Zach Pearson all added 8-1 wins. Yang/Rockmore had a dominant 8-0 win at No. 1 doubles. Pillsbury/Stevens (8-2) and Liu/Pearson (8-4) also won in doubles.

“Getting out the first-match jitters from either having had almost two years without a season or having it be your first varsity match, we stepped it up against a novice Keene squad,” Hanover coach Jarrod Shaheen said.

The match was the first action for Hanover since a 7-2 defeat against Bedford in the NHIAA Division I state championship match in 2019. The Marauders and Blackbirds will battle again on Wednesday, this time at Hanover’s Storrs Pond Recreation Area courts.

GIRLS TENNISHanover 9, Keene 0

HANOVER — The Marauders opened the season with a shutout of the visiting Blackbirds.

Eleanor van Aalst set the tone at No. 1 singles, winning 8-0. Carly Miles, Mackenzie Liu and Emilia Torresani also won 8-0. Noura St. Hilaire and Natalie Feyer both won 8-1. Miles/van Aalst, Liu/St. Hilaire and Feyer/Shaya Rockmore all won 8-0 in doubles.

The teams face off again on Wednesday, this time in Keene.

BASEBALLHanover 12, Sunapee 2

SUNAPEE, N.H. — Starting pitcher Sam Sacerdote was dominant in five innings for the Marauders, striking out seven while walking none and allowing just one hit in a season-opening win.

Ben Williams led the attack for Hanover with three RBIs. The Marauders took advantage of Sunapee walks and errors to account for most of their scoring. John Hill and Ian Hedgepeth had two hits each for Hanover.

Trevor Pierce relieved Sacerdote, going two innings while striking out two and allowing an earned run.

“Hopefully, we get the first,-game jitters out of the way and hit the ball a little better tomorrow,” Hanover coach John Grainger said.

The Marauders (1-0) will host Sunapee in a rematch on Tuesday in Norwich.

SOFTBALLMascoma 15, Lebanon 10

LEBANON — The Royals edged the Raiders in a tight game to open the season.

Piper Morgan had a two-run inside-the-park home run for the Raiders and finished two hits and a run scored. Ashlee Blashock added two hits and two RBIs. Emily Melkonian had a hit and scored a run. Makayla Finnell scored three runs, drove in one and had a pair of hits. Autumn Crowell drove in two with one hit and had two runs scored. Yasmine Lambert had a hit and scored once for Lebanon.

Paige Jette led the Mascoma attack with three runs scored. Five other Royals provided two runs each. Mara Isham earned the pitching victory.

Kaitlyn Eylander went the distance in the circle for the Raiders with seven strikeouts. Lebanon (0-1) visits Mascoma (1-0) in a rematch on Wednesday.

Sunapee 17, Hanover 4 (6)

NORWICH — Haily Stewart had a RBI double in the first inning for the Marauders, who dropped their season opener to the Lakers.

Skouly Kachikis and Izzy Kachikis each had hits for the Marauders. Emilee Jones scored on a wild pitch, and Stewart came around to score on an error. All nine players in the Marauders’ lineup reached base at least once.

Jones pitched all six innings for Hanover, striking out two.

The two teams will play again on Tuesday, this time in Sunapee.

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