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High school boys: Bell pitches Bow baseball team past H-D, 10-0

  • Bow's Sabastian Strong can't believe he was called out as HD pitcher Johny White shows the ump the ball.
  • Bow Pitcher Jeff Bell pitches as 3B Sean Stewart gets ready.
  • Bow Pitcher Jeff Bell pitches as 3B Sean Stewart gets ready.

Baseball is not an easy game, but sometimes, it’s a walk in the park.

The Bow High baseball team used three bases-loaded walks in the first inning yesterday to cruise to a 10-0 victory over Hillsboro-Deering, ending the game after five innings.

The Falcons, who had alternated wins and losses to start the season, put together back-to-back wins for the first time to improve to 4-2. The Hillcats are still looking for their first victory after seven defeats.

Leadoff hitter Evan Vulgamore was hit by a pitch to get things started in the top of the first. The sophomore promptly stole second, then scored on a single by Sam Morrow for the only run the Falcons would need. Gavin Lacourciere punched an RBI single to make it 2-0 before a walk to Jacob Berrigan ignited the string of free passes to push the score to 5-0 after one.

The big first inning was plenty of cushion for starting pitcher Jeff Bell, who picked up the win with four shutout innings. The sophomore allowed just one hit, struck out three and walked no one.

“He pitched really well,” Bow Coach Ben Forbes said. “He didn’t allow a walk, he pitched to contact and let us play some defense. Out of a sophomore, that’s what you want, no free passes. He went right after them.”

Vulgamore pitched a hitless fifth, striking out two to complete the shutout.

Bow had only five hits, but combined them with nine walks and a pair of hit batters to do the damage. The Falcons added a single run in the second, three more in the fourth and the final run in the fifth to invoke the mercy rule.

Morrow (two RBI, three runs) and Lacourciere (two RBI, two runs) each went 2-for-3 to pace the offense.

Brandon Soules had H-D’s lone hit, doubling in his first varsity at-bat. Johnny White came on in relief on the hill and allowed just one hit in four innings. Center fielder Jonas Hofstetter and first baseman Josh Carmen had strong games in the field for the Hillcats.

BASEBALL

Bedford 1, Concord 0

The Bulldogs managed only two hits and one run, but it was enough against a Crimson Tide offense that grounded into a pair of double plays and couldn’t convert on the few opportunities it had to score.

Jon Lewis allowed only the one earned run in six innings, but got saddled with the tough-luck loss. He also struck out one and walked five.

Connor Loughery had a pair of singles for Concord (5-4), while Nick Comeau, Mike Manoogian and Mark Houston had the other hits.

John Stark 4, Pembroke 1

Pembroke (1-6) jumped on the scoreboard early, with Jeremy Caruso reaching on an error and coming in on an RBI single by Liam Wright. But from there, John Stark’s Egan Nickerson slammed the door. The sophomore went the distance on the hill, scattering five hits, allowing no walks and striking out 10.

Caruso was nearly as efficient for Pembroke, walking just one in six strong innings of work.

The Generals (2-4) pulled ahead with a pair of runs in the second on singles by Tyler Keim (2-for-3) and Callahan Loos, a double steal with Keim scoring, and an RBI single by Tyler Gamache. Ben Casazza singled, stole second and scored on Keim’s single in the third, then Wes Lamphere singled, stole second, moved to third on a bunt by Gamache and scored on the throw to first after a dropped third strike in the fourth.

Chris Gauss and Wright had two hits apiece for the Spartans, and Justus Turck recorded his first varsity hit.

St. Thomas 8, Merrimack Valley 6

The Pride took a 6-5 lead in the fifth inning thanks to a four-run rally, but the Saints (3-4) scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead and added an insurance run in the sixth to hand MV (3-4) its fourth straight loss.

Brooks Kimball (2-for-3, two RBI) hit a two-run single in the fifth for the biggest hit of the rally. Jake Landry brought home a run on a sacrifice fly. The Pride scored the other two runs on four straight walks.

Riley Linehan pitched six innings, allowing nine hits and six earned runs.

Inter-Lakes 10, Belmont 8

Inter-Lakes (3-1) and Belmont (3-3) traded runs for much of the game, but the Lakers’ four-run sixth inning proved to be the difference.

Belmont rallied with a pair of runs in the seventh and had the bases loaded, but couldn’t push across the tying run.

Jason Taylor (2-for-4, two steals, three runs), Caleb Drouin (2-for-3, double, walk) and Trevor Romagnoli (2-for-3, two RBI, run, SAC) led the Raiders offense. Ryan Pluskis (triple, SAC, steal, three RBI), Chris Marden (walk, RBI, run) and Corey Derosier (RBI) each had a hit, and Brent Minery (walk, SAC, steal) drove in a run.

Taylor pitched two innings of one-hit relief, allowing no earned runs. Derosier took the loss.

CAMPBELL 12, BISHOP BRADY 2

After allowing five runs in the bottom of the fifth, the Giants (2-4) answered right back with two runs in the top of the sixth, thanks to Danny Fogarty (RBI double) and Drew Kalil (RBI single). The hope provided by that burst didn’t last long, as the Cougars (6-1) struck with six runs in the bottom of the inning to break open the game.

“We didn’t pitch particularly bad,” Coach Skip Foy said, “but whenever we made a mistake, they capitalized big time.”

Tom Blandini was solid defensively, while Tom Pelchat (two hits) contributed offensively.

HOPKINTON 6, MASCENIC 3

Hawks ace Jake Nelson went the distance, striking out eight.

The Hawks (5-1) trailed 3-2 entering the top of the fifth, but two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings sealed the deal.

In the both the fifth and sixth, the Hawks benefited from many Vikings errors and small ball. Offensively, Nelson, Evan O’Keeffe and Alex Lajeunesse had two hits apiece. Wes Rose, Max Legier and Kyle LaPage also contributed offensively.

GILFORD 6, WINNISQUAM 4

The Bears (5-1) ended up beating themselves, committing five errors and allowing five unearned runs.

Jordan Dahl led the way at the plate, going 2-for-3. The Bears got two runs in both the second and third innings. In the second, Ben Wentworth (RBI double) and Mikey Lowery provided the offense. In the third, Tucker Normand (RBI) and Jack Decormier (RBI) aided the Bears.

Normand started on the mound (1.2 innings) before being relieved by Tim Harmon, who pitched well, allowing three hits.

Pittsfield 22, Hinsdale 3

Any thoughts that the Panthers were in for a tough game didn’t last long, as Pittsfield posted 17 runs on 12 hits in a marathon fourth inning en route to improving to 7-1.

The Panthers actually trailed 3-0 in the third, but answered with five runs in the bottom half to take the lead for good. Colby Clark had a huge day at the plate, scoring twice and going 2-for-4 with a double, grand slam and seven RBI, while Xenthios Cyr was 3-for-3 with two runs and Max Tuttle went 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI.

Clark went all five innings on the mound, striking out six and allowing four hits, two walks and three runs, only one of which was earned.

LACROSSE

Londonderry 6, Concord 5, OT

Goaltender Nick Zavarotny made 18 saves, but the Lancers (6-3) got the better of the Tide (1-7) in sudden death.

Max Foisy (two goals), Dan Lebell, Travis Duhamel and Connor Hawkins scored, while Josh Own and Ian Scurra had an assist each. Concord also had a great defensive effort from seniors Tyler Kukla, Josh Larner and Kyle Cushman.

Bow 9, Merrimack 6

Defense was key in the Falcons’ victory against the Tomahawks (4-4).

“Our defense did a great job communicating and sliding early to the ball,” Bow Coach Ross Mondello said. “I was really proud of how our guys played for all four quarters today.”

Robbie Joscelyn and Charlie Reagan played well on the defensive end, as well as Alex Rietze, who also had two goals. Travis Beauchain and Chase Chamberline split time in net with five saves each. The offense was led by Matt Sanford with five goals, Devin Calkins tallied a goal and an assist and Luke Laboe scored a goal for Bow (3-2).

TENNIS

Winnacunnet 8, Concord 1

Concord (7-3) took on an undefeated opponent for the third straight match and lost its third straight.

Mattias Lambert picked up the Tide’s lone victory, winning at No. 6 singles, 8-3.

Josh Pifer (8-5 at No. 3), Adam Bryant (8-4 at No. 4) and Liam Healy (8-4 at No. 5) had the closest other singles matches, while Evan Hewey and Lambert fell, 8-6, at No. 2 doubles, and Bryant and Healy went down, 8-5, at No. 3.

“Winnacunnet has an excellent team,” Concord Coach Dave Page said.

“Not only are they very talented, but they were much hungrier than we were today and played higher-percentage tennis.”

Bishop Brady 9, Pembroke 0

Everyone performed well as the Giants (5-2) received contributions from their whole lineup.

Raventh Damerla (8-5), Jack Bryck (8-6), Brendon Bryck (8-0), Nick Vermette (8-5), Tom MacMullin (8-2) and Danny Bryck (8-1) were all victorious in singles.

In doubles, the teams of Damerla/Brendon Bryck (9-7), Jack Bryck/Vermette (8-2) and Danny Bryck/MacMullin (8-1) were also victorious.

Coe-Brown 8, Windham 1

The Bears swept singles to up their record to 2-5.

Alex Wimsatt (8-1), Brian Gordon (8-6), Garrett Kunz (8-6), Jeremy Fenerty (8-0), Jared Carlson (8-0) and Connor Bell (8-1) were the singles winners on courts 1-6, respectively. The doubles tandems of Gordon and Fenerty (No. 2, 8-2) and Josh Conrad and Liam Corless (No. 3, 8-5) also came out on top.

Bow 6, Inter-Lakes 3

The Lakers (2-5) swept doubles, but the Falcons (7-1) swept singles on their home court to clinch the win.

At Nos. 3-5, Ben Maurer, Nathan Louf and Jacob Huppe won, 8-0. No. 1 Zach Zbehlik and No. 6 Josh DeYoung won, 8-1, while No. 2 Tim Bradley had the closest singles match, an 8-3 victory. Maurer and Bradley dropped a narrow decision, 9-7, at No. 1 doubles.

VOLLEYBALL

Windham 3, Coe-Brown 0

The Bears (0-8) lost in straight sets to the Jaguars (6-2).

Leading the way for the Bears were Alec Schleich (nine digs), Parker Aube (three kills, three assists) and Will Girard (three kills, three blocks).

Bishop Guertin 3, John Stark 2

In a tight back-and-forth match, John Stark (1-6) won the second and third sets to take a 2-1 lead, but host Bishop Guertin (4-4) battled back to win the match, 25-13, 24-26, 25-27, 25-9, 15-6.

Setter Ryan Sandmann doled out 26 assists, Brandon Dugay led the attack with nine kills, and Serge Boucher provided three aces and six kills for the Generals.

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