Hudson~Litchfield Sports

Alvirne Wins Three in a Row

by Sue LaRoche

Kyle Brigham scoops one up on the run for an out at first

Bronco baseball is on a three game winning streak as they defeated Keene, Bishop Guertin, and Manchester Memorial, to bring their record to 9-3 on the season.

On Wednesday, May 6, the Broncos defeated Keene 6-2, handing Keene their second loss of the season.  Travis Terrill pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and striking out five batters, before turning the reins over to Korey LeLievre who pitched two scoreless innings with three Ks to pick up the save.  The top part of the line-up for Coach Mike Lee’s squad continues to produce runs as Matt Topper, Kyle Brigham, Adam Hagman, and Brian Lessard all scored a run and Korey LeLievre scored two for the Broncos.  Brigham, LeLievre, Hagman, and MacDonald each had two hits and Lessard and Hurley added one hit apiece. 

In a mercy rule shortened game, Alvirne defeated Bishop Guertin 13-0 in five innings.  Leading the way for Alvirne was Matt Topper with three hits and three RBIs, followed by Korey LeLievre (two hits), Adam Hagman (two hits, three RBIs), Derek Bratton (two hits), Brian Lessard (two hits, one RBI), Zach Hurley (one hit, one RBI), Alex Jones (one hit), Matt King (one hit, one RBI), and Kyle Brigham and Ryan MacDonald with one RBI each.  Korey LeLievre pitched five innings, allowing two hits and striking out three batters.

In a much closer game, Alvirne defeated Manchester Memorial 4-3 on Monday, May 11.  The Broncos took advantage of a throwing error in the bottom of the seventh to score two runs and send the game into extra innings.  Pitcher Matt King allowed two hits and no runs over five innings.  Ryan MacDonald scored the winning run for the Broncos in the bottom of the eighth.  Zach Hurley made a stellar barehanded defensive play to save a run late in the game.

Through 11 games, Korey LeLievre continues to swing a hot bat for the Broncos with a .576 batting average and .939 slugging percentage.  Brian Lessard is batting .429, closely followed by Matt Topper at .410 and Adam Hagman at .382.  LeLievre also leads the pitching staff with three wins and one save, boasting a 1.69 ERA.  He is followed by Travis Terrill with two wins and a 3.15 ERA.  Matt King, Chris Goldsack, and Adam Hagman have one win each.  Hagman is holding his opponents to a .176 batting average.

The Broncos will host Concord (May 18), Nashua South (May 22), and Trinity on (May 29) to finish out the season.

Derek Bratton tosses a fielded ball to first

Short Stop Derek Bratton fields a ball for a force out at second to end the inning

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Alvirne Track Defeats Goffstown

by Sue LaRoche

On Wednesday, May 6, the Alvirne Boys Track team handily defeated Goffstown 95-48, with several of their athletes performing extremely well in multiple events.  Brian Barry provisionally qualified for the Class L Meet in the pole vault.  Derek Janko placed first in shot put, discus, and high jump and placed second in the javelin.  Derek Laurent placed first in the long jump, triple jump, and 100-meter dash.  Brian Barry finished first in the pole vault and the 400-meter run.  Caleb Donnelly placed first in the 1600-meter run and the 800-meter run.  Jim Peterson had a first place finish in the 3200-meter run.  Brandon Doyle finished second in the 3200-meter run and Mike McCrady placed second in the 1600-meter run.  Luke Mertins was second in the 400-meter dash and Tim Linehan placed second in the pole vault.  Aaron Fellows had a second place finish in the high jump and a third place finish in the javelin.  The following athletes had a third place finish in their events:  Chris Low (3200M), Alex Bryan (110 M high hurdles), Dan Fitzgerald (300 M hurdles), Todd Boucher (800 M dash), and PJ Rousseau (200 M dash).  The 4 by 100 meter relay team of Derek Laurent, Dan Fitzgerald, Ryan Kelly, and Vinnie Frasco took first place.

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Hudson Girls Softball League Highlights

submitted by Louis Laine

The Thunderbirds fell to the Eagles in a back-and-forth battle.  Kylie Marcotte pitched five solid innings and allowed only three walks.  The bats were alive, too.  Leading the way was Elizabeth Paladino with a three-run homer, her third of the young season.  Caroline Truesdell also chipped in with two doubles.  Other key hits came from Rachel Perron, Lysandra Matos, Mikaela Page, Rebekah Alpert, and Christina Cabral.  The defense was led by Hannah Cuthbertson as she tagged out a runner attempting to advance to third base, a great heads-up play.  Meaghan Connors and Olivia Roberts continue to get on base and each scored two runs.

Congratulations to the Hawks ... Jamie Sherman, Ashley Silva, Kailee Darisse, Kyle Letendre, Mackenzie Gravelle, Mackenzie Kiluk, Kellie Kennedy, Katie Lipsky, Kellie Lipsky, Lauren Moore, Desiree Robinson, Jilian Longley-Gaucher, and Kaitlyn Tierney, who started the season with an exciting 12-7 win over the T-Birds, followed by a close loss against the Falcons.  Their next game was an amazing 16-7 win over the Firebirds, and then another really close loss against the Eagles.  You’re a great team ... way to go, girls!

The Thunderbirds played a great game against the Falcons.  Olivia Roberts, Rachel Perron, and Lasandra Matos all had solid games at the plate, scoring key runs to keep the game close.  Caroline Truesdell, Rebekah Alpert, and Sarah Chaput played great defense with some alert fielding.

The T-Birds won their first game of the season behind some timely hitting, great pitching, and outstanding defense.  In her first pitching appearance of the season, Kylie Marcott did a great job throwing a lot of strikes and only walking one batter.  She was supported by a great catch by Christina Cabral in left field and a heads-up play by Lysandra Matos, throwing out a runner at second base.  The bats were alive in the 15-run outburst led by Hannah Cutherbertson, Mikaela Page, and Liz Paladino.

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Girls Tennis in Playoff Hunt

by Sue LaRoche

Kayla Belanger crosses the court to return a serve

The Alvirne Girls Tennis team sports a 6-3 record after the past week of matches.  The Lady Broncos posted a 2-2 record, beating Keene and Londonderry and losing to Bishop Guertin and Salem.

Monday, May 4, saw the Broncos coming out “a little bit flat after vacation,” said Coach Dave Lelesi.  Kayla Belanger and Deanna Trearchis provided the only victories for the team in first and second singles and first doubles as the final score was 6-3 in the match.

The Broncos rebounded nicely, defeating Keene 8-1 on Wednesday, May 6.  The doubles team of Belanger and Trearchis remained undefeated after a rough 4-3 deficit but rebounded nicely and went on to win 8-6.  The Broncos won all but one singles match as Belanger, Trearchis, Tessier, Vaccaro, and Lupoli all won their matches, and Nicole Wilcox, Katie Vaccaro, Kate Martin, and Miranda Giraldo won in doubles.

On Friday, May 8, the Broncos took one on the chin, losing 7-2 to Bishop Guertin.  Nicole Wilcox had a very impressive victory at third singles in one of her best matches of the year, and the first doubles team of Belanger and Trearchis remained undefeated against a very solid first doubles team.

Monday, May 11, the Broncos solidly defeated Londonderry 9-0.  “This was the first sweep of an opponent in several years,” explained Lelesi.  Senior captain Hannah Tarbotton picked up her first victory of the year in third doubles with her partner Miranda Giraldo.  The Broncos have a 6-3 record overall and are clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot with five matches remaining.  The Lady Broncos will finish their season on the road against Spaulding, Concord, and Nashua South.

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Freshman-Sophomore Meet Results

by Sue LaRoche

On Saturday, May 9, the Alvirne Boys Track team placed tenth out of nineteen teams in the annual Kiwanis Freshman-Sophomore Track Meet held in Salem.

The 4 x 400 relay team of Luke Mertins, Matt Fellows, Chris Low, and Caleb Donnelly placed first.  Caleb Donnelly also had a third place finish in the 1600-meter run.  Luke Mertins placed fourth in the 400-meter dash.  Alex Bryan placed sixth in the 110 high hurdles.  The 4 x 100 meter relay team of PJ Rousseau, Tyler Dube, Alex Bryan, and Ryan Provencher added a fourth place finish for the Broncos.

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Four in a Row for Broncos

by Sue LaRoche

Diana Gustowski fields a grounder for an easy out against Bishop Guertin

The Lady Broncos made it four in a row as they defeated Manchester Memorial, Bishop Guertin, and Keene, bringing their season record to 8-4 as they sit in the seventh spot in Class L softball.

On Wednesday, May 6, the Bronco bats exploded for nine runs to easily defeat Keene 9-1, giving pitcher Jess Underwood her second victory in three tries this season as she struck out four and allowed only five hits.  The Broncos scored six runs in the third inning, with hits by Kaela Craven, Taylor Carbone, Delaney Burns, Kayla Duval, and Jess Underwood.  Carbone and Burns had three hits on the day as Craven and Underwood added two hits apiece for the Broncos.  Kate Donovan had a strong defensive game at short keeping the opponents off the board.  Carbone picked up where she left off pitching another gem when she struck out 12 Cardinal hitters, picking up her fourth shutout of the season as Alvirne defeated Bishop Guertin 2-0 on Friday, May 8.  In the second inning, Delaney Burns led off with a single, Nicole Abreu reached on an error, and Kayla Duval had a bunt single to load the bases for Jess Underwood, who delivered with a single, giving Alvirne a 1-0 lead.  Taylor Carbone slammed a homerun in the third inning for a 2-0 lead that the Broncos held on to for the victory.

Finally, on Monday, May 11, the Broncos bats again came alive as they scored an 8-1 victory over Manchester Memorial.  Alvirne scored early and often with six runs over the first two innings for pitcher Taylor Carbone.  Carbone, Burns, Abreu, and Metivier all had hits in the first inning, giving Alvirne a 3-0 lead.  In the second inning, with two outs, Carbone slammed her fourth homerun of the season, followed by hits from Burns, Abreu, and Duval, as the Broncos added another three runs to take a 6-0 lead.  Nicole Abreu went 4 for 4 on the day, including a solo homerun.

Delaney Burns is currently leading the team with a .444 batting average, followed by Taylor Carbone who is doing it from both sides of the plate with 103 strikeouts and a 0.80 earned run average and a .341 batting average.

Alvirne will host Timberlane on May 20 and Pinkerton on May 27, as they are aiming to stay in the top eight to host a NHIAA Class L first round tournament game.

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