High Schools: Bow boys’ tennis pulls out 5-4 win against Kearsarge 

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Published: 5/11/2021 11:06:04 AM

The match was tied after singles. It was still tied after two doubles results. And the deciding doubles match was knotted at 7-7 before Bow’s Domink Jurcins and Hunter Duncan pulled out a 9-7 win to give their team a 5-4 decision against Kearsarge.

“Very evenly matched teams,” Kearsarge coach Lynn Miller understated.

And now they’re records are even – Bow improved to 3-3 with the result while Kearsarge dropped to 3-3.

Jurcins got the ball rolling for the Falcons with an 8-3 win at No. 1 singles. Kearsarge answered with wins from Jared Roberts, 8-5 at No. 2, and Toby MacLeod, 8-3 at No. 3. Bow’s Aiden Munro pulled out an 8-6 win at No. 4 against Liam Miller, while Kearsarge’s David West claimed an 8-5 win at No. 5. The only match that was a runaway came at No. 6 where Bow’s Noah Leuchtenberger won, 8-0.

“I thought we might have an advantage going into doubles, but apparently not,” coach Miller said. 

Bow’s Leuchtenberger stayed on a roll in doubles, teaming with Oliver Dolcino for an 8-1 win at third doubles. Kearsarge responded with an 8-6 win at second doubles from the team of Roberts and Miller, which put all eyes on the first doubles court. Kearsarge’s Kaelen Lunberg and MacLeod put up a good fight, but Jurcins and Hunter pulled it out at the end for the Falcons.

The two teams will meet again on Wednesday in Bow.


Concord 10, Manchester Memorial 3

Key players: Concord — Jarrad Willette (4.2 IP, W, 7 H, 2 K), Cam McGonigle (2.1 IP, save, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K; 2-for-3, 2 doubles, run, RBI), Ryan Philbrick (3-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 runs, 2 SB, walk), Nate Wachter (3-for-5, run) Tyler Wright (2 hits, 2 SB, 2 RBI, run), Jonah Wachter (2 hits, RBI, run), Kevin McDonough (2 hits, RBI, run), Brooks Craigue (hit, 2 runs, RBI)

Highlights: It was 2-2 with two outs in the top of the fifth in Manchester when a Philbrick single followed by three straight Concord doubles from Jonah Wachter, McDonough and McGonigle gave the Tide a 5-2 lead. Concord added two in the sixth and three more in the seventh, the defense turned a pair of double plays, and McGonigle was lights out in relief.

Coach's quote: “Jarrad pitched a great game. He did not have his best stuff but he competed and kept us in the game. … Great defense today as well. Good team win. Proud of how we competed today.” — Concord's Scott Owen

Records: Concord 8-3; Manchester Memorial 0-9

John Stark 14, Merrimack Valley 2, 5 inn.

Key players: John Stark — Austin Hazzard (5 IP, W, 2 R, 5 H, 6 K; 1-for-1, double, 2 RBI, 3 runs 3 walks, SB), Brady Philibotte (2-for-3, RBI, 2 SB, walk), Cam Bergeron (1-for-2, double, 3 runs), Nate Innerfield (1-for-1, 2 RBI, 2 SB, 2 runs), AJ Detone (1-for-3, RBI, 2 runs, SB, great defense); Merrimack Valley – Ben Rose (3-for-3), Brandon Dukette (1-for-3, first varsity hit)

Highlights: MV took a 2-0 lead after one, but Stark scored four in the second, five in the third, five more in the fourth and finished the game early.

Coach's quote: “Tough first inning but we remained patient at the plate and were taking aggressive swings in the strike zone. This was about the time of the season I was hoping we’d start to breakout as we are finally piling up the reps I’d like to see us to have.” — John Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: John Stark 5-2; Merrimack Valley 2-5

Bishop Brady 13, Hillsboro-Deering 0, 5 inn.

Key players: Bishop Brady — Michael Thresher (3 IP, 0 H, 9 K; double, triple, 2 RBI, 2 runs), Matt Wiley (2 IP, 0 H, 5 K), Connor Treybig (double, triple, 2 RBI, run), Cody Fuller (2 hits, 2 RBI, 2 runs), Bradyn Mundy (triple, RBI, run), Dom DuBreuil (double, 2 RBI, run)

Highlights: Brady’s Thresher and Wiley combined on a five-inning no-hitter with 14 strikeouts between them. The Giants took control early with 11 runs in the bottom of the first inning at Rollins Park. Thresher had a double and a triple and scored two runs in the first, and Treybig had a two-run triple.

Coach's quote: “We came out swinging the bats in that first inning and Michael and Matt pitched great to lead us to a nice home win where everyone on the roster contributed to the victory.” — Bishop Brady’s Skip Foy

Records: Bishop Brady 4-2; Hillsboro-Deering 1-5

Derryfield 8, Hopkinton 5

Key players: Derryfield — Will Perkowski (7 IP, 6 H, 10 K; hit, RBI); Hopkinton — Peyton Marshall (2-for-3), Max Aframe (1-for-2, double, 2 RBI; 1 IP, 2 K)

Highlights: It was 1-1 until the bottom of the third when Derryfield scored six runs with the help of a walk and three Hopkinton errors. The Hawks battled back and cut the lead to 8-5 on a double from Aframe, but they couldn’t get any closer.

Coach's quote: “Other than a few errors and a few moments of where we lost focus, I was pleased that we didn't quit and fought back to make the game respectable. Derryfield is a good ball club and headed down the home stretch it is always good to play good teams.” — Hopkinton’s David Chase

Records: Derryfield 6-1; Hopkinton 5-2


Concord 13, Manchester Memorial 1, 6 inn.

Key players: Concord — Sarah Taylor (5 IP, W, 1 ER, 4 H, 8 K; 3-for-3, double, walk, 2 RBI), Alice Rosenberg (3-for-4, double, triple, walk, 3 runs, 2 RBI, SB), Delaney Duford (double, walk, 3 runs, 3 SB), Lillian Rienstra (1-for-2, 2 BB, HBP, 3 runs, RBI, SB), Elizabeth Blinn (hit, 2 walks, run; defense at 1B), Quincy Bolduc (hit, walk, run), Kennedy Ramos (hit, RBI), Libby Brown (RBI), Olivia Crawford (2 walks, SB), Anna Gaby (2 runs), Grace MacDonald (1 IP, 0 H, 1 K)

Highlights: Concord used 11 hits and 10 walks to end the game early by the run rule. The Tide batted around in both the second and fifth innings.

Coach's quote: “It was good to bounce back from Friday’s loss. In games like these we need to keep our focus and intensity and keep up good habits.” — Concord assistant coach Sandy Smith

Records: Concord 9-2; Manchester Memorial 0-6

Merrimack Valley 6, John Stark 5

Key players: Merrimack Valley — Sadie Barton (7 IP, W; 2 RBI); John Stark – Olivia Hargreaves (7 IP, 13 K, 1 BB), Lilli Stogner (3-for-4, run), Gracie Bolduc (2-for-4, run)

Highlights: Trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Stark scored twice and had the bases loaded with just one out, but MV’s Barton struck out the last two batters to end the game.

“I was very happy with our approach at the plate today as everyone was seeing the ball really well and we put the ball in play a lot. Hats off to the MV defense and Sadie for a game well played.” — John Stark’s Gerry Morin

Records: Merrimack Valley 5-1; John Stark 3-4

Bow 19, Kearsage 0, 5 inn.

Key players: Bow — Hannah McGonigle (5 IP, W, 2 H, 9 K; 2-for-3, double, walk, 4 RBI), Emily Kiah (1-for-2, 3 runs), Ella Roos (1-for-2, 2 walks, RBI), Brooke Biehl (2-for-4, 3 RBI, run)

Highlights: Bow broke this one open with seven runs in the fourth inning and eight runs in the fifth. McGonigle needed just 40 pitches to get through five innings and allowed only two runners to reach base. Right fielder Amelia Clark led the defensive effort for the Falcons.

Records: Bow 3-4; Kearsarge 0-5


Bishop Brady 14, Hillsboro Deering 0, 5 inn.

Key players: Bishop Brady — Jayden Johnson (5 IP, W, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 9 K; 2-for-2, 3 RBI, run), Halle Laramie (2-for-2, 3 runs, double, triple, walk, 3 RBI), Ashley Brust (2-for-3, 2 runs, 2-run home run), Isabella Rivera (2-for-2, 3 runs, double, single, HBP), Evelynn Irizary (2-for-3, run, double, single, 2 RBI), Gwen O’Keefe (run, double), Mia Wagner (run, walk, first varsity hit was a double)

Highlights: Bishop Brady took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and then plated seven more runs in the second, highlighted by a three-run triple from Laramie. Johnson had a perfect game through four innings. 

Coach's quote: “Jayden Johnson was in full control in the circle and our bats came out on fire early. Congratulations to Mia Wagner on her first varsity hit.” — Brady’s Freddy Rivera

Records: Bishop Brady 5-2; Hillsboro Deering 3-4

Girls' Tennis

Bishop Brady 6, Pembroke Academy 3

Key players: Bishop BradyPembroke Academy — Autumn LaGrande, Sarah Bennett, Madi Apgar, Abby Collins

Highlights: Pembroke’s Bennett earned her first varsity win (8-5 at No. 5 singles) and the same for LaGrande (8-6 at No. 6 singles) to keep the match alive for the Spartans going into doubles. Brady won at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to claim the team win and extend its winning streak to three straight, but Pembroke won, 8-5, at No. 3 doubles.

Coach's quote: “We were evenly matched with Bishop Brady and they won the two close matches at 9-7 at No. 1 singles and No. 4 singles that made the difference. The Brady girls were very polite.” — Pembroke’s David W. Goulet

Records: Bishop Brady 4-1; Pembroke Academy 0-5

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