The Alvirne Bronco boys tennis team is at 4-4 on the season after pulling out a key victory over Goffstown before running into defending state champions Salem.
On Thursday, April 30, the Broncos faced an evenly matched Goffstown team and found themselves tied 3-3 after the round of singles. Jie Gu, Shane O’Brien, and Jim Reidy posted victories in singles, while Bob Gaudet, Will Livingston, and Tim Whitney weren’t as successful. This put the pressure on the doubles teams as two of the three matches were needed to pull out a victory. The doubles teams swept their matches, giving the Broncos the hard-earned victory.
The first doubles team of Jie Gu and Bob Gaudet easily won 8-3 and the third doubles team of Dan White and Cory Brennick secured the team victory as they defeated their opponents 8-5. Will Livingston and Evan LaRoche completed the sweep of the doubles with an 8-4 victory, giving the Broncos a 6-3 win.
“This was a great victory for the team as the doubles have had three opportunities to win matches for us so far this season and they came through,” explained coach Sue LaRoche. “I’m proud of the way we played today.”
The Broncos will host Spaulding on May 15 as they finish the season with three home matches on May 15, 18 (against Concord), and 22 (against Nashua South).
In Boys Varsity Baseball, Dan Taschereau baffled the Mascenic Vikings for six innings, allowing the Cougars to rally for five runs in the bottom of the sixth to come away with a 6-2 victory. Gabe Williams had two hits and two RBIs, and John Coughlin had two hits. Jacob Lang tied the game with a single in the five-run sixth. Taschereau squeezed home the fourth Cougar run for insurance, before Williams’ two-run single, to put the game out-of-reach.
Julia Nolan and Jackie Landry combined for a one-hit shutout as Campbell’s Varsity Softball team beat Mascenic 15-0. The Lady Cougars combined for 16 hits. JulieAnne Fernandez led the charge with four hits and two RBIs.
The Varsity Cougars dropped their first game of the season when Prospect Mt. rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, defeating Campbell 5-4. Gabe Williams led the offense going 3 for 3, scoring two runs. Cullan Baker and John Coughlin each had two hits and one RBI. Tyler Coughlin made numerous fine plays at third base.
The Lady Cougars lost a tough battle to Prospect Mt., 7-6. Julia Nolan, Julia Marra, and Amanda DiSciscio all had two hits for Campbell.
Cullan Baker struck out 11 Hillsboro batters enroute to a 3-1 victory in Varsity Baseball. Josh Sigman and Bobby Frappier had two hits each, leading the offense. Baker drove in the first run with a two-out single in the third inning, scoring Sigman. Tyler Bonin gave the Cougars the lead for good with a two-out single in the sixth, scoring Gabe Williams.
The Girls Varsity Softball team also beat Hillsboro. Erin McLaughlin had two hits and two stolen bases to lead Campbell to the 3-1 victory. Julia Nolan pitched a complete game one-hitter with 13 strikeouts to bring the girls record to 4-1.
In Girls Varsity Softball, Julia Nolan drove home Erin McLaughlin in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the Lady Cougars ahead of Sanborn for a 1-0 win. Nolan was the winning pitcher with 11 strikeouts and allowing just three hits. McLaughlin and Julianne Fernandez had the other hits for Campbell.
For Boys Varsity Baseball, Cullan Baker went 3 for 3, including his second homerun of the year, as the Cougars rallied from a 4-1 deficit, defeating Sanborn 5-4. Josh McGrath picked up his first varsity win with two scoreless innings of relief. Dan Taschereau allowed four unearned runs in his five innings of work. John Coughlin crushed the ball with his three hits, and Tyler Bonin knocked in two runs in the victory.
The Lady Bronco softball squad took two tough losses this past week but rallied behind the pitching and bat of freshman Taylor Carbone to defeat the first place Blue Devils 1-0 on Monday, May 4.
On Wednesday, April 29, Londonderry scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh inning to spoil a 4 hit, 13 strikeout performance by Taylor Carbone, handing the Broncos a 1-0 loss. Providing the offense for the Broncos were Carbone, Kaela Craven, Delaney Burns, and Nicole Abreu, who all had one hit each.
Although the Broncos took an early 1-0 lead on Friday, May 1, against the Nashua North Titans, they could not hold on to the lead, losing 4-1, despite another great pitching performance by Carbone who struck out nine batters and allowed only two earned runs. The Broncos scored when Kayla Duval tripled and was knocked in by a double by Katie Donovan, but that was the only run that Alvirne could push across the plate. Delaney Burns added another hit for the Broncos whose record was evened at 4-4.
Monday, May 4, saw the Blue Devils come to town and Carbone again had another stellar performance striking out 10 while scattering three hits in the contest. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Carbone stepped to the plate and hammered a homerun over left field to plate the only run of the contest. The catching of Nicole Abreu along with the superb defense of Ashley Metivier, Katie Donovan, Diana Gustowski, and Jess Underwood gave Carbone the backing she needed to shut the Blue Devils down.
Alvirne again climbed above the .500 mark with a record of 5-4. They will host Manchester Central on May 13.
Despite a 7-1 loss to Londonderry on April 30, the Alvirne bats jumped to life, scoring 20 runs over the next two games to go 6-3 on the season.
On April 30, Alvirne managed only two hits and scored one run in the first inning but could not get the offense on track as they lost 7-1 to Londonderry. Travis Terrill took the loss giving up five runs on six hits and striking out three Londonderry batters. Matt Topper and Adam Hagman had the only hits for Alvirne and Korey LeLievre plated the only run for the Broncos.
Alvirne was not deterred, however, as they bounced right back on May 1, defeating Nashua North 6-3. Adam Hagman picked up the victory for Alvirne, in relief of Korey LeLievre. The top of the Bronco lineup provided the offense as Matt Topper and Korey LeLievre had two hits apiece, followed by Brian Lessard, Adam Hagman, Derek Bratton, and Ryan MacDonald with one hit each. Lessard scored twice, followed by Topper, LeLievre, Colton Houle, and MacDonald.
The hit parade was on against the Salem Blue Devils on May 4 as Alvirne pounded out 17 hits and 14 runs against Salem in a 14-4 mercy rule five-inning affair. Chris Goldsack picked up a win for Alvirne while Adam Hagman had the save. Alex Jones went 4 for 4 at the plate including a double and a triple, picking up four RBIs along the way. Adam Hagman and Matt Topper had three hits apiece while LeLievre and Kyle Brigham had two hits each for the Broncos. Derek Bratton, Zach Hurley, and Ryan MacDonald added one hit each for Alvirne.
The Broncos now sport a 6-3 record on the season and will host Manchester Memorial on May 11.