Souhegan tops Hollis Brookline baseball
Souhegan 7, Hollis Brookline 6
The Cavaliers erased a five-run deficit, but Alec Burns hit a walk-off homer to lift defending champion Souhegan to a 7-6 win.
“That’s encouraging,” Cavs coach Rich Loftus said. “I was pleased with Joe, he threw strikes. I’m encouraged by (the game). Last year we were 4-12, and we played with them. … I think we’ll win our fair share.”
The Cavs had a 1-0 lead after three on Dan Leone’s RBI single and the pitching of Kaito Kramarzcyk, but a throwing error opened the door for six Souhegan runs on six hits in the fourth. Burns had a game-tying double, while other RBI hits were by Ryan Hall, Tucker Aiello, Caelan Behn and Jacob Grassett.
But back came the Cavaliers with those five in the fifth to tie things as Souhegan starter Aiello lost the plate with three walks after an error. Brennan Korsak and Joe Messina had RBI singles and two wild pitches by reliever Max Leonard tied the game.
But Leonard, who pitched out of trouble in all three innings he appeared, ended up being the winner thanks to Burns. The Sabers outhit the Cavs 8-4.
HB 3, Bishop Guertin 0
The Cardinals got swept by the defending state champion Cavaliers by scores of 20-25, 21-25, 16-25 on April 12.
Nick Wood had a strong performance with 15 kills and 16 digs, Vivek Nithipalan had eight digs, and Nathan Cole contributed three blocks for Hollis Brookline. Joe Hyatt (two aces, six kills), Jack Wizboski (two aces, six kills), Nate Newton (four aces) were the high points for Bishop Guertin.
Both teams are 1-1 on the season. Bishop Guertin plays a home game against Londonderry on Monday while Hollis Brookline heads to john Stark on Monday.
Hollis Brookline 3, John Stark 0
The Cavaliers (2-1) prevailed 25-17, 25-21, 25-17 on Monday. Nick Wood (12 kills), Nathan Cole (five aces), Jonathan Brackett (26 digs), and Scott Van Coughnett (28 assists) were keys to the win.
HB 10, Oyster River 4
HB goalie Olivia Valentine had a good game between the pipes making 19 saves on April 14, while Reagan Berry (three goals, one assist), Cece Fetter (two goals, one assist), and Victoria Bruzik (two goals, one assist) paced the offense for Hollis Brookline.
HB 11, John Stark 8
Paisley Broadhurst paced the Cavaliers on Monday with three goals and two assists. Victoria Bruzik had three goals and an assist, while Cece Fetter tallied a pair of scores and an assist. Olivia Valentine made 11 saves in net.
Hollis Brookline 7, Pembroke 2
Cavalier singles winners were Nic Vahe (8-3), Matt Williamson (8-3), Ben Zielinski (8-6), Alex Anghel (8-6), and Sam Hall (8-4). Williamson-Zielinski (8-2) and Hall/Pat MacDonald (8-1) picked up doubles wins.
Hollis Brookline 9, Trinity 0
Winning in singles for HB (4-0) on Monday were No. 1 Nic Vaho (8-0), No. 2 David Cherkassky (8-3), No. 3 Cam Vaho (8-3), No. 4 Matt Williamson (8-2), No. 5 Ben Zielinski (8-2), and No. 6 Alex Anghel (8-3). Getting the doubles wins were No. 1 Nic Vaho-Cherkassky (8-1), No. 2 Cam Vaho- Williamson (8-2), Sam Hall-Patrick MacDonald (8-2).
Milford 19, Hollis Brookline 1
The Spartans pounded out 18 hits on April 13, led by Rachael Nelson (3 for 4, two runs scored), Stephanie Bishop (2 for 4, homer, three RBIs, three runs), Paige Delier (3 for 4, three doubles, two RBIs, three runs), Jennifer Carson (4 for 5, two doubles, three RBIs, three runs) and Delaney Parker (3 for 4, homer, double, three RBIs, two runs).
Parker allowed one run on three hits over five innings, striking out nine and walking four. Carson played well defensively at short.
Cassidy Pigot took the loss in the circle for the Cavs, while Gabby Paquin pitched in relief.
Portsmouth 11, HB 10
Down 8-0 in the fifth inning on April 14, the Cavs put up four runs to cut the lead in half, before tying the game in the sixth on a single by Delayni Kovalchek and jumping on top with a two-run single by Kara Lukovits. Unable to hold the strong Portsmouth offense, the Cavs gave up three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Gabby Paquin (12 hits, seven walks) and Cassidy Pigott (three hits) pitched for the Cavs. Isabel Keefe, Avery Webb, Sofia Barassi and Cassidy Pigott each had two hits.
Souhegan 11, Hollis Brookline 4
HB was led by Natalie Paquin and Alyssa Hall with two hits apiece and Cassidy Pigott, Delayni Kovalchek, and Avery Webb each with one hit. Pigott pitched the first four innings, striking out two, giving up six hits and seven runs. Gabby Paquin pitched the last two, giving up four runs on three hits and striking out one.