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Softball: Conant bounces back but loses back-and-forth thriller to undefeated Campbell

  • The Conant softball team hosted Campbell on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant softball team hosted Campbell on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant softball team hosted Campbell on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant softball team hosted Campbell on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant softball team hosted Campbell on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant softball team hosted Campbell on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant softball team hosted Campbell on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant softball team hosted Campbell on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant softball team hosted Campbell on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant softball team hosted Campbell on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant softball team hosted Campbell on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant softball team hosted Campbell on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, April 25, 2019 11:24AM

Undefeated Campbell rolled into Community Field looking to make short work of Conant on Wednesday afternoon. You would have been forgiven for leaving after the top of the first inning, where the Cougars pounced on the Orioles, taking a 6-0 lead on three singles, three doubles and a walk off starter Brenna Welch.

Conant, however, wasn’t about to quit.

The Orioles loaded the bases in the bottom of the first and scored on a Manea Aho (3-5, 2 RBI) single before freshman Zoe Boyd came to the plate. Boyd smashed the first pitch she saw over the fence in left center for her first career home run, a grand slam, and Conant was right back in it. Boyd circled the bases, touched home and headed into the arms of her incredulous and exuberant teammates.

From there, it was a game. Campbell extended the lead to 8-5; Conant made it 8-7. Campbell went up 10-7; Conant made it 10-9. 

The sun dipped as strong winds and dark clouds rolled in over Mount Monadnock, and the sunny spring day turned frigid.

In the fifth, Conant made three errors and Campbell pushed ahead yet again, 13-9. Again, Conant wasn’t done. Silas Bernier (2-3, 2 RBI, 3 runs) crushed a two-run homer to center in the bottom half. Tessa Spingola (2-4, RBI, 3 runs) tripled in Boyd, in the sixth. After Campbell chose to walk Bernier, Welch (2-3, RBI, 2BB) doubled to plate Spingola and Bernier and after all that, the game was tied going into the seventh inning.

“Good teams battle,” said Conant head coach Wiley Billings. “We battled back, we battled back, we tied it, we had our chances.”

Campbell hit a single and a double to left to push one more run over the plate in the seventh, and Conant was playing from behind yet again in their final ups. Manea Aho singled, Camri Aho bunted and reached on an error, and the Orioles had the tying run on third. But Campbell pitcher Maddie Davis locked in and struck out Bella Hayes and Kaylee Karns to end the game.

After spotting undefeated Campbell six runs on a day where both Mylie Aho and Teagan Kirby were unavailable due to the school vacation week, Billings couldn’t complain about a game that came down to the last out. Conant had 14 hits, six extra-base hits and 25 total bases in the game.

“I’m very happy with the way we battled today,” Billings said. “We hit the ball like that, we’re going to win a lot of games.”

Conant (2-3) is off to Newport (0-2) Friday afternoon and hosts Mascenic (3-1) on Monday.

BASEBALL

Conant 9, Campbell 7

 

The Orioles jumped out to a seven-run lead after one inning against the visiting Cougars on Wednesday and despite making it interesting, Conant held on to win.

Senior Gavin Motuzas led Conant, going 3-4 with 2 RBI and a run. Nick Germano (1-4, run), Preston Kirby (2-4, run) and Silas Seppala (1-3, run) all had hits for the Orioles.

Jerome Olin started the game and went five innings with two strikeouts, two walks, eight hits and four runs allowed. Motuzas pitched the final two innings in relief, striking out two, walking three and allowing three runs before closing the Cougars out in the seventh.

Conant (3-2) looks to keep their win streak alive on Friday at Newport (0-2) before hosting Mascenic (1-3) on Monday.