Hudson~Litchfield Sports

Softball Continues to Roll

by Sue LaRoche

Jess Underwood applys a little pressure against Winnacunnet

The Alvirne girls softball team continued its winning ways as they sport a 4-2 record through Tuesday, April 28.  A loss to Goffstown on Thursday, April 23 did not put a crimp in their style as they rebounded nicely to defeat Winnacunnet and Manchester West.

On Thursday, April 23 the Broncos could not get the offense on track and had a bit of a shaky defense, committing 2 errors which allowed 4 unearned runs to score.  Freshman pitcher Jess Underwood pitched a great game, giving up only 3 earned runs, striking out 8, and walking only 2 batters.  Delaney Burns had 2 hits for the Broncos, while Diana Gustowski had 1 hit.

The Broncos bounced right back at home as they trounced Winnacunnet 13-0 in a 5-inning game, handing them their first loss of the season.  Taylor Carbone pitched a 2 hitter, striking out 11 batters in the process, and had the run support of her teammates as they scored 5 runs in the first inning and 6 runs in the second.  Carbone helped herself out in the first inning with a 2-run homerun and added a single later in the game.  Nicole Abreu and Kayla Duval had 2 hits apiece.

On Monday, April 27 Jess Underwood came back and pitched a 2-hit shutout, allowing only one base runner, to defeat Manchester West 1-0.  Ashley Metivier scored the only run of the game as she singled, went to third on a single by Delaney Burns, and scored as Nicole Abreu reached on an error.  The Broncos pounded out 12 hits but left 10 men on base.  Metivier, Burns, Abreu, Katie Donavan, and Diana Gustowski had 2 hits apiece, while Kaela Craven and Jess Underwood had 1 hit each.

The Lady Broncos are 4-2 on the season and will face a tough Salem squad on Monday, May 4.

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Student Runs Marathon

 Congratulations to Campbell High School senior Mike Rochford who recently completed the 113th Boston Marathon on Patriot’s Day.  Rochford, a four-year veteran of the Cougar cross country and track squads, completed the 26.2-mile course in 4:09:35.  Each Campbell senior is required to complete a senior project related to personal growth and passion, and Mike chose to run the marathon to fulfill the requirements of his project.  He chose this project as running is the sport he enjoys the most, and he prepared for the event by running the Bay State Marathon in Lowell in October 2008 and the Hollis Apple Fest half marathon the same month.  Mike is the first Campbell student to compete and complete the famous race.

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Girls Tennis Serving Victories

by Sue LaRoche

Deanna Trearchis

The Alvirne girls tennis team continues to steamroll their opponents and now sport a 4-1 record on the season.

“The girls have done a great job playing consistent tennis.  We will look to continue to improve as we move into the tougher part of our schedule,” explained coach Dave Lelesi.

Alvirne handed Goffstown a 6-1 defeat in a rain shortened match.  Kayla Belanger, Deanna Trearchis, Cheyenne Tessier, Katie Vaccaro, and Kate Martin all won their singles matches, while Belanger and Trearchis won their first doubles match before the rains came.

Friday, April 27, the Broncos soundly defeated Winnacunnet 7-2.  Taking 4 of 6 singles matches (Belanger, Trearchis, Nicole Wilcox and Kate Martin) and sweeping the doubles, the Broncos continue to use their experience to defeat their opponents.  Deanna Trearchis remains undefeated at the number 2 singles spot thus far, and the Broncos continue to pick up clutch doubles matches as Belanger/Trearchis, Wilcox/Vaccaro and Martin/Gina Lupoli all won.

The Broncos will face Salem on Monday, May 4 at home to try to keep the victory train in motion.

Katie Vaccaro

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Boys Tennis at .500 Mark

by Sue LaRoche

The Alvirne boys tennis team has evened their record at 3-3 on the season after losing to a strong Londonderry squad and easily handling Nashua North.

The Broncos lost to Londonderry 8-1 on Monday, April 27, with Shane O’Brien taking home the lone victory for the Broncos.  The Broncos hosted Nashua North on Tuesday, April 28 and won that match 9-0.  Jie Gu won his first singles match 8-0, to bring his record to 4-1 on the season.  Bob Gaudet, Will Livingston, Shane O’Brien, and Jim Reidy also won their singles matches, and Tim Whitney picked up his first victory of the season at the fourth singles spot with a convincing 8-2 victory.

Pairing up for the doubles were Livingston and Evan LaRoche at first doubles (9-8 victory), Dan White and Cory Brennick at second doubles (8-5 victory), and playing in their first varsity match of the season, Jeremy Poulin and Evan Prochniak teamed up for an 8-4 victory to capture the sweep for the Broncos.  Alvirne will host Keene on Wednesday, May 6.

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Hudson Girls Softball League Highlights

submitted by Louis Laine

The Blizzard was led by Lauren Weber and Lydia Lyman with three hits apiece.  Courtney Rosalla, Macenzie Lacaillade, Vanessa Headstrom, and Marissa Ratte had two hits each.  Kayla Gendron played great defense at third.

The Lighting was led by Kerri and Sierra with one home run each.  Kim had two hits.  Megan Ferrentino struck out 11 batters in four innings.  She was helped defensively by Rachel Whitney, Shannon Gallant, and Stephani Tsouprakos.  On the offensive side, Jenna Younghusband, Karissa Stefanou, Sage Matthews, Abby Wright, and Jennifer Albertson all had hits to help defeat the Cyclones in a close 9-6 game.

Dena Hoffman had three hits, and Danielle Doyle and Lauren Ferentino each had two as the Firebirds collected their first win of the season, 17-11, over the Thunderbirds.  Emily Veilleux, Lauren Ferentino, Holly Sanville, and Danielle Doyle shared the pitching chores.  Lauren Ferentino, Holly Sanville, and Amber Rondeau shined in the field.

For the T-Birds, Elizabeth had a home run, double and single, driving in four runs and scoring twice.  Sarah Chaput was a standout as both a pitcher and fielder.

Elizabeth Paladino kept her hot bat going in Saturday’s game vs. the Firebirds.  She had two hits, including a grand slam.  She also did a great job catching in the hot sun.  Sierra Levesque had a great game at the plate and in the field; she had two hits and scored two runs.  Sarah Chaput pitched a great game, going four innings on a very hot day.  She made two spectacular catches on hard line drives right back to the mound.

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Baseball Back in the Win Column

by Sue LaRoche

Sliding safe into third on a steal in Alvirne’s 14-2 win over West.

After two tough losses to Goffstown and Winnacunnet, the Broncos once again chalked one in the win column with a 14-2 victory against Manchester West on Monday, April 27.

The Broncos hosted perennial playoff contender Goffstown on Thursday, April 23 and lost 7-4 amid the raindrops.  They had to turn right around and play against Winnacunnet on Friday, April 24, and after a 7-0 lead the Broncos could not hold on and eventually lost the game 10-9.

Monday, April 27 saw the Broncos bats explode as they were able to push 14 runs across the plate.  Matt Topper had three hits in the game, including a two-run homerun and three RBI’s to lead the Broncos.  The game was called after 4.5 innings due to the mercy rule.  Brian Lessard continues to swing a hot bat as he had two hits, including a double and a triple for another three RBI’s.  Designated hitter Adam Hagman chipped in with two hits, including a triple and two RBI’s.  Matt King was the winning pitcher for the Broncos, and Chris Goldsack pitched two innings, striking out three, without giving up a hit.

The Broncos now sport a 4-2 record and will host Keene on Wednesday, May 6.

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