The Alvirne Lady Bronco softball team has posted a 2-1 record early in the season as they defeated Exeter and Merrimack but lost to a tough Dover squad this week.
On Wednesday, April 15 freshman pitcher Taylor Carbone got her career and the Bronco season off to a great start as she struck out 14 batters on the way to her first no-hitter. Carbone also knocked in the first Bronco run of the season as Kaela Craven scored on a Carbone single following a walk and an error. The Broncos took advantage of their runners on base as Katie Donovan tripled and then scored on a wild pitch, and an Ashley Metivier triple knocked in Jess Underwood who had singled ahead of her. The defense was also solid as there were no errors committed by Alvirne who defeated Exeter 3-0.
Friday, April 17 saw the Broncos in a closer contest as Carbone again earned the victory on the mound throwing for nine strikeouts while walking seven Merrimack batters. The Broncos trailed 2-0 in the top of the sixth but battled back rallying for three runs to take the close victory 3-2. Kaela Craven singled to lead off the sixth, and Metivier drew a walk. Carbone tripled in both runners and scored when an errant throw went into left field. The defense stood tall and the Broncos held on for their second win of the season. Delaney Burns and Carbone had two hits each, while Craven and Diana Gustowski each had a hit for Alvirne.
Monday, April 20 the Broncos came up against one of Class L’s leading pitchers and they were unable to put any runs on the board against a tough Dover squad, losing 4-0. Carbone again pitched and threw for 10 strikeouts, but the lack of offense hurt the Broncos. Kaela Craven and Nicole Abreu had the only two hits of the game for Alvirne. Playing great defense at second base for the Broncos was Diane Gustowski. The Broncos fall to 2-1 on the young season. They will host Londonderry on Wednesday, April 29.
In the season opener for the senior division, the Hurricane edged past the Blizzard, 14-11. Megan Ferrentino had six strikeouts in three innings pitched. Additional defense was supplied by Shannon Gallant, Abby Wright, Rachael Paladino, and Rachel Whitney. Stephanie Tsouprakos and Jenna Younghusband each went 3 for 3, while Sage Matthews tripled and singled, and Karissa Stefanou doubled.
Lightning 9 - Blizzard 2: Sara Shea, Keri Carlo, Haley Schribe, Tayla, Sabrina, and Heather all had key hits and runs scored for the Lightning. The Blizzard was led by Lydia Lyman with three hits, including a solo home run. Lauren Weber had two hits and one run scored. Brianna Williamson and Vanessa Headstrom had one hit each.
Tornado vs. Earthquake: Haleigh pitched four innings and struck out six on her way to a 20-5 victory. Erin, Katie, Alexys, and Mariah also had three hits each in their first contest of the season.
In the junior division, the Falcons won their season opener against the Firebirds, 12-3. It was an exciting game with Erin Ruigrok, Nicole Teague, Erin Regan, Erin Beals, Jamie DeAngelo, and Kelsey Sundstrom all getting base hits. The Falcons played great defense in the field with Alizah Colburn, Kayla Riendeau, Samantha Beauchemin, Chiara Freitas, Olivia Bertrand, and Skyler Forsyth all playing awesome. Congratulations, Falcons, on your first win of the season!
Falcons: Nicole Teague pitched two hitless innings, striking out six and walking just one; Erin Ruigrok had two hits and scored twice.
Firebirds: Danielle Doyle pitched two innings, striking out four; Danielle Doyle, Kayla Rondeau, and Holly Sanville each had base hits.
The Falcons won their second game of the season against the Hawks, 5-4. It was a nail-biter with some great pitching from Nicole Teague, Erin Beals, and Erin Regan. Some great first inning hits put the Falcons ahead 2-0, and a fourth inning single by Nicole Teague drove three more runs in to clinch it. Way to go, Falcons!
Firebirds highlights: Cara Layman and Sarah O’Brien each had two hits; Claire Mutty made three outstanding plays at shortstop; Lauren Ferentino made her pitching debut, striking out four batters in two innings of work.
After starting the season with a strong victory against Dover, the Lady Broncos lost a tough match against Pinkerton 5-4 on Wednesday April 15.
“It was a tough loss early in the season,” stated Coach Dave Lelesi, “but it showed us exactly where we need to improve to reach our goals.”
Deanna Trearchis and Nicole Wilcox posted victories in the singles matches, while the first and second doubles teams (Kayla Belanger and Deanna Trearchis; Nicole Wilcox and Katie Vaccaro) had great wins to even the match at 4-4.
The Broncos bounced right back, however, as they defeated Merrimack 7-2 on Friday, April 17. Deanna Trearchis remains undefeated in singles and doubles as she posted victories in both (8-3 and 8-5). Kate Martin scored her first varsity victory winning her sixth singles match 8-0. She also posted a victory in third doubles with her partner Miranda Giraldo 8-2. Kayla Belanger won 8-6 in a tough first singles match, and Katie Vaccaro won 8-1 in fourth singles. Belanger and Trearchis won in first doubles 8-5, and Nicole Wilcox and Katie Vaccaro won 8-6 in second doubles.
The Lady Broncos are 2-1 on the season and will host their next match on Monday, May 4 against Salem High School.
In Boys Varsity Baseball, Cullan Baker tossed five strong innings, striking out nine Conant batters, to win his first varsity start. Baker helped his own cause with a solo homerun in the second inning and a two-run single in the third. Tyler Syphers’ two-run pinch-hit single in the sixth iced the game for the Cougars.
Julia Nolan struck out 11 batters for the Girls Varsity Softball team, but the Lady Cougars fell to Conant 6-2. Julia Marra and Kristen King played well on defense, while Nolan, Sam Radcliffe, and Shelby Bowen led the offense.
Track did very well at Winnisquam. The boys were first place with 160 points. For the 110 hurdles, Andrew Cialek was first and Evan Leith second. Anthony Rinaldi came in second for the 100 meter, Andrew Cialek first and John Cialek fourth in the 300 hurdles. In the 800 meter, Jeff Pomerleau came in second and Ryan Donaghey, third. In the 1600 meter, Jeff Pomerleau came in second. In the 3200 meter, Tim Heaton came in fifth. The 4 x 100 relay was first; members were Soulard, Queenan, Rinaldi, and Mun. The 4 x 400 relay was also first; members were Gannon, A. Cialek, Queenan, and Pomerleau. Shot Put, Jim Amadio, second; Discus Amadio, second; Seth Miller, fourth and Toddanio, sixth. Javelin, Mark Taddanio came in second. Triple Jump, A. Cialek came in second and Corey Gannon, third. Long Jump, Anthony Rinaldi came in first and J Cialek, fourth. In the high jump, Evan Leith came in second. Last but not least, Pole Vault, Spencer Soulard came in fourth.
The girls’ team finished second, only seven points behind Somersworth. In the 100 Hurdles, Hayden Leith placed second. In the 100 meter, Sera Stackpole came in fourth and Olivia Planty, fifth. In the 200 meter, Stackpole came in fourth. The 800 meter, Stefanie Loeb came in second and Catie Schultz, third. The 4 x 100 relay was first; the members were Planty, M Sweeney, J Billings, and S. Stackpole. The 4 x 400 relay also finished first; the members were C. Gannon, Geist, Trunca, and M. Pomerleau. In the discus, H. Bowen came in second, Shotput Beckey Weiss, sixth; High Jump, Hayden Leith came in fourth. The last event, Pole Vault, Stef Leob came in first.
The Boys JV Baseball team beat Newmarket 13-0. Leading the way offensively for the Cougars was Tyler Syphers with two hits and two RBIs and Travis Manning with two hits and two RBIs.
Alvirne was edged by Manchester Central in a meet held Tuesday, April 14 by the score of 88-61. Several of Alvirne’s athletes had good finishes, including Derek Janko first in the shot put, first in the discus, and third in the javelin. Derek Laurent placed first in the triple jump, first in the 100 meter dash, and third in the long jump. Tim Linehan finished first in pole vault and Aaron Fellows finished second in javelin. Matt Fellows finished first in 300 hurdles and second in 110 high hurdles. Mike McCrady finished second in the 1600 meter run. Brian Barry had a second place finish in pole vault and 400 meter dash. Dan Fitzgerald finished second in 300 hurdles and third in 110 high hurdles. Caleb Donnelly placed second in 3200 meter run and third in 400 meter dash. The 4 by 400 meter relay team of Chris Low, Aaron Fellows, Brian Barry, and Luke Mertins finished first.
The Alvirne High School Baseball team is off to a great start this season, posting a 3-0 record early in the year. Alvirne has defeated Exeter (8-1), Merrimack (8-2), and Dover (6-2).
On April 15 the Broncos traveled to Exeter and had ace pitcher Korey LeLievre on the mound. He stymied the opponents going seven innings allowing only one hit and one run while striking out 10 in the process. LeLievre also had a big day at the plate going 3 for 4 including a triple and home run and knocking in three runs. Matt Topper, Derek Bratton, and Brian Lessard also had two hits each.
Friday, April 17 saw Merrimack visiting Alvirne and the hosts showed no mercy as they again pushed eight runs across the plate. Travis Terrill went the distance in the game allowing four hits and two runs while striking out nine batters. Korey LeLievre again went 3 for 4 at the plate, while Brian Lessard and Ryan MacDonald had two hits each. The Broncos managed 10 hits throughout the game as the win brought their record to 2-0 on the season.
Monday, April 20 the Broncos defeated Dover 6-2 with Korey LeLievre again on the mound for Alvirne. He fanned 10 batters in this complete game victory. Once again, he helped himself out by going 2 for 3 at the plate. Thus far this season, LeLievre has 20 strikeouts in 14 innings and is hitting at a .727 average. Brian Lessard continues to swing a hot bat as he went 2 for 3 as well. Derek Bratton and Matt Topper added one hit each for the Broncos.
Alvirne is 3-0 on the season with their next home game scheduled for Monday, April 27 at 4 p.m. as they take on Manchester West High School.