Local roundup: Raiders come from behind to top Sanborn

  • Cole Fabry —Tris Wykes

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Published: 5/18/2022 9:31:16 AM
Modified: 5/18/2022 9:29:30 AM

KINGSTON, N.H. — Down, but not out, the Lebanon High baseball team found itself in an early 7-2 hole but erupted with seven unanswered runs to top host Sanborn, 9-7, on Tuesday afternoon.

Sanborn scored five runs in the top of the third to build that 7-2 edge. Lebanon’s comeback kicked into gear in the fourth inning when Cole Fabry blasted a home run over the fence in right field. The Raiders then took the lead for good with a five-run rally of their own in the top of the fifth, a barrage which included a two-run single by Fabry.

“We were down, but this team showed some fight and came back,” Lebanon coach Chauncey Wood said. “I’m very proud of these guys. Cole (Fabry) was seeing the ball great and came up huge for us. We really needed it.”

Fabry finished 3-for-4 with five RBIs for the Raiders. Zach Aldrich was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Dawson Bates picked up the win with five innings of strong relief work, allowing just three hits while striking out eight. Francis Calandrella drove in a run with a key squeeze bunt in the fifth-inning rally.

The Raiders improve to 5-7 with the win and will return home to face Pembroke on Thursday.

Windsor 10, Otter Valley 9

WINDSOR — Maison Fortin’s walk-off RBI single lifted the Yellowjackets in a wild back-and-forth thriller over the Otters.

Fortin’s finale in the bottom of the seventh capped a great day at the plate, he went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and had three RBIs. Adam Dufour had two hits and a team-best three runs scored. Johnathon Clark had a single, a double and three RBIs. Richie Young had three hits.

Windsor scored four runs in the bottom of the first to lead, 4-0. Otter Valley would rally to lead, 9-6, after scoring four in both the fourth and sixth innings. The Jacks answered right back with three in the bottom of the sixth to tie it up at 9-9.

Lee Bevis started for Windsor, pitching 3 ⅓ innings before yielding to Dufour and Trevor LaGrow in relief. LaGrow pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning to keep the score tied at 9-9.

The Jacks (4-7) visit Hartford on Thursday under the lights at 7 p.m.

White River Valley 8, Northfield 1

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Dominic Craven struck out 13 in a dominant complete-game effort to lift WRV over the Marauders.

Craven also led the way at the plate, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs. Craven allowed three hits and walked one to go along with his 13 Ks. 

Robby McShinsky was 2-for-2 with three runs scored for the Wildcats. Weston Trombly added two hits and drove in three. Austin Tracy had a hit, scored a run and drove in one.

WRV will conclude a suspended game at home against Woodstock on Wednesday. The Wildcats had a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second when two Woodstock outfielders were injured on a collision.

SoftballNewport 7, Newfound 5

NEWPORT, N.H. — The Tigers were cruising along with a seven-run lead entering the seventh inning before the Bears staged a furious rally, but Newport held on to snap a three-game losing streak and improve to 8-3 while dropping Newfound to 7-3.

Sophomore pitcher Tanya Sanchez was sharp through the first six frames, allowing just one hit up to that point and striking out 13 batters in the game. The Tigers broke the scoreless deadlock with four runs in the fourth, plating two on a single by freshman outfielder Cassie Sanborn and another on a double from sophomore Emma Ritondo, who normally plays shortstop but was filling in behind the plate on Tuesday.

Newport scored three more in the fifth, an inning that started with a triple from freshman Peyton Blackinton, who also doubled. Sanchez singled twice in three trips to the plate.

But the first seven Newfound batters in the seventh all reached base, bringing the tying run to the plate. Ritondo threw out a would-be base stealer at second, then Sanchez got a strikeout. After an error put the tying run back at bat, junior Maddy Norris threw out a runner at third on a single from right field to end the game.

“Those moments are always scary,” Tigers head coach Sam McNeel said. “We’ve been in these situations before where it’s a tight game, and a couple mistakes lead to them being back on their heels. This is absolutely huge because it allows us to know that we can compete with anybody at the top level.”

Newport hosts Lebanon on Wednesday, just nine days after the Tigers defeated the Raiders, 33-0.

West Rutland 16, White River Valley 2

SOUTH ROYALTON — The Wildcats (0-12) couldn’t match up with the Golden Horde.

Starting pitcher Peyton Guay had a double, triple and a home run for West Rutland. Tanner Drury had two hits and scored a run for WRV.

The Wildcats visit Proctor on Thursday.

Boys LacrosseHanover 18, Keene 3

HANOVER — Brendan Logan had seven goals and five assists to lead the Bears (4-6) in a blowout win over Keene.

D.H. Hendrick and Brendan Kwaku each added four goals and two assists. Sam McDonnell, Jack Gardner and Mitch Rowley had a goal each. Andrew Rudd added an assist. Henry Cotter, Devon Pleger and Luka Cantone split time in goal for Hanover, making four saves.

The Bears will host Hollis-Brookline on Thursday.

Girls LacrosseLebanon 14, Pelham 10

PELHAM, N.H. — Catherine Cole had five goals and four assists to help the Raiders edge the Pythons for a quality road win.

Kayla Taber added four goals and an assist. Molly Smith scored once and had three helpers. Ella Longacre scored three and had one assist. Maddie Jewell picked up three assists and had four draw controls. Molly Jane Schutzius had one goal.

Coach Sara Ecker praised the defensive effort of Amalia Hickey, Clara Smyrski, Anna Illsley and Molly Smith in front of goalies Drew Kantor and Bailie Mako (six saves combined). The Raiders (7-2) will visit Trinity on Friday.

Boys TennisWoodstock 4, Brattleboro 3

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Wasps (7-1) avenged their only loss of the season with a hard-fought win over the Colonels.

Cooper Dorsogna battled back to win his singles match, 1-6, 6-3, 10-2. Nixon Malik won, 7-6 (4), 6-2 and Jake Singelais added a third singles win (6-2, 6-3). Otto Nismblat and Reece Sheehan provided the clinching point in what was perhaps the match of the day after losing the first set, 7-5, and trailing 5-3 in the second. The duo won four straight games to force a super tiebreaker, which they won, 10-8, to clinch the Woodstock win.

“We lost 6-1 to Brattleboro to open the season, so we knew they were a very good team but we also felt like we didn’t put our best foot forward that day,” Woodstock coach David Miles said. “We felt like we could do better and I’m so proud of the way we stepped up and did just that.”

Woodstock visits Rutland on Thursday.

Hanover 5, Manchester Central 0

HANOVER — The Bears picked up the win despite four matches not concluding due to the unforecasted arrival of some rain in the area.

Evan Yang picked up an 8-2 run at No. 1 singles for Hanover. Alex Rockmore (8-3), Kevin Pillsbury (8-1) and Charlie Birkmeyer (8-0) also completed wins in singles. Zach Pearson and Sam Ames were well in front in their singles matches before the suspension of play. Yang and Rockmore added an 8-1 doubles win in the only completed doubles match.

Hanover (12-0) visits Bishop Guertin on Wednesday.


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