Boys’ high schools: Dee tosses gem for Laconia baseball in season-opening win over Pembroke

Monitor staff
Thursday, April 12, 2018

PEMBROKE – There’s a lot riding on the arm of Ryan Dee this season.

He’s the only returning player with experience in the starting rotation for the Laconia baseball team, and the Sachems know that if they’re going to make some noise in Division II this spring, it’s going to require a big campaign from their sophomore right-hander.

“Right now I think it’s without a doubt that he’s our ace,” said Laconia coach Jon Myers after Dee twirled a complete game on Wednesday, stifling Pembroke Academy’s lineup en route to a 6-1 win in the season opener for both teams. “His presence today, having only thrown off a wooden mound, the fact that he came in and was just able to throw strikes – let alone I thought dominate – it was just tremendous.

“We’re going to go by his performance,” Myers said. “If he’s on, we’re going to play well. If he’s off, we’re obviously in trouble. He’s our leader on the mound right now.”

It’s safe to say that Dee was on against the Spartans.

He allowed just two hits and one run over seven innings, racking up 14 strikeouts and displaying sharp command over his offspeed pitches – a rarity this early in the season. Seven of his 14 strikeouts came looking, eight came via the curveball and Dee fanned four batters alone in the fifth inning after striking out the side in the fourth.

“Even last year as a freshman his curveball was great,” Myers said. “His fastball is now even more overpowering so when he sprinkles in that curveball, and he can control it so well – sometimes even better than his fastball – he’s going to fool hitters and they’re going to swing and miss or not swing at all.”

While Dee was the story for Laconia, the defense was the story for the Spartans.

Despite a strong outing on the mound for Pembroke senior Cole Hapgood (4⅓ IP, 5 H), he didn’t receive much help behind him. The Spartans committed five errors, most of them coming in the early innings that allowed Laconia to jump ahead without barreling up too many balls.

After a pair of miscues put runners on the corners for the Sachems in the top of the second, they grabbed a 1-0 lead when Logan Dee stole second and freshman Cam Haynes scored from third on the throw down. In the third inning, senior Cameron Souda slapped a leadoff double to left field, stole third and scored Laconia’s second run on a wild pitch.

Later in the inning with a runner on second, another wild pitch allowed Bradley Weeks to take third and he came around to score on an RBI single from Tyler Richter. Haynes, the next batter, blasted a double to deep left field to push Laconia’s lead to 4-0.

Jared Murray collected the only hits of the game for the Spartans, who scored their lone run on an error in the fifth. Laconia tacked on solo runs in the fifth on a fielder’s choice and in the sixth on an RBI single from Thomas Turpin.

“Pitchers were all right. Pitchers pitched outs. Defensively you have to make some plays behind them,” Pembroke coach Joshua Coughlin said. “I thought Cole (Hapgood) threw well to be honest. There were a couple hard hits, a couple not so hard, but at the end of the day he attacked the zone, he pitched ahead most of the time. But again, when you come back and have to get four, five outs in any given inning, it’s bound to catch up with you.”

That’s sort of been the story for the Spartans over the last few years. Pembroke has missed the tournament in each of the last two seasons after a string of seven straight appearances from 2009-2015.

Coughlin said pitching hasn’t been the issue for the most part, it’s just a matter of improving in the other phases of the game.

“The last couple of years that have been down on our end, we can go back and tell you our pitching has been fine. It’s been everything else. It’s really just been trying to get that to glue and get the butter to stick,” Coughlin said.

“We have a young group that we believe in the future will get us back to (the playoffs). With the leadership of the Cole Hapgoods, the Jared Murrays and the Justin Legeres, our seniors that have been around, we believe in that mixture with our sophomores, that throughout time, we’ll get back there.”

Both teams will get back to work on Friday. Pembroke kicks off a three-game road trip against Plymouth, while Laconia travels to take on Pelham.

(Jay McAree can be reached at 369-3371, jmcaree@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JayMcAree.)


Concord 9, Trinity 1

Key players: Concord – Griffin Gilbert (5⅓ IP, 4 H, BB, 9 K, W), Sean McDounough (1 ⅔ IP, 0 H, 1 BB), Zach Miles (2 hits, 2 runs), Jacob Knowles (2 runs, 2 RBI, 2B), Alex Buteau (3 hits, RBI), Adrian Kennedy (2 hits, 2 runs, RBI-triple)

Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide got great pitching from Gilbert and McDonough and timely hits from Kennedy and Knowles.

Records: Concord 2-0; Trinity 0-2

John Stark 5, Oyster River 4

Key players: Stark – Derek Goldrick (4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 6 K, W; sac fly), Aaron Robertson (2-run single, 3 BB, 2 runs, SB), Jake Cole (run, 2 SB), Ben Stogner (save), Noah Greene (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Robertson gave the Generals a lead in the first when he walked, stole second and eventually scored on a wild pitch, and he gave the Generals a lead in the fifth when his bases-loaded single plated two runs.

Coach’s quote: “This was very big for us. Oyster River is pretty much everyone’s preseason pick to win it all, and we faced the reigning D-II Player of the Year (Brennen Oxford), who is outstanding. We played a complete team game with so many players making a contribution. We stayed aggressive throughout and kept the pressure on.” – Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: John Stark 1-0; Oyster River 0-1

St. Thomas 3, Coe-Brown 1

Key players:Coe-Brown – Brady Johnson (4 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 ER), Aidan Fillion (3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 ER), Brendan Eaton (hit), Jacob Flanagan (hit), Hunter DeCota (3 walks)

Highlights/key moments: DeCota scored the only run of the game for the Bears when Johnson drew a walk with the bases loaded in the second inning.

Records: Coe-Brown 0-1; St. Thomas 1-0

Bow 9, Plymouth 6

Key players:Bow – Ben Guertin (2 hits, double, 2 walks, 5 runs), Jack Corriveau (2 hits, 3 RBI, 1 run), Matt Hamilton (2 hits, 3 RBI)

Highlights/key moments: With the game tied at 6-all in the top of the sixth inning, Corriveau delivered a bases-loaded single to plate two runs and Ben Harris followed with an RBI single a few batters later to rally for the victory in the opener.

Coach’s quote: “Players stayed focused after losing the early lead but held a tough Plymouth team defensively and executed offensively to get runs across for the win.” – Bow’s Dennis Ordway

Records: Bow 1-0; Plymouth 0-1

Goffstown 6, Merrimack Valley 2

Key players: MV – Matt Ostrowski (6⅔ IP, 2H), Josh Planchet (1-for-3, run), Caleb Heath (RBI)

Highlights/key moments: Heath gave the Pride a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with his sacrifice fly. The game stayed tight until the Grizzlies plated four in the top of the seventh to earn the road win.

Coach’s quote: “Well pitched game for both clubs. We needed just a few more timely hits.” – MV’s Sean Wheeler

Records: Merrimack Valley 1-0; Goffstown 0-1

Bishop Brady 16, Berlin 12

Key players: Brady – Chase Buckman (4 IP, 2 ER, 2 H), Max Lamora (2 hits, 3 RBI, 4 runs), Alex Andrews (2 hits, 3 RBI, 3 runs)

Highlights/key moments: The Giants built a 15-3 lead after four innings before they opened the door for a Berlin rally.

Coach’s quote: “We came out swinging the bats and built a big lead, but let down our guard with walks and errors to let Berlin back in the game. Lesson learned – you have to play all seven innings.” – Brady’s Skip Foy

Records: Bishop Brady 2-0; Berlin 0-1

Gilford 11, Winnisquam 0

Key players:Gilford – Adrian Siravo (no-hitter, 15 K), Isaac Wallace (4-for-5, 3 RBI), Cody Boucher (3-for-5, 2 2B), Chandler Mead (on base all four times, 3 runs); Winnisquam – Michael Allard (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Siravo needed just 86 pitches to spin his season-opening no-no.

Coach’s quote: “Nice way to start the season. Siravo held Winnisquam in check until the bats got going. Big test Friday with a long bus ride to a good Stevens team.” – Gilford’s Eric Duquette

“Last year we lost to Gilford in the first game, 17-0, so we improved by six runs. It’s just one game. Siravo was unhittable. He worked ahead the entire game. He deserves all the credit.” – Winnisquam’s Fred Caruso

Records: Gilford 1-0; Winnisquam 0-1

Mascenic 12, Kearsarge 2

Key players: Kearsarge – Tyler Crawford (2-run single), Nick Pellerin (2⅔ IP, 4 R, 1 ER) Aiden Markoff (reached base twice)

Highlights/key moments:

Coach’s quote: “We made some mistakes that led to eight unearned runs. It’s early and only our second day outside. We will learn and get better from it.” – Kearsarge’s Travis Pelletier

Records: Kearsarge 0-1; Mascenic 1-1

Hopkinton 5, Derryfield 3

Key players: Hopkinton – Sam Crawford (7 IP, 10 K, 4 H; RBI), Caleb Yianakopolos (hit, stolen base, run, defense), Larsen Burack (hit, defense), Kevin Newton-Delgado (1-for-2, sacrifice, 3B)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks scored all five of their runs in the second and then sealed the win when Yianakopolos made a diving stop at third for a double play that ended the game. Sam Rawson, Colby Marshall and Crawford all had RBI in the second inning.

Coach’s quote: “This was a pretty good high school baseball game. Derryfield is probably a contender.” – Hopkinton’s Dave Chase

Records: Hopkinton 2-0; Derryfield 0-1


Bow 12, Merrimack Valley 8

Key players:Bow – Sean Miclette (defense), Aidan Roy (12 saves); MV – Dillon Arrant (midfield), Colby Mercier (midfield), Jessy Hirwa (goalie)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons received seven goals from the attack and five from the midfield in a well-balanced victory. Jack Wixson had some key faceoff wins to help clinch the contest.

Coach’s quote: “Today’s win was a reflection of our dedication to each other. ... We rolled with the ups and downs and executed when we had the chances.” – Bow’s Joe Rider

Records: Bow 1-1; MV 0-1

John Stark 13, Manchester Memorial 0

Key players: Stark – Tim Fatcheric (3 goals), Kayden Easter (3 goals), Noah Bellemore (3 goals), Matt Bennetter (goal, 3 assists), Ethan Konrad (shutout in goal)

Highlights/key moments: After losing a tough one in the season opener (13-10 at Keene), the Generals bounced back with the win in Manchester.

Records: John Stark 1-1; Manchester Memorial 0-1

Trinity 11, Kearsarge 4

Key players:Kearsarge – Tate Nurme (2 goals), Emerson Tyler (1 goal, 1 assist), Zander Hauck (goal)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars had the game tied, 4-4, at the end of the first, but fell behind by four at the break and were held scoreless in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “We struggled to maintain possession and execute. Trinity did a great job taking advantage of our turnovers.” – Kearsarge’s Zach Matthews

Records: Kearsarge 0-2; Trinity 1-0


Concord 8, Keene 1

Key players: Concord – Kevin Neary (8-3 win at No. 1), Liam Grennon (8-1 win at No. 2), Anders Norton (8-3 win at No. 3), Ethan Crandlemire (8-0 win at No. 4), Jonathan Shamash (8-5 win at No. 6)

Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide took the long bus ride to Keene and came home with a win. Concord wrapped things up in singles and also swept the doubles – Neary and Norton won 8-4 at first doubles, Grennon and Nate Levine won 9-7 at second and Crandlemire and Shamash won 9-8 (7-2) at third.

Coach’s quote: “Keene is a deep and experienced team and we were fortunate to pull out several close matches. Ethan Crandlemire played superbly in his singles win and (No. 5) Nate Levine showed heart in defeat, nearly coming all the way back from a 3-7 deficit.” – Concord’s Dave Page

Records: Concord 2-1; Keene 2-2

Kearsarge 9, Monadnock 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Tucker Valovic (8-0 win at No. 1), Matt Hubley (8-0 win at No. 2), Jake Long (8-0 win at No. 3), Sam Shields (8-0 win at No. 4)

Highlights/key moments: Monadnock didn’t have a full roster, so the Cougars took default wins at No. 5 and 6 singles, and second and third doubles. Valovic and Hubley won 8-4 at first doubles.

Records: Kearsarge 1-1; Monadnock 0-2

Gilford 5, Conant 4

Key players: Gilford – Colton Workman, Adam Donnelly, Donny Searle, Christian Workman, Tyler Hanf

Highlights/key moments: Gilford pushed its winning streak to 86 straight matches with this win at home, but it was close. Colton Workman and Searle both had to come from behind to win their singles matches, and those two decisions, along with a singles win from Donnelly, left things tied, 3-3, after singles. Colton Workman and Donnelly then teamed for a doubles win, as did the top team of Christian Workman and Hanf.

Coach’s quote: “Our team depth was very important today and how the players came back after falling behind.” – Gilford’s Terry Wilson

Records: Gilford 2-0; Conant 0-1

Bow 7, Pelham 2

Key players: Bow – Brayden Binder (8-5 win at No. 1), Caleb Olson (8-3 win at No. 2), Jon Cook (8-3 win at No. 5), Daniel Silva (9-7 win at No. 6)

Highlights/key moments: Binder and Olson teamed up for an 8-4 win at first doubles to help Bow lock down the win. Dillon D’Allesandro and Zach Mullen won, 8-4, at second doubles, while Cook and Silva completed the doubles sweep with an 8-5 decision.

Records: Bow 3-0; Pelham 2-1


Salem 3, John Stark 0

Key players: Stark – Spencer Janelle (2 kills, block, 10 digs), Johan French (100 percent service, 10 digs)

Highlights/key moments: The Blue Devils took early leads in each set working their way to a 25-12, 25-15, 25-10 win.

Coach’s quote: “We competed hard and never quit. We're getting a better the more we play.” – Stark’s Jeff McClellan

Records: John Stark 0-2; Salem 2-0

Pinkerton 3, Coe-Brown 0

Key players: Coe-Brown – Michael McKinney (5 kills), Albert Lapiejko (3 assists), Derek Capo (5 blocks)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears traveled to Derry for their season-opener and fell to the Astros, 25-9, 25-18, 25-16.

Records: Coe-Brown 0-1; Pinkerton 2-0