High school girls: MV softball wins to keep hopes for home playoff game alive
It’s an outside shot, but it’s a shot nonetheless.
With yesterday’s 12-7 victory over Pembroke, the Merrimack Valley softball team kept alive its hopes for a first-round home game in next week’s Division II playoffs.
The Pride, at 7-7, is currently a game out of the top eight. With wins in its final two games and a bit of help from the teams above it in the standings, MV could ensure itself one more game in Penacook. Pembroke, meanwhile, is now 6-9 and will be on the road in the first round.
Yesterday’s matchup was a game of momentum swings. MV jumped to a 6-0 lead early, sparked by a three-run homer in the second inning from Erin Frost. But Pembroke stormed back to tie the game with a six-run fifth.
Marissa Kibbee blasted a grand slam to dead center to pull the Spartans within two at 6-4, then Hannah Mitchell stroked a two-run double to tie the game.
MV wasted no time in regaining the lead, scoring twice in the top of the sixth. Frost (3-for-5) got things started with a single, then after two outs, Kaitlyn Hill walked. Maggie Carey delivered an RBI single for the go-ahead run and the second run came in on an overthrow at second.
“It was a little scary, the way it was going,” MV Coach Sam York said of his team’s tentative 8-6 lead.
Pembroke grabbed one back in the home half of the inning on an RBI single from Kibbee, before MV pulled away with a four-spot in the final inning. Rachel Demers (3-for-4, RBI) singled, was sacrificed to second and took third on a single by Brooke Ellis (2-for-4). A Brittany Fisher (2-for-4) walk loaded the bases and when Pembroke bobbled Lindsay Balch’s grounder to second, one run scored. Hill then ripped a bases-clearing triple for the final score.
Starting pitcher Kerry Fedion earned the win, yielding six earned runs on five hits, seven walks and a strikeout. Frost picked up the save, allowing one run on one hit in the over the final two innings.
John Stark 10, hanover 0
John Stark 9, Hanover 2
The Generals swept a doubleheader yesterday, improving their record to 10-4.
Lyndsey Turner fired a no-hitter in the first game, striking out 16 and walking none. Maddie Jenelle went 3-for-5 with an RBI, while Jillian Kilar and Kendall Keim drove in two runs apiece. Jackie Kilar and Carly Cook each picked up two hits and an RBI.
Turner (four innings, two strikeouts, no runs) and Jenelle (three innings, two walks, two hits, two runs) split the duties in the circle in the second game. Jackie Kilar led the way at the plate with three hits and an RBI, Sarah Lyons went 2-for-2 with an RBI and Carly Cook had a hit and an RBI.
Hopkinton 21, Kearsarge 5
McKayla Reale earned the win in her first varsity pitching action of the season, scattering six hits and yielding five earned runs; she struck out four in the mercy-rule shortened game.
Hopkinton’s infield came up with a pair of double plays, with second baseman Kelly Scammon in the midst of both of them, to back Reale.
The Hawks (12-3) scored more than two runs in each inning, including five runs in the first and third and six in the fourth. Maddy Bergethon (3-for-4 with a triple, three runs, four RBI), Scammon (3-for-4 with a triple, four runs, two RBI) and Kay Andrew (3-for-3, run, RBI) paced the offense, while Sloane White added a deep home run over the fence in left and Sarah Ewing scored five runs.
Samantha Dow (2-for-3, run), Brianna Critch (run) and Victoria Botana (home run) led the offense for the Cougars (3-12).
Farmington 2, Belmont 1
Farmington (9-7) put a damper on Belmont’s senior day, scoring the eventual winning run in the sixth inning.
Rain forced a brief delay to the start of the game, then the Tigers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first. Belmont (8-7) rallied to tie it an inning later on back-to-back singles by Cassie Contigiani and Mary Kate Russo (one of two seniors, along with Megan Bailey).
Contigiani finished with two hits, two stolen bases and a run.
Franklin 9, Bishop Brady 7
Trailing 7-3 heading into its final at-bats, Franklin (9-5) pushed six runs across in the seventh to topple Bishop Brady (5-9).
Pinch hitter Kim Gerlarneau started the rally with a single and scored on a triple by Lexi Colpack. Mariah Gauthier plated Colpack with a single, then, after an out, scored on a double by Hailey Haskins. A Shelby single put runners at the corners for Rachel Capri, whose single scored Haskins to tie the game. After the second out – Joyce was called out at third for incidental contact with the base coach – Lauren Hennessy singled home Capri with the go-ahead run, then Kelsey Bird doubled to score Hennessy with the insurance run.
Haskins, who came on in relief of Bird in the sixth, induced three infield grounders in the seventh to nail down the victory.
Colpack powered the Tornadoes’ 14-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and three runs. Gauthier, Hennessy and Joyce each had two hits. Gauthier, in center field, and Colpack, at shortstop, anchored a strong defensive performance.
Emily Santis hit a two-run triple and a two-run double for Brady.
Raymond 16, Bow 4
The Falcons (1-13) scored two runs in the top of the first, but couldn’t keep the Rams from running away with the victory.
Kelsie Flynn (2-for-3, double, run) and Maddie Palisi (2-for-3, two RBI) led the way at the plate for Bow, while Delaney Corthell went 1-for-3 with an RBI and Miki Dowd played well on defense.
Stevens 15, Hillsboro-Deering 0
Stevens pitcher Tori Maslon shut out the Hillcats (5-10) on four hits, striking out seven, as the Cardinals ended the game after five innings.
Stevens took advantage of eight Hillcat walks and collected six hits to score in every inning.
Alysa Bailey, Brianna Gretchen, Makayla Savoy and Emma Moore had the H-D hits.
Winnisquam 14, Laconia 3
The Bears (12-4) took care of business early with an eight-run first inning and rolled from there.
Allie Trowsdale allowed seven hits and three runs while striking out eight in seven innings, and also went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI at the plate. Marissa DeBlasie went 2-for-2 with an RBI double and two runs, and Alyssa Clogston went 2-for-4 with three RBI while scoring twice.
Nute 21, Pittsfield 7
The Panthers (0-15) held a 2-0 lead after the top of the first and were within striking distance at 6-4 going into the bottom of the third, but the Nute bats buried Pittsfield with eight runs in the third and seven in the fourth.
Stefani Gauthier went 4-for-4 with two runs, Chantelle Bartlett went 3-for-4 and Katie Small had a two-run home run and three RBI to lead the Panthers at the plate.
Concord 18, Nashua South 4
Concord (4-11) didn’t beat the rain, playing in a downpour, but it certainly beat South (1-16), getting goals from nine players to keep its playoff hopes alive.
The Tide needs to win at least one of its final two games – against Salem and Exeter – and possibly both to gain the eighth and final playoff berth.
Adelaide Symmes scored four goals and Delana Erickson added three to pace the attack. Grace Orzechowski, Steph Resnick, Becca Proulx and Tori Pelletier notched two goals apiece, and Molly Waite, Melissa Harper and Sarah Ek added one each.
“The whole team played well together,” Concord Coach Steph Johnson said. “They all played hard and everyone made an impact on the field.”
Merrimack Valley 19, Belmont 6
Merrimack Valley (1-12) sent its seniors out in style, picking up its first win on senior night by avenging a one-goal loss to Belmont (1-10) from earlier this season.
Hannah John scored five goals and Lily Davis added four to ignite the Pride offense, while Raquel Gelinas, Madyn Kenney, Isabel Hoyt, Sydney Rollins, Bekah Stearns, Karra Hebert and Haley Puntin also found the back of the net. MV Coach Anna Devylder praised her entire team for a great effort.
Derryfield 15, John Stark 4
The Generals (10-2) dropped just their second game of the season, falling to undefeated Derryfield (14-0).
The Generals trailed, 7-2, at halftime, before responding with two more goals in the second half. Casey Poirier (two goals), Danielle Galli and Emily Edwards (one each) provided the offense for John Stark, while Clarissa Foote (12 saves) anchored them in net.