NHIAA Tournament Roundup: Plymouth tops Hanover
Steve Southard hurled a four-hitter and walked one over five innings to lead third-ranked Plymouth Regional past Hanover 7-0 in a Division II preliminary round playoff contest in Plymouth.
Southard fanned six batters on 79 pitches before reliever Jake Scheinman completed the shutout win with two scoreless innings. He fanned three and walked no one.
The Plymouth offense was led by John Thomas with two hits and two RBIs. Jake Buford also had two hits and Justin Robinson and Aaron Evans each contributed a key hit. Plymouth took control of the game in the third inning, scoring four times.
Plymouth remains home Saturday to host sixth-ranked Milford at 4 p.m.
Timberlane 6, Keene 4: At Keene, Sam Fay struck out seven and didn’t allow an earned run in six innings to help No. 15 Timberlane upset No. 2 Keene in the Division I tournament’s preliminary round. Tyler Cameron hit a solo home run for the Owls, who received two hits from Zach Downey, Travis Hall and Aiden Newell. Keene’s Alex Parenteau allowed six runs (five earned) in 5 1/3 innings and took the loss. He struck out six.
Exeter 11, Spaulding 5: At Rochester, junior Henrik Barbin hit a grand slam in a six-run seventh inning as No. 11 Exeter knocked off No. 6 Spaulding in the Division I tournament’s preliminary round. Spaulding trailed 5-3 until it scored twice in the bottom of the sixth. Exeter will face third-seeded Pinkerton Academy in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Nashua North 5, Concord 3: At Concord, Zach Smith picked up the win as No. 13 North eliminated fifth-seeded Concord in the Division I tournament’s preliminary round. Ben Bengtson hit a two-run home run for the Crimson Tide.
Goffstown 11, Pembroke 0: Tyler Perron and Chris Hood combined on a two-hit shutout for the Grizzlies. Tim Riehl led the winners with two hits and four RBIs including a three-run triple in the second inning. Brendan Hall, Tanner Putnam, and Ryan Pinard each contributed two hits to the win. Ryan Pinard added a solo homer for Goffstown. Pembroke’s offense was led by Vinny Dustin (double) and singles by Liam Wright and Chris Gauss.
Bedford 8, Bishop Guertin 3: At Nashua, Spencer Pratt’s three-run home run in the third helped the ninth-seeded Bulldogs upend eighth-seeded BG. Bedford will play either top-seeded Dover or 16th-seeded Merrimack in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Milford 7, Windham 3: At Milford, Ryan Britton struck out nine and walked one in 7 1/3 innings to highlight sixth-seeded Milford’s victory in this Division II preliminary-round game.
ConVal 7, John Stark 0: In a Division II prelim in Peterborough, Ivon Clough pitched seven innings for the winners, giving up two hits, striking out 10, and walking none. Tyler Aborn had a two-run single in the third inning. Clough had a three-run triple. Mathias Fressilli added an RBI single.
Derryfield School 16, Laconia 3: Grant Alenson and Griffin Phaneuf each scored four goals to lead unbeaten and top-ranked Derryfield School of Manchester to a Division III boys’ lacrosse quarterfinal win against ninth-ranked Laconia. Jim O’Brien connected for three goals and Mike Chiasson added two goals and two assists. Tyler Zorn, Lee Sipes and Drew Johnson each had one goal in the win. Goalies Allen Mello (8 saves) and Tom Cissel (two saves) shared the win in nets. Mike Chiasson, Mike Stone and Brent Clarke each scored for Laconia (9-7). Derryfield raised its record to 18-0.
Bishop Guertin 21, Concord 2: At Nashua, the top-ranked Cardinals (17-2) led 17-1 at halftime and put it on cruise control in the second half to beat the eighth-ranked Crimson Tide (5-12). BG will face No. 4 Hanover (12-7) Sunday night in the semifinals at 7 p.m. at Bedford High School. Connor Donahue had three goals and seven assists to lead BG. Tom Hurley added four goals and an assist and Dillon Owens had three goals. Jack McNallen and Dillon Hayes combined to win 23 of 26 faceoffs.
Goffstown 17, Merrimack 5: At Goffstown, the third-ranked Grizzlies improved to 12-3 and will next face No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas of Dover (13-2) Saturday at 6 p.m. at Exeter High School. No. 6 Merrimack finished 8-9. Goffstown’s offense was led by Steve Dubois(three goals, assist), Sam Shearin (three goals), Jack Carney (two goals, three assists) and Brad Chapdelaine (two goals). Merrimack’s Matt Brewster scored three goals with an assist.
Franklin 7, Berlin 6: Kelsey Bird struck out nine and hit a solo home run to help the 12th-seeded Franklin High softball team upset fifth-seeded Berlin 7-6 in the Division III tournament’s second round Thursday. Bird pitched a complete game and didn’t walked a batter. She surrendered nine hits. Franklin’s Mariah Gauthier had four hits, stole three bases and scored twice. Rachel Capri also hit a solo home run for Franklin, which will face the winner of today’s game between fourth-seeded Pelham and 13th-seeded Raymond in Saturday’s quarterfinals.