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High Schools: Winnisquam softball slips past Brady, 1-0

  • Rachel Willcutt of Winnisquam gets Cammie Marchand of Bishop Brady out at home plate in their game at Rollins Park; Monday, April 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Rachel Willcutt of Winnisquam gets Cammie Marchand of Bishop Brady out at home plate in their game at Rollins Park; Monday, April 22, 2013.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Alyssa Clogston of Winnisquam catches the ball as Meghan Kissinger of Bishop Brady slides into second base during their game at at Rollins Park; Monday, April 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Alyssa Clogston of Winnisquam catches the ball as Meghan Kissinger of Bishop Brady slides into second base during their game at at Rollins Park; Monday, April 22, 2013.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Rachel Willcutt of Winnisquam gets Cammie Marchand of Bishop Brady out at home plate in their game at Rollins Park; Monday, April 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
  • Alyssa Clogston of Winnisquam catches the ball as Meghan Kissinger of Bishop Brady slides into second base during their game at at Rollins Park; Monday, April 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

Five straight losses wasn’t the way the Winnisquam softball team wanted to start the season. So winning a tight 1-0 game against Bishop Brady was exactly what the Bears needed.

“We’ve played better games where we’ve scored enough runs to win,” said Bears Coach Kevin Dame, whose team lost two games by a single run in its slump, “but to win against a decent team like Bishop Brady is great for us.”

While offense was not the story in such a low-scoring game, there was some great defense, highlighted by two Winnisquam double plays, including a play that threw out the potential game-tying run at third to end the game.

Brady pitcher Meghan Kissinger reached base on a single, one of only five hits allowed by Winnisquam’s Allie Trowsdale (eight strikeouts in a complete game), who “pitched very well,” according to Dame. Kissinger eventually made it to third base, just 60 feet away from tying the game. Teammate Emma Olson nailed a line drive, but Winnisquam’s freshman shortstop Marissa DeBlaisie snared it and threw to Kendra Lonergan at third before Kissinger could return to the bag to end the game.

With strong defense from Winnisquam’s Alyssa Clogston (2-for-4), Rachel Willcut and Trowsdale (1-for-3, scored the game’s lone run), who formed a double play to end the sixth inning, the Green Giants could manage only one hit out of the infield.

“We pretty much had the same game plan the whole game,” Brady Coach Shawn Brechtel said of the Giants’ small-ball approach at the plate. “Which, other than not scoring runs, was fairly successful. But obviously you can’t win if you don’t score.”

Olson and Jill Foye each managed singles for the Green Giants, who loaded the bases in the first and fourth innings, but both times Trowsdale and a stalwart defense behind her shut them down.

The defense was also strong on Brady’s end as Kissinger struck out seven of 30 batters faced, and allowed just six hits and one run, which Trowsdale scored following a Clogston single and an RBI fielder’s choice from DeBlaisie.

“It was a good game.” Brechtel said.

The Bears improved to 1-5 with the win while Bishop Brady fell to 2-3.

SOFTBALL

Belmont 18, Newfound 6

Newfound (1-4) scored two runs in the first inning, but Belmont (2-3) came back and scored 11 in the bottom of the inning to give the Red Raiders the win in five innings. Newfound chipped away for four runs in the fifth, but Belmont scored in every inning to seal the win.

The Red Raiders were led by Megan Bailey, who went 2-for-3. Pitcher Meghan Prescott helped her cause by going 3-for-3 with four runs scored. Chay Cadarette was 2-for-4.

Campbell 4, Hopkinton 3

The Hawks (3-2) dropped a nail-biter to Campbell (4-1) as the winning run scored with two outs in the bottom of the seventh after the Hawks had rallied to a tie in the top of the inning.

Hopkinton took a quick 2-0 lead in the top half of the first as a Sloane White single drove home one run before scoring herself off a grounder. The Cougars responded with an unearned run to cut the deficit in half. Strong defense from pitcher Becca Shatney (six hits, three strikeouts, two earned runs), Emily Bogart and Lily Scammon kept Campbell off the board until the Cougars took a 3-2 lead into the final inning.

Shatney led off the seventh with a double and was replaced by runner Kasey Smith, who stole third. An errant throw to third brought Smith home to tie the game, but a Hawks error brought home the winning run from Campbell in the bottom half to end the game.

Maddie Bergethon had two hits to lead the Hawks.

Pittsfield 6, Hinsdale 2

With the game tied 2-2 in the fifth inning, Courtney Chagnon hit a two-out single, driving in two runs to give the Panthers a lead that Hinsdale couldn’t answer.

Kim Cyr went 2-for-3 to lead Pittsfield (4-1) at the plate. Katelynn Hunt pitched a complete game, allowing just two hits while striking out 11.

BASEBALL

Winnisquam 10, Bishop Brady 9

The Bears (4-1) had two five-run leads that Brady (2-3) twice brought back to one-run deficits, but a fantastic catch by Bears outfielder Tucker Normand (2-for-2, run, two RBI) and a bullet home to throw out the game-tying run ended Brady’s rally and gave Winnisquam the win.

The Bears got off to a great start, taking a 5-0 lead after 2 1∕2 innings. Parker Normand (3-for-5, two runs), Caleb Hutchins (1-for-3, double, RBI, run) and Rob Goodell (2-for-3, run scored, two RBI) were leaders at the plate.

But Drew Kalil entered the game for Brady in the third with two runners on and pitched his way out of the jam. Kalil pitched 4 2∕3 strong innings in relief as the Green Giants fought their way back.

Winnisquam took a 10-5 lead into the bottom half of the last inning, but three errors and two walks led to four unearned Brady runs to bring the score to 10-9. However, Tucker Normand, who had some clutch at-bats, had a fantastic catch and throw to catcher Dom DeBlaisie (1-for-1, 5-for-5 on-base, run, two RBI), who made “a sweet tag,” according to Coach Fred Caruso, on Brady’s Jourdain Bell to end the game.

“We couldn’t have gotten any closer. It could have gone either way,” said Brady Coach Skip Foy, who also commented that his team is “battling, they’re not giving up.”

Bell and Tom Blandini each had two hits and two runs for the Green Giants.

Campbell 5, Hopkinton 0

Campbell shut down the Hawks lineup behind the pitching of Travis Butler, who threw a complete game one-hitter.

Andrew Clay tallied a single in the first inning for the only Hopkinton hit, while Evan O’Keeffe reached base twice for the Hawks (2-3).

Collin Paraskeva pitched well for Hopkinton, allowing three earned runs on six hits while striking out three.

Pittsfield 16, Hinsdale 0

The Panthers (4-1) used a six-run rally in the second inning, an eight-run rally in the third and a 13-strikeout shutout performance from pitcher Chris Farr to put away Hinsdale (0-3) in five innings.

Max Tuttle batted 3-for-4 with two runs and five RBI, while Wesley Ward and Jed Eastman had two hits apiece. The Panthers, who scored in double digits for the third straight game, rapped out 12 hits while Farr allowed only five for the opposition.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

John Stark 8, Hopkinton 5

A strong second half propelled the Generals (1-2) to their first win of the season over the Hawks (4-2).

“This was an absolutely great win for us,” Stark Coach John Warner said, “(Hopkinton) is a strong team. They’ve had our number for the past few years.”

Generals goaltender Clarissa Foote played a phenomenal game, making 20 saves, including 13 in the first half, to keep the score 2-2 at halftime. But the John Stark defense (led by Beckie Beaulieu) settled down and the Generals opened the second half with three straight goals and held on from there.

Beaulieu, Foote and Kathleen Medvetz (two goals) were key players in the victory, according to Warner. Gianna Pezzulo (assist), Casey Poirier and Danielle Galli had two goals each.

Hopkinton, which traded goals with the Generals after trailing 5-2, was led by Elizabeth Hancock with a hat trick and Becca Thomson and Meg Hemmerlein with a goal apiece.

Pembroke 16, Pelham 15

Vanessa Lacey scored nine goals, including the game-winner with one second to go, to give the Spartans (2-2) the win over Pelham (0-4).

Devon Cassidy had three goals, Brianna Douglas scored two and Chantal Filiau and Kaity Morency each tallied one. Nathalee Clarke made 15 saves.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Pinkerton 13, Concord 2

Goaltender Nick Zavorotny (15 saves) made more saves than he allowed goals, but the Tide (0-6) lost to first-place Pinkerton (6-1).

Sean Mamos and Tyler Resnick each tallied a goal, while Tyler Martel and Austin Erickson each notched an assist. Tommy Skafidas won seven faceoffs.

Hopkinton 14, John Stark 5

The Hawks (5-0) got off to a fast start and maintained their pace throughout the game with offensive production that John Stark (3-2) couldn’t match.

Austin Cowan led Hopkinton with seven goals. Bennett Mosseau had four goals and two assists, while Henry Merrow added one goal and three assists and Sam Smith added one goal. James McCluskey anchored the defensive effort and chipped in one goal. Matt French recorded the win in net with 10 saves.

Brody Fredericks led John Stark with two goals.

BOYS’ TENNIS

Bedford 8, Concord 1

In a battle between two undefeated teams, the Tide (7-1) lost its first match of the season to a “team that’s already playing at a championship level,” according to Concord Coach David Page.

Concord lost all six singles matches, with No. 3 Evan Hewey and No. 6 Liam Healy playing the closest matches, losing 8-4.

“Bedford (7-0) takes advantage of any mental or physical lapses and although we competed hard we still had too many of those. We played them evenly in the doubles and that’s a positive that we can build on,” Page added.

Hewey and Josh Pifer won the No. 2 doubles match, 8-4, and the No. 1 tandem of Greg Cistulli and Justin Toler narrowly lost, 8-6.

The Tide faces another strong opponent when one-loss Keene comes to Memorial Field on Friday.

Pembroke 7, Lebanon 2

The Spartans (2-2) won five of six singles and two of three doubles matches to hand Lebanon (4-1) its first loss of the season.

No. 2 Joe Caraway (8-2), No. 3 Alex Chea (8-5), No. 4 Andrew Boddie (8-3), No. 5 Kyle Haas (8-2) and No. 6 Sam Yeaton (8-6) all won at singles. Chea/Haas won at No. 2 doubles, 8-4, and Boddie/Yeaton didn’t lose a game at No. 3 doubles, winning 8-0.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Bedford 9, Concord 0

The Tide (3-5) fell to second-place Bedford (6-1) in a tough match. No. 5 singles player Irene Ireme lost a close 8-6 match. The No. 3 duo of Skye Reese and Mackenzie Boffinger led the first half of their match before losing the final four games to fall, 8-5.

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