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High schools: Bird’s five-hit shutout leads Franklin over Belmont in softball, 6-0

  • Belmont's Cassie Contigiani reaches for the ball at second base in an attempt to tag Franklin's Mariah Gauthier out during the game between the schools on Wednesday afternoon, April 16, 2014 at Odell Park in Franklin. Contigiani dropped the ball and Gautheir landed on second safely.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Cassie Contigiani reaches for the ball at second base in an attempt to tag Franklin's Mariah Gauthier out during the game between the schools on Wednesday afternoon, April 16, 2014 at Odell Park in Franklin. Contigiani dropped the ball and Gautheir landed on second safely.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Franklin's Kelsey Bird pitches in the game against Belmont on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Odell Park in Franklin. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Franklin's Kelsey Bird pitches in the game against Belmont on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Odell Park in Franklin.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Washington Wizards forward Nene Hilario, right, drives against Boston Celtics center Joel Anthony during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Washington Wizards forward Nene Hilario, right, drives against Boston Celtics center Joel Anthony during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Belmont's Cassie Contigiani reaches for the ball at second base in an attempt to tag Franklin's Mariah Gauthier out during the game between the schools on Wednesday afternoon, April 16, 2014 at Odell Park in Franklin. Contigiani dropped the ball and Gautheir landed on second safely.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Franklin's Kelsey Bird pitches in the game against Belmont on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Odell Park in Franklin. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Washington Wizards forward Nene Hilario, right, drives against Boston Celtics center Joel Anthony during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Franklin put a season-opening loss behind it in a hurry.

Just two days after giving up nine runs, the Golden Tornadoes softball team (1-1) shored up the defense and received a five-hit shutout from pitcher Kelsey Bird in yesterday’s 6-0 victory over Belmont (0-2).

Belmont’s biggest threat came in the fifth with Franklin ahead 4-0. With one out, the Raiders drew a walk followed by singles from Megan Bailey and Nichole Antonucci. On the throw from the outfield after Antonucci’s hit, Bird alertly fired the ball to shortstop Lexi Colpack to pick the runner off second. Then a grounder to Colpack ended the threat.

Franklin threw the leather around throughout the game, with catcher Shelby Joyce making a diving catch on a popped up bunt and right fielder Rachel Capri making a leaping catch on a lined shot over her head in the seventh inning.

With that kind of defense behind her, Bird was in command in the circle, striking out eight while allowing just two walks.

She was supported by an offense that scored a pair of runs in every alternating inning.

In the first, Colpack singled, stole second, reached third on a wild pitch then scored the eventual game-winning run on a single by Mariah Gauthier. Gauthier also stole second, took third on a sacrifice bunt by Kat Styles then scored on a wild pitch.

In the third, an error and a walk put Styles and Joyce aboard, setting the table for freshman Hailey Haskins, who produced her first two RBI with a triple to left.

The Tornadoes added two more insurance runs in the fifth. Gauthier reached on a one-out bunt single, Capri followed with a single to right-center, then Joyce drove in Gauthier with a single to right-center. Haskins’s sacrifice fly to left completed the scoring.

SOFTBALL

Hillsboro-Deering 8, faLL mountain 5

H-D (2-0) jumped out to an early lead and held on despite a Fall Mountain rally in the seventh inning to win at home.

The Hillcats drove in two in the first, four in the second and another two in the fourth and held a 8-1 lead heading into the final inning.

After a couple errors, and a double with the bases loaded that brought in three Fall Mountain runs, H-D was suddenly in a tight spot, leading just 8-5. H-D pitcher Maggie Girard stop the Wildcats’ momentum, cutting the rally short, to close out the game.

Dakota Anderson pitched the first three innings for the Hillcats, fanning three and walking two, Maggie Atkins pitched the next three, striking out five and walking two. Girard pitched the seventh inning.

Emma Moore led the H-D offense, going 3-for-4 with a two-run single in the first, and a two-run double in the second.

BASEBALL

Manchester Central 3, Concord 2

The Tide (1-1) lost a close one on the road to Manchester Central, committing four errors over the course of the game.

Seimou Smith went the distance for Concord, giving up five hits, two walks and three unearned runs while recording two strikeouts.

The Tide bats were hitless until the sixth inning when Nick Dupre started things off with a single, followed by another single from Mark Houston. Dupre hit a double in the seventh to drive in Connor Ferns, bringing the Tide within one. Concord came up short, however, finishing the game with just three hits.

Gracion Smith played well defensively for the Tide, throwing out a runner at home in the fourth inning.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Bishop Brady 8, Con-val 1

Bishop Brady improved to 2-0 with a dominant win over Con-Val.

Shelby Herrington (8-1), Katie MacMullin (8-3), Lynn Yoon (8-2) and Aliza Gray (8-2) won on the first four singles courts, respectively, for the Giants, and Jenny Zhuang added an 8-6 win at No. 6.

Ravalika Damerla lost a close match, 8-6, at fifth singles.

Brady swept doubles play behind Herrington and MacMullin (8-0 at No. 1), Yoon and Gray (8-2 at No. 2) and Liz Caldesi and Iantha Beane (6-3 at No. 3).

BOYS’ TENNIS

Bishop Brady 7, Con-Val 2

The Green Giants (2-2) pulled their record even by taking five of six singles matches against Con-Val (1-1).

Jack Bryck (8-4 at No. 2), Brendon Bryck (8-2 at No. 3), Logan Sigua (8-1 at No. 4), Nick Vermette (8-4 at No. 5) and Thomas MacMullin (8-3 at No. 6) all picked up singles victories. On the doubles courts, Jack Bryck and Sigua at No. 2 and Vermette and MacMullin at No. 3 both won, 8-3.

“They were solid wins. It was battling not only the opponent but also the conditions,” Brady Coach Rick Skarinka said of the frigid temperatures compounded by wind at Memorial Field.

Pembroke 5, Hollis-Brookline 4

After splitting the six singles matches, Pembroke won a pair of closely contested doubles matches to beat Hollis-Brookline and improve to 1-1.

Andrew Goulet and Rupesh Gurung made quick work of their opponents, both winning 8-2 on the first and fifth singles courts, respectively, and Ryan Weiss prevailed in a marathon match at No. 3, 9-8 (10-8).

Sam Yeaton went to a tiebreaker, as well, but came up short at No. 2, 9-8 (7-2).

In doubles, Goulet and Yeaton teamed for an 8-4 win on the first court, and Gurung and Bobby Andrews were 8-5 winners at No. 3 to clinch the match.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Pinkerton 19, Concord 4

Concord (0-1) had a tough season opener against the Astros (1-0), who return most of their players from last year’s championship team.

Pinkerton broke on top 14-2 in the first half.

Delana Erickson had a strong game for the Tide, scoring the team’s first goal, while Adelaide Symmes scored the next three. Melissa Harper and Molly Waite led the defensive effort.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Concord 14, Manchester Central 6

The Tide cruised to a win over Manchester Central as seven players scored.

Tyler Martel exploded for six goals, adding two assists to finish with eight points. Max Foisy and Tim Weinhold contributed two goals each. Ian Scurra, Bradley Wheeler, Josh Owen and Travis Duhammel each added one goal.

Nick Zavarotny played well in goal for the Tide, registering five saves.

Hopkinton 7, Merrimack Valley 6, OT

James McCluskey scored the game-winning goal early in overtime to give Hopkinton the season-opening victory over MV (0-1).

The Hawks seized a 5-3 lead at halftime and upped the margin to 6-3 after three quarters. MV, however, did all the scoring in the final quarter to force overtime.

Dave French had an outstanding game in goal for Hopkinton, with strong defensive support from Thomas Knight and long stick midfielder Sage Dubois.

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

Keene 3, Coe-Brown 0

Keene (2-0) swept Coe-Brown in straight sets, handing the Bears their second straight loss.

Parker Aube led the way for Coe-Brown with three assists and three digs, Charlie Swansburg had three kills and six digs, and Alec Schleich led the defense with eight digs.

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