by Arlene Allin
WHITEFIELD - The unbeaten Littleton Crusaders overpowered White Mountains Regional, 27-1, in five innings on Tuesday afternoon and extended their winning streak to 15 in a row. Littleton pounded out 17 hits and held the Spartans to three hits.
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A trio of Crusaders - Ken Crowe, Kristen Green and Taryn Howard had three hits each in the bombardment. Green, Howard and Heather Rothney sandwiched hits between walks in the second and the Littleton girls went up by five runs.
quot;We hit the ball when we had to,quot; said Crusader coach Jim Ramsey. quot;Krystin (Connolly) pitched a solid three innings. We haven't used our No.2 and 3 pitchers very often, but both Kristen Green and Taryn Howard showed they are ready to go if we need them.quot;
Connolly gave up one hit and no free passes in her three innings and her teammates scored plenty of runs to ensure an early end. The Crusaders ran around the order plus in the third, collecting 11 runs on eight hits - only one by Crowe was of the extra base variety. Sarah Daye had two hits in that same inning and scored twice in the same frame, as did both Rothney and Howard.
Errors piled to double digits for the Spartans. They did end the whitewash in the bottom of the fifth and Kim Tracy owned the RBI. The undefeated Crusaders were too much for the Spartans this season in all three games that they played each other.
The Spartans will end their season in Berlin today and Littleton will host Kennett on Thursday to conclude their regular season.
Profile 5, Lisbon 4
BETHLEHEM - Lisbon's Siobhan Schofield and Profile's Erin Gigliello locked up in a pitchers duel with Gigliello coming out on top.
Katie Kiff topped Profile's five hit attack with two hits, while Lisbon's Kelly Smith picked up two of the Panthers four hits.
quot;The kids did a nice job defensively,quot; said PHS coach Jeff Soule. quot;We made some key plays to help ourselves out. Erin was tough when she had to be. She was able to work out of some big jams. Hopefully, this win will give our team the confidence it needs going into the playoffs.quot;
Lisbon (12-5) plays at Colebrook on Thursday at 4 p.m., while the Patriots (7-7) play Pittsburg on Friday at 4 p.m. in Colebrook.
Littleton 16, WMR 6
WHITEFIELD - The two neighoring Class M rivals had split already this season. The third time around, Littleton clobbered White Mountains, 16-6.
quot;We're getting ready for the tournament,quot; said Crusader coach Pete Fillion. quot;We booted a couple there in the end, but otherwise it was a good game.quot;
Crusaders leadoff batter Roger Mason scored in the first inning and Joe Bisson scored in the second inning before the Spartans walked one in and left the bases loaded in the third.
The 2-1 game didn't stay close for long, as Littleton struck twice in both the fourth and fifth. Mason drove in the first two and Bisson, with his third hit of the game, drove in the next two.
Except for the three free passes, one that cost a run, Cohn Trahan dropped the hammer for six innings and his teammates scored runs to back the pitching effort. Trahan yielded just three hits, two to Bill VanZandt, but he got into trouble in the seventh. Both Brian Meehan and Charlie King doubled in two runs each and Bisson relieved his teammate to halt the Spartan rally at five runs.
In the top of that last inning, Littleton scored seven runs and a missed pass at third dribbled out of play and cost two runs. Steve Gagne made it four RBIs for the game with his second hit.
Littleton took two out of the three encounters with the Spartans this season. On this night, White Mountains rolled up sixes and that meant too few runs and hits and too many errors.
White Mountains will end its season today in Berlin and Littleton will have its regular season finale on Thursday at home with Kennett of Conway.
COLEBROOK - Jeremy St. Amour tossed a five-hitter for Colebrook, as the Mohawks downed Gorham to pick up their 14th straight win of the season.
Eric McKinnon was the offensive star of the game for Colebrook, picking up three hits, one for a double. The Mohawks also got extra base hits from Jerome Roby (double), Troy Fournier (double), Brandon Oldham (double) and Travis Haynes (triple).
quot;We came ready to play early,quot; said CA coach Tim Purrington. quot;Chris Young is one of the better pitchers in Class S and we got seven of our 10 hits off him.quot;
The Mohawks host Canaan today at 4 p.m.