H.S. Playoffs Roundup: No 16. Windham girls' softball team shocks top-ranked Hollis/Brookline
With healthy centerpieces Rachel Vafides and Cailyn Costa in place, the 16th-seeded Windham Jaguars pulled off the unprecedented, handing No. 1 Hollis/Brookline its first loss of the season with a 7-2 victory on Wednesday in the first round of the Division II softball playoffs.
On May 2, the Cavaliers earned an 18-0 victory over Windham.
'Not to make excuses but we had several injuries for that game,' said Jags head coach David Hedge. 'But they beat us straight up. The difference today was we had our number one pitcher (Vafides) and our center fielder (Costa) back and the kids believed in themselves.'
Hollis/Brookline led 1-0 heading into the top of the sixth before Hailey Psareah plated two with a double and Ashley Adamson knocked in a pair in the seventh with a double of her own.
Vafides struck out six in her two-run complete game.
The Jaguars improved to 9-10, while Hollis/Brookline finished its season at 17-1.
Windham travels to Amherst to face No. 8 Souhegan on Saturday at 4 p.m. The two teams battled earlier in the season to a 19-17 victory for the Sabers.
'We're going to be road warriors the whole tournament,' said Hedge. 'But it's fine with me.'
Milford 2, Pembroke 0: At Pembroke, sophomore Danielle Atkinson tossed a one-hitter to help the 11th-seeded Spartans upset the sixth-seeded Spartans in a Division II first-round game.Julia Mazzeo collected two hits for Milford, which received two-hits from Atkinson and two from Jessica Byrne.Milford raised its record to 11-6. Pembroke completed its season with an 11-6 record.
Londonderry 7, Man. Memorial 4: At Londonderry, the No. 2 Lancers smacked three home runs in the first two innings off of Memorial starter Kelsea Kilmer, two of which came off the bat of Leah Hunt. The other two were hit by Lindsey Bolduc (2-for-4) and Rachel Kraytenberg. Sam Corey went the distance, striking out six in the win and grabbing two hits on offense. Colleen Clark had three hits and two runs, while Hunt finished with five RBIs. Tori Lemay relieved Kilmer in the second, pitching the remaining 4 2-3 innings of one-run ball. Sidney Farley had two RBIs and a triple for No. 15 Memorial (5-15). The Lancers are 17-3.
Salem 16, Keene 0 (5 innings): At Salem, Nicole Gubellini worked four perfect innings in the circle and struck out eight as the top-seeded Blue Devils remained undefeated at 20-0. Salem, behind a pair of two-run hits from Brianna Rastello and Meghan Williams, the seventh and ninth batters in the order, tallied 11 first inning runs to cement the win. Steph Long finished with four hits and three runs batted in. Keene finished its season at 2-18.
Exeter 10, Pinkerton 7: At Derry, 10th-inning hits from Amanda Anderson and Kate Dawson, a hit batter, a base on balls and a Pinkerton error netted three runs and allowed the 13th seeded Blue Hawks to upset No. 4 Pinkerton. Dawson led the winners with four hits while winning pitcher Molly Heaney, who went the distance in the circle, collected three hits including a triple.
Pinkerton sent eight batters to the plate in the home half of the seventh and scored three times to send the game to extra innings. Kasey Marraffa and Natalie Fabrizio finished with three hits each at the top of the Astros order. The game featured 22 hits.
ConVal 3, Plymouth 0: Courtney Fisher fanned 10 batters and allowed one hit as 10th-ranked ConVal eliminated host No. 7 Plymouth. Lauren Mackey singled home Shuana Whittemore with the eventual winning run in the first inning. Mackey added insurance, doubling home Whittemore in the fourth inning. Anna Hautenan singled home Mackey for ConVal's final run. Both teams are 11-6.
Campbell 13, Belmont 0 (5 innings): At Litchfield, Brittany McNulla had four of the top-seeded Cougars' 16 hits as they cruised to an opening-round victory over the No. 16 Red Raiders in Div. III on Wednesday. McNulla was 4-for-4 from the plate with an RBI, Emily Paquin was 3-for-5 with an RBI and Julia Marra was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Allie Nolan scattered four singles on the mound for Campbell (17-0). Belmont finished its season with a record of 6-11.
Franklin 13, Hopkinton 1 (5 innings): At Franklin, the No. 6 Golden Tornadoes took care of business early, scoring five in the second and five in the bottom of the fifth to secure the victory. Jess Anderson led Franklin on offense, going 4-for-4, scoring two runs and driving in another two while Jill Roberts followed with a 3-for-4 day. Kate Laliberte earned the win, scattering four hits and striking out nine for Franklin (13-5). No. 11 Hopkinton finished the season at 8-9.
Gilford 17, Newport 1: The undefeated Golden Eagles plated 12 runs in the fourth over their 18th ranked opponent with Hannah Chase clouting her first-ever three-run homer while winning pitcher Sydney Strout, Paige Laliberte, Abby Harris and Hannah Chase each collected two hits and scored multiple times. Mindy Carl tallied Newport's (6-12) lone run. Strout whiffed eight and allowed just two hits.
Profile 10, Nute 0: At Bethlehem, Nicole Compo shut down the Nute batters with 10 strikeouts in her complete game one-hitter. Ali Kennedy had a two-run triple for No. 3 Profile (14-3). Michelle Guindon had the lone hit for No. 14 Nute of Milton (6-11).
Concord 21, Nashua North 3: At Nashua, six players scored at least two goals each as the top-seeded Crimson Tide downed the No. 8 Titans. Jane Symmes led the charge for Concord (16-0) with seven goals. Seneth Waterman scored four, Emmie Palisi netted three and Meghan Gidde, Emily Greff and Mary Annon all scored two apiece. Kara Upton, Jexi Williams and Jen Coletta all had lone tallies for North (5-11).
Souhegan 24, Salem 12: At Amherst, Mickenzie Larivee netted eight goals and assisted on another, while Madison Learned and Jamie Wallisch contributed seven points apiece. Megan Kolopsky picked up the win in net with 12 saves for No. 2 Souhegan (16-3). No. 7 Salem finished its season at 6-10.
Bishop Guertin 21, Keene 11: At Nashua, the Cardinals advanced to the Division II semifinal round with Caley Pettiglio, Caley Prunioe and Callie Santos each contributing five goals. Bishop Guertin led by nine at intermission and outscored the Blackbirds 10-8 in the second half. Ashley Clough netted four goals for Keene with Caroline Wilhemm scoring twice.
Plymouth 14, John Stark 2: At Plymouth, the Bobcats received five points from both Ann Furbush and Leah McAuliffe and advanced to semifinal play at Southern New Hampshire University at 1 p.m. Sunday. Furbush netted four goals while McAuliffe tallied twice. Maddie Pisopia and Beckie Beamheim scored for the Generals, despite the nine saves by Plymouth goalie Sierra James...