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High Schools: Winnisquam baseball squeezes out a win at Franklin

  • Jack Decormier of Winnisquam charges to home plate in their game against Franklin; Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
  • Jake Jameson of Franklin fields the ball in their game against Winnisquam; Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

It was a typical well-played and dramatic Winnisquam-Franklin baseball game yesterday, with the Bears (7-2) winning their third straight thanks to a go-ahead run scored on a suicide squeeze in the top of the seventh inning. The host Golden Tornadoes (1-9) lost their third straight game but fought until the end in a matchup that always produces competitive games regardless of the teams’ respective records.

“Whenever Franklin and Winnisquam get together, it’s usually pretty good,” Bears Coach Fred Caruso said.

The latest edition of this rivalry was a pitchers’ duel early on, with Franklin junior Craig Lebrun and Winnisquam senior Austin Hunt taking center stage for their clubs and keeping the game close. Both ended up going the distance, with Lebrun striking out 10 while giving up nine hits, no walks and a single earned run, and Hunt striking out seven batters and allowing six hits (all singles) to give up one earned run.

“Both pitchers threw very well,” Caruso said. “(Lebrun) kept us guessing early.”

The Tornadoes took the lead in the second inning on a Matt Prive RBI single, and the home team held onto its 2-0 lead until the fifth, when Franklin had trouble making defensive plays and had three errors in the inning to allow Winnisquam to plate two runners and take a 3-2 lead. The hosts responded in the bottom of the frame to tie the score 3-3 on a Robert Ellis RBI single. Brandon Gagnon was effective for Franklin from the leadoff spot, scoring a run with two singles and two steals.

With both pitchers cruising into the late innings, Winnisquam tried a different approach to try to get the go-ahead run. The pivotal rally of the game started with a bunt, as Tucker Normand got on to start the inning. Tucker’s brother Parker was at the plate next and faked a bunt on the first two pitches. On each pitch, Lebrun threw a ball, and Tucker was able to move up a base, giving Winnisquam an ideal scenario with the go-ahead run on third with a 2-0 count. Parker laid down an effective squeeze to push his brother Tucker across the plate and give Winnisquam the lead.

“If he threw a strike, we were looking to put the squeeze on,” Caruso said, “and Parker got it down perfectly.”

Dom DeBlasie (3-for-4) helped the Bears get a little insurance after he singled, advanced to second on an error, moved up to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball, making a good read on the play to score.

In a game where both teams had their starting pitcher throwing a solid game, it took a little bit of small ball to break a late tie.

“We’ve got some good speed at the top of the lineup, and if we get in a situation to use small ball, we can be successful,” Caruso said. “We have to be good at reading the play, taking extra bases and manufacturing runs.”

It proved to be the right strategy for the Bears yesterday.

“Little things win baseball games, and this proved it today,” Caruso said. “If we don’t run the bases well and don’t bunt well, we probably don’t win the ballgame.”

BASEBALL

Concord 9, Winnacunnet 4, 10 inn.

Seimou Smith had a two-run double to spark the Crimson Tide (7-3) to a five-run eruption in the top of the 10th inning against the Warriors (3-7).

Cody Ferns led off the 10th for Concord with a single, and a dropped fly ball in left two batters later put him on third and Mitch Hayes on second. Smith’s double drove them both in, and he went to third on Nate Mullen’s bloop single to right. After an out, Jon Dunn singled to center, bringing in Smith as well as Mullen when the centerfielder had trouble fielding the ball. Winnacunnet’s defensive woes continued on the next at-bat, as Dunn went to third on a wild pitch and came home when the attempt to throw him out sailed into the outfield.

Ferns finished 2-for-5 with three runs, while Braden Smith went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI and Mullen went 4-for-5 with an RBI and run. Cam Alosa started and went six-plus innings while allowing three earned runs and striking out four, and Ben Bengtson picked up the win with 12∕3 innings of relief, striking out two and allowing no hits.

Pembroke 7, Bishop Brady 1

Pembroke (8-2) got a solid outing by Autrey Gates on the hill to beat Bishop Brady (2-8). Gates went six innings with 11 strikeouts, one walk, three hits and no runs scored. Mike Barnum pitched the seventh inning for the Spartans, allowing one hit and one earned run.

Offensively, Pembroke was led by Shane St. Onge, who went 1-for-1 with three walks, two runs and three stolen bases. Chris Gauss and Alex Martinez each chipped in two-run singles for the Spartans.

Drew Kalil pitched 4 2∕3 innings for the Green Giants, allowing only two runs through four innings. Offensively, Max Sokul recorded a double, while JP Nemcovich tallied a hit and scored the lone run.

Coe-Brown 10, Kingswood 5

The Bears (5-6) had a solid offensive day at Kingswood (3-7), scoring multiple runs in five different innings.

Andrew Langdon led the way with three hits and two RBI, while Sean Simoneau (two hits) and Brennan Riley (two hits, triple, two RBI) also produced from the plate.

Simoneau pitched 5 1∕3 innings for the Bears, striking out nine and allowing three hits.

John Stark 6, Plymouth 5

Just three days after losing to Plymouth (5-5) in walk-off fashion, John Stark (3-6) turned the tables, walking off its own field with a win on a seventh-inning suicide squeeze.

Trailing 5-4, pinch hitter Josh Morin drew a one-out walk and promptly stole second and third. James Henry also walked and stole second, putting the winning run in scoring position. Jeff Taylor came to the plate and laid down the suicide squeeze bunt on a tough pitch, and when the Plymouth throw to first sailed out of bounds, both runners scored for the win.

Taylor also delivered a two-run double with two outs in the second to tie the game at 3, and scored a run in the first. Henry scored twice and ripped a two-out RBI single in the fourth to put the Generals ahead, 4-3. Tyler Keim earned his first win of the season, going the distance with 13 strikeouts and three earned runs.

MV 5, Hanover 2

David Drouin picked up his third win of the year with a stellar complete-game performance, striking out 13 while allowing four hits and two unearned runs, as Merrimack Valley (7-2) won on the road at Hanover (5-4).

Cody Barton (2-for-4, two RBI) hit a timely two-out, two-RBI double in the sixth inning to help MV pull ahead. Brady Wentworth (2-for-3) and Charlie Wright (2-for-4) added hits for the Pride.

Hopkinton 9, Bow 7

Hopkinton jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning, taking advantage of four Falcon errors. Despite coming back to tie the game 5-5 in the fourth, Bow couldn’t shut down the Hawks, who came away with a big win.

Collin Paraskeva started on the mound for Hopkinton (4-5), going 3 1∕3 innings before being relieved by Nate Shatney, who pitched the remaining two outs of the fourth. Harry Legier pitched the fifth inning, earning the win. Liam McNicholas took the mound for the sixth and seventh to pick up the save.

Colin O’Keeffe (two hits, one RBI), Andrew Clay (two hits, three RBI) and Luke Graebe (two hits, RBI) led the Hawks offense. Pinch hitter Alex Lajeunesse recorded a sixth-inning RBI to give Hopkinton the lead. Wes Rose pinch hit in the seventh, driving in an insurance run with a double and scoring a second insurance run on an RBI by O’Keeffe.

The Falcons loaded the bases and scored a run in the seventh, but a 4-6-3 double play (one of three Hopkinton turned) shut down their hopes at a comeback. Nate Corriveau and Chris Fournier each had two hits for Bow (7-2), while Sebastian Strong had one hit and two RBI, and Hunter Berke and Chandler Ives each tallied one hit and one RBI. Evan Vulgamore pitched for the Falcons before leaving with an injury in the fourth inning and being relieved by Tyler Lambert.

Newport 10, Kearsarge 3

Kearsarge (5-7) kept it close with Newport (3-7) in the early going, but the Tigers capitalized on some shaky defense and timely hits to pull away.

Brad Donnelly (2-for-4) and Berkley Stevens (2-for-3, two RBI) paced the Cougar offense.

Wilton-Lyndeborough 5, Pittsfield 2

Coming off three straight shutout wins, Pittsfield got a little sloppy and it cost the Panthers (7-3).

Jed Eastman threw well enough to win, Coach Rob Stockman said, scattering four hits over the first four innings. He struck out seven and walked two, with only two of Wilton-Lyndeborough’s runs being earned. Kris Perkins worked the final two innings, striking out five.

Tyler Stockman accounted for both Pittsfield runs with a homer in the sixth.

SOFTBALL

Concord 12, Winnacunnet 1

Molly Emerson went 3-for-3 with a triple, a home run, three RBI, two runs, a steal and was hit by a pitch to help power Concord (9-1) over Winnacunnet (3-7).

The Tide set the tone with a four-run first inning and never relented. Deb Morrill (2-for-4, two runs), Annie Mullen (2-for-2, run, HBP, SAC) and Jess Carroll (2-for-4, two runs, RBI) all had multiple hits, while Cassidy Emerson (run, two RBI), Amy Morin (double, two runs, two RBI), Rachel Stevenson and Kaitlyn Kelleher (run) also had hits.

Katie Kennard earned the win, throwing four innings of one-hit, shutout ball, while Kelleher closed, allowing one run on three hits in three innings. The Tide also had a couple of outstanding defensive plays, with Jasmine Morin throwing out the only runner to attempt to steal, and Meaghen Littlejohns, Stevenson and Carroll turning a 5-4-3 double play.

Bishop Brady 7, Pembroke 3

Meghan Kissinger picked up the win, striking out four and allowing seven hits, two walks and only two earned runs as she led the Green Giants (4-6) over Pembroke (6-4).

Emma Olsen was 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBI to lead the offense. Jess Santis was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Katherine Arvanitis was 1-for-4 with two runs scored for the Spartans.

Coe-Brown 16, Kennett 3

The Bears (9-1) won their fourth straight game after routing Kennett (0-9) for the second time in a week, ending this one in the sixth inning.

Lauren Jones pitched five strong innings, giving up two hits on two walks and four strikeouts while only allowing one earned run. She was also stellar from the plate, going 4-for-5 with three RBI. Kianna Daudelin (3-for-4, two RBI) pitched the final inning to earn the save, and Amanda Riley (4-for-4, RBI) added to Coe-Brown’s 24 total hits.

John STark 5, St. Thomas 2

Lyndsey Turner went the distance for the Generals (5-5), striking out 10 to enable John Stark to win its third straight game while snapping St. Thomas’s (7-3) six-game win streak.

Turner also went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Jillian Kilar (2-for-3, two RBI), Carly Cook (2-for-4, RBI), Sam Kazakis (2-for-4) and Kendra Barrasso (2-for-4) led the offense for Stark.

MV 19, Hanover 2

Merrimack Valley (4-4) had a productive day at the plate to finish off Hanover (0-8) in six innings.

Brittany Janis had three RBI, including two on a triple, and Erin Frost added three hits for MV.

Kerry Fedion threw five innings, giving up one earned run on two hits and striking out two. Jacey Fedion pitched the last inning in relief and gave up an unearned run on a hit and two strikeouts.

Hopkinton 10, Bow 3

The Hawks tallied five runs in the second inning to build a convincing lead that they maintained throughout the game.

Becca Shatney pitched for Hopkinton (7-2), striking out six and allowing only four hits and two earned runs in seven innings, shutting down the last 12 batters she faced. Maddy Bergethon (2-for-4, three runs, RBI) and Kasey Smith (2-for-4, two runs, two stolen bases) led the offense. Kay Andrew and Morrigan Bernier each recorded their first hit of the season, while Kelly Scammon anchored the defense at second base.

Franklin 14, Winnisquam 3

Franklin jumped on Winnisquam for eight runs in the first inning, using four walks, two errors and hits from Jill Roberts, Mariah Gauthier and a two-run single by Kelsey Bird to take control.

Gauthier finished with a 3-for-4 night, homering in the fifth and scoring two runs. Lexi Colpack (two walks), Bird and Roberts each had two hits, while Kaitlyn Brace, Kim Gerlarneau and Maddie Constant each added a hit. Bird earned the win, allowing three hits (two by Elyssa Clairmont, one by Alyssa Clogston). She walked seven and struck out eight.

Allie Trowsdale took the loss for Winnisquam, allowing six runs in less than an inning. Marissa DeBlasie came on in relief and finished the game.

Pittsfield 10, Wilton-Lyndeborough 7

After suffering a tough 9-3 loss to Wilton-Lyndeborough (7-2) on Friday, Pittsfield (7-3) bounced back to defeat the Warriors yesterday.

Patience Cyr went the distance in the circle, recording three strikeouts and allowing 13 hits against what Coach Nick Semales referred to as “the best hitting team we see.”

Katelynn Hunt (2-for-4, double, two RBI, run), Emily Buchanan (2-for-4, double, run) and Beanie Small (2-for-4, two RBI) led the way offensively.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Concord 15, Salem 13

The Tide (3-7) picked up its third win in the last four games, led by big offensive outings from Tyler Hatch (eight points) and Austin Erickson (seven points).

Hatch scored a team-high four goals with four assists, while Erickson notched three goals and four assists. Tyler Martel and Ian Scura both potted hat tricks, while Adam Resnick (two assists), Tommy Skafidas (one goal), Travis Duhammel (one goal) and Bradley Wheeler (one assist) also contributed to the offense.

Hopkinton 10, Bishop Brady 3

Hopkinton (8-0) held Brady (5-3) without a goal in the second period, turning a two-goal advantage into a five-goal cushion at halftime before ballooning the margin to 10-2 after three.

Henry Merrow was a force for the Hawks, contributing a goal, three assists and 10 groundballs. Bennett Mosseau popped in four goals, while Ben Thompson (two goals, one assist), Austin Cowan (two goals) and Peter Sawitsky (one goal) also scored. Matt French stood strong in net with 12 saves, with great defensive support from Nate Hunt.

Zach Frament, Tom Palangas and Jason McKay scored for the Green Giants.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Dover 11, Bow 10

Dover (3-6) scored with 12 seconds left to break a 10-10 tie and escape with a win.

Lindsay Reynolds led the offense for the Falcons (2-7) with eight goals, while Emma Garfield and Amanda Murray each chipped in one. Mickayla Allen tallied 11 saves in net.

Lebanon 15, MV 4

Melissa Gifford anchored the defensive effort, while Izzy Hoyt (one goal) led the way at midfield but Merrimack Valley fell short.

Lily Davis, Hannah John and Sydney Rollins all had goals for the Pride (2-7).

John Stark 13, Gilford 5

The Eagles (0-9) were within two goals at halftime, but John Stark outscored them 7-1 in the second half to seal the victory.

Gianna Pezzulo (four goals, three assists), Sam Valcourt (three goals, two assists) and Liz Neal (two goals, one assist) led the offensive attack for the Generals (4-4). Kathleen Medvetz and Katie Waligura each chipped in one goal. Sam Wetherbee played well in midfield, controlling groundballs, while Clarissa Foote recorded 13 saves in net.

Kearsarge 16, Laconia 1

Goalie Morgan Galluzzo shut down Laconia (4-4), tallying 10 saves and leading the Cougars (8-0) to a dominating win.

Libby Brooks led the offense with five goals, while Anna Stowell scored three goals and Caitlin Anderson added two goals. Kate Scheuch, Haley Brook, Lianna Blakeman, Gemma Bready and Eleanor Angus also scored for Kearsarge.

Plymouth 10, Hopkinton 6

Tessa Garlow had an outstanding game in goal for the Hawks (6-4), making 16 saves, but Hopkinton was unable to get its offense going on the road against a Plymouth team (6-2) that has won three straight.

Elizabeth Hancock (two goals), Meg Hemmerlein (assist), Abby Lui, Isabel Gesen and Caroline Sweny scored for Hopkinton.

BOYS’ TENNIS

Concord 5, Exeter 4

Concord (11-1) took a 4-2 lead after singles and battled a strong Exeter doubles contingent before pulling out the win on the first court to knock the Blue Hawks (9-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Greg Cistulli and Justin Toler held a 7-2 lead at first doubles before Exeter’s Corey Guen and Ryan Posternak rallied to within 7-5. But Cistulli held serve to clinch the team win.

“To Exeter’s credit, they clearly outplayed us in doubles,” Concord Coach Dave Page said. Still, “this was a great win for our kids against a perennial powerhouse loaded with returning talent.”

Cistulli won at first singles, 8-4, and Toler rallied from 5-7 down for a 9-8 (7-3) victory on the second court. No. 3 Evan Hewey (8-4) and No. 5 Josh Pifer (8-3) played some of their best singles of the year, according to Page, to help the Tide take the 4-2 lead. Thomas Bengtson (8-4 at No. 4) and Mattias Lambert (8-2 at No. 6) battled in singles losses.

Exeter won on the second and third doubles courts, 8-4 over Hewey and Pifer, and 8-3 over Bengtson and Lambert.

Concord has a shot to claim the No. 2 seed for the Division I tournament if it wins its final two matches, at Bishop Guertin and at Spaulding.

Lebanon 7, Bishop Brady 2

Nick Vermette recorded the only singles victory for the Green Giants, winning his match, 9-8 (9-7 in the tie breaker). Bishop Brady’s second win came from the No. 3 doubles team of Tim Garrett and Logan Sigua, who came out on top of an 8-4 decision. Garrett lost a hard-fought match at No. 6 singles, falling 8-6, while No. 3 Brendan Bryck lost a close 9-7 match.

Bishop Brady falls to 6-5, and must win the remainder of its three matches to reach the postseason.

Coe-Brown 7, St. Thomas 2

The Bears (5-5) had a solid day against a struggling St. Thomas squad (2-10) that has lost five straight matches.

The Nos. 1-5 singles spots were all wins for Coe-Brown, with No. 1 Jakob Zylak (8-2), No. 2 Alex Wimsatt (8-0), No. 3 Simon Wallace (8-2), No. 4 Jessie Cole (8-2) and No. 5 Garrett Kunz (8-1) all victorious.

In doubles, the No. 1 duo of Zylak/Wimsatt (8-6) and the No. 3 team of Jeremy Fenerty/Brian Gordon (8-5) both won.

Bow 9, Sanborn 0

Bow (10-0) earned its fourth match sweep of the season, led by singles players Zach Zbehlik (8-2), Evan Maccani (8-0), Harrison Beck (8-0), Tim Bradley (8-1), Ben Maurer (8-3) and Nate Louf (8-2).

The Falcons wasted no time in doubles, either, with Maccani and Beck (at No. 1) and Maurer and Louf (at No. 3) both winning 8-1. Zbehlik and Bradley posted an 8-4 win on the second court.

Monadnock 6, Kearsarge 3

The Cougars (2-9) dropped their fourth straight match in a home loss to Monadnock (7-3).

No. 2 Vincente Metrano (8-6), No. 3 Tim Berube (8-0) and No. 6 Drake van Kannewurff (8-4) won their matches, while the No. 1 doubles team of Karver Bosela/Metrano lost their match by a narrow 9-7 score.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Exeter 9, Concord 0

The Crimson Tide (4-9) was outmatched by a hot Exeter team (10-1) that has won eight straight.

No. 1 singles player Gabriella Killinger lost, 8-3, in the closest of the singles matches. Killinger teamed up with Emily Zimnoski in No. 1 doubles and lost 8-3, and the No. 2 doubles group of Meagan Olive/Skye Reese also dropped an 8-3 match.

Bishop Brady 9, Lebanon 0

The Green Giants (9-2) swept their opponent for a third straight match, clinching behind singles wins from Maddy Moran (8-3), Shelby Herrington (8-3), Katie MacMullin (8-4), Caroline Urbanek (8-2), Mikayla Clarke (8-0) and Aliza Gray (8-0).

The top two doubles tandems of Moran/Herrington and MacMullin/Urbanek both won handily, 8-0, while Clarke and Sophie Zhang won, 8-1, at No. 3.

St. Thomas 6, Coe-Brown 3

The Bears’ Kate Forsythe won, 8-2, at No. 4 singles, while No. 6 Bianca Ketenci won a close 9-7 decision. The doubles team of Emily Blad and Sophie Wensberg recorded an 8-6 victory to round out the score for Coe-Brown (6-5) in its loss to undefeated St. Thomas (10-0).

The No. 2 doubles team of Shannon Ketenci and Nikki D’alessandro lost in a tie-breaker.

Bow 6, Sanborn 0

Bow 9, Sanborn 0

The Falcons (8-0) dominated in a doubleheader, shutting out Sanborn in both matches.

In the first match, which featured only singles play, the winners were Sunday Swett (8-0), Nisha Naik (8-0), Jess Torres (8-1), Laura Zbehlik (8-3), Kristie Smith (8-3) and Alex Lust (8-2).

In the second match, the singles winners were Swett (8-0), Naik (8-0), Torres (8-2), Lust (8-0), Paige Wilber (8-0) and Danielle Gould (8-4). The Falcons recorded shutout victories in all three doubles matches, with No. 1 Swett and Naik, No. 2 Smith and Torres, and No. 3 Lust and Zbehlik.

Monadnock 5, Kearsarge 0

Monadnock 5, Kearsarge 0

Kearsarge (1-9) dropped a doubleheader at Monadnock (10-2), but Coach Laura Joslin-King was pleased with how her team battled through many long hard-fought points.

Freshman Andrea Cutts was one of the Cougars who showed that determination, playing in her first varsity singles match.

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

Salem 3, John Stark 0

John Stark (6-3) dropped its second straight match, falling to undefeated Salem, 25-6, 25-19, 25-17.

Ryan Compagna (two aces, three kills, one block) and Zach Grattan (five kills, one block) led the Generals at the net, while Serge Boucher (seven assists) and Ian Franco (nine digs) also played well.

How did Cam Alosa let in 3 earned runs when CHS was winning 4-2 when they pulled him with no earned runners on base?

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