Boys’ high schools: Pittsfield beats Hopkinton in rematch of D-IV baseball final

  • Pittsfield's Cam Darrah (1) makes a catch for an out during Friday's baseball game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester on May 4, 2018. Pittsfield defeated Hopkinton, 11-4. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton's Dustin Rose (13) connects with the ball during Friday's baseball game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester on May 4, 2018. Pittsfield defeated Hopkinton, 11-4. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton's Kevin Newton Delgado (22) slides safely into home plate during Friday's baseball game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester on May 4, 2018. Pittsfield defeated Hopkinton, 11-4. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Pittsfield defeats Hopkinton, 11-4, during Friday's baseball game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester on May 4, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Pittsfield defeats Hopkinton, 11-4, during Friday's baseball game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester on May 4, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Pittsfield's Casey Clark (2) looks back to first base during Friday's baseball game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester on May 4, 2018. Pittsfield defeated Hopkinton, 11-4. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Pittsfield's Kyle Stockman (3) offers a high five to Cam Darrah (1) after Darrah scores in the sixth inning during Friday's baseball game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester on May 4, 2018. Pittsfield defeated Hopkinton, 11-4. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton's Zach Conroy (11) winds up a pitch during Friday's baseball game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester on May 4, 2018. Pittsfield defeated Hopkinton, 11-4. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

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Published: 5/5/2018 12:46:13 AM

MANCEHSTER – Not only was it a rematch of last year’s Division IV baseball championship, it was played at the same site – the New Hampshire Fisher Cats’ Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

“It’s still a business trip when we come here and we try to treat it like any other game and just play, but it definitely is pretty cool to come here,” Pittsfield senior Casey Clark said. “And it’s a little bit of revenge coming here and beating them.”

“Them” is Hopkinton, the team that won that D-IV championship last spring. Pittsfield (5-1) had already beaten the Hawks (6-3) once this spring, but like Clark said, Friday’s 11-4 win at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium was extra special.

“Of course this is an important game,” Pittsfield coach Rob Stockman said. “Hopkinton is a good team. ... We wanted to play this game here against (Hopkinton) and get some of our young guys familiar with the stadium.”

There’s clearly mutual respect between the two programs. So much so that after the game, Hopkinton coach Dave Chase spoke to the Panthers before he addressed his own team.

“I said they have a great opportunity to win the thing this year. They’ve got the pitching, they’ve got some guys who can hit and they’ve got some guys who can field, but I don’t know if they’re 100 percent motivated to keep getting better right now,” Chase said. “I wasn’t trying to be mean or call them out or say anything that way, I was just saying, ‘Look, how good did it feel to win the basketball championship?’ ”

Three of the starting five from the Pittsfield team that won the D-IV boys’ basketball title in March also play on the baseball team, including Clark, who was thinking along the same lines as Chase.

“I think we gave them our worst game. We didn’t really hit until they brought in their last pitcher,” Clark said. “But we’ll learn from it and keep working hard every day until we get better and hopefully take it all in the end.”

Clark’s coach echoed those sentiments.

“I think we still have a lot to work on,” Stockman said. “And I don’t want that to sound naïve because we just won, 11-4, but I just feel like we have another gear we need to get to.”

The Panthers will probably find that next gear – they’ve already shown some learning ability this season. Pittsfield lost its first game of the year, 10-9 against Newmarket, in large part because a few mistakes led to a seven-run inning for the Mules. Clark said allowing that kind of big inning was a problem for the Panthers when he was a freshman and sophomore, but he thinks the game against Newmarket helped this team recognize, and correct, that issue. They’ve been able to avoid giving up the big inning since then, including on Friday.

Pittsfield held a comfortable 7-3 lead through four, but then committed back-to-back errors to put the first two Hawks on in the fifth. But the Panthers then turned a 4-6-3 double play and gave up just one run in the frame.

“That’s what we need to keep doing,” Clark said. “That’s the goal, eliminate the bad inning.”

Clark earned the pitching win, going 5⅔, allowing four hits and three runs (two earned), striking out three and walking two. He also helped the Panthers jump out to a 3-0 lead with a two-run triple in the first that plated Cam Darrah (2-for-4, three RBI, two runs) and Kyle Stockman (3-for-3, two runs). Clark (2-for-4, three runs, two RBI) eventually came home on passed ball.

The Panthers pushed their lead to 5-0 in the third with two more runs off Hopkinton starter Larsen Burack, who pitched three innings and gave up four hits, a walk and five runs, four of them earned.

The Hawks got in the board in the fourth when Kevin Newton-Delgado tripled to the wall in right-center field, plating Dustin Rose (2-for-3, RBI, run, walk). Newton-Delgado came home on a sacrifice fly from Burack to make it 5-2.

Gavin Bedell (1-for-1, two walks, two runs) and Garrett Guerrero-Hadley both scored on wild pitches in the fourth to make it 7-2. Hopkinton got one back in the fifth, but Pittsfield put things out of reach with four in the sixth, three of them coming home on an inside-the-park home run from Darrah.

It was the second straight loss for the Hawks, but they were missing one of their key starters (Caleb Yianakopolos) and their pitching staff is in disarray after losing ace Sam Crawford, the winning pitcher in last year’s final, with elbow problems.

“I’m happy with our guys,” Chase said. “We’re a little short-handed, but we didn’t quit and we had some guys go out there and compete. I think we can build on that and we’ll try to get in the tournament and make some noise.”

The Panthers are also planning on making noise in the tournament, finishing with another game at Northeast Delta Dental – the 2018 D-IV final.

“We’ll be here,” Clark said with a grin.

(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3341, tosullivan@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @timosulivan20.)BASEBALL

Concord 6, Keene 2, 9 inn.

Key players: Concord – Eric Sullivan (7 IP, 6 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 1 ER; 2 RBI, 2 hits), Sean McDonough (1 ⅔IP; 0 H, 1 K, W), Alex Buteau (2 hits), Zach Morrissey (2 hits, 2 runs, RBI), Zach Miles (7 assists at short, RBI single), Kurtis Stadnicki (2 caught stealing)

Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide bounced back from a pair of losses with this win in Keene. Concord held a 2-0 lead until the Blackbirds tied things in the sixth. The game went to extra innings before Concord scored four in the top of the ninth and McDonough made it stand up for the win.

Coach’s quote: “Nice way to end the week and go into a big four-game week. Eric and Sean were great on the mound.” – Concord’s Scott Owen

Records: Concord 8-3; Keene 5-6

John Stark 6, Hollis Brookline 5

Key players: Stark – Derek Goldrick (1 IP, 2 K, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 R, W; 2-run home, 2 runs 2 walks), Brett Patnode (1-for-2, home run, walk), Carter Pike (RBI, double), Nathan Isabelle (4 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K in relief), Jake Cole (defense), Brady Philibotte (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Stark trailed 4-0, but the Generals got a two-out, game-tying double from Pike in the sixth and then Jaimason Lacasse scored the walk-off run in the bottom of the seventh when Noah Greene reached on an error.

Coach’s quote: “Hollis Brookline came out flying. We knew they had an excellent lineup and the talent on that team didn’t match their record, as they have had mostly all close loses. We had to fight hard and play a really good all-around game. Proud of how our guys came back and did a lot of things to pull this game out. Best defensive game of the year for us.” – Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: John Stark 7-1; Hollis Brookline 0-8

Bow 10, Coe-Brown 3

Key players: Bow – Ben Harris (5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 K, 1 BB, W; 2-for-4, RBI), Nick Kiah (2-for-3, run), Matt Hamilton (2-for-4, 2 RBI, run), Ben Guertin (1-for-2, 2 BB, RBI, run), Connor Blandini (2-for-4, 2 runs), Christian McDonald (2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 runs)

Highlights/key moments: The game was back-and-forth early, but Bow broke it open with five runs in the fifth to take a 9-2 lead.

Records: Bow 6-1; Coe-Brown 4-3

Merrimack Valley 6, Sanborn 5

Key players: MV – Cal Chevarie (1-for-2, 2 BB, run), Dillon McCarthy (2-for-2, RBI)

Highlights/key moments: McCarthy’s single to left-center plated Alan Thompson with the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Trailing 3-1, the Pride went ahead, 5-3, in the sixth on a squeeze bunt by Ryan Heath and an infield hit by Matt Ostrowski. Sanborn rallied in the top of the seventh to tie the score setting up McCarthy’s heroics in the bottom half of the frame.

Coach’s quote: “Great team effort. Hopefully this will get us rolling.” – MV’s Sean Wheeler

Records: MV 2-5; Sanborn 2-6

Belmont 14, Berlin 0, 5 inn.

Key players: Belmont – Griffin Embree (3 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 7 K, W), Brett Lima (2 IP, 1 H, 1 K; 2-for-4, 4 RBI, SB, run), Colby Brown (2-for-4, 4 SB, 2 RBI, 2 runs), Brett Auclair (2-for-2, 2 runs)

Highlights/key moments: Belmont plated one run in the first inning, five in the second, five in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth to finish the game early via mercy.

Records: Belmont 6-1; Berlin 1-7

Monadnock 7, Kearsarge 5

Key players: Kearsarge – Kevin Stasolovich (6 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K), Noah Grey (2-for-3, RBI), Ryan Ellis (2-for-4)

Coach’s quote: “We left the tying run at second base in the seventh. We went on the road and battled hard against one of the top teams in the division. I’m happy with our compete level today.” – Kearsarge’s Travis Pelletier

Records: Kearsarge 2-6; Monadnock 6-1

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Kingswood 10, John Stark 9

Key players: Stark – Kayden Easter (3 G), Noah Bellemore (2 G), Peyton Marden (G), Parker McQuarrie (G), Matt Bennetter (G, faceoffs), Tim Fatcheric (G)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals trailed, 10-6, with less than four minutes left, but scored three goals in three minutes to get within one. They nearly completed the comeback when Easter beat two players with a dodge from the X, but he hit the pipe with :12 left and Kingswood held on for the win at home.

Coach’s quote: “Losing is never fun, but that was particularly rough. We need to realize that we need to bring intensity all game long.” – Stark’s Howard Roever

Records: John Stark 3-5; Kingswood 4-3

Merrimack Valley 15,
Pembroke 3

Key players: MV – Garrett Hunt (3 G), Dillon Arrant (2 G, 2 A), Peyton Russell (2 G, A), Zach LaRoche (2 G), Tucker Nevers (G), Coby Mercier (G), Max Lacy (G), Cameron Tillman (G), Liam Chapman (G), Nick Koufos (defense, G)

Highlights/key moments: The Pride won for the fourth time in its last five games.

Records: Merrimack Valley 4-3; Pembroke 1-5

Trinity 8, Coe-Brown 3

Key players: Coe-Brown – Mitch Wade, Evan Conway, Nick Allsup, Dominic Cronshaw, Zach Sheehan

Coach’s quote: “Trinity played a smart and disciplined game. We decidedly did not. We have to do better throughout these next two busy weeks.” – Coe-Brown’s Anthony DePalma

Records: Trinity 3-3; Coe-Brown 3-2

BOYS’ TENNIS

Bow 7, Sanborn 2

Key players: Bow – Caleb Olson (8-2 win at No. 2 singles), Zach Mullen (9-7 win at No. 4), Jon Cook (9-8 win at No. 5), Daniel Silva (8-3 win at No. 6)

Highlights/key moments: Sanborn’s two singles wins forced meaningful doubles, but the Falcons took care of business there with the sweep. Olson and Brayden Binder won 8-4 at first doubles, Mullen and Dillan D’Allesandro won 8-4 at second doubles and Neeraj Naik and Jake Valpey finished things off with an 8-1 win at third doubles.

Records: Bow 7-1; Sanborn 4-4

Inter-Lakes 5, Prospect Mountain 3
First match

Key players: Inter-Lakes – Nate Sullivan (8-5 win at No. 1 singles), Sam Noe (8-2 win at No. 2), Simon Bird (8-3 win at No. 4)

Highlights/key moments: Things were tied, 3-3, after singles, but the Lakers pulled out the win with a pair of doubles victories – Noe and Eli Swanson won 8-4 at second doubles while Bird and Stephen Bean won 8-3 at third doubles. After the match was decided, the two teams opted to move on to the second match of their doubleheader rather than complete the first doubles.

Records: Inter-Lakes 6-2; Prospect Mountain 1-5

Inter-Lakes 5, Prospect Mountain 1
Second match

Key players: Inter-Lakes – Nate Sullivan (8-5 win at No. 1 singles), Stephen Bean (8-4 win at No. 5), Eli Swanson (8-1 win at No. 6)

Highlights/key moments: After losing to their singles opponents in the day’s first match, Bean and Swanson turned things around in the second match. The Lakers won on five of six singles courts to claim the win just before rain halted play.

Coach’s quote: “I-L seemed to get a second wind during the singles of the second match of the day. They stayed focused.” – Inter-Lakes’ Bill West

Records: Inter-Lakes 6-2; Prospect Mountain 1-5

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

Timberlane 3, John Stark 0

Highlights/key moments: Timberlane swept the first three sets, 25-4, 25-14 and 25-14.

Coach’s quote: “This team has a great attitude and is always having fun in every match.” – John Stark’s Jeff McClellan

Records: Timberlane 7-0; John Stark 1-8




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