Wednesday’s high schools: Fancher’s 2-run blast leads Concord baseball to victory; plus more baseball, softball, lax and tennis results

Published: 04-18-2024 12:41 AM

Baseball

Concord 9, Winnacunnet 8

Key players: Concord – Matt Jenness (winning pitcher), Jackson Martin (save), Mitch Coffey (3 hits, 2 runs, RBI), Dawson Fancher (2-run HR, 2 hits, 2 runs, 3 RBI), Brett McDonough (2 hits, 2 RBI), Kaelen Williams (hit, 2 RBI), Noah Chrabolowski (hit, 2 runs, RBI), Trevor Craigue (hit, run), Joe Mangone (hit, 2 runs), Alex Turant (hit)

Highlights: The Tide scored four runs in the top of the first inning, highlighted by Fancher’s two-run homer, and RBI singles by McDonough and Williams. Winnacunnet answered with five runs in the bottom of the first, but Concord tacked on three more in the top of the second (thanks to RBI singles from Chrabolowski and McDonough and a sacrifice fly by Williams). Winnacunnet cut the Tide’s lead to 8-6 in the bottom of the sixth, but Concord prevented the game from going to extra-innings. 

Coach’s quote: “Great bounce back game. Matt Jenness gave up five in the first (quarter), but pitched great the rest of the game almost going the distance. He competed so well today. Jackson Martin was huge coming in in a very tough situation. We got big days at the plate from Dawson Fancher, Mitch Coffey, Brett McDonough and Kaelen Williams.  We still have some work to do defensively, but once again our compete level was outstanding. So proud of the whole team today.” – Concord’s Scott Owen

Records: Concord 2-2; Winnacunnet 1-4

Bow 6, Pembroke 3

Key players: Bow – Dillan Abbate (7 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 K, 0 BB), Owen Webber (1-for-3, double, 2 RBI, run), Owen Cray (1-for-3, RBI, run), Ian Soucy (1-for-3, RBI); Pembroke – Cam Plumb (3.2 IP; 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 doubles), Owen Stewart (hit), Josh Goyette (hit), Josh Maccarone (first varsity hit), Eric Maccarone (first varsity hit)

Highlights: Pembroke led 2-1 through three innings, but the Falcons plated three runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth to secure the victory.

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Coach’s quote: “Nice to get our first win. Have some things to work on before heading to Kennett on Friday.” – Bow assistant Dennis Ordway

Records: Bow 1-1; Pembroke 0-1

John Stark 5, Hanover 1

Key players: John Stark – Anthony Paolicelli (win, 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 9 K; 1-for-3, RBI, run), Joey Dykstra (1-for-2, walk, HBP, 2 runs, 2 stolen bases), Chase Philibotte (2 IP,  6 K; 1-for-3 RBI, walk), Hunter Keim (1-for-3, stolen base, defense at SS), Aiden Harris (2-for-4, double, RBI, run), Seth Marqaurdt (1-for-1)

Highlights: The Generals jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after three consecutive hits from Dykstra, Keim and Paolicelli. Big RBI hits from Philibotte and Harris built up the lead as the Generals were lead by strong pitching and defense the whole game.

Coach’s quote: “That was a pretty big early season win. Hanover is one of the top programs in our division, so I was thrilled at how our pitchers fared against (them). Some clutch at bats from guys today too.” – John Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: John Stark 2-0; Hanover 1-1

Plymouth 4, Merrimack Valley 1

Key players: MV – Jonas Weed (5 IP, 11 K), Brayden Harrington (0.1 IP, K), Cam Chevarie (1-for-3, run), Landon Abbott (1-for-2, walk)

Highlights: MV jumped out to an early 1-o in the first with Alex McPherson plating Chevarie, who opened the frame with a double. Weed pitched five innings of shutout ball, allowing just one hit. Plymouth scored all of its runs in the sixth inning.

Coach’s quote: “Boys battled today. Better days ahead with effort like that.” – MV’s Sean Wheeler

Records: Plymouth 3-0; MV 1-1

St. Thomas 17, Coe-Brown 0

Highlights:The Bears lost their third in a row.

Coach’s quote: “One word: Gross.” – Coe-Brown’s Rob Stockman

Records: St. Thomas 3-0; Coe-Brown 0-3

Gilford 7, Hopkinton 2

Key players: Hopkinton – Cody Charron (4 IP, 4 K, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER), Tyler Czarkowski (2-for-3, RBI), Travis Windhurst (1-for-2, walk), Kyle Buelte (1-for-1, walk, run), Bronson Ammann (RBI)

Highlights:  The game was scoreless through three innings, but the Eagles led 4-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth. Hopkinton scored in that frame off a two-run single by Buelte, a Charron hit by pitch, Mike Pantano sacrifice bunt and Ammann RBI groundout. Gilford added three more runs in the top of the seventh.

Coach’s quote:  “Right from the first pitch, we were ready. This was our most complete game from start to finish, and a great step forward for this group of young men, as we had contributions from seniors to juniors to sophomores to freshmen. And while the outcome wasn’t what we hoped for, there is plenty for us to take away to continue to get our play to the next level.” – Hopkinton’s Kevin Hill

Records: Gilford 1-1; Hopkinton 0-3

Kearsarge 3, Stevens 1

Key players: Kearsarge – Eli Gray (5 IP, 3 H, 7 K), Shea Curley (game-winning 2-run single), Chase Simino (1-for-3, RBI), Ethan St. Clair (2 IP, 4 K)

Coach’s quote: “Resilient come-from-behind win. The players kept battling all game long and pulled off a win against a solid Stevens team.” – Kearsarge’s Josh Judkins

Records: Kearsarge 2-0; Stevens 0-2

Raymond 1, Winnisquam 0

Key players: Winnisquam  – Alex Nichols (6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER; double), Ethan Carter (single, walk, 2 stolen bases)

Highlights: The only run of the game came in the second inning on an overthrow at first base after a hit batter and stolen base.

Coach’s quote: “We played much better than our first game. Alex deserved a better fate, he was a bulldog out there. We hit the ball on the nose a number of times, but right at people. If we stay aggressive at the plate as we were today, they’ll start finding some holes.” – Winnisquam’s Fred Caruso

Records: Raymond 3-0; Winnisquam 0-2

Softball

Coe-Brown 7, Campbell 6

Key players: Coe-Brown – Kylie Bieniek (7 IP, 11 K, 3 ER; 2-for-4, 3 RBI), Jayden Porter (double, 2 RBI), Reilly West (3-for-4, 3 runs), Brook Orluk (2-for-3)

Highlights: Two key double plays turned on the infield by Porter to Addy Coffin, and Bella Pelletier to Coffin helped preserve a Coe-Brown lead.

Coach’s quote: “Really tough opponent, fundamentally sound. We had to play a great game. After making a couple mistakes we hung strong to hold them off.” – Coe-Brown’s Dave Allis

Records: Coe-Brown 2-1; Campbell 0-3

Merrimack Valley 13, Plymouth 1, 6 inn.

Key players: MV – Kayla Smith (6 IP, 5 K; 1-for-2, RBI), Julia Herrmann (3-for-4, 3 RBI), Katelyn Herrmann (1-for-4, 6 putouts), Caydence Allberg (1-for-2, RBI), Liv Seeley (1-for-3, 2 RBI), Julia Kelly (1-for-3, RBI), Ryleigh Perry (1 for-2); Gabby Jones (1-for-2, RBI)

Highlights:  MV opened the game with four runs in the first and added six more in the fourth to secure the win in six innings.

Coach’s quote:  “Good overall bounce back game. Kayla controlled the circle and the Herrmann sisters, Julia and Katelyn, led us on offense and defense.” – MV’s Kevin O’Brien

Records: MV 1-1; Plymouth 0-3

Bishop Brady 21, Mascoma 2

Key players: Bishop Brady  –  Sophia Collie (pitcher), Payton Bryson (HR)

Highlights: The Giants won their third straight to open the season and have scored 56 runs in three games.

Coach’s quote: “The team is firing on all cylinders right now. It has been a great start to the season.” – Bishop Brady’s Shane Baron

Records: Bishop Brady 3-0; Mascoma 0-2

Franklin 15, Sunapee 3

Key players: Franklin – Lily Cornell (11 K; double), Aubrey Boisvert (double), Layleah Wells (catcher)

Highlights: The Golden Tornado bats were hot against the Lakers and Cornell struck out 11 Sunapee batters.

Coach’s quote: “Franklin turned it up a notch with hitting today, as most players recorded multiple hits. We’re 2-1 now and looking to build off that as we face (Portsmouth Christian) later this week.” – Franklin’s Maddie Trefethen

Records: Franklin 2-1; Sunapee 1-2

Boys’ Lacrosse

Bow 16, Stevens 1

Key players: Bow – Niko Mallios (3 goals, assist), Cam Czarnosz (3 goals), Gavin McCabe (2 goals, assist), Kyle Cimis (2 goals, assist), Gavin Szafran (2 goals), Parker Kazanowski (goal, assist), Jake Antuna (goal, assist, 4-for-4 on faceoffs), Brodie O’Neil (goal), Massimo Palelli (goal, 6-for-6 faceoffs), Caleb Schumacher (5-for-6 faceoffs), Josiah Funches (3-for-5 faceoffs), Lucas Nowakowski (5 saves)

Highlights: Seven players scored their first varsity goals for the Falcons en route to a third consecutive win.

Coach’s quote: “Players win games. Happy for the guys today. Our process is getting better. It’s always a nice moment to see a kid score their first varsity goal. Seven of them in one game is pretty special. Each of those guys have been working hard to get better.” – Bow’s Devin Calkins

Records: Bow 3-1; Stevens 0-3

Kearsarge 10, Coe-Brown 7

Key players: Kearsarge – Gunnar Benedict (2 goals), Elliot Asbury (2 goals), Sawyer Slayton (2 goals), Aiden Deegan (goal), Davin Selby (goal), Noah Rubenberg (goal), Tanner Lewis (goal), Brodie Malynowski (14 saves), Jason Dyment (defense), Noah Whipple (defense), Alex Tockman (defense)

Highlights: The Bears started a comeback in the fourth quarter, cutting Kearsarge’s 8-4 lead to 8-6, but the Cougars scored a pair of goals late to secure the win.

Coach’s quote: “Steadily improving each game with patience and determination.” –  Kearsarge’s Chris Boucher

Records: Kearsarge 1-2; Coe-Brown 1-1

Hopkinton 17, Gilford 5

Key players: Hopkinton –  Merrick Chapin (4 goals, 4 assists), Patty Buss (4 goals, assist, 5 ground balls), Jackson Westover (4 goals), Kip Hedquist (4 assists), Ozzie Rosenholm (2 goals, assist, 19-for-22 faceoffs, 13 ground balls), Shane Smith (goal, 2 assists, 7 ground balls), Soren Puc (goal, assist), Cam Bassett (3 ground balls, 5 caused turnovers), Brayden Crawford (4 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers)

Highlights: The game started fairly even, with a lot of back and forth play and strong defensive stands, but Hopkinton opened the floodgates in the second half, outscoring Gilford, 12-2, by creating openings and attacking the net at an aggressive pace. The Hawks’ defense was once again gangbusters, pressuring the ball and causing turnovers while creating nice transition with smart passes and cutting.

Coach’s quote: “We played a great game today and are really hitting our stride. Our offense moved the ball at lightning speed, creating easy goals right on the doorstep. Our defense stepped up and made it difficult for Gilford’s offense to possess and pass.” – Hopkinton’s Deacon Blue

Records: Hopkinton 4-0; Gilford 1-2

Girls’ Lacrosse

Kearsarge 15, Bishop Brady 5

Key players:  Kearsarge – Nadia Spiegel (6 goals, 4 assists), Adara Boucher (2 goals, 2 assists), Ociee Ilg (3 goals), Addy Rossi (goal, assist), Ella Dumais (goal, 3 assists), Leah Reeve (first varsity goal), Taylor Grace (first varsity goal); Bishop Brady – Finley Hollenberg (goal, 2 assists), Lydia Tremblay (goal), Luiza Detwiller (goal, assist), Maddie Nicholls (goal), Olivia Lazear (goal)

Highlights: The Cougars took advantage of draw controls, ground balls, effort and energy to take an 11-0 halftime lead.

Coach’s quote: “Addyson Rossi and Ociee Ilg made good things happen today, and goalie Stella Syversten was amazing in net.” – Kearsarge’s Katherine Bucklin Stearns

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

Bow 15, Derryfield 4

Key players: Bow – Olivia Selleck (6 goals, 2 assists), Charlotte Duncan (3 goals), Kendall Murray (2 goals, assist), Ella Trefethen (2 goals), Gianna Trott (6 saves)

Records: Bow 4-0; Derryfield 2-2

Gilford 13, Hopkinton 5

Key players: Gilford – Liv Keenan (6 goals); Hopkinton – Maeve Owens (2 goals, caused turnover, 2 ground balls), Sarah Chodosh (2 assists, 2 draw controls, 2 ground balls), Sydney Westover (goal, 6 draw controls, 2 ground balls), Avery Chase (goal, 2 draw controls, caused turnover, 3 ground balls), Izzy Afflerbach (4 caused turnovers, 3 ground balls, defense), Marcella Guadagno (5 ground balls), Autumn Meier (2 draw controls, caused turnover, ground ball, defense), Ryan Lang (4 ground balls), Helen Yeaton (caused turnover, 2 ground balls), Hallee Schoch (6 saves)

Highlights: Hopkinton led 12 seconds into the game after a Westover draw control, followed by a fast break to Sarah Chodosh, who fed sister Lilly for the goal. After that it was all Gilford, who ran out to a five-goal lead after the first quarter. The teams played evenly in the second and third quarters, and the Eagles capitalized on some Hawk miscues and breakdowns in the fourth to put the game away.

Coach’s quote: “We continue to build all aspects of our game and although we didn’t get the result we wanted today, we were able to make some key adjustments and our play improved over the course of the game.” – Hopkinton’s Gus Madden

Records: Gilford 4-0; Hopkinton 2-2

Boys’ Tennis

Oyster River 7, Coe-Brown 2

Key players:  Coe-Brown – James Larson-Clarke (8-2 win at No. 1 singles), Ciaran Kenyon and Landon Beattie (9-8 (7-4) win at No. 2 doubles)

Coach’s quote: “Close matches, but unforced errors affected our results.” – Mark Struthers

Records: Oyster River 2-1; Coe-Brown 1-2

St. Thomas 8, Bishop Brady 1

Key players: Bishop Brady – Ben Matseas (9-7 win at No. 5)

Highlights:  The Giants dropped their second match in a row.

Records: St. Thomas 5-1; Bishop Brady 3-2

Kearsarge 6, Prospect Mtn. 0

Kearsarge 8, Sanborn 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Eli Whipple (2 singles wins), Billy Reid (2 singles wins), Thomas Shepherd (2 singles wins), Andrew Huff (2 singles wins), Andrew Zielinski (2 singles wins)

Highlights:  A scheduling conflict brought two teams to Kearsarge’s courts on Wednesday, but the Cougars were able to sweep a pair of shortened matches.

Records: Kearsarge 5-0; Prospect Mtn. 2-2; Sanborn 1-4

Girls’ Tennis

Dover 9, Concord 0

Key players: Concord – Madie Mikkelsen, Nadia Hanna

Highlights: Mikkelsen saw a vast improvement with her groundstroke consistency and Hanna added spin to her baseline game.

Coach’s quote: “Dover has won the state championship the past two years. Dover’s success attracts many athletes to play for Dover tennis. Dover also has an outstanding middle school tennis program that we are working hard to reproduce here in Concord.” – Concord’s Greg Malette

Records: Dover 3-1; Concord 1-3

Kearsarge 7, Conant 2

Key players: Kearsarge – Tori Montagna (undefeated at No. 1), Kira Gauntt (first varsity singles win), Shilor Poliquin (first varsity singles win), Luna Landers (first varsity singles win), Tori Kane (win at doubles), Felicity Kane (win at doubles), Claire MacCreighton (win at doubles)

Coach’s quote:  “Great team effort by the girls...the weather has been a challenge for getting in practice time, so any and all victories are well earned.” – Kearsarge’s Bubba Williams

Records: Kearsarge 1-1; Conant 0-4