Brattleboro baseball team off to 2-0 start
BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro Union High School varsity baseball team opened with a 17-2 rout of Mill River on Wednesday and then defeated Saint Johnsbury 4-2 on Saturday.
Leif Bigelow went 3 for 3, including a two-run homer, and drove in five runs to lead the BUHS attack at Mill River. Conor Hiner, Chayse Cunniff and Sam Ognenoff all finished with two hits, highlighted by Hiner's two-run bomb.
Ognenoff went the distance for the win. He fanned seven, walked seven and gave up five hits in the game that lasted just five frames.
Bigelow (8 K's, 2 BB, 3 hits) picked up the victory versus the Hilltoppers. Bigelow helped his cause with a hit and a sacrifice fly, while Dillon Green led the way with a two-run double.
The 2-0 Colonels will play at Windsor on Tuesday at 4 p.m. and then visit Bellows Falls on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
Brattleboro roster: Coaches — Chris Groeger, Jacob Smith, Logan Johnson. Players — Chayse Cunniff, Sam Ognenoff, Leif Bigelow, Dan Petrie, Dillon Green, Conor Hiner, Tanner Bell, Steven Kerylow, Tony Martinez, Sam Barrows, Tommy Carroll, Korie Cliche, Matt Dulmaine, Austin Gilbeau, Bridger Grout, Chris Hall, Craig Worden, Ben Nelson-Betz.
PITTSFIELD, N.H. >> Hinsdale swept Saturday's doubleheader, beating host Pittsfield 10-5 and then 12-11.
Lauren Southwick went 3 for 4 and smacked her first varsity home run to lead the Pacers in the opener. Ariana Taylor had a pair of hits and Emily Ricker drew four walks.
Hinsdale came from behind with a seventh-inning rally in Game 2. Jen Matuszewski started it with a single, Mariah Nichols doubled and then Taylor delivered the game-winning hit — a two-run single. Hinsdale's infield of Southwick, Taylor, Nichols, Matuszewski and Jacqueline Atkins played an error-free day.
Atkins fanned six batters in total. Ricker had two hits and five walks on the afternoon, while Matuszewski, Southwick and Taylor all drove in four runs.
The 2-1 Pacers will play at Derryfield on April 27.
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BRATTLEBORO >> Hannah Wilson singled up the middle in the bottom of the eighth inning on Saturday and then Emmalee Waite drove an 0-2 pitch over the fence in left to give host Brattleboro a 6-4 win over Saint Johnsbury in its season opener.
"I thought the kids did a nice job to open the season. They didn't make any errors. I'm proud of the way they played," said BUHS coach Kelly Markol.
Waite had two of her team's eight total hits. Devin Millerick, Jamie Mahoney, Lauren McKenney, Moriah Powers, Hailey Derosia and Wilson all hit safely.
Wilson (7 K's, 1 BB, 5 hits) picked up the win for the 1-0 Colonels, who will play at Windsor on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
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WESTMINSTER >> Jade Twombley fanned 17 batters and gave up just two hits to lead Springfield to a 10-0 decision over Bellows Falls on Saturday. Abbe Cravinho and Ali Bashaw each had a single for Bellows Falls, while Murphy Hicks (5 K's) suffered the loss. The 1-2 Terriers will host Rutland on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
BELCHERTOWN, MASS. >> Brattleboro notched its first win of the season, 8-6 over Belchertown, on Wednesday,
The Colonels' riding game was effective early, limiting Oriole possessions, and leading to numerous offensive scoring chances. The Colonels built a 3-1 lead after the first quarter and maintained the margin for the remainder of the game.
"Our attack worked hard in the riding game and it paid off early and we also made strides in the transition game. We'll need to cut down on the number of penalties that we're taking but it's good to get that first win of the season — it was a team contribution and we'll go on from here," said BUHS coach Chris Sawyer.
The Colonels were led in scoring by Jack Gagnon (4 goals, 1 assist) and Alex Fitch (2 goals), with Evan Perkins and Tyler McKenney each adding a goal. Matt Gaboriault finished with four assists, Kolton Ravenna made nine saves and the face-off unit of Durin Hoyer, Jasper Reed, Seth Rhodes and Griffin Lynde battled throughout the game.
The Colonels, who finished up a three game in five day stretch, will have plenty of time to get ready for Western Massachusetts power Westfield, which will visit Natowich Field on Thursday at noon.
BRATTLEBORO >> Martin Sipowicz picked up Brattleboro's lone victory during a 6-1 loss to Rutland on Friday. Sipowicz downed Rutland's Connor Solimano 6-3, 6-2 at fourth singles.
"Sipowicz' consistency and strong net play were the keys to his solid match win, although long rallies from the baseline made for a long and tiring match," said BUHS coach Charlie La Rosa.
The 2-2 Colonels will host Hartford on April 25 at 4:30 p.m.
RUTLAND >> Brattleboro got singles victories from Jaida Henry, Jazmin Smith, Kimberly Bau and Camille Gunzburg during a 4-3 decision over Rutland on Friday.
"The loss to Rutland last week was with three third-set losses at singles. So the singles players redeemed themselves. And no third-set tiebreakers. Win in two is my motto — well, it is now," said Colonels coach Tom Weber.
Brattleboro (2-2) will play at Burr and Burton on April 27.
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