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Local roundup: Oxbow baseball rallies to take season opener

  • Mascoma's Josh Evans.

  • Oxbow's Orin Mahikoa.


Staff Reports
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

BRADFORD, Vt. — Orin Mahikoa delivered a season-opening win for the Oxbow High baseball team with his legs and his arm on Tuesday.

The senior scored the eventual game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning, then relieved starting pitcher Cody Grant for the final two outs of the seventh as the Olympians rallied past Missisquoi, 3-2, at Oxbow High School. Jackson Schramm drove in a pair of runs to lead the O’s offense, while Grant and Mahikoa did well to keep the Thunderbirds (0-1) in check.

“It’s good to get on the right foot, for sure,” Oxbow coach Shawn French said. “We had some mistakes that hopefully we won’t make later in the season, but I’m quite pleased.”

Jace Page reached second base on a Missisquoi throwing error to open the home sixth. Hunter Locke moved Page to third base on a grounder, and Schramm tied the game with an RBI sac fly.

That brought up Mahikoa, who drew a two-out walk and stole second base to get into scoring position. Cameron Boardman drove him home with a sharp grounder to the hole at second base.

Grant went one out into the seventh inning before French pulled him after five strikeouts, two walks and four hits allowed. Mahikoa earned the save by striking out a pair of Missisquoi batters for the final two outs.

Schramm included a triple to his day for Oxbow, which hosts Hazen on Wednesday afternoon.

Sunapee 7Wilton-Lyndeborough 4

WILTON, N.H. — Darren Hulton and Harper Flint combined to hit and pitch the Lakers (2-0) to a second straight victory.

Hulton got the with four innings of seven-strikeout work on the bump, to which Flint added three frames and three Ks for the save. Both also helped Sunapee erase an early 3-1 deficit at the plate, with Hulton including a double and triple on a 3-for-3, two-RBI day and Flint adding a pair of hits.

Tied 3-3 in the top of the fifth, the Lakers scored three times to take control. Jordan Chappell walked, coming home on a Hulton RBI triple. Jackson Cooney drove in Hulton with a run-scoring single, and Sean Shisko added an insurance run after being hit by a pitch.

Drew Clifford had his first varsity hit to drive in first varsity run and get Sunapee on the board in the second inning. Cooney finished the day 2-for-3 for the Lakers, who visit Nute on Wednesday.

Windsor 4, Springfield 1

WINDSOR — The Yellowjackets (2-1) won a pitchers’ duel, using a three-run fifth inning to get the victory.

The Jacks couldn’t get a hit off Springfield starter Brady Clark, but 10 walks helped Windsor when it mattered. Caleb Meagher and Dan Cardillo drew two to start the fifth-inning rally, which concluded with a two-run Justin Smith single, an error on a Robert Slocum grounder and a Dylan Hodgdon RBI ground out.

Slocum went the distance for the Jacks, striking out 12 with two walks and four hits on a 106-pitch outing. Clark threw well for the Cosmos before being chased in the home fifth, fanning eight without allowing a hit. Cardillo didn’t have an official at-bat for Windsor, drawing four walks from the leadoff position in the order.

Windsor takes on Woodstock at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Saturday.

Bishop Brady 9Mascoma 3

WEST CANAAN — A combination of walks and well-placed singles helped the Green Giants post a seven-run fourth inning to hand the Royals a loss in their season opener.

With five players away for spring break, second-year Mascoma coach Dave Isom fielded a roster split down the middle between varsity and junior varsity. Devin Tetreault enjoyed a 3-for-4, two-RBI day at the plate, and Josh Evans tripled and drove in a run as part of a 2-for-4 effort. Mike Evans also doubled for the Royals, who host Franklin on Wednesday.

WRV 17, Poultney 2 (5)

SOUTH ROYALTON — White River Valley rolled to a program-opening victory at Alumni Field.

The Wildcats used seven-run rallies in the third and fourth innings to grab the win. Zeb Perrault and Logan Martin both went 3-for-3 to lead the attack, each driving in three runs. Tyler Ballantine had three singles and drove in a team-high four runs, George Carr had a 2-for-4 day and Jacob Barry scored three times to go with one hit. Martin also relieved starting pitcher Jake Hewitt in the third inning and recorded strikeouts for all nine of his outs.

WRV goes to Blue Mountain on Monday.

Fall Mountain 11Newport 0 (5)

NEWPORT — Walks doomed the Tigers in a run-rule loss to open the season at Bill Bates Field.

“I didn’t have my pitchers ready,” first-year Newport coach Scott McNamara said. “Pitching indoors is different from a mound outdoors. … Not being able to get out and ready to go kind of hurt us, and it was on me. It was all mechanics. The strike was not our friend.”

Freshman Devin Heino, the last of Newport’s three pitchers, did well to get the Tigers settled down, first-year McNamara said. Newport hosts Mascenic on Wednesday afternoon.

Softball WRV 11, Poultney 6

SOUTH ROYALTON — Chelsie Trask and Fiona Vaillancourt combined to strike out 16 batters and White River Valley (2-0) made liberal use of 11 walks to earn its second win.

Freshman Sarah Howe played a key role in the win. Howe had a strong defensive game catching the Wildcats’ dual arms and added a two-run homer in the third inning, one of WRV’s two hits on the day.

The Wildcats visit Blue Mountain on Monday.

Windsor 17, Hartford 1

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A lack of outside practice time showed for the Hurricanes, who dropped their season opener to the Yellowjackets (2-1).

“It showed,” Hartford coach Bob Beisler said. “We have a very youn g team, and we need some more practice outside to work the bugs out of our system.”

The Jacks rapped 16 hits in the win. Ava Sutton and Aid Prior had three each, Hannah Wood and Kate Murphy had two apiece and Jasmine Frazer doubled.

Windsor entertains Springfield on Friday. The Canes are off until visiting Brattleboro next Tuesday.

Wilton-Lyndeborough 17
Sunapee 5 (6)

WILTON, N.H. — Hits, walks and errors contributed to a six-run Warrior second inning, erasing the Lakers’ solid start.

Sunapee (0-2) held a 5-1 lead through an inning and a half before Wilton’s surge hit. Ellie Frederick (3-for-3) and Miah Hamm both had two RBIs for the Lakers, who also received a run and a hit from Elizabeth Bennett. Sunapee visits Derryfield on Friday.

Bishop Brady 13Mascoma 0

WEST CANAAN — After sustaining a loss to open their campaign, the Royals turn around to host Franklin on Wednesday.

Girls Tennis Kearsarge 9, Stevens 0

NORTH SUTTON, N.H. — Between a gusty wind and a strong foe, the Cardinals (0-3) had to much to overcome.

Annika Ratcliffe put up the best fight for Stevens, dropping an 8-4 decision to Kearsarge’s Callie Valeri at fifth singles.

Hannah Lembree was the only other Cardinal to win more than one game in her match, dropping an 8-3 decision to Becca MacDowell at fourth singles.

Stevens returns home on Thursday for a make-up date with Monadnock.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE Dartmouth 22, UVM 6

BURLINGTON — Katie Bourque reeled off a hat trick within the game’s first six minutes as the Big Green (9-4) enjoyed a season-best scoring day against the Catamounts (7-6).

Kierra Sweeney also scored twice in the early assault and finished with a team-best six goals for Dartmouth. Elizabeth Mastrio finished with five goals and two assists as the visitors erupted for a 16-4 lead by halftime.

The Big Green hosts Cornell in a key Ivy League encounter on Saturday.

COLLEGE BASEBALL Middlebury 15Dartmouth 7

HANOVER — The visiting Panthers (16-8) rapped out 18 hits at Red Rolfe Field to get their first win over the Big Green (11-19) since 1950.

Middlebury blew open a tight game with a six-run sixth inning, turning an 8-7 lead into a more comfortable 14-7 cushion. Leadoff hitter Justin Han delivered four RBIs and catcher Gray Goolsby contributed three RBIs for the visitors.

Dartmouth, which spread the pitching among seven different players, managed just six hits, two each from Matt Feinstein and Logan Adams.

The Big Green hosts Harvard for a three-game Ivy League series this weekend.

Colby-Sawyer 5Saint Michael’s 4

NEW LONDON — The Chargers (6-19) scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to top the Purple Knights in nonleague play.

Saint Mike’s took a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth on Julien Giroux-Harvey’s RBI single. Tim Unczur got the Colby-Sawyer comeback going a half-frame later with a two-out walk, moving to second on an Austin Butler infield single and scoring on a Brendan Barrett liner to tie the game. Butler provided the winning run two batters later when the Knights threw away a force-play relay.

Unczur worked an inning on the mound for the win. Colby-Sawyer hosts Albertus Magnus in a Thursday doubleheader.