Softball/Baseball Roundup: Conant, ConVal pick up wins

  • The Conant softball team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Published: 5/5/2021 1:14:52 PM
SOFTBALL

ConVal 3, Hollis-Brookline 2

Lily Mandel and the Cougars won an extra-innings pitchers’ duel at Hollis-Brookline Tuesday to improve to 3-2 on the season.

Mandel held H-B scoreless into the fourth before the Cavaliers broke through with a single and an outfield error.

ConVal wouldn’t score until the sixth, when Samantha Henderson walked and scored on an outfield single by Morgan Bemont.

“The girls kept at it, playing amazing defense and fighting at the plate,” head coach Amanda Hinton said.

Julielle Cabana made a nice play in left field in the bottom of the eighth inning to strand two runners. 

In the top of the ninth, Bemont and Mandel started the inning with a pair of singles and Mairin Burgess laid a perfect sacrifice bunt up the first base line to advance the runners. Kendall Sullivan came to the plate and got an infield hit, scoring Bemont; the overthrow to first scored Mande to put ConVal up 3-1.

The Cavs scored once in the bottom of the ninth but Cabana made another two-on, two-out catch to end the game. 

Mandel pitched the complete game, striking out 10, allowing two runs on four hits and three errors, walking two. 

ConVal (3-2) hosts Hollis-Brookline Friday, weather permitting. 

 

Conant 9, Hinsdale 4

Bella Hayes’ two-RBI triple in the first inning set the tone for Conant Tuesday as the Orioles cruised to their third win of the year.

Tessa Spingola (2-4) hit a home run; Mylie Aho (3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI), Kaylee Karns and Rylee Herr (3-4) drove in runs for Conant.

Becca Thibaudeau went seven innings, striking out 10 and walking six. 

The Orioles (3-2) are at Hinsdale Thursday and have a doubleheader at Mascenic Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. The Vikings haven’t played since last Monday due to field conditions but are at Keene Thursday.

 

Monadnock 26, WLC 0

The Warriors were keeping it respectable, down 3-0 in the third inning, before an injury forced coach Scott Dowling to rearrange his defensive lineup to a less favorable setup; Monadnock scored 18 runs in the third and won it in five innings. 

Dowling said he still has hopes that his young Warriors will improve enough by the end of the regular season to compete in the clean-slate, random-draw playoffs. 

WLC (1-4) was set to host Monadnock Wednesday after press time, weather permitting.

BASEBALL

Conant 10, Hinsdale 0

The Orioles nabbed their first win of the season with a five-inning, two-hit mercy rule combined shutout victory over Hinsdale Tuesday. 

Conant batted around and scored eight runs in the second inning to put the game away early.

“We hit the ball hard,” coach Aric LeClair said. 

Colson Seppala (3-3, 2B), Chris Bergeron and Luke Lambert (2-3, 2B) had hits for Conant.  

Griffin Labonte threw four innings, allowing one hit and two walks while fanning five. Jordan Ketola pitched the fifth, allowing one walk and one hit and striking out one. 

Conant (1-4) is at Hinsdale Thursday.

 

Monadnock 5, WLC 1

WLC coach Tom Brennan said there weren’t many highlights for the Warriors in Monday’s game, as the boys struck out 17 times against Monadnock in a loss. 

WLC (1-3) is at Monadnock Thursday and at Mascenic at noon Saturday. The Vikings haven’t played since last Tuesday due to field conditions but are at Keene Thursday. 


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