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High School Roundup: Welch throws gem in Conant softball shutout win

  • The Conant softball team hosted Fall Mountain on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant softball team hosted Fall Mountain on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant softball team hosted Fall Mountain on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant softball team hosted Fall Mountain on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant softball team hosted Fall Mountain on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant softball team hosted Fall Mountain on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Conant pitcher Brenna Welch tosses one home to catcher Skyler Tenney during the Orioles’ five-inning shutout of Fall Mountain on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Conant softball team hosted Fall Mountain on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant softball team hosted Fall Mountain on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant softball team hosted Fall Mountain on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant softball team hosted Fall Mountain on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Conant baseball bounced back Tuesday, defeating Fall Mountain 12-1. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Conant baseball bounced back Tuesday, defeating Fall Mountain 12-1. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Conant baseball bounced back Tuesday, defeating Fall Mountain 12-1. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 1:23PM

 

Conant opponents don’t have many good options this softball season. The Orioles have three nearly unhittable pitchers, and that trio is the biggest reason that the orange-and-black are still undefeated.

Last week, Manea Aho nearly no-hit Somersworth; on Friday, her screwballing sister Camri pitched for a win at Monadnock. In Tuesday’s home opener against Fall Mountain at Community Field, it was Brenna Welch dealing. The junior mixed her fastball and changeup effectively, holding the Wildcats to no runs and  three hits over five innings with four strikeouts.

“I felt good,” Welch said. “I was hitting my spots and everything was working.”

Fall Mountain got runners on second and third in the first inning, but Welch induced a full-count groundout to end the only major Wildcat threat of the afternoon.

“We had a lot of teamwork,” Welch said, “and we were able to get the outs and get out of the inning.”

Conant batted around and scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and the game was all but over from there. Brooke Holombo, Skyler Tenney, Hannah Carey, Camri Aho and Welch all reached and scored twice in the game; Camri would drive in Tenney in the fifth to make it 12-0 and end the game via the run rule.

“I’m very pleased with our fielding,” said first-year head coach Wiley Billings, “and we’re getting timely hitting. We’re not scoring 22-24 like Mascenic is, but you look at our scores - 13-0, 11-5, 12-0 - we’re not giving up too many runs. Defensively, we’re getting to the balls, we’re hitting our cuts, we’re just playing sound fundamental softball right now, and that’s all you can ask.”

Conant (3-0) travels to Kearsarge (0-2) Thursday at 4 p.m. After that, some big tests are on the horizon. The girls go to Campbell (4-0) Friday, Division I Keene (4-2) Monday and then travel to New Ipswich to take on Mascenic (4-0) next Friday. 

BASEBALLConant 12, Fall Mountain 0

Conant baseball bounced back from a walkoff loss to Winnisquam Monday by beating Fall Mountain by the ten-run rule on Tuesday.

Corbin Sasner pitched four innings against the Wildcats in Conant’s home opener at Humiston, surrendering just four hits and one unearned run while striking out four. He’d also go 2-3 at the plate with three RBI to lead the Orioles offensively.

Cameron Feyrer stepped up with a big two-run single to blow the game open in the second inning.

Troy Aho (2-3, 2B), Aidan Kirby (1-2, 2B, 2 RBI) and Jarod Hart (1-2) all drove in runs for Conant; Preston Kirby (2-3, 2B) and Gavin Ketola (3-3, 2 runs scored) also had good days at the plate.

Up 12-1 in the fifth, Jerome Olin closed the game out 1-2-3 with one strikeout.

Winnisquam 5, Conant 4

On Monday, Conant was up 4-1 on Winnisquam heading into the seventh, where Aidan Kirby came in to close. The Orioles made a pair of errors to open the inning and issued a pair of walks before a fielder’s choice and a two-run single gave the Bears a 5-4 walkoff win.

Preston Kirby started and went 4.1 innings with four strikeouts and one earned run; Troy Aho pitched a scoreless 1.2 innings in relief.

Preston Kirby also went 2-3 at the plate with a double, driving in three. Ryan Smith was 1-2 with a walk, a double, two runs scored and three stolen bases.

Conant (2-2) travels to Kearsarge (0-2) Thursday at 4 p.m. and then to reigning champion Campbell (2-1) on Friday.

John Stark 10, ConVal 0

John Stark pitcher Derek Goldrick held ConVal to just two hits over six innings while striking out 11 as the Generals shut out the Cougars 10-0 on Monday.

 A Connor Buffum double and a Duncan Cahoon single were the total of the ConVal offense.

ConVal (3-2) hosts Pelham (3-1) Monday at 4 p.m.

SOFTBALLConVal 23, Lebanon 3

Rachyl Parslow threw a no-hitter and drove in six runs as the ConVal softball team took it to Lebanon on the road for the Cougars’ first win, a 23-3 blowout. ConVal scored 12 runs in the first inning and never looked back.

Senior centerfielder Sarah Dauphinais led the team with five runs scored on the night with four walks and an RBI. Breanna Hutchinson (2-2, 3 BB, 3 RBI) and Parslow (3-3, 3 runs, 2 BB,  2B, 6 RBI) had big dats at the plate. Anna Bartsch scored 3 runs and Natalia Hautanen, Shannon Allen, Jaden Hubbard-Lemay, and Jaylin Calistro all plated a pair of runs apiece.   

On the mound, Parslow struck out nine, and gave up three runs on 11 walks, 1 hit batter, and one defensive error while stranding 10 Lebanon runners.

“She fought back on many at bats and threw a great third strike change-up,” said ConVal head coach Amanda Hinton.

  ConVal (1-3) hosts Pelham (3-1) Monday at 4 p.m.

BOYS’ TENNISConant 5, Bow 4

The Conant boys’ tennis team beat last year’s runner-up and perennial contender Bow, 5-4.

“This was a big win for us today,” said head coach Anne Marie Osheyack. 

 Conant’s top three, Sigmund Winiecki, Evan Bennett and Chris Newton all won in singles and have yet to lose this season.

In doubles play,  the teams of Newton/Bennett and Winiecki/Connor Ahern both won to put Conant over the edge.

The Orioles (3-1) are at Kearsarge (2-3) Friday at 4 p.m.