High school roundup: Wilton-Lyndeborough softball wins pitchers’ duel

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  • ConVal Regional High School junior Coleman Momenee looks to pass to senior Scott Stanley during the game at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, N.H., on April 10, 2018. (Valley News - Carly Geraci) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Carly Geraci

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:55AM

Runs were hard to come by in Wilton-Lyndeborough’s chilly season opener against Nute on Monday.

“It was a pitcher’s battle,” said head coach Denny Claire, who sent his ace Lexi Balam to the mound to face the Rams. Balam dazzled, throwing a 15-strikeout, one-hit shutout, only surrendering a bloop down the right field line.

Nute’s pitcher was superb as well, striking out 11 Warriors.

WLC scored a run on an error, plated Balam on a groundout and then got a base knock from Abby Leblanc to make the 3-0 final.

The Warriors (1-0) were set to host Hinsdale Wednesday afternoon and host Sunapee Friday at 4 p.m.

Mascenic 20, Monadnock 1

The Mascenic softball team made quite  a splash in their first game of 2018, blowing out Monadnock 20-1 on Monday afternoon. Junior Maddie Labrie struck out 12 in a complete game. Senior second baseman Sydney Letters went 3-3 with three doubles and drove in six runs to lead the Vikings, and senior left-fielder Melonie Ojala drove in another three runs with a single, a double and a triple. Mascenic (1-0) was set to play at Kearsarge Wednesday after press time; they’ll host a Final Four rematch with Campbell Friday at 4 p.m.

BaseballWLC 18, Nute 1

The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team got a combined complete game from the Brennan boys as the Warriors beat Nute 18-1 on Monday.

Junior Neal started the game and pitched 2.2 innings of one-hit ball. Freshman Sean came in to relieve his older brother and threw 1.1 innings, and freshman twin Troy closed out the fifth inning as WLC won by the mercy rule.

 Shane Partridge and Sean Brennan each went 3-3 and Jake Levert went 3-4.

“They hit the ball really hard,” said head coach Dave Finch, who got all 15 of his players on the field Monday. 

WLC (1-0) was set to host Hinsdale (0-1) Wednesday after press time and host Sunapee Friday at 4 p.m.

Monadnock 5, Mascenic 0

Husky starter Dan Heise was too much too soon for Mascenic on Monday, shutting out the Vikings 5-0. Mascenic (0-1) was set to travel to Kearsarge Wednesday after press time and host defending champion Campbell Friday at 4 p.m.

Boys’ lacrosseConVal 17, Lebanon 8

New head coach Nick Duffy and the ConVal boys’ lacrosse team started their season with a win at Lebanon Tuesday afternoon, 17-8. After a slow start, the Cougars put in ten goals after the half to put Lebanon away. Seniors Jake Phillips and Scott Stanley scored three goals each and Stanley added three assists, as nine Cougars scored in the game. Mike Perry went 15-2 on faceoffs to help give ConVal the edge. Goalie Carson Kingsberry, pressed into service for injured senior Pat Laroche, held the Raiders to just four goals before ConVal, way ahead, put in their subs. The Cougars (1-0) are at Campbell Friday at 4 p.m. 

Track and field

A steady snowfall wasn’t enough to stop Conant High School from hosting the first track and field meet of the year on Tuesday. Athletes from Conant, Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering, Derryfield, Monadnock and Hopkinton dashed through the snow and shook off the winter rust. 

WLC took home  a trio of event wins, as Sam Bailey won the shot put with a toss of 38’3” and then the discus at  109’. Jacob Yurcak won the boys’ 100M in 12.52.

 Mascenic’s Dakota Somero had a big day, winning the boys’ 1600M in 4:56.5 with teammate DJ Turner right behind at 4:57. Somero also anchored Mascenic’s winning 4x400M relay team.

Conant won four events on the day. Senior Taylor Banish won the pole vault, clearing 8’. Twin sister Jordan Banish was first in the 110M hurdles in 18.37. Abby Drew won the long jump with a leap of 16’3.5”, and the Orioles also won the  girls’ 4x100M relay in 56.84.

Mascenic is in action Saturday at Pelham; they’ll be at ConVal Tuesday, as will Conant. WLC goes to Monadnock Tuesday.

Girls’ tennisSouhegan 5, ConVal 4

The ConVal girls’ tennis team played Souhegan at home on Monday. 

ConVal’s No. 1 , Julia Peters, played a formidable opponent in Lila Morgan. Both girls have a very similar game with a fast past, strong serve and coming into the net. Morgan won 8-4. 

No. 2 Natasha Kipka, won 8-1 in long points and many games that went to deuce over Abby Tesconi. 

Zoe Werth and Catrina Kipka also won their singles matches. 

 Werth and Catrina Kipka played No. 2 doubles vs. Lexi Weisberg and Anna Goyette, winning 8-3. Both girls worked well together, communicating, hitting deep shots to their opponent’s baseline and consistently getting their serves in. 

A new No. 3 doubles team debuted: the LaFleur sisters (Natalie and Lena). They did not win but Coach Glo Morison said she sees a lot of potential in the duo, which just needs time to practice and play on the same side of the net together. 

Souhegan won the match 5-4.

ConVal was set to host Pembroke Wednesday after press time; they travel to Windham Thursday at 4 p.m.

Conant 9, WLC 0

The Conant girls’ tennis team shut out Wilton-Lyndeborough 9-0 on Monday. 

Nicci Munroe, Alexys Smith, Kusum Aryal, Delaney Hirsch, Sarah Smith and Abby Wheeler all won at singles. The teams of Munroe/Smith, Aryal/Hirsch and Smith/Elizabeth Gonyea all won at doubles.

Conant is now 2-0 and hasn’t lost a game. They host Stevens (0-2) Thursday at 4 p.m.

WLC (0-2) hosts Lebanon (1-2) Thursday at 4 p.m.

Boys’ tennisSouhegan 8, ConVal 1

ConVal’s second match of the season was a loss to a veteran team from Souhegan, 8-1. Many of the singles matches were competitive with many deuce games, but the Souhegan team was just too strong.

Ben Kriebel and Taylor Burgess, both having struggled in their singles matches, played well against their singles opponents for CV’s lone win at No. 2 doubles.

ConVal traveled to Pembroke Academy on Wednesday after press time and is home vs. Windham Thursday at 4 p.m.