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Strout sets new school strikeout record

The Gilford High School softball team avenged its only loss of the season by beating Franklin 4-1 on Senior Day at the Gilford field. Prior to the game, Gilford held a brief ceremony to honor the seven graduating seniors at their final regular season home game. The seniors are manager Sophie Brunt, outfielders Alannah Mattice, Alyssa Wilson and Hannah Chase, 1st baseman Abby Harris, catcher Paige Laliberte, and pitcher Sydney Strout. Strout needed 11 strikeouts to beat the 619 career strikeout record held by Alyssa Crowell. The 11th strikeout came in the 6th inning after Franklin's Jill Roberts hit a lead off double and then Strout struck out the next 2 batters. Strout recorded one more strikeout in the 7th inning to now have a total of 621 career strikeouts. Strout also had the game winning hit in the 4th inning when she drove in Kelsey Buckley on a deep sacrifice fly to center field to break the 1-1 tie. Strout also pitched Gilford out of a bases loaded jam with no outs by striking out the next 3 batters to end the 3rd inning.
Gilford scored one run in the bottom of the 2nd inning when Sarah Lachapelle hit a lead off single and scored on a wild pitch. The lead was short lived when Franklin's Lexi Colpack came up in the top of the 3rd and hit a lead off homerun over the fence. Gilford scored 2 runs in the 4th inning. After Strout hit the sacrifice fly to score Buckley, Mollie Dignan who got on with a fielder's choice, scored on a Lisa Osborne single to give Gilford a 3-1 lead. Gilford scored one more in the 5th when Paige Laliberte led off with a walk, advanced to 2nd on a Sarah Lachapelle sacrifice bunt and scored from 2nd on a Caitlin Houston single.
Gilford finished with 9 hits. Leading the offense was Abby Harris 3/4 (1 double), Lisa Osborne 3/4 (1 RBI), and one hit apiece by Mollie Dignan (1 run scored), Sarah Lachapelle (1 run scored), and Caitlin Houston (1 RBI).
Sydney Strout allowed one run, recorded 12 strikeouts, gave up 4 hits and walked one.
Gilford's next game is at Belmont on Friday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 10:42

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Inter-Lakes Middle Tier softball team pitches in for Lily & Allysa

MEREDITH — The scoreboard wasn't very kind to the Inter-Lakes Middle Tier softball team over the past two seasons. Regardless, coach Risa Jurius taught her team that the game can be fun without winning, that team cameraderie and athletic competition are reward in itself. This season, Jurius learned something from her players – together, they can help heal one another's grieving hearts.
When the team earned its first win this season, they dedicated the game to Lily Johnson, a 14 year-old Laconia girl who was killed on the afternoon of April 19, when a vehicle drove onto the sidewalk near Laconia Middle School and struck her and Allyssa Miner, also 14, as they were walking. Miner was seriously injured and is now home and recovering.
The team's second win was also played in honor of Lily, said Jurius. With four games left this season, the team boasts a record of 6-3. They've done more than play for Lily, they've also dedicated this year's fund raising efforts to benefit the "Lily Johnson Memorial Fund/Allyssa Miner Benefit Fund", established at Franklin Savings Bank. On Thursday, the team presented a representative of the bank with a check for $240.
Jurius said the team began its fund raising campaign with the goal of raising enough to defray the cost of team jackets, until parent Jim Dyer volunteered to cover the entire bill. Instead, Jurius decided to follow the lead already established by her players, who were thinking of and talking about the recent tragedy, and she redirected the money to help the families of two girls in a neighboring town. "I just piggybacked on their idea," said Jurius.
Fund raising activities included two bake sales and the raffle of a candy basket.
Although Lily and Allyssa are from another town and another school, many of the Inter-Lakes softball players knew them, some quite well. Rebecca Wild often hung out with Lily when the two found themselves watching a basketball game played by their younger siblings. When Wild was feeling lonely, she knew she could find company by Lily's side. "She had a really sweet personality, she was so nice. If you needed someone to talk to, she was always there for you."
"A lot of us knew them, we all had a kind of connection," said Rebecca Otis. "We wanted to help out because we knew it was something terrible that happened."
The girls on the team said the act of helping others brought a measure of relief from their own grief. Lindsey Rosette said, "I think it was awesome that we pulled together as a team for two special people and their families... It definitely helped me."
"It helped us feel better that we did something that helped," said Brianna Knauss.
Jurius said, "Inter-Lakes has had a lot of hard years as far as softball wins and losses. I'm happy we can put it all together – we've compassion and caring, and we have a winning record this year."
Winning record or no, Inter-Lakes Middle Tier principal Everett Bennett said the team has put together an exemplary season. "What they did is the example of what we want to be all about at the Middle Tier... They should be so proud of themselves."

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 10:39

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The Inter-Lakes Angels 12 and under Babe Ruth softball team started out strong, winning all five games they played, allowing only a total of five runs scored on the team all weekend. The team was led by the stellar pitching of Delanie Fletcher, Julia Gintof and Jordan Durand. Durand also hit a rand slam. The girls' defense was nearly impenetrable. Makena Kimball, Jessalyn Brown, Hailey Hart, Morgan White, Jordan Jones, Abi Johnson, Emma Wheeler, Mollie Durand and Lilly Simpson comprise the rest of this team, which will play again at the Inter-Lakes Jamboree held Saturday June 8 at Prescott Park in Meredith (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 11:45

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New Hampton JV girls' lacrosse gets win over Belmont

A late game surge propelled the New Hampton junior varsity team past the visiting Belmont High School girls' lacrosse team by the score of 12-6 on May 18. The loss drops the Lady Red Raiders to 9-2-1 heading into their final contest of the season this week.
New Hampton scored in the first minute of play to take an early lead but Belmont's Emily Ennis tied the game less than two minutes later. With the action moving up and down the field, the teams traded scoring chances throughout the half. Both teams had ten shots on net in the half and New Hampton held a 5-3 advantage at the break.
The teams continued the performance into the second half, moving up and down the field and trading goals. With ten minutes remaining New Hampton possessed a slim 7-5 lead. Then, New Hampton took control, scoring four unanswered goals to go up 11-5. The teams traded single tallies after that and at the final whistle Belmont suffered its second defeat of the season, final score 12-6.
Emily Ennis paced the Red Raider attack with three goals. Jen Hamilton, Anna Scott and Allivia Burbank added single tallies. Burbank also had an assist on Hamilton's goal with a beautiful, long pass from midfield to the wide open Hamilton on the right side of the net. Sarah Thayer played well offensively with several ground ball controls. Alexa Robbins recorded 10 saves in net.
Belmont traveled to Robbie Mills Field to close out the season Tuesdy against Laconia.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 11:42

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