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High schools: Winnisquam softball pulls out 4-3 win over Bishop Brady

  • Brady SS Emily Santis waits for the ball to come as Winnisquam's Kendra Lonergan gets in safely.
  • Bishop Brady's Jessica Santis slides in safely at 3rd after hitting a base-clearing hit to tie the score in the 7th only to have Winnisquam win in the 8th

Despite their records being at the opposite ends of the spectrum, the Winnisquam softball team (5-1) received a scare from Bishop Brady (1-3) yesterday.

It wasn’t until a Rachel Willcutt RBI single in the Bears’ final at-bat that they were able to escape with a 4-3 victory.

“We were outplayed,” Winnisquam Coach Kevin Dame said. “They definitely outplayed us today. We were very fortunate to come away from this game with a victory.”

The Bears started the scoring in the bottom of the third inning on a solo home run by Willcutt.

But both teams struggled to generate many runs. Winnisquam was able to put batters on base, scattering 10 hits, but had trouble getting the timely hits. Bishop Brady had trouble figuring out Bears pitcher Allie Trowsdale, who allowed only four hits, struck out six, walked one and hit one batter.

Winnisquam clung to its 1-0 lead until the bottom of the sixth, when Trowsdale belted an RBI single to extend Winnisquam’s lead to 2-0. Marissa DeBlasie scored with some alert base-running by advancing on a passed ball before scoring on a single to right, giving the Bears a three-run lead heading into the final frame.

Despite not having put a run up yet, Bishop Brady Coach Shawn Brechtel was confident that his girls would be able to do what needed to be done.

“I told the girls that we just needed to take the inning one pitch at a time. We were starting to see (Trowsdale) pretty well. We just needed to be patient and make her come to us,” Brechtel said. “The bottom of our order played well for us, and we had them coming up when we needed them.”

The start of the seventh went just as Brechtel had hoped, with Brady loading the bases via a walk, error and hit batter. After a shallow fly and a pop-out left the bases loaded with two outs, clean-up hitter Jess Santis came to the plate with a chance to keep the Giants’ hopes alive. After taking a first-pitch strike, Santis belted the next pitch for a bases-clearing triple that hit the wall in center field, tying the game at three apiece.

The Bears refused to hibernate, however, coming out swinging in the bottom of the seventh. Becky Rapoza singled to start the rally, bringing Willcutt – who had already reached base three times in the game – to the plate. This plate appearance didn’t end any differently, as she hit the game-winning single into the outfield, scoring Rapoza.

Jill Foy (2-for-3, run scored) and Santis (2-for-4) led the Green Giant offense.

Despite the loss, Brechtel saw a lot of positives.

“Winnisquam is a good team. We proved that we are able to play with a team like that,” he said. “The girls stayed right in the game, never losing faith. We look to take this and move forward with it.”


Concord 4, Manchester Central 0

Less than two weeks after falling to Central in extra innings, Concord (3-2) turned the tables on the road, with the Tide’s Dani Morrill outdueling Sarah Lavallee – who notched her 500th career strikeout – to hand the Little Green (5-2) their second loss of the season.

Both pitchers had given up just two hits over four scoreless innings before the Tide broke through in the top of the fifth. Aelin Shea (3-for-3, two doubles) and Annie Mullen delivered one-out singles and Katherine Muzzey walked to load the bases. After the second out, Morrill (2-for-4) delivered a two-run single for all the run support she’d need.

Concord scored again in the sixth on a single by Franny Redlon, an error and an RBI double by Shea, then tacked on an insurance run in the seventh when Muzzey led off with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Deb Morrill and scored on an infield error.

Dani Morrill scattered just six hits in earning the shutout. The Tide played error-free defense behind her, turning a 5-3-6 double play and having Redlon gun down the only runner to attempt to steal.

Coe-Brown 10, Portsmouth 1

The Bears improve to 4-0, cruising past the Clippers (2-2) behind a strong performance from pitcher Kianna Daudelin.

Daudelin went the distance, striking out nine, allowing three hits and one run.

Portsmouth’s lone run came in the fifth, but by that time Coe-Brown had already scored seven. The Bears added one more in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Amanda Riley led the offense, going 3-for-4 with a home run, a triple and four RBI. Lauren Jones (3-for-4), Holly Donohue (3-for-4) and Sara Harris (2-for-3) also made valuable offensive contributions.

Merrimack Valley 11, Kingswood 6

Hannah Munson went 3-for-4 with three RBI to lift the Pride (1-2) to the victory.

Rachel Demers (1-for-3, two RBI) also had a big day for MV, which took the lead with an eight-run third inning. Kerry Fedion started in the circle, allowing no hits and five walks while striking out two in four innings, while Sam Hodkinson allowed four earned runs, six walks and two hits in three innings.

Pembroke 8, Hollis-Brookline 4

The Spartan (2-3) bats came out hot in their victory over the Cavaliers (1-4), pounding out 16 hits.

Katherine Arvantis led the way for Pembroke, going 4-for-5. Madison Pellerin (2-for-2), Marissa Kibbee (3-for-4) and Briana Whitcomb (3-for-4) also made large offensive contributions.

Lyla Boyajian picked up the win, pitching four innings, giving up one earned run and striking out two. Ashley Henshaw worked the final three innings, giving up one run with three strikeouts.

Campbell 9, Hopkinton 2

The Hawks (2-2) had a very shaky defensive start against the Cougars, falling into a 7-0 hole by the end of the fourth inning from which they weren’t able to climb.

Hopkinton had a small rally in the sixth inning, scoring two runs. Maddy Bergethon plated Kasey Smith with a single and Kelly Scammon tripled home Bergethon.

Becca Shatney took the loss, giving up five earned runs.

Conant 12, Hillsboro-Deering 0

The Hillcats suffered a tough loss to the Cougars, being no-hit by Ivy Chalke.

Hillsboro-Deering will look to bounce back tomorrow at Bow.

Kearsarge 16, Stevens 5

The Cougars (2-5) pulled out a win at home against Stevens (3-2) after their bats fired up in the third, plating three runs.

They scored another three in the fourth, four in the fifth and six in the sixth to seal the game.

Victoria Botana, Tess Witmer and Micheala Folcik all played well offensively for Kearsarge. Witmer hit a two-run home run in the fourth. Folcik scored after she singled, then stole second, third and home.

Brianna Critch pitched a complete game, recording six strikeouts and giving up five hits.

Hinsdale 26, Pittsfield 5

The Pacers (1-2) jumped out to a big lead early, scoring eight runs in the first and another 13 in the second. With a 21-4 score in the third, it was clear the Panthers (0-4) simply could not keep up.

Kira Wood and Stefani Gauthier led the offense – Wood scored two runs and recorded two stolen bases and Gauthier had three hits.


Bishop Brady 16, Oyster River 11

Brady brought its record even at 2-2 with a win on the road, while Oyster River dropped to 1-3.

Jill Thomas led the Green Giants with five goals and Hannah Provost added three. Sophie Palangas provided some solid defense, as did goalie Steph Sloane.

Steph Snow and Sarah Thomas came in and contributed a lot of intensity and energy, motivating their teammates and making things difficult for the Bobcats offense, according to Coach Kate Hohenberger.

Kearsarge 14, Hopkinton 6

Libby Brooks and Eleanor Angus scored four goals apiece to lead the visiting Cougars (2-1) over the Hawks (2-2). Anna Stowell had three goals and an assist, while Kaileigh Davis tallied two goals and Haley Brook added one to round out the scoring.

Hopkinton took a 3-2 lead at the 11-minute mark, but goals from Brooks and Stowell gave Kearsarge a 5-4 halftime lead. Ivanna Doval had a strong first half in goal for the Hawks to keep the game close. In the second half, the Cougars held a one-goal lead (7-6) at the 14-minute mark until they rattled off seven unanswered goals.

Lilly Huntoon, Geneva Heffernan and Kate Scheuch played tough midfield defense, preventing the Hawks from effectively transitioning the ball upfield. Hopkinton was also plagued by penalties in the second half, as Kearsarge scored five times with the player-advantage.

Meg Hemmerlein (three goals), Sierra Schuster (two goals), Emma Oullette (goal, assist) and Hannah Bassett (two assists) led the Hawks scoring.

John Stark 17, Con-Val 6

Despite not having its starting goalie for the start of the season, the Generals (3-0) stayed undefeated with a victory over Con-Val (0-4).

John Stark took early control of the game, scoring four goals in the first five minutes. The Generals continued adding to their lead, taking an 11-4 advantage into halftime. The second half saw much of the same, as Con-Val was able to put up a couple goals, but John Stark put the game out of reach, going on a 5-0 run in the last four minutes.

Mackenzie Nase and Liz Neal played strong in net for the Generals, stopping six shots apiece. Katie Waligura and Danielle Galli led the offense with four goals and two assists each.


Bedford 7, COncord 2

The Tide (3-3) won a pair of singles matches in a loss to undefeated Bedford (6-0).

No. 1 Gabby Killinger won her match, 8-6, and No. 5 Irene Ireme won, 8-4. The No. 2 doubles team of Becky Cistulli and Alex Killinger lost a close 8-5 matchup.

Lebanon 5, Pembroke 4

Gabby Bonanno and Emmi Ferrera won both their singles and doubles matches, but it wasn’t enough as the Spartans (3-3) narrowly fell to the Raiders (3-1).

Bonanno won at No. 2 singles in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-1), and her No. 1 doubles match with Steph Tumasz, 8-2. Ferrera won both of her matches (No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles with Lindsay Young), 8-0.

Conant 7, Bow 2

In a battle of undefeated teams, it was the Falcons (5-1) that added an L to their win-loss column, as they were dropped by the Orioles (6-0).

No. 1 Laura Zbehlik came back to win her match, 8-4, after being down 3-0. On the doubles side, the No. 2 pairing of Kristen Duval and Claire Mulvaney won their match, 8-5.

Stevens 5, Kearsarge 4

The Cougars (0-7) won some close matches, but fell just short against the Cardinals (3-4).

Sabrina Duquette won at No. 2 singles, 9-7, and Emily Irick won at No. 3 in a tiebreaker, 9-8, (7-4), before the two teamed up at No. 1 doubles for an 8-4 win. The final win for Kearsarge came at No. 3 doubles, with Lydia Schoonmaker and Elise Paquette posting an 8-6 victory.


Hopkinton First

The Hawks won 15 events and nearly tripled runner-up Kearsarge in an eight-team meet. Hopkinton’s 181 points was far ahead of hosts Kearsarge (63.5), Newport (51), Stevens (44), Hillsboro-Deering (22.5), Sunapee (16), Mascoma (10) and Mount Royal (9).

Hopkinton won the 4x100 (54.51), 4x400 (4:51) and 4x800 (10:48) relays and Brittany Marshall won the shot put (29-2), discus (67-8), javelin (88-7) and pole vault (7-6) for half of the Hawks’ wins. Sabrey Montore won both the 100 (12.8) and 200 (27.94) dashes. Lillias Whitehead’s victory in the 400 (1:08) led a 1-2-3 sweep with Victoria Flood (second) and Katie Irwin (third). Irwin won the 3,200 (14:00), Sarah Nadeau won the 800 (2:27) and Emily Calder won 1,600 (6:00) to sweep the distance events. Calder also was third in the 800. Hannah Hughes did well in the jumps, winning the high jump (4-10) and finishing second in the long and triple jumps. Christine Spaulding won the triple jump (28-0) and finished third in the 200 and fourth in the long jump.

Other top Hopkinton results came from Aaliyah Curley (second 1,600, fifth 800), Jordan Rose Mack (third long jump), Maryann Cousens (third triple jump), Amy Sharpe (third pole vault) and Aimee Echelberger (fourth 100).

For Kearsarge, Hayley Joseph won the 100 hurdles (17.2) and came in second in the 300 hurdles and pole vault. Devi Kraushdar (second javelin), Mercedes Gorman (second high jump, fourth 100 hurdles, fourth triple jump), Briggie Carr (third 1,600), Emily Kelly (fourth 800), Morgan Johnson (fourth discus) and Savannah Bell (third shot put, fifth 100) placed well.

H-D was led by Breahna Savoy (second 800, third javelin), Hannah Murdough (third 100 hurdles) and Emily Gibson (fourth 400).


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