HOW DO YOU spell success in softball? Well, if you’re the Yankee Small College Conference you spell it NHTI.
Glance at the YSCC statistics and you’ll see a member of the New Hampshire Technical Institute team leading almost every category:
Batting average: shortstop Olivia Langevin (Epsom), .606
RBIs: infielder/outfielder Hannah Winship (Rochester), 47
ERA: Taylor Gagnon (Goffstown), 3.82
Wins: Brianna Whitcomb (Epsom), eight
Home runs: outfielder Brianna Connolly (Allenstown), five
Strikeouts: Whitcomb (56)
Success and NHTI are not strangers. The Lynx entered Sunday’s doubleheader against the Community College of Rhode Island with a 20-5 record and will attempt to win its third straight YSCC conference tournament later this month. NHTI has also advanced to the USCAA Small College World Series four times in the last five years, and earned a fourth-place finish at that event last season.
NHTI couldn’t have more of a New Hampshire flavor. Every player on its roster is a New Hampshire resident, and head coach Kerry Finnigan lives in Manchester. Finnigan, who is in his seventh season, has been named the YSCC Coach of the Year three times, and was named USCAA Coach of the Year last season.
The NHTI roster also includes outfielder Alexis Girouard (Penacook), outfielder Michaella Biron (West Stewartstown), catcher/outfielder Alison Brown (Barnstead), pitcher/second baseman Kristen MacKenzie (Seabrook), first baseman Kabrina Roy (Merrimack), catcher/outfielder Jordan Sargent (Belmont) and catcher/pitcher/first baseman Maggie Daly (Haverhill).
Through 25 games, NHTI had a .423 team batting average and had scored 293.
Windham High School graduate Jaime Cleasby, a junior on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute softball team, was selected as the Liberty League Pitcher of the Week last week. Cleasby went 2-0 with a 0.50 earned run average in two starts — both complete games — leading the Engineers to a doubleheader sweep of Union College. She allowed five hits 14 innings, including a one-hit shutout, struck out seven and walked three. Through 14 appearances this season (10 starts) Cleasby had a 6-3 record with a team-best 2.41 earned run average. She had thrown eight complete games, including two shutouts. The sweep of Union gave Cleasby a 21-14 career record with a 2.60 ERA.
Freshman Chris Valentine, a member of the Southern New Hampshire University men’s lacrosse team, was named the Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week on Tuesday. Valentine, who resides in Derry, registered a career-high six points in an 18-2 victory for the Penmen at American International College last weekend. He tallied a first-half hat trick to help SNHU race out to a 13-0 lead at the break, and added three assists in the triumph. Valentine wrapped up his first season in a Penmen uniform with 17 goals and eight assists for 25 points in 14 games. He recorded at least one point in 10 contests and turned in eight multi-point efforts.
East Hampstead resident Kayleigh Fitzpatrick pitched a three-hitter to help the Bentley University softball team defeat Assumption, 5-1, in a Northeast-10 Conference game on Wednesday. Fitzpatrick, a junior who played at Timberlane Regional High School, struck out one, didn’t walk a batter and lowered her ERA to 1.81. It was her second victory in three starts this season.
Nashua resident Terrell Lewis, a sophomore at Plymouth State University, was named the Little East Conference Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week following his performance at the Sunshine Classic at Tufts University on April 20. Lewis nearly established a school record in the 110-meter hurdles when he finished second in 14.87 seconds — 0.03 seconds shy of the record. His time met qualifying standards for the NCAA Division III New England Championships next month and is currently the second fastest in New England and among the top 20 in the nation. He added a fifth-place finish in the long jump, covering 6.28 meters.
The Plymouth State University women’s lacrosse team earned at least a share of the Little East Conference regular-season championship and the No. 1 seed for the LEC women’s lacrosse tournament by beating Keene State 15-11 Tuesday. Concord’s Veronyca Daniels collected five goals in the victory. Daniels had a team-high 51 points (36 goals) entering Saturday’s game at Castleton (Vt.) University. The Panthers earned a first-round bye for the LEC tournament.
Portsmouth’s Wes Tobin entered the weekend second on the Southern New Hampshire University baseball team with a 6-3 record and a 2.89 ERA. He had 64 strikeouts and 12 walks in 56 innings. Tobin ranked second on the team in wins and innings pitched.
The SNHU men’s golf team received the East Region’s No. 2 seed and earned its ninth NCAA Division II Regional berth Friday when the NCAA announced the field of 80 teams and 32 student-athletes selected to participate in regional competition May 9-11. The Penmen, who will be making their sixth straight appearance, will tee off at Totteridge Golf Club in Greensburg, Pa. – one of four regional sites. California University of Pennsylvania will serve as the host.
Notre Dame freshman Jackie Gaughan, an Exeter High School graduate, finished first in the 10,000-meter run at the Penn Relays on Thursday. Gaughan completed the race in 33 minutes, 13.39 seconds.