The Londonderry Middle School “L” (Division 1) Softball team finished runner up to a tough Woodbury team in the finals. 14U Gold Burns player Madison Saucier (Offensive Player of the Year) Riley Burns (Defensive Player of the Year) Sam Daniels (Overall MVP) and Catcher Emily Goldberg were all key members of the Londonderry Squad! The team finished 8-3-1 on the year.
June 4, 2019
Litchfield – The Litchfield Middle School Lady Raiders completed an undefeated season (13-0) by winning the Division 2 Middle School Championship! They beat Windham Middle School in an exciting game 8 – 6. The Lady Raiders got out to a seven-run lead in the second inning and held on for the victory on Monday, June 3rd. Several Fusion players were part of the winning team: Abby Delia, Alex Biron, & Natalie Cloutier from 14U Gold Burns and Madison Lane from 14U Gold Misiaszek.
Friday, May 24, 2019
GOFFSTOWN — A team that was told it would need to crawl before it could walk overlooked the naysayers. In its first season as a Division I program, Goffstown never steered away from an inner belief. The Grizzlies were rewarded for their efforts on Thursday by beating Bedford 12-7 to secure a spot in the upcoming NHIAA postseason tournament.
The Grizzlies (9-8) go for their fifth straight victory Friday at Londonderry in a regular-season finale.
“For us, the story has been these girls continue to stay alive,” said Grizzlies coach Matt Fleming. “They never quit no matter how much the score is against them. This is the third game in a row where they have battled back from behind. Their energy is building at the plate. It’s not about how you start, but how you finish. I’m so proud of these girls.”
At the moment, the Grizzlies are just happy to just qualify. They did it by blasting Bedford pitching for 11 hits.
Trailing 4-0 heading to the bottom of the second, Goffstown rallied back by putting up a six-spot in the frame. Twelve Grizzlies came to the plate. Highlights were a two-run RBI single by freshman Tayler Watterson and run-scoring singles from Teghan Coyle and Shannon Gifford.
But they were far from done. In the third, a Watterson run-scoring fielder’s choice brought home Leea Savela, who began the inning by being struck by a Madison Fraitzl pitch, to make it 7-4.
In the fourth, the Grizzlies left no doubt, scoring four more runs highlighted by a two-run homer by sophomore Emily Peterson and a two-run Sarvela double.
Watterson drove in her fourth run of the game with a single in the sixth. Junior Kailee Shill went the distance for Goffstown, allowing nine hits, two strikeouts and four walks.
“This win means everything because it puts us in,” Watterson said. “We’ve shown that we can do anything. We are the underdogs in the division. People aren’t expecting this from a first-time team in Division I. We’ve fought through a lot and never gave up.”
Monday, May 13
Varsity: Pinkerton 8 - Spaulding 4
A HUGE time Win. We stayed determined and persevered to another Team victory. A huge 6th innning with Lemay hitting a base clearing triple to to tie the game. Mason sisters continued the streak with St. Peter and Cashman chipping in some runs as well. Sundberg hits 2 doubles to get situations going.
Pinkerton: St. Peter 1B 2-0-1; Cashman 2B 4-1-0; Sundberg C 4-1-3; DiMauro SS 3-1-1; Sullivan RF 3-1-0; Cerri CF 2-1-0; Lemay DP 3-1-1 O. Mason 3B 3-1-1 L. Mason LF 3-1-1 Ouellette P/Flex
MILFORD – The showdown between the undefeated Milford High School softball team and one-loss Souhegan on Monday lived up to all expectations.
After two-and-a-half hours of softball, the Spartans kept their perfect season alive with freshman Alice Fortin belting the game-winning RBI single to left in the 11th for a 3-2 triumph at Keyes Field.
Fortin played sensationally well in crunch time as a rookie, posting an exceptional diving catch at short with two down in the eighth and the go-ahead run at third.
The Jaguars exploded for four runs in the seventh inning and beat the Blue Devils 7-3. Sophomore Makayla Panich hit the game-winning RBI single in the seventh.
Leading the way on offense for the Jaguars (12-4) were sisters Peyton (2 for 3, triple, double, two RBIs, run scored) and Kendall Gravell (2 for 3, double, single two runs scored), while Panich went 2 for 4 with two singles, an RBI and a run.
Peyton Gravell crossed home on a wild pitch, and then Panich scored off a suicide-squeeze play by sophomore Larissa Piessens
The Jaguars opened the scoring in the second. Moskowitz tallied an RBI single through the left side with no outs, plating Piessens, who led off the frame with an infield single.
Campbell Softball comes up big in the battle of the unbeatans! Beat Hopkington! Campbell 14, Hopkington 8: In Contoocook, Maddie Davis got the win for the Cougars (10-0) as she struck out seven and allowed four hits. She was supported with 13 Campbell hits, including three from Abi Gray and two each from Riley Gamache, Emily Gamache and Ally McKenna. The loss was Hopkinton’s (9-1) first of the season.
If Windham can bottle up what it showed on Monday, then the Jaguars will be a tough out in the upcoming Division I postseason tournament.
Windham exploded for 15 hits, including three home runs, to dismantle Goffstown 15-0 in a mercy-rule six inning affair. With the victory, the Jaguars improved to 11-4. The Grizzlies, who had won three straight coming in, fell to 5-6. Both programs made the jump up to Division I this season.
Windham’s offense was clicking from the get-go. During the second, fourth and sixth frames, the Jaguars batted around the order. After taking a 1-0 lead in the first on an Aislinn Milner home run, Windham put this one out of reach the next frame. The Jaguars scored four runs off Goffstown starter Kailee Still on RBIs from Kendall Gravell, Peyton Gravell, Makayla Panichand Grace Bono to go up by five runs.
It is often said that hitting is contagious. The Jaguars proved that theory constantly against the Grizzlies. In the fourth, a leadoff homer by Panich, a sophomore, ignited another run-scoring outburst. Following Panich’s blast, Milner, Bono and Larissa Piessens all singled. Moments later, sophomore Jasmine Moskowitz doubled home Bono. Kaylee Molan replaced Stills and issued three base on balls to make it 10-0.
Souhegan 9, Pelham 0
The Sabers (8-2) Cameron Whitney struck out eight and blanked the Pythons. Jenna Speer got the Souhegan on the board with a two run double and Carrie Speer mirrored with another two run double.
Ava Vanballegooyen hit a two run home run in the sixth, putting the game out of reach.
Saturday, May 4
JV: Goffstown 5 - Pinkerton 6
JV Astros Softball lost a tough one 6-5 in the last inning against Goffstown on Saturday, but what a game it was! Freshman Ashleigh Lemay pitched a 9 strikeout game, and hit an over-the-fence homerun, her second of the season, as did Sophomore catcher Alex Foote for her first. Outfielders Emily Lahey, Bella Dineen (sophomores), and Lauren DiPerri (freshman) also made some great plays on defense. A great game of back and forth softball helped us learn a lot today, looking forward to the next game at home vs. Concord!
BEDFORD — Whenever an opportunity presents itself to catch a team that looks vulnerable and fatigued early on, the good teams find ways to strike while the iron is hot.
That is what Pinkerton did Saturday as it jumped out to a six-run lead after first two innings and held on for an 8-4 Division I softball triumph over Bedford.
The Astros have ripped off five straight victories, improving to 7-4. The Bulldogs (6-6) have lost two straight following five consecutive victories. Because of some earlier postponements, this contest marked the fifth this week for Bedford.
Pinkerton raced out to a 3-0 lead in the initial frame courtesy of a couple of Bulldog fielding miscues and RBIs from Hannah Sundberg, MattieSullivan and Jackie Cerri.
One inning later, the Astros were back on the attack. They touched up Bulldogs senior pitcher Madison Fraitzl (eight hits, four strikeouts, five walks) for three more runs thanks to a safety squeeze by Danielle St. Peter and an Ellie Cashman single followed by a double by Alyssa DiMauro.
In the Pinkerton fifth, Sullivan walked and advanced over to third on a pair of Madison Fraitzl wild pitches. Moments later, the junior trotted home on Cerri’s sacrifice fly to center.
The Bulldogs answered in the bottom of the inning. Ouellette, after serving up a leadoff double to Morgan Fraitzl, was again bailed out by her defense. LeMay smacked a line drive that was pulled out of the air by DiMauro. With Fraitzl running on the play, DiMauro easily threw over to Cashman at second baseman for a double play. As deflating as that may have been, Bedford continued to fight during the frame.
Madison Lucontoni roped a double and came around to score on Katherine Sasso’s single down the right field line. Sasso tried to stretch the hit into a double but was gunned down by right fielder Lily Mason.
“Defensively, we had a strategy,” Abbott said. “We knew what (Bedford) was going to do and we tried to fill those gaps. I think it shows the focus and maturity that we have.”
In the sixth, the Astros loaded the bases on a single, and error and an intentional walk. With two out, Madison Fraitzl issued four-pitch walk to Sullivan, putting Pinkerton on top by four.
But the Bulldogs refused to go quietly in their final at-bats. With two out, LeMay and Lucontoni both singled. But Ouellette, a senior, was able to induce Sasso to pop out to end the game.
“It was really strong for us to get that lead early,” said Ouellette, who allowed 12 hits and fanned five. “It seemed to build everyone’s confidence. With the way our defense plays, it makes everything a little easier. In how we are playing right now, I think we are a team that can go all the way.”
The Londonderry High School softball team “literally stole a run,” coach Wayne MacDougall said, and that run held up for the Lancers, who defeated Concord, 1-0, on the road Wednesday.
With Alivia Proulx, who singled, on third, Sam Minton, who was on first with a single, got caught in a rundown attempting to steal. That allowed Proulx to score.
The two hits were the only ones Londonderry (4-3) got off Concord pitcher Abby Rochette, who struck out 10. The Lancers’ Nina Perry scattered six hits and struck out one in her shutout performance.
The Crimson Tide are 5-2.
Windham 2, Spaulding 0: In Windham, Abby Bedient tossed a four-hitter, striking out 10 batters to earn the win. The Jaguars (5-2) received an RBI double fromLarissa Piessensin the first inning and a home run from Aislinn Milner in the fourth. Spaulding of Rochester (5-1) did not commit an error.
Campbell 14, Conant 13: In Jaffrey, Abi Gray hit the game-winning double in the seventh. Maddie Davis struck out eight to earn the win and Campbell of Litchfield (5-0) registered 13 hits. Davis, Meghan Gibbons and Catherine Carignan each hit two doubles for the Cougars. Conant is 2-3.
Milford moves to 4-0 on the year as Jenna DeAngelis fired a one-hitter, striking out 13 with only one walk. Amanda Atkinson was a dynamo on offense, with three hits, including a solo homer, three runs scored and three RBIs. DeAngelis was also 3 for 4, and Ally Fortinhad two hits.
Windham took a 7-3 lead in its half of the fifth before the Tomahawks rallied for three runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to tie it.
Then, in the top of the eighth, Merrimack took the lead on an RBI double off the bat of DemetriaGonzalez. But in the bottom of the frame, the Jaguars responded. A walk to Peyton Gravell was followed by two quick outs. With Murphy up, Merrimack relief pitcher Emma Pfeifer picked up two quick strikes on a pair of change-ups. But the righty then fired a fastball down the middle that Murphy belted over the center-field fence to end things.
Windham took a 2-0 lead on a two-run homer from Larissa Piessens. The Tomahawks roared back with three in the fourth on a two-run Grace Lawton triple and a Jaguars error.
In the bottom of the inning, Windham got key RBIs from Gravell, Piessens and Grace Bono to retake the lead 6-3. Makayla Panich’sRBI double in the fifth had the Jaguars on top by four runs.
Tuesday, April 16th
Spaulding 11, Manchester Memorial 4:Emersyn Provencher led Memorial at the plate going 2-for-2 with a double and a two-run homer. Taylor Wilson and Abbey Durell each had a double for the Crusaders. Izzi Eames earned the win for Spaulding.
Londonderry 6, Exeter 4: In Londonderry, Alivia Proulx and Delaney McGurn each had three hits and Alyssa Vaillancourt homered for the Lancers (1-3). Jillian Glynn pitched a complete game and struck out four to collect her first varsity victory. Sam Wiberg had two hits, including a solo home run, and drove in two for the Blue Hawks (2-1). Exeter also received three hits from Trinity Young.
Wednesday, April 17th
Windham dominated this matchup as Jasmine Moskowitz and Makayla Panich each homered to help the Jaguars improve their record to 3-1 by posting a 12-0 victory in Manchester. Windham starting pitcher Abby Bedient went the distance in the circle. She held Memorial to one hit, struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. Makenna Gladysz had Memorial’s only hit, a single.
Campbell 3, Bishop Brady 1: In Concord, Maddie Davis pitched a three-hitter and struck out five to lift Campbell of Litchfield to 4-0. The Cougars logged six hits, including a triple from Abi Gray and Catherine Carignan’s pinch-hit double. Ami Rivera logged a single and a double for Bishop Brady (2-2).
Windham 14, Dover 3: In Windham, Larissa Piessens homered twice and drove in four, and Leeten Adolt had a grand slam, to pace the Jaguars. Makayla Panich and Lily McGinnis had RBIs in the six-run sixth inning. Abby Bedient got the win, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out 10 for Wind