Local roundup: Tigers roll over Raiders softball

  • Newport High pitcher Cheyenne Hannum releases the ball against Lebanon on May 9, 2022, in Lebanon, N.H. The Tigers won the NHIAA Division III game, 33-0. (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

  • Newport High softball coach Sam McNeel watches his team defeat Lebanon, 33-0, on May 9, 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. Valley News photographs —Tris Wykes

  • Lebanon High batter Piper Morgan watches the final pitch of her team's NHIAA Division III game against Newport on May 9, 2022, in Lebanon, N.H. The called strike ended the Tigers' 33-0 victory. (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: 5/9/2022 11:46:59 PM
Modified: 5/10/2022 12:43:29 PM

LEBANON — The Newport High softball team rode a short bus to its game Monday at Lebanon, then made short work of the Raiders, winning the NHIAA Division III teams’ game, 33-0, in five innings.

Alexis Durgin had a single, a double and a triple and Cheyenne Hannum contributed four singles and a double as the visitors improved to 7-0. The Tigers posted their third shutout while handing Lebanon (1-10) its third whitewash.

“We haven’t seen good, quality pitching yet,” said eighth-year coach Sam McNeel, whose team drew 20 walks and had seven batters struck by pitches. “I worry that later this week we could struggle against Monadnock and Stevens because of that.”

Newport pitchers Tanya Sanchez and Hannum allowed a lone hit — Ashlee Blashock’s first-inning single — while combining for nine strikeouts and three walks. Lebanon hurlers Blashock, Nitara Murray, Abby Braley and Rya Wykes surrendered 17 hits overall.

Midway through the game, McNeel began prohibiting Tigers runners from advancing on wild pitches. He had a player intentionally create the third out of the fifth inning by illegally leaving third base before a pitch was delivered.

Newport has had several promising seasons ended in the playoff quarterfinals during McNeel’s tenure. The Tigers have impressed him with their defense this spring but may need to improve their offense if they’re to break through to next month’s division semifinals.

The Tigers appeared poised for a standout 2020 campaign before it was wiped out by COVID-19 concerns. This season, they don’t play either Prospect Mountain or Campbell, which are currently a combined 17-0, during the regular season.

“We had a quality win against Mascenic,” said McNeel, whose team enjoys the second-year pitching services of Sanchez, a sophomore who regularly throws around 55 mph. “If we can hit well against Monadnock, that could set us up for the rest of the season.”

Newport hosts Monadnock (7-2) on Wednesday before playing a home-and-home doubleheader with neighbor and Division II member Stevens (6-3) on Friday. The Tigers host the Cardinals at 3:30 p.m. and travel for a 7 p.m. rematch. Lebanon hosts Fall Mountain (5-5) on Wednesday.

Hartford 11, Fair Haven 10

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. — The Hurricanes used first baseman Logan Evans’ clutch scoop of a low throw to end their Vermont Division II game and improve to 4-4. Marina Grassi struck out the first two Slaters up to bat in the seventh inning before hitting the next batter, who stole second base.

Grassi relieved Evans after six batters in the first inning and finished with seven strikeouts and one walk. Willey, Hailie DeFabiis, Harper Robinson and Miranda Rogers all hit doubles for Hartford which hosts Brattleboro (4-3) on Wednesday night.

Springfield 25, Windsor 3 (5)

WINDSOR — The Vermont Division II Cosmos (5-6) scored five runs during the first inning of an eventual rout. The Division III Yellowjackets (2-6), beset by injuries, lost their fourth consecutive game and have allowed at least 16 runs during all four of those contests. They visit Fair Haven (2-6) on Thursday.

Baseball Bellows Falls 11, Windsor 2

WESTMINSTER, Vt. — Jamison Nystrom threw a two-hitter with eight strikeouts during a Vermont Division III game for the host Terriers, who improved to 7-3 while dropping the Yellowjackets to 2-6. Windsor visits Fair Haven (3-5) on Thursday.

Lebanon 6, Laconia 3

LACONIA, N.H. — The visiting Raiders (3-5) used a four-run rally during the sixth inning to snap a four-game losing streak. Dawson Bates went 5⅓ innings as Lebanon’s starting pitcher, allowing one hit and two runs, one of them earned. He struck out five batters and walked three.

The Raiders, who pounded out 11 hits while allowing only three, received a Braeden Falzarano triple and doubles from Zach Aldrich and Nick Brill.

Lebanon hosts Kennett (2-7) on Wednesday.

Souhegan 11, Stevens 1

AMHERST, N.H. — The Cardinals lost their fourth consecutive games and fell to 1-9. Stevens plays at Newport (1-8) and hosts the Tigers in the teams’ annual same-day doubleheader Friday.

Boys lacrosse Lebanon 14, Stevens 0

CLAREMONT — The visiting Raiders improved to 5-3 while dropping the Cardinals to 0-8 in NHIAA Division III action. Griffin Auch and Hunter Grant each had three goals and an assist, and Cesar Salcedo and Otto Bourne each added two goals.

James Barnett made nine saves for Lebanon, which hosts Pelham (3-3) on Tuesday. Stevens, which suffered its seventh shutout of the season, visits Hillsboro-Deering (0-6) on Wednesday.

Hartford 11, Montpelier 5

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Gordon Willey had four goals and Ryan Spaulding contributed two goals and two assists to boost the Hurricanes (8-1) past the Solons (2-3). Senior Tarin Prior made his 400th career save for Hartford, which hosts Colchester (5-1) on Wednesday.

Girls lacrosse Hanover 18, Goffstown 7

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. — Lia Naughton scored five goals, Maeve Lee had four goals, two assists and won six draws and Caroline Adams added three goals and two assists for the Bears (5-3).

Emily Perras had three goals and Charlotte Robinson made 10 saves for Hanover, which hosts Windham (8-1) on Thursday in a rematch of an NHIAA Division II contest won, 9-8, by the Jaguars on April 21.

Boys tennis Lebanon 8, Souhegan 1

LEBANON — Nolan Arado, Will Katz, Finn Ericson, Levi Halwawala and Kyle Hines earned singles victories and Arado-Halwawala, Baden Schifedecker-Katz and Hines-Seth Carl pairings also triumphed. Lebanon (7-0) visits Hollis-Brookline (2-6) on Wednesday.

Girls tennis Pelham 5, Stevens 0Pelham 5, Stevens 0

CLAREMONT — The Pythons won both ends of an NHIAA Division III doubleheader at Monadnock Park. The sixth singles match and the doubles contests were not played in either contest. Stevens (0-8) visits Monadnock (3-6) on Thursday.

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