High Schools: Pitching-rich MV tops Coe-Brown, 9-2
Scott Schofield of Merrimack Valley goes for the ball as Sean Simoneau of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy gets on second base; Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
Andrew Langdon of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy charges to tag Brooks Kimball of Merrimack Valley; Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
For the seventh time this season, a Pride starter took the mound. And for the seventh time this season, the starter went the distance.
This time it was senior Cody Barton’s turn, but this victory was especially sweet. Barton pitched his second complete game of the season yesterday and drove home the game-winning run to lead the Merrimack Valley baseball team (6-1) to a 9-2 victory over Coe-Brown (3-5).
The win avenged the Pride’s only loss of the season, a heartbreaking 1-0 setback on opening day, when Coe-Brown’s Brennan Riley threw a no-hitter and David Drouin took the loss despite tossing a two-hitter.
The bats were more active in this game, as the Bears connected for four hits and two runs in the first inning, but Barton allowed only three hits the rest of game while striking out four.
“It’s all about the pitching for us right now,” MV Coach Sean Wheeler said.
Through seven games, the Pride’s starters (Drouin, Brooks Kimball, Riley Linehan and Barton) have a combined ERA of 1.00 and have allowed only 14 walks and 26 hits in 49 innings of work. The pitching staff has also combined for 54 strikeouts, with 34 coming from ace Drouin (he has also pitched three complete games).
Despite the lopsided score, the game was tied 2-2 until the fifth inning. Shortstop Brady Wentworth walked with one out and was followed by a fly ball for the second out. But Drouin singled to put runners on first and second before a Barton double to right-center brought Wentworth and Drouin home to put the Pride up, 4-2.
The Bears wouldn’t go down without a fight, and in the bottom half of the fifth Barton’s heroics were needed again. With the Bears hitting well and the Pride not having a clean game defensively (three errors), Coe-Brown landed the potential tying run on base. However, Barton pitched his way out of the jam, forcing a popout to end the rally.
“Coe-Brown did a great job responding when they needed to,” Wheeler said. “They did a great job putting the ball in play.”
MV scored three insurance runs in the sixth and plated two more in the seventh to seal the win. Second baseman Scott Schofield (2-for-4, two RBI) and right fielder Jake Landry (2-for-4, two runs) hit well, as did Drouin (1-for-2, two RBI, three walks).
The next test for the Pride pitching staff will be a home game tomorrow against Kennett.
Pembroke 11, Hanover 0
The Spartans (6-2) offense woke up in the fourth inning, scoring three runs and never looking back to beat Hanover (4-3). Pembroke added five runs in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Shane St. Onge threw a one-hitter, recording eight strikeouts and one walk. St. Onge also went 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI. Chris Gauss went 2-for-3 with a double, three runs and two RBI, and Seth Gonya went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and three RBI. Autrey Gates also chipped in, going 2-for-4 with a double, a run, an RBI and a stolen base. Jacob Bjornberg also connected for a hit.
Souhegan 17, John Stark 0
John Stark (1-5) struggled in a tough loss on the road to Souhegan (3-5).
Jeff Taylor and Ryan Thompson had the hits for the Generals, while Sean Doherty had a strong game at second base and pitcher Alex Morse battled in relief.
Bow 6, Hopkinton 2
The Falcons (6-1) won their third straight game after scoring four runs in the top of the seventh to break a 2-2 tie. Bow hit four straight singles with two outs to break the game open.
Starting pitcher Collin Paraskeva had hit a timely two-out single in the sixth to get Hopkinton (2-5) tied back up before the Falcons rallied in the seventh.
Nate Corriveau got the tie-breaking RBI for Bow in the seventh, followed by Hunter Berke, Matt Murray and Tyler Lambert with base hits.
Sam Morrow threw 5 1∕3 innings for Bow, giving up one run, while Corriveau earned the win after 1 2∕3 innings of work. Corriveau and Chandler Ives both came through with two hits, while Murray (two RBI) and Lambert combined to go 4-for-4 after coming off the bench.
Paraskeva started for the Hawks, throwing 4 2∕3 innings of three-hit ball, and Riley McNicholas relieved him for the rest of the game. Evan O’Keeffe added a base hit, steal and a run for the Hawks, who had other opportunities to score but couldn’t get enough clutch hits.
Belmont 15, Franklin 5
Belmont improved to 2-5, ending the game in the sixth inning to beat Franklin (1-7) for the second time.
The Raiders scored eight times in the third inning to take control.
Alex Turner had a two-run single in the third to pull Franklin within 10-4, but that was as close as the Tornadoes could get. Brandon Gagnon walked, stole two bases and tripled, and Craig Lebrun walked twice, scored a run and knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Bishop Brady 5
The Hillcats came to Concord hungry for their first win, scoring nine runs in the top of the first and never looking back.
H-D (1-5) sent 13 men to the plate in the first and used six hits, two walks, an error and a hit batter to score its nine. The Green Giants (2-6) came back with one in the second and four in the third to make it 9-5, but the Hillcats tacked on three in the fifth and one in the seventh.
Dan Kulbacki (4-for-4, four RBI), Andrew Roberge (2-for-4, four RBI), Robert Armstrong (2-for-4) and Max Parenteau (2-for-4) led the H-D offense. Armstrong also pitched a complete game for the Hillcats, striking out six, walking four and giving up six hits.
Brady’s J.P. Nemcovich went 2-for-4 with a two-run triple in the third to bring the Giants back in the game. Casey Anderson also had a two-run single in the third and Kyle Jalbert went 2-for-4. Drew Kalil pitched well in relief, throwing five innings and giving up two earned runs.
Winnisquam 18, Prospect Mtn. 6
Dom DeBlasie (4-for-5, six RBI, three runs) had a two-run single in each of the first three innings and earned the pitching win in this five-inning game.
DeBlasie got plenty of help offensively from Tucker Normand (2-for-3, three runs), Parker Normand (2-for-5, run, RBI), Caleb Hutchins (2-for-2, two RBI, run, two walks), Rob Goddell (1-for-2, two RBI, run) and John Montalto (1-for-2, two runs, two RBI). Winnisquam moves to 6-2 with the win while Prospect Mountain drops to 3-4.
Pittsfield 10, Derryfield 0
Kris Perkins struck out 13 in just five innings as the Panthers (6-2) wrapped up the game by scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth to invoke the 10-run rule.
Perkins allowed just three hits and a walk to the Cougars (4-3), who entered on a three-game winning streak.
Chris Farr led the offense, going 3-for-3, including a two-run homer, with two runs and four RBI. Keith Duclos went 2-for-3.
Nashua North 3
Concord (6-1) combined 14 hits with seven walks and three Nashua errors to bounce back from its first defeat with a solid win over North (1-8).
Annie Mullen was the sparkplug at the top of the order, going 2-for-4 with a walk, three steals and three runs. Katie Kennard was 3-for-4 with four RBI, Amy Morin hit two doubles, and Jess Carroll was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Cassidy Emerson (two RBI), Kelsey Bisson (RBI), Rachel Stevenson, Deb Morrill (two runs, two steals) and Dani Morrill (double) also had hits for the Tide, and Delanie Pickering reached safely four times.
Kaitlyn Kelleher worked the first five innings for the win, yielding three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two. Dani Morrill closed with two innings of one-hit ball, striking out two.
Coe-Brown 13, MV 1
The Bears (7-1) pounded out 20 hits on their way to a five-inning rout of Merrimack Valley, with the big inning an eight-run third that made it 11-0.
Kianna Daudelin was a two-way star for Coe-Brown, pitching five innings of three-hit ball with six strikeouts and going 4-for-4 with three RBI at the plate.
Amanda Riley (2-for-4, two RBI), Shannon Burke (2-for-3, RBI) and Emily Thurston (2-for-3, RBI) added to the attack.
MV (2-4) scored its run in the fourth on an RBI triple by Rebekka Donovan.
Pembroke 10, Hanover 2
Pembroke (5-3) started slowly on the road, but the bats came alive to beat Hanover (0-6).
Hannah Seidner kept the Marauders at bay, scattering five hits for one earned run. She struck out eight and walked none. Seidner also came through at the plate, going 2-for-4 and scoring three runs. Amanda Clement (2-for-2), Rachel Carignan (3-for-3, three RBI) and Marissa Kibbee (1-for-3, RBI) also helped power the offense, while Madison Pellerin was solid behind the plate.
Souhegan 7, John Stark 6
The hard-luck Generals (2-5) suffered their fourth one-run defeat of the season with the loss at Souhegan (5-4).
Jackie Kilar went 2-for-2 with two RBI and Carly Cook was 2-for-4 with a triple for Stark.
Hopkinton 7, Bow 6, 10 inn.
Bow led 5-0 early and took the lead in the top of the 10th, but Hopkinton rallied from both deficits to improve to 5-2 and drop the Falcons to 3-3.
Bow pushed across the go-ahead run in the 10th on a misplayed bunt and a hard single. Then in the home half of the inning, Hopkinton’s freshmen came through. Kasey Smith dropped down a bunt single and Caroline Flood lined a single that got past the right fielder, allowing Smith to come across with the tying run while Flood advanced to third. Two batters later, Sloane White delivered an opposite-field single to plate Flood with the winning run.
The Falcons scored in three of the first four innings for a 5-0 lead, but Hopkinton got one back in the fourth and tied it with four in the fifth.
Maddy Bergethon (2-for-5, triple, run, RBI), Emily Bogart (2-for-4, RBI), Sarah Ewing (SAC fly) and Becca Shatney (safety squeeze to score a run) also sparked the Hopkinton offense. Shatney seemed to get stronger as the game went on, going the distance in the circle. She allowed five earned runs on 13 hits, walking four and striking out six.
Kylie Iasillo was at the center of the Bow offense, going 4-for-5 with five RBI. Miki Dowd (3-for-5, walk, two runs) and Amy Zahensky (two hits) also had good days at the plate. Iasillo went the distance in the circle, striking out 16 while allowing five earned runs on 10 hits and six walks. She was backed by strong defense from Dowd, who made a stellar running catch of a deep drive from Shatney.
Bishop Brady 3, H-D 2
After Hillsboro-Deering (2-5) rallied to take the lead in the top of the sixth inning, Brady answered back in the bottom of the seventh to improve to 3-5.
Hannah Blandini reached on an infield single to start the winning rally and moved up a base on a two-strike sacrifice bunt by Kristina Andrewski. Meghan Kissinger then reached on an infield error, setting the stage for Emma Olson’s full-count, two-run double to left-center for the walk-off win.
Andrewski scored the game’s first run, drawing a leadoff walk in the fifth, moving up on a single and a sacrifice and scoring on a fielder’s choice. Kissinger and Cammie Marchand each had two hits for the Giants, while Kissinger earned the win, scattering five hits with six strikeouts, three walks and a hit batter.
Jenna Rheault went 2-for-3 and plated both Leah Rheault and Brittany Perez with a sixth-inning single. Jocelyn Butler, Erin Delacy, Perez and Leah Rheault also had hits, and Alyssa Bailey threw well for the Hillcats, scattering six hits while striking out four.
Franklin 2, Belmont 0
With Franklin (7-1) struggling offensively, Kelsey Bird shut down Belmont on four hits (three of them infield hits), striking out 13 to earn the shutout.
Franklin scored the only run it needed in the first when Lexi Colpack drew a leadoff walk and eventually came in on a fielder’s choice by Bird. Shelby Joyce walked and later scored on a sacrifice by Kat Styles for an insurance run in the sixth.
Belmont threatened in the fifth when Meghan Prescott (two hits) and Mary Kate Russo had back-to-back singles, but Bird struck out the next two batters to escape the jam. The Tornadoes also received strong defensive play from second baseman Lauren Hennessy, third baseman Kaitlyn Brace and left fielder Rikki French.
Prescott pitched a gem for Belmont (3-4), allowing just two hits (by Rachel Capri and Jill Roberts), while striking out five and walking four.
Prospect Mountain 3,
Marissa DeBlasie pitched a complete game for the Bears (2-7), but Prospect Mountain (3-3) made its only runs count to pull out the win. DeBlasie had six strikeouts and a walk in the losing effort, giving up two hits and an earned run while facing only four batters over the minimum, as the Timberwolves made sure to bring home the few runners they managed to get on base.
Rachel Willcutt (2-for-3) and Alyssa Clogston (1-for-3) led the Bears on offense.
Pittsfield 14, Derryfield 1
The Panthers (6-2) jumped all over Derryfield (0-6), scoring four runs in the first inning before adding two in the second, one in the third, seven in the fourth and one more in the fifth to end it early.
Katelynn Hunt was feeling under the weather but still managed to pitch the complete game, giving up only three hits and striking out eight. Hunt also went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Bekah Adams was 3-for-4 with a double, four RBI, two runs and two stolen bases. Rachel Thompson made her first varsity start and had a disciplined at-bat, drawing a walk after falling behind in the count.
Hopkinton 11, MV 1
A strong defensive effort from Callie Chase, Grace Givens, Lana Wando and goalie Tessa Garlow helped Hopkinton (6-2) shut down Merrimack Valley (2-5).
Abby Lui led the Hawks offense with two goals and three assists, Caroline Sweny, Elizabeth Hancock and Becca Thomson each scored twice, and Hannah Basset, Sierra Schuster and Alexandra Flood also scored. Meg Hemmerlein controlled the midfield and added an assist.
Rebekah Stearns scored the lone Pride goal with an assist from Sydney Rollins, while goalie Maddy Jaquith and the defense played well.
Bishop Brady 16, Pembroke 15
The Green Giants (5-2) started off strong, taking a 6-1 lead in the first half before Pembroke (2-5) rallied its way back in the game. The Spartans pulled the deficit back to just three goals, down 11-8 at halftime.
Bishop Brady’s defense stepped in, especially in stopping Pembroke fast breaks, to hold onto the lead. The score stood at 16-14 for most of the latter part of the second half before the Spartans scored with a minute left to pull even closer, but the Giants held on.
Sarah Thomas led Brady with five goals, followed by Jill Thomas (four goals) and Bekka Sansouci (three). Sammie DeMaria added a goal and led an excellent defensive effort, while defensive middie Stephanie Snow was all over the field for Brady.
Madison Cote led the Spartans with five goals.
Kearsarge 17, Con-Val 3
Kearsarge (6-0) fell behind 3-1 in the first eight minutes under the lights at Con-Val (0-7), but stormed back to score 16 unanswered goals.
Haley Brook played an exceptional game, according to Coach Scott Slogic, scoring twice and assisting on three others. Libby Brooks and Caitlin Anderson each notched five goals, with Gemma Bready adding three goals with one assist, and freshman Anna Stowell adding two goals.
Lebanon 14, John Stark 12
The Generals (2-3) had a two-goal lead with six minutes left, but the Raiders (4-2) took advantage of some friendly bounces, a few mistakes and some good shooting to pull out the win.
Sam Valcourt (five goals, two assists), Gianna Pezzulo (four goals, two assists), Casey Poirier (two goals), Danielle Galli (goal, assist) and Lizzy Brandt (two assists) all contributed to the Stark offense.
Concord 7, Timberlane 2
The Crimson Tide used three comeback wins to improve to 10-1 and hand Timberlane (7-1) its first loss. No. 4 Thomas Bengtson was down 5-6 before winning 8-6, No. 5 Josh Pifer came back from a 5-7 deficit for a 9-7 win, and the third doubles team of Bengtson and Mattias Lambert was down 5-7 before claiming a 9-8 (7-4) win.
Concord’s other points came from No. 1 Greg Cistulli (8-1), No. 2 Justin Toler (8-6), No. 6 Lambert (8-1), and Cistulli and Toler at first doubles, 8-3. The Tide hosts Exeter, another unbeaten team, on Monday.
Coe-Brown 9, Trinity 0
The Bears rolled to victory to pull within a game of .500 at 4-5. The Pioneers fell to 1-5.
Singles winners for Coe-Brown were No. 1 Jakob Zylak (8-1), No. 2 Alex Wimsatt (8-0), No. 3 Simon Wallace (8-3), No. 4 Jessie Cole (8-6), No. 5 Garrett Kunz (8-1) and No. 6 Connor Bell (8-0).
In doubles, Zylak and Winsatt won, 8-2, at No. 1, Jeremy Fenerty and Brian Gordon were 8-2 winners at No. 2, and Jared Carlson and Connor Pevear cruised to an 8-1 win at No. 3.
Souhegan 5, Bishop Brady 4
The scores were close in almost every match, it was tied 3-3 after singles, and things came down to the last doubles contest, but the Green Giants came up just short.
“It really couldn’t have been more evenly matched,” Brady Coach Rick Skarinka said.
No. 2 Jack Bryck was down 1-3, battled back to tie things at 7-7, and then pulled out a 9-7 win. No. 3 Brendan Bryck also found himself down early (2-5), but came all the way back for a 9-8 (7-3) win. Brady’s other singles point came in the most lopsided match of the day as No. 5 Logan Sigua won, 8-2.
Souhegan (6-1) claimed the first doubles point, but the Green Giants knotted the team score at 4-4 with an 8-4 win at third doubles from Sigua and Thomas MacMullin. Brady’s first doubles team of Revanth Damerla and Jack Bryck went down 1-4 to start, fought back to make it 4-4, but eventually lost, 8-6.
Hanover 9, Pembroke 0
The Spartans (3-5) were swept by undefeated Hanover (8-0).
Alex Chea and Sam Yeaton lost, 8-3, at No. 3 and No. 6 singles, and lost, 8-4, at No. 3 doubles in the closest matches.
Bow 9, Laconia 0
Bow (7-0) didn’t give up a single game in singles en route to a sweep of Laconia (0-8).
Evan Maccani, Zach Zbehlik, Harrison Beck and Tim Bradley each won 8-0 on courts 1-4, respectively, while Ben Maurer and Nate Louf won by default.
In doubles, Louf and Maurer at No. 1, and John Gibbens and David Andersen-Nelson at No. 2 each won, 8-4, and the Falcons picked up a default win at No. 3.
Profile 7, Kearsarge 2
Tim Berube earned an 8-6 win at No. 3 and Drake Van Kannewurff won 8-6 at No. 6, but those were the only points for Kearsarge (2-7) against defending champion Profile (7-2).
“They’re a deep, well-coached team,” Kearsarge Coach Peter Bianchi said of the Patriots.
Concord 6, Timberlane 3
The Crimson Tide (4-8) broke a four-match losing streak with a road win over Timberlane (3-5).
It was a great day for the lower half of the ladder, as Concord was missing its usual No. 4 singles player, which brought out the best in Irene Ireme (who assumed the No. 4 slot) and Mackenzie Boffinger at No. 6. Ireme won her singles match, 8-2, and Boffinger won hers, 8-4, before the two combined in the No. 3 doubles slot for an 8-0 victory.
Also winning for the Tide were No. 1 Gabriella Killinger (8-0) and No. 2 Emily Zimnoski (9-7). The No. 2 doubles duo of Meagan Olive/Kristine Peterson clinched the win for Concord with an 8-2 victory.
Bishop Brady 9, Souhegan 0
The Green Giants (8-2) won their third straight with a home victory over Souhegan (5-3), which had its own four-game win streak snapped.
Sweeping down the ladder for the singles matches were No. 1 Maddy Moran (8-2), No. 2 Shelby Herrington (8-6), No. 3 Katie MacMullin (8-5), No. 4 Caroline Urbanek (8-2), No. 5 Mikayla Clarke (8-3) and No. 6 Lynn Yoon (8-1).
The doubles pairings also swept, with the No. 1 team of Moran/Herrington (8-1), the No. 2 duo of MacMullin/Urbanek (8-6) and the No. 3 group of Clarke/Yoon (8-5) all victorious.
Coe-Brown 5, Trinity 4
The No. 3 doubles team of Bianca Ketenci and Sophie Wensberg clinched a tight win for the Bears (6-4) with an 8-3 victory, giving Coe-Brown its third straight win. Trinity (5-3) had its three-game winning streak snapped.
No. 1 Shannon Ketenci won her match in a tiebreak, 9-8 (7-3), while No. 3 Kate Forsythe (8-0) and Bianca Ketenci (8-2) were the Bears’ other singles winners. In doubles, Emily Blad/Forsythe won, 8-6, before the No. 3 team won the deciding match.
Bow 9, Inter-Lakes 0
The Falcons (7-0) remained perfect after their second straight 9-0 victory over Inter-Lakes (1-7).
No. 1 singles Sunday Swett and No. 2 Nisha Naik both swept their matches, 8-0, to lead the Falcons, while No. 3 Jess Torres (8-3), No. 4 Laura Zbehlik (8-1), No. 5 Kristie Smith (8-3) and No. 6 Alex Lust (8-1) all came away winners.
The doubles action was just as successful, with No. 1 Swett/Naik (8-0), No. 2 Torres/Smith (8-0) and No. 3 Lust/Zbehlik (8-1) dropping only a single game between them.
∎ Bow also got a 9-0 sweep of winless Laconia (0-7) on Tuesday. The Sachems only had four singles players to run out, giving Bow a walk-over for two singles matches and a doubles match, and the Falcons were able to win all four singles and both doubles matches to clinch the sweep.
Profile 9, Kearsarge 0
The Cougars (1-6) had a tough day out against undefeated Profile (7-0), which has won all but one of its matches 9-0 this season.
John Stark 3, Hollis-Brookline 2
John Stark (6-1) rallied back after dropping the first two sets to beat the Cavaliers (3-3), 19-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-9.
Setters Simon Becka (21 assists, two aces) and Serge Boucher (17 assists, four aces) ran the offense for the Generals, with strong net play from hitters Ryan Compagna (10 kills, one ace), Zach Grattan (eight kills, six blocks), Brandon Dugay (five kills) and Carson Dunn (13 kills, two blocks). Dugay (22 digs) and Ian Franco (14 digs, one ace) sparked the defense.