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Belmont Girls Lacrosse Team wins pair, improves to 4-0-1 (238 words)

BELMONT — The Belmont High School Girl’s Lacrosse Team improved to 4-0-1 on the year with a 17-1 victory over the visiting Sant Bani team on Wednesday.
Alex Lugar, Kayla Harpell, Shea Callahan and Andrea Murphy were among the scorers for Belmont. Cori Heimlich added an assist. Caitlyn Keville played well in her first game of the year. Taylor Becker turned aside 7 shots in net.
Last Saturday they put on an offensive display to defeat the visiting Mount Washington Valley team 17-5.
After breaking out of a 1-1 deadlock early in the first half, the Lady Red Raiders never looked back. Kaitlyn Berry scored three of her four goals in the half, with Allivia Burbank adding two, Emily Ennis added another and Anna Scott adding a goal in a man-down situation. Both Scott and Sarah Thayer were credited with assists. Belmont took a 7-4 lead into the break.
The Lady Raiders began their true offensive onslaught in the second half, scoring ten more times while the visitors recorded a single tally. Berry scored her fourth goal with Ennis adding three (4 total) and an assist, Scott two (3 total) and Burbank two
(3 total). Kate Witschonke and Jen Hamilton each found the back of the net and Katherine Jeas added an assist to round out the scoring for the home team and secure a 17-5 victory.
Taylor Becker had 19 saves in net.
The girls host Hollis-Brookline on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 12:20

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Gilford Softball Edges Laconia 2-1 in 10 Innings (402 words)

GILFORD — Gilford improved their record to 7-1 Wednesday , but it took 10 innings to pull off a 2-1 win against local rival Laconia.
Sydney Strout pitched a 1 hitter striking out 17 and only walking one over the 10 innings. In the top of the 6th Laconia took a 1-0 lead on 2 Gilford errors.
Gilford tied the game in the bottom of the 7th when Mollie Dignan led off with a double and moved to third on a Hannah Chase sacrifice bunt. Sydney Strout hit a deep ball to centerfield to score Dignan on the sacrifice fly to put the game into extra innings.
The game remained tied 1-1 until the bottom of the 10th when Lisa Osborne and Abby Harris hit back to back singles. Kristina Hayden pinch ran for Osborne and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice. With runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs, freshmen Sarah Lachapelle hit a pop up to the infield that was misplayed and allowed Hayden to score the winning run.

On a Monday game Gilford beat Winnisquam 9-1.  Strout had a perfect game going into the top of the 4th when Rachel Wilcutt hit a homerun over the Gilford fence, the first homerun over the fence by any team since 2011.
Strout pitched tough striking out 15, allowing just 3 hits and no walks on the day. The Gilford defense was solid behind Strout committing no errors. Right fielder Kelsey Buckley robbed a hit from Becky Ropoza in the top of the 5th inning with a spectacular defensive catch.
Gilford pounded out 8 hits including 3 doubles. In the first inning, Paige Laliberte drew a lead off walk, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Sydney Strout and scored on a Lisa Osborne double. Osborne scored on a single by Caitlin Houston to give Gilford a 2-0 lead. Gilford made the score 3-0 in the 3rd when Lisa Osborne got on with an error and scored on a single by freshmen Sarah Lachapelle.
Gilford scored 3 more in the 5th inning when Lisa Osborne led off with a single and scored on an Abby Harris double. Allannah Mattice ran for Harris and scored on a wild pitch. Sarah Lachapelle got on with an error and scored on an error. Gilford scored 3 more in the 6th inning when Sydney Strout got on with a single and scored on an Abby Harris double. Harris scored on an error. Kelsey Buckley got on with a single and scored on a wild pitch.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 12:17

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Sachems Pound Inter-Lakes 19-3 for eighth win of season (606 words)

LACONIA — Laconia High School pounded out 16 hits as it routed Inter-Lakes 19-3 for its eight win of the season Thursday afternoon at the Robbie Mills Field.
''It's the most runs we've scored in a game in my short tenure here,'' said LHS baseball coach Jon Myers, who is in his third year at the helm of the Sachems, who are starting to show dominance in the Lakes Region in their first year in Division III.
The only loss to date for the Sachems was a 6-3 loss Monday to Plymouth, a Division II team.
They rebounded with a 10-4 victory at Gilford Wednesday and had their hitting shoes on yesterday as they put the game away with a nine-run fourth inning, leading to the invocation of the 10-run lead ''mercy rule'' and the shortening of the game to four and a half innings.
Leading the attack was James Salta, who went three for three with a triple and an RBI, Graham Nyhan with a pair of hits and two RBIs, winning pitcher Riley Stone with two hits and two RBI and Cam Lyons and Pat Guyer, who also had two hits.
Leadoff hitter Drew Morin was on base four times, three of them when he was hit by a pitch, and he added a single and scored three runs.
Winning pitcher was Freshman Riley Stone, who surrendered three hits while walking three and striking out five in five innings of pitching.
''It was a gritty performance. He struggled with his control early on, but after the first inning he pitched very well with good velocity and a good curve that he tossed in from time to time,'' said Myers, adding ''of course it's nice to have some run support.''
Inter-Lakes took a lead in the first inning when Eamon Bean led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second. Brandon Kreuger walked and both runners moved up when Ryan Hambrook singled to short left. Sean Mahoney walked to force in a run but an attempted suicide squeeze failed and Kreuger was tagged out in a run down.
Stone then struck out the next hitter to prevent further damage.
Laconia struck back quickly in the bottom of the inning. Morin was hit by a pitch, then moved to third on a wild pickoff throw by Inter-Lakes starter Brandon Kreuger and scored on Nyhan's single to left. Nyhan advanced to second on a outfield error and scored on Stone's single to left.
Laconia struck for five runs in the third with Cam Lyons leading off with a single and reaching third when the ball skipped past the right fielder. Drew Morin was then hit by a pitch and Pat Guyer followed with a double scoring both runners. Another run scored on a botched run down play before Salta tripled to right center and came home on an Andrew Kerns single to center.
Laconia's recent wins included 5-3 win over Gilford on April 15 in which Nyhan went 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs and a double. Steven Levasseur recorded the win pitching 4 1/3 innings with 5 strikeouts while Riley Stone earned the save by pitching the last 2 2/3 innings with 3 strikeouts .
On April 17 Laconia beat Belmont 12-2 in five innings. Steven Levasseur and James Salta each hit a homerun. Riley Stone was 4 for 4 with 2 RBI. Pat Guyer and Tim Kneuer were 2 for 3. Levasseur ended the game 2 for 4 with 4 RBI.
On April 19 at Prospect Mountain Laconia won 7-6 in 10 innings. Pat Guyer was 4 for 6. Riley Stone 3 for 5 with 2 RBI. Steven Levasseur was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. Graham Nyhan was 2 for 5 with 1 RBI. Jordan Bladecki earned his first career varsity win by throwing 5 dominant innings in relief, allowing no hits or walks while striking out 4.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 01:29

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Belmont High girls' lacrosse on winning streak

The Belmont High School girl's lacrosse team improved to 2-0 on the young season with a 12-3 victory over the Kearsarge junior varsity squad.
Belmont scored early and often, tallying ten goals before the buzzer signaled the end of the first half. Goalie Taylor Becker turned aside two shots in the half.
After a quick second half goal to go up 11-0, Belmont's offensive flurry ended as the host team scored. The rest of the game was evenly played. Both teams went up and down the field in a quick-paced game but the Lady Red Raiders never relinquished the lead gained in the first half. 
Anna Scott's four goals paced the Red Raider attack. Kaitlyn Berry added three goals and an assist. Allivia Burbank contributed two goals and an assist. Emily Ennis and Katherine Jeas each had a goal and an assist. Playing in her first game, Hailey Clough recorded her first goal. Taylor Becker had 5 saves in net.
Belmont is home for a 4 p.m. tilt against New Hampton on Wednesday then hosts Mount Washington on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 April 2013 10:39

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