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Roundup: Conant baseball beats Mascenic, Labrie Ks 17 in Viking softball win

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Monday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 12:43PM

A week ago, the Conant baseball team was under .500 with a pair of ten-run losses, and starting to get down on themselves. But first-year head coach Arric Mather nipped that negativity right in the bud.

“We had the first couple losses in the season, obviously the team was starting to feel a little down,” Mather said. “So we just had couple practices, rallied them together, and put it straight – ‘Hey guys, we’re not going to win every single game – now we don’t have to worry about being undefeated, right? That pressure’s off of us. Let’s go out there and have some fun, make the plays. We came right out the next game and scored six runs in the first inning.”

Now, Conant’s 4-2 and riding the momentum of a three-game win streak after beating Mascenic 8-2 on Monday.

“I saw a light bulb click in a couple of them,” Mather said, “and it’s contagious.”

The Orioles were electric Monday, using a five-run second inning to jump on Mascenic’s sophomore starter Shea Zina (six IP, three earned runs, 11 Ks). Mason Bernier and Gavin Motuzas ripped RBI doubles to center and the Orioles scored on an error by second baseman Dylan Vaillancourt. Then, with the bases loaded, a wild pitch allowed Cam Feyrer to score, and the ensuing throw to the plate bounced off his helmet and went out of play, scoring Motuzas.

“Sometimes the bounces go your way, which is nice,” Mather said.

Meanwhile, Oriole starter Preston Kirby (four IP, four K, two earned runs) and Motuzas (three IP, four K) combined for a one-hitter, the only damage coming on a fifth-inning double by Zina that plated Isaac Rodier and Jackson Cocozella, as the Vikings’ struggles at the plate continue.

Mather’s focused on getting his whole roster some playing time, and having a lot of interchangeable parts is beneficial.

“We’re trying to see what our identity is still,” Mather said. “It’s a young season and we’re trying to see where all the pieces fit.”

One key piece so far has been sophomore Griffin Labonte, now starting at catcher after injuries to Colson Seppala and Nick Bergeron.

“Griffin’s really – pun intended — stepped up to the plate, and taken it head on,” Mather said. “He’s been a great guy behind the plate, hitting really well, very disciplined, great guy to be a coach for – you can tell he listens and appreciates the stuff that we’re trying to do for him.”

In the outfield and in the dugout, Feyrer is a hard worker who Mather said is practically a third coach.

“Cam has been a great leader for the team on and off the field,” Mather said.

Now, the Orioles will look to keep their momentum going through the season and into the playoffs without losing steam or peaking too early.

Conant is scheduled to play at Newport (0-3) today at 4 p.m. and then host them Wednesday before traveling to Mascenic on Friday.

Mascenic (1-5) is scheduled to travel to Raymond (4-2) on Thursday.

Pembroke 2, ConVal 0

ConVal lost their first game of the season on Monday to visiting Pembroke in a nine-inning, 2-0 game.

“We almost got out of it, but we didn’t,” said head coach Mike Marschok.

Jack Plourde pitched eight scoreless innings before giving way to Casey Jordan, who walked the leadoff man in the ninth and loaded the bases before giving up the game’s winning runs.

Marschok said that the Cougars hit the ball well but right at the Spartans’ defense.

“We had a half dozen hits, but we really just couldn’t string it together,” Marschok said.

ConVal (4-1) is at Coe-Brown Northwood (3-2) Wednesday at 4 p.m.

 

WLC 5, Farmington 1

The Warriors have won four straight following Monday’s win at Farmington, though head coach Dave Finch said it wasn’t their best game.

“We had a hard time getting going,” Finch said. “I think everyone knew we just did what we had to do to win the game.”

A two-run single by Sean Brennan in the fourth inning broke the game open for good, and the fine pitching of Troy Brennan kept the Tigers off the scoreboard for the most part. Troy went all seven innings and only allowed two hits and one run.

WLC (6-1) is at Concord Christian (2-2) on Wednesday.

SOFTBALL

Mascenic 5, Conant 1

The unstoppable force that is Madison Labrie was on full display Monday afternoon, as the senior Viking pitcher mowed down 17 Orioles in Mascenic’s 5-1 win.  Labrie allowed three hits, three walks and an unearned run on the way to victory.

Labrie (1-3) drove in a run for Mascenic and Sam Hughson (1-4) drove in two as Conant’s Manea Aho threw a complete game with nine strikeouts and two earned runs. 

Conant’s only run came on an outfield error in the third inning.

Mascenic (4-1) is at Raymond on Thursday and hosts Conant on Friday. Conant is scheduled to travel to Newport (1-2) Tuesday and host them Wednesday.

Farmington 2, WLC 0

Wilton-Lyndeborough lost their first of the year as the Warriors could only muster two hits and no runs at Farmington Monday. Senior pitcher Lexi Balam threw a gem in defeat, striking out 11 and allowing one earned run on a leadoff triple and a single in the first inning.

Balam and Janel Bachand had a single apiece to account for WLC’s offense.

The Warriors (5-1) are at Portsmouth Christian (1-4) on Wednesday and at Newmarket (1-2) Friday.