2017-05-25 / Sports

BF nips Springfield on senior day

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Sunapee baseball, softball finish 16-0
By TIM TAYLOR

WESTMINSTER — Sometimes, you witness a competition in which you wish both teams could win. Bellows Falls' senior game against Springfield Monday was one of those times.

Both teams played well enough to win, but it would be the Terriers honoring their six seniors — Jacob Streeter, Jacob Metcalfe, Liam Hackett, Jake Lober, Brian Green and Brady Illingworth — with a 1-0 victory.

“I wish every game was 1-0, 2-1,” said BF coach Bob Lockerby. “That's baseball. It comes down to you've got to execute. If you execute you can win and if you don't …

“That team has come a long, long way,” he added of the Cosmos. “They might be somebody's nightmare in the tournament.”

“It's heartbreaking,” said Springfield coach Rich Saypack. “That's the best we've played all year. We finally play a nice, clean game defensively and nothing's falling for us. [Tuesday] was the same thing. We get nothing to fall. We hit the ball hard, right at people. We hit the ball hard, but the ball's got to drop. We just need a few breaks. We haven't had them all year.”

The lone run would come on a suicide squeeze with one away in the bottom of the second inning. Clayton Groenewold would lead off the BF half of the inning with a sharp single up the middle, then Jacob Metcalfe would sacrifice him to second with a bunt. Brian Green would move Groenewold to third on a slow rolling fielder's choice to pitcher JJ LeCouffe, who looked to third, then first and didn't have a play at either bag. Spencer Clark would lay down the squeeze bunt, Groenewold scoring as LeCouffe and catcher Matt LaChapelle collided going after the ball.

“I knew it was coming at some point,” Saypack said. “I thought it would be later in the game, the suicide. I figured he'd get to the fourth or fifth. We played it right. We had the right defense on, but we botched it, running into one another.”

Clark, who had two hits on the day for the Terriers, then handcuffed the Cosmos until the top of the seventh, when Springfield put a runner in scoring position for just the third time. Colin Pinney had a one-out single and was sacrificed to second. Next up was Nick Bedi, who was hit by a pitch, but Clark ended the threat, notching the final out with his fourth strikeout of the day.

The Cosmos put runners in scoring position in the first when Gabe Considine doubled to deep left and moved to third. He was caught off second, but BF committed an error trying to get him out. Levi Perham, who was on first, moved to second on the miscue. Clark got out of the inning on a line drive to third and fly out to left.

The Cosmos would take advantage of another BF miscue in the second as designated hitter John Stafford reached on an error and would move to second on a one-out walk to Pinney. But again, BF escaped with a strikeout and a fly out to short.

Considine smacked his second hit of the game to lead off the third, but was erased on a 1-6-3 double play.

Stafford singled with one away in the fourth and Matt Veysey reached on a one-out error in the sixth, but neither could advance.

Meanwhile, Bellows Falls stranded four runners in scoring position. Green was left at second in the second and Illingworth was left at second in the third. In the fourth, Metcalfe, Clark and Derek Dickerson loaded the bags with base hits and only one out, but LeCouffee got a strikeout and a pop-up to second to get out of trouble.

Clark would give up just four hits while striking out four to get the win. LeCouffe scattered six hits and fanned seven batters.

“He pitched a great game,” Lockerby said of Clark. “My pitching has been awesome this spring. My one righty, my two lefties, I can't ask for any more than what they've been doing.”

He was also impressed with the effort of LeCouffe.

“I thought we had the bats going, but this guy kind of silenced us today. We had opportunities, just like they did, just couldn't get the big hit. He pitched great.”

“He was on,” said Saypack of his pitcher. “He wasn't hitting all his spots, but the spots he was hitting were good.

“Defensively, pitching-wise, you couldn't play a better game.

“We made a few mental mistakes today and they made a couple mental mistakes,” Lockerby said.

“Timing's everything, a couple little miscues here and there,” added Saypack. “I'm really heart-broken for these guys today. It's a tough one to lose. Even with where we are as a young team, it's a tough game to lose, but hopefully we take it to heart and come back out Saturday and play again.”

On Saturday, Bellows Falls visits Fair Haven at 9:30 a.m. while Springfield hosts Windsor at 11 a.m.

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Roundup

Baseball

Newfound 9, Stevens 8

The Cardinals have been pretty good at coming from behind this season. They would rally for an 8-8 tie in the sixth, only to falter in the bottom of the seventh.

“We didn't make enough plays today,” said Stevens coach Paul Silva.

The Bears scored eight unearned runs, five against starter Derrick Stanhope. Drew Grenier came on n the third and struck out five and gave up four hits with no walks in 4 2/3 innings.

“He kept us in the game and brought us back in it,” Silva said.

In the sixth, when the Cardinals tied things up, Henri Bourque walked, Brendan Bean doubled, and Cody Schoolcraft and Stanhope smacked RBI doubles.

Bourque would finish with two walks, two runs, an RBI and a sacrifice fly, and Hussey went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI. Noah Spaulding was also 2for-3 and had a double and two RBI.

Stevens (12-3) hosts Kearsarge at 3 p.m. today for the senior game.

Sunapee 9, Hinsdale 1

Nick Ducharme had a big day as the Lakers finished off a 16-0 regular season campaign on senior day.

Ducharme went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI and struck out seven in four innings on the mound. He allowed I run on six hits and a walk.

Gabe Hastings finished out, giving up one hit, one walk and fanning three over the last three innings.

Hank Vincent had a big day at the plat, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs and an RBI. Kier Lucas was 2-for-2 with a double and Will Austin was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Mill River 9, Windsor 8

Windsor pounded out 13 hits and Mill River had 14 hits in the slugfest.

Robert Slocum and Seth Balch pitched for Windsor with Balch taking the loss.

“He didn't pitch bad, but these guys just hit,” Windsor coach Jamie Richardson said. “They pounded out hits.”

“You've got to tip your hat to a team sometimes and today was it.”

Richardson added the Jacks hit the ball hard also.

Ryland Richardson went 3-for- 4 with a walk, Slocum was 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Brandan Tillman had a big two-run single in a three-run sixth that put Windsor up briefly, 7-5.

In the seventh, Ryland Richardson gt a base hit up the middle, stole second and scored on Balch's two-out single. Balch stole second but was left stranded on a fly out.

Windsor (9-5) visits Springfield Saturday at 11 a.m.

Softball

Newfound 2, Stevens 1

The Bears pulled out the win in the bottom of the seventh.

After giving up a run in the fourth, Stevens tied the score in the top of the seventh with a leadoff walk to Kate Chambers and a Marti Milan sacrifice bunt. As Chambers headed to third, the ball got by the third baseman and Chambers scored.

Amber Duford would hit a double in the seventh, but was stranded after a sac bunt by Madison Lapsley got her to third.

Newfound led off with the top of the order up in the seventh and was able to get two hits to score the winning run.

Alexis Ford had two hits for the Cardinals, and Ryllie Brown and Amber Duford had hits as well.

Sarah Ruest threw well for the Cardinals, striking out five and giving up six hits and four walksS.

Stevens host Keasarge at 3 p.m. today for the senior game.

Sunapee 22, Hinsdale 7 (5 innings)

For the second time this season, sisters Ellie, Katie and Meghan Frederick have hit home runs in the same game. Ellie Frederick actually hit two, going 2-for-3 on the day with three RBI.

Elizabeth Bennett was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI, Faith Larpenter 3-for-4 with two doubles, and Jess Parsons added a hit and two runs.

Hannah Cooney pitched the first three innings, giving up one hit and striking out six. Katie Frederick fanned all three batters in the fourth, then came back relieved sister Meghan in the fifth and struck out three more batters.

The victory gives Sunapee a 16-0 regular season record as it prepares to defend the state title it has won the past two seasons.

“It was a nice wrap-up to the regular season, “ said Lakers head coach Bonnie Cruz.

Springfield 11, Mill River 7

The Cosmos went up 6-0 behind a six-run second inning and extended their lead to 11-3 in the sixth.

Cassidy Otis had a two-run singles and No. 9 hitter Ashley Chamberlain had a two-run double in the sixth.

Chamberlain finished the game with two hits, two runs and two RBI and Otis had two hits and three RBI.

Mill River attempted a comeback in the sixth but fell short.

“Hannah [Cooney] had a couple Ks to get out of that mess,” said Springfield coach Andy Bladyka.

Cooney would match her season high with 15 strikeouts. She scattered seven hit and six walks.

The Cosmos came into the game as the No. 9 team in VPA Division 2 and the Minutemen were No. 8. The win reversed each team's position.

Track & Field

Springfield meet


Woodstock swept the boys and girls titles with the Cosmos taking second in the boys meet and Green Mountain finishing as the runner-up in the girls meet.

Springfield's girls winners were Ericka Schoff in the 800 (2:54.3) and Maddi Macie in the pole vault (6-6).

The boys winners included Christopher Gurney with winning leaps in the long jump (17-7 ½) and triple jump (35-4), Elijah Pianka in pole vault at 7-0, and Allan Poller in the 400 with a personal record of 57.7 seconds.

Runners-up for the Cosmos were Macie in the 400 (67.5), Aunna Parker in the shot put (26-1, PR) and javelin (70-8) Pianka in the high jump (5-4), Gurney with a PR in the 400 (58.2), Poller in the 200 (25.0), Branden Bryant with a PR in the 800 (2:17.3), Will Bishop in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles, and the 4x100 relay of Poller, Noah Zierfus, Bishop and AJ Aldrich.

Placing third for Springfield were Branden Bryant in the 1500 (5:01.6), Zierfus in the high jump (5-0) and discus (71-0), Aldrich in the 200 (25.6, PR) and the 400 (59.3) and Max Leninski in the 100 (11.9, PR) and the 400 (59.3).

Zierfus added a fourth in the long jump and Poller a fifth in the 100 (12.1).

Green Mountain's Ian Kehoe chalked up personal bets in winning both the 110 hurdles (19.2) and 300 hurdles (49.6). Teammate Ben Haseltine recorded a personal best in the high jump, clearing 5-8. Haseltine was third in the 300 hurdles (52.9)

The Chieftains' Riley Karl had a PR in winning the 400 (1:05.7) and Abigail Williams had a PR in taking the shot put (26-8.5). Williams also won the discus (77-4) and Karl added a win in the triple jump (30-4 ½).

For the GM boys, David Reiss was second in the shot put with a PR of 29-2, Isaiah Tyrrell was third in the 3000 with a PR of 12:30.1, Edon Selimi was fifth in the 200 with a PR of 27.6.

For the GM girls, Deidre Moore was third in the 100 with a PR of 14.1 and second in the 200 with a PR of 30.4, and Brigid Karl was fourth in the 200 with a PR of 30.5. In the 100 hurdles, Alyssa Ripley (18.8, PR) and Erin Otis (19.7, PR) placed third and fourth.

In the javelin GM's Julia Howard (65-8), Sara Ripley (65-4) and Williams (62-4) placed 3-4-5 with Ripley and Williams getting PRs. Brigid Karl was third in the high jump (4-2, PR) and Otis third in the triple jump (24-10 ½, PR). Grace Johnson placed fourth in the shot put with a PR of 26 feet, Maizy White was fourth in the long jump (12-10. PR), Jackie Parker-Jenning took fourth in the 100 (14.6).

GM was second in the 4x400 relay (5:14.2).

Vermont teams will head to Essex Saturday for the New England qualifier.

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