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Local Roundup: Lebanon Golfer Pelletier Leads at N.H. Stroke Play



Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Canterbury, n.h. — He’s doing it again.

Lebanon’s Pat Pelletier played 3-under-par golf over his final nine holes to take the first round lead in the New Hampshire Stroke Play Championship at Canterbury Woods Country Club on Tuesday. Pelletier finished at 4-under 68 for a one-stroke lead after the first day of the 72-hole championship.

Hanover’s Nate Choukas is also near the top of the leaderboard after a 1-under 71 over the 6,644-yard layout.

Pelletier, playing in the final group of the first round, made the turn at 1 under par before picking up the pace on the back nine. The 30-year-old birdied two of CWCC’s three par-5s on the back side and added two more birdies against a single bogey for his leading tally.

Pelletier is looking to extend a successful summer that has included low amateur honors at last month’s Vermont Open and last week’s New Hampshire Open, the low score in match-play qualifying at the New Hampshire Amateur and a runner-up finish in matches at the state am. He entered the tournament holding a 100-point lead at the top of the standings for the New Hampshire Golf Association’s Thomas J. Leonard Player of the Year award.

Choukas, a recent graduate of Connecticut’s Trinity College, had one of his better rounds of the summer on Tuesday. The Hanover High School graduate balanced four birdies against three bogeys and is three shots off Pelletier’s pace.

Concord’s Matthew Paradis, who beat Pelletier in the N.H. Am final, and Windham’s Connor Greenleaf are a shot back at 3-under 69, and Hooper’s Ryan Kohler is alone in fourth at 70.

The top 40 golfers and ties after today’s second round advance to the 36-hole finale on Thursday. Lake Sunapee’s Bobby Williams (78) and Newport’s Steve Haselton (79) are inside the top 40 after one day, while Claremont’s Zach Melcher (82) will need to improve today in order to make the cut.

Legion Baseball

Dover 7, Lebanon 6 (9)

Portsmouth, n.h. — Dover Post 8 executed a suicide squeeze bunt in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Lebanon Post 22 in a New Hampshire American Legion junior state tournament game at Leary Field, a defeat that ended Post 22’s postseason run.

In a seesaw affair, Lebanon (19-4) erased a two-run deficit with a two-run top of the seventh to force extra innings. Post 22 took a 6-5 lead in the eighth only to have Post 8 (19-4) come back and eventually take the contest one frame later. The game pitted the top seeds from the Granite State’s two Legion districts.

Nolan Gantrish and Kyle Pelletier both went 3-for-4 for Lebanon, with Pelletier driving in two runs and Gantrish providing one RBI. Calvin Bates, Jorgen Leuthauser and Trey Chickering all contributed two hits, with Bates and Leutheuser also adding RBIs.

Gantrish allowed eight hits and just one earned run over five innings on the mound. Kyle Young followed with four-hit ball over the final four frames.

Dover will need two wins over Nashua Post 124 today, starting at 4 p.m., to claim a state title. Lebanon ended its season third in the tournament.

Boys Soccer

Claremont 2, Touchline V 0

Norwich — Ian Fitzpatrick and Prescott Herzog scored goals as Claremont FC defeated Touchline V in the New Hampshire Soccer Conference Division IV semifinals.

Claremont will play the winner of today’s semifinal between Touchline IV and White Mountain in Sunday’s final back at Huntley Meadows.

Cooper Moote made six saves for Claremont, while Touchline’s goalies were CJ Wheelan (four saves) and Jack Maynes.

Claremont scored on a free kick that deflected off the defensive wall and on a long, high shot from the corner.

Touchline’s Owen Stannard hit the post and Eric Tysinger had several good opportunities.