High school softball: MV walks off with 10-8 win against Bow; Concord tops Keene

Monitor staff
Thursday, May 17, 2018

After losing a pair of tight, low-scoring games last week, the Merrimack Valley softball team has gone big this week.

The Pride has erupted for 35 runs in two games, including 10 runs on 13 hits on Wednesday against visiting Bow. Despite all that offense, Merrimack Valley still needed a two-run, walk-off home run from Miah Boucher to beat the Falcons, 10-8.

“It was a grind all game long,” MV coach Sam York said.

Bow looked ready to snap its eight-game losing streak when it scored two in the first and three more in the second. But the Pride, which was coming off a 25-3 win against Kingswood, got the bats going for four runs in the bottom of the second to tie things at 5-5 after two.

After a scoreless third, the Falcons (2-11) went back on top, 8-5, with three in the fourth. MV (6-8) chipped away at that lead with a single run in the fourth and a pair in the fifth, tying things at 8-8 and setting the stage for the final-inning dramatics.

Sarah Cook led off the seventh with a double before Boucher’s home run ended things.

“It was a great matchup with both teams scoring runs in back-to-back innings,” Bow coach Emily Crompton said. “It was exciting to see two local teams playing some solid softball against each other.”

Boucher finished the game 3-for-5 with four RBI. The Pride also got offensive production from Lauren McLaughlin (two hits, two RBI), Alani Ramas (two hits, two RBI), Molly McLaughlin (hit, RBI) and Sadie Barton (2-for-4). Barton also pitched five innings and allowed zero earned runs.

Erin Boldwin led the way for Bow, going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Maddie McSweeney also had a big day, finishing 2-for-4 with her first over-the-fence home run of the season, and Annika Geiben-Lynn went 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Falcons.


Concord 4, Keene 1

Key players: Concord – Izzy Dunn (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI), Abby Rochette (7 IP, 9 K, 5 H, 1ER, W; double, 2 runs), Autumn Nudd (2 hits, 2 SB, run), Abby Corbett (hit, RBI, BB, HBP), Nicole Cacciola (hit), Nicole LeBrun (hit), Haley Munroe (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Concord solidified its top-four position with a strong road win at No. 5 Keene. Corbett plated Nudd with an RBI single in the first, then Rochette led off the fifth with a double and scored on a Dunn single for a 2-0 lead. Keene loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, but Munroe reeled in a deep fly at the fence in left to limit the Blackbirds to a single run on the sacrifice fly. Concord put the game away on Dunn’s two-run blast over the fence in left in the top of the seventh.

Coach’s quote: “That was a very good win on the road against a strong Keene team. They challenged us, and we responded. This is the type of game you want with the tournament coming up.” – Concord assistant coach Sandy Smith

Records: Concord 12-3; Keene 11-5

John Stark 5, Sanborn 2

Key players: Stark – Anna Stenger (3-for-3, double, triple, SB, 2 runs); Sarah Ferguson (2-for-4, 2 doubles), Izzy Nelson (CG, 13 K, 2 H, 1 ER)

Highlights/key moments: Trailing 2-0, Stenger led off the fifth with a triple to spark a three-run rally before the Generals added two insurance runs in the sixth.

Coach’s quote: “Our catcher Anna Stenger had an outstanding game on both sides of the ball. She getsthe well-deserved game ball today.” – Stark’s Gerry Morin

Records: Stark 11-2; Sanborn 6-7

Kearsarge 18, Hillsboro-Deering 3

Highlights/key moments: After 11 straight losses, the Cougars broke out for a season-high run total to notch their first victory.

Records: H-D 3-9; Kearsarge 1-11

White Mountains 8, Gilford 3

Key players: Gilford – Ella Harris (2 hits, double, RBI), Samantha Knowles (hit), Randi Byars (hit), Emily Smith (hit)

Highlights/key moments: Gilford took a 2-1 lead in the third inning on Knowles’s 2-RBI single. White Mountains – one of three undefeated teams in D-III – answered with a three-run homer in the bottom half of the frame. White Mountains struck out six times, had eight hits and three errors; Gilford struck out seven times, had five hits and two errors.

Records: White Mountains 12-0; Gilford 9-4

Bishop Brady 19, Laconia 5

Key players: Brady – Aniecia Vargas, (4 hits, 5 RBI, 3 runs, HR), Jayden Johnson (3 IP, 2 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 0 ER; 3 hits, 2 RBI, run, double), Jess Beeso (3 hits, 3 runs, double, RBI), Halle Laramie (3 IP, 2 K, 2 BB, 1 H, 2 ER, W; 2 hits, 3 runs, triple, RBI), Ami Rivera (2 hits, 3 runs, RBI), Abby Santis (2 hits, 5 RBI, 3 runs, grand slam), Jamie Cookingham (2 hits, run, 2 doubles), Mercedes Swanson (double, 2 RBI)

Highlights/key moments: The Giants led 7-0 after two innings and kept adding runs from there.

Coach’s quote: “Good offensive numbers, 19 runs on 21 hits, and the girls stayed focused. Kudos to Swanson on her two-run double late in the game.” – Brady’s Freddy Rivera

Records: Brady 8-2; Laconia 3-10

Mascoma 11, Newfound 5

Key players: Newfound – Tiffany Doan (2-for-2, 2 doubles, 2 runs), Hayleigh Pabst (3-for-4, double, run), Kylee MacDonald (run), Hayley Haskell (run)

Coach’s quote: “Our JV players really stepped up in helping us fill in some holes in our roster today. They did an excellent job coming through for us and despite the outcome, this game was what teamwork is all about.” – Newfound’s Kelly Meegan

Records: Newfound 5-8; Mascoma 4-7

Farmington 15, Pittsfield 2

Key players: Pittsfield – Megan Callicoat (2-for-3, run), Tori Lee (2-for-3), Destinee Ellis (1-for-3, run)

Records: Pittsfield 0-14; Farmington 2-5