High School Roundup: Mascenic baseball bounces back with pair of wins

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Campbell on Monday, May 2, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Campbell on Monday, May 2, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Campbell on Monday, May 2, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Campbell on Monday, May 2, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Campbell on Monday, May 2, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Campbell on Monday, May 2, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Campbell on Monday, May 2, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Campbell on Monday, May 2, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic shortstop Sean Agonis has been raking this season. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Campbell on Monday, May 2, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Campbell on Monday, May 2, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Campbell on Monday, May 2, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Campbell on Monday, May 2, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Campbell on Monday, May 2, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Campbell on Monday, May 2, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Campbell on Monday, May 2, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Campbell on Monday, May 2, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Campbell on Monday, May 2, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/4/2022 1:14:12 PM

Mascenic’s baseball team bounced back quickly from last week’s two-game skid, improving to 8-2 with back-to-back wins over Campbell and Raymond.

“We just kind of went away from what we were doing at the beginning of the season,” said senior pitcher Jack Cocozella of the Vikings’ short losing streak. “In the Hopkinton game, we made a lot of errors, and in the Monadnock game, we didn't make some easy ones that we missed too, and the game got away from us.”

Cocozella was knocked out of the Vikings’ first matchup with Campbell after being hit with a comebacker, so he was eager to toe the rubber again in the rematch in New Ipswich Monday. The senior was dominant, striking out 14 Cougars over six innings while allowing two earned runs. 

“It felt good that I could get back out there against them today,” Cocozella said. “They're definitely a top team in this division, so it felt good to bounce back today, make our plays and get the win.”

The Vikings went up in the first on a Sean Agonis RBI triple and a Blaine Krook RBI single; by the top of the fifth, Campbell had tied things up with a couple run-scoring singles. 

Mascenic put the game away with some damage from the bottom of the order in the bottom of the sixth. Luke Leroux singled, stole second and third and then beat the play at the plate on a Caleb Tybursky fielders’ choice. Then, Quinn Krook, thrust into the starting lineup with Hunter Kaarto out sick, stepped up and made his first varsity hit a good one, driving in Tybursky to extend the lead. Cocozella smacked one to center to drive in Krook, and the Vikings were up for good, 5-2.

Joe Cocozella came in to close the game and set Campbell down 1-2-3.

The Vikings jumped out all over Raymond early in their game Tuesday, which was rescheduled to avoid Wednesday’s rain, and then made sure of the win with a seven-run sixth on the way to an 11-1 victory. 

Agonis drove in three runs with a double; Joe Cocozella drove in two more, and Hayes Pearson, Spencer Sikkila and Quinn Krook drove in one each. 

Pearson pitched a complete game with no earned runs, striking out three and allowing five hits. 

Jack Cocozella said that the key to the remainder of the season will be improved pitching; the Vikings are already looking good on the mound and hope to build momentum.

“If we just keep building off that...I think we can win any game,” Cocozella said.

Mascenic hosts Bishop Brady Thursday. 

SOFTBALL

Hollis-Brookline 3, ConVal 1

ConVal had hoped for a revenge game Monday after losing a close one to the Cavaliers in their early-season meeting, but Hollis-Brookline held on at home.

Lily Mandel pitched four innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts; Kendall Sullivan came on in relief and went two scoreless, hitless innings. 

ConVal was scoreless until the top of the seventh, when they got a pinch-hit single from Hannah Beisang, a single from centerfielder Samantha Henderson and an RBI single from catcher Avery Moore. 

ConVal (5-3) will now host Bow on Thursday after Wednesday’s contest was rained out. 

 

Conant 25, Hillsboro-Deering 3

The Orioles demolished H-D Monday, scoring once in every inning and putting up 10 in the second. 

Kaylee Karns and Chelsea Dupuis had three RBI each; Rylee Herr, Teagan Kirby, Graecen Kirby, Hannah Manley, Heather Gonyea, and Mylie Aho each drove in two runs, and Maddie Bergeron, Bella Hayes and Lola Hayes drove in one each. 

Graecen Kirby threw a 14K one-hitter, walking eight.

Conant (4-3) is at Belmont Thursday. 

 

BASEBALL

St. Thomas Aquinas 6, ConVal 0

The Cougars just didn’t have it Monday against the Saints. 

“In the field we had four physical errors and a lot of mental errors,” coach Matt Harris said.

Senior Elias Niemela had two hits. 

ConVal (4-4) hosts Bow Thursday. 

 

Conant 7, Hillsboro-Deering 0

Lane LeClair (5 IP, 1 hit, 1BB, 8K) and Joe Bergeron (1 IP, 1 hit, 2K) combined for a two-hit shutout of Hillsboro on the road Monday. 

LeClair also drove in two runs out of the leadoff spot; Chris Bergeron (2-3), Malique Motuzas (2-4) and Jordan Ketola (2-4) also drove in runs for Conant. 

The Orioles (3-4) are at Belmont Thursday. 

 

WLC 15, Franklin 0

The Warriors are at .500 going into a big rivalry game at Sunapee Friday after beating Franklin at home.

Colby Collins held the Tornadoes to one hit over five innings while striking out eight.

WLC (4-4) is at Sunapee Friday. 

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Conant 4, WLC 3

Both shorthanded, Conant beat WLC 4-3 in Wilton Monday.

“Lots of good tennis all around!” Conant head coach Glo Morison said.

Conant got their singles wins from Jess Yap, Grace Lewis, Nobley Walker, and Lillie Rennie, who played a spirited 9-8 contest with Madeleine Straw.

WLC’s No. 1 Elisabeth Jacob won over Kelly Williams for the Warriors’ lone singles win.

Both teams defaulted at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles, which left the Orioles with an insurmountable lead. Nonetheless, first doubles was played out, resulting in an 8-6 win for Jacob and Erin McDonald; second doubles was called due to rain, but Straw and Senja Sours had enough of a lead to call it in their favor. 

Conant (3-4) hosts Pelham for the final home game of the season on Friday. 

 

WLC 5, Stevens 2

Elisabeth Jacob, Madeleine Straw and Senja Sours all won at singles as the Warriors knocked off Stevens Tuesday afternoon. Jacob teamed with newcomer Jodi Gibson, who has just recently cracked the lineup, for a win at No. 1 doubles, and Straw and Sours teamed for a win at No. 2

WLC (3-6) is at Kearsarge Friday. 

TRACK AND FIELD

Conant races at pair of meets

The Conant track and field team competed at Belmont Saturday and then hosted their final home meet of the season Tuesday. 

At Belmont, the Orioles were all over the podium, with the boys taking first as a team and the girls second behind Belmont by two points. First-place finishers include: 

Kendra Wooster, 100m hurdles

Austin Poikonen, 110m hurdles; 300m hurdles

Ethan Vitello, 200m dash, long jump, triple jump

Ben Sawyer, 100m dash, high jump

Adrienne Kennedy, 800m run

John Oakes, 800m run

Kylie Aho, 1,600m run

Amber Gnoza, 3,200m run

Conant won the boys’ and girls’ team competition at Tuesday’s mini-meet as well.

First-place finishers include: 

Ben Sawyer, 200m dash

Austin Poikonen, 300m hurdles

Jordan Nagle, triple jump

Neve Mormando, 800m run 

Bella Nero, 3,000m run

Kaia Colby, discus

For Mascenic, Connor Traffie won the 800m run and Mackenzie Vaillancourt won the high jump.

Wilton-Lyndeborough’s Samantha Boette won the 200m dash.

 

 

ConVal at Souhegan

The Cougars raced at Souhegan Tuesday afternoon, where the Cougars won the girls’ team competition and were second in the boys’.

ConVal event winners include: 

Eliza Bull, 200m dash

Ada Davis, 400m dash

Allison Bull, 3,200m run

Holland Calcutt, 300m hurdles

Elise Robbins, pole vault

Kendall Larson, long jump, triple jump

Ian Post, 1,600m, 3,200m 

James Post, 300m hurdles, triple jump


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