Local roundup: Stevens girls tennis has fun in the sun

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Staff Reports
Monday, May 06, 2019

CLAREMONT — After many rainy days and postponements, the sun was bound to shine on the Stevens High girls tennis team at some point. It finally did on Monday.

Clara Avery accounted for two points and two freshmen provided two key singles victories as the Cardinals edged Wilton-Lyndeborough, 5-4, at Monadnock Park for their first win of the season. Senior-less Stevens had seen at least a half-dozen scheduled matches called off by weather through the first month of the schedule.

Avery, one of five junior leaders on the roster, won second singles over Lunara Irashova, 8-3, and teamed with Hannah Lembree to top Erin MacDonald and Elizabeth Jacob at second doubles, 8-6. Freshmen Riley Murphy (8-2 over Ella Kelley at fifth singles) and Lauren Fellows (8-1 over Senja Sours at sixth singles) provided points that enabled Stevens to go into doubles tied a 3-3.

Quinn McCaffrey and Autumn Bragg secured the team victory with an 8-3 decision over Kelley and Madeleine Straw at third doubles.

Stevens (1-5) returns to action at home on Tuesday against Monadnock.

Woodstock 6Rutland 1

RUTLAND — The Wasps improved to 6-1 with a strong showing at the Raiders.

Momo Biele won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles for Woodstock. Lydia Howe (6-2, 6-0), Olivia Marsicovetere (6-3, 6-0) and Katey McMaster (6-1, 6-1) also had straight set wins. Maggie Rice lost in the match of the day at No. 5 singles, 6-4, 3-6 (5-10).

Kenzie Biele and Chloe Noble added a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles. Terney Dugan and Julianne Beraldie won 6-2, 6-1.

Woodstock (6-0) visits Otter Valley on Thursday.

SJA 6, Hartford 1

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Phelan O’Keefe continued her solid season for the Hurricanes (0-6), posting a 6-1, 6-1 defeat of the Hilltoppers’ Alice An for Hartford’s lone point of the afternoon.

Hartford visits Mount St. Joseph on Thursday.

BOYS TENNIS Woodstock 6, Hartford 1

WOODSTOCK — The Wasps (4-2) topped the shorthanded Hurricanes (0-4).

Woodstock freshman Nixon Malik won the match of the day at No. 4 singles, beating Hartford’s Nick Jones 4-6, 6-1 (10-7). Oliver Wilson started things off with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles for the Wasps. Sam Powers (6-2, 6-2) and Blake Heston (6-3, 6-0) also won in singles.

Hartford’s Matt Zeitz won at No. 5 singles, 6-4, 6-1. The Canes forfeited the two doubles matches.

Woodstock hosts Brattleboro on Wednesday. Hartford then visits the Colonels on Friday.

Hollis Brookline 7Lebanon 2

LEBANON — Mason Arado accounted for both of the Raiders’ points, beating Nick Bahs at first singles, 9-7, and teaming with Seamus Hickey for an 8-5 decision over Bahs and David Cherkagkysi at first doubles.

Lebanon (4-3) has a home date with Pembroke on Tuesday.

SOFTBALL Newport 6, Monadnock 5

NEWPORT — Jenna Maheu’s two-run triple capped a four-run fourth inning, and the Tigers (4-3) held on for a narrow win over the Huskies.

Lacey McNeel got Newport on the board in the first inning when she walked and eventually scored on a pair of wild pitches. The Tigers’ attack stayed silent until the fourth when Alicia Urista walked, Erin Seagrove singled, Anna June walked, McNeel grounded out to plate one run and Maheu tripled to deliver two more. Maheu later scored on a Shelby Adams single for a 5-1 lead.

Monadnock pressured McNeel with a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth, but the Newport ace stranded runners in scoring position in the final two frames to get the win. McNeel scattered six hits and walked two with eight strikeouts and just one earned run.

The Tigers play their annual home-and-home, day-night doubleheader with Stevens on Friday.

Oxbow 21, Thetford 0 (5)

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Olympians (6-0) continued to roll, riding Maddie Fornwalt’s one-hit shutout pitching and a steady offense to top the Panthers (1-2).

Fornwalt fanned 11 and walked one in the victory. Mikayla Simmons and Melanie Neil both had three-hit days to lead the O’s. Neil included a double and a run batted in as part of her day.

Jade Jamieson accounted for Thetford’s lone hit. Becca Wells had a stolen base.

Oxbow heads to Randolph on Wednesday. The Panthers are scheduled to host Lamoille on Thursday.

Woodsville 14, Profile 1

BETHLEHEM, N.H. — The Engineers plated seven runs in the sixth inning to pull away from the Patriots.

Emily Prest led the way for Woodsville (6-2), going 4-for-6 with two runs batted in. McKenzie Dennis included a double in a three-hit arsenal, adding one RBI. Mackenzie Kingsbury added two hits, and Dennis earned the win with five-hit, six-strikeout pitching.

The Engineers host Littleton for a doubleheader on Wednesday.

Mill River 13, Windsor 4

CLARENDON, Vt. — The Yellowjackets dropped to 2-6 with a loss at the Minutemen.

Adi Prior went 2-for-4 with a triple for Windsor. Meagan Holling had her first varsity hit, a two-run single.

“We didn’t play good enough to win the game today. Too many errors and we weren’t aggressive enough at bat,” Windsor coach Heather Stearns said.

The Jacks host Bellows Falls on Wednesday.

Winnisquam 11, Mascoma 8

TILTON, N.H. — The Bears outlasted the Royals, dropping Mascoma to 1-8.

Starting pitcher Sam Pecararo went all six innings for Mascoma, striking out six while allowing 13 hits and three walks. Pecararo helped the offensive cause, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Paige Jette added a run-scoring double. Abby Duhaime also had a double.

Mascoma visits Mascenic on Tuesday.

Hartford 18, Burr & Burton 9

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hurricanes trailed, 9-0, during the second inning before rallying to improve to 2-4.

Bianca Severance and Nevaeh Murphy each had three hits and Kelsie Thibodeau and Samantha Gibbs each had two. The latter also struck out nine batters for Hartford, which visits Rutland on Wednesday.

John Stark 14Hanover 2 (5)

WEARE, N.H. — Bella Bardales had two hits and an RBI and Olivia Peterson had one hit but the Marauders dropped to 1-3. Hanover hosts Hollis Brookline on Tuesday and Pembroke on Wednesday.

Merrimack Valley 12, Lebanon 0

WEST LEBANON — Toni Ta, Keira Hines and Allie Amature each had a hit but the Raiders (0-9) lost their 31st consecutive game. Lebanon hosts John Stark (6-2) on Tuesday and visits Coe-Brown (7-2) on Friday.


Woodsville 12, Profile 1 (5)

BETHLEHEM, N.H. — The Engineers (9-0) kept up their undefeated ways with a combined one-hitter on the mound and big rallies in the third and fourth innings.

Billy Green had the big hit of Woodsville’s five-run third, a run-scoring triple that put the visitors in command. The Engineers added four more runs in the fourth and rode the pitching of Brendan Walker, Patrick Reardon-Estes and Calvin Roy (combined 10 strikeouts) from there.

Zach Moore went 2-for-3 and joined Green in the two-runs-scored department. The Engineers host Littleton on Wednesday.

Winnisquam 12, Mascoma 2 (6)

TILTON, N.H. — The Bears jumped on the Royals (2-6) for three-run rallies in the first and fourth innings, putting away their guests with a five-run sixth.

Mascoma got all three of its hits and both of its runs in the top of the sixth. Mike Evans drove in Josh Evans and Caleb McAlister with a two-run double that left the visitors staring at a 7-2 deficit.

Mascoma, which plays a game every day this week, visits Mascenic on Tuesday.

John Stark 9, Hanover 5

WEARE, N.H. — The Marauders (2-3) were in control of a 5-0 lead when the bottom dropped out thanks to a two-run fifth and seven-run sixth for the host Generals.

Joey Perras launched a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning and Jack Loftus had three hits and three RBIs to get Hanover into its five-run lead. Perras went five innings, allowing two runs — none earned — before Stark jumped on three Marauder relievers for its big comeback.

Kegan Silovich had a hit, a walk and scored twice for Hanover, which hosts Pembroke on Wednesday.

Bellows Falls 11, Windsor 1 (5)

WINDSOR — The Yellowjackets managed just two hits in a five-inning loss to the Terriers.

Robert Slocum took the loss, pitching the first three innings. Slocum surrendered six hits and four walks while striking out for and allowing seven runs, six earned.

Bellows Falls took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning before Windsor answered in the bottom of the first on a RBI single from Josh Gaudette.

Merrimack Valley 3Lebanon 1 (8)

LEBANON — The Raiders dropped their second consecutive game in eight innings, squandering a strong performance from freshman starting pitcher Braeden Falzarano.

Falzarano had a no-hitter through 6⅔ innings and left after seven, striking out one and allowing just an unearned run. Graham Ten Haken took the loss in relief.

“(Falzarano) was very impressive. He located well and kept hitters off balance. I’m just sorry we couldn’t get him the win he deserved,” Lebanon coach Doug Ashey said.

The Raiders took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Trey Chickering reached base on an error and eventually came around to score on a fielder’s choice.

The Pride took advantage of two Lebanon errors in the fifth inning to knot the score at 1-1.

Lebanon (4-4) hosts undefeated John Stark on Tuesday

Woodstock 10, Sharon 2

WOODSTOCK — Chase Christiansen had two hits and two RBIs and Wyatt Begin’s first varsity hit was a run-scoring triple for the Wasps (3-3). Starting pitcher Sam Mitchell allowed two hits, stuck out four Phoenix and walked two during a five-inning stint for Woodstock, which hosts Mount St. Joseph on Thursday.

Sunapee 15, Hinsdale 4

NEW LONDON — Harper Flint had three hits and Jackson Cooney had two hits, including a triple, and two RBIs for the Lakers (8-1) in a game played at Colby-Sawyer College.

Sunapee, which has yet to host a contest on its own field, also received two hits from Drew Clifford and a strong three innings from starting pitcher Gabe Hastings. He allowed one hit and one unearned run while striking out seven Pacers, walking three and hitting one. The Lakers are scheduled to host Derryfield on Wednesday.

Stevens 7, Kearsarge 4

CLAREMONT — Gabe Miller provided two key hits to push the Cardinals (3-5) past the Cougars at Barnes Park.

Miller, a sophomore, extended a 3-2 lead to 4-2 with an RBI single with two outs in the third inning. He later delivered a two-run double in the fifth that stretched Stevens’ advantage from two to four runs, enough for the Cards to defend.

Ethan Johnson tossed a complete-game six-hitter for the Cardinals, fanning seven with six hits, four walks and three earned runs. Stevens meets Newport in its annual day-night, home-and-home doubleheader on Friday.

Burr & Burton 5, Hartford 2 (8)

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The visitors broke a 1-1 tie with four runs during the eighth inning, and the Hurricanes could manage only one run in response, dropping to 1-4.

Alex Bushway started on the mound and allowed only one earned run in six innings for Hartford, which hosts Windsor on Thursday.

GIRLS LACROSSE Lebanon 17, Trinity 4

LEBANON — Izzy Peress had five goals and Jessie Hastings had four goals and an assist and the Raiders improved to 3-3.

Emma Hansen had three goals and two assists, Clara Cole had two goals and Katie Berthasavage, Sydney Gonyea and Zoe Soule each scored once. Anna Wolke had two assists and Megan Gradijan had one.

“Things are definitely coming together a little bit more,” said Lebanon coach Sara Ecker, whose team led, 9-4, at halftime. “We’re becoming more patient on offense and better with our fundamentals of throwing, catching and protecting our sticks.”

Lena Nowell made nine saves for the Raiders, who host Interlakes on Tuesday and Bishop Brady on Thursday.

Brattleboro 9, Woodstock 8

WOODSTOCK — The Wasps trailed by four, 7-3, at halftime and then saw their comeback fall just short against the visiting Colonels.

Sophie Legget led Woodstock with three goals. Gina Sorrentino added two goals. Izzy Jones, Addie Gray and Lili Sorrentino also scored. Kelly Gebhardt had an assist.

Emma Tarleton and Kai Albers split time in goal for Woodstock (2-5), which plays host to Rice on Wednesday.


Hartford 15, Montpelier 4

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Dawson Nalette and Hunter Hutchinson had four goals each to lead the Hurricanes (6-1).

Hutchinson added three assists. Reece Thompson scored once and had three assists of his own. Logan Raymond and Andy Knight each scored two goals. Jake Derosier and Kaj Boeri also scored. Colsten Allen, Andrew Lucke and Trevor Robbins each had assists.

Goalie Tarin Prior had 10 saves for the Canes, who play at Green Mountain on Wednesday.

Woodstock 9, Middlebury 6

WOODSTOCK — Freshman attackman Keaton Piconi had two goals and three assists and has six goals in his last two games as Woodstock topped the .500 mark with a defeat of the Tigers.

The Wasps also received four goals and an assist from Caden White during a penalty-filled affair.

Micah Schlabach had a goal and an assist, Jed Astbury and Lucas Piconi each had a goal and Field Willis had two assists for Woodstock, which got 10 saves from Gabe Marsicovetere. The Wasps (4-3) host Mount Anthony on Thursday.

Trinity 11, Lebanon 2

MANCHESTER — The Raiders lost their sixth consecutive game and fell to 1-7. Lebanon hosts InterLakes on Tuesday.

Hopkinton 21, Stevens 0

HOPKINTON, N.H. — The Cardinals (0-5) surrendered more than 20 goals for the second time this season. The Cardinals host Trinity on Tuesday.