CV baseball tops Hollis-Brookline

CV softball beats Souhegan in extra innings

ConVal varsity baseball won 3-1 versus Hollis-Brookline on Wednesday. Ivon Clough pitched seven innings, giving up five hits, one run, and striking out nine. He also had an RBI triple in the 6th inning. Danny Allen had two hits including a two-run double in the 3rd inning. ConVal played good defense committing only one error.

The Cougars then went on to lose 10-0 to Souhegan on Friday. ConVal (2-2) hosted Hanover last night.

∎ The ConVal Cougars softball team used some late game heroics for an extra innings 9-7 victory Friday against the Souhegan Sabers. The Cougars trailed 5-0 before Courtney Fisher crossed home in the 6th inning to make it 5-1. The Cougars and Sabers battled to a 0-0 tie through 3 innings before the home team got to Fisher for a pair of home runs. Cougar first base man Brittani Doyle was summoned to the mound by Coach Jim Coppo and worked the 6th, allowing a pair of hits and an unearned run. The Sabers took a 6-1 into the 7th.

The Cougars would send 12 batters to the plate in the top half of the 7th, plating six runs to take a 7-6 lead. Sarah Dugas, Reilly McCartney and Bryanna Lindsay all reached base before third baseman Emmasae Hallen smashed a shot that looked like it had enough to get out of the park, but Saber centerfielder Jessica Cataauso made a catch at the base of the fence. Fisher drew a walk, forcing in Dugas. Kassidy Green and Doyle each added hits pulling the Cougars within 1, 6-5. Centerfielder Taylor Guay blasted a single to put the Cougars up 7-6. The Cougars left the bases loaded.

The Souhegan contingent wouldn’t go quietly, as they scored the tying run on a pair of back to back doubles. Fast forward to the extra frames, the Cougars Emmasae Hallen earned a walk before Saber phenom freshman pitcher Heather Yabroudy struck out a pair of Cougar batters. Doyle reached, setting the stage for pinch hitter Sam Hanlon. Hanlon took an 0-2 pitch deep off the fence that scored Greene and Doyle giving ConVal the 9-7 lead. Yabroudy then struck out the final batter of the inning setting the stage for Fisher. The Cougars misplayed a ball to allow leadoff hitter Val Mukai to reach. Facing the top four Saber batters (6 of 7 runs, 2 home runs), Fisher went to work, striking out the side to earn the win. She finished with 11 strikeouts. The Cougars move to 2-2; they faced Hanover last night.

∎ The Conval girls varsity lacrosse team lost to Lebanon 9-5 last week. The score was 7-2 at half, but Conval did not give up. They fought hard in the second half with great defense. Goals were scored by Jess Kemmet, Sierra Tracy, Zoe Paige, Autumn Cahoon, and Ingrid Aho. Briana Jones had an assist. Olivia Thomas had a great game on defense and Lilly Grisafi had another standout performance in net with 19 saves.

Conval then faced Belmont on Friday and notched their first win of the season. The final score was 11-6. Zoe Paige scored four goals, Ingrid Aho scored three goals, Meghan Close scored two goals and had one assist. Briana Jones scored one goal and had two assists. Jess Kemmet scored one goal and had one assist. Sarah Kolk had one assist. Grisafi made six saves and Jen Lehrman made four saves. Paige and Aho had a great game in the attack. The team did a great job moving the ball up the field. The girls faced John Stark in an away game last night.

∎ The ConVal boys varsity lacrosse team beat Pelham 9-6 on Thursday to earn their first win of the season. After their first two regular season games getting postponed, ConVal knew their season/home opener vs Pelham was going to be a tough one, especially given that Pelham beat them up last year, 17-4, at their house. The boys stepped up to the challenge and handed Pelham a 9-6 defeat on the ConVal Stadium field. Goals were scored by Isaiah Taylor (four goals, one assist), Clay Lyons (two goals), Patrick Joseph (one goal, one assist), JT Clough and Grey Kuras.

Sean Stinehour had a great game with 18 saves, most of those coming late in the game when Pelham was attempting to mount a comeback. ConVal led 6-3 at the half. Pelham made some key adjustments to slow the Cougar offense in the second half, while ConVal changed up their game a bit to preserve the lead while also getting a look at some defensive schemes they may need to overcome in the future.

The JV squad also held off Pelham 6-5.

The varsity squad played at Stevens Saturday and won 18-0. A big improvement over last year’s 9-7 win. In the blowout, the Cougars were able to get quite a bit of playing time for a lot of kids that don’t see the field much during close contests. Most of the starters didn’t play much after halftime and the score jumped up a bit with some anxious younger players trying to prove themselves when given the opportunity. Many of ConVal’s players have been on the other side of a final score like this; they understood the situation and didn’t score anymore after a few minutes into the fourth quarter, according to first-year head coach Bob Taylor.

Goals were scored by Isaiah Taylor (five goals, three assists), Riordan McCole (three goals. one assist), Patrick Joseph (two goals), Clay Lyons (two goals), Jimmy Stewart (two goals), JT Clough Gray Kuras, Nick Phillip and Caleb Guinn. Sean Stinehour had 5 saves.

ConVal travels to Laconia tonight and hosts Milford on Friday at 4 p.m.

∎ The 2014 Babe Ruth 13-15 year old draft will be held on May 3 from 1-3 p.m. at Humiston Field in Jaffrey. This will be a combined draft/sign up for all eligible players from the ConVal, Conant and Mascenic school districts. It is encouraged that all eligible players attend the draft. There will be refreshments on hand and all players who participate in the draft will be entered into raffles for prizes.For your convenience, student players may pick up registration forms from the Athletic Directors at SMS, Boynton and Jaffrey Rec Dept. Please do not return forms or payment to the school or Rec departments.

Any questions, please call Tina Carey at 899-6905 or email Mike Clark at

Reach Sports Editor Ben Conant at 924-7172, ext. 226 or He’s on Twitter @BenConantMLT.

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