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High Schools: Brady softball comes of age with 5-1 upset of Hopkinton

  • Bishop Brady High School player Melissa Mallahan, #10, slides into second base as Hopkinton High School's Kelly Scammon, #8, fields the ball during a game in Rollins Park in Concord. The Bishop Brady High School softball team defeated Hopkinton High School by a score of 5-1; Monday, May 13, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady High School player Melissa Mallahan, #10, slides into second base as Hopkinton High School's Kelly Scammon, #8, fields the ball during a game in Rollins Park in Concord. The Bishop Brady High School softball team defeated Hopkinton High School by a score of 5-1; Monday, May 13, 2013.

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  • Bishop Brady High School pitcher Meghan Kissinger, #5, throws a pitch during a game against Hopkinton High School at Rollins Park in Concord. The Bishop Brady High School softball team defeated Hopkinton High School by a score of 5-1; Monday, May 13, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady High School pitcher Meghan Kissinger, #5, throws a pitch during a game against Hopkinton High School at Rollins Park in Concord. The Bishop Brady High School softball team defeated Hopkinton High School by a score of 5-1; Monday, May 13, 2013.

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  • Hopkinton High School player Kelly Scammon, left, tags out Bishop Brady High School's Cammie Marchand, right, during a game at Rollins Park in Concord. The Bishop Brady High School softball team defeated Hopkinton High School by a score of 5-1; Monday, May 13, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton High School player Kelly Scammon, left, tags out Bishop Brady High School's Cammie Marchand, right, during a game at Rollins Park in Concord. The Bishop Brady High School softball team defeated Hopkinton High School by a score of 5-1; Monday, May 13, 2013.

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  • Hopkinton High School player Sloana White, #12, hits a triple during a game against Bishop Brady High School at Rollins Park in Concord; The Bishop Brady High School softball team defeated Hopkinton High School by a score of 5-1 at Rollins Park in Concord; Monday, May 13, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton High School player Sloana White, #12, hits a triple during a game against Bishop Brady High School at Rollins Park in Concord; The Bishop Brady High School softball team defeated Hopkinton High School by a score of 5-1 at Rollins Park in Concord; Monday, May 13, 2013.

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  • Hopkinton High School player Kelly Scammon, #8, bunts the ball during a game against The Bishop Brady High School at Rollins Park in Concord. The Bishop Brady High School softball team defeated Hopkinton High School by a score of 5-1 at Rollins Park in Concord; Monday, May 13, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton High School player Kelly Scammon, #8, bunts the ball during a game against The Bishop Brady High School at Rollins Park in Concord. The Bishop Brady High School softball team defeated Hopkinton High School by a score of 5-1 at Rollins Park in Concord; Monday, May 13, 2013.

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  • Bishop Brady High School player Jessica Santos slides into home base past Hopkinton High School's catcher Kasey Smith during a game at Rollins Park in Concord. The Bishop Brady High School softball team defeated Hopkinton High School by a score of 5-1; Monday, May 13, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady High School player Jessica Santos slides into home base past Hopkinton High School's catcher Kasey Smith during a game at Rollins Park in Concord. The Bishop Brady High School softball team defeated Hopkinton High School by a score of 5-1; Monday, May 13, 2013.

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  • Bishop Brady High School player Melissa Mallahan, #10, slides into second base as Hopkinton High School's Kelly Scammon, #8, fields the ball during a game in Rollins Park in Concord. The Bishop Brady High School softball team defeated Hopkinton High School by a score of 5-1; Monday, May 13, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • Bishop Brady High School pitcher Meghan Kissinger, #5, throws a pitch during a game against Hopkinton High School at Rollins Park in Concord. The Bishop Brady High School softball team defeated Hopkinton High School by a score of 5-1; Monday, May 13, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton High School player Kelly Scammon, left, tags out Bishop Brady High School's Cammie Marchand, right, during a game at Rollins Park in Concord. The Bishop Brady High School softball team defeated Hopkinton High School by a score of 5-1; Monday, May 13, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton High School player Sloana White, #12, hits a triple during a game against Bishop Brady High School at Rollins Park in Concord; The Bishop Brady High School softball team defeated Hopkinton High School by a score of 5-1 at Rollins Park in Concord; Monday, May 13, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton High School player Kelly Scammon, #8, bunts the ball during a game against The Bishop Brady High School at Rollins Park in Concord. The Bishop Brady High School softball team defeated Hopkinton High School by a score of 5-1 at Rollins Park in Concord; Monday, May 13, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • Bishop Brady High School player Jessica Santos slides into home base past Hopkinton High School's catcher Kasey Smith during a game at Rollins Park in Concord. The Bishop Brady High School softball team defeated Hopkinton High School by a score of 5-1; Monday, May 13, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

Bishop Brady came into this softball season short on players and even shorter on experience. As a result, the Green Giants took their lumps early, losing five of their first seven games.

But as the season has progressed, so have the Giants. And yesterday’s 5-1 upset of No. 8 Hopkinton (8-4) pulled Brady (6-6) to .500 for the first time in a month.

“The kids are playing really well together,” Brady Coach Shawn Brechtel said. “It’s a whole team approach. Top to bottom everyone is contributing. There’s not one kid who’s making us win or lose. Everyone is doing the little things.”

Yesterday’s game – a rematch of the season-opener won by Hopkinton, 10-0 – shaped up as a pitchers’ duel early on, with sophomores Meghan Kissinger of Brady and Becca Shatney of Hopkinton hitting their spots and keeping the opposing offenses at bay.

The Giants broke through for a run in the second when Jess Santis (2-for-3) singled, moved up on a fielder’s choice, then scored with two outs on an infield error after the ball got away from the first baseman.

But from there, neither team could break through, and Brady held the slim one-run lead through 4 1∕2 innings.

That all changed in the home half of the fifth, when the Giants erupted for four runs to take a 5-0 lead.

“We’ve been spending a fair amount of time on two-strike hitting,” Brechtel said. “Hitting drills to have a more aggressive yet disciplined approach.”

Becca Olson flared a leadoff single and Kissinger laid down a nice bunt that Hopkinton misplayed, putting Brady runners at first and second. Emma Olson came through with an RBI single for a little breathing room, then Melissa Mallahan (2-for-3) stroked a triple to the right-center field gap to plate two more runs. Mallahan scored on a passed ball to make it 5-0.

Hopkinton answered with a run in the top of the sixth when Sloane White (2-for-3) tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Sarah Ewing. But that was all the Hawks could muster as Kissinger shut the door from there.

Kissinger finished with a three-hitter, walking one and striking out four, and received solid defensive play from third baseman Kenzie Keenan.

“She’s doing a great job mixing up her pitches and keeping batters off balance,” Brechtel said of his pitcher.

Shatney was strong in the opposing circle, as well, yielding just six hits. She walked one, hit one and struck out six. Lily Scammon made several nice catches to anchor the Hopkinton defense.

SOFTBALL

Concord 12, Exeter 0

Dani Morrill drew a bases-loaded walk to end the game by the mercy rule in the fifth inning, helping the Tide improve to 12-1.

Concord scored twice in the first on an infield hit by Katie Kennard, an RBI triple by Jess Carroll and an RBI single by Amy Morin and never let up, adding five runs in the second, four in the fourth and the final run in the fifth.

Carroll slugged a two-run homer in the second and scored three runs. Kennard was 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI, Cassidy Emerson roped a three-run triple, Meaghan Littlejohns was 2-for-3 with two runs and Jasmine Morin was 1-for-2 with a SAC.

Kennard and Morrill combined on the two-hit shutout, with Kennard picking up the win with four innings of two-hit ball and Morrill pitching a 1-2-3 fifth.

Con-Val 4, Merrimack Valley 1

An RBI from Kayla Kibbee (two hits) was the only run the Pride (5-6) could manage in a loss at home to powerhouse Con-Val (10-1).

Kibbee pitched a complete game, allowing three earned runs and three walks with a strikeout. Maggie Carey was 2-for-3 at the plate.

Pembroke 12, Souhegan 8

Holding onto a 1-0 lead through four, Pembroke gave up eight runs in the fifth inning. That didn’t faze the Spartans, however. Pembroke put up seven runs of its own to tie the score in the home half of the inning, then plated four more in the sixth for the win.

Hannah Seidner went 2-for-3 to pace the Pembroke offense, while Madison Pellerin (RBI), Hannah Mitchell (three RBI), Marrissa Kibbee (RBI) and Sarah Swanson (RBI) all added hits. Rachel Carignan and Lyla Boyajian had big plays in the field to anchor the defense.

John Stark 5, Oyster river 4

Carly Cook went 3-for-3 with a solo home run to lead the Generals (7-5) to a win on the road against winless Oyster River (0-12).

Sam Kazakis (2-for-4, RBI) and Riley Beliveau (1-for-3, RBI) hit well for John Stark.

Winnisquam 6, Bow 5

The Falcons (5-6) came back from a 6-1 deficit, but six errors held them back in a loss to the Bears (5-8).

Kylie Iasillo had three hits, a double and two RBI in addition to taking the loss from the circle (five strikeouts, three earned runs and five hits allowed). Maddie Palisi and Hannah Perna had a hit and RBI each.

Marissa DeBlasie had 12 strikeouts, and allowed one walk, five hits and five runs (two earned) for Winnisquam. She also added a run and a hit of her own and made a great catch in right field that prevented Bow’s comeback from getting out of hand. Becky Rapoza was 2-for-3 with a run, a triple and two RBI. Rachel Willcut had an RBI-double.

“Marissa threw well for us and we found ways to score runs,” Winnisquam Coach Kevin Dame said.

Franklin 19, Kearsarge 0

The Golden Tornadoes (11-2) won their fourth straight after belting 16 hits against Kearsarge (0-13). Franklin loaded the bases in the first but couldn’t score, but then tacked on five runs in the second, four in the third and 10 in the fifth to end it.

Lexi Colpack (three hits, walk, two runs, three RBI), Shelby Joyce (three hits, two runs, four RBI) and Kaitlyn Brace (three hits, run, RBI) led the offense, while Jill Roberts had two hits and Kelsey Bird, Kat Styles, Rachael Capri, Kim Gerlarneau and Lauren Hennessy each had a hit. Bird allowed a single hit while walking three and striking out eight in five innings.

BASEBALL

Concord 4, Exeter 3

The Crimson Tide (9-4) scored a pair of runs in the first and fourth innings for a 4-0 lead and was able to hold off a rally by the Blue Hawks (8-6).

Mitch Hayes and Nate Mullen had RBI singles in the first, and Concord increased its lead three innings later on RBI singles by Ben Bengtson and Braden Smith. The Tide missed a chance at the knockout blow with the bases loaded and one out, however, and while Exeter chipped away with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth, the pitching of starter Cam Alosa (41∕3 innings, five hits, three runs, five strikeouts, three walks) and Seimou Smith (22∕3 innings, two hits, two strikeouts) was enough to keep the Tide ahead.

Hayes and Mullen both went 2-for-4, while Cody Ferns (double), Braden Smith, Jon Dunn and Bengtson scored the runs.

Hanover 3, coe-brown 2

Sean Simoneau pitched well for Coe-Brown (5-9), allowing only one walk and six hits, but two batters hit by pitches reach based on back-to-back plate appearances and the Bears defense committed two errors to erase their 2-0 lead in a loss to Hanover (7-5).

The Bears maximized their hits, getting two triples and a double on only four hits. Ben Bailey had an RBI-triple while Andrew Langdon had a triple and scored a run. Brennan Riley had a double and Mack Struthers drove home a run on a sacrifice fly.

Con-Val 5, Merrimack Valley 2

David Drouin struck out seven batters and surrendered only four hits in four innings, but the Cougars (7-4) took advantage of four walks and two hits in a five-run fourth-inning rally. Brooks Kimball allowed one hit and had three strikeouts in three innings of relief to give the Pride (7-4) a chance to get back into the game.

Brady Wentworth was 2-for-4 with a run to lead the Pride offensively.

Oyster River 5, John Stark 4

David Nelson had a hit in the seventh inning with the bases loaded to give the Generals a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom half of the final inning, but they allowed a pair of runs to fall to the Bobcats.

Tyler Keim pitched well, allowing five earned runs and tossing eight strikeouts in six innings. James Henry (2-for-4, two RBI), Jeff Taylor (3-for-4, RBI) and Sean Doherty (2-for-2, run) led the offense for John Stark.

Souhegan 7, Pembroke 6, 8 inn.

The Spartans (9-4) opened the scoring with five runs in the second, but Souhegan (6-6) scored three in the top of the seventh to take a 6-5 lead. Seth Gonya was hit by a pitch leading off the bottom of the inning before stealing two bases and scoring on a Mike Martinez fielder’s choice to send the game to extra innings. The Sabres won in the top of the eighth on a sacrifice fly.

Pembroke’s offense was lead by Vinny Dustin, who tripled, had three stolen bases, was hit by two pitches, drew a walk and had two RBI. Austin Cote had a double.

Hopkinton 7, Bishop Brady 4, 9 inn.

Collin Paraskeva made a great catch to prevent the Green Giants (2-10) from scoring the go-ahead run in the eighth and Jake Nelson hit a two-run double in the ninth to seal the win for the Hawks (7-5) and hand Bishop Brady its second consecutive nine-inning loss.

“Collin played great and contributed on the field and on offense,” Hopkinton Coach Dave Chase said of the junior who had three hits (including a leadoff single in the ninth) and pitched six strong innings (five strikeouts, four earned runs, six hits) in addition to his great catch.

Steve Auger (two hits, three runs, three stolen bases) scored the game-winning run on a passed ball, while Harry Legier (RBI) and Collin O’Keeffe (RBI) scored the insurance runs on Nelson’s double. Liam McNicholas made the most of his 22 pitches, allowing only one hit in three innings of relief work to shut down the Green Giants.

For Bishop Brady, Drew Kalil pitched very well over all nine innings, keeping his pitch count down by consistently hitting the strike zone and being supported by solid defense behind him. Tom Blandini and Jourdain Bell each had two hits and one run, while JP Nemcovich scored a run and hit a double and Casey Anderson had a hit and a sacrifice fly.

“We’re playing good teams tough,” said Brady Coach Skip Foy, whose team lost to a 10-2 Bow squad in nine innings in its previous outing. “We’re just looking for that key hit. We’re not playing like a 2-10 team.”

Bow 4, Winnisquam 3, 9 inn.

Sam Morrow hit a walk-off single to give the Falcons (10-2) a come-from-behind win against Winnisquam (9-3). The Bears had broken a 2-2 tie in the top of the ninth on a Dom DeBlasie RBI single.

Morrow and DeBlasie both started from the mound for their respective teams, and each pitcher went deep into the game. Morrow was a steady presence for the Falcons, battling back from 3-0 counts and staying poised with men on base. He finished with four strikeouts and one earned run on seven hits. The Bears had chances to break the game open, including a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the fifth inning, but couldn’t capitalize.

DeBlasie also pitched well, going eight-plus innings with eight strikeouts and four walks. He allowed three earned runs and three hits.

The Falcons started their rally from 3-2 down with a leadoff walk, then had the next batter hit by a pitch before they each moved up on a wild pitch. Sebastian Strong tied the game on a sacrifice before a walk and steal had runners on second and third for Morrow’s single.

DeBlasie provided two big hits for the Bears, tying the game at 2-2 in the fifth with an RBI single and getting a hit in the ninth to drive in John Montalto. Left fielder Jack Decormier made a great effort on Morrow’s winning hit, laying out to nearly make the catch.

Kearsarge 9, Franklin 3

The Cougars (6-7) scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth to seal a win over the Golden Tornadoes (1-12).

Robert Ellis hit a long double in the first inning to put Franklin up 1-0, before trailing 3-1 heading into the fifth. Myles Lynch pitched well in the start and started a double play with a fantastic diving catch on a bunt. Lynch also knocked in two runs with a single. Griffen Fleming pitched the final two innings, letting up an unearned run. Clayton Ford was solid defensively in right field.

Pittsfield 5, Sunapee 2

The Panthers scored four runs in the fifth inning and overcame a 2-0 deficit to claim the win in a game on the road against Sunapee.

“This is a big win for us,” said Pittsfield Coach Rob Stockman, whose team improved to 9-3, overtaking Sunapee (8-3) in the Division IV standings.

The Panthers successfully executed a squeeze play to tie the game, 2-2, which drew in the Sunapee infielders, and Pittsfield “hit the ball in the holes and worked the infield,” according to Stockman, noting that pitching made the difference in the win.

Starter Chris Farr pitched 4 2∕3 innings allowing only three hits, two runs (one earned) and one walk while striking out three. Reliever Kris Perkins pitched 2 1∕3 innings, striking out four while allowing no hits and one walk to earn the win.

Branden Smith had two of Pittsfield’s five hits.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Bow 22, Merrimack 19

Bow (3-8) prevailed in a slugfest with Merrimack (5-6), riding the strength of 13 goals from Lindsey Reynolds to the Falcons’ third win of the season.

The Tomahawks held a 13-12 lead at halftime before Bow pulled away after the break.

Amanda Murray and Emma Garfield added three goals apiece, and Megan Lighthall had a strong game with four assists. Under heavy pressure, goalie Mikayla Allen finished with eight saves.

Bishop Brady 13, MV 9

The Green Giants tripled their win total from last year, pulling away in the second half after trailing by one at halftime to improve to 6-4.

Hannah Provost and Sarah Thomas notched three goals apiece to pace Brady, while Sammie DeMaria and Jill Thomas scored twice each. Gabby Eaton had an outstanding game on defense for the Giants.

Hannah John scored four goals for Bishop Brady, which also received goals from Karra Hebert, Danielle Wiley, Sydney Rollins, Raquel Gelinas and Rebekah Stearns. Melissa Gifford led the MV defense in front of Maddie Jaquith, who had a solid game in goal.

Hopkinton 11, John Stark 8

Hawks captains Elizabeth Hancock (three goals, one assist) and Abby Lui (two goals, two assists) delivered in their senior game to lead Hopkinton (7-5) over John Stark (5-6).

Alexandra Flood also scored and defender Lana Wando was solid. Grace Givens led the Hawks in causing turnovers, groundball control and won a draw. Meg Hemmerlein and Sierra Schuster had a pair of goals each and Caroline Sweny also scored for the Hawks.

For John Stark, Sam Valcourt (three goals), Gianna Pezzulo (two goals, two assists), Danielle Galli (two goals) and Kathleen Medvetz (one goal) turned a 6-2 deficit into a slim 7-5 deficit at halftime, but Hopkinton opened the second half with two goals to go up, 9-5.

“We chipped away at (the lead), but couldn’t bring it back,” Stark Coach John Warner said.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Bedford 13, Bow 6

The Falcons (7-3) lost their second straight game, falling on the road at Bedford (14-0). Bow hung with the Bulldogs through three periods, but the home team pulled ahead in the fourth.

Bow led 2-0 early before Bedford scored the next four goals. Bow fought back from a 6-2 deficit to make it 7-4 at the half. The Falcons got as close as 7-5 before the Bulldogs scored consecutive goals.

Matt Sanford (two goals, assist), Devin Calkins (two goals), Mike Fanaras (goal, two assists) and Dan Crisman (goal, assist) contributed to the scoring, while Riley Keenan and Alex Rietze added assists. Keenan was strong on faceoffs, winning 12 of 20.

Travis Beauchain made 14 saves in net for Bow, and Derrick LaBranche, Charley Reagan, Corey Plumb, Rietze and Crisman played excellent defense, according to Coach Ross Mondello.

BOYS’ TENNIS

Derryfield 5, Coe-Brown 4

Coe-Brown (6-6) won two singles and two doubles matches in a loss at Derryfield (5-7).

No. 3 Simon Wallace and No. 5 Garrett Kunz each won their singles matches 9-7, while the duos of No. 2 Kunz/Connor Bell (8-4) and No. 3 Jeremy Fenerty/Brian Gordon (9-7) were both victorious.

Wilton-Lyndeborough 7, Kearsarge 2

The Cougars lost some close matches in a loss to the Warriors.

Jack Van Etten won 8-6 at No. 4 singles and the No. 1 doubles tandem of Vincente Metrano and Drake vanKannewurff won, 8-6. Metrano and vanKannewurf both lost their singles matches, 8-6, at Nos. 1 and 3 in well-played matches.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Bow 9, Wilton-Lyndeborough 0

The Falcons (12-0) won six matches 8-0 and dropped only five games in nine matches in a home victory against Wilton-Lyndeborough (2-7).

Sunday Swett (No. 1), Nisha Naik (No. 2), Kristie Smith (No. 5) and Alex Lust (No. 6) all won 8-0 at singles, while Swett and Naik (No. 1) and Jess Torres and Smith (No. 2) swept their doubles matches. Torres (8-1) and Laura Zbehlik (8-2) won at Nos. 3 and 4 singles, while Zbehlik and Lust won, 8-2, at No. 3 doubles.

Stevens 7, Kearsarge 2

Kathleen Kowalski won a close match at No. 2 singles, 9-8 (7-5), and Emily Irick won, 8-6, at No. 3 singles for Kearsarge’s two wins.

Latesha Nelson lost, 8-6, at No. 5 singles, while Kowalski and Brianne Maguire lost, 9-8 (7-5), in “very good matches,” according to Coach Laura Joslin-King.

Bishop Guertin 9, Concord 0

Concord (4-9) was swept away by undefeated Bishop Guertin (11-0) on Friday.

No. 6 Kristine Peterson played hard in an 8-6 loss.

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