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Returning starters lead way for Bears

  • Pembroke Academy's Sarah Swanson, left, tags out Coe-Brown's Jordan Lippmeier at second base during the girls softball game on Wednesday afternoon, April 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Pembroke Academy's Sarah Swanson, left, tags out Coe-Brown's Jordan Lippmeier at second base during the girls softball game on Wednesday afternoon, April 10, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Coe-Brown's Lauren Jones, left, slides safely home after avoiding a tagout by Pembroke Academy's Madison Pellerin during the girls softball game on Wednesday afternoon, April 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Coe-Brown's Lauren Jones, left, slides safely home after avoiding a tagout by Pembroke Academy's Madison Pellerin during the girls softball game on Wednesday afternoon, April 10, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Pembroke Academy's Sarah Swanson, left, tags out Coe-Brown's Jordan Lippmeier at second base during the girls softball game on Wednesday afternoon, April 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Coe-Brown's Lauren Jones, left, slides safely home after avoiding a tagout by Pembroke Academy's Madison Pellerin during the girls softball game on Wednesday afternoon, April 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

Coming into this softball season, Coe-Brown knew it would need big contributions from its four returning starters – Lauren Jones, Amanda Riley, Kianna Daudelin and Holly Donohue. The Bears got just that yesterday as those four combined to go for 10-for-17 to lead Coe-Brown to a 9-5 win at Pembroke Academy.

It was a familiar final score for the Bears (2-0), who also beat St. Thomas by a 9-5 margin in their season opener. Pembroke, which lost at Sanborn on Monday, falls to 0-2.

The experienced Bears wasted little time leading the way yesterday as Jones (3-for-4) and Riley (2-for-4) had back-to-back hits in the top of the first. Jones scored on a sacrifice fly from Shannon Burke (2-for-4, four RBI) and Daudelin followed with a two-out double to plate Riley. Caitlin Foley and Lacey Locke then came through with RBI singles to give Coe-Brown a quick 4-0 lead.

The Spartans answered in the bottom of the first with three runs of their own when senior Amanda Clement produced a bases-loaded, three-run double. That was the biggest hit allowed by Daudelin, who pitched all seven innings, allowing seven hits and two walks and striking out one.

Still leading 4-3, the Bears added a pair of runs in the top of the fourth as Donohue, Jones and Burke had consecutive singles to start the frame, with Burke’s hit driving home two.

The scrappy Spartans once again answered runs with runs as they came back with two in the bottom of the fourth to make it 6-5. But Pembroke wouldn’t get any closer as the Bears tacked on two in the fifth inning and another in the sixth for the final total.


Concord 2,
Manchester Central 0

In a game more resembling a playoff matchup than a season opener, Concord (1-0) outdueled Central (1-1) behind a two-hitter from Katie Kennard, who retired 15 straight batters to close the game.

Central’s Sarah Lavallee, one of the state’s top pitchers, allowed just three hits, but two of them plated runs for the Tide. Jasmine Morin drew a one-out walk in the third inning and runner Katherine Muzzey promptly stole second then scored on a line single to left by Dani Morrill. Molly Emerson provided some insurance in the fifth, drilling a home run over the left field fence at Padden Field in her second varsity at-bat. Rachel Stevenson had Concord’s other hit.

“I sort of expected it out of this team – it’s a pretty veteran team – but it was just so crisp and we played so well. I knew it would happen sooner or later, but not necessarily the first game of the year,” Concord Coach Duke Sawyer said. “What a way to start, against one of the better teams in the state. And to not only beat them but to shut them out.”

Bow 8, Bishop Brady 4

Bow broke open a one-run game with three runs in the top of the fifth inning to win its season opener over Brady (0-2).

Kylie Iasillo led the Falcons’ 12-hit attack with a pair of triples and also picked up the win, scattering eight hits with seven strikeouts and a walk. Amy Zahensky and Madi Stanley each had a triple and a single, Miki Dowd and Maddie Palisi added two singles apiece, and Kelsie Flynn drove in a pair of runs to help ignite the offense. Regan Naughton also notched her first varsity hit.

Dowd had a strong day in the field, making a nice catch in center and also gunning down a runner at third.

For Brady, Melissa Mallahan went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run, and Meghan Kissinger was 2-for-3 with a run.

Franklin 7, Belmont 0

Kelsey Bird tossed a two-hit shutout, striking out 11, to help Franklin get off to a 2-0 start.

Franklin scored all the runs it would need in the third on a two-run single by Shelby Joyce, who later scored on a passed ball. The Tornadoes added two more runs in both the sixth and seventh innings.

Mariah Gauthier led the way with two hits and a stolen base, while Bird (triple), Jill Roberts, Maddie Constant (two RBI) and Kaitlyn Brace also had hits. Makayla Donovan and Cassie Contigianni had back-to-back singles in the fourth inning for Belmont.

Hillsboro-Deering 8,
Fall Mountain 5

Alyssa Bailey picked up the win in the circle for the Hillcats, pitching a complete game and striking out four in the team’s season opener.

Sarah Egner led the way offensively for H-D, going 2-for-3 with three RBI. Leah Rheault went 1-for-3 with one RBI, while Bailey went 1-for-3 and Jenna Rheault walked three times.

Coach Tom Johnson said that solid defensive play was a key to victory. Kim Bergstresser played a strong game at second base and Egner threw out two base runners from behind the plate.

Gilford 4, Winnisquam 3

The Bears (0-2) scored first, and put on a good rally late, but it wasn’t enough against visiting Gilford (1-1).

Rachel Wilcutt (1-for-2) put Winnisquam on the board in the first when her double plated Alyssa Clogston (1-for-3, run, walk). The Golden Eagles came back to build a 4-1 lead against Winnisquam starter Allie Trowsdale (5 1∕3 IP, five strikeouts, three walks, six hits) before the Bears responded in the bottom of the sixth. They worked the bases loaded with walks and Becky Rapoza delivered a two-run single before Gilford ended the rally.

Winnisquam freshman Marissa DeBlaise pitched 1 2∕3 hitless innings of relief and went 1-for-3 with a run.


Concord 5,
Manchester Central 4, 8 inn.

Jon Dunn singled home Cam Alosa in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Crimson Tide (2-0) to a comeback win in its home opener over the Little Green (0-2).

Concord rallied from a four-run deficit with four runs in the fifth, then won the game with a rally in the eighth. Nate Mullen walked and was pinch run for by Alosa, who went to third when Nate Strozewski’s sacrifice bunt was thrown away for an error. With runners at the corners, Dunn came through with his second hit of the game for the walk-off win.

Concord’s fifth-inning rally was led by Cody Ferns, who doubled in Dunn and Ben Bengtson, and the Crimson Tide scored two more runs when Alex Bashios and Ferns came home on an error following Braden Smith’s grounder to short.

John Clary started for the Tide and went 41∕3 innings, while Ryan Place got the win with 32∕3 innings of relief. Place fanned three while allowing two hits and no walks, and got out of a fifth-inning jam when he induced a flyout to Strozewski, who then threw a runner trying to tag up and score at home for the last out of the frame.

Pembroke 5, Coe-Brown 4, 8 inn.

Coe-Brown (1-1) scored the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth, but Pembroke (2-0) answered with two in the bottom of the inning to walk off with a win at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

Ethan Moreno drew his third walk of the game in the eighth for the Bears. After stealing second, Moreno scored on a single by Mack Struthers.

But Pembroke rallied back in the home half. After a single and a stolen base, the Pembroke runner scooted around the tag on a grounder to third, and a couple of pitches later scored the tying run on a wild pitch. Then, after Coe-Brown cut down one runner between third and home, Pembroke had runners at the corners with two outs. The Bears went to pick off Autrey Gates at first, but as he broke for second, Seth Gonya broke for home to score the winning run.

Gonya reached base all four trips up with a single and three walks. Shane St. Onge was 3-for-3 with a triple, a walk and two runs. St. Onge also worked the first 51∕3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out five. Mike Barnum earned his first varsity win with 2 2∕3 innings of relief.

For Coe-Brown, Garrett Wensberg (two RBI), Brennan Riley, Ben Bailey and Andrew Langdon each had two hits. Sean Simoneau, who had two walks, a double and scored a run, went the distance on the mound, scattering seven hits with three walks and three hit batters.

Bow 11,
Bishop Brady 1, 6 innings

Bow held a 1-0 lead through the first three innings, but eight runs in the fourth put the game out of reach for Bishop Brady, and the Falcons notched a victory in their season opener.

Chris Fournier and Tyler Lambert led the way offensively for the Falcons, each tallying two hits and two RBI. Sean Ford and Matt Murray each had two hits and one RBI, while Evan Vulgamore and Hunter Berke added a hit and two RBI apiece. Sam Morrow chipped in two hits. Nate Corriveau pitched four innings for Bow, allowing just one hit and striking out two before Lambert took the mound for two innings of relief.

Drew Kalil threw three strong innings for the Green Giants, but fatigue forced him out in the fourth. Jourdain Bell hit a double and played a solid game defensively at center field, including a superb throw to catch a runner at third base. Thomas Pelchat recorded a double and a single to lead the Green Giants from the plate.

Belmont 13, Franklin 4

The Red Raiders (1-1) dominated at the plate with 14 hits, and Ryan Pluskis allowed only one hit and one earned run while striking out eight in five innings.

Angelo Palmer went 3-for-3 with three RBI, three stolen bases and two runs scored for Belmont. Bret Spaulding went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored, while Garrett Gilbert went 2-for-2 with one RBI and two runs scored. Jason Taylor (1-for-4, four stolen bases, two runs scored, two RBI), Cole Padula (2-for-2, two runs scored), Kaleb Brace (one hit, two walks two runs scored, two stolen bases) and Bryan McLelland (1-for-1, two RBI) all contributed to Belmont’s offensive production.

Devin Basha went 1-for-2 with two runs scored for Franklin, while Jake Jameson went 1-for-3 with an RBI and Ryan French was 1-for-1 with a stolen base and great play in left field.

Gilford 9,
Winnisquam 5, 9 innings

Ben Wentworth (2-for-3, one run scored, two RBI) recorded a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to drive in the tying run, making the score 3-3 which would hold up through the end of the seventh inning. Wentworth kept the game alive again with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game at five, but the Bears (0-2) allowed two walks and committed three errors in the ninth inning leading to four unearned Gilford runs that sealed the victory.

Curtis Archibald hit a double and scored two runs for the Red Raiders (1-1), while Parker Normand hit a double and Caleb Hutchins pitched well in relief.

Fall Mountain 9,
Hillsboro-Deering 6

The Hillcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings in their season opener at Fall Mountain, but the Wildcats came back with four in the bottom of the second and four more in the fourth to take charge.

Danny Egner, Andrew Roberge and Brett Bennett each had two hits for H-D, while Dan Kulbacki, Max Parenteau and Troy Girard had one hit apiece.

Robert Armstrong pitched all six innings for the Hillcats, giving up five hits and five walks.


Concord 5,
Manchester Memorial 4

The Crimson Tide was missing its top player (Greg Cistulli, out sick), but found other ways to earn the win at home and stay undefeated (5-0).

Liam Healy moved into the top six for the day and faced instant pressure in his first ever varsity action. Concord was down 3-2 with Healy in the last singles match, and he came through with an 8-5 win at No. 6 to tie it 3-3 heading into doubles. Thomas Bengtson (9-1 at No. 3) and Josh Pifer (8-3 at No. 4) had the other singles wins for the Tide.

Bengtson, who had an outstanding day, then teamed with Mattias Lambert for an 8-0 win at third doubles. Evan Hewey and Pifer, Concord’s regular second doubles team, came up with an 8-5 win at first doubles to seal the team victory.

Bishop Brady 5, Coe-Brown 4

The match was tied after singles, and when Coe-Brown claimed a tiebreaker win at first doubles, the team score was level at 4-4 with everything riding on the third doubles contest, which happened to be knotted at 6-6. Brady’s Logan Sigua and Thomas MacMullin broke all the ties by winning the next two games for an 8-6 decision to give the Giants (3-2) the win.

Sigua, a sophomore, also earned an 8-6 win at No. 5 singles for the Giants while MacMullin, a freshman, claimed an 8-2 win at No. 6 singles. Brady’s other singles point came from No. 3 Brendan Bryck (8-1). For Coe-Brown (2-2), No. 1 Jakob Zylak (8-2), No. 2 Alex Wimsat (9-8) and No. 4 Jessie Cole (8-2) all won.

Brady’s Bryck and Nick Vermette were down 2-6 at second doubles, but came back for an 8-6 win to give the Giants a 4-3 team lead. Coe-Brown’s Zylak and Wimsat leveled the match with a clutch 9-8 (7-5) tiebreaker win at first doubles over Revanth Damerla and Jack Bryck, setting the stage for the decisive third doubles win from Brady’s Sigua and MacMullin.

Hollis-Brookline 5, Pembroke 4

Pembroke came up just short in its season opener, taking two singles and two doubles matches against Hollis-Brookline (2-1).

Alex Chea (8-5 at No. 2) and Kyle Haas (8-4 at No. 5) picked up singles wins in their first high school matches, and came away with doubles wins, as well. Chea teamed with Joe Caraway for an 8-4 win at No. 2, and Haas paired with Sam Yeaton for an 8-6 win on the third court.

Pembroke’s top doubles team of Andrew Goulet and Andrew Boddie dropped an 8-4 decision. Goulet battled in an 8-5 loss at first singles, Caraway fell, 8-3, at No. 2, Boddie lost 8-0 at No. 4, and Yeaton came up short, 8-4, at No. 6.

Kearsarge 7, Pelham 1

The Cougars (1-3) made a strong showing against shorthanded Pelham, which only had five players at the match.

The respective singles winners for Kearsarge at the one through five positions were Karver Bosela (8-4), Vincente Metrano (8-4), Tim Berube (8-0), Nate Horn (8-1), and Jack Van Etten (8-0). Kearsarge picked up a win at No. 6 due to forfeit. The No. 1 double’s team of Bosela and Metrano won, 8-6.

Bow 7, Wilton-Lyndeborough 2

The Falcons (4-0) swept singles play, with 8-0 victories from No. 1 Zach Zbehlik, No. 2 Evan Maccani, No. 3 Arun Luckoor and No. 5 Tim Bradley. No. 4 Harrison Beck won his match, 8-2, while No. 6 Ben Maurer recorded an 8-3 win.

The No. 1 doubles team of Maccani and Beck won, 8-5.


Bishop Brady 6, Coe-Brown

Brady senior Maddie Moran pulled out a tough 8-6 win at No. 1 singles against Coe-Brown’s Noey Struthers to lead the Green Giants to the road win. No. 2 Katie MacMullin (8-3), No. 3 Shelby Herrington (8-1) and No. 5 Mikayla Clarke (8-3) also earned singles wins for Brady. Coe-Brown kept things close with an 8-2 win at No. 4 from Kate Forsythe and an 8-3 win at No. 6 from Bianca Ketenci.

The Giants closed out the match with doubles wins from Moran and Herrington (8-1 at first doubles) and MacMullin and Caroline Urbanek (8-2 at second doubles). Coe-Brown’s Ketenci, a sophomore, earned her second win of the day when she teamed with Emily Blad for an 8-4 decision at third doubles.

Pelham 9, Kearsarge 0

Kearsarge fell to 0-4 with the loss at Pelham. The Pythons imporved to 1-3. Kearsarge’s Sabrina Duquette played well at No. 3 singles, but eventually fell in a tiebrekaer, 9-8.


Souhegan 3, John Stark 0

The Sabers swept John Stark (1-1), winning 25-18, 25-20, and 25-14.

Simon Becka recorded the Generals only ace and tallied 14 assists. Carson Dunn had three blocks and five kills, while Ryan Comagna had four kills and 10 digs.


Hillsboro-Deering girls first, boys third

The Hillcats fared well in a seven-team meet at Moultonborough on Tuesday. The girls team was victorious, knocking off Berlin by a single point.

Katie White placed in all the throwing events, winning shot put, while also finishing third in the javelin and fourth in the discus. Hannah Pepper also did well in the throwing events, finishing third in the discus. Morgan Winters and Breahna Savoy finished second and third, respectively, in the 200 meters. Dominique Vaillancourt scored points on both the track and the field with third-place finishes in high jump and 800.

Both relay teams finished in second with Brianna Cebollero, Savoy, Winters and Brittany Croatti running on the 4x100 team and Vaillancourt, Winters, Hannah Murdough and Savoy comprising the 4x400 relay.

The Hillcat boys finished in third behind Berlin and Newmarket. H-D did well in the sprints, with Austin Misiaszek winning the 100, ahead of teammate Shea Coleman in second. Viktor Montanez claimed the 200 win. Tyler Merrill (shot put), Tristan Brooks (javelin) and Dominic Downs (300 hurdles) all had third-place finishes.

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