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Merrimack High School Highlights

Friday, April 18, 2014

BOYS LACROSSE

April 14: Merrimack 18, Central 10

Matt Brewster led the way for the Tomahawks with seven goals and one assist. Other scorers included: Connor Cyr (five goals, one assist); Mac Martin (three goals, one assist); Pierre Watt (two goals), Jason Fortin (first varsity goal). Robbie Todd had nine saves in goal for the Tomahawks, who are at Bedford on Wednesday.

GIRLS LACROSSE

April 14: Merrimack 13, Portsmouth 10

Jenny Mulligan (an assist), Courtney Duffy (two assists) and Callie Dwyer (an assist) each had three goals as the Tomahawks held on in their season opener. Dana Mendes (two goals, two assists), Samantha Anderson (goal, assist) and Amber Olson (goal) helped out offensively as well. Ally Lowry had seven saves in goal for Merrimack.

SOFTBALL

April 14: Merrimack 6, Dover 4

Caitlin Minear allowed just one earned run over seven innings, walking one and fanning three to pick up the win in the Tomahawks’ season opener. Ashly Grassini led the offense with a double and two RBIs. Other offensive standouts for the locals included Lauren Gerhard (single, RBI), Alexis Kapsambelis (double, RBI), Anjelica Gonzalez (triple, RBI) and Julianne Mayville and Jess Humphrey (singles).

There was also outstanding defense in the outfield by Renee LeClaire, Brittany Camara, and Julianne Mayville.

April 16: Timberlane 3, Merrimack 2

The Merrimack defense helped the team get out of two bases loaded jams, but that wasn’t enough to top Timberlane.

Alexis Kapsambelis and Anjelica Gonzalez anchored a solid defensive effort behind starter Catlin Minear. Jackson Gutekunst led the way offensively for Merrimack, knocking in and scoring a run.

BASEBALL

April 14: Dover 5,
Merrimack 3

The Green Wave scored two runs in the sixth to ruin the Tomahawks’ season-opener. Micky Gasper, Devin Gillis and Jordan Oelkers each had an RBI for the locals, while Evan McCormick allowed only two earned runs over five innings with three strikeouts.

April 16: Timberlane 4, Merrimack 3

Merrimack overcame an early defecit but couldn’t hold off their opponents late rally as the Tomahawks fell to Timberlane.

Merrimack shrugged off a two-run defecit and took a 3-2 lead in the fourth. Timberlane tied the game in the fifth and scored the eventual winning-run an inning later on a wild pitch.

Brendan Carter had three hits for Merrimack while teammate Ryan Slate chipped in two hits and an RBI. Starting pitcher Devin Gillis struck out nine over five innings.

BOYS TENNIS

April 14: Nashua South 8, Merrimack 1

The Panthers took five of six singles and swept doubles to pick up the win. Singles wins were by Kaushil Patel (8-3), Sumeet Salvi (8-1), Sam McIntyre (8-1), Brian Barrows (8-1) and Kunal Shah (8-0). The doubles teams of Patel/McIntyre (8-5), Craig Freeman/Kiran Pinniti (8-6) and Vladamir Loyoko/Dody Eid (8-1) also triumphed.

Merrimack’s lone win came at No. 2 singles by Matt Keeler (8-5).

GIRLS TENNIS

April 14: Nashua South 9, Merrimack 0

The Panthers improved to 3-0 with singles wins by Katelyn Griswold (8-2), Micaela Baney (8-0), Tina Ta (8-0),Sarah Drake (8-3), Victoria Ziolek (8-1), and Sarah Allison (8-3).

Doubles wins were by Griswold/Ta (8-5), Baney/Samantha Harden (8-1), and Ziolek/Allison (8-2).

BOYS TRACK

April 16: Nashua North 85, Merrimack 60

Julian Rendon and the other Nashua North field athletes helped lead their track team to a victory over Merrimack. Rendon won both the discus and shotput.

Titans’ Dimitri Jackson (triple jump), Marley Kert (pole vault), Duncan Hollan (javelin) and Michael Pagan (long jump) also took gold in field competitions. Zakari Jenkins and Chad Saint-Amant won the 100 and 400-meter races, respectively.

Nick Masella won a pair of events for Merrimack. Ben Francis, Nick Kachmar, Blake Williams, Mitch Ripka and Dylan Richardson also took home gold for the Tomahawks.

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