Playoff action erupts

For some local high school tournament teams, there’s no tomorrow. For others, they have to wait until Thursday – or actually Saturday – to begin their post season title quests.

Welcome to the 2019 local high school spring tournament season, as baseball, softball and lacrosse start their do-or-die seaons a week after tennis began its tourney.

Sitting out Wednesday’s (softball) were the unbeaten (16-0) top-ranked Milford softball squad in Division II and No. 2 Wilton-Lyndeborough (14-2) in Division IV. They earned byes into Saturday’s action.

Baseball starts Thursday as No. 13 Souhegan (8-9) travels to No. 4 St. Thomas of Dover (12-4). Campbell (No. 13, 7-9) will be at No. 5 Raymond (11-5) in the Division III prelims Thursday. Wilton Lyndeborough finished as the fifth seed in Divison IV at 12-4 and hosts Lisbon on Thursday.

Girls lacrosse began Wednesday as well with No. 5 Nashua South (11-7) visits No. 4 Souhegan (13-3).

Here’s a look at how we see the upcoming action involving area teams:

BASEBALL

DIVISION II

It’s always interesting at this level because sometimes teams don’t meet during the regular season. But the Cavaliers only lost to No. 1 Bow and No. 9 Oyster River by 2-0 counts. First-year head coach Jay Sartell’s motto is “Get ’em on, get ’em over, get ’em in), and it worked, with guidance from their three seniors infielders Joe Messina, Max Mello and catcher Kyle Hsu. They’ll face the winner of Kennett-Merrimack Valley on Saturday, and they only played Merrimack Valley, winning 10-8 to open the season. A lot has happened since. The Cavs also did not play No. 3 John Stark, which looks like it could be a tough semifinal opponent. So many unknowns here.

The Pick: John Stark over Bow

DIVISION III

Campbell is in more or less of a rebuilding mode, suffering its first losing season in several years. If the Keegan Mills-led Cougars can surivive Raymond (that’s possible; this is their third meeting with a split of shutouts) then they may face Hopkinton, which was only5-4 loss during the season, in the quarters.

Campbell has played teams tough.

The Pick: Monadnock over Belmont

DIVISION IV

Last year the Warriors made it to the semis, and you can bet they are poised to return there again led by the Brennans: Senior Neal and freshmen Troy and Sean, all of whom can pitch. If they can get past potential Newmarket in the quarters, then anything’s possible. That’s a big ‘if’, however, as they lost to the Mules 6-1 and 13-1.

The Pick: Sunapee over Wilton

SOFTBALL

DIVISION II

Milford, Milford, and more Milford. The Spartans didn’t sulk after getting bounced in the quarters a year ago and should avoid that fate this time behind the pitching of Jenna DeAngelis and the bat of Raven Comtois. If local foe Hollis Brookline can upset Kennett there would be a rematch; if not the Spartans would be facing the unknown in the quarters. And they’re in a potential semifinal bracket with tough John Stark and another local rival, Souhegan. Just think if the Sabers, paced by the likes of pitcher Cameron Whitney, got a chance to avenge two regular season losses to Milford?

The Pick: Milford over Oyster River

DIVISION III

Campbell lost three of five to end the season, including one to No. 2 Mascenic, whom they wouldn’t have to see until the finals. The Cougars were also one of the victims of Upset Saturday a year ago, but with the depth they have – including seniors Meghan Gibbons, Abi Gray and Marissa Carignan – they should make it to the semis in Plymouth. After that, anything is possible.

The Pick: Campbell over Belmont

DIVISION IV

And the final upset victim of a year ago, 500-club member Denny Claire’s Wilto-Lyndenborough Warriors, surely should be a semifinalist. The talented pitcher-hitter Lexi Balam is on a mission her senior season. We say Claire and Balam go out winners.

The Pick: Wilton-Lyndeborough over Epping.

BOYS LACROSSE

DIVISION I

The stars aligned so Bishop Guertin and Pinkerton to meet again in the finals (with all the out-of-state teams on their schedules, you never know). Remember this rivalry’s consistent formula, the regular season loser becomes the post season winner? It could happen again, possibly. The draw is the key, and Gennaro Mara is the best faceoff guy around, and that keeps the ball away from BG’s Sean Cameron. Exeter showed signs of being a contender in losing to PA 10-9 but were outscored in two subsequent meetings vs. BG and Pinkerton 29-14.

Souhegan could get BG in the semis.

GIRLS LACROSSE

DIVISION I

Can it be a repeat for BG? The young Cards are the only team to beat Pinkerton, and would have to go up against the likes of rival Bedford, whom they lost by a tough 14-13 score, in the semis. As successful as they’ve been with youth, seniors like Emily Santom will likely take over the pace in the post season. Souhegan has a gamer in Taylor Clark and the 13-3 Sabers can beat Pinkerton in a potential semi but need to make up six goals.

Nashua South and Merrimack have played well this year, and the Panthers have had one of their best campaigns ever. But it might be tough to get to that next level with a playoff upset of Souhegan, but we’ll see.

The Pick: Pinkerton over BG

State Tourney

Pairings

GIRLS LACROSSE

Division I

Quarterfinals

Wednesday, May 29

No. 8 Londonderry (9-9) at No. 1 Pinkerton (17-1), 5 p.m.

No. 5 Nashua South (11-7) at No. 4 Souhegan (13-3), 5 p.m.

No. 7 Exeter (10-8) at No. 2 Bedford (15-1), 5 p.m.

No. 6 Merrimack (9-7) vs. No. 3 Bishop Guertin (16-2) at Stellos Stadium, 4:30 p.m.

Semifinals

Saturday, June 1

At Bill Ball Stadium, Exeter

5 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Championship

At Southern NH University

Wednesday, June 5, 7 p.m.

BOYS LACROSSE

Division I

First Round

Thursday, May 30

No. 9 Timberlane (6-8) at No. 8 Nashua South (9-8), 5 p.m.

Quarterfinals

Saturday, June 1

Timberlane-South winner at No. 1 Bishop Guertin (16-2), 5 p.m. (Stellos)

No. 5 Hanover (11-4) at No. 4 Souhegan (12-5), 5 p.m.

No. 7 Londonderry (10-7) at No. 2 Pinkerton (14-4), 2 p.m.

No. 6 Concord (10-6) at No. 3 Exeter (13-5), 5 p.m.

Semifinals

At Bill Ball Stadium, Exeter

Tuesday, June 4

5 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Championship

Saturday, June 8

At Bill Ball Stadium, Exeter, 7:30 p.m.

BASEBALL

DIVISION II

PRELIMINARY ROUND

(No. 1, 15-2 Bow and No. 2, 14-2 Hollis Brookline have byes)

Thursday, May 30

All times 4 p.m. unless noted

No. 14 Pembroke (7-9) at No. 3 John Stark (14-2)

No. 13 Souhegan (8-9) at No. 4 St. Thomas (12-4)

No. 12 Hanover (8-8) at No. 5 ConVal (13-5)

No. 11 Lebanon (9-7) at No. 6 Plymouth (11-5)

No. 10 Merrimack Valley (9-7) at No. 7 Kennett (12-6)

No. 9 Oyster River (10-6) at No. 8 Coe-Brown (10-6)

QUARTERFINALS

Saturday, June 1

At home of higher seed, 4 p.m.

SEMIFINALS

Tuesday, June 4

At Concord’s Memorial Field, 4 and 7 p.m.

FINALS

At NE Delta Dental Stadium, 4 p.m.

DIVISION IV

PRELIMINARY ROUND

(No. 1 16-0 Woodsville and No. 2 17-1 Pittsfield have byes)

Thursday, May 30

All times 4 p.m. unless noted

No. 14 Groveton (6-10) at No. 3 Sunapee (14-2)

No. 13 Pittsburg-Canaan (6-10) at No. 4 Newmarket (14-2)

No. 12 Lisbon (6-10) at No. 5 Wilton-Lyndeborough (12-4)

No. 11Portsmouth Christian (7-9) at No. 6 Moultonborough (11-5)

No. 10 Hinsdale (7-9) at No. 7 Linwood (9-7)

No. 9 Profile (8-8) at No. 8 Littleton (10-8)

QUARTERFINALS

Saturday, June 1

At home of higher seed, 4 p.m.

SEMIFINALS

Tuesday, June 4

At Laconia’s Robbie Mills Park, 4 and 7 p.m.

FINALS

Saturday, June 8

At NE Delta Dental Stadium, 10 a.m.

SOFTBALL

DIVISION II

PRELIMINARY ROUND

(No. 1 Milford, 16-0 and No. 2 Coe-Brown, 14-2 have byes)

Wednesday, May 29

All times 4 p.m. unless noted

No. 14 Bow (6-10) at No. 3 Merrimack Valley (13-3)

No. 13 Stevens (8-9) at No. 4 John Stark (13-3)

No. 12 Pelham (8-8) at No. 5 Souhegan (12-4)

No. 11 Pembroke (8-8) at No. 6 Oyster River (12-5), 4:30 p.m.

No. 10 St. Thomas (8-8) at No. 7 Plymouth (11-5)

No. 9 Hollis Brookline (9-7) at No. 8 Kennett (12-6)

QUARTERFINALS

Saturday, June 1

At home of higher seed, 4 p.m.

SEMIFINALS

Tuesday June 4

At Plymouth State’s Chase Field, 5 and 7 p.m.

FINALS

Saturday, June 8

At PSC’s Chase Field, 5 p.m.

DIVISION III

PRELIMINARY ROUND

(No. 1 Berlin, 15-1 has bye)

Wednesday, May 29

All times 4 p.m. unless noted

No. 15 Trinity (6-10) at No. 2 Mascenic (14-2)

No. 14 Fall Mountain (8-11) at No. 3 White Mountains (13-3), 3:30 p.m.

No. 13 Winnisquam (8-8) at No. 4 Campbell (13-3)

No. 12 Prospect Mtn (8-8) at No. 5 Bishop Brady (13-3)

No. 11 Conant (8-8) at No. 6 Belmont (13-3)

No. 10 Gilford (10-6) at No. 7 Hopkinton (12-4)

No. 9 Newport (10-6) at No. 8 Monadnock (11-5)

DIVISION IV

PRELIMINARY ROUND

(No. 1 Epping 16-0 and No. 2 Wilton-Lyndeborough, 14-2 have byes)

Wednesday, May 29

All times 4 p.m. unless noted

No. 14 Pittsburg-Canaan (6-10) at No. 3 Profile (13-3)

No. 13 Portsmouth Christian (7-9) at No. 4 Woodsvile (12-4)

No. 12 Littleton (8-8) at No. 5 Lisbon (11-5)

No. 11 Hinsdale (8-8) at No. 6 Farmington (11-5)

No. 10 Newmarket (9-7) at No. 7 Sunapee (10-6)

No. 9 Colebrook (9-7) at No. 8 Groveton (10-6)

QUARTERFINALS

Saturday, June 1

At home of higher seed, 4 p.m.

SEMIFINALS

Wednesday, June 5

At PSC’s D&M Field, 5 and 7 p.m.

FINALS

Saturday, June 8

At PSC’s D&M Field, 5 p.m.

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