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A pair of undefeated seasons for Boynton

36 wins in a row for baseball with three straight titles; first ever title for softball

  • The Boynton girls softball team capped off an undefeated season by defeating Epping in the championship game on June 2.

    The Boynton girls softball team capped off an undefeated season by defeating Epping in the championship game on June 2.

  • The Boynton girls softball team capped off an undefeated season by defeating Epping in the championship game on June 2.

    The Boynton girls softball team capped off an undefeated season by defeating Epping in the championship game on June 2.

  • The Boynton girls softball team capped off an undefeated season by defeating Epping in the championship game on June 2.

    The Boynton girls softball team capped off an undefeated season by defeating Epping in the championship game on June 2.

  • The Boynton girls softball team capped off an undefeated season by defeating Epping in the championship game on June 2.
  • The Boynton girls softball team capped off an undefeated season by defeating Epping in the championship game on June 2.
  • The Boynton girls softball team capped off an undefeated season by defeating Epping in the championship game on June 2.

On Monday afternoon, the Boynton Middle School softball team capped off its undefeated season by capturing the league championship, defeating Epping 11-1. Twenty-four hours later, Boynton’s baseball team won its 36th consecutive game, defeating Derryfield 5-1 to earn its third consecutive championship.

In softball, Bulldogs’ pitcher Madison Labrie threw a gem, striking out 13 and keeping the Epping bats silent all game. The Bulldogs held Epping scoreless until the third inning, when they surrendered a run on an overthrow.

Boynton answered with a rally in the bottom of the fourth, plating four runs. Melonie Ojala beat out the throw on an infield hit, then Sydney Letters earned a full-count walk to put runners on first and second. Raven Comtois drove them both in with a double to left. Teammate Samantha Bilodeau was hit by a pitch and then Shannon Agonis doubled to center, bringing in Comtois and Bilodeau.

The Bulldogs held Epping scoreless in the top of the fifth, while adding four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Shelby Babin walked and Jordyn Babin’s hit moved her to third. Ojala drove in Shelby Babin, and Letters was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Jordyn Babin scored via the walk and Agonis drove another two in.

Boynton scored three more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Jordyn Babin, Ojala, and Letters all collected hits, and were driven in by Labrie and Comtois.

Epping was unable to get anything going offensively in the seventh and the Bulldogs came away with the title.

Karen Veeser, who has been coaching the Boynton softball team for 14 years, knew she had a special group of girls this season.

“Sixteen of my 18 players play on an alternate team in the offseason. The coaches of the alternate teams worked hard with these girls through the offseason. These girls have natural ability and a lot of heart for the game,” said Veeser following the victory.

Veeser was quick to acknowledge the strong support the team has been given throughout the season.

“The parents were awesome this year. You always have one of two dedicated parents, but this is the best group I’ve had yet. It has been an amazing year.”

Due to a carnival occupying Boynton baseball’s home field, their championship game against Derryfield was moved to Franklin Pierce University.

Ace Tyler Faulkner threw a complete game three-hitter, walking one and striking out nine.

“It’s even more impressive because he threw a complete game against Derryfield not long ago and the hitters still couldn’t figure him out,” said head coach Dutch Stauffeneker.

Colby Lampinen drove in the first run of the game in the second, laying down a perfect suicide squeeze. That would be the only run scored in the contest until the fifth inning.

Faulkner had a perfect game going until the top of the fifth, when Derryfield reached base for the first time via a double. Faulkner answered the call, helping his own cause by driving in a run for Boynton in the bottom half of the inning. Teammate Drew Rines smashed a two-RBI double and then scored on a Derryfield overthrow. The Bulldogs would not relinquish any of their 5-1 lead, capturing their 36th straight victory.

“We have been to the championship game for the last five years, winning the last three,” said Stauffeneker. “This was the most focused the kids have ever been. They never get sick of winning ball games.”

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