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Local roundup: The numbers add up for Lebanon in opener

  • Lebanon's Graham Ten Haken.

  • Hartford's Reece Thompson.

  • White River Valley's Fiona Vaillancourt.


Staff Reports
Friday, April 12, 2019

MILFORD, N.H. — Baseball math: six hits + three errors = a nine-run inning and a nice start to the season for the Lebanon High baseball team.

After watching host Milford jump to a 4-0 lead after one inning, the Raiders gradually chipped away before exploding for a nine-run sixth frame and a 13-5 win over the Spartans on Friday afternoon. Lebanon (1-0) sent 13 batters to the plate in the game-winning inning, with Graham Ten Haken and Kobe Benoit both providing two-run hits to key the comeback.

“We started a little slow,” Lebanon coach Doug Ashey said. “It wasn’t our first time out because we got on Eldredge Park, but we settled in nicely today. It’s a good outing for our first time out. I’m pleased with the way we hung in there.”

Ten Haken and Benoit both had two hits for Lebanon as a team. The Raiders scored once in the second, once in the fourth and twice in the fifth for a 4-4 tie before the eruption in the sixth. Ten Haken’s two-run single broke the deadlock and put the visitors ahead to stay.

Kyle Pelletier made the most of it, going the distance on the mound for the victory. The senior surrendered six hits and struck out five.

Lebanon hosts John Stark on Monday.

Woodsville 17, Profile 2 (5)

WOODSVILLE — Who says indoor batting practice doesn’t help?

Getting just their second opportunity to hit their Community Field diamond, the Woodsville Engineers rapped 13 hits and rolled to a 17-2 win over Profile in five innings on Friday afternoon. The game came 24 hours after Woodsville (1-0) enjoyed its first outdoor practice of the spring.

“We’ve obviously been taking a lot of swings in the gym,” Woodsville coach Brent Cox noted. “But until you get outside, you’re a little curious to see how they do the first time out.”

No issues there. Zach Moore drove in a team-high five runs and scored twice on a 3-for-3 afternoon. Donnie Bowman also had a big game, going 4-for-4 with three runs.

Brendan Walker, Calvin Roy and Patrick Reardon-Estes split the pitching chores in a game halted by the 10-run rule after 4½ innings. The trio combined for 12 strikeouts.

Woodsville hosts Groveton on Friday.

Windsor 8, Mill River 3

NORTH CLARENDON, Vt. — With a stiff wind blowing in and making hitting difficult, the Yellowjackets (1-1) stole 14 bases and made use of nine walks to get their first win of the season.

Tied 2-2 in the fourth, Windsor sent ahead to stay when Josh Gaudet walked, stole two bases and scored on a Caleb Meagher RBI sacrifice fly to right. Daniel Cardillo had three steals for the Jacks, and Robert Slocum added two along with two hits and two RBIs.

Justin Smith threw four frames for the win, scattering four hits with six strikeouts. Dylan Hodgdon earned a three-inning save, holding Mill River to a single run on four hits with two Ks.

The Jacks host Springfield on Tuesday.

VA 7, KUA 5

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. — Vermont Academy used a pair of three-run rallies to hand Kimball Union its first league loss of the young season.

VA used three hits and four walks in a three-run third to erase a 3-1 deficit. KUA answered with two runs in the fourth, keyed by Jeremy Sigl's RBI triple and a passed ball, for a 5-4 advantage. But the hosts came up with a three-run bottom of the fifth, and Kimball Union couldn't find the timely hits it needed for a response.

KUA (3-2 overall) visits New Hampton on Wednesday in a rematch of last spring's Lakes Region League title game.

SOFTBALL WRV 28, Woodstock 6 (3½)

SOUTH ROYALTON — The Wildcats (1-0) cruised in their opener, rapping 21 hits in a contest closed in the home half of the fourth inning by an injury to the Wasps’ pitcher.

Fiona Vaillancourt picked up the win for White River Valley, striking out 10 and allowing just three hits. She had plenty offensive support, as Paige Ballentine drive in seven runs on a four-hit day and Chelsie Trask went 5-for-5 with a double and three RBIs.

Lizzie Peck led the Wasps (0-2) with two hits in three trips to the plate.

WRV hosts Poultney on Tuesday. Woodstock is off until hosting Randolph on April 22.

Profile 10, Woodsville 8

WOODSVILLE — Carly Inghram and Sophis Gargano had back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh inning to break an 8-8 tie and Alexis Sellers stranded the tying run at the plate to give the Patriots (1-0) a win over the Engineers (0-1) in the teams’ season opener.

Woodsville erased a 6-2 deficit with a four-run fourth keyed by McKenzie Dennis’ three-run double. Emma Restelli put the hosts ahead, 8-7, with a two-run single in the fifth. Profile tied the game a half-inning later on Sadie Young’s RBI single up the middle, and the visitors tacked on two in the seventh to win.

“I think we’ll end up being a better-hitting team than we showed today,” Woodsville coach Dana Huntington said. “We got some clutch hits from some experienced players, but we’ll be better over the long haul.”

Woodsville hosts Groveton on Friday.

Milford 13, Lebanon 0

MILFORD, N.H. — The Raiders dropped their season debut and will host John Stark on Monday.

Boys Lacrosse Hartford 10, St. Johnsbury 2

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hurricanes (1-0) got their campaign off to a solid start by dominating the Hilltoppers at the Maxfield Sports Complex.

Dawson Nalette highlighted Hartford’s efforts with a four-goal, one assist afternoon. Reece Thompson scored twice with one helper. The Canes also received goals from Carter Nalette, Hunter Hutchinson, Logan Raymond and Colston Allen. Hutchinson set up a pair of scores, with Thompson, Taymond and Jonas Spaulding all earning assists as well.

Freshman Tarin Prior backstopped the effort with nine-save goalkeeping. Hartford hosts Otter Valley on Tuesday night on the high school football field.

GIRLS LACROSSE Hanover 20, Middlebury 8

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Winning 22 of 30 draw controls, the Marauders (1-1) rolled to their first win of the season.

Jasmine Lou and Maddie McCorkle made the most of possession, both producing five-goal games for Hanover. McCorkle won the bulk of the draws, giving the Marauders plenty of time on the attack.

Caroline Adams had a hat trick, Miranda Galbraith and Hillary Mackall both scored twice and Katie Naughton, Riley Craft and Anna Kirkpatrick also snapped the twine for Hanover. Craft, Mackall and Naughton all recorded their first varsity goals.

Allie McCorkle provided two assists for the Marauders, who host ConVal on Tuesday.

Boys Tennis Portsmouth 8, Lebanon 1

LEBANON — The Raiders (1-1) ran smack into one of the top teams in NHIAA Division II, getting only an 8-4 win from freshman Mason Arado and sophomore Seamus Hickey at first doubles.

Arado and Hickey had close calls in their singles matches before teaming up for the doubles decision. Arado lost at No. 1, 8-6, and Hickey dropped an 8-4 verdict at No. 2.

“Their No. 5 kid today was their No. 3 last year, if that tells you anything,” Lebanon coach Mike Haxton said of the Clippers’ strength. “They’re young like us. They have a couple of seniors to help them out, but they’re just solid right on down.”

Lebanon is off for spring break before getting another test in a visit to defending state champ Souhegan on April 22.

Hanover 7, Alvirne 2

HUDSON, N.H. — The Marauder kept up their winning ways by dominating the bottom five positions of the singles ladder.

Evan Yang, Will Tarnowski, Alex Rockmore, Trevor Siegel and Matt Bonner secured the win for Hanover, giving up just six games in their victories. The doubles tandems of Will Blinkhorn-Alec McDevitt and Kevin Pillsbury-Tristan Meyer each posted 8-1 wins to complete the day.

Hanover (3-0) hosts Manchester Central on Monday at the Maxfield Sports Complex courts in White River Junction.

Girls Tennis Lebanon 7, Stevens 2

CLAREMONT — A pair of tight singles wins gave the Raiders (3-1) the impetus to stop the Cardinals (0-2) at Monadnock Park.

No. 1 Misia Delgado and No. 5 Lexi Zagarola both squeezed out 8-6 wins in their singles matches, joining victories from No. 3 Emerson Sleeper (8-4) and No. 4 Kaeley Skakalski (8-2) to give Lebanon a 4-2 lead heading into doubles. The visitors swept those matches — keyed by another narrow 8-6 decision by Zola Campbell and Skakalski at No. 1 — to win going away.

Clara Avery earned an 8-0 shutout at second singles and Riley Murphy toughed out a 9-7 victory at sixth singles for the Cards’ first match wins of the young season.

Stevens hosts Monadnock on Monday, while the Raiders are off until an April 29 trip to Conant.

Woodstock 7, Brattleboro 0

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Wasps (2-0) made it two wins in two starts by handling the Colonels at Brattleboro Union High School.

Maggie Rice made her debut in singles play and claimed a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 5 to complete Woodstock’s singles sweep. Momo Biele, Lydia Howe, Olivia Marsicovetere and Katey McMasters grabbed the others matches.

Kenzie Biele-Chloe Noble and Tierney Dugan-Julianna Beraldie gave up just one game to claim doubles.

The Wasps are off until visiting Otter Valley on April 22.

Hanover 9, Alvirne 0

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Marauders (4-0) completed a season-opening run of four matches over eight days with their third straight shutout.

Eleanor van Allst, Brooke Voelker, Carly Miles, Lyric Wilson, Emma Marks and Bella Malo secured the win by sweeping singles. Marks had the closest match, an 8-4 decision at No. 5. Voelker and Miles won by a similar margin at first doubles, but Hanover had little trouble in claiming the other two.

The Marauders are off for spring break, not due to return to the court until an April 26 date with Derryfield.

Men’s Tennis Dartmouth 4, Brown 3

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Wins in the final two singles matches gave the Big Green (13-6 overall, 2-1 Ivy League) a narrow win over the Bears (8-10, 1-3).

Down 3-2, freshman Sid Chari tied things up with a 6-4, 7-6 (5) win over Brown’s Roger Chou. That left the contest to sophomre John Speicher, who finished out a 7-6 (4), 6-2 defeat of the Bears’ Robert Siniakowicz to give Dartmouth the victory.

Dartmouth earned the doubles point by taking two of three matches. No. 1 Charlie Brown provided the Big Green’s other singles win. Having completed its final road match of the season, Dartmouth closes out a four-match stretch at home beginning with a visit from Yale on Sunday.

Women’s Tennis Brown 4, Dartmouth 3

HANOVER — The Big Green (3-15, 0-4) split singles, but a doubles win gave Brown the decision at the Thompson Arena courts.

Junior Chuyang Guan, Abigail Chiu and Racquel Lyn reversed the early deficit and gave Dartmouth a 3-2 lead before the Bears claimed the final two singles matches for the decision.

The Big Green closes out its season with three road matches, beginning with a visit to Yale on Sunday.

COLLEGE TRACK Dartmouth sweeps at home

HANOVER — The Big Green men and women prevailed over Vermont, Hartford and UMass Lowell in their only home meet of the season on the Memorial Field oval.

The women dominated UVM to claim their meet. Dartmouth went 1-2 in the hammer with Amelia Ali and Alexandra Collins as well as the long jump with Olvia Goodwin and Cha’Mia Rothwell. Rothwell also won the 100-meter dash in a solid Big Green effort.

The men had a tighter contest but still prevailed over the second-place Catamounts. Dartmouth’s Lucas Ribeiro, Ethan Ruh and Andrew Palermo swept the discus, and Palermo picked up a win as well in the hammer.

Women’s team scores: Dartmouth 235, Vermont 129, Hartford 68, UMass Losell 50.

Men’s team scores: Dartmouth 181, Vermont 154, Hartford 120, UMass Lowell 84.