Baseball/Softball Roundup: Orioles flying high after back-to-back walkoff wins

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Raymond on Friday, May 13, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/14/2022 12:43:38 PM

The Orioles are flying high after ending their week with back-to-back walkoff wins at Humiston Field.

“Wins are good – it makes everything a lot easier in the dugout,” said Conant head coach Aric LeClair Friday afternoon. “There’s a saying: ‘winning cures everything.’ So this is gonna help us. It’s building momentum. The guys are cheering a little bit more. We’re hitting a little bit more, they’re believing in themselves in a little bit more.”

The Orioles got their good thing going Thursday afternoon, when they made a comeback from down 6-1 in the fifth against Winnisquam to win 7-6 on an eighth-inning single and steal from Malique Motuzas, who took third and then scored on subsequent throwing errors. 

Joe Bergeron (2-4, RBI) tied the game with an RBI in the seventh; Josh DiPasquale (2-4, RBI), Jordan Ketola (2-3, RBI) and Corey Collins (2-4, RBI) all had timely RBI hits. 

Lane LeClair went eight innings on the mound for the win, striking out 13 while allowing four earned runs on six hits and a walk. 

The gritty come-from-behind win was exemplary of what Coach LeClair said is his team’s biggest strength: their resiliency.

“When you can come back behind 6-1 and just keep on digging and digging and digging?” LeClair said. “Testament to what these guys are capable of. And if we could just get those few mistakes here and there away, we wouldn't have to do that.”

Conant kept up their momentum Friday against Raymond, winning on a 10-run rule pinch-hit walkoff single by Jacob DiPasquale, who took off on a celebratory run around the bases before sliding in headfirst at third base in jubilation. 

“That was a big moment,” LeClair said. “I told him early in the game to be ready for his time. Jake went up there and he was due and he had a line drive –  couldn't be happier for him. He deserved that hit.”

Chris Bergeron (2-2, 2BB, 2 RBI), Lane LeClair, Jordan Ketola (1-3, 2BB, RBI), Dylan Adams, Joe Bergeron and Derrick DeWees (2-2) drove in runs.

Ketola went five innings for the win, striking out five with one walk and four hits. 

The Orioles (5-6) host Mascenic Monday and are at Fall Mountain Wednesday. 

 

SOFTBALL

ConVal 12, Pelham 8

The Cougars went down 5-0 at Pelham Wednesday after Python Shaelyn Hinton – ConVal head coach Amanda Hinton’s daughter – socked a three-run homer in the third inning. But, ConVal battled back, scored seven runs in the fourth, and wouldn’t trail again.

Morgan Bemont (3-5, 2B, 3B, 2R, 4 RBI) led the ConVal offense; Avery Moore (2-2, HR, 3R, 3 RBI), Samantha Henderson (2-5, 2B, 2R, RBI) and Kendall Sullivan (2-3, R, RBI) drove in runs for the Cougars.

Lily Mandel pitched three innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. Sullivan pitched four innings, allowing three runs on two hits and five walks with nine strikeouts.

ConVal (7-5) hosts Souhegan Monday.

Conant 17, Kearsarge 0

Conant got a convincing five-inning shutout victory at Kearsarge Wednesday, as Graecen Kirby and Shayla Seppala combined to allow just one Cougar hit.

Teagan Kirby (3-3, 2 2B, 2BB, 3 R, 5 RBI) had a big day at the plate; Mylie Aho (2-3, 3 RBI), Graecen Kirby (2-3, 2 RBI), Irelynd Aucoin and Seppala also drove in runs.

Conant 13, Raymond 1

Everyone got in on the action Friday in the Orioles’ sixth straight win.

Teagan Kirby (2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI), Mylie Aho (3-4, 2 RBI), Heather Gonyea (2-2, 2 RBI), Tessa Spingola (1-3, 2B, RBI), Graecen Kirby, Bella Hayes, Rylee Herr and Kaylee Karns all drove in runs.

Graecen Kirby pitched six innings, allowing one earned run on four hits with two walks and 13 strikeouts.

Conant (8-3) hosts Mascenic Monday and is at Fall Mountain Wednesday.

Mascenic 12, Hillsboro-Deering 9

Katalina Davis hit two home runs in her first two at-bats and Leah St. John had another as the Vikings won their fifth straight game on Friday. Davis and St. John went back-to-back in the second inning.

Lexis Vautour (1-3, 2B, RBI), Ella Pearson (2-4, 2B), Haley Fleming (1-4), Bella Knisley (1-2) and Val Stenerson (1-3) all had hits for Mascenic.

The Vikings (6-3) are at Conant Monday and host Hopkinton Wednesday.

BASEBALL

Pelham 5, ConVal 4

Joe Gutwein went 2-4 with a triple and an RBI at Pelham Wednesday, but the Cougars made four errors and ended up with a loss.

Austin Knight (2-3), Elias Niemela (1-3, 2B), Wyatt Beaulieu (1-4) and Sam Scheinblum (1-4, 2B) had hits for C0nVal.

The Cougars (5-7) host Souhegan Monday and are at Hanover Friday.

 

Mascenic 17, Hillsboro-Deering 7

Sean Agonis went off for Mascenic on Friday, driving in four runs with two doubles and a home run in the Vikings’ rout of Hillsboro. 

Ethan McGovern (4-4, 4 RBI), Joe Cocozella (2-2, 2 2B, 2 RBI), Blaine Krook (3-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI), Quinn Krook (2-3, 2 RBI) and Caleb Tybursky (1-2, 2 RBI) and Brady Kivela drove in runs for the Vikings. 

McGovern got the win on the mound, allowing two earned runs in 2.2 innings; Hayes Pearson and Hunter Kaarto each had a turn to hurl as well. 

The Vikings (11-2) hadn’t even won 10 games in a season since 2017, when they finished 12-6 by winning five out of their last seven. Mascenic plays at Conant Monday and hosts them the following Monday. 

 

WLC 8, Pittsfield 2

Troy Brennan homered for the second straight game as the Warriors picked up a win at Pittsfield Friday. Eight different Warriors got hits in the game; Keegan Hall and Ty Collins had two hits each. Sean Brennan threw a complete game for the win with 15 strikeouts. 

WLC (7-5) takes a three-game win streak into Monday’s game against Portsmouth Christian and plays at Newmarket Wednesday. 


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