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High Schools: Stevens, Stanley star as Kearsarge baseball shuts out Newfound

  • Kearsarge's Mario Fusco slides onto second base as Newfound's Spencer MacDonald tries to get him out during the game at Kearsarge on Friday, April 25, 2014.  Mario was safe. Kearsarge won 5-0.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Kearsarge's Mario Fusco slides onto second base as Newfound's Spencer MacDonald tries to get him out during the game at Kearsarge on Friday, April 25, 2014. Mario was safe. Kearsarge won 5-0.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Kearsarge's Berkley Stevens winds up to pitch during the game against Newfound at Kearsarge on Friday, April 25, 2014.  Kearsarge won 5-0.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Kearsarge's Berkley Stevens winds up to pitch during the game against Newfound at Kearsarge on Friday, April 25, 2014. Kearsarge won 5-0.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Newfound's Cam Colby slides safely back into first base after trying to steal as Kearsarge's DJ Heines attempts to get him out during the game at Kearsarge on Friday, April 25, 2014.  Kearsarge won 5-0.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Newfound's Cam Colby slides safely back into first base after trying to steal as Kearsarge's DJ Heines attempts to get him out during the game at Kearsarge on Friday, April 25, 2014. Kearsarge won 5-0.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Kearsarge's Jake Vierzen catches a fly ball during the game against Newfound at Kearsarge on Friday, April 25, 2014.  Kearsarge won 5-0.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Kearsarge's Jake Vierzen catches a fly ball during the game against Newfound at Kearsarge on Friday, April 25, 2014. Kearsarge won 5-0.

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  • Kearsarge's Mario Fusco slides onto second base as Newfound's Spencer MacDonald tries to get him out during the game at Kearsarge on Friday, April 25, 2014.  Mario was safe. Kearsarge won 5-0.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Kearsarge's Berkley Stevens winds up to pitch during the game against Newfound at Kearsarge on Friday, April 25, 2014.  Kearsarge won 5-0.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Newfound's Cam Colby slides safely back into first base after trying to steal as Kearsarge's DJ Heines attempts to get him out during the game at Kearsarge on Friday, April 25, 2014.  Kearsarge won 5-0.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Kearsarge's Jake Vierzen catches a fly ball during the game against Newfound at Kearsarge on Friday, April 25, 2014.  Kearsarge won 5-0.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

The Kearsarge baseball team had been playing some of its best baseball, but the results weren’t showing it.

Berkley Stevens kept the stretch going. Ryan Stanley made sure there would be a different result.

Stevens threw a complete-game one-hitter, and Stanley’s two-run double helped the Cougars break the game open with a four-run fifth inning before wrapping up a 5-0 home win over Newfound.

With the win, Kearsarge (3-3) is 2-2 in its last four games, but with only seven runs allowed in that span, Coach Travis Pelletier likes the way his team is playing whether the record shows it or not.

“I think it was a huge win for us,” he said. “To get back to .500 and face a test in Newfound (2-1), the kids stepped up and played a good game. (A) 2-4 (record) would have been tough to swallow.”

Pelletier knew there was a good chance the hot mound efforts would continue with Stevens getting the ball. The senior upped his record to 2-1 by needing only 68 pitches to get through seven innings, striking out six while allowing only one walk and the one hit.

“Every time he steps on the mound, he gives us a chance to win,” Pelletier said. “He gets his fastball over early, he’s got a good curveball. He’s always mixing it up, keeping guys off balance.”

Still, Stevens needed the bats to help him out, which had been the catch in some of the Cougars’ earlier games. Kearsarge got its hurler a 1-0 cushion in the bottom of the third, but gave him all the breathing room he’d need in the fifth. Senior center fielder Nick Bailey (two singles) and Stevens got on with a hit-by-pitch and infield single, respectively, to start off the inning. Senior shortstop Cam Commerford (2-for-2, RBI) had a sac bunt to move them up, but after a groundout, Kearsarge had only one out left to bring the insurance home.

Stanley, a junior catcher, got the big hit, ripping a two-run double down the left-field line to score both Bailey and Stevens. Kearsarge got two more runs, building a five-run lead Stevens had no problem holding.

“It was kind of the big momentum swing,” Pelletier said. “There were a couple of opportunities early on to break it open. That was a big two-out hit.

“Pitching and defense have been excellent. I’m really happy with the way we’ve played.”

BASEBALL

Concord 10, Winnacunnet 0

The Crimson Tide (4-2) made a long trip to Cooperstown, N.Y., worth the while, scoring four runs in both the second and fourth innings en route to a mercy-rule shortened victory.

Jon Lewis pitched all five innings and allowed two hits and three walks while striking out four, seeing his record improve to 2-0 and ERA drop to 0.58.

Ben Bengtson (2-for-2, RBI) and Mike Manoogian (2-for-3, run, two RBI) had multiple hits for the Tide, while Gracion Smith (1-for-2, two runs, two RBI), Connor Loughery (two RBI) and Seimou Smith (1-for-2, run, two RBI) also had big afternoons at the plate.

Oyster River 2, Coe-Brown 0

The Bobcats (3-2) managed only a run in each of the first two innings, but that was all they needed as the Bears (1-2) could only muster three hits at the plate.

Coe-Brown’s offensive woes gave Andrew Lang a tough-luck loss. The senior held the Bobcats at bay while going six strong innings.

Campbell 7, Bow 0

The Falcons (1-1) hung with the Cougars (4-1) through four scoreless innings, but a three-run homer was the key blow in a four-run bottom of the fifth that allowed Campbell to take the lead for good.

Chris Fournier had two hits for Bow, which plays again today against Hillsboro-Deering.

Portsmouth Christian 1, Pittsfield 0

Sloppiness in the field cost the Panthers (3-1) in their first loss, as the Eagles (5-0) benefitted from two errors in one inning to score the game’s lone run.

A miscue put a Portsmouth Christian runner on in the bottom of the sixth, and after a balk, the runner came home on an error at third. The throw home from left field was close, but the ball was jarred loose by a collision at the plate.

Kris Perkins took the mound for the Panthers and struck out seven in six innings, allowing only one hit but still getting the loss after Pittsfield couldn’t get a run across despite putting a runner on third in the first and second innings.

“We didn’t get the big hit when we needed it,” Coach Rob Stockman said.

Branden Smith and Colby Clark had the only hits for Pittsfield.

SOFTBALL

COE-BROWN 8, OYSTER RIVER 1

Kianna Daudelin pitched a complete-game gem as she struck out 12 while allowing three hits and one earned run.

The Bears (3-0) scored four in the second and two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, dividing up their attack. In the second, Abby Ahern had a two-run single to spark the offensive charge. She also had another RBI single in the fifth to help the Bears pull away and seal the deal.

Holly Donohue, Amanda Riley and Shannon Burke also had good offensive days to help the Bears.

FRANKLIN 14, MASCOMA 0

The Golden Tornadoes (3-2) dominated in all aspects as there was never any threat from Mascoma (1-3) in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule. Tornadoes ace Kelsey Bird went the first three innings, striking out six and allowing only a single hit. She was relieved by Hailey Haskins, who pitched the remaining two innings, striking out two.

The Tornadoes scored six in the top of the first, thanks to three hits and a combination of walks and errors. They also scored four runs in the fourth, led by Lexi Colpack, Mariah Gauthier and Haskins, who had two hits apiece in the game. Those three had a total of six walks between them as the entire Tornado team amassed 10 walks.

“Good pitching, discipline at the plate and timely defense led to our team’s success today,” Coach Skip DuBois said.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

MONADNOCK 14, JOHN STARK 12

Brody Fredericks scored four times in the offensive affair, but it wasn’t enough for the Generals (1-1), who were without their starting goalie due to the flu.

Also scoring for the Generals were James Smugereski (three), Daniel Medvetz (two), Matt Richard (two) and Jake Blanchette. Fredericks and Blanchette added two assists apiece as well.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Lebanon 10, Bishop Brady 9

The Green Giants (1-2) had a 9-8 lead with time ticking down, but suffered a disappointing finish when the Raiders (2-1) tied the game and then got the winning goal with 51 seconds to go.

Sarah Thomas had four goals for Brady, while Steph Snow had three and Jill Provost had two. Steph Sloane made 13 saves in net, and JV call-ups Devin Saucier, who started, and Alex Sacco also played well.

Portsmouth 18, Bow 10

Despite a strong first half for the Falcons (0-2) on Thursday night, they were unable to come up with the victory as the Clippers (2-3) pulled away in the second half, handing the Falcons their second straight 18-10 loss.

Amanda Murray and Taylor Darrell played well offensively for Bow.

BOYS’ TENNIS

CONCORD 7, PINKERTON 2

Justin Toler (8-0), Thomas Bengtson (8-4), Evan Hewey (8-4), Josh Pifer (8-4) and Adam Bryant (8-2) were all victorious for the Tide in their singles matches. In doubles, the teams of Toler/Bengtson (8-3) and Pifer/Bryant (8-4) came out on top in an all-around team effort.

The Tide (7-0) welcomes fellow undefeated foe Bedford (5-0) on Monday.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

CONCORD 7, PINKERTON 2

The Tide (3-2) controlled play up and down the lineup throughout the afternoon. Skye Reese (8-1), Alex Killinger (8-2), Becky Cistulli (8-3), Irene Ireme (8-5) and Kristine Pederson (8-1) were all victorious in their singles matches.

For doubles, the teams of Killinger/Cistulli (8-0) and Reese/Pederson (8-0) also won.

BOW 8, PROSPECT MOUNTAIN 1

Laura Zbhelik (8-4), Claire Mulvaney (8-4), Kristen Duval (8-0), Danielle Gould (8-2) and Casey Day (8-6) all came out winners in their singles matches as the Falcons (5-0) dominated the afternoon.

The Falcons swept doubles as the teams of Zbhelik/Gould (8-0) and Mulvaney/Duval (8-3) won, while Prospect Mountain (1-4) forfeited the third doubles match.

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