High Schools: Brady baseball team gets some relief, and a victory
Concord's Danielle Morrill pitches to a Manchester Central player in the game between the schools on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Memorial Field.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
The Bishop Brady baseball team didn’t stay down for long.
After opening its season with a 6-1 loss to Hopkinton on Monday, the Green Giants bounced back and battled their way to a 6-5 victory over feisty Hillsboro-Deering (0-3) yesterday. It was a back-and-forth affair with lead changes throughout.
With Brady leading 2-1 heading into the bottom of the third, Giants starting pitcher Tom Blandini ran into trouble and was eventually pulled after walking the bases loaded with no outs and the score 2-2. Drew Kalil, however, was there to save the day. Although he allowed two inherited runners to score, he was solid after that point and allowed just one run of his own while striking out eight in five innings.
“Drew was our savior tonight,” Coach Skip Foy said. “He came in and really saved us. He was great.”
Kalil was a dual threat as he also had two hits and an RBI to help the offensive attack. Trailing 4-2 entering the fourth, the Giants came through with two key runs to tie it up.
“Until the fourth, we just couldn’t get that big hit,” Foye said. “It was nice to finally break through.”
Kyle Jalbert (run), Martin Hecka (RBI), JP Nemkovich and Tom Pelchat were instrumental in the fourth, helping the Giants tie the game up before they eventually pulled away.
“It was truly a back-and-forth game,” Foy said. “It was very well played and a treat to watch.”
For the Hillcats, freshman Josh Carmen and Max Parenteau split duties on the mound. Danny Egner, Andrew Robbery and Tory Girard led the offensive attack, while second baseman Jonas Hofstetter played well defensively.
Hopkinton 11, Conant 4
Jake Nelson’s first start of the season was a success, as the hard-throwing righty fanned nine while allowing two hits and two unearned runs in six innings of work to pick up the win for the Hawks (2-0).
Hopkinton made it an easy afternoon for the senior, scoring six runs in the first inning and taking a 10-0 lead after three.
Nelson also starred at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and three RBI. Luke Greabe had three hits and drove in a pair of runs, while Collin Paraskeva and Alex LaJeunesse (RBI double) had two hits apiece.
Juniors Nolan Quinn and Max Legier gathered their first varsity hits. David Nelson pitched the seventh and allowed only a pair of unearned runs.
WINNISQUAM 7, GILFORD 5
The Bears (2-0) broke the game open with a six-run third inning after being down 3-0 entering the inning.
Leading the offense were Ben Wentworth, Tucker Normand and Jack Decormier with two hits apiece as the team compiled 10 hits. Mikey Lowery also chipped in, going 1-for-3 with a two-run double and a sac fly for three RBI.
Dominic DeBlaisie (three innings, three runs), Tim Harmon (2.2 innings, two runs) and freshman Hunter Tierney (1.1 innings, no runs) held the Gilford (0-1) bats just enough in the late innings.
Manchester Central 2, Concord 1, 11 inn.
After an interminable winter, Concord was so happy to finally be playing outdoors it decided to go deep into extra innings in its season opener despite frigid temperatures. Unfortunately for the Tide, Central scored an unearned run in the 11th inning to pull out the victory.
Concord’s Dani Morrill (12 hits, 10 strikeouts, one earned run) and Central’s Sarah Lavallee (nine hits, 12 strikeouts, one unearned run) both went the distance in the circle.
The Tide ended a scoreless deadlock in the sixth on back-to-back singles by Katherine Muzzey and Morrill, a dropped third strike that allowed both runners to advance, and an RBI single to left by Molly Emerson (3-for-5). But Central answered in the top of the seventh.
Both teams left runners in scoring position in extra innings before the Little Green finally ended it.
Bishop Brady 12, Hillsboro-Deering 4
The Green Giants (1-1) were strong at the bat from start to finish, scoring four runs in the first inning and three innings in the seventh to wrap up a decisive win on the road against the Hillcats (2-1).
Trailing 12-0, H-D refused to go quietly in the bottom of the seventh, when a two-run double from Jess Caldwell sparked a four-run rally. But Brady had more consistent offense throughout, with freshman Madelyn Rines going 4-for-5 and scoring two runs, and Melissa Mallahan going 3-for-4 and scoring three runs.
From the circle, Meghan Kissinger struck out eight batters and allowed no walks to earn the win for the Giants.
CONANT 3, HOPKINTON 0
Conant (2-0) broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning, breaking through for three runs against Hawks starter Becca Shatney, the final two runs scoring on a bloop single.
Shatney allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out seven.
Offensively, the Hawks (1-1) put the ball in play but failed to get a hit. Their best scoring chance came in the second when Sloane White walked and was sacrificed to second by Kelly Scammon. One out later, Lily Scammon lined to left but the ball was caught.
Sarah Ewing and Maddy Bergethon played well for Hopkinton.
Winnisquam 8, Gilford 4
Marissa DeBlasie struck out eight batters in seven innings and got some help from the Bears offense, which got hits from eight of nine starters and scored a pair of runs in four of the six innings it came to the plate.
DeBlasie allowed two earned runs, one walk and eight hits in the circle, and also went 1-for-3 with two RBI. Lauren Bolstridge had a big day at the plate for the Bears (1-1), going 2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI, and Becky Rapoza also went 2-for-3 while scoring a run.
Portsmouth Christian 14, Pittsfield 1
The Panthers (0-2) took the lead in their first at-bat, but couldn’t build on it as the Eagles (2-0) put up eight runs in the bottom half of the first en route to the home win in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule.
Kira Wood scored Pittsfield’s run when she was hit by a pitch, stole second and came around to score on Katie Small’s single. The Panthers also got solid defense from Wood in left field and Bobbi-Jean Small at third base.
Bishop brady 8, pembroke 5
The Green Giants (1-0) started off their season with a road win against the Spartans (0-1).
Brady scored early and held a 4-2 halftime lead. The Giants offense was led by Chris Carmichael with four goals, and Byron Wells and Alex Thompson with two apiece. Brady freshman goalies Dan Kelly and Craig Newcomb played well, with two and six saves, respectively.
Kam Anderson led the Pembroke attack with two goals, followed by a goal each from Glenn Dion, Zach Blye and Nick Serafin.
Kearsarge 17, Stevens 2
Andrew Van Hooydonk and Travis Newman scored four goals apiece to lead the Cougars to an impressive opening win.
While seniors Van Hooydonk and Newman had big games, Kearsarge freshmen did too as Justin Norris (three goals, assist), Colton Wilhelm, Gunnar Nurme and Leland Heckel all scored. Juniors Tristan Rowe and Matt Pickman (assist) and sophomore Lucas Muzzey (assist) also had goals, while Will Aufranc (five saves) and Jakob Arnold (two saves) split the goaltending duties.
BISHOP BRADY 12, MERRIMACK VALLEY 3
Jill Thomas (three goals), Sarah Thomas (two goals) and Jill Provost (two goals) led the Giants (1-0) attack in the comfortable victory.
The Giants were in control throughout, coasting to an 11-0 lead at halftime before eventually sealing the deal. Five players scored a goal apiece.
Goalie Ellen Osowitz played the first half, making four saves. Stephanie Sloane played the second half in net, recording three saves. Emma Will and Danna Beauregard also played well for the Giants.
kearsarge 14, CON-val 2
Kearsarge (1-1) dominated Con-Val (0-3) in its home opener, cruising to a win behind an offense led by Anna Stowell’s six goals.
Elenor Angus and Libby Brooks each added two goals, while Lianna Blakeman, Kaliegh Davis, Maci Hansen and Maggie Lee all contributed one goal.
In just her second game in goal, freshman goalie Breyna Carrie recorded 11 saves.
Concord 9, Memorial 0
The Tide made easy work of the Crusaders, shutting out Memorial (1-2) on its home court to remain undefeated (5-0).
At singles, No. 3 and No. 4 players Evan Hewey and Josh Pifer easily handled their opponents with 8-1 victories. No. 2 Thomas Bengtson won his match, 8-2, while Liam Healy (No. 5), Justin Toler (No. 1) and Adam Bryant (No. 6) won tighter matches, by scores of 8-3, 8-4, 8-5, respectively.
Toler and Bengtson won No. 1 doubles, 8-1, but Concord faced stiffer competition at third doubles (Healy and Bryant won, 8-5) and second doubles, where Hewey and Pifer had to play extra games before eventually winning, 9-7.
“Our kids played well today, particularly in singles, against a tenacious Memorial team which almost beat us last year,” Coach Dave Page said.
Bishop Brady 8, Coe-Brown 1
The Green Giants (3-2) lost at No. 1 singles, but that was their only blemish against the Bears (1-3).
Jack Bryck (8-2 at No. 2), Brendon Bryck (9-8 at No. 3), Logan Sigua (8-4 at No. 4), Nick Vermette (8-1 at No. 5) and Tom MacMullin (8-2 at No. 6) all collected singles victories.
In doubles, Raventh Damerla and Brendon Bryck at No. 1, and Jack Bryck and Sigua at No. 2 both won, 8-4. Vermette and MacMullin won 8-5 at third doubles.
Concord 9, Manchester Memorial 0
The Crimson Tide had an easy afternoon, sweeping singles and doubles to improve to 2-1.
Gabby and Alexandra Killinger had 8-0 wins at No. 1 and 3 singles, respectively, and they were joined by Skye Reese (No. 2, 8-1), Becky Cistulli (No. 4, 8-0), Irene Ireme (No. 5, 8-0) and Meg Olive (No. 6, 8-1). In doubles, Gabby Killinger and Ireme teamed up to win, 8-3, at No. 1, and they were followed by Cistulli and Alexandra Killinger (No. 2, 8-0) and Oliver and Reese (No. 3, 8-1).
Pelham 5, Kearsarge 4
The Cougars (0-4) played their best match of the season, winning some close matches, but lost one too many times on their home court to Pelham (1-2).
Kearsarge had three wins at singles, including a fantastic effort from No. 3 Sabrina Duquette, who won her match the closest way possible in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (9-7). No. 2 Emily Irick (8-1) and No. 6 Gillian Shannon (8-5) also posted victories. At third doubles, Lahtesha Nelson and Lydia Schoonmaker teamed up for an 8-6 win.
BOYS’ TRACK AND FIELD
Concord 72, Londonderry 70
The Tide squeaked out a win over Londonderry in its season-opening meet at Memorial Field.
Alex Saveliev won two events, the 800 (2:17) and the 1,600 (4:55), leading Concord to a top-eight sweep of the 800 and top-three sweep in the 1,600. The Tide also did well in the sprints, with Walters Ndi’s victory in the 100 (11.5) leading a top-five sweep. Concord also claimed the second through seventh places in the 200. George Feliz won the 110 hurdles (16.4).
In the field events, Diego Hebra won the high jump (5-4), Leo Sudieh won the long jump (18-10) and Connor Kukla in won the javelin (113-0).
Merrimack Valley First
The Pride (119 points) won 11 of 17 events on its home track to open up the season with a decisive victory over Windham (64), a shorthanded Lebanon team (39) and Pembroke (31).
Josiah Platte swept the throwing events to lead the Pride, winning the shot put (38-4.5), discus (112-6) and javelin (128-8). Ivan Niyumugabo won multiple events, taking first in the long jump (17-8) and triple jump (38-10), as did Keegan Hanks with wins in the pole vault (9-0) and 800 (2:09). Brandon Wood (110 hurdles, 17.8), Carter Saltmarsh (400, 55.5) and Walker John (1,600, 4:58) won an event each.
Matthew Gilliland (second discus, third shot put), John (second 800), Trever Parsons (second 110 hurdles, third high jump), Brendan Polichronopoulos (second long jump) and Hanks (second javelin) had runner-up finishes.
The 4x400 relay of Polichronopoulos, Hanks, John and Saltmarsh won in a time of 3:47. The 4x100 of Devon McGrath, Cody Gilbert, Polichronopoulos and Niyumugabo finished second.
Pride Coach Bob Mullen was happy with his team’s performance in a meet he described as a “learning curve,” since the team had only five days of practice outdoors prior to the meet.
Most of Pembroke’s scoring was provided by John Sanborn (second 3,200), Michael Patnode (second shot put, third discus), Drew Harrison (third 400), Chris Cushing (third javelin) and the second-place 4x400 relay (Harrison, Sanborn, Krys Abbott and Ryan Jacques).
GIRLS’ TRACK AND FIELD
Concord 77, Londonderry 64
The Tide won a season-opening dual meet against Londonderry, 77-64, thanks to a balanced effort in the sprints, distance and field events.
Rebecca Massah won both the 100 hurdles (17.1) and the 300 hurdles (51.9), while Meghan Hall won the 200 (29.15) and finished third in the 100. Katelyn Caswell and Megan Leslie were second and third in the 400. The 4x100 relay of Megan Reese, Hall, Jessie Bean and Massah won in 53.7.
The distance runners also put up a lot of points, with Smita Boesch-Dining leading a 1-2-3 sweep of the 800 (2:28) and 1,600 (5:17). Michaella Conery and Erin Waters took second and third, respectively, in both events. Cassie Shea won the 3,200 with a time of 12:10, ahead of Kate Andy, who finished third. Conery, Massah, Waters and Boesch-Dining teamed up to win the 4x400 relay (4:18).
In the field events, Reese won the pole vault (10-6) and Bean won the long jump (15-6). Caswell (second long jump) and Lily Laura (third high jump) also jumped well, while Hana Knowles took second in both the discus and shot put.
“I am really proud of each of them for working hard in preseason and getting off to a solid start,” Tide Coach Jessica Boezeman said.
Merrimack Valley Second
The Pride narrowly finished second in a tight quad-meet won by Lebanon (78.5 points) over hosts MV (74) and Windham (70.5). Pembroke (30) was a distant fourth.
The Pride won both relays, with Cindy Fanny (third 300 hurdles), Meredith Ramsey, Randee Tatham and Nancy Taban running on the victorious 4x100 (51.9), and the quartet of Ramsey, Morgan Walton (third 800), Tatham and Kristie Schoffield on the winning 4x400 (4:27).
Individually, Ramsey won the 400 (1:04.2) and Schoffield won both the 800 (2:25) and the 1,600 (5:27), while also finishing second in the triple jump. Mary Mullen did well in the throwing events, winning the shot put (28-10) and discus (94-7) and finished second in the javelin to teammate Madison Irving (98-8). Irving also finished third in the discus.
For Pembroke, Jayla Decker (third 3,200), Emma Foss (second 100 hurdles, fourth long jump), Kelly Jacques (third long jump) and Emily Carignon (third shot put and javelin) had top-three finishes.