Monday’s high schools: Tide softball improves to 16-0, Coe-Brown’s DeCota tosses 13th victory for undefeated Bears

  • Concord third baseman Elizabeth Blinn (10) rounds second base on May 2 against Nashua North at Memorial Field. GEOFF FORESTER  / Monitor staff

Published: 5/24/2022 6:40:07 AM

Concord 5, Merrimack 3

Key players: Concord – Zach McCoy (win, 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K), Matt Drewes (2-for-4, run), AJ Fennelly (2-for-3, RBI), Nater Wachter (save, struck out final batter; 2-run single), Cam McGonigle (2-run triple), Brooks Craigue (hit, 2 runs), Kalan Gaudreault (run), Dan Revellese (run)

Highlights: Concord scored two runs in the first on a two-run single by Wachter. Up 2-1 in the top of the fifth, AJ Fennelly singled to put the Tide up 3-1. Merrimack answered back with two in the bottom of the fifth, but McGonigle hit a two-run triple with two outs in the sixth for the win.

Coach’s quote: “We got great relief pitching from Zach McCoy today and played excellent team defense. We were able to get a few key hits and able to close the door on Merrimack.” – Concord’s Scott Owen

Records: Concord 12-5; Merrimack 4-13

John Stark 6, Hanover 5

Key players: John Stark – Chase Philibotte (win, 5 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K), Anthony Paolicelli (3-for-4, double, 2 RBI), Nathan Innerfield (2-for-3, double, 3 runs, stolen base; save, 2 IP, 1 ER, 3 K), Jason Crean (3-for-3, 3 RBI), Logan Montgomery (2-for-4, run)

Highlights: The Generals had a 3-0 lead before Hanover eventually tied it in the fourth on a Stark throwing error. The Generals took the lead right back in the fifth, plating two runs and adding an insurance run in the seventh. That run proved crucial as the Bears scored twice in the seventh, aided by another Stark throwing error, but Innerfield forced a key batter into a flyout to left for the final out.

Coach’s quote: “Huge win for us against one of Division II’s best pitchers. To get 13 hits shows how improved our offense is now. Chase, our freshman right hander, went toe-to-toe with him and pitched a great game today. Kid is beyond his years on the mound. We need to clean up the D a little, but that was a good win to start our week running through the gauntlet of a schedule.” – John Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: John Stark 11-3; Hanover 10-4

Merrimack Valley 4, Pembroke 0

Key players: MV – Luke Dougherty (7 IP, 1 H, 8 K), Ben Rose (2 hits), Alex McPherson (2 hits, RBI), Cam Chevarie (2 hits, RBI), Owen Bernier (hit, 2 RBI); Pembroke – Preston Wallis (6 IP), Landon Pearson (pitched 1-2-3 inning in 7th), Cam Plumb (double)

Coaches’ quotes: “Luke Dougherty worked ahead all game and was able to keep PA off balance. Our offense came up big in the third with Bernier hitting a big two-out, two-run single. Great team win.” – MV assistant Jake Kleckner

“They did a great job keeping us off balance at the plate all day. We will look to regroup tomorrow.” – Pembroke’s Joshua Coughlin

Records: MV 8-7; Pembroke 5-9

Belmont 10, Somersworth 5

Key players: Belmont – Liam Waldron (win, 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; 1-for-3, double, 2 RBI, 2 runs, stolen base). Matt Krasnecki (save, 3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 K), Owen Waldron (2-for-4, 2 runs, stolen base), Jaxson Embree (1-for-4, 2 RBI), Jason Roberts (1-for-3, RBI, 2 runs, walk), Andrew Rowley (1-for-2, 2 walks, run), Anakin Underhill (1-for-4, double)

Coach’s quote: “Good win! We got some timely hits and every out made was a ball in play. Even some of our outs were well-hit balls which is nice to see. We played a very clean game defensively, paired with effective pitching by both Liam Waldron and Matt Krasnecki was exactly what we needed.” – Belmont’s Matt LeBlanc

Records: Belmont 11-3; Somersworth 3-11

Bishop Brady 6, Raymond 2

Key players: Bishop Brady  – Michael Thresher (7 IP, 2 ER, 8 K; hit, 2 RBI, 2 runs), Dom DuBreuil (2 hits, 2 RBI, 2 runs), A.J. Partington (hit, RBI)

Highlights: An RBI double from DuBreuil and an RBI single from Thresher put Brady up 2-0 in the top of the first, but the Rams responded with two in the bottom half to tie the game. The Giants scored four times in the top of the third with RBI singles from DuBreuil and Thresher. Brady’s defense and Thresher’s pitching held Raymodn scoreless the rest of the way.

Coach’s quote: “Mike gave us another quality start and our team defense was excellent today, which is the way we need to play in order to be successful. We still need to get the bats going in order to keep on winning and qualify for the tournament.” – Bishop Brady’s Skip Foy

Records: Bishop Brady 5-8; Raymond 2-11


Concord 4, Merrimack 1

Key players: Concord – Delaney Duford (3-for-4, double, triple, RBI, run), Sarah Taylor (win, 5 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 9 K; 2-for-3, triple, RBI, run), Grace MacDonald (2-for-3, run), Brooke Wyatt (double, RBI), Krys Stearns (hit), Andie Moreira (hit, run), Elizabeth Blinn (RBI), Kyleigh Gray (sacrifice), Maddy Wachter (save, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K)

Highlights: Concord had three extra-base hits in the first inning to score twice and set the tone in a rematch of last year’s semifinal. Merrimack pulled within a run in the fifth, but the Tide added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth to stay undefeated.

Coach’s quote: “As expected, Merrimack challenged us, and it was good to have that type of game with the playoffs just around the corner. We stranded six runners in scoring position, which gives us something to work on, but overall we played a solid game against very good competition.” – Concord assistant Sandy Smith

Records: Concord 16-0; Merrimack 9-7

Coe-Brown 5, Hollis-Brookline 2

Key players: Coe-Brown – Madi DeCota (7 IP; 2-for-4), Courtney Thomas (2-for-4; tag out at the plate), Ava Fitzgerald (turned double play), Annie Jerome (2-run single), Emma Broadstone (2-for-4)

Highlights: Coe-Brown led 1-0 in the third and the Cavaliers had a runner on third with one out, but Fitzgerald caught a fly ball in right field and throw all the way to home plate for Thomas to tag up to complete the double play and preserve the Bears’ lead. DeCota earned her 13th win of the season from the circle. 

Coach’s quote: “We are really proud of how focused the girls remain. This is graduation week for CBNA – always is a challenging week for us – they just keep working.” – Coe-Brown’s Dave Allis

Records: Coe-Brown 13-0; Hollis-Brookline 9-5

Merrimack Valley 13, Pembroke 8

Key players: MV – Emma Steenbeke (3-for-5), Kayla Smith (2-for-5), Liv Seeley (2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI), Macy Gordon (3-for-4), Emily Kelly (1-for-4, 3 RBI), Liv Lacasse (6 IP, 4 R, 4 K)

Highlights: Seeley hit a three-run blast in the first inning and Valley led 11-4 after five innings.

Coach’s quote: “We jumped on Pembroke early with Seeley’s home run and then picked up five more runs in the fifth for the W. Good all around team effort.” – MV’s Kevin O’Brien

Records: MV 13-2; Pembroke 7-8

Belmont 4, Somersworth 3

Key players: Belmont –  Madi Paquette (1-for-3, run; great catch in LF), Courtney Burke (1-for-2, run, IF defense), Savannah Perkins (2-for-3, double, run, 2 RBI; IF defense), Lena Rodrigues (7 IP, 0 BB, 5 H, 9 K, 99th strikeout this season)

Coach’s quote: “Very happy for our seniors on a night that they look forward to, and a win in front of family and friends just makes it that much better.” – Belmont’s Bill Clary

Records: Belmont 7-6; Somersworth 4-11

Campbell 11, Hopkinton 5

Key players: Hopkinton – Maddy Follansbee (2-for-4, run), Julia Baer (1-for-2, RBI), Kally Murdough (reached base 3 times)

Highlights: Campbell raced out to a 9-1 lead and the Hawks couldn’t match the Cougars’ firepower. 

Coach’s quote: “We were flat today and Campbell came to play. Need to be more focused from the get go.” – Hopkinton’s Dan Meserve

Records: Campbell 12-2; Hopkinton 11-4

Boys’ Lacrosse

Hanover 15, Bow 7

Highlights: The Falcons couldn’t make it back-to-back wins, falling at home to the Bears.​​​​​​

Records: Hanover 5-7; Bow 1-13

Pembroke 8, Kennett 6

Key players: Pembroke – Caden Mix (3 goals, 2 assists), Patrick Campbell (won 10 of 11 faceoffs in his first time taking multiple faceoff attempts), Gavin O’Brien (goal, assist), Owen Hill (2 goals), Nate Smith (goal), Jaxson Potter (goal)

Highlights: The Spartans were trailing 5-2 in the second quarter before scoring six of the next seven goals to secure their second win of the season.

Coach’s quote: “Patrick Campbell’s domination in the faceoff circle is what allowed PA to mount the comeback and get its second win of the season.” – Pembroke’s Sean O’Brien

Records: Pembroke 2-10; Kennett 1-9

Lebanon 11, Hopkinton 10

Key players: Hopkinton – Quinn Whitehead (6 goals, assist), Josh Duval (2 goals, assist, 3 ground balls, caused turnover), Ethan Molnar (goals, assist, 4 ground balls), Patrick Buss (2 assists), Steven Reddy (7 ground balls, 5 caused turnovers), Cam Bassett (4 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers), Avery Condon (6 ground balls, caused turnover)

Highlights: Lebanon led 2-1 after the first quarter and 4-1 in the second quarter before the Hawks scored six consecutive goals to take a 7-4 halftime lead. The Raiders fought back in the second half and took the lead with three minutes to go in the game. Hopkinton created turnovers and found some shots late, but couldn’t hit the net.

Coach’s quote: “We came out flat and Lebanon pushed hard for every second. Some guys stepped up and we maintained the lead for most of the game, but with a few errors and some tough penalties we found ourselves in a difficult position late in the fourth. Hats off to both teams for working hard out there.” – Hopkinton’s Deacon Blue

Records: Lebanon 9-4; Hopkinton 11-2

Girls’ Lacrosse

Concord 10, Merrimack 9

Key players: Concord – Mary Martinson (7 goals, 4 caused turnovers, 5 ground balls, 7 draw controls), Sofia Payne (goal, 2 assists, 2 ground balls), Sarah Leuci (2 goals, 2 draw controls, caused turnover, ground ball), Taylor Lamb (3 ground balls), Danielle Lemay (defense)

Coach’s quote: “We had a smaller roster for today’s game and I am incredibly proud of the group and the players who stepped up for our team.” – Concord’s Ashley Durepo

Records: Concord 6-10; Merrimack 4-12

Pelham 17, Bishop Brady 3

Key players: Bishop Brady – Finley Hollenberg (2 goals), Luiza Detwiller (goal)

Records: Pelham 8-6; Bishop Brady 1-9

Hopkinton 19, Lebanon 7

Key players: Hopkinton – Hannah Hoyt (5 goals, 3 assists), Annie Higginbotham (4 goals, assist), Sarah Chodosh (4 goals, assist), Rose Finlayson (4 goals, assist), Madi Zahn (2 goals, 2 assists), Sydney Westover (3 saves), Anika Hudak-Hall (2 saves), Katelyn Bouchard (3 ground balls, 2 draw controls, midfield), Francie Trafton (defense)

Highlights: Hawks had a big first-half lead and held on for the win, despite Lebanon scoring six second-half goals.

Coach’s quote: “We played a fast and good first half that gave us a commanding lead. But after halftime we started to not be on top of our game like the first half. Lebanon gained some confidence as they are an athletic team. After I called a timeout and settled the girls again, we played much better to finish with the win.” – Hopkinton’s Mike Zahn

Records: Hopkinton 12-1; Lebanon 9-3

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