Local roundup: Hartford baseball walks off against Otters

  • Hanover High catcher John Hill, Hillsboro-Deering runner Paul Vachon and the ball arrive at home plate simultaneously during the NHIAA Division II teams' game on May 5, 2022, at the Dresden Athletic Fields in Norwich, Vt. Hillsboro-Deering won, 6-2. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News photographs —Tris Wykes

  • Hanover High's Jack McGrath kills time during his baseball team's NHIAA Division II contest with visiting Hollis-Brookline on May 5, 2022, at the Dresden Athletic Fields in Norwich, Vt. Hollis-Brookline won, 6-2. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News photographs —Tris Wykes

  • Hanover High pitcher Sam Sacerdote delivers against Hillsboro-Deering on May 5, 2022, at the Dresden Athletic Fields in Norwich, Vt. Hillsboro-Deering won the NHIAA Division II game, 6-2. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News photographs —Tris Wykes

Staff Reports
Published: 5/6/2022 8:52:14 AM
Modified: 5/6/2022 4:20:26 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hartford High baseball team scored a pair of runs with two outs in the bottom on the ninth for a 6-5 win over Otter Valley on Thursday night, after an incredible defensive play in the top half combined with the Otters’ baserunning and defensive miscues.

With the score tied at 4-4 after seven innings, the Otters grabbed a one-run lead in the ninth and appeared ready to score more with runners on second and third and one out.

“A botched squeeze play got the runner in a rundown between third and home, which we were able to tag that runner and then double off the runner from second when he strayed off of third after advancing,” Hartford coach Bill Vielleux said.

After the first two Hartford batters were retired in the bottom of the ninth, junior Shane Jenks walked. Junior Trenton Bird smashed a grounder to third and when the throw to first sailed over the head of the first baseman, Jenks just kept running and came home to tie the score at 5. Bird then stole second and scored on senior Drew Martin’s base hit to give the Hurricanes a hard-fought win.

Sophomore Zack Johnson pitched five innings, giving up one earned run and striking out six. Bird was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.

Hartford (2-5) is home to Rutland on Saturday.

Thetford 19, Lamoille 1 (5)

HYDE PARK, Vt. — An eight-run third put the Panthers in command.

Thetford’s Ryan Malloy was 3-for-4 with two doubles, four RBIs and two runs scored. Boone Fahey had a double and triple, three RBIs and scored twice.

On the mound, Wyatt Caldwell threw three innings, allowing no runs and striking out three. Nolan Pepe and Zander Clark went an inning each. Caldwell also had two hits and two RBIs, and Ethan Marshia drove in two and scored twice

“Today was a total team win. I’m proud of our players who competed for the entire five innings,” said Thetford coach Phil Chaput. “Freshmen Wyatt Caldwell and Zander Clark threw a lot of strikes, and that put us in a good position to make plays, and today we did. Ryan and Boone really fueled our offense today and swung the bat really well. A great team win on the road.”

Thetford (4-1) welcomes Harwood on Saturday.

Hollis-Brookline 6, Hanover 2

NORWICH — The Bears scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the fifth inning but surrendered four runs during the top of the sixth frame and fell to 6-3 this season. Hollis-Brookline is 7-0.

Cavaliers pitcher Charles Hale threw a four-hitter with eight strikeouts and one walk while tossing strikes on 68 of his 99 deliveries. Hanover coach John Grainger said the junior is the best hurler his team has faced the last two seasons.

“He never let up,” said Grainger, whose team committed two errors, both in the fourth inning, and a couple of other mental miscues. “We didn’t hit a ball hard all day.”

Hanover starter Sam Sacerdote allowed seven hits and five runs, two of them earned, during six innings. He struck out four Cavaliers and walked none. Casey Graham and Mason Grantrish each had two hits, the latter adding two RBIs.

“Our record is disappointing, and we’re better than that,” said Grainger, whose team visits Stevens (1-7) on Friday night. “But the regular season is really to get you ready for the playoffs. Maybe we’ll take practice more seriously from now on.”

Plymouth 6, Stevens 4

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — The Cardinals fell to 1-7 and play Hanover at home on Friday.

Hopkinton 13, Mascoma 0

WEST CANAAN — The Royals remained winless at 0-8 and will travel to White Mountains on Friday.

Softball Stevens 9, Plymouth 1

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Cardinal senior Brianna Frisbee struck out 11 in a no-hitter as Stevens defeated the Bobcats.

The Cardinals got three hits from Josie Aiken and two each from Kiley Bundy, Frisbee, Zoie Stevens and Mia Herbert (two doubles). Stevens improved to 4-3 and will host Hanover on Friday at 7.

Hopkinton 19, Mascoma 1 (5)

WEST CANAAN — The Royals fell to 1-8 and travel to White Mountains on Friday.

Otter Valley 14, Hartford 4

BRANDON, Vt. — Marina Grassi was in the circle for Hartford, striking out four and walking eight.

Rebecca Keelty, Madison Willey, Hailie Defabiis and Logan Evans scored for the Hurricanes.

“Today’s game was a humbling experience for our group after our three-game streak, but ultimately good things are still happening,” Hartford coach Danielle Tenney said. “Work still has to be done, and they’re committed to doing just that.”

Hartford (3-3) is home to Rutland on Saturday.

Green Mountain 15 White River Valley 3

CHESTER, Vt. — White River Valley’s Sadie Kinsley had two hits, including a solo home run, in the loss.

The Wildcats fell to 0-7 and play Leland and Gray at home Friday.

Lyndon 8, Oxbow 2

BRADFORD, Vt. — Oxbow freshman Anastase Bourgeois struck out nine and had two hits in the losing effort.

The Olympians were down, 2-0, but came back to tie in the fourth before Lyndon plated three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. Sophomore Lily Lahaye had two hits for Oxbow.

“It was a pitching duel through the game. We had some mental errors in the field, and Lyndon capitalized on them,” said Oxbow coach Chuck Simmons. “I like playing strong teams like Lyndon. These types of games are what make the team better. It was a tough loss but a good team-building game. We had great plays in the field to back up Bourgeois’ pitching performance.

Oxbow (4-3) will travel to Williamstown Saturday.

Girls tennis Hanover 9, Keene 0

KEENE, N.H. — After dropping two straight matches, the Bears got back on the winning side in a rout.

“Beautiful day for tennis. All of the team played today and showed great effort,” Hanover coach Liz Murray said.

Hanover (7-2) travels to Bedford on Saturday.

Berlin 9, Stevens 0

BERLIN, N.H. — The Cardinals dropped four singles matches, had to forfeit two others in the loss and were defeated in their doubles matches

Stevens (0-6) welcomes Monadnock on Friday.

Mount St. Joseph 5, Hartford 2

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hurricanes’ No. 2 and 3 singles players, Anthem Philips and Larykn Moodie Hamilton, won their matches in straight sets.

Hartford (0-5) will host Bellows Falls on Thursday.

Boys tennis Lebanon 8, Kennett 1

CONWAY, N.H. — Despite not having their No. 1 singles player, Mason Arado, and No. 3 doubles team, the Raiders won five of six singles matches and three doubles matches.

Singles winners were Nolan Arado, Will Katz, Lavi Halwawala, Finn Erickson and Mattew Neu, who made his debut at No. 6. In doubles, winners were Arado/Halwawala, Baden Schifferdecker/Katz and Ericson/Neu.

Lucas Graham and Reeve Green were 1-1 in exhibition matches, and Blake Boardman and Aiden Snow dropped their two exhibition matches.

Lebanon (6-0) is home to Sanborn on Friday.

Boys lacrosse Winnacunnet 16, Hanover 5

HAMPTON, N.H. — The Warriors led, 8-1, after a quarter and built a 13-3 lead at halftime.

The Bears had two goals from Brendan Kwaku, a goal and two assists from Brendan Logan, a goal and assist from Jack Gardner and a goal from DH Hendrick. Henry Cotter had 14 saves for Hanover.

The Bears (3-4) are home to Champlain Valley on Saturday.




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