High Schools: Bow softball breaks out the bats in 12-0 win over H-D
Hillsboro-Deering's Leah Rheault waits for a pitch from Bow's Maddie Palisi during the girls softball game on Monday, April 29, 2013.
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Bow's Miki Dowd, right, catches the ball but is unable to make the tag at first base as Hillsboro-Deering's Sarah Egner, makes it safely back during the girls softball game on Monday, April 29, 2013.
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Evan Vulgamore of Bow pitched a perfect game on Monday, April 29, 2013, against Hillsboro-Deering.
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Bow found the best cure for coming off vacation-week doldrums: offense … and lots of it.
A pair of losses sandwiched around an 11-day break had the Bow High softball team sitting at 2-2. But yesterday, the Falcons came out attacking the ball, spraying 21 hits around the diamond for a 12-0 victory over Hillsboro-Deering (2-4) in a game shortened to five innings.
“It was real important,” Bow Coach Pete Jenovese said of getting back in the win column with a dominant outing. “For team chemistry, everyone was back together, on the same page. We made just one error, played solid D, got good pitching and good hitting.”
The Falcons scored in every inning but the second, staking pitcher Maddie Palisi to a 3-0 lead in the first.
Madison Stanley, with an on-base percentage over .700, drew a leadoff walk, Miki Dowd singled, and Palisi helped her cause with a two-run single. Kelsie Flynn added an RBI single and it was 3-0 right out of the gates.
“I was just concerned about getting everybody hitting,” Jenovese said. “That’s what I was happiest about, everybody was hitting. … Kids that hadn’t produced as much earlier really came through today.”
The Falcons added two more in the third, then broke it wide open with five in the fourth before ending it by the mercy rule in the fifth.
Flynn continued to harass H-D, going 4-for-4 to make her 8-for-8 in two games against the Hillcats this season. Hannah Perna (2-for-2, RBI), Hannah Kearns (2-for-2, four RBI), Megan Sackett (1-for-1, RBI) and Audrey Gaboriault (first varsity hit and RBI) also highlighted the Falcon offense.
Second baseman Amy Zahensky had a stellar day in the field, anchoring the defense behind Palisi, who earned the three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Brittany Perez, Alyssa Bailey, Sarah Egner and Erin Delacy had the hits for H-D, whose book had the Hillcats for four hits.
Bedford 5, Concord 1
Bedford (5-2) came out swinging, hitting back-to-back-to-back doubles in a three-run first inning to hand Concord (5-1) its first loss.
Each team had eight hits, but the Tide stranded nine runners. Molly Emerson and Katie Kennard had two hits each to pace Concord, while Annie Mullen (RBI), Meaghan Littlejohns, Amy Morin and Jasmine Morin also had hits. Kennard retired 12 straight after the first inning but took the loss, yielding four earned runs.
Pembroke 9 John Stark 8
Pembroke (4-3) rallied for six runs in the fifth inning to overtake John Stark (2-4).
The Spartans took a 1-0 lead in the first on singles by Katherine Arvanitis and Emma Gagnon and a fielder’s choice by Hannah Seidner. But Stark tied it in the second then scored six unearned runs in the third for a 7-1 lead.
Pembroke got two back in the bottom of the inning on hits by Ashley Henshaw, Amanda Clement and Madison Pellerin, then took the lead for good in the fifth. Sarah Swanson got the big inning started with a leadoff single, and Rachel Carignan cracked a two-out, two-run double for the big blow. Henshaw got the win, yielding one earned run on four hits in five innings, while Seidner pitched two innings of no-hit ball for the save.
Maddie Jenelle led Stark’s offense, going 2-for-4, and Sam Kazakis made a great diving catch at shortstop.
Coe-Brown 9, Portsmouth 5
Coe-Brown (6-1) scored five runs in the second inning and four runs in the fifth en route to a solid victory over the Clippers (1-6).
Kianna Daudelin went the distance for the Bears, allowing only three earned runs on six hits, striking out six batters, and walking none. Holly Donohue went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Lacey Locke went 2-for-3 with two RBI and Lauren Jones went 1-for-4 with one RBI.
St. Thomas 11, MV 6
The Saints (5-2) ambushed the Pride (2-3) with a 10-0 lead through three innings, and Merrimack Valley had little luck chipping away before managing a five-run seventh.
Kerry Fedion pitched 4 2∕3 innings while allowing five hits, a run and a walk and striking out two. Erin Frost (2-for-4, two doubles, RBI) and Amber Cronin (1-for-3, two RBI) had the best days at the plate for MV.
Hopkinton 6, Mascenic 2
The Hawks (4-2) were buoyed by a complete-game effort from starting pitcher Becca Shatney and a four-run first inning. Shatney was excellent from the circle, allowing no earned runs and a scattered eight hits while striking out 13 with no walks. She got help from her defense when left fielder Morrigan Bernier, shortstop Sloane White and catcher Madison Bergethon connected on a relay to throw out a runner attempting a home run.
Hopkinton jumped out a to a four-run lead in the first after a pair of hits, three walks and a Mascenic (2-4) error before adding a run in the second and fifth innings. Bergethon (2-for-3, run, RBI) and Emily Bogart (2-for-3, two RBI) led the offense.
Franklin 21, Newfound 0
Lexi Colpack led off the game with the first of her four walks, stole second and third, then scored the first of Franklin’s six runs in the first inning and the rout was on. Kat Styles added a two-run triple in the inning.
Kim Gerlarneau had two hits, while Shelby Joyce, Kelsey Bird, Jill Roberts, Lauren Hennessy (triple) and Rachel Capri also hit. Franklin (6-1) walked 17 times.
Bird earned the win, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out eight in four innings. Roberts struck out two in a 1-2-3 fifth.
Campbell 8, Bishop Brady 0
Bishop Brady (2-5) wasn’t able to answer the Cougars’ (6-1) offensive production.
Emma Olson went 1-for-2 with a walk, while Meghan Kissinger went 1-for-3. Kissinger also went the distance in the circle for the Green Giants, facing 31 batters, striking out two and allowing three earned runs on 11 hits.
Gilford 9, Winnisquam 1
Marissa DeBlaise threw a complete game and gave up only two earned runs for Winnisquam (1-6), but the Bears were hit hard by errors, allowing Gilford (6-1) to score seven unearned.
Rachel Willcutt (1-for-3) hit her first home run of the year, a solo shot in the fourth inning, to account for the Winnisquam run. Elyssa Clairmont (1-for-3) and Allie Trowsdale (1-for-2) added hits.
Bedford 8, Concord 5, 11 inn.
Wildness on the hill and a key error cost the Crimson Tide (6-2) in the 11th inning of what became its second consecutive loss.
Bedford (5-3) doubled and walked to open the inning, and after a strikeout, another walk loaded the bases. The Bulldogs singled in the go-ahead run in the next at-bat, scored their second run on a dropped fly ball in right and squeezed in the third run to put the game away.
Seimou Smith pitched well in relief for the Tide, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out one in 4 2∕3 innings, while Josh Partridge struck out the side in the ninth. Ben Bengtson (double, three walks, RBI), Braden Smith (two hits) and Jon Dunn (RBI single) led the Concord offense, which left 13 men on base while striking out 10 times, seven of which were looking.
Portsmouth 3, Coe-Brown 1
The Bears (3-4) came out on the short end of a well-pitched game for both sides. Coe-Brown’s starter, Sean Simoneau, threw 6 2∕3 innings of five-hit ball, striking out five batters, while Portsmouth’s Colby Taylor went the distance and held Coe-Brown to one run on three hits.
The Clippers (5-2) opened the scoring with a run in the first inning before adding single runs in the sixth and seventh. Thomas Esdale led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and came around to score Coe-Brown’s lone run. Brennan Riley and Andrew Langdon added hits.
MV 5, St. Thomas 3
David Drouin played a big part from the plate and the mound for Merrimack Valley (5-1), which overcame a sloppy opening pair of innings to win its fifth straight game.
St. Thomas (3-4) jumped out to a 3-2 lead after two innings, but all three runs were unearned thanks to four MV errors. Drouin settled things down after the shaky opening and went on to pitch the entirety of the game, giving up six hits and striking out 12.
Drouin also provided a two-out base hit in the sixth inning to give the Pride the lead for the first time. Andrew Peick went 3-for-3 with two runs.
Pembroke 2, John Stark 0
Autrey Gates was stellar on the mound for the Spartans (5-2), throwing a complete-game, one-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts. The only hit recorded by John Stark (1-4) was quickly erased when catcher Michael Martinez threw the baserunner out on an attempted steal of second base.
Martinez was the focal point of Pembroke’s offense, as well, driving in a run on a sacrifice fly in the third before delivering a two-out RBI single in the fifth. Vinny Dustin (2-for-3) and Seth Gonya each had three stolen bases.
Gates’s one-hitter overshadowed a solid game from his opposite number, Stark starter Tyler Keim, who also went the distance while striking out 10 batters. Nick Manna played a good game at shortstop for the Generals.
Franklin 5, Newfound 2
Craig Lebrun got it done with his arm and his bat in leading Franklin (1-6) to its first win of the season.
The junior struck out 10 in the complete-game win over Newfound (4-2), and helped his cause with two hits, a stolen base and two runs.
Trailing 1-0 through five, Franklin rallied for four runs in the sixth on a two-run double by Myles Lynch and a two-out single by Myles Virgin. Lynch finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and Alex turner was 2-for-3 and played a solid second base.
Campbell 13, Bishop Brady 3
A rough first inning put Brady (2-5) in a 7-0 hole, and though the Giants scrapped back some, they weren’t able to overcome the early miscues, falling to Campbell (5-2) in six innings.
Danny Fogarty and Adam Gamache each pitched two solid innings of relief, while Jourdain Bell (single, RBI) and Kyle Jalbert (single, run) highlighted the offensive effort.
Mascenic 3, Hopkinton 2
The game was tied 2-2 after two innings, and the tie wasn’t broken until the Vikings scored in the sixth, which proved to be the game-winner.
Liam McNicholas pitched a complete game for the Hawks (2-4), striking out seven and allowing five hits, one walk and no earned runs. Wes Rose tallied two hits for Hopkinton, while Colin O’Keeffe, Evan O’Keeffe, Steve Auger and McNicholas each had one hit and Andrew Clay recorded an RBI.
Gilford 6, Winnisquam 3
The Bears (4-2) suffered from porous defense early, gifting Gilford (5-2) four unearned runs over the first two innings. Winnisquam managed eight hits, but could score only one more run after a two-run opening inning.
Starting pitcher Austin Hunt was solid for the Bears, going five innings and giving up two earned runs on six hits. Hunt had four strikeouts and three walks, while Caleb Hutchins had a clean inning in relief with two strikeouts.
Hutchins (1-for-1, RBI single, three walks) and Tucker Normand (double, run) led the offense.
Winnacunnet 9, Concord 0
The Crimson Tide (3-7) lost its fourth straight match, getting swept by Winnacunnet (4-2).
No. 1 singles player Gabriella Killinger (8-5) and No. 5 Irene Ireme (9-7) both played well for Concord despite losing.
Coe-Brown 9, Windham 0
The Bears dominated Windham to improve to .500 at 4-4.
No. 1 Noey Struthers and No. 2 Shannon Ketenci each won, 8-2. No. 3 Emily Blad won, 8-0, while No. 4 Sophie Wensberg, No. 5 Bianca Ketenci and No. 6 Molly Detrude all recorded 8-1 victories.
The No. 1 doubles team of Struthers and Blad won, 8-5, No. 2 Shannon Ketenci and Wensberg won, 8-1, and No. 3 Bianca Ketenci and Kate Emmett won, 8-0.
Gilford 9, Kearsarge 0
The Cougars (1-5) were swept by undefeated Gilford (6-0), but had two notable matches.
In No. 4 singles, Sabrina Duquette lost 8-4 in a close match that featured an usually high amount of play at the net, while at the No. 6 spot freshman Latesha Nelson played in her first varsity singles match and lost 8-2.
Concord 7, Winnacunnet 2
Concord (9-1) came away with a strong road win against a tournament-caliber opponent in Winnacunnet (4-2).
“Our singles play showed improvement today with the top three of (Greg) Cistulli, (Justin) Toler and (Evan) Hewey playing especially well,” Concord Coach Dave Page said.
The Tide took five of six singles matches behind Cistulli (8-1), Toler (8-3) and Hewey (8-4) on courts 1-3, respectively, and Josh Pifer (8-4) and Mattias Lambert (8-3) on courts 5-6. Cistulli and Toler teamed for an 8-3 win at first doubles, while Thomas Bengtson and Lambert paired for an 8-5 win at third doubles.
Windham 9, Coe-Brown 0
The Bears (3-5) couldn’t keep up with undefeated Windham (5-0) and fell short.
No. 1 Jakob Zylak lost a hard-fought match, 9-7.
Portsmouth 9, Pembroke 0
Pembroke fell to 3-4 after running up against a strong undefeated Portsmouth (7-0) squad.
Andrew Boddie and Kyle Haas put up strong fights on the fourth and fifth singles courts, both coming up just short, 8-6, while Alex Chea dropped an 8-3 match at No. 3. In doubles, Haas and Sam Yeaton had the closest match, falling 8-3 at No. 3.
Bow 7, Prospect Mtn. 2
Bow stayed undefeated through six matches, clinching it in singles against the Timberwolves (4-2).
Evan Maccani (8-3), Zach Zbehlik (8-0), Harrison Beck (8-6) and Tim Bradley (8-4) won on courts 1-4, respectively, while Nate Louf (8-1) won at No. 6. Ben Maurer came up just short in a battle at No. 5, falling 9-7.
In doubles, Maccani and Beck at No. 1 and Zbehlik and Bradley at No. 2 each won, 8-4. Louf and Maurer fell by the same score at No. 3.
Gilford 9, Kearsarge 0
The Cougars lost to what Coach Pete Bianchi called a “deep and well-coached” Gilford team.
No. 3 Tim Berube played well in an 8-5 losing effort, while the No. 3 doubles team of Drake vanKannewurff and Sam Bourcier lost a close match, 8-6.
Bishop Brady 17, Pelham 9
Shannon Foye and Bekka Sansouci both scored four goals to lead the Green Giants (4-2) in a home win over Pelham (0-5).
Sarah Thomas, Jillian Provost and Jill Thomas all had two goals, while Hannah Provost, Stephanie Snow and Sammie DeMaria each scored once to complete Bishop Brady’s scoring.
Gabby Eaton, Dana Beauregard and Sophia Palanges were excellent on defense in front of goalie Lauren Owsowitz, who came in for the second half.
Hopkinton 15, Pembroke 11
Hopkinton (5-2) came back from a halftime deficit for a hard-fought win over Pembroke (2-4). The Hawks trailed 7-6 at the break but tightened up on defense and improved on draws in the second half.
Elizabeth Hancock scored six goals and Abby Lui added three goals and two assists to lead the Hopkinton offense, while Sierra Schuster (two goals), Hannah Basset (two), Caroline Sweny and Becca Thomson added goals. On the defensive end, middies Schuster and Mo Hastings had strong games and caused multiple turnovers.
John Stark 12, Laconia 10, 2OT
Freshman Danielle Galli was the heroine for the Generals (2-2), scoring the tying goal with five seconds left in regulation before adding the winning goal with a minute and 30 seconds left in the second overtime period. Galli led the team with four goals.
John Stark had to fight back from a 10-8 deficit after Laconia (2-3) scored three unanswered goals early in the second half.
Samantha Valcourt (three goals, three assists), Liz Neal (two goals), Gianna Pezzulo (goal, two assists), Casey Poirier (goal, assist) and Katie Waligura added to the offense, while Beckie Beaulieu and Hailey Nase were solid defensively.
Goalie Clarissa Foote was solid in net with 14 saves, including eight in the second half.
MV 10, Gilford 9
Rebekah Stearns had three goals and three assists to lead the Pride (2-4) to a tight win over winless Gilford (0-6). Merrimack Valley led for most of the game and was able to keep Gilford from tying late.
Karra Hebert and Danielle Wiley played well on offense, while goalie Maddy Jaquith was solid and got help from Melissa Girford on defense.
John Stark 3, Mascenic 1
John Stark took the opener, 25-18, before Mascenic tied the match with a 27-25 victory. The Generals then took the next two sets, 25-19 and 25-10, to clinch the match and improve to 5-1.
Setter Simon Becka tallied 13 assists and two aces, while Ryan Compagna recorded eight kills and nine digs. Zach Grattan had six kills and three blocks, Brandon Dugay had two kills and 11 digs, and Carson Dunn recorded seven aces, 11 kills and eight digs. Derek Clark (11 assists, one ace), Cody Lemay (one kill, six digs) and Sawyer Lemay (five assists) also had strong showings for John Stark.