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High School Roundup: Conant baseball beats Mascenic, plus local sports results

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Conant on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Conant on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Conant on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Conant on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Conant on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, May 07, 2018 1:39PM

The first few raindrops of the afternoon didn't fall until the final inning of Friday's Conant/Mascenic baseball game, but by then, the Orioles had already poured it on. Conant took the lead in the second inning and wouldn’t give it up, winning 11-2.

“We came aggressive today,” said Conant senior centerfielder Ryan Smith after his final trip to four-year rival Mascenic. “I liked the energy we had, we definitely came out strong.”

Smitty did a little of everything for Conant Friday, going 3-4 with three stolen bases, two RBI and a two-run bomb deep into the New Ipswich woods over the right-field fence.

“Two-run shot, hit it right in the wheelhouse, good spot, good opportunity to put us up, good feeling,” Smith said. “Absolutely best place to do it.”

Nick Germano went 3-3 with two RBI; Preston Kirby, Jarod Hart and Troy Aho drove in two runs each. Kirby pitched a three-hit complete game for the win with just one earned run.

For Mascenic, Justin Smith started and took the loss. The Vikings did all their damage in the bottom of the second, when Smith singled and scored on an Isaac Rodier hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded, and Sam Hiott sacrificed in TJ Hiott.

The Vikings (4-3) hosted Prospect Mountain Monday after press time; they’ve got Monadnock (6-1) at home Wednesday and a doubleheader vs. Somersworth on Friday.

Conant would play again Saturday, making up a game with Raymond in which the Orioles were dominated by Ram pitcher Alex Sweeney. Sweeney went the distance for the win, striking out 11, and drove in three runs as Raymond won 4-1.

Corbin Sasner took the loss for Conant.

Conant’s lone run  was driven in on a fielder’s choice by Gavin Motuzas.

Conant (3-5) played Franklin Monday after press time and hosts ConVal Wednesday at 4 p.m.

SOFTBALLWindham 19, ConVal 0

The ConVal softball team was shut out by Windham on Wednesday, 19-0. The game started a little late, said head coach Amanda Hinton, and the Cougars came out a little flat. Windham scored early in the first and plated four runs. The Cougar offense didn’t get a hit until the fourth inning when Jaden Hubbard-Lemay hit a single over the third baseman’s head. Taylor Jarest roped a single to left-center field in the 5th as the only other hit of the game. Shannon Allen and Sarah Dauphinais walked to reach base for the Cougars as well. Rachyl Parslow started on the mound for the Cougars and went two innings giving up 15 runs on 6 hits and a handful of fielding errors by the Cougars. Jaden Hubbard-Lemay came on in the third and pitched the final three innings of the game, giving up just four runs, striking out two, and making every out in the fifth inning for the Cougars.

ConVal 14, Trinity 7

After Lizzy Nute sang the national anthem under a double rainbow at Ecco Field, everything was rosy for the Cougars as they beat Trinity 14-7. The Pioneers scored three in the first inning, but the Cougars responded with five runs of their own. Senior captain Sarah Dauphinais started the game off with a deep triple, her first of the season. Sophmore catcher Shannon Allen was walked along with Rachyl Parslow. Hayley Cheviot hit a two-RBI single followed by a single from pitcher Jaden Hubbard-Lemay.

The Cougars plated fivemore runs in the 2nd off an Allen double, a Cheviot triple, and singles from Hubbard-Lemay and freshman Anna Bartsch. 

Hubbard-Lemay took the mound for the Cougars, going five innings, giving up eight hits, two walks, and striking out seven, which was a season high. Nute came on in relief and pitched the final two innings. She faced 8 batters, gave up 2 hits, and struck out 1.

The Cougars (2-5) will host Manchester West on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

WLC loses, then wins three straight

Down to their final strike, Hopkinton walked off with a two-run single against WLC on Wednesday, winning 3-2.

Lily Foisie drove in one run and scored another. 

The Warriors bounced back quickly, as Lexi Balam’s 4-4 performance and Janel Bachand’s two triples and three RBI helped do in Newmarket, 12-0.

WLC beat Pittsfield twice on Saturday, 17-0 and 22-4. Balam and Bachand had four hits each in game one. In game two, Brooke Lane got her first varsity pitching win, and Balam and Bachand had three hits each to lead the Warriors, now 7-1 on the year.

BASEBALLWindham 13, ConVal 3

The ConVal baseball team was blown away by Division I-bound Windham on Wednesday, 13-3. Tim Burgess was a bright spot for the Cougars, going 2-2 with an RBI. Casey Burgess drove in a run as well.

Hanover 12, ConVal 0

Hanover’s Nolan Gantrish threw a one-hit shutout in a five-inning win over ConVal, with Tim Burgess providing the Cougars’ only hit of the day. 

ConVal (4-4) travels to Conant Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Wilton-Lyndeborough wins three straight

The Warriors beat the defending champions and got revenge for their only loss of this season during a three-game win streak last week.

WLC beat 2017 champs Hopkinton 7-5 on Wednesday, knocked off Newmarket 8-2 on Thursday and then beat Farmington 13-5 Saturday to improve to 7-1, good for first in Division IV.

The Warriors haven’t lost since their close defeat at the hands of Newmarket on April 26.

 WLC had Hinsdale after press time Monday; they’ll travel to Portsmouth Christian on Wednesday.

BOYS’ TENNISConVal 8, Trinity 1

ConVal played some good tennis in hot and windy conditions to defeat Trinity, 8-1. Taylor Burgess and Andres Tourgee played their best tennis of this season, according to head coach Michael Young, with 8-1 and 8-0 wins respectively. At No. 1 doubles, Ben Kriebel and Noah Krason fell behind 3-1, but won 7 of the last 8 games for an 8-4 win. Burgess continued his good play, teaming with Jamison Coty for an 8-0 victory at No. 2 doubles.

Lebanon 8, ConVal 1

Having met in the first match of the season which resulted in a 5-4 ConVal win, a much improved Lebanon team came to play the second time. And although ConVal could only manage a win by Taylor Burgess and Ben Kriebel at No. 2 doubles, many of the matches were competitive.

Conant 9, Kearsarge 0

It was a huge celebratory win for Conant as they swept Kearsarge  - “our first ever sweep where we won all nine positions,” said head coach Anne-Marie Osheyack.

In singles play, Sigmund Winiecki beat Tucker Valoric 8-1; Evan Bennett beat Matt Hubley 8-1; Chris Newton beat Jake Long 8-2; Connor Ahern beat Toby McLeod 8-6 and Dameion Greco beat Steve Williamson 8-6. Blake Ferguson, moved into the rotation due to injury, beat Brandon Waddell 8-4 for his first win of the season.

GIRLS’ TENNISMonadnock 7, WLC 2

The WLC girls’ tennis team lost to Monadnock 7-2 last week, but the match was closer than it looked, according to head coach Betsie Sullivan.

“My girls picked up some games but many times just could not move out in front of their opponent,” Sullivan said. Jackie Bird won in No. 1 singles, 9 - 7. Lexi Marcott had a close one in 6th singles losing 9-7 and Erin MacDonald also had a close one in No. 4 singles losing 9-7. The No. 1  doubles team of Jackie Bird and Emma Krug won 8 - 4.

“It was a hot and steamy day, but everyone rose to the occasion and fought hard,” Sullivan said.

Kearsarge 6, WLC 3

Against Kearsarge, WLC lost 6-3 but had some big wins from Bird (8-6), Krug (9-7) and MacDonald (8-4). The Warriors are at Bow on Wednesday.

Conant 9, Kearsarge 0

The Conant girls’ tennis team swept Kearsarge 9-0 last week, with wins from Nicci Munroe, Alexys Smith, Kusum Aryal, Delaney Hirsch, Sarah Smith and Abigail Wheeler, along with doubles victories from Munroe/A. Smith, Aryal/Hirsch  and S. Smith/Wheeler

Conant 5, Sanborn 0

Conant just managed to get in five complete on Friday before the rain started, and beat Sanborn 5-0. Nicci Munroe, Alexys Smith, Kusum Aryal and Delaney Hirsch won their singles matches. Once Abigail Wheeler clinched it with her win at No. 6, Sarah Smith’s match was abandoned due to the rain and the two teams scurried to shelter.

Bow 6, Conant 3

The Orioles finally finished their match against Bow on Saturday, making up for the matchup of April 30 that was rained out partway through. It was the first loss of the season for Conant, who fell to the defending champion Falcons.

Aryal, Hirsch and Sarah Smith all won at singles. 

ConVal 8, Trinity 1

The ConVal girls’ tennis team won their second match of the season 8-1 on Wednesday at home against Trinity High School. There was a gusty wind, but that didn’t bother the team. ConVal won 5 out of the 6 singles matches. Julia Peters, Natasha Kipka, Zoe Werth, Catrina Kipka and Jill Karlicek won handily. 

Doubles play was exciting: Julia and Natasha won easily 8-0, improving their record to 4-1. Upcoming sophomores, Zoe Werth and Catrina Kipka, won in exciting play with long points, lots of “switching” from ad and deuce courts, excellent volleys and baseline play. Their record is now 3-1. Sisters Natalie and Lena LaFleur won easily 8-0 and worked well together recording their first win of the season as doubles partners.

Goffstown 6, ConVal 3

 The Cougars would go on to lose at Goffstown, 6-3. 

Playing before the rain started falling in Goffstown, the team split their singles lines 3-3, with sophomores Catrina Kipka and Lena LaFleur and junior Jill Karlicek winning for ConVal.  Senior Natasha Kipka lost her singles match 8-5 to Bailey Gagnon in a very long, well-played match.

Doubles match play was equally exciting.  ConVal’s number one doubles team of Julia Peters and Natasha Kipka lost in a 7-point tie-breaker  Catrina Kipka and Natalie LaFleur also lost a close match  against Jamie Baines and Caroline Newell. Their match was filled with lots of great net play and good strategy. 

The ConVal girls will be home again on Wednesday, at 4 p.m.  against Hollis-Brookline.

GIRLS’ LACROSSEConVal 18, Trinity 3

The ConVal girls’ lacrosse team beat Trinity 18-3 on Monday, with three goals apiece from Brooke Ellis and Delaney Thompson.

Bow 12, ConVal 10

The Cougars came up just short in their big matchup with Bow, losing 12-10. 

Down 8-3 in the second half and shorthanded due to a yellow card, ConVal made a huge comeback but couldn’t pull it off.

 “We had a couple of great opportunities at the end but obviously it didn't work out,” said head coach Derek Sorbello. “Ultimately it shouldn't have come down to that.  You can't spot a team like Bow that much of a lead. But this game showed the heart these players have.  In the past we had the tendency to fade. Yesterday, they fought to the very end.”

Lily Sheridan had three goals and an assist, Grace Dell had three goals, and Brooke Ellis had two goals and an assist. Kalbie Grassett was a defensive standout.