GILFORD – This time last year, Kasey Moore was engulfed in trying to figure out how to add a few extra feet to her javelin throw. The Gilford junior spent her first two years roaming around the fields behind the high school with the rest of the track team and saving her work on the softball diamond for the summer.
Gilford softball Coach Joan Forge is sure glad that’s changed.
Quickly acclimating to her new team in her first season with the Golden Eagles, Moore helped the red-hot Gilford offense keep its sizzle Thursday. Moore notched a triple and added the game-ending, three-run home run in the fifth inning of a shortened game to lead Gilford to its second straight win, 15-3 over Lakes Region rival Laconia.
“Actually, that was my first home run ever of my life,” said Moore, who batted sixth, collected four RBI and played a flawless shortstop. “I went to go hit it and I realized it was just going and going and I was like, ‘Oh my god, it’s gone.’ ”
Forge added: “Kasey has been playing summer ball like her whole life. ... She finally came over to the good side and gave up track and the kid has been crushing the ball.”
Moore’s blast, along with a solo homer from Jillian Lachapelle and 12 total hits for the team helped the Golden Eagles (2-2) plate six runs in the fifth – nine altogether in the final two frames – and back starter Lexi Boisvert to put away the Sachems (1-3). The recipe in the win Thursday is one Forge hopes to use going forward as Gilford adjusts to its new roster.
“The offense has got to carry the defense because we’re not going to shut teams down,” Forge said. “We know that and I’ve told the team that. ... We just have to score more than the other team, that’s our goal.”
That offense, which is now averaging 9.5 runs per game, kept the Sachems at bay all day by scoring runs in every inning except the third. While Moore led the way, the Golden Eagles also received strong contributions from Boisvert (three hits), Lachapelle (two RBI), Stevie Orton (three RBI) and junior Taryn Breton (two hits, two RBI).
What impressed Forge most, though, was the defense.
“The offense has kind of been keeping us in games,” Forge said. “The defense started with seven errors and it slowly reduced to today, where we had no errors, so the whole thing is we wanted to get that defense to match the offense.”
Laconia managed to scratch across three runs in the first two innings off Boisvert. Laconia’s No. 9 hitter, Alyson Von George, flared a single toward the grass of the outfield in the top half of the second to drive in a pair and tie the game at 3 apiece. But that was the biggest highlight on the day for a team with nine players on the roster trying to build a foundation and work its way up in Division III.
“It’s very hard,” Laconia Coach Monique Swormstedt said. “I have to go with the nine I have and I try something different every game to see what might be the best fit. I’m pleased with our hitting, even though not everyone is going 3-for-4. They are getting better.”
Accounting for the loss of All-State Second-Team selection Cali Swormstedt, who’s continued her softball career at Rivier University, has been perhaps the toughest aspect of the season so far for the Sachems.
“Losing her is the key to everything. It really is,” Coach Swormstedt said. “She held the team together. She hit, she dove, she did anything that was ever asked of her.”
For Moore and Gilford, the season is just getting started and she’s happy to be along for the ride.
“This team is such a (close) team that we all get on the field, we’re all so together and to be a part of this team is great,” Moore said.
(Jay McAree can be reached at 369-3371, email@example.com or on Twitter @JayMcAree.)
Merrimack Valley 17, Kearsarge 3
Key players: MV – Ann Bascom (3 IP, 3 K, 4 H, ER), Lauren McLaughlin (2 IP, 3 K, BB, 4 H, 1 ER; 3-for-4, 3 RBI)
Highlights/key moments: Kearsarge opened the game with two runs in the top of the first, but MV answered with 14 runs in the bottom half of the frame. Katelyn Hill, Sam Hodkinson, Miah Boucher and Brooke Palmer all had multiple hits for the Pride.
Coach’s quote: “The team did a good job of keeping their focus as we head into vacation week.” – MV’s Sam York
Records: MV 5-0; Kearsarge 0-5
Berlin 12, Inter-Lakes 0
Highlights/key moments: The Lakers were no-hit by Berlin, but stayed close until the fifth when the Mountaineers exploded for seven runs.
Coach’s quote: “Too much for an inexperienced and short-handed team to handle.” – Inter-Lakes’ Harry Blood
Records: Inter-Lakes 0-4; Berlin 1-2
Winnisquam 17, Raymond 5
Key players: Winnisquam – Lauren Bolstridge (3-for-3, 2 RBI, double, 3 runs), Cailey Clogston (2-for-3), Carly Catty (2-for-3, 3 runs)
Highlights/key moments: Winnisquam collected 13 hits and worked 13 walks in a convincing win over Raymond decided in six innings. Catty earned a win in her first varsity start from the circle.
Records: Winnisquam 3-1; Raymond 0-3BASEBALL
Londonderry 3, Concord 1
Key players: Concord – Kurtis Stadnicki (2 hits), Jacob Knowles (hit), Noah Wachter (6 IP, 2 K; 2 hits, run scored)
Highlights/key moments: Londonderry went up early with three runs in the third and the Concord bats struggled to get going. The Tide finally pushed across a run in the seventh, but the rally fell short.
Coach’s quote: “We got great pitching and defense again today, but we’re only able to get five hits. We need to get back to work and wake the bats up.” – Concord’s Scott Owen
Records: Concord 2-3; Londonderry 4-1
St. Thomas 7, Coe-Brown 6
Key players: Coe-Brown – Joel Boulanger (1-for-4, 2-run triple), Max Judge (2-for-4, run), Brody Ashley (1-for-3, 3 runs, 2 stolen bases)
Highlights/key moments: Coe-Brown trailed 5-1 after two innings but managed three runs in the third to cut the deficit to one. The Bears had the tying run on first base with two outs in the seventh inning but STA escaped.
Coach’s quote: “We fought back from being down so that was encouraging.” – Coe-Brown’s Sean Ashley
Records: Coe-Brown 2-3; St. Thomas 2-0
Merrimack Valley 10, Kearsarge 5
Key players: MV – Brian Nylen (win, 7 IP, 7 K, ER), Joe Ostrowski (2-for-4, 2 RBI), Caleb Chevarie (2-for-3); Kearsarge – Cy Courser (2 hits, solid in CF), Brendan Akpan (2 hits)
Highlights/key moments: The Pride pushed five runs across the plate in the third inning, which gave them the lead for good.
Coach’s quote: “Feels good to get the first win under our belt. Still need to clean up the defensive side.” – MV’s Sean Wheeler
“Sixth game in nine days is always tough. We didn’t play our best, now we got a week to get better until our next game.” – Kearsarge’s Travis Pelletier
Records: MV 1-4; Kearsarge 1-5
Oyster River 5, John Stark 2
Key players: Stark – Derek Goldrick (4 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 5 K; 1-for-3, HR), Brett Patnode (hit), Brandon Langdon (hit)
Highlights/key moments: The Generals allowed two unearned runs to cross the plate in the first, but tied the game in the second on Goldrick’s blast and a sacrifice fly for Moses Greene. Oyster River didn’t pull ahead until the sixth, scoring the eventual game-winning run on a fielder’s choice.
Coach’s quote: “I thought we played well today. We were a little undermanned and the walks hurt us but we stuck with one of the teams predicted to contend for the Division II title.” – Stark’s Dennis Pelletier
Records: Stark 1-1; Oyster River 1-2
Raymond 7, Winnisquam 6
Key players: Winnisquam – Brendon Vaughn (3-for-5, 2 runs), Mike Lowrey (double, 2 RBI)
Highlights/key moments: A misplay on a ball hit into the outfield in the fourth inning opened the door for Raymond to score five times.
Coach’s quote: “I like the way we battled back. We gave ourselves a chance to win the game and that’s all any coach could ask for.” – Winnisquam’s Fred Caruso
Records: Winnisquam 1-3; Raymond 3-0 GIRLS’ TENNIS
Concord 9, Merrimack 0
Key players: Concord – Bailey Jackson, Lauren Mullen
Highlights/key moments: Jackson and Mullen clinched the sweep for the Tide as the No. 3 doubles pairing.
Coach’s quote: “Good ball control and patience won the day and we beat the rain.” – Concord’s PJ Cistulli
Records: Concord 4-1; Merrimack 0-3
Gilford 5, Prospect Mountain 4
Key players: Gilford – Sarah Fillion (8-5 win at No. 1 singles), Reagan McIntire (8-1 at No. 2), Olivia Salesky (8-6 at No. 4), Hannah Lord (8-3 at No. 5)
Highlights/key moments: The Golden Eagles claimed their third win of the season after dominating the singles matches. Fillion and McIntire teamed up at No. 1 doubles with an 8-4 victory to clinch the contest.
Coach’s quote: “Great matchup between two young teams. We played four matches this week with no chance to practice. Came away with two wins and two losses.” – Gilford’s Hermann Defregger
Records: Gilford 3-4; Prospect Mountain 2-4
Monadnock 6, Kearsarge 3
Key players: Kearsarge – Morganne Flinkstrom (8-5 win at No. 3 singles), Annie Carr (8-2)
Highlights/key moments: The Cougars dropped four of the six singles matches but did grab a win at No. 3 doubles with Kaitlyn Penrose and Ellie Mellot teaming up to win, 8-6.
Coach’s quote: “Very proud of the way the team played today. So many matches where the score does not reflect the match play.” – Kearsarge’s Laura Joslin-King
Records: Kearsarge 1-4; Monadnock 5-1 BOYS’ TENNIS
Concord 8, Merrimack 1
Key players: Concord – Aidan Connor, Adam Bryant, Matt Chorlian, Ethan Crandlemire, Richie Clar, Kevin Neary, Anders Norton, Brian DeFranzo, Liam Grennon, Nate Levine
Highlights/key moments: Concord won the match with five victories in singles and three in doubles.
Coach’s quote: “Hardworking senior Richie Clar used a blistering serve to win his varsity singles debut while DeFranzo, Grennon and Levine notched their first official wins in doubles play.” – Concord’s Dave Page
Records: Concord 4-1; Merrimack 0-7
Gilford 9, Prospect Mountain 0
Key players: Gilford – Grant Workman, Christian Workman, Tyler Hanf, Connor Graigie, Kyle Davies, Alden Blais, Donny Searle, Brendan Bergman, Ethan Warren, Colton Workman
Highlights/key moments: The Golden Eagles dominated in singles on their way to a full sweep. Grant Workman (No. 1), Tyler Hanf (No. 3) and Kyle Davies (No. 5) all worked 8-0 wins in singles.
Records: Gilford 6-0; Prospect Mountain 0-4
Kearsarge 5, Portsmouth Christian 4
Key players: Kearsarge – Tyler Valovic, Tucker Valovic, Charlie O’Connor, Matt Hubley
Highlights/key moments: The teams were tied 3-3 after singles. The Valovic brother teamed up for an 8-3 win in the No. 1 doubles match. O’Connor and Hubley lost a commanding lead in the second doubles match but held on to win.
Coach’s quote: “Credit needs to be given to our first two doubles teams. They were both exciting matches. The second doubles match (O’Connor and Hubley) could have gone either way with PCA’s second team fighting back to make it close, but Kearsarge pulled things together in the end to clinch the win.” – Kearsarge’s Lynn Miller
Records: Kearsarge 5-1; Portsmouth Christian 5-1BOYS’ LACROSSE
Merrimack Valley 19, Manchester West 1
Key players: MV – Dillon Arrant (5 goals, assist), Colby Mercier (3 goals, 2 assists), Max Lacy (4 goals), Chase Mercier (2 goals), Evan Martin (2 goals)
Highlights/key moments: The Pride led 14-0 at the half and earned their first win of the season.
Records: MV 1-2; West 0-2
Hopkinton 12, ConVal 4
Key players: Hopkinton – Joe Cullinan (4 goals, 2 assists), Sam Schuster (2 goals, 2 assists), Liam Flanagan (goal), Colby Quiet (2 goals), Henry Yianakopolos (2 goals, 3 assists, 5 groundballs, 3 forced turnovers), Gerry Donahue (great defense, 8 groundballs, 6 forced turnovers), Sage Dubois (great defense, 3 forced turnovers), Derek Amoth (18 saves, 4 groundballs)
Highlights/key moments: The Hawks came out strong and mounted a 4-0 lead in the first quarter. The Cougars responded and made it 6-2 at the half, but Hopkinton used some big defensive stops to widen their lead late and hold on.
Coach’s quote: “Our seniors came up huge for us today. They showed a lot of heart and hustle and led the team to a win over a very talented ConVal team. Derek Amoth had an exceptional game in net, coming away with an .820 save percentage.” – Hopkinton’s Deacon Blue
Records: Hopkinton 4-0; ConVal 2-1
Kearsarge 15, Coe-Brown 3
Key players: Coe-Brown – Zach Sheehan (16 saves), Daniel Strum (goal), Jack Percy (goal), Ryan Whitcher (goal); Kearsarge – Justin Norris (5 goals, 3 assists), Leland Heckel (2 goals, 3 assists), Emerson Tyler (15 face-off wins)
Highlights/key moments: Coe-Brown was still in striking distance as it trailed 6-2 at halftime, but the Cougars pulled away in the second half for their fourth straight win.
Coach’s quote: “Our team is very close to becoming something. This will be a good growing week for us.” – Coe-Brown’s Ryan Hanavan
“Our team defense and goaltending were solid today. The offensive execution got much better as the game progressed. I am very pleased with how this group continues to work each day to get better.” – Kearsarge’s Zach Matthews
Records: Kearsarge 4-0; Coe-Brown 0-4 GIRLS’ LACROSSE
John Stark 6, Timberlane 2
Key players: John Stark – Rylee Ledoux (4 goals), Emilly Patten (defense), Olivia Fatcheric (defene), Avery Gorman (defense)
Highlights/key moments: Early goals by Stark gave the Generals a 5-1 advantage at halftime. Stark’s defense was strong enough to minimize Timberlane’s scoring chances.
Coach’s quote: “I was really impressed with the team defense today. Although we have some work to do on offense, it was great to pull off two wins in two days.” – John Stark’s John Warner
Records: John Stark 2-2; Timberlane 1-2
Hopkinton 17, ConVal 11
Key players: Hopkinton – Amelia Bassett (6 goals, assist), Lyndon Flanigan (4 goals, 3 assists), Chloe Wood (2 goals), Hannah Wood (goal, 2 assists), Taylor Signor (2 goals, 2 assists, 1 draw control), Ellie Morrall (2 goals, assist, 6 draw controls)
Highlights/key moments: The Hawks picked up back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
Coach’s quote: “Good transitions led to quick fast breaks and that helped us win.” – Hopkinton’s Timothy Bassett
Records: Hopkinton 3-1; ConVal 1-2