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Local roundup: Rivendell is right on time in opening rout

  • Rivendell's Zach Gould.

  • Woodstock's Gina Sorrentino.


Staff Reports
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

ORFORD — Like their coach, the members of the Rivendell Academy baseball team are trying to get their timing back.

For longtime boss Eric Reichert, it’s a question of returning to Eastern time after spending last week chaperoning a school trip to France. The rest of the Raptors are simply shaking off spring, something they slowly accomplished in Tuesday’s season-opening 14-3 win over Twinfield.

Rivendell (1-0) had the game pretty much in hand with a four-run first inning, but the Raptors added to that with three-run rallies in the third and fourth frames before closing out the contest with a four-run fifth. The teams decided to call the game after five complete innings.

“We hit the ball better in the later innings; early on, they were working out the rust,” said Reichert, who guided Rivendell to the VPA Division IV semifinals last June. “We had guys stinging the ball a little later. Early on, it was errors (helping us score).”

Twinfield (0-1) plated a first-inning run, but two errors, three wild pitches, a Ryan Woodbeck walk and an RBI ground out from Zach Kilmer produced the four-spot response for Rivendell.

The Raptors’ bats were alive by the third frame, as a Ty Newman triple, a Zach Dexter double, a Sean Maddock triple and Wyatt Underhill’s first varsity hit combined for three runs and a 7-2 cushion.

Zach Gould went 2-for-3 and scored three times for Rivendell. He also earned the win on the mound, throwing four innings with five strikeouts, two walks and a single earned run.

Williamstown pays the Raptors a visit on Wednesday.

Windsor 15, Thetford 7

WINDSOR — The Yellowjackets (3-1) pulled out a tight contest with a nine-run sixth inning built on eight walks and a three-run double from winning pitcher Robert Slocum.

Much of the damage came with two outs. Windsor took advantage of six walks, one hit batsman and Slocum’s base-clearer all came with the Panthers an out away from avoiding the big frame.

“They were scrappy offensively up and down the lineup,” Windsor coach Jamie Richardson said of Thetford. “They made contact with the ball, and they made plays. It was definitely closer than 15-7.”

Panthers coach Phil Chaput found plenty of positives despite the season-opening defeat. Alden Nichols threw well over three innings and around 50 pitches, as did Dylan Kuban over the fourth and fifth frames. TA held a 7-6 lead before the wheels came off in the home sixth.

“We had several sacrifice bunts, moved guys around,” Chaput said. “For the beginning of the season, it went well.”

Both teams return to action on Thursday, with Windsor hosting Otter Valley and the Panthers slated to entertain Hazen.

Green Mountain 14Woodstock 1

WOODSTOCK — Starting pitcher Tom Bissaillon kept the Wasps (0-2) in the game until reaching his pitch limit prior to the seventh inning, when the Chieftains amassed 10 runs to win going away.

Bissaillon, a transfer from Sharon Academy, fanned three, walked three and scattered six hits before beling lifted for reaching his 120-pitch ceiling. The sophomore also scored Woodstock’s only run, coming home on Owen Spann’s RBI single in the home fourth. Both Spann and Bissaillon had 2-for-3 days at the plate and combined for three stolen bases.

Woodstock visits Black River on Saturday morning.

Conant 15, Mascoma 0

JAFFREY, N.H. — Preston Kirby fanned nine Royals over five innings as the Orioles (2-3) shut down Mascoma at Humiston Field.

Senior Garrett Davis made his season debut and had a hit in his only official trip to the plate for the Royals, who start a three-game homestand on Monday against White Mountains.

SOFTBALL Rivendell 18, Twinfield 1 (5)

ORFORD — Natalie Martin held the Trojans to just one hit and eighth-grader Emma Martin’s double keyed the offense to give Rivendell coach Don Mitchell a season-opening win on his birthday.

Junior Kendyl Boisvert also had a strong day in her debut behind the plate, Mitchell noted.

“We had a good pitching performance, and our catcher was awesome,” Mitchell added. “It was a good all-around effort, not a lot of errors. They looked good, like they should be there.”

Rivendell takes on Thetford on Thursday.

Oxbow 34, Woodstock 1 (5)

WOODSTOCK — Madison Fornwalt kept Oxbow (2-0) in control with her arm and bat.

The Merrimack College-bound senior pitcher threw a complete-game one-hitter for the Olympians with 13 strikeouts and no walks. She also had two home runs on a 7-for-7 day at the plate in which Woodstock (1-3) avoided intentionally walking her.

Kaysea Neil had a 4-for-6 afternoon for the O’s, with a double and a triple. Both teams are back in action on Thursday, with Oxbow hosting Randolph and the Wasps entertaining Proctor.

WRV 9, Williamstown 6

SOUTH ROYALTON — The Wildcats (4-0) combined nine hits with 11 walks from Blue Devil pitchers to extend their season-opening winning streak to four games.

White River Valley had to play comeback ball to keep the run alive. Down 4-2, the Wildcats made the most of free passes to take a 6-4 lead they’d never relinquish. Fiona Vaillancourt helped clinch the win with a two-run homer in the sixth inning.

Sarah Howe was 2-for-2 and Paige Ballentine contributed a two-run double and two runs scores for WRV. Chelsie Trask earned the victory in the circle, fanning five with three walks and four hits.

The Wildcats host Twinfield in a doubleheader on Saturday.

Brattleboro 15, Hartford 0

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Hurricanes (0-2) could manage just one hit, a down-the-line single from Bailey Cameron, in a shutout loss to the Colonels.

Hartford will look for better luck at Fair Haven on Thursday.

Conant 8, Mascoma 0

JAFFREY, N.H. — Oriole pitching kept the Royals (1-3) from mounting much of an attack in an NHIAA Division III encounter.

Morgan Prentiss had the best day for Mascoma, going 2-for-3 at the plate.

“We hit a few, but we didn’t have a lot,” Mascoma coach Chris Thurston said. “We had some girls on base, but it was kind of a rough day.”

The Royals are back in action on Wednesday, hosting Berlin.

BOYS LACROSSE Hanover 11, Keene 4

KEENE, N.H. — The Marauders (2-2) made it two wins in two starts, leading from start to finish to beat the Blackbirds.

Hanover never trailed, building leads of 3-0 after one quarter, 5-1 at the half and 8-3 after three periods. Kyle Rozzi scored four times with an assist to lead the visitors, who picked up two goals each from Noah Fahey and Brendan Brigham along with single tallies from Charlie Baughman, Eli Silovich and Cam Cardona. Baughman added three assists, Fahey had two and Rozzi added one.

Brigham also dominated on the draw again, winning 16 of 18 attempts to go with 11 ground balls. Mason Winter and Elijah Putnam combined on seven saves for Hanover, which hosts Bedford on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Woodstock 10, Brattleboro 1

WOODSTOCK — Goalies Gabe Marsicovetere and Nick Bishop backstopped a near-perfect defense day for the Wasps (2-2), who saw a Piconi score seven of their 10 goals.

Lucas Piconi led the way with five goals and one assist, with younger brother Keaton Piconi striking twice for Woodstock’s only other multiple-goal effort. Peter Borden, Caden White and Andrew Gubbins also scored for the Wasps.

“The defensive end of the ball is showing their dominance right now,” Woodstock coach Brandon Little said. “They’re very athletic with great sticks, playing great lacrosse team defense.”

Jed Astbury dished out four assists and won 90% of his faceoffs, Little noted. Riley Shepherd had two assists and Caden White joined Trevor White in the one-assist department. Woodstock hosts Otter Valley on Thursday.

GIRLS LACROSSE Woodstock 16, Stowe 6

WOODSTOCK — The Wasps (1-2) racked up their first win of the season behind a five-goal effort from Gina Sorrentino.

Addie Gray (three), Sophie Legget (two) and Sidney Pilot (two) also had multiple-goal outings for Woodstock, with Abbey Duane, Kelly Gebhardt, Molly Shearer and Izzy Jones providing the Wasps’ other scores. Leggett also had two assists, and Pilot notched one.

Kai Albers recorded five saves in goal for Woodstock, which travels to Green Mountain Valley on Wednesday.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL Dartmouth-BU ppd.

BOSTON — The Big Green and Terriers saw their doubleheader called off by inclement weather and soggy field conditions thanks to Tuesday rain in the Boston area.

The two squads will try again on Thursday, playing a single contest at 4 p.m.