Wednesday’s high schools: Concord’s Wachter strikes out 17, Tide softball steals 10 bases on record-setting day; plus more softball, baseball, lacrosse and tennis results

Published: 04-13-2023 1:24 AM


Concord 14, Alvirne 2

Key players: Concord – Maddy Wachter (win, 17 K, 1 BB, 4 H, 1 ER; 2-for-5, 5 RBI), Delaney Duford (4-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 3 runs, 5 stolen bases), Sarah Taylor (4-for-4, double, walk, RBI, 3 runs, stolen base), Liv Crawford (2-for-5, run), Andie Moreira (hit, 2 walks, 2 runs, RBI, sacrifice, 2 stolen bases), Kennedy Craigue (hit, run, 2 RBI), Kryslin Stearns (hit, walk, run, RBI, stolen base), Tess Bolduc (hit, sacrifice), Ali Dupuis (walk, run, stolen base), Lily Hackett (run), Jaylyn Wessling (run)

Highlights: Wachter’s 17 strikeouts matched the school record for strikeouts in a 7-inning game, held by Abby Rochette in 2018 and Becky Hoidahl in 2007, and behind Duford’s five steals, Concord set a new team record for steals in a game with 10. The old mark had stood for 33 years. It was a relatively close game until the Tide scored seven runs in the seventh.

Coach’s quote: “Delaney and Maddy set the tone, first at the plate – staking us to a 3-0 lead in the first – and then as the battery. And we had production from every spot in the lineup. Overall, it was a good day against a quality team.” – Concord assistant Sandy Smith

Records: Concord 2-0; Alvirne 1-1

Coe-Brown 10, Oyster River 0

Key players: Coe-Brown – Jayden Porter (3-for-4, 2 RBI), Brook Orluk (1-for-1, double), Courtney Thomas (2-run double, Madi DeCota (7 IP, 0 ER, 10 K)

Highlights: Haile Comeau had a two-out bases-loaded double and three RBI to kick off a seven-run second inning.

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Coach’s quote: “Solid pitching and catching, good defense and timely hitting will keep us in a lot of games. Still work to do, still things to get better, but overall pleased with our start.” – Coe-Brown’s Dave Allis

Records: Coe-Brown 2-0; Oyster River 0-1

John Stark 14, ConVal 3

Key players: John Stark – Ava Rivers (3-for-4, 4 runs), Kira Linstad (4-for-5, 2 runs), Liv Hargreaves (2-for-4, 3 RBI, HR; 17 strikeouts), Katie Lorenz (3-for-4), Eva Grolljahn (3-for-4, 2 runs)

Highlights: Stark took an early 3-0 lead in the first and then added two more runs in the second for a 5-0 lead. ConVal started a two-out rally in the third inning, scoring a run. ConVal cut the lead to 6-3 in the top of the fifth, but the Generals exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the fifthm capped off by Hargreaves three-run home run.

Coach’s quote: “You could feel the nervousness before the game and then we came out strong with three runs in the first inning which settled the girls down. Liv had the ConVal girls guessing at the plate, striking out 17 batters today. Contributions at the plate by every player today, with every player getting at least one hit.” – John Stark’s Denis Kolehmainen

Records: John Stark 1-0; ConVal 0-2

Merrimack Valley 18, Pembroke 10

Key players: MV – Livie Lacasse (winning pitcher; 3-for-5), Kayla Smith (4-for-6, HR), Caydence Allberg (3-for-5), Kalee Keyser (3-for-5, HR), Julia Herrmann (2-for-4), Katelyn Herrmann (2-for-4; great outfield catch), Addy Allen (2-for-4); Pembroke – Eliza Carignan (3 hits, 2 doubles), Morgan Cloutier (3 hits), Ally Tessler (3 hits, HR), Kyleigh Burtsell (3 hits)

Highlights: Valley had 10 runs and 10 hits in the first inning (out of 23 hits total) to take the early lead. Keyser and Smith both blasted home runs over the wall for MV.

Coaches’ quotes: “Started the game swinging the bat well and produced runs. As with most ‘first games’ we have plenty of things to work on. However, with our limited time on fields prior to our first contest, very pleased with the results.” – MV’s Kevin O’Brien

“We got down 10-0 in first inning, but battled back. The girls played hard and never gave up.” – Pembroke’s John Manni

Records: MV 1-0; Pembroke 1-1

Hopkinton 6, Hillsboro-Deering 4

Key players: Hopkinton – Steph Elrick (7 IP, 3 ER; 4-for-4, HR, triple, 2 RBI), Kyanna Landry (2-for-3, HR, 3 runs, RBI), Ally Duval (threw out runner stealing), Kinley St. Cyr (2-for-2)

Highlights: Down 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Elrick hit a two-run homer to left to tie the game and Sammi Goldblatt added an RBI single to give the Hawks the lead. Landry hit a towering home run in the sixth to help the Hawks win. Elrick was phenomenal in the circle with, five strikeouts and six putouts, while batting a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate and a double away from hitting for the cycle.

Coach’s quote: “Hillsboro gave us all we could handle today. Couple of big hits by us were the difference and Steph (Elrick) was awesome.” – Hopkinton’s Dan Meserve

Records: Hopkinton 2-0; H-D 0-2


Concord 8, Alvirne 4

Key players: Concord – Matt Drewes (win, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K), Jacob Plante (2-for-3, run, 2 RBI), Kalan Gaudrealt (2-for-3, 2 runs, RBI), Brooks Craigue (2-for-3, 2 runs), Nater Wachter (2-run single), Dawson Fancher (double, run), Dan Revellese (RBI), Armen Laylagian (run, 3 walks, RBI), Mitch Coffey (2 runs)

Highlights: Concord scored first in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Plante. The Tide scored three in the bottom of the third when Laylagian walked with the bases loaded, scoring Gaudreault. Craigue and Coffey scored on an error when Alvirne tried to turn a double play. Concord then scored four in the bottom of the sixth. Plante singled to drive in Fancher, who had doubled. Gaudreault doubled scoring Plante. Wachter singled, driving in Craigue and Coffey.

Coach’s quote: “Matt Drewes pitched a great game, we were able to put together a couple of good innings at the plate and held off a late rally by Alvirne. Big days from Plante, Craigue and Gaudreault led the offense.” – Concord’s Scott Owen

Records: Concord 2-0; Alvirne 0-2

John Stark 14, ConVal 0, 5 inn.

Key players: John Stark – Anthony Paolicelli (5 IP, 0 H, 12 K; 2-for-3, HR, 4 RBI, 2 runs, stolen base), Hunter Keim (2-for-3, 3 runs), Chase Philibotte (2-for-4, 2 RBI, run), Parker LaClair (2-for-2, 2 RBI, run), Dom Massaro (first varsity hit), Aiden Harris (first varsity hit)

Highlights: The Generals exploded for five first-innings runs, sparked by Paolicelli’s two-run bomb to right. Stark added three two-out runs in the third and put the game away in the fourth with six runs. Paolicelli struck out the side in the fifth to close out the run-rule no-hitter.

Coach’s quote: “We came out swinging with great plate discipline to start the game. The scrimmages versus D-I teams at the end of last week really got our guys some good live reps and they were ready to hit today. Anthony threw the ball very well today, with 12 of the 15 outs coming via the strikeout, only throwing 65 pitches.” – John Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: John Stark 1-0; ConVal 0-1

Bishop Brady 10, Prospect Mountain 4

Key players: Bishop Brady  – Andy Hunton (3 hits, double, 3 runs, 3 stolen bases, RBI), Mike Thresher (1.2 IP, 0 ER in relief; triple, 2 runs, RBI, 3 stolen bases), Bryce Miller (2 hits, 2 RBI, double), Owen Thornton (3 IP, win, 0 ER)

Highlights: Bishop Brady scored two runs in the first inning, two in the second and four in the third to jump out to an 8-0 lead after three innings, and cruised to an opening day win at Rollins Park.

Coach’s quote: “Owen gave us a quality start and we swung the bats early to play from ahead all day. Andy did a great job from the leadoff spot, reaching base in all four plate appearances and stealing three bases. Mike and Bryce did their job from the No. 3 and No. 4 spots in the order, driving in runs, and Mike was running too with 3 stolen bases. For our first game, our team defense was excellent today.” – Bishop Brady’s Skip Foy

Records: Bishop Brady 1-0; Prospect Mtn. 1-1

Newport 13, Hopkinton 9

Key players: ​​​​​​Hopkinton – Bronson Ammann (2-for-3, single, double, HBP, 2 runs, 3 RBI, stolen base), Tyler Czarkowski (2-for-3, 2 singles, walk, 3 runs, RBI), Tad Stokes (2-for-3, sacrifice, run, RBI, stolen base), Cole Czarnecki (first varsity hit, stolen base), Mike Pantano (first varsity hit, run, stolen base)

Highlights: The Hawks trailed 10-4 in the bottom of the sixth, but a five-run rally with two outs cut their deficit to 10-9 heading into the seventh. Kyle Buelte (walk, run) leadoff with a HBP, followed by a single from Travis Windhurst (1-for-2, run scored) before Newport got the next two batters out. Ammann, Czarkowski and Stokes kept the sixth inning rally alive. The Tigers managed to tack on three more runs in the seventh to extend their lead.

Coach’s quote: “All the coaches were very pleased with how the team responded offensively in the bottom of the sixth inning when we were down 10-4 going into the frame and knowing our chances were running out. As a young team, it was really great to see the fight they displayed. While the outcome is not what we would have liked, the (players) should be proud of themselves for their efforts.” – Hopkinton’s Kevin Hill

Records: Newport 1-0; Hopkinton 0-2

Winnisquam 6, Fall Mountain 4

Key players: Winnisquam  – Anthony Boomer (4-for-4; win, 5 IP, 2 H, 10 K), Zach St. Onge (2-run double; 2 IP, save), Duncan Gosselin (double, great game at catcher)

Highlights: St. Onge hit a two-run double to extend the Bears’ lead from 3-2 to 5-2 in the sixth inning. Brady Palmer had his first varsity hit, an RBI single in the second inning.

Coach’s quote: “I’m happy with our effort. The guys played a solid game. Boomer threw the ball well. For our first game, I was very happy with our defensive play. We made just one error. Good game to build on.” – Winnisquam’s Fred Caruso

Records: Winnisquam 1-0; Fall Mtn. 1-1

Boys’ Lacrosse

Bedford 14, Concord 2

Key players: Concord – Piper Kuepper (17 saves), Nate Doherty (2 goals), Joey Tarbell (assist)

Records: Bedford 1-0; Concord 0-1

Coe-Brown 10, Hopkinton 9, OT

Key players: Coe-Brown – Jack Matson (12 saves), Jack Whitcher (goal, 3 ground balls), Connor Joy (2 goals, assist), Joseph Fenton (2 goals), Drew Clinch (goal, assist), Connor Strum (goal, assist); Hopkinton – Lincoln Wilson (2 goals, assist, 4 ground balls), Patrick Buss (2 goals, assist), Gavin Davies (2 goals, assist), John Despres (goal, 2 assists, 3 ground balls), Steven Reddy (8 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers), Cam Bassett (4 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers), Brayden Crawford (3 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers)

Highlights: The Hawks and Bears didn’t relent their attack in a back-and-forth season-opener, with Coe-Brown taking a 6-4 lead at halftime and increasing it to 8-4 heading into the fourth. Hopkinton clawed their way back into the game, tying it 9-9 with 19 seconds left to force overtime. The Bears set a low pick for a dodger and Fenton found the back of the net in Tuesday’s game.

Coaches’ quotes:  “This was a great opener. We’ve been on pavement two of the last three weeks and have done a great job focusing on what we could do and not worrying about what we couldn’t. Still, this is the first time we’ve been in cleats, full speed, for 48 minutes. So there were a lot of unanswered questions. This was great feedback. We saw tons of positives, tons of opportunities for growth, and obviously anytime anyone can get out of Hopkinton with a win, they take it. Coach Blue does an incredible job with his guys every year.” – Coe-Brown’s Tony DePalma

“We made some nice plays, but need to tighten a few things up moving forward. We did a great job keeping pace with a deep and athletic Coe-Brown team. Our players kept it positive and showed a lot of mental fortitude by making a huge comeback in the fourth.” – Hopkinton’s Deacon Blue

Records: Coe-Brown 1-0; Hopkinton 0-1

Girls’ Lacrosse

Bedford 19, Concord 5

Key players: Concord – Emma Pelletier (3 goals), Sarah Leuci (goal), Emma Beaujouan (goal), Greta Norton (midfield), Sophia Branch (midfield), Taylor Lamb (defense), Lily Savoy (midfield), Amelia Crumrine (defense), Nadia Hanna (5 saves)

Highlights: The Tide fell to the Bulldogs in Tuesday’s season-opener.

Coach’s quote: “Bedford dominated the draw and control of the ball throughout the game, which made it difficult to get any momentum going.” – Concord’s Terry Anderson 

Records: Bedford 2-0; Concord 0-1

Boys’ Tennis

Kearsarge 8, Littleton 1

Highlights: The Cougars won all but the No. 6 singles match to remain undefeated. No. 3 doubles went to a tiebreaker.

Records: Kearsarge 4-0; Littleton 1-2

Girls’ Tennis

Bow 7, Kingswood 2

Key players: Bow – Grace Modzeleski (8-2 win at No. 2), Katie McCabe (8-2 win at No. 4), Sudy Chakraborty (8-0 win at No. 4), Rachel Pelletier (8-0 win at No. 5), Jaden Glace and Modzeleski (9-8, 7-2 win at No. 1 doubles), McCabe and Chakraborty (8-4 win at No. 2 doubles), Pelletier and Maddie Kiniry (8-2 win at No. 3 doubles)

Highlights: Leading 4-2 after singles, the Falcons needed one win in doubles to clinch the match, and Chakraborty and McCabe pulled away for an 8-4 win to clinch the match. Bow tacked on two more victories in doubles.

Coach’s quote: “It was good for us to get to doubles with the match still on the line. Our doubles pairings are coming along and the No. 1 team had a great tiebreaker win. All of it is good experience for us.” – Bow’s Steve Langevin

Records: Bow 4-0; Kingswood 0-3

Kennett 9, Pembroke  0

Key players:  Pembroke – Emma Parson (8-4 loss at No. 1 singles)

Coach’s quote: “Kennett is a strong team with depth. Emma played well against their No. 1 girl. Emma came out strong and then their girl played better at the end.” – Pembroke’s David Goulet

Records: Kennett 2-0; Pembroke 0-3

Kearsarge 8, Sanborn 1

Key players: Kearsarge – Anela Branco (8-4 win at No. 1), Tori Montagna (8-2 win at No. 2), Kelsey Kane (8-2 win at No. 3), Megan Lizotte (8-1 win at No. 4), Madelin Prak (8-2 win at No. 5), Amber Houle (8-5 win at No. 6)

Coach’s quote: “A solid day on court for all players. Sanborn were great competitors and wind was a huge factor, but we adapted quick and were able to benefit from it. I chose to mix things up with the lineup and the team rose to the challenge.” – Kearsarge’s Jay Stadler

Records: Kearsarge 4-0; Sanborn 0-3