Gilford softball moves to 9-3 with win over Belmont

BELMONT — Gilford softball defeated Belmont on a soggy Monday afternoon, 5-3. The Golden Eagles scored five unearned runs on two hits and 11 walks. Belmont pushed across three runs on three hits and three walks.

"The bats were as cold as the weather," said Gilford coach Joan Forge. "We did what we needed to do to get the win."

The rain played a factor in the pitching, causing both teams to have more wild pitches than normal. Gilford capitalized on three wild pitches, scoring three runs.

Belmont opened the scoring on a pass ball in the bottom of the first inning. Gilford responded three innings later with three runs of their own. The first was on a throwing error to third base and the next two came on wild pitches to the backstop. Gilford tacked on two more in the sixth inning to extend their lead to two.

Gilford's Jordan Dean made the play of the game at shortstop, diving to her left to pick up a sinking line drive that would have started a rally for the Red Raiders.

"Dean's stab in the seventh was a crucial out," Forge said. " We played well enough defensively to make up our absence at the plate." Junior Caitlin Houston and Sophomore Sarah LaChapelle had the two singles for Gilford.

The Red Raiders fall to 7-5 in NHIAA Division III play and will host Laconia on Wednesday. Gilford is 9-3 with the win and will also be home on Wednesday to take on Farmington.

High School Round-Up: Gilford boys tennis team moves to 12-0 - 593

Gilford High Tennis continues to impress, beating Kingswood 6-3 and shutting out Inter-Lakes 9-0. The Golden Eagles are a perfect 12-0 on the season with two matches remaining next week. On Monday they will host Portsmouth Christian at Dover and will then travel to Berlin to close out the regular season on Thursday. Gilford has only lost a total of nine individual and doubles matches this season.
Gilford's girls' also beat Kingswood and Inter-Lakes last week improving to 8-5 on the season. They finish the regular season on the road Tuesday at Profile (Bethlehem).
Laconia's Girls' team finished the regular season with a record of 4-9, beating Inter-Lakes 6-3 in their last match.
Winnisquam, which began the season 7-1, has dropped the last three games. The last two losses were served up by Franklin 13-8 and Belmont 3-1. The Bears will look to right the ship today at Mascoma Valley. They will begin a three game home stand on Monday versus Bow and continue with Monadnock on Wednesday and Belmont on Thursday.
Gilford (8-3) had a successful week, blanking Inter-Lakes 10-0 and Farmington 5-0. The Golden Eagles head to Belmont on Monday, home against Farmington on Wednesday and at Somersworth on Thursday.
Belmont unloaded on Somersworth last Monday for an 18-1 victory and edged out Winnisquam 3-1 two days later. The Red Raiders host Somersworth today, Gilford on Monday, and Laconia on Wednesday, before finishing out the week at Winnisquam on Thursday.
Laconia (3-7) went 2-1 over the week, pounding Newfound on back to back days 14-2 and 26-2. The Sachems had trouble on the third day of consecutive games at Franklin, losing 7-1. They have another three games in three day stretch beginning Wednesday at Belmont, home versus Inter-Lakes, and ending at Prospect Mountain.
Winnisquam baseball continues to roll, improving to 9-1 and the NHIAA Davison III lead with victories against Franklin 12-1 and Belmont 5-4. The Bears are at Mascoma Valley today. The Bears host Bow on Monday and Monadnock on Wednesday of next week.
Laconia reeled of three wins in consecutive days this week beating Newfound Regional 11-2 and 9-0 on back to back days. Wednesday, Laconia spotted Franklin a six run lead heading into the sixth inning before erupting for 15 runs over the last two innings to win 15-9. The Sachems have a full schedule this week beginning in Plymouth in Monday, then play three in a row again starting Wednesday at Belmont, home with Inter-Lakes, and at Prospect Mountain to finish the week.
Belmont sits an even 5-5 on the season, dropping two games this week to Somersworth 15-5 and Winnisquam 5-4. Belmont hosts Somersworth today, Gilford on Monday and Laconia Wednesday.
Gilford (5-6) fell to Inter-Lakes 8-4 and beat Farmington 5-2 over the last week. The Golden Eagles are at Belmont on Monday, hosting Farmington on Wednesday, and head to Somersworth on Thursday.
Girls' Lacrosse
Laconia (8-1) extended their win streak to four this week beating Kearsarge 11-6 and Oyster River 17-7. The Sachems traveled to Pelham yesterday and will be in Plymouth on Monday. Wednesday Laconia will host Derryfield (11-0) and head to Bishop Brady on Thursday.
Gilford traveled to John Stark last Monday and were edged out 14-12 before recording their third win of the season against Belmont 22-7. The 3-6 Golden Eagles will be home all week beginning today against Plymouth, Monday versus Kingswood, Thursday Pelham comes to town.
Belmont (1-8) lost the only game on the schedule last week to Gilford 22-7. The Red Raiders host Derryfield on Monday this week.
Boys' Lacrosse
Laconia (6-4) lost to Hollis-Brookline 12-5 last week. They are in Plymouth today and will host Kingswood on Tuesday and Gilford on Thursday. The Golden Eagles (1-8) fell to Pembroke 9-8. They will play Kearsarge yesterday and will host Kingswood on Monday.

Laconia baseball scores 15 runs in final 2 inning to beat Franklin

FRANKLIN — Laconia erased a six run deficit in the final two innings of Wednesday afternoon's NHIAA Division III baseball game here to win 15-9. The Sachems headed into the sixth inning losing 6-0.

"We shouldn't have put ourselves in that position," said coach Jon Myers. "Don't get me wrong I am happy we mounted a comeback. I am proud our kids didn't shut down after giving up a six run lead."

The Sachems only need five hits in the final two innings to push across the 15 runs.

Franklin's starting pitcher Garrette Fleming had given up no runs on two hits going into the sixth, when he struggled with his control and walked the first three batters of the inning.

Laconia scored its first run on a pass ball. Trace Privette then hit a routine ground ball to third baseman Pat Kaplan who over-threw first base and allowed two more Sachem runs. Laconia starting pitcher, Andrew Salta drove in the only earned run of the inning on a long fly ball that bounced over the right field fence for a ground rule double. Franklin added a run of their own in the bottom of the inning to make the score 7-4 heading into the seventh inning.

The seventh inning began with a single from Tim Kneuer and would not end until 11 runs crossed the plate. Every Sachem in the lineup scored in the innning. The runs were scored off of only three hits. Franklin committed two errors, walked a pair, and hit three batters.

Catcher, Matt Leblanc led the Sachems offensively with two doubles, a single, and three runs batted in. Salta had two strikeouts, and two walks over the three innings pitched, giving up one run and three hits.

The Sachems improved to 7-3 with the win. Laconia has a full schedule next week playing four games in five days, beginning with a trip to Plymouth.

Alex Winkelmann named to NE-10 All-Rookie Team

COLCHESTER, Vt. — Saint Michael's College baseball first-year pitchers Dylan Lavery (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) and Alex Winkelmann (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School) were both named to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie Team on Wednesday. This marked the third consecutive year two Purple Knights landed on the squad, as six in all have earned the laurel since the program rejoined the league in 2012.

A left-handed hurler, Winkelmann's first three appearances were out of the bullpen before he made his final five outings as a starter, completing the season with a 3-2 record and a 4.76 ERA. He walked just 10 while striking out 22 in 34 innings, yielding only five extra-base hits. During six of his eight appearances, Winkelmann allowed two earned runs or fewer. He tossed 2.1 innings of one-hit, shutout relief in his college debut versus the University of Minnesota Duluth on March 16 before drawing his initial start at regionally-ranked University of New Haven on April 5.

Over his final four games, Winkelmann was 2-1 with a 3.75 ERA, walking just five and fanning 18 in 24 innings, despite two of the starts coming against nationally-ranked Southern New Hampshire.

Saint Michael's completed the year 7-25 overall and 6-19 in the NE-10, but went 4-3 in its final seven games.