Roundup: WLC, CV softball grab first wins

  • Katalina Davis pitches for Mascenic against Monadnock last week. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/26/2021 3:28:35 PM

April’s surprise winter weather continued last week, as rain, snow and frigid temperatures led to several game postponements, including at Mascenic, where Thursday’s softball and baseball games were unplayable due to ice on the field. The Vikings also missed out on a few volleyball games, as Keene’s boys’ team was in COVID protocol and couldn’t take the court. Nonetheless, there was plenty of NHIAA sports action around the region.


Keene 13, Conant 0

Conant was up and down quickly Friday afternoon at Keene as the Blackbirds run-ruled the Orioles in five innings.

Tessa Spingola (2-2), Riley Herr (1-2, 3B) and Graecen Kirby (1-2) had hits for Conant. Kirby started on the mound and was chased after three innings, giving up 11 earned runs on nine hits and seven walks with four strikeouts.

Conant (1-1) hosts Monadnock Tuesday.

ConVal splits with Sanborn

The Cougars traveled to Sanborn Saturday and got their first win of the season, 9-3, before losing the second game of the doubleheader, 13-1.

In game one, ConVal scored three runs off four hits in the first inning to take a lead they would never surrender.

Lily Mandel threw a complete game, allowing four hits, three runs and no walks while striking out 10; she was a perfect 3-3 at the plate with a double and two RBI.

Catcher Morgan Bemont went 4-5 with a double, three RBI and three runs; Samantha Henderson (2-4, 2 R), Mairin Burgess (2-4, 2 RBI) and Kendall Sullivan (3B, 2 RBI) all had big hits for ConVal.

The Cougars got roughed up in game two, as Sullivan started and gave up six runs in the first two innings; Mandel came on again to finish out the game, striking out five of the 10 batters she faced. ConVal scored in the first inning but that was all they could muster.

Bemont (2-3, RBI) and Mandel (2-3, 2B) had hits for ConVal.

The Cougars (1-2) were in action against Souhegan Monday after press time and are at Souhegan Friday.

WLC 8, Hinsdale 7

WLC won their home opener Friday over Hinsdale, as Emily Dubois threw a complete game on the mound for the Warriors, striking out six and allowing four earned runs.

Abby Dowling hit three doubles, stole three bases and knocked in a run; Madison Raymond went 2-3 with a double and two RBI and Tiffany Cuddihy drove in another two runs.

WLC (1-2) hosted Mascenic after press time Monday and travels to Mascenic Friday.

Mascenic 9, Monadnock 4

The Vikings stayed undefeated on the season with a win over Monadnock Friday, walking their way to an early lead they wouldn’t surrender. Katalina Davis threw a complete game, striking out eight and allowing seven hits and one walk.

Allie Adams (2-4), Ella Pearson (1-3, 2 R) and Davis (2-3, 2 R) had hits for Mascenic; leadoff hitter Lexis Vautour walked, reached on an error, stole three bases and scored twice.

Mascenic (3-0) was at WLC Monday after press time; they host WLC again Friday.


Sanborn 12, ConVal 2

The Cougars fell to 0-3 on the season with a loss at Sanborn Saturday afternoon.

“At the plate, the slow pitching had us way out in front,” said head coach Matt Harris. “We had some opportunities to score some runs and we just could not execute.”

Joe Gutwein (2-3) and Ollie Theriault had hits for ConVal.

The Cougars were set to play at Souhegan Monday after press time and then host the Sabers Friday.

Hinsdale 8, WLC 7 (11 innings)

The Warriors lost their home opener to Hinsdale Friday in extra innings.

“We had too many errors, but had our chances, with runners in scoring position in the eighth, ninth and 10th,” WLC coach Tom Brennan said.

Troy Brennan went 4-6 with four doubles in the loss, and Ty Bacci threw two scoreless innings in the ninth and 10th to keep the Warriors in the game.

WLC (1-1) hosts Mascenic Tuesday.

Monadnock 10, Mascenic 5

Monadnock came to New Ipswich Friday and gave the Vikings their first loss off the season, scoring eight runs in the first two innings to jump out in front.

Ben Dean had four RBI to lead the Huskies.

Joe Cocozella started and allowed six hits and one earned run while walking five over 1.2 innings; brother Jackson Cocozella took over and went the rest of the way, giving up two earned runs with three strikeouts, five hits and two walks.

Joe Cocozella (2-5, 2B), Sean Agonis (1-4), Shea Zina (2-3, 2B), and Hayes Pearson (1-4) drove in runs for Mascenic.

The Vikings (2-1) are at WLC Tuesday.


Bishop Guertin 3, Mascenic 0

Mascenic’s boys’ volleyball team got the season started on the road at Bishop Guertin Friday, but fell in straight sets.

“The first two sets were tight and the third set got away from us early,” said head coach Lauren Somero, back helming the Vikings after a two-year layoff. “We’re improving every day – a young, green team.”

Spencer Dilda led the team with five kills. Matt Swanson, new to the sport as of three weeks ago, had two kills of his own; Somero said Swanson, who’s also running track when he can fit it into his volleyball schedule, is an athletic, hard worker who is improving quickly.

Mascenic (0-1) is at Goffstown Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Boys’ tennis

ConVal wins a pair

The Cougars got right back into the swing of things on the tennis court this spring, winning their first two matches over Sanborn in a home-and-away set. On Thursday, ConVal beat Sanborn 8-1, with singles wins from Ben Kriebel, Jaimini Viles, Brady Proctor, David MacKay, Eva Calcutt and Fletcher Maggs.

The teams of Kriebel/Proctor and Viles/Mackay won their doubles matches as well.

On Saturday, ConVal traveled to Sanborn for a rematch and won 8-1 once again. Kriebel, Viles and Proctor won at the No. 1, 2, and 3 singles; Calcutt and Maggs moved up the ladder and won at 4 and 5, and Lucas Gregory won his first career match at 6 in a comeback bid.

Calcutt/Proctor and Maggs/Avery Pope won at doubles.

ConVal (2-0) has Souhegan at home Monday after press time and then is at Souhegan Friday.

Track and Field

Conant, WLC, Mascenic race at Monadnock

The Orioles won both the boys’ and girls’ team competition at Monadnock Saturday.

First-place finishers for Conant included:

■Kaia Colby, girls’ 100M hurdles, shot put

■Austin Poikonen, boys’ 100M and 300M hurdles

■Girls’ and boys’ 4x800M relay teams

■Boys’ 4x100M relay team

■Girls’ 4x400M relay team

■Lainey Holombo, girls’ 400M

■Eva Shirey, girls’ 300M hurdles

■Ethan Vitello, boys’ 800M, triple jump

■Michael Brooks, boys’ 200M

■Ben Sawyer, boys’ long jump, high jump

WLC’s first-place finishers included:

■Sam Boette, girls’ 100M and 200M dash

■■Girls’ 4x100M relay team

■Mairead Brady Markey, girls’ long jump

■Brooke Lane, girls’ high jump

Mascenic found their success on the field, where Jimmy Crawford won the boys’ shot put and javelin and Gabe Turner won the discus. Quinn Aldrich was the top finisher for the Mascenic girls, taking second in the girls’ 3,200M behind Monadnock’s Delaney Swanson.

The teams will be back in action at Conant on Wednesday.


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