Katie Donovan makes a backhanded catch at home against Merrimack on Wednesday June 3
The Alvirne girls’ softball team pulled off a dramatic upset of the number one seeded team, Spaulding on Saturday June 6, to make their way into the semifinals of the Class L tournament. In the first round, they defeated a tough Merrimack squad on Wednesday June 3 by the score of 2-0, making this the second time this year they defeated Merrimack (3-2 in the second game of the season).
Freshman pitching sensation Taylor Carbone threw her second shutout in a row, with 12 strikeouts to put her over the 200 mark for the season. Carbone now sports a 0.54 ERA and is also leading the team with a .357 batting average. The Broncos scored in the first inning when Carbone tripled and came home on a wild pitch. They added an insurance run in the second inning when Kaela Craven reached base on an error, was sacrificed to second by Ashley Metivier and eventually scored on a rarely called catchers obstruction.
It was all the offense the Broncos would need however as the stellar defense of Craven in right field and Nicole Abreu behind the plate bolstered Alvirne to the win. Notching hits for the Broncos were Kayla Duval, Carbone, Delaney Burns and Metivier.
The victory over Merrimack placed the number 8 seed Alvirne in the quarterfinals with the tall task of facing number one seed Spaulding. The Broncos came with their game faces on however and pulled off the upset of the tournament to this point as they defeated Spaulding 1-0 on their home turf. Usually, the quarterfinal round is played on Concord’s Memorial Field however, this year the format changed and the higher seed hosted the quarterfinal games. Defense and solid pitching again were the keys for Alvirne as Carbone fired her third shutout in a row and received solid defense from her teammates.
The fifth inning saw the only run of the game scored when Katie Donovan singled with one out, was sacrificed to second by Diana Gustowski and took third on an errant throw. Kayla Duval singled on the first pitch to drive Donovan in for the lone tally. Carbone was firing a no-hitter until the fifth inning and solid defense from Katie Donovan ended a Spaulding rally in both the fifth and sixth innings. Donovan made a diving stab to strand a runner on second base in the fifth and made a leaping grab of a line drive stranding the tying runner on third to end the contest.
The Broncos are to face number four seed Dover who they lost to earlier in the season by the score of 4-0, but the results were not available at press time. The finals of the tournament will be held on Saturday June 13 at 5 p.m. at Memorial Field in Concord NH.
Taylor Carbone winds up for a pitch against Merrimack
Jacob Lang, Bobby Frappier, and Tyler Coughlin make the play at second
On Thursday, June 4, Campbell High School (CHS) entered into NHIAA tournament play with both the softball team and the baseball team seeing action on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. The opponent for both games was Fall Mountain Regional High School, which serves the towns of Ashworth, Alstead, Charlestown, Langdon and Walpole. The Lady Cougars posted a 3-0 victory while the men pounded Fall Mountain 11-3. Both squads played in the quarter-finals on Saturday. The baseball team faced number 10 ranked Somersworth in Litchfield and the softball unit travelled to Gilford who were ranked number three by the NHIAA.
The ladies were in a pitching duel on the Gilford diamond between Cougar Julia Nolan and Gilford’s Lindsay Carr who both finished with eight strikeouts and just two hits. The Lady Cougars’ 1-0 win came in the sixth inning. Rebecca Arnone led off with a single, advanced to second on a fielder’s choice hit by Sam Radcliffe, then pitcher Nolan hit a ball to second which wasn’t handled with Nolan reaching first and Arnone crossing the plate.
On the diamond in Litchfield the baseball squad came out hitting behind the pitching of Cullen Baker, who struck out ten holding Somersworth to just one run. It was a multi-hit game for Baker, Bobby Frappier, John Coughlin and Gabe Williams. The final score was 11-1 with the contest ending in six innings.
With rain on Tuesday forcing the NHIAA to move all tournament play to later this week. The Cougar baseball team will play Wednesday at Memorial field in Concord, bringing their number two standing (17-1), to face number three ranked Winnisquam (15-3), while the ladies, ranked six with a record of 14-4 will be facing number two ranked Sanborn Regional (18-1) at Plymouth State University at 5 p.m.
With wins the baseball team will play Saturday at 1 p.m. at Merchantsauto.com Stadium in Manchester, while the ladies play at 5 p.m. at Plymouth State University.
Go Cougars, bring back two titles!
Julia Marra sets one up to drop right into her mitt at second base against Fall Mountain Regional
Bobby Frappier tags up at third base amidst a cloud of dust
Gina Nolan launching a volley in Campbell’s win over Fall Mountain
Adam Hagman is congratulated as he approaches home plate after knocking one out of the park
Number five seed Alvirne, finds itself playing in the Semifinals of the Class L baseball tournament after they defeated both Exeter and Concord to advance in the tournament. The Broncos were slated to play number one Trinity at Gill Stadium but results were unknown at press time. The finals of the Class L baseball tournament will be held on Saturday June 13 at 7 p.m. at Merchantsauto.com Stadium in Manchester, NH.
On Thursday June 4, the Broncos, hosted and defeated Exeter 5-3. They would score all of their runs in the first two innings with three in the first and two in the second including a homerun by Adam Hagman. Hagman had a good day at the plate going two for three with 2 RBI’s and came on in relief of Korey LeLievre who picked up the victory, in the sixth inning. With runners on second and third and no outs, Hagman made eight pitches and managed to get the Blue Hawks to pop out, strike out and ground out to get out of the jam. Matt Topper had a good day at the dish as he had three hits, scored two runs and picked up his 20th stolen base of the year when he stole two bases. Alex Jones also had a hit for the Broncos who with this victory, moved onto the quarterfinals to face Concord.
When Nashua South was ousted from the tournament earlier in the week, this put the Broncos in the position of hosting the quarterfinal matchup against Concord on Saturday June 6. The Broncos had the offensive machine well oiled as they had an easy 12-2 victory in the five inning mercy rule shortened game. Mitch Brun swung a big bat for the Broncos as he picked up three hits on the day including a three run homerun. Derek Bratton had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s, Kyle Brigham had an RBI triple, Matt Topper had one hit and 2 RBI’s, and Ryan MacDonald added one hit and 2 RBI’s. Travis Terrill got the victory pitching 4 1/3 innings and Adam Hagman came in and closed out the fifth sealing the victory.
Two players from both the boys and girls tennis squads qualified for the individual state tournament this past weekend. The boys matches were held at Memorial Field in Concord NH and the girls tournament was divided between Derryfield School and Southern New Hampshire University.
For the boys, senior captain Jie Gu, who is co-valedictorian of his class and headed to Dartmouth, qualified in the singles and lost a close match in the round of 32. Gu and senior Bob Gaudet, headed to Keene State, qualified in doubles. After going down 6-1 in the set, the Broncos rallied to tie it up at 7-7 but fell just short losing 9-7. Both young men represented Alvirne admirably and are considered among the top 32 singles players, and doubles teams in the state.
On the girl’s side, senior captain Kayla Belanger, who is headed for the University of Rhode Island, qualified in singles and made it to the round of 16 losing a hard fought battle in singles. Deanna Trearchis also qualified in singles and lost in the round of 32 to the number 2 seed in the tournament. In doubles, the team of Belanger and Trearchis, who were seeded number four in the tournament, came out strong and made it to the quarterfinals before losing a very close match 6-4, 5-7, 5-7. All of these athletes were selected on a very strict set of qualifications, and are considered the best in the state of New Hampshire as only the top players from all NHIAA Classes (S, I, M and L) are invited to play in this event.
The Litchfield Middle School baseball team finished off a perfect 11-0 season by winning the 2009 Tri-County Class M Championship. After beating Hampstead, last year’s champions, in the semi-final playoff round by a score of 11-3, Litchfield faced a very solid team from Sanborn. During regular season play, Sanborn had given the Litchfield Middle School boys their toughest competition and the championship game was no different. Remaining scoreless in the early innings through solid pitching and defense by both teams, Sanborn was first to score a run in the top of the fourth inning. Litchfield responded quickly, evening the score with a solo homerun in the bottom of the fourth. After adding a run in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings, Litchfield held on for a 3-1 win over Sanborn and celebrated their title as champions and a hard earned undefeated season.
Back row: Assistant Coach Donnelly, Christian McKenna, Nick Freson, Captain Matt Morais, Captain Cody Caron, Connor Sahlin, Jason Rodonis, Vinnie Bucci, Jonathan Graveline, Chris Gerossie, Head Coach Gilmore. Front row: Jackson Musco, Cam Viola, Christian Bourgea, Shane Nowak, Captain Cade LaCroix, Jeremy Noury, Chris Lowry.
Firebirds highlights: Holly Sanville had three hits, including a double; Dena Hoffman scored three runs; Claire Mutty and Amber Rondeau each had two hits. Emily Veilleux pitched a one-run inning.
T-Birds highlights: Liz Paladino had three hits, including a triple, and five RBIs; Sarah Chaput and Liz Paladino each scored three runs; Sarah Chaput struck out four batters in three innings of work to earn the victory.
In the regular season finale, the Thunderbirds played another great game in a 9-9 tie against the top seeded Falcons. With three players absent, the girls continued to play well as a team. Leading the way with the bats were Lysandra Matos, Liz Paladino, Caroline Truesdell, Rachel Perron, and Meaghan Connors with multiple hits each. The defense was great, led by Rebekah Alpert, Makaela Page, Christine Cabral, Liz, and Caroline. Olivia Roberts was outstanding in her first pitching appearance. Allowing just one run in two solid innings. Kylie Marcotte continues to pitch well for the TBirds, always throwing strikes with great enthusiasm.