High School Softball:
Panthers pounce on Profile
Moultonborough Academy dominated Profile on the road with a convincing 20-4 victory. Allie Taylor and Meg Weeks led the way offensively, each going 4-5 with 3 and 2 RBIs collectively. The rest of the lineup contributed with multiple hits as well. Taylor pitched and gave up 4 hits and recorded 7 strikeouts on the day. The Panthers travel to Inter-Lakes on Wednesday.
Timberwolves get it done in 5
The Prospect Mountain Timberwolves pounded out 17 hits and took advantage of 10 walks and multiple Franklin errors to win by the mercy rule in 5 innings. Becca Wheeler, Alison Brown, and Meg Sarno each had 3 hits for PM while Halie Turner had 2 of Franklins 5 hits. Sarno struck out 5 and walked only 3 to dominate and earn the win. Prospect Mountain is now 5-5 on the season while Franklin drops to 4-7.
Dame paints a masterpiece for Laconia
The Laconia Sachems snuck by the Winnisquam Bears in 8 innings 5-4. An 8-inning complete game masterpiece by Nyla Dame with 11 Ks and 2 walks. Solid defense was the story for the sachems according to Coach Monique Swormstedt. “Kayla Morrill and Courtney Turpin played awesome. We only committed one error and it was also great to get Bianca Russo back in the line-up.” Turpin went 2-4 with a solo homer and 2 RBIs. Kayla Morrill went 4-4 with 2 RBIs and Nyla Dame got the game winning hit to deep center in the 8th sending the Sachems home winners
Eagles drop Sachems
It was a disappointing day for the Sachems as they fell to the Golden Eagles 13-0, committing 8 errors and striking out 13 times with only 2 hits. Ella Harris was the winning pitcher recording 8 strikeouts and giving up 2 hits and no walks over 4 innings. Colby Butterfield came for relief to pitch the final 3 innings and recorded 5 strikeouts. Gilford used a 9 hit attack including Jillian Lachapelle and Alexis Lacroix who each had 2 hits and 3 runs scored. Ella Harris had a bases clearing double in the 4th to blow the game open for the Golden Eagles who move to 9-3 on the season while Laconia drops to 3-9.
In other action, Belmont dropped a tough one to Brady 9-3 but it’s only their 3rd loss of the season.
High School Baseball:
MA can't catch Profile
Moultonborough Academy fell 10-6 to Profile. MA trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the 5th before walks and a big hit put them in a hole too big to get out of. Trevor Greene went 3-3 with a pair of walks and 3 RBIs. Kevin Rogers was 3-4 and scored twice.
Wallace's shutout keeps Gilford perfect
Another nail biter for the Gilford Eagles but they stay undefeated topping Fall Mountain 2-0. Issac Wallace starred on the mound pitching a complete game shutout with 5 K’s. He also drove in Adrian Siravo who tripled for the winning run. Gilford goes to 12-0 and sit atop the DIII standings. Coach Eric Duqette said his guys got off to a slow start. “We may have been looking ahead to Wednesday’s game against undefeated White Mountains. Fall Mountain came to play and had a very good pitcher that kept us off the bases, but we did just enough to get the win.” Their toughest task this season came Wednesday against Undefeated White Mountain. Report on Saturday!
Pelham error gifts Laconia with a win
A walk off win for the Laconia Sachems, 4-3 over Pelham! Laconia got out to an early lead on an RBI line out by Cam Haynes in the second inning but the Pythons slithered their way back to tie it in the 5th. Haynes got the start for Laconia and went 7 strong, giving up only 3 runs on 8 hits and striking out 3. It went to extra innings where Ryan Dee shut the door and Pelham committed a costly error allowing the winning run to score. It was a much needed win for the young DII program in Laconia who sit at 3-7 but have some winnable games coming up.
That's a no-no for Embree
The Belmont Raiders get a 13-0 shutout of Bishop Brady. Griffin Embree bounced back from the Gilford loss with a 10 K no hitter. Leading the offensive attack was Austin Didsbury, 3-4 with a triple and an RBI and run scored. Kyle Minnery had 2 triples with a walk and 3 RBIs and 2 runs. Cam Magnerer 2-3 with a double and 2 RBIs. Embree was 1-2 with a double and 2 walks with 2 runs. Freshman Nate Sottak collected 2 hits and a run.
Piwnicki fans 18
Prospect Mountain's Caleb Piwnicki is making mincemeat out of opposing batters. This time he pitched a complete game 1-hitter with 18 strikeouts in a 13-1 win over Franklin. To put this in perspective, in a 7-inning game there are 21 outs to get and 18 came by way of the K! Piwnicki also hit a home run while Brandon Stellon went 2-4 in the win.
Laconia jumps on Winnisquam's miscues
11 walks and 7 errors did in the Winnisquam Bears in the loss at Laconia. Winnisquam left the bases loaded in the first. Laconia answered with two runs and then scored five unearned runs in the second for a 7-0 lead. For the Bears, Philip Nichols had two hits and an RBI. Nick Snyder knocked in a run with a single. Tyler Portigue pitched well in relief. Alex Mango had a hit, reached base three times and played a solid left field. Laconia was led by Thomas Turpin going 4 innings giving up 2 runs and 2 hits and striking out 4. Logan Dee threw three solid innings out of the pen. Brad Weeks went 2-3, Ryan Dee scored 3 times. The Sachems were active on the base paths, stealing 10 bases. The Bears, now 4-9, probably have to win out to make the playoffs while the Sachems are 5-7 and much improved from their first year in DII.
High School Lacrosse:
Laconia girls dominate Brady, Lebanon
Another dominating performance by the Laconia girls, crushing Brady 19-6. The Sachems took control early, holding a 12-2 lead at the half. Coach Bob Howe liked how his girls played. “We were very good at redefining, stopping their transition which led to multiple scoring opportunities.” Skyler Tautkus and Becca Howe led Laconia with 4 tallies each while Sydney Stevens had a pair and 4 helpers. Caitlin Beattie, Nicole Turpin and Megan Gaspa each had 3 goals. Tuesday the train kept rollin’ with a 21-11 win over Lebanon. The Sachems overpowered with Becca Howe and Skyler Tautkus each tallying 8 goals.
Normandin scores the game winner for Gilford
Laurel Normandin scored with 1:35 left today to give the Golden Eagles an 11 - 10 win over Hanover. The Marauders had tied the game with 2:30 left. Coach Dave Rogacki noted how good their opponent was. “Hanover's passing and quick pace dominated the game.” Normandin finished with 3 goals while Shelby Cole added 4 and 3 assists. Erin Hart and Sophie Leggett each had a goal and an assist while Kyla Mercier and Kolbi Plante also scored. Gilford goes to 7-3 with two weeks left in the regular season. Rogacki said they have to get better. “Defense needs to be more flexible and adjust to the offense we are going against and the offense has to do the same at the other end.”
Laconia boys in control
In a game heard live on WEMJ the Laconia Sachems controlled the game and 90 percent of the offensive possessions enroute to a dominating 16-5 victory over Bishop Brady. Early on it looked like the Giant goalie was going to stymie the Sachems with 5 pointblank saves. Laconia finally broke through as Parker Minor tickled the twine early in the first quarter. But the Giants took advantage of a faceoff that went into the offensive end with the ball seeming destined to the goal as no one picked it up in the scrum down the field. Kyle Brown tried to scoop it up and was checked and the ball rolled into the goal for a 1-1 tie. Then Laconia promptly put the clamp down, scoring the next 14 in a row before giving Steve Towers a rest in favor of Mussab AbuZaid in net for the final frame. Cole Reid, Jake Steele led the offense with 3 goals and 7 other Sachems scored.
High School Tennis:
Panthers top Profile
Moultonborough Academy girls topped Profile 6-3 behind Megan Colby who remains white hot at #1. Megan Swedberg, Aubrey Smart and the Maddies; Colby and Burns also won their matches sealing the match in singles.
MA boys trip
Tim Lahey tried to gut it out (literally) at #1 but fell to Jake Peterson as Profile rolled to a 7-2 victory. Coach Mio Kerr noticed something not right with his top player. “Tim started good 3-0, however his stomach started give him little trouble and fell short 8-6.” Myles Currier continues to impress with a win 8-4 and #6 Stephen Wood also collected the other Panther win.
Kingswood falls to 3-10
Russell Lucia won 8-1 in singles and teamed with Andrew Bacon to fall just short, 9-7, at first doubles. Plymouth won the match 8-1 to improve to 9-1. Kingswood falls to 3-10 and hosts Con-Val in its finale Wednesday.
Inter-Lakes girls crush White Mountains
It was a double header sweep of sorts for the Laker girls over White Mountains. Inter-Lakes completed the match suspended on April 3rd and finished off the Spartans 6-2 as all the singles but one went to the Lakers. Inter-Lakes also won the second match 6-0 as Alyssa Floyd and Ava Duymazlar continue to shine at the top while Gabriele Nedeau crushed Lydia Beaulieu 8-0, Ella St. Cyr continued to win 8-2 and the Hoag sisters captured wins at #5 and #6. Doubles were not played as the Lakers go to 10-3, tied with Moultonborough for 4th in DIII.
Franklin's Athletes of the Week
From Franklin AD Dan Sylvester: The Female AOTW is sophomore Hannah Hicks of the softball team. Hannah had 8 hits, batted .500 and scored 8 runs in a four-game week for the Lady Tornadoes. The Male AOTW is sophomore Simon Pitman of the Track & Field team. Simon qualified for the Wilderness Meet in a second event by throwing the Javelin 93 feet at the recent Winnisquam Meet. Also…Christian Shepard and Daniel Watts of the FHS T&F team finished first and third respectively at the Franklin Community Day’s Hero Hustle 5K Run/Walk sponsored by the Pemi Youth Center of Franklin.
The Road Ahead:
Thanks to all the coaches who take time to report on their games and matches. If you don’t see your team’s results here, remind them to get in contact with me so we can highlight the kids and the great things they do! More high school results and a few features on the way as the make-up games are coming fast and furious!
Keith Murray is the host of Lakes Region voice of Sports on 107.3FM WEMJ Saturday and Sunday Mornings at 9 a.m. and can be heard on WEEI 101.5FM with daily local sports updates. Reach Keith by email: Sports@1015WEEI.com