High schools: Pittsfield baseball takes battle of unbeatens vs. rival Newmarket

Monitor staff
Published: 5/14/2019 10:47:02 PM

Going in to Tuesday’s games, there were three undefeated Division IV baseball teams. After, there were two.

Pittsfield knocked off rival Newmarket, 7-2, to push its record to a perfect 12-0. The Mules dropped to 8-1 with the loss at Pittsfield’s Drake Field. Woodsville also stayed unbeaten (11-0) with a win against Lin-Wood.

“It was a big win for us,” Pittsfield coach Rob Stockman said of his team’s game. “In my mind Newmarket is one of the top teams, and I was very proud of the way our players battled to the last out tonight.”

The Mules beat Pittsfield in last year’s semifinals. Many of the players in that game were also part of the 2018 D-IV boys’ basketball championship where Pittsfield beat Newmarket, and in the 2017 D-IV boys’ soccer first-round playoff game where the Panthers knocked out the Mules.

“It’s definitely a rivalry, we always seem to battle with them, baseball, basketball, it always seems like a good game,” Stockman said.

Newmarket took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on Tuesday, but Kyle Stockman delivered a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth to tie things up. The Mules edged back to a 2-1 lead before the Panthers broke things open in the bottom of the sixth against Newmarket starter Josh Mastin, who worked six innings and gave up eight hits and three walks while striking out six.

A Mules error, a Stockman walk and an infield single from Devin Bedell loaded the bases for Jesse MacGlashing, who singled to drive in two and give the Panthers a 3-2 lead. Caleb Stopyro followed with a two-run single of his own, Ben Stephens dropped down a squeeze bunt to plate MacGlashing and DJ Zensky drove in Stopyro to make it 7-2.

Bedell made sure that lead held up as he came out for the seventh to finish his complete-game effort. He struck out six, walked six and gave up six hits over the seven innings.

“Devin pitched a good game, but he wasn’t sharp. They had a lot of runners on base,” coach Stockman said. “They left the bases loaded two or three times, but he battled out of those situations.”

He also got some help from center fielder Decota Maura-Giddis, who made a great catch in the fourth inning with runners on first and second. Maura-Giddis is part of a brand new outfield for the Panthers, who also have two new starters in the infield – Zensky at first and Stopyro at second. Ben Stopyro, Caleb’s twin, is in left field and Corey Gilleney is in right to round out the revamped outfield.

Kyle Stockman and Bedell are Pittsfield’s leaders, the team’s top pitchers and top hitters. MacGlashing and freshman shortsop Gavin Bedell, who went 3-for-4 on Tuesday and started at second last year as an eighth-grader, give the Panthers some more experience. But it’s been the contributions from the new starters that have pushed Pittsfield from a good team to an undefeated, first-place team.

“The five new guys have played better than I thought they would and we’re better than I thought we’d be at this point,” coach Stockman said. “I thought we’d be one of the teams up there, top four, and we’d battle, but I did not think we’d be where we are now.”


Hopkinton 18, Franklin 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Jack Morrall (3-for-4, 3 RBI), Caleb Yianakopolos (2-for-4, 3 RBI, triple), Kevin Newton-Delgado (2-for-4, 2 RBI; 2 IP 4 K), Sam Rawson (2-for-2, 2 RBI) Franklin – TJ Laramie (2-out double in 4th, only Franklin hit.

Highlights: The Hawks scored seven runs in the first inning after two outs to take control early. Franklin’s TJ Laramie had a double in the fourth for his team’s only hit.

Coach’s quote: “Freshman Jack Morrall keeps improving both behind the plate and at the plate. A couple of his hits today were in big spots and he produced. ” – Dave Chase

Records: Hopkinton 11-1; Franklin 4-7


Pembroke 19, Bow 11

Key players: Pembroke – Summer Pecinski (3-for-5, triple, grand slam, 3-run HR), Whitney Moses (2-for-4, 2 RBI), Courtney St. Onge; Bow– Lauren Colby (4-for-4, double)

Highlights: Bow jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but the Spartans scored 11 runs in the fourth to go on top. The Falcons answered with four runs to tie things at 11-11, but the Spartans bats would not quit. In addition to Colby’s four hits, Bow also got hits from Brooke Biehl, Katelin Howe, Annika Geiben-Lynn, Maddison Speckman, Maddie McSweeney and Kelly Harris.

Coach’s quote: “It was a great offensive game by both sides. Both teams were hitting the ball where fielders were not and took advantage when they could. It was a slugfest.” – Pembroke’s Ashley Gladu

Records: Pembroke 7-4; Bow 3-6

Bow 13, Hanover 8

Key players: Bow – Annika Geiben-Lynn (4-for-4, HR, 4 RBI), Kelly Harris (2-run triple).

Highlights: After losing to Pembroke early on Tuesday, Bow bounced back with this win against Hanover. Maddie McSweeney, Cassie Murphy and Madison Speckman all had multiple-hit games for the Falcons, along with Geiben-Lynn. Ruby Towne, Katelin Howe and Geiben-Lynn all played well defensively while Lauryn Colby earned the pitching win.

Records: Bow 3-6; Hanover 1-8

Hopkinton 9, Franklin 1

Key players: Hopkinton – Jordyn Barrett (7 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H), Julia Baer (3-for-4, aggressive defense), Lauren Secore (3 RBI), Maddy Follansbee (2-for-4, threw out would-be base stealer)

Highlights: Barrett took advantage of her first varsity start and got plenty of help by the defense behind her, which turned three double plays.

Coach’s quote: “Jordyn threw strikes and the defense made plays behind her. Nice to see us focused defensively again.” – Hopkinton’s Dan Meserve

Records: Hopkinton 10-2; Franklin 1-10

Boys’ lacrosse

John Stark 12, Alvirne 2

Key players: Stark – Kayden Easter (4 G, 2 A), Cam Fortin (4 G, 2 A), Peyton Marden (3 G, 2 A), Chris Mann (1 G), Ethan Konrad (15 saves)

Highlights: The Generals pushed themselves back to the .500 mark in large part due to the offensive play of Easter and Fortin, who both netted six points.

Coach’s quote: “The defense played well today and forced the outside shots to give our keeper a good look.” – Stark’s Howard Roever

Records: John Stark 5-5; Alvirne 0-10

Boys’ tennis

Bow 6, Goffstown 0

Key players: Bow – Caleb Olson (8-6 win at No. 1 singles), Matt Ferland (8-3 win at No. 2), Neeraj Naik (8-1 win at No. 3), Jon Cook (8-5 win at No. 4), Noah Leuctenberger (8-4 win at No. 5), Jake Valpey (8-0 win at No. 6)

Highlights: The Falcons used some solid singles play from all six at the top of ladder to put the match out of reach early. The doubles matches were not played.

Records: Bow 7-6; Goffstown 0-9

Girls’ Tennis

Coe-Brown 6, Plymouth 3

Key players: Coe-Brown – Mary Thoms (8-2 win at No. 2 singles), Addi Leifer (8-3 win at No. 3), Kire Nealburk (8-2 win at No. 4), Lilly Libbey (8-4 win at No. 6)

Coach’s quote: “Strong Nos. 1 and 2 doubles made the difference in the match.” – Coe-Brown’s Mark Struthers

Records: Coe-Brown 10-2; Plymouth 5-6

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