Local roundup: Hurricanes softball moves north of .500 mark

  • Mackenzie Liu

Staff Reports
Published: 5/18/2022 10:45:30 PM
Modified: 5/18/2022 10:43:44 PM

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. — It may have been a day later than originally scheduled and in a different venue, but the Hartford High softball team pushed its record above .500 for the first time in two weeks with a 17-9 victory at Fair Haven on Wednesday.

The teams were supposed to meet Tuesday at Maxfield Sports Complex, but Fair Haven couldn't get a bus, so the game was rescheduled and moved to the Slaters' home field.

Junior Marina Grassi went the distance for Hartford (6-5), striking out seven batters. The Hurricanes drew 12 walks in the game, scoring five runs in the first and never looking back.

"We've really seen improvement in this team from last year until now with their ability to stay strong through an entire game and overcome tough innings," Hartford head coach Danielle Tenney said.

The 'Canes will head to Windsor on Thursday to take on the Yellowjackets.

Thetford 14, Twinfield 7

THETFORD — Freshman Paige Tremblay struck out six batters in two and a third innings of one-hit relief to help the Panthers (5-5) defeat the Trojans.

Another freshman, Rebecca Osgood, drove in a pair of runs, and Thetford's lone senior, Krystal McKinney, reached base three times on a hit and two walks.

The Panthers are at Randolph on Thursday.

Otter Valley 20, Windsor 1

WINDSOR — Senior Megan Holling and sophomore Sydney Perry had the only two hits for the Yellowjackets (3-8) in Tuesday's loss to the Otters.

Windsor hosts Hartford on Thursday.

Kearsarge 23, Mascoma 3

WEST CANAAN — The Royals dropped to 1-12 with Wednesday's loss to the Cougars.

Sophomore Alyssa Webster had a strong game, going 2-for-3 with a single and a triple. Senior Maggie Morse singled twice and walked, and freshman Jilliane Ballou had her first varsity hit and RBI.

"We are hitting the ball, the other team just made some good plays," Mascoma interim head coach Christine Labore said. "I encourage the girls to hit if they can get their bat on it. I'd rather see them hit than walk. Unfortunately we are walking in too many runs."

The Royals head to Bishop Brady on Thursday.

Newport 16, Lebanon 2

NEWPORT, N.H. — The Tigers improved to 9-3 while dropping the Raiders to 2-12. Newport visits Kearsarge (4-7) on Thursday and Lebanon hosts those same Cougars on Monday.

Kennett 12, Hanover 0

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. — The Bears were routed by the Eagles and fell to 1-9. Hanover hosts Stevens on Thursday.

BASEBALLHanover 15, Kennett 6

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. — The Bears (9-3) pulled away from the Eagles with eight runs in the seventh inning, led by a 4-for-4 day by senior Ian Hedgepath.

Hanover struck first with a four-run first inning, but Kennett rallied to tie things at 5 after the fifth. The Bears retook the lead with three runs in the sixth, thanks to big hits from senior Wes Stocken and Hedgepath.

Seniors Josh Bucci and Joe Davis and sophomore Jackson McBride had two hits apiece. On the mound, Hanover split the game among four pitchers, and junior Sam Sacerdote earned the win with a two-inning relief outing.

The Bears will host ConVal on Friday.

Hartford 6, Fair Haven 0

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. — Sophomore Matt Hayes threw a complete-game shutout to lead the Hurricanes (4-7) past the Slaters. Hayes allowed just two hits and one walk, striking out 14.

Hartford only had two hits in the afternoon — a Hayes single and a double by senior Noah Arsenault — but took advantage of four Fair Haven errors.

The 'Canes host Windsor on Thursday night.

White River Valley 10, Woodstock 0

SOUTH ROYALTON — A contest that began on May 5 was concluded Wednesday, with the Wildcats (10-3) getting the better of the Wasps (5-5).

White River Valley was leading, 4-0, in the bottom of the second inning when two Woodstock outfielders collided chasing a fly ball. Both were injured on the play, with one carted away in an ambulance, and the teams agreed to suspend the game.

Senior Austin Tracy starred on both sides of the ball for the 'Cats, striking out six and allowing just one hit in five innings. He also was 3-for-3 at the plate, scoring three runs and driving in two.

Senior first baseman Weston Trombly had two hits and drove in a pair of runs, as did senior outfielder Jamesen Roussel. Senior Dominic Craven also had a multi-hit game.

Junior Robby McShinsky turned an unassisted triple play in the fifth.

White River Valley is at Mill River on Thursday, the same day Woodstock hosts Springfield.

Thetford 6, Montpelier 4

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Panthers (7-3) rode four innings of scoreless relief from junior Jacob Gilman to defeat the Solons.

Junior Nolan Pepe's two-run double in the sixth gave Thetford the lead. After Montpelier's leadoff batter reached base in the seventh, senior catcher Ryan Malloy picked him off at first. Then, with a runner on second, Gilman made the catch on a bunt pop-up and doubled off the runner to end the game.

"I'm very pleased with how Jacob pitched," Panthers head coach Philip Chaput said. "He came into a tough spot with the bases loaded in the fourth, got us out of that jam and then closed the game out. It was a gutsy, quality performance. I'm really proud of how well we persevered."

Thetford will travel to Randolph on Thursday.

Kearsarge 7, Mascoma 4

NORTH SUTTON, N.H. — The Royals (0-12) played their closest game of the season, but could not quite get past the Cougars.

Mascoma will travel to Bishop Brady on Friday.

GIRLS LACROSSEHanover 20, Oyster River 8

DURHAM, N.H. — Senior Lia Naughton led the Bears (8-3) with five goals in a big win over the Bobcats.

Sophomore Maeve Lee added four goals for Hanover, with junior Emily Perras and senior Caroline Adams adding three apiece. Freshman Maggie Higgins scored twice, and Lee, Adams and junior Sadie Higgins each won six draw controls.

"Great overall team effort," Bears head coach Sarah Martin said. "Team played much better after a long bus ride."

Hanover is back home Saturday morning to take on Kingswood.

BOYS LACROSSECampbell 9, Lebanon 7

LITCHFIELD, N.H. — The Raiders (8-4) saw their five-game winning streak come to an end against the undefeated Cougars. Lebanon led by a goal entering the fourth quarter, but Campbell's goaltending helped the Cougars come from behind.

Otto Bourne and Hunter Grant each scored twice for Lebanon, while Griffin Auch, Cesar Salcedo and CJ Childs scored a goal apiece. James Barnett made 10 saves.

"Defense played outstanding against a normally high-scoring Campbell team," Raiders head coach Cole Flannery said.

Lebanon is at Hopkinton next Monday.

Hartford 14, Spaulding 5

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hurricanes (10-1) rolled over the Crimson Tide for their seventh consecutive win. Hartford is at Stowe on Saturday morning.

GIRLS TENNISHanover 9, Bishop Guertin 0

HANOVER — The Bears improved to 9-4 with the shutout of the Cardinals at Storrs Pond.

Hanover's singles victories came from senior Eleanor van Aalst (8-1), freshman Rachel Rockmore (8-0), junior Mackenzie Liu (8-0), junior Noura St. Hilaire (8-3), freshman Sophia Costa (8-1) and senior Natalie Feyrer (9-7). Those six players also helped the Bears sweep the three doubles matches.

Hanover will close out the regular season at home against Manchester Memorial on Friday.

Conant 7, Stevens 0

CLAREMONT — The Cardinals honored senior Amaya Eitapence on Wednesday afternoon, but fell to the Orioles to go to 0-9.

Sophomore Pantita Tansrisuwan, at the No. 4 position, came the closest to pulling out a singles victory, falling 8-4. Eitapence won three games at No. 1 singles, and her younger sister, sophomore Izabela Eitapence, took two games at No. 2.

Tansrisuwan and sophomore Kamdyn Aldrich played the closest match of the day at No. 2 doubles, losing 8-5.

Stevens hosts Kearsarge on Thursday afternoon.

BOYS TENNISLebanon 9, Windham 0

LEBANON — The Raiders (9-1) rebounded from their first loss of the season to shut out the Jaguars.

Senior Mason Arado (8-1), sophomore Nolan Arado (8-0), junior Baden Schifferdecker (8-0), sophomore Will Katz (8-1), freshman Lavi Halwawala (8-2) and freshman Kyle Hines (8-0) were all victorious in singles. Senior Seth Carl replaced Halwawala in doubles as Lebanon swept all three matches there as well.

"We looked, at this match, to better ourselves for the playoffs, so some of the matches were very lopsided in our favor, but every conversation that I had with a kid on the sideline was (about) what are we working on," Raiders co-head coach Tammy Arado said.

Lebanon is at Portsmouth in a makeup match on Thursday.

Hanover 8, Bishop Guertin 1

NASHUA, N.H. — The Bears stayed unbeaten at 13-0 with a win over the Cardinals.

Hanover's wins in singles came from senior Evan Yang (8-2), senior Alex Rockmore (8-4), senior Kevin Pillsbury (8-1), senior Charlie Birkmeyer (8-4) and freshman Sam Ames (8-5). Sophomore Evan Pearson lost in a tiebreak to give Bishop Guertin its only point as the Bears swept the three doubles matches as well.

Hanover clinched the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NHIAA Division I state tournament, and will play at home up until the championship round.

"It was great to catch up with a well-coached and fun program that we haven't drawn in quite a few years now," Hanover head coach Jarrod Shaheen said. "BG has some nice talent, but we were able to outlast and outplay them using our consistency and match preparedness to carry the day."

The Bears conclude the regular season at Manchester Memorial on Friday.

Burr & Burton 5, Hartford 2

MANCHESTER, Vt. — The Hurricanes (3-6) dropped their sixth straight match after opening 3-0. Hartford is at St. Johnsbury on Friday.

 




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