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High School Roundup: Warriors best in Division IV, plus all the local high school sports action

  • WLC’s Owen Hughes pitches for the win at Hinsdale Monday. Photo by Lisa Balam

  • WLC baseball and softball at Hinsdale Photo by Lisa Balam—

  • WLC’s Sam Yurcak reaches for a ball at first base during the Warriors’ 12-0 win at Hinsdale Monday. Photo by Lisa Balam



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 12:59PM

The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team beat Hinsdale on Monday to improve to 8-1 – good for first place in Division IV as the Warriors enter the second half of the season. Still, WLC head coach Dave Finch said it was their worst game of the year, perhaps as a result of playing the one-win Pacers. 

“We really didn't play well,” Finch said. It's hard to stay wicked psyched and motivated when the team is 1-7, and what happens is you start playing on their level.”

Nonetheless, the Warriors picked up an 8-5 win. Neal Brennan, who looks to be breaking out of his season-opening hitting slump, had two hits, as did Jake Levert. Owen Hughes pitched 5.1 innings before Sean Brennan came in to relieve; the bespectacled Brennan brother blew away the side in the seventh to close it out.

“We take the win and get out of there,” Finch said.

WLC is at Portsmouth Christian Wednesday at 4 p.m. and at Nute Friday.

BASEBALLConant 14, Franklin 1

Aidan Kirby went 3-4 with two doubles and five RBI as the Orioles smoked Franklin 14-1 on Monday. Jarod Hart added three more RBI with a 2-4 day. Kirby also pitched five innings with eight strikeouts for the win.

Conant (4-5) hosted ConVal Wednesday after press time and has Monadnock (7-1) at home Friday at 4 p.m. Conant is the only team to beat Monadnock this season.

 

BOYS’ LACROSSEMilford 13, ConVal 12

ConVal let one slip away for a rare loss against Milford Monday afternoon, as the Spartans tied the game late and scored again in overtime to win it 13-12.

“We’re missing six varsity players due to injury, and we’re struggling,” said head coach Nick Duffy.

Liam Denehy had five goals and Hunter Gullage had three goals and five assists. 

ConVal (3-4) was at Kearsarge Wednesday after press time and has Coe-Brown at home Friday at 4 p.m.

GIRLS’ LACROSSEConVal 12, Saint Thomas 9

The ConVal girls were down 4-1 early at Saint Thomas but didn’t give up.

“Our defense was playing really well, but we had trouble clearing it through the midfield which lead to some early goals,” said head coach Derek Sorbello.

In the second half, it was senior Grace Dell who put the game out of reach, scoring seven of her team-high eight goals after halftime.

Katie Moorehead had 10 draw controls, one goal and two assists.

“Our core defenders, Kalbie Grassett, Hannah Johnson, Molly Janoch and Mackenzie Costello played tough and smart and were able to shut them down in the second half,” Sorbello said.

ConVal (4-2) had Kearsarge Wednesday after press time and is at Coe-Brown Friday at 4 p.m.

SOFTBALLConant 3, Franklin 2

The word is out on the Conant softball team, and teams are bringing their A-game to the Orioles, as evidenced by Monday’s tough extra-innings win over Franklin.

“We're not a surprise anymore,” said head coach Wiley Billings. “We’re 8-1 — teams are going to bring their best to beat us.”

Tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth, Camri Aho reached first, went first to third on a Karissa Oakes bunt and scored on Franklin’s only wild pitch of the game to win it.

Aho pitched a complete game for the win and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh with no harm.

She’d also get two base hits in the game, as would Silas Bernier and Brenna Welch.

Conant (8-1) hosted ConVal Wednesday after press time and hosts Monadnock Friday at 4 p.m.

Manchester West 11, ConVal 5

ConVal went up 3-1 after the first inning against Manchester West Tuesday, but they would never lead again, eventually losing 11-5.

Rachyl Parslow led the offense for the Cougars going 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles, a single, a run scored, and an RBI. Natalia Hautanen was 2 for 4 with a pair of singles and 2 runs scored.

ConVal (2-6) was at Conant Wednesday after press time and is at Milford Friday at 4 p.m.

Mascenic 3, Prospect Mountain 0

Maddie Labrie struck out 16 Timberwolves as Mascenic shut out Prospect Mountain on Monday, 3-0.

Tori Cardinal went 2-2 with two RBI and Shelby Babin drove in another for Mascenic.

The Vikings (8-1) hosted Monadnock Wednesday after press time and have a doubleheader at home against Somersworth Friday starting at 3:15 p.m.

BOYS’ TENNISConant 5, Pelham 4

Conant managed to squeak out a win against Pelham on Tuesday, 5-4. The Pythons were tough, handing Evan Bennett his first singles loss of the season.

Sigmund Winiecki and Chris Newton were the only two Orioles to win at singles, but Conant swept the doubles portion to win the day.

“The boys have done something incredible thus far - in no season since they've all been playing have they won more than five matches, and they have never made the state tournament,” said head coach Anne Marie Osheyack. “So regardless of what happens next, that should be applauded.”

Conant (10-1) had a rematch with Pelham Wednesday after press time and travels to Portsmouth Christian Friday at 4 p.m.

ConVal 7, Milford 2

ConVal played well to defeat a shorthanded Milford team, 7-2. Everrett Landers played well in a closer than 8-4 win. Taylor Burgess, Ben Kriebel and Mac Timmons all won with steady, error-free play. Andrews Tourgee and Noah Krason played their best in a 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles.

ConVal (4-4) played Hollis-Brookline Wednesday after press time and is at Milford again Thursday at 4 p.m.

GIRLS’ TENNISConant 6, Pelham 3

Pelham’s top two got the best of Conant at No. 1 and No. 2 singles and again at No. 1 doubles, but the rest of the Oriole ladder got the job done. Kusum Aryal, Delaney Hirsch, Sarah Smith and Abby Wheeler all won at singles and doubles to give Conant the 6-3 win.

The Orioles (8-1) were at Lebanon Wednesday after press time and host WLC Friday at 4 p.m.

ConVal 8, Milford 1

ConVal played a doubleheader at Milford on Monday, and only senior Natasha Kipka was able to win, taking victories in both of her singles matches.

ConVal (2-7) hosted Hollis-Brookline Wednesday after press time and are at Souhegan Friday at 4 p.m.