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Local Roundup: Fifth time the charm for Raiders in win over John Stark

  • Lebanon's Kyle Pelletier.

  • Sharon's Josh King.

  • Mascoma's Brianna Whithington.


Staff Reports
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

LEBANON — And on the fifth try, they played baseball.

The Lebanon High and John Stark hardball squads, which had suffered through four previous postponements of their originally scheduled game, finally got the contest in Tuesday. The host Raiders won, 6-0, on Jim Wechsler Field at Eldridge Park. Their own digs at the high school are still too waterlogged for action.

“It’s like a swamp in our outfield,” said 26th-year Lebanon coach Doug Ashey, whose troops knocked off the top-ranked team in NHIAA Division II. “We’ve only used it four times this spring. It’s the worst it’s ever been for me, and I’ve been here a long time. But I guess it’s building us a little character.”

Senior pitcher Kyle Pelletier, who’s suffered from a lack of offensive support at times this season, received some from the start on Tuesday, when Caleb Smith blasted a two-run home run to left field. The Raiders added single runs in the second and third innings and two more tallies during the sixth.

Trey Chickering had three hits and an RBI, Smith had two hits and three RBIs and Joey Dupree chipped in with a hit and an RBI. Pelletier threw a three-hitter for his fourth victory, striking out seven Generals and walking one. The Raiders didn’t commit an error.

Lebanon improved to 8-6 and dropped John Stark to 13-2. The Raiders host Stevens on Wednesday.

Hanover 8, Pelham 2 (10)

PELHAM, N.H. — Kegan Silovich’s attempt at a sacrifice bunt turned into an infield single and a throwing error that kicked off a six-run 10th for the Marauders, who all but secured a spot in next week’s NHIAA Division II state tournament.

Hanover (7-7) rallied from a 2-0 deficit with runs in the sixth and seventh innings, although the Pythons cut down a potential go-ahead run on a suicide sqeeze in the latter frame. Nick Starosta reached on an error and Joey Perras got on base with a fielder’s choice grounder to open the 10th, with Silovich’s ensuing bunt attempt and Pelham miscue giving Hanover a 3-2 lead.

Nolan Gantrish blew the game open with a bases-loaded, two-run double. Hanover added more runs on a RBI ground out and a Sam Gallimore run-scoring double. Perras got the win with three innings of one-hit relief after a fine seven-inning start from Wes Stocken (eight hits, two earned runs, three walks, five strikeouts).

One Hanover win or one Souhegan loss this week will clinch the Marauders’ playoff slot. Hanover meets Lebanon at Dartmouth’s Red Rolfe Field on Thursday, then visits Plymouth on Friday.

Mascoma 10, Fall Mountain 9

WEST CANAAN — The Royals batted around and exploded for seven runs during the sixth inning, improving to 4-10.

Nate Gove had two hits and an RBI, and Caleb MacAlister had two hits and four RBIs. Logan Brand started on the mound and went 4⅓ innings, striking out three batters and walking two while allowing five runs, one of them earned.

Mascoma hosts Hillsboro-Deering on Wednesday.

Sunapee 17, Newport 3

SUNAPEE — Matt Nangeroni had two hits and three RBIs, Sean Shisko had two hits and Gabe Hastings had three RBIs as the Lakers jumped to 13-2.

Harper Flint had three hits and an RBI, Jordan Chappell had two hits and an RBI, Wayne Smith had two hits and Austin Davis had a hit and three RBI.

Sunapee is scheduled to play Derryfield on Thursday in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Rivendell 14, Twinfield 3

PLAINFIELD, Vt. — Zach Dexter had three hits, including a double, and four RBIs, and Owen Manseur had two hits, two stolen bases and two RBIs, kicking the Raptors to 8-3.

Nolen Yvon had an RBI single for Rivendell, which hits the road on Thursday, seeking a season sweep of its two-game series with Blue Mountain.

White River Valley 6Leland & Gray 2

SOUTH ROYALTON — The Wildcats are 12-0 after receiving 5⅔ quality innings from starting pitcher Timber Russell, who allowed two hits and one earned run while striking out four Rebels and walking four. Reliever Logan Martin escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning, ultimately allowing no hits in 1⅓ innings of work.

Zeb Perreault had four hits and an RBI, Russell had two hits and two RBIs and Dominic Craven had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Carder Stratton had a run-scoring double for the Wildcats, who visit Poultney on Wednesday.

Thetford 8, Randolph 1

RANDOLPH — After a three-hit, one-run opening inning, Thetford starting pitcher Jake Colby held Randolph to just one hit the rest of the way in the Panthers’ latest victory.

Alex Emerson bombed a two-run homer and Dylan Kuban had a two-run triple to spark TA. Kuban and Alden Nichols (two runs, one RBI), both had 2-for-3 days, and Seth Boyce added a hit, a run and an RBI.

Stratton Mtn. 12, Sharon 2 (5)

CHELSEA — Josh King and Ronald Johnson each had two singles, a walk and a run as the Phoenix (1-7) fell at their home away from home.

King joined eighth-graders Parker Bogardus and Jake Gilman to account for Sharon’s pitching. The Phoenix closes its season at Twinfield on Saturday.

Poultney 10, Woodstock 6 (9)

WOODSTOCK — The Wasps had two outs and no Blue Devils on base in the top of the ninth inning before misery ensued.

“We got good pitching, but we just didn’t get the job done defensively,” said coach Jason Tarleton. “We had just too many miscues to overcome, and they all seemed to lead to runs.”

Anthony Hendrick had two hits and an RBI and Tom Bissaillon had a double and an RBI for Woodstock, which used Chase Christensen, Hendrick and Steve Bianchi on the mound.

The Wasps (4-8) host Springfield on Wednesday and Rivendell on Friday in their regular season finale.

Woodsville 10
Moultonborough 4

MOULTONBOROUGH, N.H. — The Engineers improved to 15-0 and maintained their hold atop NHIAA Division IV.

Woodsville wraps up its regular season at Community Field against Lin-Wood on Friday.

SOFTBALL Mascoma 6, Fall Mountain 3

WEST CANAAN — The Royals rose to 2-12 behind an eight-hitter from Sam Pecararo, who struck out four Wildcats. Brianna Withington stole home for Mascoma, which hosts Hillsborough-Deering on Wednesday and visits Berlin on Thursday in its season finale.

Rivendell 19, Twinfield 2 (6)

MARSHFIELD, Vt. -— Several players contributed offensively for Rivendell (4-6) in an easy win over Twinfield.

Kendyl Boisvert (two hits, two runs, two RBIs, two runs), Katelyn Woodbeck (three runs, two hits, three RBIs), Natalie Martin (two hits, three runs), Ryleigh Butler (two hits, three runs), Caitlin Kilmer (three hits, two RBIs), Maddie Weeks (three runs) and Emma Gagnon (two runs) led the Raptors’ offensive attack.

Natalie Marsh (three innings), Boisvert (two) and Emma Marsh (one) pitched for Rivendell, which wraps up its regular season on Thursday at Blue Mountain.

Pelham 11, Hanover 5

PELHAM, N.H. — The Pythons grabbed the win despite 19 hits from the Marauders (1-11).

Olivia Peterson and Haily Stewart both had three-hit games, Arabella Meacham-Snyder and Daria Gundermann produced two hits each, and Bella Bardales launched the first over-the-fence home run of her career, a solo shot in the seventh.

Becca Wilson struck out four in a complete-game effort in the circle for the Marauders, who host Manchester West on Tuesday.

Poultney 25, Woodstock 3 (5)

WOODSTOCK — Sami Yates had a single and a double and Tobin Calder had a double, but the Wasps undid themselves with walks. Woodstock (5-9) visits Arlington on Wednesday.

John Stark 12, Lebanon 0

WEST LEBANON — The Raiders (0-14) had one hit and lost their 36th consecutive game while suffering their fourth consecutive shutout and their seventh blanking this season. Lebanon hosts Stevens on Wednesday and visits Hanover on Thursday for its season finale.

Randolph 16, Thetford 8

RANDOLPH — The Galloping Ghosts (6-9) swept the season series from the Panthers in a game moved to Randolph because of field conditions at Thetford Academy.

The Panthers rapped out 16 hits despite the defeat. Becca Wells had two doubles and two singles on a 4-for-4 day and Shannon Hayes tripled and doubled to pace TA.

The Panthers take on Twinfield on Thursday.

Newmarket 6, Sunapee 4Sunapee 16, Newmarket 15

NEWMARKET, N.H. — After falling in the opener, the Lakers (10-6) erased a 10-run deficit in the nightcap for a doubleheader split.

Ellie Frederick was 3-for-4, Elizabeth Bennett went 2-for-4 and Natalie Austin had a 3-for-4 second game with two RBIs for Sunapee. Hannah Cooney picked up the game two win in relief of Frederick.

Frederick was a home run shy of the cycle in the opener, going 4-for-4. Bennett had a triple and an RBI, and Mackenzie Wrightington singled and drove in a run. The Lakers host Newport on Thursday.

BOYS TENNIS Hanover 9, Dover 0

HANOVER — The second-ranked Marauders (14-1) opened the NHIAA Division I tournament with a shutout quarterfinal win over No. 7 Dover (10-5) at Storrs Pond.

Aidan Biglow, Evan Yang, Alex Rockmore, Will Tarnowski, Trevor Siegel and Chris Lee swept to singles victories. The tandems of Biglow-Yang, Rockmore-Tarnowski and Alec McDevitt-Gary Li completed the perfect day with doubles wins.

“Another fantastic match that was almost idential to the match on May 10 (a 9-0 Hanover win),” Hanover Jarrod Shaheen said in an email. “All of the singles matches features very good tennis.”

The Marauders will be back at Storrs Pond to host No. 3 Pinkerton — a 6-3 quarterfinal winner of No. 6 Concord on Tuesday — in a Thursday semifinal.

Hollis-Brookline 7, Lebanon 2

MANCHESTER — The Raiders finished the season 7-8 with an NHIAA Division II quarterfinal loss to top-ranked Hollis-Brookline at Manchester West High.

Mason Arado won, 8-5, at No. 1 singles, and Arado and Seamus Hickey triumphed, 8-4, at No. 1 doubles.

“Our goal was the make the playoffs, and we don’t graduate anyone,” said coach Mike Haxton, who’s anticipating Tuesday’s victors competing in next weekend’s individual competition.

Burr & Burton 4, Woodstock 3

MANCHESTER, Vt. — The Bulldogs (1-8) avenged an earlier 6-1 loss to the Wasps (8-3) with wins in four of the five singles matches.

Sam Powers earned the Wasps’ sole singles victory, topping Alejandro Shapiro-Moncon, 6-2, 5-7, 10-5. Henry Green teamed with Ian Goldberg — filling in for ailing Danny Drebber (illness) — for a 6-0, 6-2 win at first doubles; Gabe Bango and Max Haambsch won, 6-2, 6-0, at second doubles for Woodstock’s other point.

Woodstock will learn its VPA Division I state tournament seeding on Monday.

GIRLS TENNIS Woodstock 7, Burr & Burton 0

MANCHESTER, Vt. — Momo Biele, Lydia Howe, Olivia Marsicovetere, Katey MacMaster and Tierney Duggan provided singles victories and the Wasps improved to 12-0, downing the 9-2 Bulldogs.

The doubles pairings of Kenzie Bele and Chloe Noble and Julianna Baraldi and Lilly Holding also triumphed for Woodstock, which has won 30 consecutive matches and will send four singles players and a doubles team to the VPA Division II championships in Burlington later this week.

BOYS LACROSSE Hanover 9, Dover 4

DOVER, N.H. — With a defense that held the Green Wave (4-10) to just one goal through three quarters, the Marauders (10-4) kept up their hopes of a top-four NHIAA Division I state tournament seed.

Charlie Baughman had a hat trick with three assists to pace Hanover’s attack. Caleb Morse and Kyle Rozzi struck twice, with Toño Correa and Eli Silovich contributing the other goals. Morse, Noah Fahey and Cam Cardona had assists, Mason Winter made seven saves and Brendan Brigham dominated faceoffs again, winning 14 of 15.

The Marauders, tied with Exeter for third place in D-I, visit Londonderry to close the regular season on Friday.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE Dartmouth quartet drawsregional recognition

HANOVER — Four senior members of the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team earned all-Northeast region honors from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Seniors Elizabeth Mastrio, Kierra Sweeney and Kathryn Giroux all earned first-team recogntion. Classmate Kellen D’Alleva was tabbed as a member of the second team.

The four selections are the most for the Big Green since 2012, while the three first-team honorees is the most since 2011.

WOMEN’S GOLF Knights to match play final

RYE BEACH, N.H. — Hanover Country Club’s Betsy Knights fought through 30 mph wins and fought back from a five-hole deficit in her semifinal at Abenaqui Country Club to make the title match of the inaugural NHGA Women’s Match Play Championship.

Knights won two matches on Tuesday, a drama-free 5-and-4 defeat of Portsmouth’s Beth McGuerty in the quarterfinals followed by a wild 19-hole decision over Nashua’s Margaret Brenner in the semis. Brenner owned a 5-up lead with six holes to play when Knights won 13, 14, 15, 17 and 18 to force extras.

Knights got the win on the first playoff hole, capitalizing when a Brenner chip to the green overshot the target. Knights will meet 16-time women’s state amateur champion Dana Harrity in Wednesday.