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High Schools: MV baseball team looks sharp in doubleheader sweep of Manchester West

  • Merrimack Valley's Brady Wentworth slides safely onto second base as Manchester West's Christian Olivo catches the ball during the first game of a double header at Merrimack Valley on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  <br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley's Brady Wentworth slides safely onto second base as Manchester West's Christian Olivo catches the ball during the first game of a double header at Merrimack Valley on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley's Brooks Kimball jumps to avoid the ball while running to home plate during the first game of a double header against Manchester West at on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  <br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley's Brooks Kimball jumps to avoid the ball while running to home plate during the first game of a double header against Manchester West at on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley's Riley Linehan pitches the ball during the first game of a double header against Manchester West at on Saturday, April 19, 2014.    <br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley's Riley Linehan pitches the ball during the first game of a double header against Manchester West at on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley versus Manchester West baseball at Merrimack Valley on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  <br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley versus Manchester West baseball at Merrimack Valley on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley versus Manchester West baseball at Merrimack Valley on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  <br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley versus Manchester West baseball at Merrimack Valley on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley versus Manchester West baseball at Merrimack Valley on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  <br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley versus Manchester West baseball at Merrimack Valley on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley versus Manchester West baseball at Merrimack Valley on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  <br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley versus Manchester West baseball at Merrimack Valley on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley versus Manchester West baseball at Merrimack Valley on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  <br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley versus Manchester West baseball at Merrimack Valley on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley's Brooks Kimball pitches the ball during the first game of a double header against Manchester West at on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  <br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley's Brooks Kimball pitches the ball during the first game of a double header against Manchester West at on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley's Brady Wentworth slides safely onto second base as Manchester West's Christian Olivo catches the ball during the first game of a double header at Merrimack Valley on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  <br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley's Brooks Kimball jumps to avoid the ball while running to home plate during the first game of a double header against Manchester West at on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  <br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley's Riley Linehan pitches the ball during the first game of a double header against Manchester West at on Saturday, April 19, 2014.    <br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley versus Manchester West baseball at Merrimack Valley on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  <br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley versus Manchester West baseball at Merrimack Valley on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  <br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley versus Manchester West baseball at Merrimack Valley on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  <br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley versus Manchester West baseball at Merrimack Valley on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  <br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley versus Manchester West baseball at Merrimack Valley on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  <br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley's Brooks Kimball pitches the ball during the first game of a double header against Manchester West at on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  <br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

As far as Merrimack Valley baseball Coach Sean Wheeler was concerned, yesterday’s doubleheader against Manchester West couldn’t have gone much better.

“We were great in all aspects,” Wheeler said after his team swept the Blue Knights by scores of 5-3 and 11-1. “We got the bats going, our pitching was great and it was a very encouraging performance for us at this point in the season.”

MV improved to 3-0 behind the dominating pitching of Riley Linehan and Charlie Wright, who combined to pitch 11.1 of the 12 innings in the twinbill (the second game was shortened to five innings by the mercy rule).

Linehan was stellar in the first game, going 6.1 innings and allowing only one earned run while striking out six in the 5-3 victory.

The Pride jumped out to a 5-0 lead through five innings before West (0-2) eventually got to Linehan in the sixth. Linehan pitched into the seventh, then was relieved by Brooks Kimball, who recorded the save. Offensively, Scott Schoffield led the attack by going 2-for-3, including a hit that drove in two runs in the fifth inning to help to break the game open.

Wright pitched all five innings of Game 2 in his first-ever varsity pitching start. He shut down West on just three hits while striking out two. He was also a force at the plate, going 4-for-4 with five RBI to help the Pride cruise to the victory. Brady Wentworth and Damon Perron also had two hits apiece to add to the offensive explosion.

SOFTBALL

WINDHAM 5, MERRIMACK VALLEY 0

It took until the sixth inning for the Pride (0-2) to record its first hit, as it was a tough offensive day. Kerry Fedion was the tough-luck loser for the Pride in the circle, as she held Windham scoreless for the first five innings before the Jaguars (3-0) eventually broke through. She pitched a complete game, allowing five hits, seven walks and five runs (four earned) while striking out three.

Brittany Fisher had the Pride’s lone hit.

NEWPORT 7, KEARSARGE 6

The Cougars (0-3) started fast, taking a 4-2 lead at the end of one thanks in part to singles by Micheala Folcik, Ashley Thompson and Samantha Dow. Newport (1-0) tied it up in the fourth before Kearsarge regained the lead by scoring two more in the sixth to make it 6-4. The lead didn’t last long as Newport tied it up in the bottom of the inning before scoring the game-winning run in the seventh.

Brianna Critch pitched a complete game for the Cougars.

BOYS’ TRACK AND FIELD

Concord at North Invitational

The Tide competed at the Nashua North Invitational in a meet featuring 12 teams from New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts.

George Feliz won the 300 hurdles (41.55 seconds) and finished second in the 110 hurdles. Angel Feliz (second long jump, fifth 200), Walters Ndi (fifth 100), Leo Sudieh (fifth long jump), Diego Hebra (sixth high jump), the third-place 4x100 relay (Ndi, Sudieh, Marc Gaudet and George Feliz) and fourth-place 4x800 (Pepper Smith, Matt Adams, Jamie Wilkes and Alex Saveliev) all placed in the top six of the non-scoring meet.

“I was really pleased with today’s performances,” Coach Hayden Daly said. “We have a really great group of sprinters and they had themselves a good day for this time of year.”

Daly also credited his young distance squad with some gutsy performances, including some gritty finishes from Matt Adams.

Pelham Invitational

Several area teams competed in a meet hosted by Pelham. Winnacunnet topped the 19-team field with 79 points, followed by Milford (59) and Sanborn (56). Kearsarge (52) edged out host Pelham (50) for fourth place, ahead of many strong Division II teams. Coe-Brown (48), Kingswood (47) and Merrimack Valley (36) rounded out the top eight, with Bow (four) finishing 14th. Pembroke and John Stark did not score.

The Cougars, the defending D-III champions, finished just seven points out of second place thanks to balanced scoring effort in the sprints, jumps, hurdles and throws. Reed Bell led 3-4 Kearsarge finishes in the 400 (Eric Morin fourth) and 110 hurdles (Cameron Webster fourth) and also finished fourth in the 200. Troy Davis (high jump) and Zach Astle (shot put) both finished second, while Alex Akpan threw a personal-record distance to grab third in the shot put. The 4x100 relay of Elliot Lukaitis (sixth 300 hurdles), Ian Bready, Akpan and Morin finished third, while the 4x400 (Lukaitis, Tim Cunningham, Bell and Morin) came in sixth.

Jeremy Brassard had the most wins of any local athlete, outdueling Sean Munnelly of Campbell to win both the 800 (1:59) and the 1,600 (4:28.9), while also running on the winning 4x400 relay (3:38) with Isaac Nowland (tied third high jump), Spencer Nowland and Trey Berry. Both Nowlands, Berry and Griffen Neal (third triple jump, sixth long jump) formed the sixth-place 4x100 relay. Lucas Fisher finished fourth in the 3,200.

The Pride finished eighth behind two wins, one from the 4x800 (8:40) relay of Brendan Polichronopoulos (sixth 400), Carter Saltmarsh, Keegan Hanks (third 800) and Walker John (sixth 3,200) and another from Josiah Platte in the shot put (43-7). Polichronopoulos, Saltmarsh and Hanks were also on the third-place 4x400 with Cody Gilbert, and Platte also finished sixth in the discus. Trevor Parsons was sixth in the 110 hurdles.

Jordan Birtz (fourth 100) scored points for Bow. Drew Harrison (eighth 400) had the highest finish for Pembroke and the 12th-place 4x100 was the best finish for John Stark.

Hopkinton at Stevens

Brandon Cayer scored in all three throwing events (third shot put, third javelin, fourth discus) as the Hawks finished sixth in a seven-team meet at Stevens. Monadnock (147) won the meet followed by White Mountains (117.5), Stevens (85), Inter-Lakes (82.5), Fall Mountain (70), Hopkinton (68) and Sunapee (21).

Dom Repucci (second 3,200) had the best finish for the Hawks. Aaron Dobe (fourth 400), Eric Hauschild (fourth 110 hurdles), Evan Schindewolf (fourth triple jump), Logan Dockham (fourth javelin), the 4x800 (third) and the 4x400 (third) had top four finishes.

Franklin at Newfound

Dillon Sylvester won all three of his events in a meet at Newfound. Sylvester won the 110 and 300 hurdles and set a personal-record in the high jump with a leap of 5-8. Franklin sent only a few athletes and didn’t get a team score.

GIRLS’ TRACK AND FIELD

Concord at North Invitational

Smita Boesch-Dining won the 800 (2:22), Michaella Conery won the freshmen-sophomore 1,600 (5:36) and Rebecca Massah won the 100 hurdles (16.72) and 300 hurdles (51.15) to lead Concord at the Nashua North Invitational. Cassie Shea finished just three seconds behind Conery to come in second in the underclass 1,600, and Erin Waters (fourth) and Kaelin Willette (fifth) placed in the 800 as part of a productive day for the Tide’s distance squad, which also won the 4x800 in 9:54. The 4x100 relay finished fifth.

In the field events, Megan Reese (second pole vault), Jessie Bean (third long jump) and Hana Knowles (fourth discus, fifth shot put) placed in the top five in the non-scoring meet.

Pelham Invitational

Coe-Brown had 16 top-three finishes, including four wins, to total 133 points, more than enough to beat runner-up Winnacunnet (93), host Pelham (71) and the rest of the field in a 19-team meet. Merrimack Valley was next among local teams, finishing in fourth place with 68 points. Milford (41.5) rounded out the top five. Bow (11) tied for 10th with Gilford, while Kearsarge and Pelham (two points each) tied for 14th. John Stark did not score.

The Bears got three wins in the field events, with Alley Savioli winning the shot put (37-5.5) and javelin (106-4) in addition to finishing sixth in the discus. Jelasa Nelson’s leap of 16-9.5 was good for first in the long jump (Nelson also finished sixth in the 100). Megan Rouillard (second discus, second javelin, third shot put) scored in all three throwing events, while Ariel Clachar (second high jump, third long jump, third 100), Christen Gallant (third pole vault) and Sarah Curtin (sixth pole vault) also excelled in the field.

Coe-Brown also showed its depth in the distance events, with Hannah Parker winning the 1,600 (5:03) ahead of teammates Elisabeth Danis (third) and Alli Pratt (fourth). Katie Scannell (second), Brooke Laskowsky (third), Meg Scannell (fourth) and Julia Cormier (sixth) claimed four of the top six spots in the 3,200. Mary Fowler finished second in the 800. Parker, Pratt, Curtin and Fowler made up the second-place 4x400.

Kristie Schoffield was the top scorer for MV thanks to a win in the 3,200 (11:29), second place in the 1,600, third place in the triple jump and a fifth place finish on the 4x400 with Meredith Ramsey (fourth 200 and 400), Cindy Fanny and Morgan Walton (sixth 800). Fanny, Ramsey, Mikayla Godfrey and Nancy Taban formed the runner-up 4x100. Taban also earned runner-up finishes in both the 100 and 200. Mary Mullen (fourth shot put, sixth javelin) and Madison Irving (fourth javelin) threw well.

Christy Vinnenberg (third javelin, fifth 800) and Maggie Jensen (fifth triple jump, sixth 300 hurdles) provided Bow’s points. Kelly Jacques (fifth long jump) and Hayley Joseph (fifth 100 hurdles) were the lone scorers for Pembroke and Kearsarge, respectively. Madeline Ishak (ninth 1,600 and 3,200) narrowly missed out on scoring points for John Stark.

Hopkinton Second

The Hawks finished second in a seven-team meet at Stevens behind a balanced effort on both the track and field. Monadnock (193) ran away with the meet, besting Hopkinton (123), White Mountains (105), Fall Mountain (81.5), Stevens (64.5), Inter-Lakes (50) and Sunapee (6).

Sabrey Montore (100 in 13.01) and Sarah Nadeau (1,600 in 5:31) had the two individual wins for the Hawks. Montore (fourth 400) and Nadeau (third 800) also placed in other events. Emily Calder (third 3,200) and Maddie Clarke (third 300 hurdles) scored on the track, and the 4x800 (winning time of 10:40), 4x100 (second) and 4x400 (third) also contributed points.

Christine Spaulding (fourth long jump) and Mary McCauliffe (fourth triple jump) did well in the jumps, and Brittany Marshall (second discus, second javelin, fourth shot put) scored in all of the throwing events.

Franklin at Newfound

The Golden Tornadoes didn’t sent a full team to Newfound, but Kaley Shephard had a fantastic day individually, winning the 300 hurdles and high jump.

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