High schools: Coe-Brown baseball hands Portsmouth its first loss, 3-1
Sean Ashley and his Coe-Brown baseball team knew they weren’t going to get much. Not against Portsmouth, the defending Division II champion and winner of five of the last six titles.
The key for the Bears was to make the most of the chances they got. Yesterday they did just that, and the result was the kind of win that can give a season a crucial lift.
Adam Edin guided his way through a tough Portsmouth lineup and Matt Cunningham hit a game-winning home run to help the Bears earn a 3-1 win, giving the Clippers (4-1) their first loss while improving the Bears’ record to 2-2.
“It’s been a long time. … This is a big win for us,” Ashley said. “We still have to get our hitting around in order to go through a winning streak. But it’s definitely a big win for us.”
That hitting resulted in only three hits – but the Bears turned it into just enough support for Edin.
“We made them count,” Ashley said.
The reason it was enough was because Edin and the defense behind him had a working relationship to take care of the Clipper bats. The junior right-hander wasn’t overpowering, finishing the game without a strikeout, but he scattered six hits and two walks and let his fielders take care of the rest.
“He pitched a very efficient game,” Ashley said. “He forced them to put the ball in play and we made all the plays we had to.
“He throws strikes. As long as he’s locating his pitches, we’ve got a chance.”
The Bears scored a run in the second to even the score at 1, then took the lead for good in the third. Cunningham, a senior center fielder, came up with one out and belted a home run to left field, and the Bears made it a 3-1 lead when senior catcher Ben Bailey (two walks, two runs) walked, took second on a passed ball and scored on an error on Kyle Stevens’s fly ball.
The Bears “still had a ways to go,” as their coach put it, but Edin kept the Clippers from mounting a rally the rest of the way.
“As the innings went by, the confidence grew naturally,” Ashley said. “Adam just took control of the game. He’s kind of unflappable. Nothing bothers him.”
Cunningham finished 2-for-3 with two stolen bases, and sophomore second baseman Noah Dubois went 1-for-2.
Kingswood 7, Merrimack Valley 5
The Pride (3-1) fell for the first time this season after committing seven errors in the first four innings against the Knights (3-3).
Riley Linehan pitched the first four innings, allowing three hits and two walks and notching four strikeouts. The Knights scored two in the first, one in the third and four in the fourth. MV scored its first two runs in the third and three more in the fifth.
Brady Mock came in and pitched the final two innings, providing a bright spot for MV, striking out three and not allowing any runs to score.
Caleb Tipton led MV at the plate, going 2-for-3.
Hollis-Brooklike 12, Pembroke 1
The Spartans (1-4) dropped their fourth game in a row with a loss to the Cavaliers.
Pembroke got hits from Jake Gaskell, Noah Cote and Liam Wright.
Winnisquam 10, Bishop Brady 9, 8 inn.
The Bears won a thriller at home, rallying first to force extra innings and again to win the game in the eighth off a Ben Wentworth walk-off hit. The Bears extended their undefeated season to 5-0, while the Green Giants broke even at 2-2.
After Brady scored two runs in the top of the seventh, Winnisquam had one inning to make up an 8-5 deficit.
Dominic DeBlasie led off the inning with a single, followed by a hit from Ben Wentworth. With runners in scoring position, Mikey Lawrie hit a two-run double to left-center, bringing the Bears within one, 8-7. With two outs and a runner on second, Jordan Dahl delivered a single to center, sending the game to extra innings.
Brady answered in the eighth with a run, but Winnisquam battled back again. Tucker Normand led off with a single then stole second. He was driven home off a single from DeBlaise, tying the game 9-9. After an error from the Giants, Jack Decormier made it to first. With DeBlasie on second and Decormier on first, DeBlasie stole third with no outs. With runners on first and third, Wentworth hit a line drive over second to plate DeBlasie for the win.
“We’ve got a scrappy bunch of kids, they just refuse to die,” Winnisquam Coach Fred Caruso said of his team’s effort. “They believe in themselves and never consider a game to be out of reach.”
Lawrie pitched the first six innings for Winnisquam, Torrey Martinez pitched the seventh and eighth and was credited with the win. The Bears tallied 16 hits to the Giants’ 10. DeBlasie (3-for-5, two runs, RBI) led the offense. Normand (2-for-5, triple, two runs, RBI), Decormier (2-for-5, run, RBI), Wentworth (2-for-4, two runs, RBI) and Dahl (2-for-4, two RBI), to name a few, all came up big at the plate.
For Brady, Martin Hecka (two hits), Tom Blandini (hit, two runs), Coleman Reifke (two runs), Dan Fogarty (two hits) and Thomas Pelchat (two runs, two hits) were instrumental on offense, while Drew Kalil had a strong start on the mound.
“It would have been nice to beat a team like Winnisquam,” Brady Coach Skip Foy said. “It was a good battle, that’s for sure.”
Campbell 5, Hopkinton 2
The Hawks (3-1) connected with the ball well, but couldn’t find many holes in a flawless Cougar defense, while Campbell (5-1) took advantage of three Hopkinton errors and two walks to score four unearned runs. The Hawks left seven runners on base on their home diamond.
“They made all the plays,” Hopkinton Coach Dave Chase said of Campbell. “We had some balls that were hit pretty well … they didn’t make any errors, they made some great catches in the outfield. We just couldn’t get the big hit when we needed it.”
Jake Nelson struck out seven Cougars, allowed five hits, two walks and a single earned run in five innings of work from the mound. Campbell scored an unearned run in the first inning before adding a run in the fourth and two more unearned runs in the fifth and one in the seventh.
Hopkinton scored a run in the fourth inning off a Collin Paraskeva sacrifice fly and Luke Luneau drove in a run in the sixth on an RBI single. Kyle LaPage was another bright spot for the Hawks, with a single and a full-extension, lunging catch in the outfield in the seventh inning with the bases loaded to keep Hopkinton in the game.
Newfound 4, Belmont 2
The Red Raiders had a sound approach at the plate, working Newfound’s pitcher for 136 pitches over six innings, but couldn’t get the big hit en route to losing for the first time this year.
“It was truly a battle,” said Coach Matt LeBlanc, whose team pounded out 10 hits but still fell to 3-1. “One of those positive losses, for sure.”
Ryan Pluskis went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI while also going 5.2 innings on the mound, striking out three while allowing eight hits, six walks and two earned runs. Brent Minery (two doubles, run) and Joey Levesque (double) also went 2-for-4, while Jason Taylor (1-for-2, walk, hit by pitch; 0.1 innings, strikeout) and Corey Derosier (1-for-2, walk, RBI) also had good days at the plate.
Conant 9, H-D 6
Hillsboro-Deering (0-5) rallied for three runs in the last inning and sent the potential tying run to the plate, but came up short at Conant (1-3).
“My first year and we are trying to turn this program around,” Coach Mike Donnell said. “It’s not going to happen overnight, but the boys are working real hard and things will come around. These kids have talent, they just need to believe in themselves.”
The Hillcats received a good outing from Andrew Roberge, who settled down after a rough first inning and pitched shutout ball over the final four innings. Danny Egner, Max Parenteau, Roberge (triple) and Troy Girard all had two hits for H-D.
Pittsfield 12, Hinsdale 0
Pittsfield (4-1) plated five runs in the sixth inning to turn a relatively close 4-0 game into a lopsided win at Hinsdale (0-3).
Freshman Xenthios Cyr earned his first win of the season, yielding just one hit over five innings while striking out eight and walking five. Chris Farr pitched a hitless final two frames, striking out three and walking two.
Max Tuttle (2-for-4, three RBI), Farr (2-for-4, three runs) and Noah McGlashing (2-for-4, two RBI) paced the Panthers’ 10-hit attack.
Pinkerton 16, Concord 4
The Tide (1-4) improved from its previous matchup against the Astros, but still fell to Pinkerton (5-1).
Tyler Martel led Concord with two goals, while Max Foisy (goal), Connor Hawkins (goal) and Ian Scurra (assist) also contributed offensively. Nick Zavarotny (10 saves) and Ethan Donlon (two saves) split the netminding duties.
Bow 13, Winnacunnet 5
Bow (2-0) broke on top 5-2 after the first period and held the Warriors (2-2) scoreless in both the second and third quarters to build an insurmountable 9-2 lead heading into the final period.
Devin Calkins scored three goals with an assist to spark the first-half offense and finished with five goals and three assists. Devin Barker (two goals, assist), Kyle Milne (first career goal), Matt Sanford (two assists), Trevor Garrett (assist), Stephen Panella, Tyler Herrick and Luke Laboe all added goals.
“Our offense played very well today, but our defense won the game for us,” Bow Coach Ross Mondello said. “It seemed like every time Winnacunnet was trying to make a run, we would get a turnover or a great stop in net.”
Derrick Labranche, Charley Regan, Jack Knepper, Alex Hoeker and Alex Rietze were the core of that defense in front of freshman goalie Chase Chamberline, who made 12 saves.
John Stark 6, Hopkinton 2
After losing a close game to Monadnock on Friday, the Generals (2-1) won a low-scoring affair against the previously undefeated Hawks (2-1).
Top offensive performers for John Stark were Brody Fredericks (three goals, assist), James Smugereski (goal, assist) and Drew McQuarrie, who picked up the first varsity point of his career with an assist.
For Hopkinton, Matt French had another strong game in net, stopping 18 of the 24 shots he faced. Bowman Ridinger led the Hawks with five shots, and picked up a goal. James McCluskey scored Hopkinton’s second goal.
Merrimack Valley 16, Milford 12
The Pride (2-1) started a modest two-game winning streak with its victory over the Spartans (1-3), who dropped their third straight.
MV jumped out to a comfortable 9-3 lead in the first half, but some third-quarter penalties totaling almost seven minutes of shorthanded time let Milford jump right back into the game, 10-7 at the end of the third quarter. The six-goal lead at the end of the first half ended up being the difference maker for the Pride, as the teams traded goals in the final period.
Cole Martin (six goals, assist), Tucker Burt (four goals, two assists) and Chase Mercier (four goals, assist) led the Pride offense. Blake Glaboriault had an outstanding all-around game, tallying two assists, winning 20 faceoffs and playing stifling one-on-one defense.
Bedford 9, Concord 0
The anticipated showdown of undefeated teams didn’t turn out the way Concord had hoped, with defending champion Bedford (7-0) sweeping the Tide (7-1).
“Bedford is an excellent team and they deserved to win today,” Concord Coach Dave Page said.
“From our standpoint, pretty much everything that could go wrong did.”
Josh Pifer rallied from 7-2 down to win six straight games before eventually falling in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-2), at fourth singles, and Thomas Bengtson competed hard in a 9-7 loss at No. 2.
Bow 9, Conant 0
The Falcons (5-0) lost only a single game in six singles matches and four games in doubles in a decisive road victory over Conant (0-4).
Nos. 1-4 Zach Zbehlik, Tim Bradley, Ben Maurer, Nathan Louf and No. 6 Josh DeYoung all won their matches by scores of 8-0, while Jacob Huppe won at No. 5, 8-1. In doubles, the No. 2 pairing of Adithya Shah and Rob Watt also won, 8-0. Ross Cook and Nate Riera won at No. 1 doubles, 8-3, and the No. 3 duo of Mitch Blair and Hayden Udelson won, 8-1.
Windham 3, John Stark 0
The Generals (1-3) matched a tough Windham (4-1) squad nearly point for point in the opening set but eventually lost, 29-27, 25-18, 25-17.
Outside hitters Ryan Compagna (two aces, nine kills) and Brandon Dugay (two aces, seven kills) had strong games for John Stark, along with libero Brandon Lombard (eight digs).
TRACK & FIELD
The Cougars more than doubled second-place Hopkinton’s point total to win an eight-team meet at home. Kearsarge (155) defeated the Hawks (69), Stevens (57.5), Mascoma (53.5), Newport (49), Hillsboro-Deering (22), Sunapee (5) and Mount Royal (1).
Reed Bell was a double winner for the Cougars, winning the 400 (53 seconds flat) and the 110 hurdles (16.48) and adding a second-place finish in the 200. Cameron Webster also had an impressive day in the sprints and hurdles, winning the 100 (11.56) and finishing second in the 110 hurdles and third in the 200. Zach Astle scored in all three throwing events, winning the discus (127-5) and finishing third in both the shot put and javelin. Logan Maville won the 300 hurdles (45.79) and did well in the jumps (second triple jump, third long jump). Other winners were Roudy Rehor in the pole vault (7-6) and the 4x100 relay (46.61).
Elliot Lukaitis (second 300 hurdles and pole vault), Eric Morin (second 400, third 100, fifth 200), Troy Davis (tied-second high jump, fourth long jump), Ian Bready (second long jump) and the 4x400 relay all had second-place finishes for Kearsarge.
Cooper Bloch won the triple jump (36-3) and Dom Repucci won the 800 (2:13) for Hopkinton, which also had strong relays with two – the 4x400 (3:48) and 4x800 (9:20) – earning wins and the 4x100 finishing second. Aaron Dobe (second 800, fifth 400), Cody Roberge (third 400) and Repucci (fourth 400) also had high finishes.
Seth Johnson (third 110 hurdles, fourth 300 hurdles), Ian Robie (second discus, fifth shot put, sixth javelin) and Josh Gould (fourth javelin) scored most of H-D’s points.