WESTMINSTER -- The 15th annual Chester Norman Thomas Motorcycle Ride to benefit David’s House will take place Saturday, Aug. 4, in Westminster. Registration will go from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at First Congregational Church on Route 5.
The registration fee is $20 per participant (rider or passenger). There will be a catered lunch provided at the end site at David’s House in Lebanon, N.H. There will also be a raffle for two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines and other prizes. Raffle tickets are $1 apiece or six tickets for $5.
This event will be a guided ride to David’s House provided by the Monadnock Harley Owner’s Group (HOG) with assistance from various law enforcement agencies providing additional traffic control. This event is open to all types of motorcycles.
All monies raised by the benefit ride will go directly to support the mission of David’s House. David’s House provides a home-away-from-home and support for families with children receiving treatment through Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.
CRVBL: Pirates conquer Cards
CLAREMONT, N.H. -- The Claremont Cardinals used a combination of effective pitching, timely hitting and innovative field restoration to beat both a 90-minute mid-game rain delay and the Saxtons River Pirates, 13-4, on Sunday. Cardinals starter Mike Wells scattered seven hits and struck out
The Cardinal bats put constant pressure on Saxtons River starting pitcher David Lockerby with runs scored in the second and third as well as a four-run burst in the fourth after the rain delay and a five-run eighth to cap the victory.
Early explosions by Bob Myers (double, triple, two RBIs) and Scott "Dozer" Christian (3-for-4, two RBIs) were followed by late fireworks from Josh Duford (3-for-5, three RBIs), John Grainger and Nate Duford (two hits a piece) to hound the Pirates from start to finish.
The visitors used timely hits from Shane Hakey, Lockerby and Alex Drost to scrap out three runs in the fifth, but any hope of a comeback ended in the form of Claremont reliever Christian, who threw three-innings of no-hit relief to seal the win.
Claremont now gears up for a second place versus third place showdown this Sunday with the Walpole Wild Blue at 11 a.m. in Claremont, a matchup that carries playoff implications. Saxtons River is off next week but returns to play the following Sunday against Keene.
Chester 9, Ludlow 4 (game 1)
Ludlow 3, Chester 2 (game 2)
CHESTER -- The Chester CRUSH and Ludlow Athletics split a double-header on Sunday with Chester taking game one by a score of 9-4. Jamie Spence went the distance on the mound, giving up four runs (two earned), eight hits, and two walks while striking out eight. He also blasted a two-run homer.
Scott Renfro had three hits with a double, two runs scored and one batted in. Jason Albert went 3-for-4 with an RBI, Jesse Lane was 2-for-3 with a double and Scott Sargent went 2-for-2.
In game two, Ludlow scored all three of their runs in the first inning and then held on for a 3-2 victory. The highlight of the inning was Athletics’ slugger David O’Neil’s two-run bomb to left.
Chester scored one run in the first and got the only other score of the game on a sixth inning solo home run by Chuck Harriman. The CRUSH loaded the bases in the final frame, but failed to cross the plate. Spence went 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI.
Newport 5, Brattleboro 1 (game 1)
Brattleboro 6, Newport 2 (game 2)
NEWPORT, N.H. -- The Newport Polar Bears and the Brattleboro River Rats also split a double-header. Newport took game one 5-1, and Brattleboro won the nightcap 6-2. Marty Vallender took the loss in game one, but ripped two hits for the Rats.
Brattleboro starter Greg Elbaum went the distance for the win in game two allowing only one earned run on four hits while striking out three. Brian Benjamin led the offense with three hits on the day, including an RBI double. Rob Eccleston (double, RBI), Elbaum (RBI), and Mario Checchi each had multiple hit days for the Rats.
In other action, the Keene Black Dawgs defeated the Walpole Wild Blue 6-5 in a rain-shortened contest at Walpole.
This week Ludlow hosts Newport at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Black River High School. On Sunday, Chester travels to Dummerston to face Putney at 10 a.m., and Brattleboro hosts a 1 p.m. game against Keene at the same venue.