Local roundup: Hanover baseball opens postseason with comeback victory

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Published: 6/2/2022 10:42:38 PM
Modified: 6/3/2022 9:22:05 PM

NORWICH — After No. 12 seed Milford broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning, the Hanover High baseball team bounced back with two runs in the bottom half and added another in the sixth for a 3-1 victory in the NHIAA Division II first round on Thursday.

The No. 5 seed Bears (12-4) got a leadoff double by senior Casey Graham, and senior Joe Davis drove him in with a single. Senior Ian Hedgepeth’s sacrifice fly gave Hanover the lead.

An inning later, the Bears plated an insurance tally when senior John Hill singled, moved to second on an error and scored on a single by senior Josh Bucci.

Senior Wes Stocken got the win with five strong innings on the mound, allowing one earned run on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Junior Sam Sacerdote pitched two hitless innings to earn the save, walking one and striking out two.

Hanover is at No. 4 seed Bow for the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Oyster River 6, Lebanon 0

DURHAM, N.H. — The No. 11 seed Raiders (7-10) saw their season come to an end in shutout fashion against the No. 6 Bobcats in the first round of the NHIAA Division II playoffs.

Lebanon graduates seniors John Bieszczad, Cole Fabry, Braeden Falzarano, Benjamin Katz, Zach Whitcomb, Sidney Wallace and Ryan Oliveira.

Souhegan 6, Stevens 1

AMHERST, N.H. — The No. 14 seed Cardinals (6-11) fell to the No. 3 Sabers in the NHIAA Division II first round. Stevens graduates seniors Zack Bundy, Eric Pesalee and Sean Adams.

SOFTBALL Hartford 17, Fair Haven 5 (6)

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The No. 4 seed Hurricanes (11-6) cruised past the 13th-seeded Slaters in the VPA Division II opening round.

Junior Marina Grassi starred on both sides of the ball, pitching a complete game with five strikeouts and two walks while going 5-for-5 at the plate. Sophomore Rebecca Keelty was 4-for-5 with a go-ahead home run and three RBIs.

Other offensive stars for Hartford included sophomores Harper Robinson (4-for-5, 2 RBIs), Madison Willey (two hits) and Logan Evans (double, 3 RBIs).

The Canes will host No. 5 seed Middlebury in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Newport 11, Belmont 0

NEWPORT, N.H. — The No. 5 seed Tigers (14-4) rolled over the 12th-seeded Red Raiders to advance in the NHIAA Division III playoffs.

Newport will host No. 13 seed Mascenic, which upset No. 4 seed Monadnock, in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

BOYS LACROSSE Oyster River-Newmarket 8Hanover 4

DURHAM, N.H. — The No. 8 seed Bobcats ended the No. 9 seed Bears’ season in the first round of the NHIAA Division II playoffs.

Junior Brendan Logan scored three of Hanover’s four goals and also added an assist. Senior Mitchell Rowley also scored, and freshman Sam McDonnell had an assist as well. Freshman Henry Cotter made 10 saves for the Bears, who finished the season at 7-8.

Hanover trailed, 4-0, after a quarter and 6-1 at halftime. The Bears graduate seniors Rowley, Luka Cantone, Will Ciardelli, Ethan Derksen, Roan Downard, D.H. Hendrick and Seamus Murphy.

“As they have all season, the players left everything on the field, competing hard until the whistle blew,” Hanover head coach Ryan Gardner said.

“The seniors should be proud of themselves and how well they represented the school and community throughout the year.”

South Burlington 11Woodstock 9

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — The No. 6 seed Wasps (7-9) were eliminated by the No. 3 seed Wolves in the VPA Division I quarterfinals.

Woodstock graduates seniors Keaton Piconi, Corey White, Colby Eaton, Evan Kurash and Ryan Rumstein.

GIRLS LACROSSE Spaulding 8, Woodstock 7

BARRE, Vt. — The No. 5 seed Wasps (7-6) were edged by the No. 4 seed Crimson Tide in the VPA Division II quarterfinals.

Woodstock seniors Adi Wilson, Hannah Reed, Kellan Johannensen, Sophie Yates, Hailey Cannon, Brighton Martsolf-Tan, Abi Masillo, Taylor Summarsell and Keira Zayas saw their high school careers come to an end.

GIRLS TENNIS Mount Mansfield 5Woodstock 2

WOODSTOCK — The No. 4 seed Wasps (8-5) were defeated at home by the No. 5 seed Cougars in the VPA Division II quarterfinals.

Woodstock graduates seniors Zoe Wood, Meridian Joy-Piper and Kendall Taylor.

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