FM's Heath perfect in duel with Fish
NEWPORT — Kendal Heath was perfect against Newport Thursday. The Fall Mountain pitcher had to be because the Tigers' Kyle Fish was styling a pretty impressive performance on the mound as well.
Heath faced the minimum 21 batters en route to a perfect game, striking out 16 of them in a 2-0 victory.
“It was a heck of a game,” said FM coach Tom Stockton. “Overall, I'm extremely proud of the team.”
Likewise, Newport coach Jon Hamel was pleased with his team, praising the Tigers' defense and applauding Fish's showing on the mound.
“He pitched an incredible game,” Hamel said.
Fish scattered six hits and a walk and the defense backed him up with errorless ball. He struck out four batters and induced 12 fly-ball outs, seven of which were in the infield.
Meanwhile, Heath also came through with his bat, going 2-for-3 and blasting a triple that would eventually set up his own game-winning run. The junior led off the top of the seventh inning with a three-bagger, then came home on a Cooper Spaulding single. Two outs later, pinch hitter Ethan McNamara plated Spaulding with an insurance run.
Heath closed out his gem by retiring Newport's 1-2-3 hitters.
FM threatened to score in the fourth after Bailey Cote stopped Fish's no-hit bid with a one-out single, then rolled into third on Heath's double over the left fielder's head. Tiger second baseman TJ Hubert nixed that notion when he snagged a line drive and alertly raced to second for an unassisted double play.
Fall Mountain (2-0) begins a four-game stretch next week with a game at Mascoma Valley (0-2) Monday. Newport (1-2) is off until next Friday at Kearsarge (1-5).
Stevens 15, Gilford 0 (5 innings)
Derrick Stanhope checked the Golden Eagles on three hits while the Cardinals cranked it up at the plate to improve to 3-0 on the season.
“That was nice. It was unexpected,” Stevens coach Paul Silva said of the lopsided outcome.
Coby Hussey smacked three hits and drove in four runs to lead the bat barrage. Cody Schoolcraft contributed two hits and two RBI, and Drew Grenier had two hits, two RBI and three runs. Zach O'Brien had two singles and a double, Noah Spaulding had a hit and scored three runs, and Stanhope had a hit and two RBIs.
Stevens will play its first home game Tuesday against Mascoma Valley (0-2).
Windsor 18, Springfield 0 (5 innings)
Leading 2-0, the Yellow Jackets pulled away with a 7-run second inning and sealed things up with eight more in the third.
Seth Balch allowed one hit and one walk in four innings while striking out nine. He carried a hot bat as well, going 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
Dakota Page and Justin Smith both went 2-for-3, driving in three runs apiece.
Ryland Richardson struck out the side in the fifth.
Windsor (2-1) will play Woodstock (0-0) Saturday afternoon in historic Cooperstown, N.Y.
Newport 12, Fall Mountain 4
The Tigers broke open a close game in the bottom of the fifth, scoring six runs.
With Newpport up 6-4, Alyssa Burr and Gabby Scanlon started the surge with back-to-back singles. Both would score and with Lexi Page on with a walk, Lacey McNeel belted an inside-the-park home run. Hailey Perry singled, Stacia dame doubled, and Megan Howard and Burr followed with RBI singles to give the host a 12-4 advantage.
The Wildcats grabbed the early lead as Zoey Utton opened the game with a walk and consecutive singles Nicole Limoges, Erin Devanney and Allie Stoddart put FM up 2-0 before McNeel struck out the side.
Newport got a run back in its half of the first when McNeel led off with a triple and came home on Perry's sacrifice fly.
Savana Wilson singled and scored on a Limoges base hit in the second, but singles by Burr, Hanna Clark and Page and a McNeel RBI single tied the game at 3-3.
Both teams put a runner on in the third to no avail, then Faith Golec led off the fourth reaching on an error and scoring on a Devanney ground out. The Tigers responded with three runs in their half to take a 6-4 lead. Trembly reached on a fielder's choice and page singled, then McNeel tripled the duo home. McNeel would score on a wild pitch to make it 6-4.
McNeel and Burr both went 4-for-4 on the day. McNeel had three runs and five RBI, and Burr added two runs and an RBI. Batting out the the No. 9 spot, Page went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs. Dame had a double, and Perry, Howard, Scanlon and Clark pitched in with a hit apiece.
McNeel struck out 12 batters.
Limoges went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI to pace FM while Devanney was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Savana Wislon, the No. 8 hitter, went 2-for-3 with a run. Chloe Vogel added a double, and Stoddart, and Molly Cobb had one hit each.
Newport (3-1) is off until next Friday when it visits Kearsarge (0-5). Fall Mountain (2-1) visits Mascenic today.
Fair Haven 15, Windsor 1
The Yellow Jackets, like most teams, haven't figured out Fair Haven's Olivia Bowen, but did fare a little better than the first meeting.
“We played seven innings instead of 4 ½,” said Windsor coach Phil Hathorn. “We played better today. We didn't have the walks and the errors.”
The Jacks would get their run in the second when Brooke McKeen reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a Carah Rugg single. Rugg finished the day with two hits, and Annie Soho and Erin Wierzbicki added one hit each.
Olivia Rockwood pitched 6 2/3 innings for the Jacks, giving up 15 hits and eight runs, only four of which were earned.
“They hit the ball in the gaps,” Hathorn said.
Windsor (0-4) hosts Springfield (1-1) Saturday at 11 a.m.
Monadnock 6, Kearsarge 3
The Cougars' Morgan Flinkstrom defeated Sarah Cody 8-5 at No. 3 singles and Annie Carr beat Samantha Fortin 8-2 at No. 6 singles. At No. 3 doubles, Ellie Melott and Katelyn Penrose beat Juliette Henderson and Fortin 8-6.
Kearsarge's Felicia McSweeney lost a close one at No. 5 singles, 9-7 to Alexa Lucier, and McSweeney and Elise Paquette dropped a close on to Henderson and Cody at No. 2 doubles, 8-6.
The Cougars host Conant today.