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High Schools: Tide baseball stays poised to win its third straight

  • Cody Ferns of Concord starts running towards first base after hitting the ball in the team's game against Londonderry at White Park; Monday, April 15, 2013.<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Cody Ferns of Concord starts running towards first base after hitting the ball in the team's game against Londonderry at White Park; Monday, April 15, 2013.
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  • Braden Smith of Cocord tags Jake Welch of Londonderry out at home plate; Monday, April 15, 2013.<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Braden Smith of Cocord tags Jake Welch of Londonderry out at home plate; Monday, April 15, 2013.
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  • Cody Ferns of Concord starts running towards first base after hitting the ball in the team's game against Londonderry at White Park; Monday, April 15, 2013.<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
  • Braden Smith of Cocord tags Jake Welch of Londonderry out at home plate; Monday, April 15, 2013.<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

With the top of its starting lineup and pitching rotation from a year ago graduated and gone, the Concord High baseball team had to begin its Division I title defense while filling holes at the same time. There’s a new lineup. New pitching rotation. New starters dot both the outfield and the infield.

But poise apparently sticks around. Yesterday, for the third time this season, the Crimson Tide showed itself to be the same good bet in tight spots that it had been in years before.

Josh Partridge’s left arm helped lift Concord to a 2-1 victory over Londonderry at White Park, improving the Tide to 3-0. Concord led the whole way, but was never at any point able to relax.

“I thought, as a group, we did a great job,” Coach Scott Owen said. “We made the plays when we needed to. We got a couple of big hits when we needed to. … I was very happy with the way we performed today.”

Concord’s season has been far tougher than the unbeaten record suggests. The Tide needed a four-run seventh in the opener to defeat Trinity, 5-3, then had to overcome a 4-0 deficit to beat Manchester Central in eight innings, 5-4. This time, Concord was in the lead, but challenges arose again. Partridge had been dominant through five, but Jake Cassidy and Jake Welch led off the sixth with consecutive triples, cutting the Tide lead to one run and putting the tying run on third with no outs.

Partridge got cleanup hitter Mike Ryan to ground to third, but Mikael Manoogian (a first-year starter) kept the lead intact, fielding the ball cleanly and firing a strike to Braden Smith, who tagged Welch out at the plate. Londonderry got an infield single to put runners at first and second, but Partridge forced a pop-up and picked off Ryan at second to end the threat.

“I was very happy to see the ground ball, getting the guy out at home. Key play right there,” Partridge said. “I definitely felt like I still had it. … (I was telling myself) got to keep it low, got to keep it down.”

Partridge allowed a one-out single in the seventh but buckled down again, getting a strikeout and a flyout to left, then pumping his fist when the ball settled in Mitch Hayes’s glove.

“It would have been tough to know if you walked in (the dugout) that the score was 2-1,” Owen said. “The pitches that Josh was making, the plays that we made. That says a lot about the maturity that I think we’re gaining quickly.”

Concord went up 1-0 in the first when Cody Ferns drove in Ben Bengtson with a single to center. Ferns brought in Concord’s second run, as well, when his two-out single scored Manoogian from second in the third. Smith and Hayes, with a sixth-inning double, had the other hits for Concord.

Partridge struck out 10, five of which came in a row, while allowing six hits and walking two.

BASEBALL

Coe-Brown 1, Merrimack Valley 0

Brennan Riley fired a no-hitter, and the Bears (2-1) got a late run to come out on top in a pitcher’s duel.

Riley struck out five and walked seven in shutting down the Pride (0-1). MV pitcher David Drouin pitched a perfect game through six innings, but a Sean Simoneau single brought Matt Cunningham, who reached based on a single, home in the top of the seventh inning to give the Bears the win.

Drouin had a fantastic day from the mound with 11 strikeouts, two hits and no walks.

Hollis-Brookline 2, John Stark 1

The Generals fell short in a pitchers duel in their season opener yesterday, as the Cavaliers held them to just one hit.

Tyler Kiem was on the mound for John Stark, pitching six innings and striking out 10 batters. The Generals’ lone run was scored when James Henry drove home Ben Casazza on a squeeze bunt play.

Second baseman Sean Doherty led John Stark defensively, turning a great double play in the first inning.

Pembroke 3, Lebanon 1

Pembroke (3-0) tallied two runs in the first inning on RBI singles from Shane St. Onge and Seth Gonya and never looked back.

Autrey Gates (2-0) went six innings on the mound for the Spartans, giving up three hits, one walk and one earned run while striking out six Lebanon batters. Alex Martinez came in and closed the door on the afternoon by earning his first varsity save in a Spartan uniform. Gonya led the offensive attack, going 2-for-2 with two stolen bases and two RBI. Mike Martinez scored two runs.

Bishop Brady 18, Franklin 4

The Green Giants (1-2) played their first complete game of the season en route to a decisive win over Franklin (0-3).

Max Sokul belted a homer and a triple for three RBI while Casey Anderson and Kyle Jalbert contributed with three runs scored and two hits apiece. Chapin Bassi pitched all five innings, allowing only three hits while striking out five.

“(Bassi) pitched really well,” said Brady Coach Skip Foy, who added that, “It was good to get our first win. … We played our most complete game of the season. It was a great team effort.”

For Franklin, Robert Ellis was 1-for-3 with two RBI. Brandon Gagnon was 1-for-3 with a stolen base and Alex Turner was 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Bow 17, Hillsboro-Deering 4

The Falcons (2-0) won by at least 10 runs for the second time this season in a decisive victory over winless H-D (0-3).

Sam Morrow played well from the mound and at the plate, pitching his way to the win and going 2-for-5 with a run batted in. Nate Corriveau was 3-for-4 with two triples and four RBI. Sean Ford (2-for-2, two singles, two RBI) and Chris Fournier (1-for-2, double, four RBI) both contributed offensively.

SOFTBALL

Concord 12, Londonderry 0

Three Concord pitchers combined on a two-hit, 14-strikeout shutout and the Tide banged out 12 hits to win for the second time in as many games.

Jess Carroll led the offensive assault, going 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and two RBI. Annie Mullen (two hits, three runs), Rachel Stevenson (2-for-4) and Meaghan Littlejohns (2-for-2, double, two runs, two RBI) each had multiple hits, and Dani Morrill (three walks, two runs), Amy Morin (hit, three RBI), Cassidy Emerson (hit, two RBI) and Jasmine Morin (hit) all chipped in.

Katie Kennard (three innings, six strikeouts) earned the win, with Morrill (two innings, four strikeouts) and Kaitlyn Kelleher (two innings, four strikeouts) closing.

Coe-brown 7, merrimack valley 6

The Bears (3-0) earned a victory against MV (0-1) on the Pride’s home field.

For the winners, Kianna Daudelin provided from both the circle and the plate, pitching a complete game allowing five hits, three runs and two walks while striking out nine. Daudelin was 3-for-4 at bat with three RBI. Shannon Burke (1-for-4) also had three RBI.

Kayla Kibbee pitched a complete game for MV, all 10 hits and three earned runs while striking out three and walking no batters. Brooke Ellis had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI. Maggie Carey and Lindsay Balch each went 1-for-3 with two RBI.

pembroke 17, Lebanon 1

Pembroke (1-2) belted out 16 hits on its way to a five-inning win over Lebanon (1-2) for its first victory of the season. Hannah Seidner went five innings, giving up three hits and striking out six.

Pembroke jumped out to a five-run lead after one inning and never looked back. Hits came from Katherine Arvanitis (2-for-3), Sarah Swanson (2-for-3), Emma Gagnon (1-for-3), Marissa Kibbee (3-for-3) and Rachel Carignan (1-for-1).

Bishop Brady 6, Franklin 2

Franklin (2-1) got on the board first after Lexi Colpack got on base with a walk, stole two bases and was driven home by a Shelby Joyce single. But it was all Bishop Brady (1-2) from there as the Green Giants took control of the game through timely hitting, good defense and some Franklin errors.

“This is not the way we wanted to start this week,” said Franklin Coach Ski DuBois.

“Brady made all the right plays and took advantage of our mistakes while we struggled all game long. This was one we definitely want to put behind us.”

Defense was one difference between the two teams as Brady committed only one error to Franklin’s three. Meghan Kissinger also supplied good defense from the circle, only allowing one walk and five hits while striking out seven pitching a complete game. Kissinger also gave herself some run support by going 3-for-3, scoring a run and driving home two more.

Emma Olson hit a sacrifice bunt and grounded into a fielder’s choice to bring home two runs, while Jess Santis was 1-for-3 with an RBI and made two big plays defensively.

Bow 13, Hillsboro Deering 3

The Falcons (2-0) only held a 4-1 lead heading into the sixth inning, but four runs in the sixth and five runs in the seventh put the game out of reach for H-D (2-1).

Kelsie Flynn led the offensive attack for Bow, going 4-for-5 and driving in five runs. Madison Stanley (3-for-4), Kylie Iasillo (3-for-5) and Miki Dowd (3-for-5) also made contributions from the plate. Hannah Perna recorded her first varsity hit. Maddie Palisi picked up the win in the circle, allowing just three hits while striking out 10.

Sarah Egner went 1-for-2 for H-D, but found her way on base three times. Erin Delacy, Jenna Rheault and Alyssa Bailey all went 1-for-3.

Berlin 15, Winnisquam 12

Berlin’s (2-0) bats got hot in the third inning (five runs) and fourth inning (eight runs) to hand Winnisquam (0-3) its third straight loss.

Elyssa Clairmont (2-for-5), Kendra Lonergan (3-for-4, two RBI) and Marissa DeBlaisie (1-for-2, four runs, RBI) led Winnisquam’s offense.

“We didn’t play great physical defense,” Coach Kevin Dame said. “ We certainly need to be crisper in the field.”

Pittsfield 7, Sunapee 5

Emily Buchanan recorded a bases-loaded two-RBI single in the first inning, igniting an early rally to give Pittsfield a 5-0 lead which it held onto for the win.

Patience Cyr pitched a complete game in the circle, allowing just four hits and striking out six. The Panthers stole six bases, with Stefani Gauthier accounting for three of those. Defensively, Bekah Adams and Katelynn Hunt led the way for Pittsfield at third base and shortstop, respectively.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Bishop Guertin 15, Concord 2

The Crimson Tide (0-3) lost its third game of the season in a tough loss to Bishop Guertin (2-1). Adam Resnick and Tyler Martel scored the Tide goals. Josh Owen and Travis Duhammel added assists.

Hopkinton 15, Pembroke 3

The Hawks scored early and often, and finished a decisive victory.

Bennett Mosseau led the way offensively for Hopkinton with five goals and one assist, while Henry Merrow (four goals, three assists), Ned Metcalf (four goals), Austin Cowan (two goals, two assists) and Ben Thompson (one goal, one assist) also contributed to the scoring effort.

Matt French recorded the win in goal, tallying 12 saves.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Portsmouth 15, Bow 8

Lindsay Reynolds scored five goals, but the Falcons (1-2) had no answer for a Clippers team that improved to 3-1.

Amanda Murray scored twice and Megan Lighthall also had a goal for Bow, while Julia Currier had an assist and Mikayla Allen stopped nine shots.

Bishop Brady 14, Con-val 9

Con-Val (0-3) came out strong early, but Brady (2-1) improved over the course of the game to secure the win.

“We struggled to start the game, but started making connections and made good transitional passes,” Coach Kate Hohenberger said.

Thanks to that transitional passing game, the Green Giants were able to take a slim 7-5 lead at halftime. Then Bekka Sansouci caught fire, scoring five of her six goals in the second half and both goaltenders, starter Stephanie Sloane and backup Ellen Owsowitz, played well, allowing Brady to build its lead.

“They work very hard,” Hohenberger said of her two goaltenders, “and it showed today.”

Jill Thomas (three goals), Perry Burdon, Shannon Foye, Hanah Provost, Jillian Provost and Stephanie Snow also scored goals for the Green Giants.

Hopkinton 12, Oyster river 8

Elizabeth Hancock led the undefeated Hawks (3-0) with four goals in a win over Oyster River (1-1). Abby Lui, Meg Hemmerlein and Sierra Schuster each had a pair of goals for the victors. Alexandra Flood and Becca Thomson tallied single goals for the Hawks. Callie Chase played great defense and led the Hawks in ground ball control.

Lebanon 15, John Stark 8

Clarissa Foote made 14 first-half saves to keep the Generals’ deficit at 6-2, but the Raiders (1-1) scored the first seven goals of the second half to put the game away.

Foote made 21 saves in total, while Gianna Pezzulo (four goals) and Kathleen Medvetz (two) led the offense with multi-goal games. Danielle Galli (two assists) and Sam Valcourt also scored for the Generals (0-2), while Casey Poirier had two assists.

Kearsarge 17, Plymouth 16, 2OT

In an “unbelieveable game” described as “one for the ages” by Cougars Coach Scott Slogic, the Cougars (3-0) came back from being two goals and one player down in the second overtime for the win.

The Cougars almost put the game away in regulation, but Plymouth (1-1) scored the game-tying goal with 28 seconds left to tie the game at 14-14 to send it to overtime. Plymouth scored with two minutes to go in the first overtime and added another 17 seconds later to go up 16-14. Cougars star midfielder Gemma Bready (six goals), however, countered with two goals with 1:21 and 44 seconds remaining to tie the game at 16-16. Morgan Galluzzo then made a big save to force a second overtime.

Due to a yellow card late in the first overtime, Kearsarge was down a player for the entire second overtime. That didn’t stop freshman Anna Stowell from drawing a penalty and scoring on the ensuing penalty shot to win the game.

Haley Brook (three goals, one assist), Libby Brooks (three goals), Caitlin Anderson (two goals), Geneva Heffernan (goal) and Kate Scheuch (goal) also scored for the Cougars.

Pembroke 19, Merrimack Valley 17

In a tightly contested game, the Spartans came away with the win.

Karra Hebert led the Pride in scoring with five goals, while Sydney Rollins and Lily Davis did a solid job controlling ground balls. Maddy Jaquith played a great overall game in net.

BOYS’ TENNIS

Concord 8, Merrimack 1

The Tide remained undefeated with a solid win against Merrimack (1-4).

No. 1 Greg Cistuli, No. 2 Justin Toler and No. 6 Mattias Lambert all won convincing 8-0 singles matches. No. 4 Thomas Bengtson and No. 5 Josh Pifer won 8-1 matches, while No. 3 Evan Hewey also won, 8-4.

In doubles matches, Hewey/Pifer and Bengtson/Lambert won 8-4 and 8-5, respectively. At No. 3 doubles, Adi Gandhi and Kurtis Hutton lost a close match, 9-7.

Bishop Brady 8, Pembroke 1

Bishop Brady (4-2) defeated Pembroke (0-2) after winning five of six singles matches and sweeping the doubles.

No. 1 Raventh Dameria played his best match of the year in an 8-2 victory. No. 2 Jack Bryck (8-4), No. 3 Brendan Bryck (8-3), No. 5 Logan Sigua (8-5) and No. 6 Thomas MacMullin (8-4) all won at singles for the Green Giants.

Andrew Boddie won his first match of the season, 8-6, at No. 4 singles for the lone Spartan victory.

In doubles action Damerla and J. Bryck took a 7-2 lead before Andrew Goulet and Joe Caraway fought their way back into the game, only to lose a close match, 8-6. Brendan Bryck and Nick Vermette won, 8-5 and the team of Sigua/MacMullin won, 8-4.

Coe-brown 9, Manchester west 0

Coe-Brown (3-2) swept visiting Manchester West (0-4).

Jakob Zylak (No. 1) and Brian Gordon (No. 6) won their singles matches, 8-0. No. 2 Alex Wimsatt and No. 5 Connor Bell won, 8-1. No. 3 Simon Wallace won, 8-4, and No. 4 Garrett Kunz won, 8-2. The Bears didn’t lose a game in doubles action, winning all three matches, 8-0. Zylak/Wimsatt (No.1), Kunz/Bell (No. 2) and Jeremy Fennerty/Gordon (No. 3) recorded doubles victories.

Coe-Brown travels to Kennett on Friday.

Bow 8, Conant 1

Bow extended its winning streak to five matches with a solid win over Conant (0-2). The undefeated Falcons were led by 8-0 singles victories from No. 1 Evan Maccani, No. 2 Zach Zbehlik, No. 4 Harrison Beck, No. 5 Tim Bradley and a 8-0 doubles victory from Zbehlik and Arun Luckoor.

Luckoor also won his No. 4 singles match 8-4, while No. 6 Nate Louf and the No. 3 doubles tandem of John Gibbens and Dave Andersen-Nelson won by default.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Concord 7, Merrimack 2

The Crimson Tide took five of six singles matches en route to improving to 3-3 for the season. The Tomahawks fell to 2-3.

Gabriella Killinger took an 8-3 win at top singles, while Meagan Olive (No. 3, 9-7), Skye Reese (No. 4, 8-1), Irene Ireme (No. 5, 8-6) and Kristine Peterson (No. 6, 8-4) also won. In doubles, Killinger and Emily Zimnoski won at No. 1, 8-3, while Olive and Reese teamed to win, 8-4, in the second pair.

Bishop Brady 9, Pembroke 0

The Green Giants (5-1) swept the Spartans (1-1) in a match at Memorial Field.

Maddy Moran (No. 1), Shelby Herrington (No. 3) and Lynn Yoon (No. 5) all won their singles matches, 8-1. Katie MacMullin (No. 2) and Caroline Urbanek (No. 4) both won, 8-5, while Aliza Gray won 8-4 at sixth singles.

Brady won all three doubles matches decisively with Moran/Herrington (8-1), MacMullin/Urbankek (8-0) and Yoon/Emma Nelson (8-2) all recording victories.

Coe-Brown 9, Manchester West 0

Coe-Brown (1-3) made a strong showing in each match, and shut out the Blue Knights for its first win of the season.

The singles winners in the one through six position respectively, were: Noey Struthers (8-1), Shannon Ketenci (8-1), Nikki D’alessandro (8-1), Kate Forsythe (8-3), Emily Blad (8-1) and Bianca Ketenci (8-1). In doubles play, the No. 1 team of Struthers and Forsythe won, 8-1, the No. 2 team of Shannon Ketenci and D’alessandro won, 8-2, and the No. 3 team of Blad and Sophie Wensberg won, 8-1.

Kearsarge 5, Stevens 4

Three Cougars got their first wins of the season as Kearsarge (1-4) clinched its first match victory of the season at home against Stevens (0-3).

The Cougars claimed victories in the top four singles matches with No. 2 Kathleen Kowalski (8-2), No. 3 Emily Irick (8-2) and No. 4 Sabrina Duquette (8-6) all won matches for the first time. New No. 1 Brianne Maguire stepped into her new role successfully, winning 8-4. The No. 2 doubles team of Kowalski and Irick won, 8-2, to seal the win.

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

John Stark 3, Dover 1

The Generals won the first two games, 25-22 and 25-10. Dover struck back with a 25-23 win in game three to keep the match alive, but John Stark won game four, 25-22 to clinch the victory. Simon Becka tallied six aces and six assists, while Serge Boucher had five aces, seven assists and four kills, and Carson Dunn recorded three kills and four blocks.

Pinkerton 3, Coe-Brown 0

Coe-Brown fell in straight sets, 25-20, 25-18, 25-11. Beau Pingree led the team with seven kills, and Devin Merchant had six assists. The Bears are now 2-1 and will play John Stark tomorrow.

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