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Baseball: ConVal uses 12-run first for mercy-rule win over Kearsarge

  • The ConVal baseball team hosted Kearsarge on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal baseball team hosted Kearsarge on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal baseball team hosted Kearsarge on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal baseball team hosted Kearsarge on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal baseball team hosted Kearsarge on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal baseball team hosted Kearsarge on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal baseball team hosted Kearsarge on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal baseball team hosted Kearsarge on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal baseball team hosted Kearsarge on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal baseball team hosted Kearsarge on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal baseball team hosted Kearsarge on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal baseball team hosted Kearsarge on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, April 26, 2019 11:6AM

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: the ConVal boys are off to a hot start this season. After a state championship soccer season and a final four trip in basketball, the baseball team now appears to be riding that swelling wave of success that’s washed over ConVal this school year. 

ConVal (4-0) didn’t require any drama or extra-innings heroism on Thursday, when they took a quick five innings out of their school vacation to blow out visiting Kearsarge (0-3). Kearsarge started lanky lefty Brodie Mulligan, who walked three batters and hit two more in the bottom of the first inning. Battling the blinding sun on the South Meadow field, Kearsarge dropped three flies balls in the same inning, and ConVal batted around and scored 12 runs before making a single out. 

“We came out strong, took advantage,” said ConVal head coach Mike Marschok. 

Connor Buffum (five innings, seven strikeouts, three hits, two walks) cruised on the mound, allowing two runs in the third before striking out the side and generally looking in command the whole way. 

With the damage done, the Cougars eased up a bit, took their foot off the gas and didn’t reach base again before the end of the 12-2 win.

“I didn’t like that,” Marschok said. “We didn’t score any more runs...When you score early like that, you kind of coast, and there’s no reason to coast. We’ve got to do better...We won the game, so I don’t want to sound too negative, but we’d like more going forward in those other four innings.”

ConVal is tied with three other 4-0 teams – Hollis-Brookline, Bow, and John Stark – for tops in Division II at the moment. 

The Cougars host Pembroke (1-3) Monday at 4 p.m.