Softball: ConVal, Mascenic, WLC knocked out of tournament

  • The ConVal softball team hosted Bow for an NHIAA Division II tournament game on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal softball team hosted Bow for an NHIAA Division II tournament game on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal softball team hosted Bow for an NHIAA Division II tournament game on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal softball team hosted Bow for an NHIAA Division II tournament game on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal softball team hosted Bow for an NHIAA Division II tournament game on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal softball team hosted Bow for an NHIAA Division II tournament game on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal softball team hosted Bow for an NHIAA Division II tournament game on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal softball team hosted Bow for an NHIAA Division II tournament game on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal softball team hosted Bow for an NHIAA Division II tournament game on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal softball team hosted Bow for an NHIAA Division II tournament game on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal softball team hosted Bow for an NHIAA Division II tournament game on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 6/7/2021 3:35:00 PM

Bow 10, ConVal 0

ConVal couldn’t overcome the tough pitching of Bow’s Hannah McGonigle Wednesday, suffering a shutout in the Division II tournament preliminary round. 

ConVal threatened in the second, but pitcher Lily Mandel was thrown out at the plate; the Cougars loaded the bases in the sixth but couldn’t come through. 

Mandel threw a complete game, striking out six.

Morgan Bemont, Mary Hulslander, Rylee Blanchette and Mandel had hits for ConVal (6-7).

 

Mascenic 6, Bishop Brady 4

The Vikings scored four runs in the final frame of Wednesday’s Division III tournament game to secure a comeback victory and advance to the quarterfinal round. 

Bishop Brady walked two batters to open the top of the seventh and then made three straight errors before Ella Pearson’s two-run single put the Vikings on top. 

Mascenic trailed 4-0 early in the game before Delaney Traffie’s two-run single in the fifth.

Katalina Davis threw four innings, allowing four earned runs before Lyla Buxton came in and threw three scoreless innings for the win. 

 

Hopkinton 3, Mascenic 2

For the second straight season, a promising Mascenic team was knocked out by Hopkinton in the quarterfinals. Just like in 2019, the Hawks eliminated the Vikings in a one-game Saturday. 

Megan Kimball-Rhines (8IP, zero earned runs, 3 hits, 14 strikeouts) pitched another gem for the Hawks for the victory.

Mascenic took an early 2-0 lead over Hopkinton. Lexis Vautour reached on an error and scored on an Ally Adams single in the first; Katalina Davis was hit by a pitch in the third and scored on a bunt by Leah St. John that resulted in an error. 

The Vikings returned the favor, allowing Hopkinton to score on a error in the fourth and then making another error leading to a Hawk run in the fifth which made it 2-2.

That score would hold up until the eighth, as Mascenic starter Lyla Buxton (7.1 IP, 9 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) threw a beauty herself. But in the extras, Hopkinton’s Keegan St. Cyr (3-for-4, 3B) walked, stole second, advanced to third and then scored with a headfirst slide on a passed ball to win the game for the Hawks.

 “Hats off to Mascenic - just a scrappy team there,” said Hopkinton coach Dan Meserve.

 

Sunapee 22, WLC 10

The Warriors’ only senior, Tiffany Cuddihy, had a career day against rival Sunapee, going 3-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a stolen base, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the mighty Lakers.

“Overall it was our best game,” head coach Scott Dowling said, “and the team never gave up!”

WLC was down 6-0 and 12-5 in the game before rallying to make it 12-10 Sunapee going into the final inning, where the Lakers put up 10 runs to finish the job.

Emily Dubois and Ryleigh Smith pitched for the Warriors.

Adri Bausha (2 2B, RBI), Bri Fish (2 2B, 2 RBI) and Abby Dowling (3B) had big hits for WLC.

“Even in defeat, they held their heads high, and for that, I am proud,” head coach Scott Dowling said. 


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