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Gilford starts softball playoffs in 3rd spot

Gilford's finished with a regular season record of 15-1 which seeded them in 3rd place going into the NHIAA Division III tournament. Gilford will host the winner of the Laconia versus Prospect Mountain matchup, scheduled to be played last night, at 4 p.m. on Friday.
Gilford won the last 15 games of the season after losing their game opener to Franklin 3-2 in 10. Gilford later in the season avenged that loss with a 4-1 victory. Gilford has outscored opponents 109-15 including 8 shutouts, 6 of those shutouts in the last 7 games. Gilford has allowed opponents to score only 5 runs in the month of May and only 1 in the last 7 games. A major reason for the stingy defense is 4 year veteran lefty pitcher Sydney Strout. Strout has broken the 619 school career strikeout record and currently has 631 with 198 this season. Strout averages 12.4 strikeouts, 2.9 hits, .9 walks per game and has an ERA of .438. Catcher Paige Laliberte has been Strout's catcher for 10 years and is solid behind the plate, picking off 2 players at 1st base.
Gilford's infield starters are 1st baseman senior Abby Harris, 2nd baseman sophomore Caitlin Houston, 3rd baseman junior Lisa Osborne, shortstop junior Mollie Dignan. The outfield starters are right fielder junior Kelsey Buckley, centerfielder senior Hannah Chase and leftfielder is split between senior Alyssa Wilson and junior Mikaela Mattice. Courtesy runner Kristina Hayden and pinch hitter Sarah Lachapelle also will get tournament play time.
The Gilford offense was led by Lisa Osborne with a .517 batting average and 17 RBIs. The batting averages have improved since the April vacation break. The latter part of the season averages bring 8 players over .300 mark: Osborne .553, Mikaela Mattice .500, Sydney Strout .433, Mollie Dignan .357 (14 runs), Abby Harris .344 (12 RBIs & 6 doubles), Sara Lachapelle .333 and Paige Laliberte (9 stolen bases) and Caitlin Houston.304 (10 RBIs).

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 11:33

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Gilford softball defeats Belmont 3-0

The Gilford High School softball team finished its season by winning 15 in a row and recording its eighth shutout, but it wasn't easy, according to coach Joan Forge. "Belmont has improved tremendously since our 9-0 win over them a few weeks ago. We were making contact on offense, but Belmont made some great defensive plays today". Belmont pitcher Megan Prescott had a no-hitter until the top of the 6th when Caitlin Houston singled. Gilford had two chances to score late in the game, but were denied by the tough Belmont defense. The first chance came in the 6th inning when Caitlin Houston led of with a single, advanced to 2nd base on a Alyssa Wilson sacrifice bunt, she got to 3rd on an error, Mollie Dignan was up to bat and laid down a bunt for a suicide squeeze play, but the Belmont defense made the play at the plate to get Houston out. Gilford had another opportunity in the 7th when Lisa Osborne led off with a single, went to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt by Abby Harris, Osborne advanced to 3rd on a Paige Laliberte hit. With Osborne on 3rd, Sarah Lachapelle hit a hard shot to Belmont's 2nd baseman, Megan Bailey, who fired home and got Osborne out at the plate. Belmont came up in the bottom of the 7th and for the 1st time of the game threatened the Gilford defense. Cassie Contigiani led off with a single, Mary Kate Russo laid down a bunt which was misplayed by the Gilford defense, resulting in runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Makayla Donovan hit a short fly ball between short stop, centerfield and leftfield, but Gilford leftfielder Mikaela Mattice made a spectacular catch to save the winning run from scoring. With one out Sydney Strout struck out the next batter, then walked the next batter( only walk of the game) to load the bases, only to strikeout the next batter for the third out. After Belmont applied pressure on the Gilford defense the Gilford offense exploded for three runs on four hits and a sacrifice bunt in the top of the 8th inning. Mikalea Mattice, after making the game saving catch in the outfield, led off with a single to rightfield and advanced to 2nd on a Hannah Chase sacrifice bunt, Mollie Dignan singled to rightfield and drove in Mattice for Gilford's first run. Sydney Strout then delivered a double deep to center field to drive in Dignan. Sydney Strout's courtesy runner, Kristina Hayden, scored on a Lisa Osborne single to centerfield to make the score 3-0. Strout struck out 2 of the final 3 batters and Mikaela Mattice caught a fly ball to leftfield for the last out and the victory.
Sydney Strout had 14 strikeouts, gave up 4 hits and 1 walk.
The Gilford offense was led by Lisa Osborne 2/4 (1 RBI), Sydney Strout 1 double (1 RBI), singles by Mollie Dignan (1 RBI & 1 run scored), Paige Laliberte, Caitlin Houston and Miakela Mattice (1 run scored)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 01:17

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Gilford boys advance to tennis finals

The Gilford High School boys' tennis team defeated Prospect Mountain Friday in the Division III semi-finals, 5-2.  The match was played inside Gilford Hills and the numbers 2 and 3 doubles did not finish due to time.  In singles, Andrew Caulfield won, 8-1, Matt Saulnier won, 8-1, Alex Smoneau won, 8-4, Keaton Quigley won 8-6 (after falling behind, 1-5), Erich Berghahn lost, 6-8, and Nolan Dwyer lost in a tiebreaker, 8-9 (7-5).  Caulfield/Saulnier won the #1 doubles, 5-2.
The 15-0 Eagles face Bow on Tuesday at 4 p.m., at the Derryfield School, for the Division III championship.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 01:14

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Bow ends GHS girls' tennis season

The Gilford High School girls' tennis team played its last match of the season on Friday, losing to Bow, 8-1, in the semi-final round of the Division III tournament. The team's overall record for the season was 12 wins, 4 losses.
Charleyne Panner, playing in the second singles spot, was the only Gilford player to earn a point for her team, beating Bow's Nisha Naik 8-3.
Gilford had advanced to the semi-final round after narrowly defeating Profile. Coach Hermann Defregger said, "We knew that playing Profile and Bow will be very challenging for us, but I'm very proud of our team. They gave it their best and that's all I can ask of them each time they step on the court. Tobe in the top four again out of 18 teams in Division III is a great accomplishment for this team. I certainly will miss Cheralynn Corsack and Charleyne Panner, who have been my number one and two for all four years and have had an outstanding high school career."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 01:09

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