High schools: Lamora’s arm and bat carry Brady baseball to win over H-D

Monitor staff
Monday, April 09, 2018

In an opening day matchup between two teams that have had limited practice time outside, you wouldn’t expect a clean game, but Bishop Brady pitcher Max Lamora pitched a gem, striking out 10 in a complete-game effort to lead the Giants past the Hillsboro-Deering Hillcats, 5-3.

Lamora allowed just one earned run in seven innings of work and also helped his cause with some strong at-bats.

The senior hurler hit an RBI single in the first to give Brady a 1-0 lead. H-D took a 2-1 lead with a pair of unearned runs in the second, but Lamora hit a two-run triple in the third to put the Giants back on top, 3-2.

The Hillcats clawed back to tie the game 3-3 in the top of the fifth, thanks to the bats of Gunnar Hagstrom (two hits) and Thomas Ferguson (two hits), but Lamora wasn’t flustered, delivering back-to-back strikeouts with the bases loaded to get out of the inning.

“We had to go with his fastball,” Bishop Brady head coach Skip Foy said. “It isn’t overpowering, but he spotted it really well and got some key strikes when he needed to.”

The Giants wasted no time in taking back the lead.

Junior first baseman Alex Andrews led off the bottom of the fifth with a double and came home to score on a single by junior left fielder Kevin Anderson that proved to be the game-winner.

Patrick Brust brought home Trevor Gallagher on a sacrifice fly to tack on the final run.

“For two teams that had hardly been outside it was a well played opening game,” Foy said. “This is our second time on a baseball field and I think this was H-D’s first time outside. Give H-D credit they came to play today, but we were just able to score a couple more runs. (H-D) showed they have a pretty good team this year.”


Concord 5, Winnacunnet 4

Key players: Concord – Adrian Kennedy (3⅓ IP, 5 K, 3 H, 2 ER), Griffin Gilbert (⅔ IP, save), Zach Morrissey (RBI), Eric Sullivan (RBI single), John Taranovich (2-run HR)

Highlights/key moments: The Tide trailed 3-0, but scored two runs in the fifth. Sullivan tied the game with an RBI single in the sixth and Taranovich hit a two-run shot later in the inning to lead Concord to the come-from-behind victory.

Coach’s quote: “Great opening-day win. We got a lot of contributions with seven guys in the line-up getting a hit Very nice to get a comeback win to start the season.” – Concord’s Scott Owen

Records: Concord 1-0; Winnacunnet 0-1

Hopkinton 7, Hinsdale 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Colby Marshall (11 K, 6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB), Larsen Burack (pitched shutout inning in 7th), Shepyrd Murdough (2 hits), Sam Crawford (2-run double), Max Rossingol (2-run single)

Highlights/key moments: Rossignol hit a two-run single in the third inning to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead and Crawford’s two-run double in the seventh added some insurance as Hopkinton won a clean game on opening day. Marshall threw two walks, while Hinsdale’s pitchers only walked one.

Coach’s quote: “It was a pretty cold day out there. The offense wasn’t really in gear for either team. Both pitchers threw the ball pretty well. Offensively and defensively we did not make an error, it was just a cold day to hit the baseball, but we had some good cuts.”

Records: Hopkinton 1-0; Hinsdale 0-1


Derryfield 14, Bow 3

Key players: Bow – Aidan Roy (15 saves), Nick McGovern (2 goals), Thomas Rolla (goal), Sean Miclette (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons dropped their first contest of the year and will look to bounce back Wednesday at Merrimack Valley.

Records: Derryfield 1-0; Bow 0-1

Hopkinton 12, Gilford 7

Key players: Hopkinton – Colby Quiet (6 goals, assist, 6 ground balls, 7 faceoff wins), Jake Tomlinson (goal, 3 assists), Joe Sawitsky (2 goals), Aidan Horne (goal), Carter Quiet (goal), Allan Faulkner (goal), Gerry Donahue (5 forced turnovers, 5 ground balls), Kiernan Byrne (2 forced turnovers, 2 ground balls), Benny Madden (8 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks had a sluggish start, leading 4-3 at halftime, but outscored the Eagles, 5-2, in the third quarter to secure their 18th straight victory in their season opener. The defending champions faced a strong goaltender and transition game from Gilford, but Hopkinton made some adjustments at halftime that paid off.

Coach’s quote: “I thought we played well today, particularly on defense and in transition. We were able to pressure their offense and push the fast break throughout the game. We made some adjustments on offense during halftime and the team really responded by executing plays and finding the net. Colby Quiet had a phenomenal game and helped pull the offense together.” – Hopkinton’s Deacon Blue

Records: Hopkinton 1-0; Gilford 0-1

Portsmouth 14, Kearsarge 6

Key players: Kearsarge – Tate Nurme (5 goals, assist), Alex Swords (goal), Nolan Haley (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars trailed 9-0 at halftime and scored six goals in the second half against Division II Portsmouth.

Coach’s quote: “I was pleased with how we came out in the second half. We might take a couple on the chin early this year with a lot of our guys getting their first varsity experience.” – Kearsarge’s Zach Matthews

Records: Portsmouth 1-0; Kearsarge 0-1


Concord 9, Man. Memorial 0

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

Highlights/key moments: The Tide swept singles and only dropped one game in doubles. The No. 3 doubles pairing of Philip O’Sullivan and Matt Burns earned their first career varsity wins, 8-0. Neary and Norton won 8-1 at No. 1 doubles and Grennon and Levine won 8-0 at No. 2 doubles.

Coach’s quote: “We won our home opener convincingly against a rebuilding Memorial team, playing better in windy conditions than we had last week.” – Concord’s Dave Page

Records: Concord 1-1; Man. Memorial 0-1

Bow 7, Portsmouth Christian 2

Key players: Bow – Caleb Olson (8-4 win at No. 2), Zach Mullen (8-5 win at No. 4), Jon Cook (8-0 win at No. 5), Daniel Silva (8-0 win at No. 6)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons won some key matches at the bottom of the singles ladder and swept doubles against the Eagles. Brayden Binder and Olson won, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles, Dillan D’Allesandro and Mullen won, 8-4, at No. 2 and Jake Valpey and Silva won, 8-5, at No. 3.

Records: Bow 2-0; Portsmouth

Gilford 6, Littleton 3

Key players: Gilford – Christian Workman, Tyler Hanf, Mikey Eisenmann, Adam Donnelly

Highlights/key moments: Workman, Hanf, Eisenmann and Donnelly won both their singles and doubles to the lead the Eagles to their 85th straight win in a season-opening match against the Crusaders.

Records: Gilford 1-0; Littleton 0-1

Sanborn 8, Kearsarge 1

Key players: Kearsarge – Tucker Valovic (8-1 win at No. 1)

Highlights/key moments: Valovic won first singles and fought hard in a narrow 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles with Matt Hubley, but a rebuilding Cougars team lost its opener to the Indians.

Records: Sanborn 1-2; Kearsarge 0-1


Souhegan 3, John Stark 0

Key players: John Stark – Owen Payeur (6 kills, 5 digs), Jackson Smith (8 assists)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals fell to an experienced Sabre squad, 25-13, 25-16, 25-7, in their opening match.

Coach’s quote: “We worked hard and never gave up. Plenty of positives to build on.” – John Stark’s Jeff McClellan

Records: Souhegan 1-0; John Stark 0-1