High schools: Pitching depth pays off in Bow baseball team’s 5-2 victory over Raymond
Concord's Tim Weinhold runs the ball down the field defended by Souhegan's Mike Hayden during the game at Concord on Friday, May 2, 2014.
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Concord's Connor Hankins defends Souhegan's Foster Burnley during the game at Concord on Friday, May 2, 2014.
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Sebastian Strong pitched one inning of the Bow baseball team’s game yesterday, coming in with the lead and leaving with the game tied – and his coach impressed.
“Sebastian did exactly what he needed to do,” Coach Ben Forbes said.
What Strong did was sidestep what could have been a disastrous inning, keeping the Falcons in the game and in position to eventually beat Raymond, 5-2, with a three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth.
Statistically speaking, Strong gets a blown save for allowing the tying run to score. But he also gets the win, which Forbes said was far more telling.
“The whole key to this game was Sebastian,” he said. “Best game we’ve played, by far, this season.”
As well as the Falcons (3-2) played, getting two third-inning runs for a 2-0 lead entering the top of the sixth, a win was suddenly in question when the Rams (2-3) finally began to rally against starter Brendan Winch, a freshman and JV call-up. Winch departed with the bases loaded, no outs and a run in, and Forbes brought in Strong to slip out of the jam and preserve Bow’s chances.
Strong allowed only a bloop single, which scored the tying run, but got three outs to limit the damage and keep Bow’s chances looking good.
“For us to get out of that inning in a tie game, being the home team, that was huge,” Forbes said.
The Falcons didn’t take long to capitalize on the escape. Conner Lorenz led off with a single and Gavin Lacourciere reached on an error one out later, putting runners at first and third. Lacourciere stole second one out later, and Jeff Bell singled up the middle to score Lorenz with the go-ahead run. The rally was just getting started, however, as Lacourciere came home on an error and Jacob Berrigan singled home Bell to round out the scoring.
“We’ve been talking a lot about timely hitting, and how important that is,” Forbes said. “The kids knew what they had to do and what mindset they had to have.”
Sophomore Evan Vulgamore came on for the save, getting the heart of Raymond’s lineup out in order to close out the game and finish with the sort of mound relay Forbes was hoping for.
“For (Strong) to do that and allow us to take Evan, who throws hard, and have him throw strikes and close it out (was big),” he said. “It’s nice when you have a plan and the kids are able to execute that plan. It makes the game of baseball pretty fun.”
Forbes also praised Winch, who was thrown into a competitive game in his varsity debut and responded by allowing two runs and four hits in five-plus innings while striking out two.
“He did his job,” Forbes said. “He pitched to contact, and we played a lot of defense today.”
Concord 10, Nashua North 1
Ben Bengtson hit a three-run home run to spark a nine-run fifth inning that turned a 1-1 battle into a runaway rout for the Crimson Tide (5-3).
Bengtson went 1-for-3 with four RBI, all of which came in the fifth, and his home run broke the tie at the start of the inning. Mike Manoogian went 3-for-3 with two RBI, while Nick Comeau (2-for-3, RBI), Connor Ferns (2-for-4, RBI), Rob Law (2-for-4, RBI) and Gracion Smith (two runs) also produced at the plate for the Tide, which pounded out 13 hits.
Seimou Smith started and went 5.2 innings, allowing three hits, two walks and an earned run while striking out six. Bengtson went the rest of the way, leaving the bases loaded in the sixth, and struck out one.
Kingswood 10, Pembroke 4
The Spartans (1-5) and Knights (4-3) were tied 3-3 going into the top of the seventh inning, but a seven-run top of the seventh downed Pembroke.
Pembroke got six solid innings from Brendan Murray on the mound. Liam Wright had a big two-out, two-run single in the third. Jerry Caruso went 2-for-3.
Con-Val 8, John Stark 1
The Generals (1-4) got a run in the top of the fourth to trim their deficit to 3-1, but the Cougars (4-2) answered with two runs in the bottom half and three more in the fifth to take firm control of the game.
Stark’s run came when David Nelson reached on an error, went to second on a wild pickoff attempt and third on a wild pitch, then scored on Tyler Keim’s sacrifice fly. Callahan Loos finished 2-for-3 at the plate for the Generals.
Hopkinton 8, Fall Mountain 2
The Hawks had their best offensive day of the season, banging out 13 hits and improving to 4-1 with the win at home.
Fall Mountain (4-3) scored first with a single run in the top of the fourth, but that slim lead didn’t last long as Hopkinton answered with seven in the bottom of the frame. Kyle LePage (3-for-3, two runs), Evan O’Keeffe (3-for-4, RBI), Wes Rose (2-for-4, RBI) and Andrew Reale (pinch hit RBI single in the fourth) led the Hawks’ offensive output.
Sophomore David Nelson pitched five innings, allowing two hits and one walk and striking out four to earn his first varsity pitching win. Collin Paraskeva (one walk, two strikeouts) and Alex Lajeunesse each pitched an inning of relief.
Laconia 3, Belmont 2
Joey Levesque pitched six strong innings for Belmont, but Laconia scratched out a run in the seventh with a walk, stolen base and a single to earn the win.
Levesque pitched six-plus innings, allowing five hits, four walks and two earned runs while striking out three. He also went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Caleb Drouin (1-for-3, double, RBI) and Corey Derosier (1-for-3) also contributed offensively for the Raiders.
Pittsfield 11, Epping 1
The Panthers (5-1) had no problem at the plate, scoring at least three runs in three of five innings, including four in the fifth to cut the game short.
Colby Clark had a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth and Xenthios Cyr belted a two-run homer in the fifth. Max Tuttle went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI, and Kris Perkins struck out 11 in five innings while allowing four hits and one earned run.
Concord 16, Nashua North 3
Concord (5-2) broke the game open with an eight-run second inning before ending it early by the mercy rule.
Ten players contributed to the 19-hit attack, paced by Cassidy Emerson (3-for-5, three runs, two RBI), Molly Emerson (3-for-5, two runs, two RBI) and Meaghan Littlejohns (3-for-5, double, one run, two RBI). Franny Redlon and Kalli Sargent both had two hits and two RBI, Katherine Muzzey added a pair of hits, and Dani Morrill (two RBI), Lexi Palmisano, Delanie Pickering and Annie Mullen also hit.
Morrill pitched the first three innings, allowing just one run on one hit while striking out six. Palmisano closed, scattering three hits for two runs over three innings, striking out three.
Coe-Brown 16, Kennett 4
The Bears’ (6-0) bats had plenty of work in their victory over the Cougars (4-2), with every starter tallying at least one hit and Coe-Brown scoring two or more runs in each inning of play.
The Bears ended the game with a bang as Amanda Riley and Kianna Daudelin hit back-to-back home runs to end the game.
Abby Ahern (3-for-3) and Shannon Burke (2-for-3, homer) also played a large role in Coe-Brown’s offense. In addition to her home run, Daudelin improved her record in the circle to 6-0, striking out five and giving up four earned runs.
John Stark 14, Con-Val 0
The Generals (5-0) let the Cougars (3-3) hang around for most of the game, then crushed their hopes with a 10-run seventh inning.
Jackie Kilar led the way at the plate, going 3-for-5 with five RBI and a home run. Carly Cook went 3-for-5 with an RBI, while Alicia Coughlin (2-for-4), Maddie Janelle (2-for-5) and Riley Beliveau (2-for-2) also produced.
The support was more than plenty for Lindsey Turner, who allowed five hits and two walks while fanning 11 in seven innings, bumping her record to 5-0.
Pembroke 12, Kingswood 0
Hannah Seidner went 3-for-3 with a double and earned the pitching win (11 strikeouts, two hits) as the Spartans (3-3) finished off the Knights (1-6) in five innings.
Katherine Arvanitis kick started the Pembroke offense with a single to lead off the first and Marissa Kibbee pushed the Spartans into overdrive with a three-run home run. Pembroke added runs in the second, fourth and fifth to run away with the win.
Raymond 16, Bow 2
The Rams scored seven first-inning runs to take control of the game right out of the gate.
Emily Manning went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and RBI for the Falcons (0-4), who scored their runs in the bottom of the second and seventh. Miki Dowd went 3-for-4 with two doubles, and Sara Anoli went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
HOPKINTON 10, FALL MOUNTAIN 1
Already up 6-0, Sloane White’s three-run home run in the bottom of the second helped the Hawks (3-2) break through and end the game before it really even began. Kasey Smith and Lily Scammon also played well offensively.
In the circle, Becca Shatney pitched six shutout innings, striking out eight. Alexis Blanchette finished up, pitching the seventh. Kay Andrew, Kelly Scammon and Caroline Flood had strong defensive games.
Epping 15, Pittsfield 10
The Panthers scored more runs than they did in their previous four games combined, and Megan Callicoat pitched her best game of the season, but Pittsfield still dropped to 0-5 with the loss at home.
Epping (1-5) scored three in the top of the first, only to see the Panthers come back with four in the bottom of the frame. But the Blue Devils answered with four in the second and three more in the third to cement their lead.
Stef Gauthier went 4-for-4 with two RBI and a run to lead the Pittsfield offense. Emlee Sanuth also went 4-for-4 and Callicoat was 2-for-3 with three runs.
Souhegan 21, Concord 8
After Souhegan (4-2) jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first quarter, the Crimson Tide (1-6) rallied with goals from Ian Scurra (goal, assist), Dan Lebell (two goals, assist) and Tyler Martel (two goals, one assist) to cut the lead to 8-5 midway through the second. But the Sabers went on a six-goal run to close the half and take control.
Tim Weinhold played well in the Concord midfield and finished with a goal and two assists and Connor Hawkins and Max Foisy each had a goal for the Tide.
ST. THOMAS 12, BOW 7
The Falcons (2-2) trailed 6-5 at halftime as the game was close throughout with the undefeated Saints (5-0).
Matt Sanford (four goals), Devin Calkins (two goals, two assists) and Luke Laboe (goal) paced the Falcons offensive, while Chase Chamberline (14 saves) and Travis Beauchain (7 saves) played well splitting duties in net.
PEMBROKE 5, KEARSARGE 2
Pembroke’s Nick Gelinas and Nick Berube combined to make 14 saves as the Spartans limited Kearsarge (4-2) to just two goals.
“We couldn’t generate any consistent offense,” Coach Mike Heffernan said, “but they’re a disciplined team, as well, so give them credit.”
Justin Norris (assist) and Bryson Barthol were the lone Cougars to find the back of the net. Goalie Will Aufranc made seven saves for Kearsarge.
For the Spartans (1-5), Glenn Dion (two), Kam Anderson, Zach Blye and Max Putnam scored, while Mike Denis, Keenan Abbott, Chris Brown, Scott Bachelder and Ryan Phelps played well defensively.
HOPKINTON 16, STEVENS 0
Matt French and Derek Amoth played well in net, splitting halves to help the Hawks (4-1) shut out the Cardinals (0-6).
Robbie Ferguson led the way offensively with five goals and an assist. Ben Thompson (two goals, two assists), Tim Jones (two goals), Prince Mansah (two goals), Evan Ruderman (two goals), Joe Cullinan (goal), Owen Kanter (goal) and Bowman Ridinger (goal) also contributed to the attack.
Sage Dubois and Henry Yianakopolos also played well, collecting eight and seven ground balls, respectively.
HANOVER 15, CONCORD 2
There was never much hope as the Tide trailed 13-0 at halftime before eventually breaking through with two goals in the second half, courtesy of Grace Orzechowski.
Amadaline Tibbals and Avery Loosigian each played a half in net for the Tide (2-4).
Bedford 18, Bow 6
Bow had a tough time against Bedford (6-1), falling to 1-4.
“The girls went out fighting hard, but there were a few mistakes that cost them a lot (of) possession losses and turnovers,” Coach Alli Brooks said.
Taylor Darrell, Amanda Murray and Allie Krause led the attack, with a Murray-to-Krause passing combination leading to a perfect high corner goal by Krause. Sarah Davis led the defensive effort along with goalie Leeanna Cmar, who made more than 20 saves.
OYSTER RIVER 15, MERRIMACK VallEY 9
Hannah John had a hat trick, but it wasn’t enough to lead the Pride (0-5) to its first win.
Lily Davis (two), Danielle Wiley, Sydney Rollins, Emily Masse and Rebekah Stearns also added goals.
Jordan Presby, Kristen Simoneau and Lauren Masse played well defensively in front of goalie Maddy Jaquith.
KEENE 6, CONCORD 3
The Tide (7-2) suffered its second consecutive loss, this time at the hands of the unbeaten Blackbirds (9-0).
Thomas Bengtson (9-8, 7-5) was the lone singles winner, playing up at No. 1.
The doubles teams of Bengtson/Josh Pifer (9-8, 7-2) and Adam Bryant/Adi Gandhi (9-8, 7-2) also were victorious.
BOW 8, MONADNOCK 1
Zach Zbehlik (8-0), Tim Bradley (8-6), Ben Maurer (8-0), Nathan Louf (8-1), Jacob Huppe (8-0) and Josh DeYoung (8-1) were all victorious as the Falcons swept singles.
The doubles teams of Huppe/DeYoung (9-8) and Mitch Blair/Louis Miyara (8-5) were victorious, as well.
St. Thomas 8, Pembroke 1
Rupesh Gurung earned an 8-3 victory at No. 4 singles, but it was the only win of the match for Pembroke (1-6).
St. Thomas (2-3) clinched in singles, with all five victories by scores of 8-3 or better.
Pembroke competed more in doubles, with Andrew Goulet and Sam Yeaton falling, 8-4, at No. 1, and Gurung and Ryan Weiss coming close before falling, 8-5, at No. 2.
Concord 9, Keene 0
The Crimson Tide (4-3) had little trouble with the Blackbirds (1-7), sweeping singles and doubles for the victory.
Gabby Killinger led the way with an 8-3 win at No. 1 singles, and she was followed in order by Skye Reese (8-4), Alex Killinger (8-3), Becky Cistulli (8-1), Meg Olive (8-0) and Kristine Pedersen (8-2). Gabby and Alex Killinger teamed to win, 8-4, at first doubles, followed by Cistulli and Reese (8-1) and Oliver and Pedersen (8-6).
BOW 9, KEARSARGE 0
The Falcons (7-1) dominated throughout the lineup against the Cougars (0-8).
Laura Zbehlik (8-2), Claire Mulvaney (8-3), Danielle Gould (8-3), Nandita Kasireddy (8-6), Casey Day (8-2) and Allie Wilber (8-2) all won their singles matches.
The teams of Zbhelik/Gould (8-0), Mulvaney/Wilber (8-6) and Kasireddy/Day (8-5) led the doubles sweep.
Timberlane 3, John Stark 0
John Stark (1-5) played strong, but couldn’t overcome Timberlane’s outside and middle hitting, falling to the Owls (4-3), 25-23, 25-12, 25-20.
Serge Boucher pounded 10 kills for the Generals, with Ryan Sandmann passing for 18 assists.