Girls’ high schools: Rochette twirls no-hitter as Concord softball rebounds

Monitor staff
Thursday, April 12, 2018

The season opener for the Concord softball team was one to forget – a 10-run loss at Winnacunnet on Monday that the Crimson Tide coaching staff described as, “disappointing and embarrassing,” and made it clear their team had “much to work on.”

Concord clearly got to work, because the Tide completely flipped the script for the season’s second game on Wednesday. Abby Rochette twirled a no-hitter as Concord hung a 12-0, six-inning win on Bishop Guertin, the defending Division I champs.

“The Abbys were in sync today,” Concord assistant coach Sandy Smith said. “Abby Rochette was dominant in the circle and (catcher) Abby Corbett called a smart game.”

Rochette, a junior, struck out 14 and walked just two. She fanned every BG batter at least once and didn’t allow a ball out of the infield.

After Rochette struck out the side in the top of the first, the Tide batted around in the bottom of the inning and built a 6-0 lead to set the tone for the game.

“We came out swinging, eager to put Monday’s loss in the past. Really proud of the girls’ fortitude,” Smith said,

Not only did Corbett call a smart game behind the plate, she was a terror at it, finishing 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Nicole Cacciola also collected three hits for Concord, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run.

Haley Munroe (2-for-4, two RBI, two runs), Izzy Dunn (2-for-4, two RBI, run), Nicole LeBrun (2-for-4, three runs) and Elise O’Neil (hit, run, RBI) also contributed to the Tide’s offensive output. Concord will try to build on its positive momentum on Friday with a trip to Londonderry.


Pembroke 8, Bow 2

Key players:Pembroke – Chloe Carginan (complete game pitching), Olivia McCarty (3-for-4), Kayla Paquin (2-for-4, defense), Madison Bush (first varsity game at second base); Bow – Erin Boldwin (2-for-3, 2B), Annika Geiben-Lynn (2-for-3, defense), Maddie McSweeny (defense), Lauryn Colby (4K, 4ER)

Coach’s quote: “Bow put up a great fight and they are definitely a team to watch out for this season. The pitcher catcher duo for them did really well along with their third and second basemen who made some key plays when needed. Overall it was a good game for each team to be out on the field for their first games. We came up with key hits when needed and made some great defensive plays when we needed them. Chloe pitched a great game in the circle.” – Pembroke’s Ashley Gladu

Records: Pembroke 1-0; Bow 0-1

Goffstown 4, Merrimack Valley 0

Key players: MV – Sadie Barton (7 IP, 2 ER, 7 K)

Highlights/key moments: Goffstown scored one in the second inning to take an early lead and then added three insurance runs in the sixth.

Coach’s quote: “We had chances to score but we couldn’t break through with a hit.” – MV’s Sam York

Records: Merrimack Valley 0-2; Goffstown 1-0

Gilford 12, Winnisquam 1

Key players:Gilford – Lexi Boisvert (5-for-5, 3 doubles, 3 runs, RBI), Ella Harris (2 hits in first varsity game), Brooke Beaudet (3 hits), Jillian Lachapelle (4 RBI); Winnisquam – Emily Decormier (leadoff HR, 2 walks)

Highlights/key moments: The Golden Eagles pounded out 21 hits on a big afternoon for Boisvert, who tied a school record with her 5-for-5 showing. Randi Byers and Karly Sanborn also collected multiple hits for Gilford, while underclassmen Colby Butterfield and Ella Harris combined for a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts in the circle.

Coach’s quote: “It was a great start to be able to play 17 players and produce 21 hits in the first game.” – Gilford’s Joan Forge

Records: Gilford 1-0; Winnisquam 0-1

Derryfield 5, Hopkinton 3

Key players: Hopkinton – Gabby Lajeunesse (2-for-4, 3B, 2 runs) Megan Blanchette (3-for-4, run), Krista Amoth (1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI), Porter Tomsick (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Hopkinton had more hits (10-5) and base runners (14-9), but Derryfield got the timely hits.

Coach’s quote: “A good game against a good team. We had a few mental lapses that hurt us but we can work on them.” – Hopkinton’s Dan Meserve

Records: Hopkinton 1-1; Derryfield 1-0


Concord 9, Keene 0

Key players: Abby Pope (8-0 win at No. 1), Emma Pope (8-3 win at No. 2), Emma Pedersen (8-5 win at No. 3), Leila Spires (8-2 win at No. 4), Joanna Dustin (8-0 win at No. 5), Kristin Womack (8-3 win at No. 6)

Highlights/key moments: After rolling through singles, the Tide finished the sweep with three 8-2 doubles wins.

Coach’s quote: “The girls came out really strong today and took control of points, which was nice to see.” – Concord’s Kia DeAngelis

Records: Concord 3-0; Keene 1-3

Bishop Brady 9, Londonderry 0

Key players: Brady – Sydney Herrington (8-1 win at No. 1), Rachel Achong (8-3 win at No. 2), Alexa Bonvie (8-2 win at No. 3), Manu Komma (8-4 win at No. 4), Addie Dinsmoor (8-2 win at No. 5), Mary Anne Wiley (8-3 win at No. 6)

Highlights/key moments: Achong, Bonvie, Komma, Dinsmoor and Wiley all claimed their first wins of the season. Herrington and Achong won 8-2 at first doubles, Bonvie and Komma won 8-6 at second doubles and Dinsmoor and Wiley finished the sweep with an 8-3 doubles win.

Coach’s quote: “The entire Bishop Brady lineup competed well in frigid conditions.” – Brady’s Lee Herrington

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

St. Thomas 5, Coe-Brown 4

Key players: Coe-Brown – Megan Wimsatt (8-4 win at No. 1), Sandra Black (8-6 win at No. 2)

Highlights/key moments: The wins were the first of the season for Wimsatt and Black, who also teamed for an 8-6 win at first doubles. Coe-Brown’s other point came at third doubles where Addy Leifer and Lily Libbey won, 8-4.

Coach’s quote: “The girls continue to improve during match play. Confidence and strategizing are improving each match.” – Coe-Brown’s Mark Struthers

Records: Coe-Brown 0-3; St. Thomas 2-1

ConVal 9, Pembroke Academy 0

Key players:Pembroke – Samantha Muise (8-6 loss at No. 5 singles)

Coach’s quote: “Sam kept the match competitive and pushed her opponent. ConVal was too strong for our girls.” – Pembroke’s David Goulet

Records: Pembroke 1-2; ConVal 1-2

Bow 6, Pelham 3

Key players: Bow – Olivia Parzick (8-1 win at No. 3), Emma Conley (8-0 win at No. 4), Miah Monro (8-0 win at No. 5), Lauren Goyette (8-0 win at No. 6)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons clinched the win in doubles as the second team of Parzick and Conley and the third team of Goyette and Monro both won, 8-0. Bow’s top doubles team of Gwen Molind and Lara Chern lost a tough 9-7 match.

Records: Bow 3-0; Pelham 2-1

Gilford 5, Inter-Lakes 4

Key players:Gilford – Jocey Curley (8-4 win at No. 3), Olivia Salesky (8-2 win at No. 4), Olivia Comeau (8-1 win at No. 6); Inter-Lakes – Alyssa Floyd (8-0 win at No. 1), Ava Duymazlar (8-6 win at No. 2), Ella St. Cyr (8-3 win at No. 5)

Highlights/key moments: The Lakers wound up shorthanded during doubles play after St. Cyr suffered an injury playing singles. Gilford took advantage as Hannah Lord (who lost to St. Cyr in singles play) and Comeau won, 8-2, at third doubles while Reagan McIntire and Sarah Fillion won at first doubles, 8-2. Inter-Lakes’ doubles win came from Duymazlar and Phoebe Hoag, 8-5.

Records: Gilford 1-1; Inter-Lakes 2-1