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High School Roundup: Mascenic softball, Conant baseball win, plus other local results

  • The Conant softball team hosted Mascenic on Friday, May 25, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic’s Maddie Labrie struck out 16 Orioles Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Conant softball team hosted Mascenic on Friday, May 25, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant softball team hosted Mascenic on Friday, May 25, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Friday, May 25, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Friday, May 25, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Friday, May 25, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Friday, May 25, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Friday, May 25, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Friday, May 25, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team hosted Mascenic on Friday, May 25, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Conant’s Gavin Ketola shows he has the ball, but Mascenic’s TJ Hiott was called safe at home on a delayed double steal. Still, Conant hung on to win, 3-2. Staff photo by Ben Conant



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, May 28, 2018 1:39PM

Mascenic’s Maddie Labrie was on fire Friday at Conant, striking out 16 Orioles as the Vikings won their season finale at Community Field 5-1.

Conant had taken an early lead after Hannah Carey was hit by a pitch in the third and then driven in by Skyler Tenney. But, Mascenic evened the score in the fourth, when Melonie Ojala reached one one error and scored on another.

The Vikings blew the game open with a four-run fifth, where Labrie, Shelby Babin, Ojala and Sam Bilodeau all reached consecutively. Ojala drove in one, Sam Hughson sacrificed in another and then Sydney Letters smashed a two-run double to create an insurmountable gap.

Mascenic finishes the season at 15-3, with losses to only Conant, Newport and Campbell. That puts them at sixth in Division III, and unofficially sets them up for a home game against No. 11 Winnisquam (8-8) Wednesday at 4 p.m., pending the release of the official NHIAA playoff bracket.

Conant finishes at 9-7 and takes the 10th seed, and with it, a road playoff game Wednesday at No. 7 Belmont (12-4).

SOFTBALLWLC walks off

The Warriors and Cougars just can’t play an ordinary game. Fortune favored WLC yet again on Thursday, as Lexi Balam threw a complete game shutout and went 3-3, including a walkoff in the ninth inning, as the Warriors beat Derryfield 1-0.

WLC finishes at 15-3, good for fourth in Division IV. The Warriors are expected to host No. 13 Littleton (7-9) Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. to open the DIV playoffs.

ConVal falls in finale

The Cougars hung on to win a close game at Kingswood Wednesday before losing the season finale against Pelham on Friday.

On Wednesday, ConVal got a boost from Rachyl Parslow, who went 3-5 with three doubles, a walk, three runs and three RBI as ConVal beat Kingswood 17-14.

Taylor Jarest went 3-6 with five RBI and Hayley Cheviot was 3-5 with a double, an RBI and four runs scored.

ConVal then lost to Pelham 15-3, concluding the season at 4-12, one game out of the 15th and final playoff spot in Division II.

baseballConant outlasts Mascenic

The Vikings struck first and last, but the Orioles still pulled out a tough 3-2 victory in the regular season finale on Friday.

Josh St. John singled and scored on a Justin Smith sacrifice in the first to open the scoring for Mascenic.

Conant evened it up in the bottom half on an Aidan Kirby double and a Jarod Hart single, and then took the lead in the second when Gavin Motuzas walked and scored on an error.

Motuzas would double in Ryan Smith in the third for an insurance run, which the Orioles needed.

The Vikings pulled off a crafty delayed double steal to score in the fifth, when Drew Rines took off for second, drew a throw and got stuck in a rundown, which allowed TJ Hiott to come home from third.

Corbin Sasner (7 IP, 1 ER, 9 K) struck out Smith to end the threat and finished with a complete game as Conant won 3-2.

Conant finishes at 9-7 and will likely be the No. 10 seed, although there are some balls still in the air. Namely, the NHIAA is expected to rule on the Campbell/Fall Mountain doubleheader before releasing the brackets. Those two teams played two scheduled five-inning games last week and may have violated an NHIAA policy by doing so. If those games are forfeited, Conant will move up in the seedings.

If all remains as is, Conant will likely travel to No. 7 Raymond (11-5) on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Mascenic finishes at 8-10 and should be the No. 13 seed, which gives them an unfavorable matchup at No. 4 Somersworth Thursday at 4 p.m. Hilltopper ace Colby Grant no-hit Mascenic as Somersworth swept the Vikings in a doubleheader earlier this season.

WLC takes No. 3 seed

The Warriors snagged the No. 3 seed in Division IV by beating Derryfield on Thursday, 7-2.

“It was actually a much closer game than that,” explained WLC head coach Dave Finch, as the Warriors scored six of those runs in the second inning and played Derryfield even from there.

JJ Leblanc had a big two-run single on a 3-2 count on a ball over his head, and Cody Johnson added another big two run hit. Sean Brennan threw a complete game with five hits, five strikeouts and a walk.

WLC finishes at 14-2 and should be the No. 3 seed in Division IV. Littleton is also 14-2 but holds the tiebreaker.

The Warriors are expected to host No. 14 Epping (6-10) Thursday at 4 p.m.

ConVal ends the skid

The ConVal baseball team finally ended their nine-game losing streak by beating Epping on the last day of the season, 5-3. It was too little, too late for their playoff chances, however, as the Cougars finished at 5-11, two wins away from contending for one of Division II’s 15 playoff spots.

BOYS’ LACROSSEConVal wins big

The Cougars got it done on senior night against Bishop Brady, winning 23-8 behind 10 goals from Cam Tracy. Hunter Gullage made three goals to go with 10 assists.

ConVal (8-6) finishes seventh in Division III, and will be the seventh seed of eight. That means they’ll head up to No. 2 Laconia (13-1) Friday at 5 p.m.

GIRLS’ LACROSSECougars limp into playoffs

ConVal lost their final two games of the season but still makes the playoffs as the seventh seed.

The Cougars were depleted due to injuries Friday night at Bishop Brady, most notably to senior forward Grace Dell, concussed on the last-second no-call against Derryfield.

In her absence, Lily Sheridan led with five goals, but Bishop Brady won 12-10.

Anna Taylor had a goal and four ground ball controls.

Head coach Derek Sorbello said Mackenzie Costello and Hannah Johnson were strong defensively.

ConVal (9-5) should win the tiebreaker with Gilford (9-5) for the seventh seed and will play at No. 2 Hopkinton (13-1) Thursday at 4 p.m.