High schools: MV softball hangs on for 6-5 win against Coe-Brown to remain undefeated

Published: 4/19/2019 9:29:58 PM

Merrimack Valley 6, Coe-Brown 5

Key players: MV– Miah Boucher (2-for-3, 4 RBI), Emma Steenbeke (2-for-3), Molly McLaughlin (hit), Sadie Barton (hit), Meghan McGonagle (hit), Sadie Barton (7 IP, 5 ER, 4 K, 1 BB); Coe-Brown – Maggie Sylvester (2-for-4, 3 run-HR, 4 RBI), Natalie Harris (2-for-4), Hayleigh McNeil (2-for-4)

Highlights: Sylvester’s 3-run HR kept the Bears in the game, but the Pride took a 4-0 lead early that Coe-Brown couldn’t overcome. Boucher hit a two-run single in the second to give MV a 4-0 lead and another two-run single in the fourth to give the Pride a 5-3 lead.

Coach’s quote: “We know Coe-Brown is a top team in D-II so it was nice to get the win. The team showed good composure and grit with Lauren McLaughlin making a spectacular catch in the top seventh.” – MV’s Sam York

“I appreciate the fight back after a couple poor decisions. We could have hung our heads, but we fought back.” – Coe-Brown’s Dave Allis

Records: MV 6-0; Coe-Brown 2-1

Concord 7, Nashua South 1

Key players: Concord – Elise O’Neil (7 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 5 K; hit, walk, 2 runs, stolen base), Abby Rochette (2 hits, triple, two runs), Abby Corbett (2-for-2, RBI), Alice Rosenberg (2 hits, run, 2 RBI), Anita DiBuono (2 walks, RBI), Anna Brock (hit, great defense at 3B), Nicole LeBrun (hit, RBI), Ella Diers (hit)

Highlights: Concord plated four runs in the top of the first to give O’Neil all the offensive support she needed. O’Neil retired 12 straight batters from the second through the sixth innings and Corbett ended the game by picking off a runner at first.

Coach’s quote: “We put together a clean game in the field and had contributions throughout the lineup. It was a nice way to wrap up our stretch of four straight games.” – Concord assistant Sandy Smith

Records: Concord 5-1; Nashua South 1-4

Belmont 11, Newfound 0

Key players: Belmont – Kelley Allen (5 IP, H, 4 K, 2 BB), Becca Fleming (3-for-4), Makenzie Donovan (3-for-4)

Highlights: Belmont scored three runs in the second inning, two each in the third and fourth and four in the sixth. Several players had multiple hits and played great defense behind Allen’s outstanding performance in the circle.

Coach’s quote: “Good win heading into vacation week with several girls missing or injured.” – Belmont’s Bill Clary

Records: Belmont 4-0; Newfound 0-3


Concord 2, Nashua South 1

Key players: Concord – Eric Sullivan (6⅓ IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 K, zero ER; 1-for-3, run), Zach Miles (save, K; 2-for-3, solo HR), Kyle Hill (2-for-3)

Highlights: Concord got two runs in the bottom of the first, starting off with a Miles solo home run. Miles also earned the save, sandwiching a masterful performance by Sullivan on the mound. Trevor Smith threw out two runners at second base.

Coach’s quote: “We got a great game on the mound from Eric Sullivan and were able to get ahead early and hold on as Zach Miles came into close the game.” – Concord’s Scott Owen

Records: Concord 5-0; Nashua South 1-2

John Stark 13, Kingswood 6

Key players: John Stark – Austin Hazzard (4 IP, no runs or walks, 3 H, 5 K in first varsity start), Rian Queen (3-for-3, 3 RBI, 3 runs), Aaron Robertson (3-for-5, 2 runs), Nathan Innerfield (2-for-3, 3 RBI), Jake Cole (1-for-2, 2 walks, 3 runs), Glen Spooner (two-run double)

Highlights: Hazzard pitched a gem in his first career varsity start and the Gennerals supported him at the plate, jumping out to a 10-0 lead through four innings. All 15 Generals contributed on the field and hit.

Coach’s quote: “Very excited by Austin’s performance today. As a sophomore he’s a key part of the current and future Generals. We hit well today, getting contributions from a lot of players and look to keep the momentum going next week.” – John Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: John Stark 3-0; Kingswood 0-3

Belmont 7, Newfound 3

Key players: Belmont – Austin Didsbury(6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; 1-for-2, double, walk, 2 stolen baes, 2 RBI, run), Mike Sprague (IP, H, 2 K), Jason Gaudette Jr. (2-for-3, 2 RBI), Austin Garrett (1-for-2, 2 walks, 3 stolen bases, RBI, run), Nate Sottak (1-for-2, 2 walks, 3 stolen bases, RBI, run)

Highlights: After letting up two runs in the first, Belmont settled down and took control of the game. Didsbury settled in after being wild in the first, pitching six efficient, strong innings. Sprague, in his first ever varsity action on the mound, pounded the strike zone in relief.

Coach’s quote: “In a day where we struggled offensively, the 5-9 hitters paced us, collecting five of our six hits. That is good to see as we will need a full team effort to achieve our goals. For their part, Didsbury and Sprague were very impressive and add depth to what can be a strong pitching staff.” – Belmont’s Matt LeBlanc

Records: Belmont 4-0; Newfound 0-2

Winnisquam 11, Hillsboro-Deering 5

Key players: Winnisquam – Michael Allard (7 IP, 6 K, 5 H; 3 doubles, 3 RBI), Addam Dunham (3 hits, 2 runs, 2 steals, 3 RBI), Andrew McKinnon (2 hits, 3 runs), Evan Judkins (2 hits)

Highlights: The Bears broke open a 4-3 game with two runs in the sixth and five in the seventh. Winnisquam got out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the third by turning a key double play.

Coach’s quote: “We did everything well today. Michael came up big on the mound and at the plate. Got some key hits, something that was missing in a couple of close losses.” – Winnisquam’s Fred Caruso

Records: Winnisquam 1-3; H-D 0-4

Hopkinton 14, Mascoma 0, 5 inn.

Key players: Hopkinton – Caleb Yianakopolos (3-for-3, double, 4 runs, 2 stolen bases; IP, 2 K), Bryce Charron (2-for-2, run, 2 RBI), Sam Rawson (2-for-3, 3 RBI)

Highlights: Max Aframe, Peyton Marshall, Caleb Yianakopolos and Kevin Newton Delgado combined to throw a one-hitter, striking out 10 Royal batters in a game that ended in five innings due to the mercy rule.

Coach’s quote: “We got a lead and then got a bigger lead scoring one, two, nine, and two runs in our four (innings) at bats (respectively). We pounded out 16 hits with eight different guys collecting them.” – Hopkinton’s Dave Chase

Records: Hopkinton 4-1; Mascoma 1-2

Pittsfield 11, Epping 0

Key players: Pittsfield – Kyle Stockman (2-for-3, 2 runs), DJ Zensky (1-for-1, double, RBI), Ben Stopyro (1-for-2, 3 RBI), Devin Bedell (3 scoreless IP, H, 5 K)

Highlights: The Panthers scored three runs in the second inning and four in the third to take a 7-0 lead. Pittsfield tacked on four more runs in the fifth. Stockman and Bedell combined for the two-hit shutout with nine strikeouts.

Coach’s quote: “It was a good day for our pitching staff. They pounded the strike zone today and our defense played great behind them. DJ Zensky had great day defensively at first.” – Pittsfield’s Rob Stockman

Records: Pittsfield 2-0; Epping 1-3

Boys’ Lacrosse

Windham 11, John Stark 5

Key players: John Stark – Kayden Easter (3G, 2A), Cam Fortin (G, 2A), Peyton Marden (G, A), Ethan Konrad (20 saves)

Coach’s quote: “We played today with ten varsity players and a bunch of JV filling in. I’ve never been prouder of an effort during my time at Stark, against a very good team.” – John Stark’s Howie Roever

Records: Windham 2-1; John Stark 1-1

Girls’ Lacrosse

Hollis Brookline 19, Merrimack Valley 0

Key players: Hollis Brookline – Kelsey Sweeney (4 G, 4 A); MV — Caitlyn Fortier (midfield and defense), Emily Koufos (3 draw controls)

Highlights: The Pride trailed the top-ranked Cavaliers 13-0 at halftime, but kept the play more towards midfield and MV’s attacking end in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “We’ll get back to work after vacation week to prepare for the second half of the season. MVHS has played five games in the last two weeks and each game we continue to learn and grow – on and off the field.” – MV’s Katherine Stearns

Records: Hollis Brookline 4-0; MV 1-4

Boys’ Tennis

Concord 7, Spaulding 2

Key players: Concord – Liam Grennon (8-4 win at No. 1), Winsor Bean (8-1 win at No. 2), Matthew Burns (8-1 win at No. 3), Devin Philbrick (8-0 win at No. 4), Will Shoemaker (8-2 win at No. 6)

Highlights: The Tide led 5-1 through singles and picked up a pair of wins at doubles from its top two teams – Grennon and Bean (8-1) and Burns and Philbrick (8-1)

Coach’s quote: “Concord bounced back after a tough loss to Exeter yesterday by beating Spaulding on the road. Devin Philbrick played superbly in both his matches and Will Shoemaker recorded his first varsity win.” – Concord’s Dave Page

Records: Concord 4-2; Spaulding 0-5

Girls’ Tennis

Coe-Brown 8, Kingswood 1

Key players: Coe-Brown – Megan Wimsatt (8-1 win at No. 1 singles), Mary Thoms (8-0 win at No. 2), Addy Leifer (8-1 win at No. 3), Kira Nealburke (9-8, 7-5 win at No. 4), Lily Libbey (8-3 win at No. 6)

Highlights: Wimsatt and Thoms teamed up for an 8-2 win at first doubles, Leifer and Nealburke won, 8-5, at second doubles and Anna Principato and Leigher won, 9-7, at third doubles.

Coach's quote: “It’s good to go into vacation having half the season done.” – Coe-Brown’s Mark Struthers

Records: Coe-Brown 5-2; Kingswood 2-4

Pembroke 5, Plymouth 4

Key players: Pembroke – Alison Sobozenski (8-4 win at No. 2), Gwen Collins (8-4 win at No. 3), Sam Muise (8-3 win at No. 4), Madeline Apgar (8-4 win at No. 6) Muise and Collins (8-2 win at No. 2 doubles)

Coach’s quote: “It was nice to get a second win of the season before school vacation begins.” – Pembroke’s David Goulet

Records: Pembroke 2-5; Plymouth 4-2

Boys’ Volleyball

Winnacunnet 3, John Stark 2

Key players: John Stark – Owen Payeur (13 digs, 12 kills, 4 blocks), Chris Metcalf (15 assists), Josh Booker (15 digs, 6 kills)

Coach’s quote: “Both teams battled until the final set. Winnacunnet was a great competitor and ended up on the positive side of the fight tonight. Our program continues to work hard and not give up.” – John Stark’s Kristen Hrubowchak

Records: Winnacunnet 2-3; John Stark 1-3

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