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High schools: MV softball turns the tables, hands Coe-Brown its first loss, 5-2

  • Merrimack Valley's Brittany Fisher (middle, left) and Lindsay Balch (right) celebrate after winning the game against Coe-Brown at Merrimack Valley on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  Merrimack Valley won 5-2.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley's Brittany Fisher (middle, left) and Lindsay Balch (right) celebrate after winning the game against Coe-Brown at Merrimack Valley on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Merrimack Valley won 5-2.

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  • Coe-Brown's Kianna Daudelin pitches the ball during the game at Merrimack Valley on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  Merrimack Valley won 5-2.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Coe-Brown's Kianna Daudelin pitches the ball during the game at Merrimack Valley on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Merrimack Valley won 5-2.

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  • Merrimack Valley's Kerry Fedion pitches the ball during the game against Coe-Brown at Merrimack Valley on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  Merrimack Valley won 5-2.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley's Kerry Fedion pitches the ball during the game against Coe-Brown at Merrimack Valley on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Merrimack Valley won 5-2.

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  • Merrimack Valley's Lindsay Balch misses a groundball as Coe-Brown's Emily Therrien runs to second base during the game at Merrimack Valley on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  Merrimack Valley won 5-2.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley's Lindsay Balch misses a groundball as Coe-Brown's Emily Therrien runs to second base during the game at Merrimack Valley on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Merrimack Valley won 5-2.

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  • Merrimack Valley's Erin Frost slides safely onto home as Coe-Brown's Shannon Burke tries to get her out during the game at Merrimack Valley on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  Merrimack Valley won 5-2.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley's Erin Frost slides safely onto home as Coe-Brown's Shannon Burke tries to get her out during the game at Merrimack Valley on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Merrimack Valley won 5-2.

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  • Merrimack Valley's Brittany Fisher (middle, left) and Lindsay Balch (right) celebrate after winning the game against Coe-Brown at Merrimack Valley on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  Merrimack Valley won 5-2.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Coe-Brown's Kianna Daudelin pitches the ball during the game at Merrimack Valley on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  Merrimack Valley won 5-2.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley's Kerry Fedion pitches the ball during the game against Coe-Brown at Merrimack Valley on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  Merrimack Valley won 5-2.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley's Lindsay Balch misses a groundball as Coe-Brown's Emily Therrien runs to second base during the game at Merrimack Valley on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  Merrimack Valley won 5-2.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley's Erin Frost slides safely onto home as Coe-Brown's Shannon Burke tries to get her out during the game at Merrimack Valley on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  Merrimack Valley won 5-2.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

The Merrimack Valley softball team erased its short-term memory and reversed its outcome from one week ago in a big way.

Just seven days after being no-hit by Coe-Brown in a mercy rule-shortened 12-0 loss, the Pride came out aggressively, scoring five runs in the first three innings to hand Coe-Brown its first loss of the season, 5-2, yesterday.

“I think seeing (Coe-Brown starter Kianna Daudelin) and how she throws just a week ago did help,” said MV Coach Sam York, whose team improved to 3-4. “We didn’t make a lot of adjustments, but we tried to instill confidence in the girls and have them believe in themselves. They came out with a winning attitude, they came out funneling their frustration in the right spot.”

Daudelin didn’t give up many more hits than last time, scattering just four yesterday, but the Pride bunched three of those together to produce a four-run second inning.

With one out, Brittany Fisher drew a walk and took second on a wild pitch. After the second out of the inning, Rachel Demers singled over the first baseman’s head to plate Fisher with the game’s first run. Kaitlyn Hill walked, putting runners at first and second, and Hannah Munson snuck one through the infield just to the shortstop side of second base to score Demers, with both she and Hill moving up a base on the throw home. Lindsay Balch continued the damage with a two-run single to right for a 4-0 lead.

“Nothing was hit very hard, but we had the timely hits and they happened to hit the grass,” York said.

The teams traded single runs in the third. Amanda Riley blasted a double off the fence and scored on a single by Shannon Burke to get one back for Coe-Brown (7-1), but MV made it up in the home half of the inning when Erin Frost tripled over the right fielder’s head and scored on a groundout by Maggie Carey.

Daudelin (four hits, two walks, eight strikeouts) settled in from then on, not allowing another baserunner.

“She started throwing much, much better,” York said.

But with MV holding a 5-1 lead, it was up to the Coe-Brown bats to try to pull the Bears back, and MV pitcher Kerry Fedion was up to the task. She allowed just one more run in the fifth when Riley roped her second double of the game and came around on a pair of wild pitches, but MV’s defense held firm.

“It was one of her better games, but part of that is when she does walk someone, now the defense behind her picks her up,” York said of Fedion, who scattered seven hits, struck out one and walked five.

Coe-Brown got its first two runners aboard in the fourth, but Fisher, MV’s shortstop, turned a double play on a popup and Fedion induced a grounder to end the threat. In the sixth, the Bears put two aboard again, but a flyout ended it.

Along with Riley’s two doubles, Emily Therrien was 1-for-2 with a walk for the Bears.

“First and foremost, if we don’t come out and win against Lebanon (Thursday), then going forward this doesn’t do a lot,” York said. “But it does show that when we play our game, we can handle ourselves against the top competition in Division II.”

SOFTBALL

Concord 10, Merrimack 2

Concord (7-2) scored three runs in each of the first two innings to set the tone early.

Molly Emerson and Franny Redlon had RBI singles and Meaghan Littlejohns plated the third on a groundout in the first inning. A safety squeeze by Deb Morrill scored Aelin Shea, who had led off the second with a triple, and Cassidy Emerson added a two-run double in the second. Dani Morrill’s two-run double was the big hit in a four-run fourth inning. Deb Morrill (2-for-3, two runs, RBI), Annie Mullen (2-for-2, two walks, three runs) and Cassidy Emerson (2-for-3, two runs, two RBI) paced the 10-hit attack.

Dani Morrill retired nine straight after issuing a leadoff walk and left after five innings with a 10-0 lead. Lexi Palmisano pitched the final two innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and an error in the seventh.

Souhegan 5, John Stark 3

The Generals (6-1) and Sabers (5-3) went back and forth with John Stark taking a 3-2 lead into the seventh inning, but Souhegan hit a home run and two doubles to hand the Generals their first loss of the season.

Lyndsey Turner (6-1) took the loss, but managed to pick up seven strikeouts in the effort. Turner, Jocelyn Dimond and Alicia Coughlin scored John Stark’s runs.

Pembroke 12, Hanover 0

The Spartans (4-4) once again came out swinging the bats early to take 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first over the Marauders (1-5) with Katherine Arvanitis, Madison Pellerin and Marissa Kibbee collecting key hits in the inning.

Pembroke broke the game wide open with six runs in the sixth inning. Hannah Seidner (complete game, three hits, 12 strikeouts) picked up the victory for Pembroke.

Hopkinton 16, Bow 2

Alexis Blanchette (complete game, seven strikeouts, three walks) surely appreciated the 15 hits and 16 runs her Hawks (5-2) put up against the Falcons (0-6), but it was much more than she needed as she allowed one hit – an infield single to the first batter of the game – en route to the victory in her first career start.

With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the second, Hopkinton’s offense put its collective feet down and pounded out nine runs to pull away, highlighted by a Sloane White home run.

The Hawk offense was led by Blanchette (2-for-2, three runs, two RBI), Lily Scammon (3-for-3, three runs, two RBI) and Caroline Flood (3-for-4, two RBI). For the Falcons, Kelsey Flynn and Maddie Constant played well defensively. In the circle, Emily Manning had four strikeouts.

Raymond 7, Bishop Brady 3

The Green Giants (1-6) played even with the Rams (5-2) until there were two outs in the top of the seventh inning, when Raymond broke through for four runs to push Brady’s losing streak to five.

Trailing 3-0 heading to the bottom of the fourth, Brady tied the game when Jess Santis and Melissa Mallahan (2-for-3) singled and Emily Santis followed with a three-run homer on a liner down the left-field line. The Giants, however, failed to threaten after that.

Jess Santis pitched a complete game, allowing eight hits and one walk while striking out eight. Two of the seven runs off her were unearned.

Winnisquam 4, Prospect Mountain 2

The Bears (7-1) won their seventh straight, defeating the Timberwolves (4-3).

Winnisquam pitcher Allie Trowsdale went the distance, scattering four hits and striking out three. Prospect Mountain didn’t score until the seventh.

The Bears scored one run in the first and three more in the third. Alyssa Clogston led the way, going 3-for-3 with a run. Rachel Wilcox (2-for-3, run), Kendra Lonergan (1-for-3, RBI) and Marissa DeBlasie (1-for-4, two runs) also made valuable contributions on offense.

Sunapee 19, Pittsfield 0

Pittsfield’s Megan Callicoat broke up Sunapee’s no-hit bid with a single in the fifth, but the Panthers fell to 0-8.

Emlee Sanuth had a strong game behind the plate for Pittsfield.

BASEBALL

Concord 12, Merrimack 6

The Tide (6-4) scored runs early on its way to a victory over the Tomahawks (2-6).

Concord pitcher Josh Partridge didn’t allow Merrimack to score through three innings, by which time Concord had already scored six runs, three in the first and three in the second. In the fourth, Concord scored another six and Merrimack scored its first two.

Partridge pitched six innings, allowing six hits and striking out 10.

Ben Bengtson (two hits, two RBI), Mike Manoogian (two hits, RBI) and Gracion Smith (two hits, two runs) all contributed to the offense, while Connor Loughery and Nick Comeau also came up with big hits, each finishing with two hits, two runs and two RBI.

Coe-Brown 14, Merrimack Valley 9

The Bears (5-3) rallied for a nine-run seventh inning to hand the Pride (3-5) its fifth straight loss.

Mac Struthers led the way from the plate, going 4-for-5 with two runs and three RBI. Ben Bailey also made an impact, going 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBI, including a triple in the seventh inning.

The Bears went into the seventh down 9-5 before a double from Struthers made it 9-6, and then a triple from Bailey made it 9-7. Brody Ashley tied the game with one out. After some errors from MV and a couple more singles, Coe-Brown scored another five runs.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, it looked like the Pride was about to stage a rally itself, but Ashley ran down a popup and made a diving catch to end the game.

Bears pitcher Luke Zollman recorded five strikeouts and was credited with the win.

Pembroke 15, Hanover 3

The Spartans (2-6) gave up two runs in the top of the first inning, but proceeded to put up 15 of their own in the first four innings of their blowout over the Marauders (1-6).

Brendan Murray picked up the victory for Pembroke, throwing five innings and striking out four batters. Chris Gauss (three hits, triple, three RBI) had a big day on offense, while Vinny Dustin, Jerry Caurso, Noah Cote and AJ Gagnon had two hits each.

Souhegan 10, John Stark 0

The Generals (2-5) got off to a rough start in the first inning, allowing four walks and a couple errors that helped the Sabers (2-6) jump out to a quick 2-0 lead that set the tone for the rest of the game.

Despite allowing 10 runs, the Generals did see some positive signs on the mound. Sophomores Brock Bergeron (three innings, two earned runs) and Callahan Loos (two innings, no earned runs, two strikeouts) gained their first varsity pitching experience, something that Coach Ricky Hession hopes will help them heading into the playoff stretch. Jeremy Aubin, David Nelson and Wes Lamphere picked up John Stark’s hits.

Bishop Brady 7, Raymond 6, 10 inn.

Last year, the Green Giants lost three straight extra inning affairs, so you could excuse Coach Skip Foy for feeling a little snake-bitten. Yesterday, Brady made up for that, using five innings of no-hit relief from Adam Gamache and a walk-off single from Tom Pelchat to beat Raymond in 10 innings.

Both teams scored three runs in the third, Raymond (3-4) made it 6-3 after the top of the fifth, but Brady (3-4) got one back in the fifth and scored twice in the sixth to tie.

In the bottom of the 10th, Gamache hit a leadoff single and when Raymond threw away Kyle Jalbert’s sacrifice bunt, the Giants had runners at second and third. After having one runner cut down at the plate on an infield grounder, Tom Blandini (who had four hits to that point) drew an intentional walk to load the bases, and Pelchat followed with a line drive up the left field line to win it.

Blandini (four hits, double, triple, two runs, two RBI), JP Nemkovich (two hits, two runs), Gamache (two hits) and Pelchat (three hits, two RBI) led Brady’s 15-hit attack. CJ Puleo had a strong game at first base, while Blandini (five innings) and Gamache (five innings, no hits, two walks, only one batter over the minimum) shared the pitching duties.

Belmont 11, Franklin 0

After three straight losses by a combined five runs, the Red Raiders (4-3) took out their frustrations on the visiting Golden Tornadoes (0-7), jumping to an 11-0 lead after three innings on the way to the five-inning, mercy-rule victory.

Jason Taylor spearheaded the Raiders offense by going 2-for-3 with four stolen bases, three runs, two RBI and a walk. Brent Minery and Joe Levesque each went 2-for-3 with two RBI, with Minery also stealing a base.

Ryan Pluskis was a two-way contributor, earning the win on the mound with five innings of two-hit, one-walk, five-strikeout ball while going 1-for-3 at the plate with a triple, two RBI, two runs and a stolen base.

Bow 7, Hopkinton 1

The Falcons (5-2) jumped on Hawks (5-2) pitching and defensive miscues (ten walks, eight errors), scoring seven runs in the first five innings to secure the victory.

For Bow, Chris Fournier (3-for-4, two runs, two RBI), Gavin Lacourciere (2-for-3, three RBI) and Jacob Berrigan (1-for-2, two RBI) led the offense.

Luke Luneau (two hits), Jake Nelson (double, run) and Nolan Quinn (double, RBI) were Hopkinton’s main contributors on offense. Andrew Reale made a great defensive play at third base with two outs and the bases loaded for the Hawks.

Winnisquam 19, Prospect Mountain 1

Behind a no-hitter from Dominic DeBlasie, the Bears (6-1) came off their lone loss of the season to rout the Timberwolves (1-6).

DeBlasie pitched all five innings, striking out seven and walking three.

Winnisquam scored four runs in the first, two in the second, six in the third and another seven in the fourth behind 14 hits.

Greg Hunt (2-for-3, four runs), Jack Decormier (2-for-3, two runs, four RBI), Ben Wentworth (2-for-4, two runs, three RBI), Jordan Dahl (1-for-3, run, three RBI), Dakota Tyno (2-for-4, two runs, RBI) and Torrey Martinez (2-for-4, run, RBI) all played well offensively.

The Timberwolves scored in the fourth on a sacrifice fly.

Pittsfield 4, Sunapee 3

The Panthers (8-1) increase their winning streak to five games by edging the Lakers (4-2).

Pittsfield jumped to an early lead behind two home runs, scoring all four of its runs in the second inning. Sunapee scored single runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings.

Panthers pitcher Kris Perkins threw a complete game, giving up just three hits and three walks and fanning 14 batters.

Max Tuttle hit a two-run homer, following up a solo shot from Perkins earlier in the inning. Noah McGlashing also hit well, going 2-for-3.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Bishop Brady 7, Souhegan 2

Bishop Brady swept through singles to improve to 6-2.

Shelby Herrington (8-3), Katie MacMullin (8-2), Lynn Yoon (8-3), Aliza Gray (8-2), Ravalika Damerla (8-1) and Brianna Puleo (8-3) all made quick work of their Souhegan (4-4) opponents on courts 1-6, respectively.

In doubles, the No. 3 team of Puleo and Liz Caldesi won, 8-2. The No. 1 team of Yoon and Gray and the No. 2 tandem of Damerla and Jenny Zhuang both fell, 8-4.

Bow 8, Inter-LAKES 1

The Falcons (9-1) cruised to a win on the road, winning every match but No. 2 doubles.

Bow swept singles on courts 1-6, respectively, with Laura Zbehlik (8-2), Claire Mulvaney (8-1), Kristen Duval (8-2), Danielle Gould (8-5), Nan Kasireddy (8-1) and Casey Day (8-6).

The Falcons won at No. 1 doubles with Zbehlik and Duval (8-2) and at No. 3, with Sarah Zecha and Katrina Wells winning their varsity debut, 8-5.

BOYS’ TENNIS

Bishop Brady 7, Souhegan 2

After losing the first two matches to start the season, the Green Giants (6-2) have since been on a hot streak, extending their winning streak to six with the victory over the Sabers (7-1).

The Nos. 1 and 2 singles courts saw the same outcome as both Raventh Demerla and Jack Bryck won their matches, 8-2. No. 3 Brendan Bryck and No. 4 Logan Sigua won their matches, 8-3, and on the No. 5 court, Nick Vermette won his match, 8-5.

In doubles action, the No. 1 pairing of Demerla and Brendan Bryck won, 8-2, and Vermette and Thomas MacMullin their match, 8-5, on the No. 3 court.

Hanover 9, Pembroke 0

The Spartans (1-8) were shut out at home by the Marauders (6-0).

No. 4 Richard Qui played well despite his 8-3 loss to Hanover’s Rupesh Gurung.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Bow 14, Timberlane 9

The Falcons (2-5) picked up a win on the road against Timberlane (2-6).

Bow moved the ball well offensively, picking up 10 assists. Amanda Murray (four goals, three assists), Julia Currier (four goals) and Molly Morrison (three assists) stood out offensively. Leeanna Cmar picked up the victory in net, making some great saves.

Bishop Brady 10, Pembroke 2

The Green Giants (5-2) won their fourth in a row, evening their season series with the Spartans (4-3) at 1-1.

With Brady scoring five goals in the first half and another five in the second, Pembroke never threatened. Jill Thomas (three goals), Sarah Thomas and Isabel Leeming (two goals apiece) led the offense for Brady. Hanna Provost, Emma Will and Steph Snow each added one goal.

Hopkinton 12, Merrimack Valley 9

The Hawks (3-5) scored the last four goals of the game after the Pride (0-7) had taken a 9-8 second-half lead, snapping Hopkinton’s losing streak at four games.

Caroline Sweny and Meg Hemmerlein had great all-around games for the Hawks, asserting themselves on groundballs and draws while also combining for five goals. Hemmerlein had three goals and an assist, while Sweny had a pair of goals. Two others Hawks had four-point games – Isabel Gesen (three goals, assist) and Sierra Schuster (two goals, two assists). Emma Ouellette had two assists and Hannah Bassett added one, giving the Hawks seven assists on their 12 goals.

For MV, Rebekah Stearns (four goals) and Sydney Rollins (three goals) led the offense, while Lauryn Masse and Kristen Simoneau played great defense.

John Stark 10, Lebanon 7

The Generals (6-0) were in familiar territory, going up 6-0 before the end of the first half against the Raiders (5-2), but Lebanon wouldn’t roll over as they scored three straight goals at the end of the first half, and picked up another goal at the start of the second to bring themselves within two. John Stark jumped back out to a 10-5 lead late in the second half and held on for the victory against a tough opponent.

Gianna Pezzulo led the Generals offense with five points (three goals, two assists). Katie Walligura and Danielle Galli each netted two goals while Sam Valcourt and Brandt picked up a goal and an assist each. Clarissa Foote picked up her second win of the year in net, stopping nine shots.

Kearsarge 13, Plymouth 8

The Cougars (5-1) and winless Bobcats (0-4) were knotted at 8-8 with 13 minutes left in the game, but Kearsarge tallied five unanswered markers to pull away with the victory.

Captain Libby Brooks was all over the field for Kearsarge, netting four goals, picking up an assist, winning six groundballs and picking off two steals. Anna Stowell (four goals), Jonnalyn Burt (two goals), Kaleigh Davis (two goals) and Elenor Angus (goal) scored for the Cougars. Anya Nowicki picked up the win in goal, collecting eight saves.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Laconia 7, Merrimack Valley 6

The Pride (4-2) had its four-game winning streak snapped with a loss to the Sachems (4-3).

Just before halftime, Josh Farmer scored to bring the game to 5-3 and give the Pride some momentum. The energy carried into the third quarter as MV came out and scored another three goals. It wasn’t quite enough, as the Sachems scored two to pull out the one-goal win.

Cole Martin led MV with two goals. Tucker Burt, Alex Lacy, Josh Farmer and Tanner Carter each added one goal. Goalie Alain Authier registered 15 saves.

Plymouth 11, Hopkinton 1

In a battle of two of the top teams in Division III, Hopkinton (4-2) came up short against undefeated Plymouth (7-0).

The Hawk defense held its own, led by Thomas Knight, along with James McCluskey, Jake Hammerlein and Sage Dubois, who had three groundballs each. McCluskey also had four shots on goal as a midfielder. Matt French stopped 14 of 25 shots on net.

Midfielder Robbie Ferguson paced the offense with six shots and six groundballs. Joe Cullian (four groundballs) scored the lone Hawks goal, with an assist from Evan Ruderman.

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

John Stark 3, Mascenic 1

The Generals (2-6) broke their six-game skid with a win over the Vikings (3-5) in four hard-fought sets, 25-16, 25-19, 14-25, 25-17.

John Stark’s Brandon Dugay contributed 12 kills and five aces. Carson Dunn (nine kills, three blocks) and Ryan Sandman (37 assists) also played well.

Bishop Guertin 3, Coe-Brown 0

The Bears (0-9) came up short against Bishop Guertin (5-4), losing 25-11, 25-13 and 25-15. Alec Schleich had five digs and Charlie Swansburg notched three kills and three aces to lead Coe-Brown.

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