Terriers roll to first victory
WESTMINSTER — Bellows Falls finally got a break from some of Vermont's top tier pitching Wednesday afternoon and the Terriers took advantage of it early.
BF pounded out five hits and scored nine runs in the first inning, then continued to roll to a 16-1, 5-inning victory over Leland & Gray Wednesday.
BF coach Bob Lockerby and his coaching staff were happy to see the team pick up the first win after two grueling losses to Division 1 powers. The victory was important for the players' morale.
“They needed to feel that as much as we wanted to,” he said. “We've still got a lot to fix and get better at, but so does everybody else in Vermont this time of year.
Jacob Streeter set the standard, collecting two of his three hit in the first inning. The Terrier leadoff man opened the game with a double, then added a single his next time up. He scored in both at-bats.
Noah Rawling scored twice in the first as well following a walk and a single. The other early runs came from Clayton Groenewold, Brady Illingworth, Liam Hackett, Brian Green and Spencer Clark.
Groenewold and Illingworth walked, and Hackett reached on a fielder's choice, and the trio scored consecutive runs to give BF a 5-1 advantage.
Following an out, Green walked and Clark singled then, following the second out, Streeter and Rawling singled. Groenewold singled in his second trip to the plate in the first and Illingworth walked a second time
Five walks and a trio of L&G errors in the first helped the Bellows Falls cause as well.
The Rebels would actually lead briefly, scoring their lone run in the top of the first as Pat McDonald started the game with a double and scored on an error, but Illingworth retired the side with a pair of strikeouts sandwiched around a fly ball.
Illingworth went the distance, striking out 10 on the day. He surrendered just two singles and walked one. Leland & Gray put just five runners on base.
The new pitch count rule, which took affect this season, has coaches looking at how they use their pitching staffs a little differently. However, with only one game this week and the next one coming on Monday, Lockerby didn't have to be concerned in this game.
“I just decided if whoever I started is throwing strikes and doing the job I'm going to let them go longer,” he said. “They need to build up some stamina. He said he felt great.”
The Terriers made it 10-1 in the second when Jake Lober walked and scored.
BF was busy on the bases in the third. Streeter was hit by a pitch, Rawling and Illingworth reached on fielder's choice, Hackett walked, Lober was plunked, Green singled, and Clark and Derek Dickerson walked. That, along with eight passed balls and wild pitches, pushed five more runs across for a 15-1 lead.
Clark walked to lead off the BF half of the fifth and Streeter crushed a double to left center field to end the game.
Bellows Falls (1-2) heads to Bennington Monday to face another D-1 team in Mt. Anthony.
Stevens 8, Monadnock 7
Paul Stevens calls Monadnock the house of horrors for his baseball teams, but the Cardinals' head coach got thrills instead of chills with a come-from-behind victory.
Trailing 7-5 with two out in the top of the seventh, Stevens jumped on the rally bus as Brendan Bean led off with a single to center field. Cody Schoolcraft hit his first varsity single and Derek Stanhope singled to right to score pinch runner Zack Stanhope and move Schoolcraft to third. Derek Stanhope would steal second and the speedy Noah Spaulding would follow with an infield single, scoring Schoolcraft. Meanwhile Derek Stanhope never stopped at third and also scored on the infield hit to put the Cardinals ahead 8-7.
Zack O'Brien would walk one batter in the bottom of the inning before shutting the door. He got the win, going the distance, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four.
“I thought he did a nice job putting some miscues behind him,” Silva said.
The Huskies' big inning came in the second when they scored four runs on four hits and three hit batters.
Stevens (2-0) heads to Gilford Friday.
Newport 5, Mascoma Valley 4
The Tigers (1-1) posted their first victory of the season in a close outcome.
The Tigers host Fall Mountain today at 4 p.m.
Sunapee 8, Derryfield 4
The Lakers continue to rout their victims, scoring in double digits for the third straight game.
Sunapee (3-0) visits Nute (1-3) on Friday.
Fall Mountain 20, Hanover 0 (5 innings)
Chloe Vogel pitched a no-hitter as the Wildcats improved to 2-0.
FM scored a run in the first and three more in the second, then pulled away with eight in the third and eight in the fourth.
“Overall the girls executed well, showed patience at the plate, and continue to improve,” said FM coach Molly McManus.
Fall Mountain visits Newport (2-1) today at 4 p.m.
Monadnock 11, Stevens 10
The Cardinals dropped a heartbreaker in the late innings, giving up nine runs over the final two stanzas.
With it being Stevens' first game of the season, coach Melissa Nichols played her entire roster, and saw some good things from her young team.
“We laid down bunts, we took a lot of extra basses and we played pretty clean ball,” she said. “I think we're going to be fine.”
Sarah Ruest went the distance, striking out seven while giving up six hits and 10 walks. Nichols felt she may have tired near the end and the rain didn't help either.
The Cardinal offense did crank out 13 hits. Katelyn Chambers had a double and two singles, and Emma Shea contributed three singles. Marti Milan added a pair of singles, Amber Duford a triple and Madison Lapsley a double.
“Amber had a great game behind the plate,” Nichols added, noting her catcher threw runners out at both second and third.
Stevens (0-1) hosts Mascoma Valley Tuesday.
Newport 25, Mascoma Valley 5
The Tigers improved to 2-1, scoring 25 runs for the second time this season.
Newport hosts Fall Mountain (2-0) today.
Sunapee 8, Derryfield 4
The Lakers had their closest game to date, but remained unbeaten at 3-0.
Sunapee visits Nute (3-0) on Friday.
Bishop Brady 16, Stevens 4
Max Salls scored twice while Keagan McAllister added a goal and two assists to spearhead the Cardinal effort. Quentin Bicknell scored a goal for the second straight game.
Bishop Brady improved to 2-1.
Stevens (0-3) hosts Milford (2-1) Friday at 4 p.m.
Track & Field
Bellows Falls' Shane Clark and Reno Tuttle, and Newport's Dylan Palmer set personal records at the “Vacational” Tuesday. Clark won three events and Tuttle two while Newport posted a pair of relay victories.
In the girls meet, Windsor's Emily Smith was the lone local individual winner while BF won two relays.
Clark's PRs came in the javelin (158-4) and triple jump (38-9 ½) victories. He also won the 110 hurdles with a time of 17.22 seconds.
Tuttle heaved the shot 46-1 for a PR and a win, and also took first in the discus (123-4).
Palmer recorded his PR of 55.1 seconds in winnign the 400 dash.
Newport's relay wins came in the 4x100 with Bryce Jones, Joh Thibault, John Hogan and Ethan Houde posting a 48.69, and in the 4x400 with Houde and Thibault being joined by David Stark and Ben Maynard for a time of 3:55.85.
Division 1 Brattleboro won the team title with 158 points to runner-up BF's 104. Newport was third (87) and Windsor fifth (41) in the 11-team meet.
Smith cleared 4-8 to take the high jump crown.
The Bellows Falls 4x100 relay of jasmine Boucher, Brigid Hodsden, Abbe Cravinho and Tess Kinney crossed the finish line first with a time of 55.97 seconds. Lia Clark, Sophia Hyslop, Macie Streeter and Baylee Davis ran 12:13.46 to win the 4x800 relay.
Brattleboro cored 145 points to squeak past BF (136) in the team race. Windsor (31) was fifth and Newport (29) was sixth in the nine-team event.