2017-04-25 / Sports

Stevens girls tennis scores 1st victory

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By TIM TAYLOR

CLAREMONT — Stevens and Lebanon are two girls tennis teams seeking to grow and improve with each match. Both squads are relatively inexperience, so Monday's meeting at Monadnock Park would maybe be an interesting test of how either team has progressed.

For the most part, it was tightly-contested match with just three of the nine sets being truly one-sided. When all was said and done the Cardinals edged out a 5-4 win for their first victory of the season.

“To finally get a win felt great,” said Stevens coach Karen Cullison. “We're in a similar situation with Lebanon in that we have really young teams.”

Mariah Lawrence and Clara Avery dominated in singles for Stevens, providing the bookends for a four-set run which gave the Cardinals a 4-1 lead. Lawrence defeated Leah Mayes 8-1 at No. 2 singles and Avery bested Felicity Breedlove by an identical score at No. 5 singles.

Of course, the Raiders wouldn't leave without a fight, coming back to tie the match 4-4 heading into No. 3 doubles. In the final set, Kedgyna Dor and Fatima Wain prevailed, dropping Makenzie Corbin and Artemesia Delgado 8-2.

Dor would win two sets on the day, also beating Kaitlin Chambers 8-6 at No. 3 singles.

Tess Whitney logged the other Stevens triumph, downing Emerson Shepers 8-5 at No. 4 singles.

Alexis Parliman filled a void at No. 1 singles and held her own in an 8-6 loss to Fatima Khan. Parliman also teamed with a different doubles partner in Lawrence and the duo battled in the closest set of the day before falling to Leb's Khan and Mayes 7-4 in a tie-breaker.

The Raiders' other win was Chambers and Sheperd over Avery and Whitney by an 8-5 score at No. 2 doubles.

Cullison was pleased with the overall team effort, but noted a few key performances.

“Alexis stepped into the No. 1 singles spot and only lost 8-6. I thought she played really well. Kedgyna Dor, she dug herself a big hole. I think she was down 5-1 at one point. Tess came back to win hers.”

Stevens (1-5) is off until May 2 when it hosts Conant (1-3).

Baseball

Fall Mountain 10, Mascoma Valley 2

Justin Beuregard went the full seven innings, allowing two runs, eight hits, and striking out five to earn the win. He also helped his own cause by driving in a pair of runs.

Kendal Heath contributed two hits and two RBI, and Koltin Stetson hit his first varsity home run. Bailey Cote scored three runs to help the effort.

The Wildcats (3-0) travel to Belmont (1-2) this afternoon

KUA 14, New Hampton 3 (5 inn)

Kimball Union Academy scored 12 runs in the bottom of the second inning and never looked back versus defending Lakes Region Champion New Hampton.

Kyle Young (Plainfield, New Hampshire) got the win, throwing four complete innings, during which he allowed two runs on three hits and five walks while striking out four.

KUA was led offensively by Jonah Silverman (Alpharetta, Georgia) who had two doubles, two runs and one RBI; Eli Jaynes (Plainfield) who also had 2 hits, scored a run and had an RBI; and Garrett Zito (Hartland, Vermont) and Jeremy Sigl (Woodstock) who each had hits and scored two runs. Kyle Shero (Boston) added an RBI double and two runs for the Wildcats.

Softball

Fall Mountain 7, Mascoma Valley 4

Savana Wilson's 3-run, inside-the-park home run provided the big burst for the Wildcats as they improved to 3-1 on the season. Wilson's homer came with two out in the second and also scored Paige Vosse and Zoey Utton. Wilson also had a single and scored on Allie Stoddart's ground out in the first.

Chloe Vogel added an inside-the-park home run in the third. Carmen Grenier had three base hits and Erin Devanney had a double. Molly Cobb had a single and two stolen bases, Paige Vosse had an RBI single and Zoey Utton had a single.

“Overall the team did well,” said FM coach Molly McManus. “We still have things to work on but we are definitely coming together.”

Mascoma came alive in the seventh with a single, triple and inside-the-park home run.

“Erin Devanney did a great job pitching for us tonight,” McManus said. Savanna Wilson had some great catches in right field tonight. Also, Allie Stoddart had a nice throw down to the first baseman, Paige Vose, to get the runner out during the third inning.”

The Wildcats (3-1) are home Wednesday against Conant (2-0) at 4 p.m.

Green Mountain 20, Arlington Memorial 2 (5 inn)

The Chieftains cranked out 14 hits, five of them triples, to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Beka Washburn went 3-for-3 with a triple and four RBI and Maddie Wilson was 2-for-3 with a triple and four RBI.

Kassidy Cummings, Hanna Veysey and Lexi White each contributed a triple.

Erika Knockenhauer had a strong game, both at the plate and in the circle. She fired a one-hitter, striking out six while walking two. At the dish she went 2-for-2 with three RBI.

GM (2-0) visits Twin Valley (0-1) Wednesday.

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