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High Schools: Hopkinton opens defense of baseball title with 14-6 win over Brady

  • Kyle Jalbert of Bishop Brady hits the ball in their game against Hopkinton; Monday, April 9, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
  • Luke Greabe of Hopkinton slides into home as Tom Blandini of Bishop Brady makes an attempt to get him out; Monday, April 9, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

Liam McNicholas took control of the game from the mound and the plate, striking out seven batters in 4 1∕3 innings and driving in two runs on two hits to lead the Hopkinton High baseball team to a convincing 14-6 victory over Bishop Brady yesterday in its season opener.

The defending Division III champs got on the board first with three runs in the bottom of the second inning, but Brady fired back and tied the game in the top of the third. Five runs in the bottom of the third and two in the fourth gave the Hawks a comfortable 10-3 advantage.

The Green Giants managed to stay in contention by scoring three runs in the top of the fifth, but Hopkinton added three insurance runs in the home half of the inning and one more in the sixth.

McNicholas was one of eight players to tally at least one hit for Hopkinton, with Collin Paraskeva (two hits, two RBI), Harry Legier (two hits, one RBI) and Steve Auger (two hits, one RBI) leading the offensive charge. Luke Greabe walked three times and crossed the plate twice, while Evan O’Keeffe and Andrew Reale each had their first varsity hit. Andrew Clay picked up the save with two strikeouts in 2 2∕3 innings of relief.

Bishop Brady was led by Max Sokul, who tallied three hits and two RBI. Brendan Johnson had two hits and two RBI and played solid defense at shortstop. Casey Anderson chipped in two hits and one RBI for the Green Giants.

While both teams had strong showings at the plate, they each struggled defensively, committing six errors apiece.

“You could see it was the first game for everyone,” Hopkinton Coach Dave Chase said, describing the errors not as “routine” mistakes, but rather overly aggressive throws causing “singles that turned into doubles.”

For Bishop Brady Coach Skip Foy, the abundance of errors are a reflection of his team’s youth and inexperience. “We’re a young team, and this was our first time facing live pitching,” he said. “I chalk it up to it being the first time out for us.”

Nevertheless, Foy believes his players showed resilience and potential for improvement. “For a young team, we didn’t roll over. There were some positives.”

Chase was satisfied with the way his team played in its first game. “You can tell it’s early in the year,” he said, “but this was a good way to come out and start the season for us.”

BASEBALL

Concord 5, Trinity 3

The Crimson Tide’s opener was a dramatic one, as Concord rallied with a four-run seventh inning to steal a road win over the Pioneers.

Trinity took a 3-1 lead into the top of the seventh when the defending Division I champs went to work. Ben Bengtson led off with a single, and went to second on Cody Ferns’s one-out infield hit. After Braden Smith advanced the runners with a groundout to first, Mitch Hayes brought them both in to tie the game with a single up the middle.

Concord kept the rally going when Nate Mullen singled to right, and an error on Nate Strozewski’s deep fly ball to right scored Hayes to give the Tide the lead. Trinity’s second error of the inning, on a ball hit up the middle by John Dunn, scored Mullen for Concord’s final run.

Josh Partridge got the start and the win for Concord, fanning 11 in seven innings of work while allowing six hits. Alex Bashios went 2-for-4 for the Tide, while Hayes also had a sacrifice fly for three RBI on the day.

“The never-say-die attitude, coming back with four runs in the seventh, was huge,” Coach Scott Owen said. “It’s something we can build off of, a good way to start the season.”

Coe-Brown 5, St. Thomas 3

The Bears got the bats going when they needed them most, getting three of their five hits in the top of the seventh for a come-from-behind victory over St. Thomas.

Down 3-2 heading into the seventh, Ben Bailey reached on an error and Ethan Moreno singled to start the rally. Andrew Langdon brought Bailey home on a sacrifice fly to tie the game. Then McCormick Struthers singled and a Matt Cunningham drove home Struthers and Langdon for the winning and insurance runs.

Brennan Riley pitched five innings with nine strikeouts, while Andrew Lang fanned five of the seven batters he faced to earn the win in relief.

Pembroke 6, Sanborn 0

Pembroke got off to a good start behind a commanding performance from Autrey Gates on the mound. Gates went six innings, allowing two hits, no walks and no runs while striking out six.

The Spartans scattered five hits, including doubles by Chris Gauss and Brandon Bachelder, to produce six runs. Vinny Dustin, Mike Martinez and Seth Gonya all chipped in with a single apiece. Shane St. Onge scored two runs. The day was highlighted by Pembroke’s defense, which played error-free baseball while the Sanborn defense had five.

Prospect Mtn. 3, Belmont 1

Prospect Mountain scored single runs in each of the first two innings, and though Belmont pulled within a run in the fifth, the Raiders weren’t able to overtake the Timberwolves.

Belmont scored when Jason Taylor (2-for-3, two steals) lined a single to right, took second on a grounder, stole third and scored when the catcher overthrew the bag. Joey Levesque and Aaron McLelland each went 1-for-3 to add to the seven-hit attack. Bret Spaulding threw a complete game, scattering five hits to go with two walks, two hit batters and five strikeouts. Only two of the runs were earned.

Gilford 12, Franklin 1

Franklin lost a tough game to Gilford at home.

Craig Lebrun was 3-for-3 and Robert Ellis brought home the lone Golden Tornadoes run on a double. Jake Jameson played well at shortstop.

Winnisquam 3, White Mtns. 0

Austin Hunt struck out 11 batters and walked only one en route to a complete game shutout in what Winnisquam Coach Fred Caruso called “the best game of his career.”

Hunt also went 2-for-3 at the plate, scoring one run and drive in another. Dominic DeBlasie recorded the only other hit for the Bears. Winnisquam scored one run on a wild pitch and another on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch.

SOFTBALL

Coe-Brown 9, St. Thomas 5

The bats exploded for Coe-Brown early and often, with the Bears opening an 8-0 lead through four innings. Despite a late comeback effort by St. Thomas, the Bears held on for the victory.

Amanda Riley and Shannon Burke each went 2-for-4 with two RBI for Coe-Brown. Holly Donahue also went 2-for-4 with two doubles, and Jesse Ohrenberger went 2-for-4 with one RBI. Kianna Daudelin went the distance in the circle, striking out five. Daudelin also contributed offensively, blasting a solo home run.

Sanborn 6, Pembroke 3

The Spartans couldn’t get their bats going early enough as they dropped their opener to Sanborn. The Indians took a 5-1 lead early on before Pembroke’s offense picked up over the final two innings.

Katherine Arvanitis tripled and an Emma Gagnon double drove in two runs. The defense was led by Amanda Clement and Meghan Smith.

Hopkinton 10, Bishop Brady 0

Sophomore pitcher Becca Shatney was the star for the Hawks, pitching six innings of one-hit ball while striking out eight Brady batters. Shatney was supported by a strong defense that got two of Brady’s three baserunners (one hit, one walk, one error) out on double plays. Freshmen Lily Scammon and Kasey Smith helped turned the double plays. Shatney also contributed offensively, driving in three runs with a single and a sacrifice fly.

Emily Bogart (3-for-3, run, RBI), Sarah Ewing (2-for-2, triple, two runs, two RBI, reached base all four at-bats) and Courtney Benson (two hits) led the Hopkinton offense.

Franklin 3, Gilford 2, 10 inn.

Kim Gerlarneau came all the way around to score the winning run on a looping ball to short right field in the bottom of the 10th to give the Golden Tornadoes the opening day win.

Gerlarneau’s hit glanced off the glove the Gilford’s retreating second baseman and got past the right fielder. As Gerlarneau headed to third, the throw tipped off the glove of the third baseman and out of bounds, allowing the run to score.

The teams traded runs in the first, Franklin went up 2-1 in the fourth and Gilford tied it in the sixth to force extra innings.

Lexi Colpack went 4-for-4 with a run to lead Franklin, while Kelsey Bird earned the win, scattering seven hits and two walks while striking out nine in the complete game. In their varsity debuts, Lauren Hennessy made two outstanding stops at second and Shelby Joyce was excellent behind the plate.

White Mtns. 15, Winnisquam 4

Marissa DeBlaise (four innings) and Allie Trowsdale (three innings) threw well for Winnisquam, but a rash of errors led to 11 unearned runs.

Rachel Willcutt (double), Becky Rapoza (RBI) and Trowsdale each went 1-for-3 for the Bears.

BOYS’ TENNIS

Concord 5, Londonderry 4

After a tied score of 3-3 through singles, the Crimson Tide (4-0) won two of three doubles matches to hand defending champion Londonderry (2-1) its first loss in 20 matches as the Tide remained undefeated.

No. 1 Greg Cistuli (8-5), No. 5 Josh Pifer (9-8, 7-5) and No. 6 Mattias Lambert (8-4) all won close singles matches. Cistuli’s victory came at the expense of last year’s state singles runner-up Harrison Max. Pifer’s win was also pivotal as he fended off two match points to force the match to a tiebreaker.

Cistuli also came up big in his doubles match as he and freshman Justin Toler, who “displayed poise beyond his years,” together captured an 8-5 victory at No. 1 doubles that would decide the match. Lambert and Thomas Bengtson (No. 3 doubles) also won 8-5.

“This was the biggest regular season win for our program since our last championship year of 2007,” Concord Coach Dave Page said. “It’s a great building block which should give our kids a lot of confidence in what they can accomplish going forward.”

Portsmouth 7, Coe-Brown 2

The Bears (2-1) fell to Portsmouth (1-0) in the Clippers’ opening match. No. 1 singles player Jakob Zylak won his match, 8-2, and teamed with Alex Wimsatt to win No. 1 doubles, 8-1.

Hanover 8, Bishop Brady 1

Against a very strong Hanover team, the Green Giants played hard and showed “encouraging signs,” according to Coach Rick Skarinka. But it wasn’t enough to win, and Bishop Brady fell to 2-2.

Thomas MacMullen recorded the lone win at sixth singles, 9-7.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Londonderry 6, Concord 3

Concord (1-3) forced doubles against a tough Londonderry (3-0) team by winning on the fifth and sixth singles courts, becoming the first team to take a set against the Lancers this season.

Irene Ireme won 8-6 on the fifth court and Kristine Peterson won 9-7 at No. 6. The third doubles team of Divine Mugungoi and Mckenzie Bofinger pulled out a 9-8 (7-4) victory.

hanover 8, Bishop brady 1

The Green Giants lost several close matches and were missing a starter in a loss to a strong Hanover team.

Shelby Herrington was the lone victor for Brady, winning her No. 3 singles match in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-5). Herrington and Maddy Moran took their No. 1 doubles match to a tiebreaker, but fell, 9-8 (7-4).

Kate MacMullin also lost a pair of close matches, losing at No. 2 doubles with teammate Caroline Urbanek, 8-6, and at No. 2 singles, 8-4. Lynn Yoon lost at No. 5 singles by the same score.

“All things considered, the Brady girls have a lot to be proud of,” Coach Marcia Moran said.

Portsmouth 8, Coe-Brown 1

Kate Forsythe was the lone Bears winner, taking a close 9-7 match at No. 4 singles. The Bears (0-2) played well at doubles and had some exciting matches, but ultimately fell short against a strong Portsmouth (1-0) team.

Bow 9, Kearsarge 0

Bow (3-0) won six matches by scores of 8-0 to remain undefeated.

No. 2 singles player Nisha Naik, Paige Wilber (No. 5) and Kristin Duval (No. 6) all won 8-0, as did the doubles teams of Sunday Swett and Alexandra Lust, Naik and Laura Zbehlik and Jessica Torres and Kirstie Smith. Swett, Torres and Smith won their singles matches, 8-1.

Kathleen Kowalski, Emily Irick and Sabrina Duquette all took a game in their singles matches for Kearsarge (0-3).

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Kearsarge 17, Stevens 4

The Cougars opened in the best way possible, winning decisively on their home turf in beautiful playing conditions against a growing Stevens team.

“It was a friendly game. Everyone was happy to be playing. We kept the ball in the air. For not being outside much, I was very pleased. We gave ourselves opportunities,” Kearsarge Coach Mike Heffernan said.

Travis Newman and Peter Allen each scored five goals and tallied two assists. Andrew Van Hooydonk contributed three goals. In his first game back after missing last season, Ollie Gallo made an impact with two goals and two assists, while also leading the team in groundballs. Freshman Butch Bolger scored his first varsity goal and Alex Wilson scored a goal and played very well offensively. Will AuFranc made eight saves.

John Stark 14, Lebanon 1

The Generals opened with a decisive victory over Lebanon.

Leading the scoring were Matt Richard with five goals and four assists and Brody Fredricks with four goals and three assists. Curtis Marden was efficient on faceoffs, and the defense was solid when needed, led by Nic Simeone and goalie August Coleburn, who had five saves.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Hopkinton 16, Con-Val 5

Seniors Alexandra Flood (five goals) and Abby Lui (three goals, one assist), along with junior Meg Hemmerlein (four goals), led the Hawks to a dominating win at home to open the season.

Solid goaltending from Sonja Leavitt and stellar defensive performances from Callie Chase, Grace Givens and Lana Wando limited Con-Val to 12 shots and only one goal in the second half. Freshman Becca Thomson was very solid on the draw and chipped in two goals in her first varsity start at center. Caroline Sweny and Elizabeth Hancock also scored for the Hawks.

Lebanon 13, Bishop Brady 8

Bishop Brady fell to a familiar opponent, a very strong Lebanon team.

Goaltender Stephanie Sloane faced a Raider offensive onslaught and came away with more than 20 saves, but the Green Giants still couldn’t match Lebanon (moved down from Division II with the Green Giants) for speed and power on offense.

Shannon Foye, the lone senior on the squad, scored two goals and Bekka Sansouci also added two. Jill Thomas, Stephanie Snow, Isabel Leeming and Dana Beauregard each had one. Beauregard, a freshman defender, scored a nice goal off of a turnover.

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