Local roundup: Hanover baseball hangs on for rivalry win

  • Hanover High softball pitcher Jessie Lobb (20) hugs first baseman Emma Campfield after the final out of the Bears' 25-10 defeat of Lebanon on April 29, 2022, in Lebanon, N.H. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. —Tris Wykes

  • Hanover High runner Haily Stewart (12) retreats toward third base while pursued by Lebanon catcher Makayla Finnell. Raiders pitcher Ashlee Blashock is at left. The visiting Bears won, 25-10, after losing their first four games of the season. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. —Tris Wykes

  • Lebanon High pitcher Nitara Murray delivers against Hanover on April 29, 2022, in Lebanon, N.H. The sophomore made her varsity softball debut in the circle but the Raiders lost, 25-10. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. —Tris Wykes

  • Hanover High freshman Lily Smith shouts encouragement from the Bears dugout during their 25-10 victory over Lebanon on April 29, 2022, in Lebanon, N.H. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. —Tris Wykes

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Published: 4/30/2022 6:58:47 AM
Modified: 4/30/2022 6:26:11 PM

LEBANON — What looked to be a methodical blowout quickly turned into a nail-biter as the Hanover High baseball team nearly blew the entirety of a seven-run lead, but the Bears held on to defeat archrival Lebanon, 7-6, on a windy Friday afternoon.

Junior ace Sam Sacerdote got the win for Hanover (5-2), going 5⅓ innings, scattering eight hits with four earned runs. Sophomore left-hander Jake Toulmin earned the save, getting a pair of huge strikeouts to escape a sixth-inning jam and fanning three more batters in the seventh.

“Jake’s a sophomore; he made some big pitches down the stretch,” Hanover head coach John Grainger said. “(Lebanon) battled back. They played with some serious fire in the last two innings.”

The Bears opened the scoring in the second, when senior outfielder Mason Gantrish led off with a double and came home on a groundout. Senior catcher John Hill drove in the second run an inning later with a single, and Hanover scored two more in the fifth thanks to sloppy Raiders defense.

In the sixth, the Bears added three runs to make it 7-0, and they would need every last one of those tallies because Lebanon (2-4) came storming back. Sophomore Bennett Hewett hit a leadoff double, senior Braeden Falzarano walked and sophomore Zach Aldrich doubled home the first Raiders run. Lebanon pulled closer on a single by junior Francis Calandrella and eventually made it a two-run game when sophomore Ben Achmoody pulled off a straight steal of home.

“This team is resilient,” Raiders head coach Chauncey Wood said. “They played a little soft in the beginning, but they’ve shown (resilience) multiple times this year.”

After Aldrich tossed a perfect seventh in relief for Lebanon, senior Cole Fabry led off the bottom half with a double and scored on Falzarano’s single, but Toulmin struck out the next two and preserved the win for Hanover.

Falzarano started for the Raiders, allowing four runs on as many hits in 4⅓ innings. Junior Dawson Bates relieved him in the fifth and allowed the three runs in the sixth that ultimately made the difference.

“They always play us hard, even in years when we’ve been really good and they’ve been down,” Grainger said. “We have a senior-heavy team, so they’ve seen a lot of baseball games, and you expect to hang onto those games and win the ones that are close.”

Hanover will host Plymouth on Monday, while Lebanon travels to Hollis-Brookline.

Berlin 9, Mascoma 0

BERLIN, N.H. — The Royals dropped to 0-6 and will play at White Mountains on Saturday.

Stevens 9, Coe-Brown 0

NORTHWOOD, N.H. — The Cardinals picked up their first win of the year. They will host Pelham on Monday.

Softball Hanover 25, Lebanon 10 (5)

LEBANON — The Bears entered Friday’s game with the Raiders winless and having scored only once during their first four games of the season. A clash with their archrival proved to be the cure, however, in a five-inning victory.

Skouly Kachikis had three hits, including a double, and Emma Campfield added a pair of singles for the visitors, who had 14 hits total. The visitors, who also received a triple from freshman Clancy Killebrew, led, 7-3, after an inning and 24-6 after two frames.

Lebanon (1-5) managed five hits, two of them Piper Morgan singles. Ashlee Blashock smacked a two-run single for the Raiders, who were again undone by walks (16) and wild pitches, allowing 14 baserunners to advance or score.

Hanover pitcher Jessie Lobb went the distance, striking out two batters and walking 14. Lebanon used Blashock for 1⅓ innings, followed by sophomore Nitara Murray, who made her varsity debut in the circle.

Kichikis, a senior headed to Ohio State in the fall, also plays soccer and basketball and displayed aggressive and savvy baserunning in addition to her hits. She moved from third base to shortstop for Friday’s contest and was involved in a pair of collisions with baserunners in which she held on to the ball for the out.

“It feels real good to get a win in a pretty even game,” Kichikis said. “I grew up playing on boys (baseball) teams, and that’s shaped the kind of player I am.”

Hanover hosts Plymouth (0-5) on Monday. Lebanon is at Fall Mountain (3-3) on Saturday.

Coe-Brown 3, Stevens 2

NORTHWOOD, N.H. — The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead in the first inning with Kiley Bundy scoring on a Zoie Stevens double. In the third inning, Elise Smith led off with a double for Stevens and scored on a Brianna Frisbee single to make it 2-0.

Coe-Brown got on the board with a solo home run in the sixth to cut the deficit to 2-1 after six. The Black Bears started the seventh with single and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to center to tie the game at two. The hosts scored the winning run later in the inning to hand Stevens a frustrating defeat.

Stevens will host Pelham on Monday.

Berlin 19, Mascoma 6

BERLIN, N.H. — The Royals (1-7) will host Hopkinton on Wednesday.

Girls lacrosse Lebanon 16, Kearsarge 9

NORTH SUTTON, N.H. — Senior Catherine Cole had six goals and three assists and seniors Kayla Taber and Molly Smith tallied four times each to lead the Raiders to their third straight win.

Taber, who also had seven assists, was credited by Lebanon Coach Sara Ecker for forcing some key turnovers.

“It was a very slow start for us, and we only kicked into gear with about 15 minutes left in the game,” Ecker said. “In the second half, our offense did an amazing job of pressuring Kearsarge when bringing the ball out of their defensive end and causing turnovers.”

Ecker said senior Clara Smyrski did a sound defensive job in the second half against the Cougars’ Caroline Camp, whose six goals gave her 100 for her high school career.

“Super impressive since she lost a year due to COVID,” Ecker said about Camp.

Sophomore Maddie Jewell had two goals and two assists for Lebanon and in net for the Raiders freshman Drew Kantor had four saves.

Lebanon (3-1) welcomes Plymouth on Monday.

TRACK & Field Hanover wins three-team meet

HANOVER — Both the Hanover girls and boys won in a three-team meet with Lebanon and Plymouth.

Hanover girls won in the 400 meters (Mia Bagnato), 800 (Ella Goodney), 1,600 (Sarah Glueck), 3,200 (Charlotte Tagupa), 300 hurdles (Amelia Berthold), 4x100 and 4x800 relays, high jump and triple jump (Emma Kleber), pole vault (Bagnato) and shot put (Anna Aaron).

For the Lebanon girls, Claire Falcone won the 100 meters, Sophie Longacre won the 200 meters and Phoebe Ballard took the 100 hurdles. Other Raider winners were Isabella Hastings (high jump, tied with Hanover’s Kleber), Henna Sefcik (triple jump) and Summer Davis (javelin). The Lebanon girls won the 4x400 relay.

For the boys, Hanover wins came from Joaquin Martin (200), Pierce Seigne (400 and 800) Ryan Farris (3,200), Ian Solberg (high jump, long jump) and Aidan Peterson (javelin). The boys also won the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.

Lebanon boys won the 100 meters (Tanner Ames) 1,600 (Birhanu Harriman), 110 hurdles (Nicholas Lamontagne), triple jump (Logan Johns), and shot put and discus (Ames).

Boys team scores: Hanover 245, Lebanon 199, Plymouth 56.

Girls team scores: Hanover 207, Lebanon 174, Plymouth 89.

Boys Tennis Woodstock 6, Mount Anthony 1

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Liam Harper joined Reece Sheehan in a first-doubles win, Harper’s first victory as a varsity player, to highlight the Wasps’ win over the Patriots.

Kaelen Lundberg, Cooper Dorsogna, Jake Singelais and Otto Nisimblat provided singles wins for Woodstock. Nate Satterfield and Kim Gaddis teams up for the Wasps’ other point at second doubles.

The match at second singles between Lundberg and the Patriots’ Juan Patricio went to three tiebreakers. Patricio won the first, 7-1, but Lundberg won the second, 7-5, and the super tiebreaker, 10-8.

“Kaelen’s match was incredible to watch, with two good players with contrasting styles battle it out tiebreak after tiebreak,” Woodstock coach Dave Miles said. “But I was pleased with the play of all the team today after (Thursday’s) disappointing loss to Brattleboro. They did not hang their heads, but they came out determined and more focused as a result.”

Woodstock (1-1) is home against Rutland on Tuesday.

Girls tennis Woodstock 5, Mount Anthony 2

WOODSTOCK — Sophia Nisimblat, Meridian Joy-Piper and Kendall Taylor won singles matches for the Wasps (2-0), who clinched the team victory by sweeping doubles through Chloe Masillo/Charlotte Nunan and Zoe Wood/Celeste Belisle.

“This group is always working hard and the results are starting to show,” said Woodstock coach Rob Parker. “We have great parity up and down the lineup, and it’s exciting see the improvement already in the early season.”

Woodstock is home to Mount St. Joseph on Saturday.

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