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Round 1 to the Orioles

Conant baseball wins 11-1, while softball downs Mascenic 7-0

  • Both the Conant baseball and softball teams defeated Mascenic handily on Monday afternoon in New Ipswich.<br/>(Staff photo by Brandon Lawrence)
  • Both the Conant baseball and softball teams defeated Mascenic handily on Monday afternoon in New Ipswich.<br/>(Staff photo by Brandon Lawrence)
  • Both the Conant baseball and softball teams defeated Mascenic handily on Monday afternoon in New Ipswich.<br/>(Staff photo by Brandon Lawrence)
  • Both the Conant baseball and softball teams defeated Mascenic handily on Monday afternoon in New Ipswich.<br/>(Staff photo by Brandon Lawrence)
  • Both the Conant baseball and softball teams defeated Mascenic handily on Monday afternoon in New Ipswich.<br/>(Staff photo by Brandon Lawrence)
  • Both the Conant baseball and softball teams defeated Mascenic handily on Monday afternoon in New Ipswich.<br/>(Staff photo by Brandon Lawrence)
  • Both the Conant baseball and softball teams defeated Mascenic handily on Monday afternoon in New Ipswich.<br/>(Staff photo by Brandon Lawrence)
  • Both the Conant baseball and softball teams defeated Mascenic handily on Monday afternoon in New Ipswich.<br/>(Staff photo by Brandon Lawrence)
  • Both the Conant baseball and softball teams defeated Mascenic handily on Monday afternoon in New Ipswich.<br/>(Staff photo by Brandon Lawrence)
  • Both the Conant baseball and softball teams defeated Mascenic handily on Monday afternoon in New Ipswich.<br/>(Staff photo by Brandon Lawrence)
  • Both the Conant baseball and softball teams defeated Mascenic handily on Monday afternoon in New Ipswich.<br/>(Staff photo by Brandon Lawrence)
  • Both the Conant baseball and softball teams defeated Mascenic handily on Monday afternoon in New Ipswich.<br/>(Staff photo by Brandon Lawrence)
  • Both the Conant baseball and softball teams defeated Mascenic handily on Monday afternoon in New Ipswich.<br/>(Staff photo by Brandon Lawrence)
  • Both the Conant baseball and softball teams defeated Mascenic handily on Monday afternoon in New Ipswich.<br/>(Staff photo by Brandon Lawrence)

One week after poor field conditions delayed the first meeting of the Conant and Mascenic baseball and softball teams, the rival schools finally took to the diamonds in New Ipswich on Monday.

And round one went to Conant.

The Orioles’ baseball team won 11-1 in six innings, while the Conant softball team took a 7-0 decision over the Vikings to remain unbeaten on the season.

The schools will meet once more this season, barring any playoff battle. The softball teams will square off on May 8 in Jaffrey, while the baseball squads have a very different plan. On May 10, Conant and Mascenic will take their rivalry on the road to Cooperstown, N.Y., and Doubleday Field at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The Vikings have played there for a number of years and the Orioles decided to raise money and do the same this year.

Conant got a strong pitching performance out of senior Eddie Clark on Monday. Clark, who had two wins in relief this season but had not made a start, pitched all six innings and allowed just two hits and a walk, with three strikeouts. Shane Rautiola’s RBI single in the fourth to score Jared Stauffeneker was Clark’s only blemish.

At that point, the Orioles already led 6-0. They scored twice in the first and two more in the second on a Mascenic error. In the fourth, senior Devin Springfield knocked in a run with a double and Josh LeBlanc added a run-scoring single. Springfield drove in two in the fifth with a triple.

As for the Conant softball team, another strong performance from senior Kelsey Smith kept the Orioles undefeated. Smith allowed just four hits over seven innings and struck out 10, as the Bentley University-bound hard throwing righty tossed her third shut-out in five games.

The Orioles opened the game with two quick runs in the first, one scoring on sophomore Katie Chadbourne’s single. But Mascenic senior Katelynn Kelleher settled down and kept the Orioles’ offense, which had scored double digits in the first three games, in check until the sixth.

In the second to last at bat, Conant scored five times to put the game out of reach — especially with Smith in the circle.

Junior Heather Bilodeau, who led off the frame with a double, and Sierra Landry scored on Reenie Kim’s double. Ivy Chalke’s single brought in Kim and Chadbourne added a run-scoring double. Jenna Sirois also plated a run with a single.

Conant travels to Kearsarge on Friday, while Mascenic hosts Fall Mountain.

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