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High schools: Hopkinton softball team gets early jump on Franklin in 5-2 win

  • Hopkinton's Lily Scamman reaches up to catch an outfield hit in the game against Franklin on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Hopkinton High School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton's Lily Scamman reaches up to catch an outfield hit in the game against Franklin on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Hopkinton High School.

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  • Hopkinton's Kelly Scamman keeps her eye on the ball in the game against Franklin on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Hopkinton High School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton's Kelly Scamman keeps her eye on the ball in the game against Franklin on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Hopkinton High School.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Franklin's Lexi Colpack makes a tag in the game against Hopkinton between schools on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Hopkinton High School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Franklin's Lexi Colpack makes a tag in the game against Hopkinton between schools on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Hopkinton High School.

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  • Hopkinton's Lily Scamman reaches up to catch an outfield hit in the game against Franklin on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Hopkinton High School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton's Kelly Scamman keeps her eye on the ball in the game against Franklin on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Hopkinton High School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Franklin's Lexi Colpack makes a tag in the game against Hopkinton between schools on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Hopkinton High School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Despite it being the first inning, Hopkinton softball player Kelly Scammon understood the importance of her first at-bat of the game yesterday. The bases were loaded with one out and her Hawks (10-2) had a chance to jump out to a quick lead against a Franklin (8-5) team that had put up 32 runs in its win over Kearsarge just a day earlier. Scammon delivered, blasting a bases-clearing triple over the head of Franklin’s center fielder that gave Hopkinton a 3-0 lead in a game it would go on to win, 5-2.

“It is always a big win to beat Franklin because year in and year out they are always one of the strongest teams in our division,” said Hopkinton Coach Dan Meserve, whose team has won eight in a row.

With the Hawks having to play three games in three days, Meserve decided to turn to freshman pitcher Alexis Blanchette. The youngster didn’t disappoint, pitching five-plus innings and allowing two runs, three hits and two walks to a team that had scored 52 runs in its previous three games.

Blanchette also helped herself out at the plate, hitting an RBI single following Scammon’s triple to make it 4-0 after one inning.

Lily Scammon toughed out a run for the Hawks in the fifth inning, getting hit by a pitch, stealing second and scoring on a line-drive single by Caroline Flood.

Becca Shatney came in to pitch in the sixth inning and recorded the final six outs to pick up the save.

The pitchers had plenty of help, as Meserve pointed out.

“Even though our pitchers didn’t record any strikeouts, we played great defensively, not making any errors all game,’ he said.

Meserve praised Kelly Scammon and Sloane White for their exception defensive performances.

Hopkinton will look to extend its winning streak in a road game against Campbell today, while Franklin hosts Newfound on Friday.

SOFTBALL

Concord 9, Alvirne 4

The Tide (11-3) scored in four of the first five innings to beat an Alvirne team that’s much tougher than its 5-9 record indicates.

Deb Morrill, Molly Emerson and Lexi Palmisano (double) each rapped two hits, Zoe Honigberg stole three bases and Concord combined its nine hits with six walks and four Alvirne errors.

Dani Morrill earned the win, scattering five hits for two runs (one earned) in five innings and striking out five. Palmisano closed the final two innings, allowing two runs on three hits.

Campbell 12, Bow 0

The Falcons (1-11) had issues offensively against the Spartans (8-2), most notably getting caught looking at strike three.

Maddie Palisi (2-for-3), Miki Dowd (2-for-3) and Kelsie Flynn (1-for-3) led Bow’s offense.

BASEBALL

Concord 8, Bishop Guertin 1

The Concord bats made it an easy night for Jon Lewis, who struck out eight in seven innings while allowing only four hits and two walks.

Mark Houston and Gracion Smith had two RBI apiece for the Crimson Tide (9-5), which won its third in a row by benefitting from a Cardinals team that committed six errors. Ben Bengtson went 2-for-3 with a walk, and Seimou Smith also had two hits.

Hopkinton 14, Franklin 0

The Hawks scored 11 runs in the first inning to put the game out of reach early and also got a stellar pitching performance from freshman Ben McManus in his varsity debut.

McManus, called up from JV because Hopkinton has five games this week, pitched all five innings in a game that was ended by the mercy rule, allowing just two hits (both singles) while hitting a batter. He didn’t walk anyone and threw 41 of his 58 pitches for strikes.

The Hawks used nine hits and four walks for the 11-run outburst, with Jake Nelson’s bases-clearing double the big blow. Nelson (2-for-2) also had a triple in the inning. Luke Greabe (3-for-3, walk, two RBI) and Luke Luneau (2-for-2) also had solid offensive showings.

For Franklin (1-12), Craig LeBrun and Pat Kaplan had the hits.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Pembroke 12, Bishop Brady 9

The Spartans (5-6) jumped to leads of 4-0 after one quarter and 7-1 at halftime, then held on as the Green Giants (4-7) refused to give up and actually pulled within one goal with about two minutes remaining. Pembroke, however, finished strong, scoring three of the game’s last four goals to extend its winning streak to four games.

Kam Anderson led the Spartans’ attack with six goals, while Glenn Dion tallied four goals and three assists. Zach Blye, Troy Wallace and Max Putnam added a goal apiece, while Nick Serafin contributed two assists.

Goalie Nick Berube earned his second win on the season, making eight saves on nine shots, then Adam Gelinas played the second half and made six saves on 14 shots. Long-stick midfielders Scott Batchelder and Ryan Phelps played strong games, limiting the scoring opportunities of their counterparts.

Merrimack Valley 16, Lebanon 4

Cole Martin (five goals, four assists) led the Pride (6-4) to its second straight victory in its rout of the Raiders (3-9).

Tanner Carter (four goals) and Alex Lacy (two goals, four assists) rounded out MV’s three-headed attack. Jake Chaplain and Taylor Blanchette held down the field on the defensive end. Alain Authier stopped seven shots, picking up the win in net.

Plymouth 3, John Stark 2

The Generals (8-3) lost a heartbreaking game at home against the undefeated Bobcats (11-0).

James Smugereski brought John Stark within one goal with 32 seconds left in the game. Curtis Marden won the ensuring faceoff for the Generals, but they weren’t able to get a quality shot off as Plymouth held on for the victory.

Brody Frederick (goal) and Matt Richard (two assists) led the General offense. August Colburn (14 saves) played strong in net.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Merrimack 19, Bow 18, OT

The Falcons lost a thriller in double overtime on Monday.

Amanda Murray led Bow’s offense with seven goals, while Taylor Darrell added four. Murray, Darrell, Julia Currier and Allie Krause all had three assists.

Goalie Leeanna Cmar made 12 saves.

BOYS’ TENNIS

Bow 7, White Mountains 2

The Falcons, winners of eight straight matches, closed out their regular season with a convincing victory on the road over the 1-12 Spartans.

Bow won four of the six singles matches, with No. 1 Zach Zbehlik (8-2), No. 3 Nate Louf, (8-2) No. 4 Josh DeYoung (8-0) and No. 6 John Gibbens (8-3) winning comfortably.

In doubles, Zbehlik and Louf won, 8-3, on the first court, Tim Bradley and DeYoung teamed for an 8-0 win at No. 2, and Harrison Buck and Gibbens were 8-4 winners at No. 3.

Bow is likely to finish as the No. 2 seed behind undefeated Gilford in Division III.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Goffstown 5, Coe-Brown 4

The Bears (4-8) had a 4-2 lead after singles, but their depth shortcomings showed up in doubles when the Grizzlies (5-8) swept three straight to pull out the victory.

Coe-Brown was without its No. 3 singles player again and had to use three junior varsity players during the match.

The Bears won the Nos. 2 through five singles matches, with victories coming from Bianca Ketenci (8-1), Hailey Serino (8-6), Holly Roman (8-3) and Jessica Miles (8-1).

“We hung tough,” Coach Mark Struthers said. “The JV girls are getting a lot of experience.”

GIRLS’ TRACK AND FIELD

Concord 72, Pinkerton 72

The Crimson Tide and Astros tied in a dual meet at Pinkerton.

Concord won eight events, with Rebecca Massah claiming two individual victories – in the 100 hurdles (16.93) and 300 hurdles (49.53) – and a relay victory in the 4x400. Also earning victories were Megan Reese in the pole vault (11-0), Jessie Bean in the long jump (15-7), Michaella Conery in the 1,600 (5:17.73), Katharine Tebbetts in the 400 (1:05.72) and Smita Boesch-Dining in the 800 (2:18.32). Joining Massah on the 4x400 team were Conery, Erin Waters and Boesch-Dining (4:22.09).

Hana Knowles took second in the both the shot put (32-.5) and discus (86-8), and other runner-up finishes came from Reese in the 100 (13.64), Cassie Shea in the 1,600 (5:22.26), Gillian Bennett in the 400 (1:06.06), Conery in the 800 (2:23.07) and Sam Pearl in the 3,200 (12:11.94).

Third-place finishes came from Marissa Neal in the pole vault (7-0), Fatima Swary in the long jump (14-4.5), Katelyn Caswell in the triple jump (28-6), Lily Laura in the high jump (4-2) and Shea in the 800 (2:26.53).

TRACK AND FIELD

The John Stark track team competed against Milford at Milford. Top finishers for the boys were Dan Caterino (second high jump, second shot-put) and Nate Moore (third discus). Top finishers for the girls were Chloe Loos (third long jump), Maddie Widger (3rd 200) and Hannah Nelson (fourth javelin).

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High school stars of the day

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Kam Anderson, Pembroke boys’ lacrosse, 6 goals in 12-9 win Cole Martin, MV boys’ lacrosse, 5 goals, 4 assists in 16-4 win Glenn Dion, Pembroke boys’ lacrosse, 4 goals, 3 assists in 12-9 win Ben McManus, Hopkinton baseball, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R in varsity debut … 0

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