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High Schools: Hutchins helps Winnisquam baseball team end two-game skid

After tough losses to Bow and Monadnock, the Winnisquam baseball team knew it needed to come away from Belmont yesterday with a win.

The Bears got it – thanks to good defense, timely hitting and an odd pitching line from Caleb Hutchins.

Winnisquam defeated Belmont, 7-3, improving to 10-4 and keeping strong its pursuit of a bye in the first round of the Division III tournament.

“We had a tough week,” Coach Fred Caruso said, referring to a stretch that saw the Bears lose, 4-3, to Bow and 2-0 to Monadnock. “We saw the positives out of those two losses. We showed them we could play, and we immediately targeted this game.

“You want to avoid that first round at all costs. It was a big, big win. We had a lot of focus today.”

The Bears got a lift from starter Hutchins, who went the distance and earned his third win despite finishing without a strikeout and without a walk. Thirty-one batters came to the plate and 31 put the ball in play, which Caruso said was unconventional – but not detrimental.

“He’s kind of a pitch-to-contact pitcher,” he said. “He’s not going to strike out a lot of kids. But I was shocked when I saw the book.”

Hutchins also showed an ability to adapt on the mound. After allowing seven hits in the first three innings, and seeing the Red Raiders (2-11) score twice in the third to tie the game at 2, the senior eased off the fastball and moved to his off-speed pitches, retiring 10 of the next 11 batters and allowing only three hits and an unearned run the rest of the way.

“He did a really nice job,” Caruso said. “They were sitting on the fastball, so we mixed it up a bit. Just enough to keep them off balance.”

The Bears, led by freshman third baseman Jack Decormier, came to Hutchins’s aid with strong defense, and the offense went to work in the top of the fourth. John Montalto smacked a two-run, tiebreaking double, while Curtis Archibald (2-for-3, run), Parker Normand (2-for-4, run, two RBI) and Decormier (2-for-3, two runs) also had good days at the plate.

“It was nice to get some insurance runs,” Caruso said. “Gave us a bit of breathing room.”

Kaleb Brace pitched into the seventh for the Red Raiders and also led the way for Belmont at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double.

BASEBALL

Merrimack Valley 4, Kingswood 0

Sophomore Jake Landry made his varsity pitching debut and threw an impressive five shutout innings, striking out 10, walking four and giving up just one hit.

“We were just looking for him to give us maybe two or three innings and keep us in it,” said Pride Coach Sean Wheeler.

Cody Barton (2-for-4) delivered the first run of the game with an RBI single in the fifth. MV (10-4) added three more in the sixth against the Knights (4-10), the big hit a two-run single from Scott Schofield (3-for-4). David Drouin pitched the final two innings, striking out four and giving up one infield single.

Pembroke 10, Windham 9

The Spartans (11-4) survived a seventh inning rally to hold onto a win against Windham (10-4). Pembroke got a good start from Jerry Caruso, who threw four innings, walked three, struck out one, and gave up three earned runs to earn his first victory of the season. Caruso also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk, a double and four RBI. Vinny Dustin went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI, Mike Martinez went 1-for-1, walking three times and scoring three Pembroke runs, and Gus Connolly pitched well in relief for the Spartans.

Hanover 5, John Stark 0

Tyler Keim fanned eight in five innings, but had little help to work with as the Generals (3-11) were no-hit.

The John Stark offense suffered a blow before the game even began, as senior right fielder and leadoff hitter James Henry, the team’s leading hitter and run scorer, broke his wrist diving for a ball during warmups.

“It’s just a tough loss for the team,” Coach Ricky Hession said. “Going forward, we’re going to miss him. We just need everyone to step up, and I think they know that.”

Hopkinton 10, Hillsboro-Deering 1

The Hawks (8-6) only had seven hits throughout the game, but they made them count and gave Coach Dave Chase his 200th career win..

Harry Legier recorded the win on the mound, pitching five innings and allowing three hits and two walks while striking out three. Collin Paraskeva struck out three and walked two in the sixth inning, and Riley McNicholas allowed one hit, two walks, and struck out one in the seventh.

Offensively, Hopkinton was led by Jake Nelson, who tallied four RBI, including a three-run home run. Evan O’Keefe had two hits and two RBI, while Nate Shatney added one RBI, and Wes Rose hit a triple and scored a run.

For the Hillcats (1-11), Andrew Roberge struck out eight while allowing six earned runs and one walk. Danny Egner had two hits and scored a run for H-D.

Campbell 2, Bow 0

Falcons Coach Ben Forbes had a feeling his team would see Campbell ace Connor Sahlin, and Forbes was right. Sahlin gave up just two hits, both singles, as Bow (11-3) was shut out for the first time this season while Campbell improved to 10-4.

Sam Morrow pitched the first four innings for the Falcons, giving up two hits, two walks and two runs, but of those runs were unearened as Bow committed three errors behind him.

“I always take these kind of losses as an opportunity to look at areas that we need to clean up, and we saw some of those today,” Forbes said.

Chris Fournier and Evan Vulgamore had the two Bow hits, and Sebastian Strong threw two scoreless, hitless innings of relief.

Newfound 8, Franklin 5

The Golden Tornadoes (1-13) got off to a good start, taking a 4-2 lead after a four-run fourth-inning, but couldn’t hang on as the Bears (8-5) took control on the road.

Noah Nadeau (double, RBI), Clayton Ford (2-for-4, run) and Matt Prive (two hits, run) led the Franklin offense, while Myles Lynch struck out six in 52∕3 innings.

SOFTBALL

John Stark 8, Hanover 5

A four-run second put the Generals (8-6) in charge early, and that’s where they stayed.

Jillian Kilar went 2-for-3, even making it all the way around the bases on a bunt, while Kendra Barrasso went 2-for-4. Lyndsey Turner went the distance in the circle and struck out six.

Kingswood 11, Merrimack Valley 5

The Pride (7-7) looked to be chipping away when it narrowed its deficit to 4-2 entering the bottom of the fourth, but a seven-run fourth for Kingswood put the game away.

Maggie Carey went 2-for-3 with two doubles, while Erin Frost (three hits) and Bekka Donovan (two hits) also had big days at the plate for MV.

Winnisquam 9, Belmont 4

The Bears (6-9) used two hits, two walks, three errors and two fielder’s choice RBI to score four times in the top of the first and take control early. Belmont (3-10) came back with one in the bottom of the first, but Winnisquam added three more in the second to increase the cushion.

Alyssa Clogston (2-for-5, two runs) and Rachel Willcutt (1-for-2, RBI, double) led the Bears offense, which only had six hits, but drew seven walks and put the ball in the play consistently (just three strikeouts). Marissa DeBlasie pitched all seven innings for Winnisquam, striking out seven, walking three, allowing five hits and four runs (two earned).

Campbell 12, Bow 0

Five Falcons errors led to six unearned runs and sent Bow on its way to a loss in five innings.

Miki Dowd had the only Bow hit, while Maddie Palisi allowed 10 hits and five earned runs in four innings.

Franklin 14, Newfound 2

After a scoreless first, the Golden Tornadoes scored twice in the second and third innings, three times in the fourth and five in the fifth to roll to the victory in six innings.

Amber Vogt went 3-for-4 with three RBI for Franklin (12-2), while Shelby Joyce (two hits, two runs) and Kelsey Bird (two hits, run, two RBI) also had multiple hits. Lexi Colpack, Jill Roberts, Mariah Gauthier, Kat Styles, Rachel Capri and Lauren Hennessy each had a hit for Franklin, which got eight strikeouts in the circle from Bird.

Hopkinton 20, Hillsboro-Deering 0

The Hawks (9-5) hit early and often, mashing 19 hits and getting at least one hit from each starter.

Sloane White went 3-for-6 with a grand slam, two runs and five RBI, while Sarah Ewing (3-for-4, three runs, two doubles, two RBI), Courtney Benson (3-for-5, home run, two runs, four RBI) and Jessi Quinn (3-for-4, two runs, RBI) also had good days at the plate. Becca Shatney fanned eight and allowed two walks and one hit in five innings, while Lily Scammon pitched the last inning in her first varsity appearance in the circle.

The Hillcats were shorthanded in the circle for most of the game, as pitcher Alyssa Bailey left the game with a leg injury in the second. Sarah Egner went 2-for-2 for H-D, and Erin Delacy went 1-for-3.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Portsmouth 7, Bow 5

The Falcons (8-4) started fast, scoring the first two goals of the game, but had trouble finding their offense the rest of the way as the Clippers (8-5) rallied and pulled ahead.

Matt Sanford led the offense with three goals, while Devin Calkins chipped in with a goal and an assist. Mike Fanaras (goal), Dan Crisman (assist) and Riley Keenan (assist) also added to the scoring. Keenan won 10 of 15 faceoffs, and Alex Reitze played well on defense. Travis Beauchain made three saves for Bow.

John Stark 8, Kearsarge 7

The Generals (6-6) took a 5-4 lead at halftime and held on, but had to sweat as Kearsarge had a shot at the tying goal but missed the net during the final 40 seconds.

Brody Fredericks scored three goals and had an assist for Stark, while Matt Richard scored twice and had an assist. Keith Galli (goal, assist), Colbey Decotis (goal), Cian Bremer-Zydenbos (goal) and Tom Zervos (assist) also had good days for the Generals.

Ollie Gallo had four goals and an assist for Kearsarge (8-5), while Peter Allen (goal, two assists), Travis Newman (goal, assist) and Matt Pickman (goal) also played well.

Hopkinton 13, Pembroke 3

The Hawks improved to a perfect 12-0 with the win at home. Senior Henry Merrow had a great all-around game for Hopkinton, finishing with three goals, three assists and 10 ground balls. Austin Cowan (three goals, two assists), Bennett Mosseau (three goals, two assists), Ned Metcalf (two goals), Peter Sawitsky (goal) and Doug Fleury (goal) all contributed to the Hopkinton offense.

James McCluskey (eight ground balls), Nate Hunt and goalie Matt French (seven saves) held down the defensive end for the Hawks.

Merrimack Valley 11, Kennett 9

The Pride (3-9) saw a 10-6 lead shrink to 10-9 late in the fourth quarter, but Tanner Carter scored to seal a road win for MV.

Carter had two goals and two assists, while Cole Martin had three assists, including one on the final goal. Dylan Baer had three goals and an assist, and Blake Gaboriault won 15 of the 23 faceoffs he took.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Pinkerton 18, Concord 9

The Crimson Tide fell to 6-9 while Pinkerton, sitting in second place in the Division I standings, improved to 13-3 with the win at Memorial Field.

Veryonica Daniels, Lexi Erickson, Grace Orzechowski and Adelaide Symmes all had two goals for Concord, while Mary Anon added one and Bella Rubin stood out on the defensive end.

BOYS’ TENNIS

Pembroke 5, Goffstown 4

The Spartans won three singles matches and two doubles matches to edge Goffstown and finish the season at 7-7.

No. 4 Andrew Boddie (8-2), No. 5 Kyle Haas (8-1) and No. 6 Sam Yeaton (8-2_ earned Pembroke’s singles wins.

The No. 2 doubles team of Boddie and Haas won, 8-2, and the No. 3 doubles team of Alex Chea and Yeaton won, 8-0.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Concord 7, Spaulding 2

The Crimson Tide won’t make the playoffs, but it ended the season with a win at Memorial Field. No. 1 Gabriella Killinger (8-0), No. 2 Emily Zimnoski (8-0), No. 3 Meagan Olive (8-5), No. 4 Irene Ireme (8-4), No. 5 Kristine Peterson and No. 6 Divine Mugunga (8-1) swept the singles matches for the Tide while Killinger and Olive won 8-1 at first doubles. The second doubles team of Olive and Mugunga and the third doubles team of Roscel Arevelo and Maria Wilkinson both lost tight 9-7 matches.

BOYS’ TRACK AND FIELD

Coe-Brown sixth

Jeremy Brassard won the 1,600 for the Bears, who totaled 42 points to finish sixth in the Seacoast Championships, which were won by Exeter (117.5).

Brassard’s win came at a time of 4:29.93, while Griffen Neal was third in the long jump and triple jump and Drew Yonchak was fourth in the 800. The 4x400 (Brassard, Yonchak, Anthony Toscano and Kyle Noel) and 4x800 (Yonchak, Noel, Noah Macri, Stephen Munroe) relay teams both came in third.

John Stark second at Souhegan

The Generals came up just shy, finishing with 65 points to Milford’s 66. Souhegan was third with 41. Stark got first-palce results from Caleb Drury (400, 55.1), Joe Liupi (800, 2:12), Justin Clark (1,600, 4:55), Tom Keon (300 hurdles, 50.1) and the 4x100 relay team of Joe Nelson, Dan Caterino, Tyler LeGrand and Pat Morin.

GIRLS’ TRACK AND FIELD

Coe-Brown first

Hannah Parker, Alley Savioli and Sam Donohue all won events to lead the Bears to 129.5 points and first place at the Seacoast Championships ahead of Exeter and Winnacunnet (119 each).

Parker won the 1,600 at 5:10.82, Savioli took the shot put at 37-7.5 and Donohue won the discus at 98-2.5, and Coe-Brown also swept the relays with wins in the 4x100 (Samantha Toscano, Ariel Clachar, Jelesa Nelson and Lauren Montgomery), 4x400 (Katelyn Terry, Kayla Roberts, Parker and Sarah Curtin) and 4x800 (Katelyn Terry, Lindsey Terry, Mary Fowler and Haleigh Simmons). Nelson (100) and Jessie Carney (3,200), Roberts (pole vault) finished second, while Toscano (long jump, 100 hurdles) and Elisabeth Danis (1,600) had third-place finishes.

John Stark second at Souhegan

Milford took first with a convincing 71 points while the Generals and Souhegan finished in a dead heat with 38 points apiece. Stark freshman Madeline Ishak won both the 1,600 (6:14) and the 3,200 (13:36). The 4x100 relay team of Julie Vivilecchia, Hannah Erskine, Audrey Carr and Brianna LeGrand finished first in a time of 56.4, and Carr was second in the long jump.

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

Coe-Brown 3, Goffstown 2

The Bears came through in a tight spot, winning the final two sets, 28-26 and 18-16, to erase a 2-1 deficit and improve to 6-7. Coe-Brown won the first set, 25-15, then dropped the next two, 25-11 and 25-18.

Beau Pingree had 20 kills and 14 digs, Charlie Allan had 30 digs and Mike LeDuc had 18 assists and 13 digs for the Bears.

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