WHITEFIELD - For the second time in three days, the White Mountains Regional girls had the Littleton girls in a deadlock going into the final rounds. For the second time in a row, the Crusaders escaped with the win, this time a 12-5 victory Thursday night.
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quot;We had very good hitting in the sixth and seventh innings,quot; Crusader coach Jim Ramsey said. quot;We scored three in the sixth and four in the seventh and that did it. After the third inning when they tattoed the ball, we settled down and got them out. They played very well.quot;
When the two met on Tuesday, the score was tied at 2-2 into the sixth, while this time the score was knotted at 5-5 into the sixth. That's when Laura Dillingham blasted a triple behind a double by Amy Yeargle and ahead of base hits by Taryn Howard and Stephanie Bisson.
A Dillingham double was in the midst of the final uprising too. Along with a base hit by pinch hitter Liz Donnelly, another single from Howard and a big triple from Heidi Gwynn.
Jenn Mason got tough on the mound over the final three innings and sat them down in order in the fifth, then faced four Spartan batters in each of the last two innings.
quot;They become aggressive in the sixth and we started to let down,quot; admitted Spartan coach Kelly Huntington. quot;We're going to pull out a win with them yet. We're bound to get some breaks sometime. We've come a long ways this season.quot; The two Class M neighbors play once again on the 20th in Littleton.
Littleton may have left the bases loaded in the first, but not in the second. A Howard bunt, a Mason triple and a Gwynn single all brought in runs as the Crusaders went up four. White Mountains came back with one Shara Brown run.
A big third inning for the Spartans evened the score at four each. Katie Glidden pounded the ball deep to center for a home run with one on. Kerry Brady and Brown both had base hits. Liz Samson, the 10th grade pitcher for the hosts scored in the fourth to briefly take the lead, but Littleton matched that to knot the score at five all into those last innings. Littleton unleashed to snap the deadlock. Howard owned a trio of hits for the day.
The Crusaders used their bats in the final innings to whack their way to a 10th win, but they knew they'd been tested by the Regional girls. Littleton will travel to Gorham on Tuesday and White Mountains will be at home on Tuesday with Woodsville.
Littleton 040 013 4 - 12-14-5
WMR 013 100 0 - 5-9-6
Littleton - Mason and Gwynn; WMR - Samson and Glidden.
WP - Mason; LP - Samson
2B - Dillingham (L), Yeargle (L), Brown (WMR); 3B - Dillingham (L), Mason (L), Poulton (L), Gwynn (L); HR - Glidden (WMR); Records - Littleton 10-3; WMR 4-9
Woodsville 23, Mascoma 3
CANAAN, N.H. - The Engineers avenged their earlier loss to Mascoma with a 23-3 pounding of the Royals on Thursday. Woodsville enjoyed 14 walks and added 19 hits in the offensive onslaught.
Ariana Kimball led the Engineer attack with a 4-for-6 outing from the plate with a game-high 6 RBIs. Megan Kimball, Jen Kimball, Jesse Harrington and Morgan Hann each connected for three hits and Stacy Smith added two. Cindy Savoy banged home 3 RBIs.
Hann picked up her first varsity win from the mound for Woodsville. Engineer coach Steve Loud said quot;Morgan pitched an excellent game and we played very good defense behind her. We really were working well together today.quot;
Saturday the Engineers will travel to Conant for an 11 a.m. double-header.
WHS 445 028 - 23-19-4
Mascoma 002 100 - 3-7-7
WHS - Hann and M.Kimball; Mascoma - Eastman and Lary
WP - Hann; LP - Eastman
2B - M.Kimball; A.Kimball (2); 3B - Savoy (W)
Record - Woodsville 5-5
Littleton 11, WMR 1
WHITEFIELD - Two days earlier, the Littleton boys used a big hit to subdue the Spartans, this time they used a big inning to get them in line. Using six runs in the third inning, the Crusaders smashed a scoreless deadlock and went on to post an 11-1 win.
The rematch was not nearly as slick as the first time they met when the game lasted an hour and a quarter. This one had eight miscues, only one by the Crusaders. quot;They beat us with their pitching,quot; conceded Spartan coach John Weeks. quot;They hit the ball and capitalized on our errors at the same time. We didn't play a very good defensive game.quot;
Three Spartan errors midst triples from Travis Caswell and Joe Bisson and singles from Brandon Dion and Jeff Dick contributed to the big inning.
quot;We had key hits from some guys who have been struggling at bat. They came up big today,quot; said Crusader coach Peter Fillion. quot;This was our best offensive effort of the year. Everybody put the bat on it plus we had a good pitching performance.quot;
Joe Bisson did not hand out a single free pass and the 11th grade right hander struck out 11 in the seven hitter. Heading into the fourth, Bisson had yielded just one Brandon Dix hit and he struck again with two out to touch off a hitting spree. Tim Baylies, Adam Schlesinger and Rick Lord sprayed the field with base hits and collected one run, but the Crusaders caught a runner headed home to kill the rally.
Dion recouped the run with a single, a Dick bunt and a Mark Driscoll sacrifice fly. Dion with his third hit of the game knocked in two runs in the sixth.
The Crusaders pounded 11 hits off Brian Meehan and Chris Foss though the pair struck out 13 and walked just two. The defense did not help the duo on this day. Three dropped third strikes let a trio of Crusaders aboard just the same. One big inning put Littleton in charge and their bats worked overtime.
The win moved Littleton within one of a .500 record and the Crusaders travel to Gorham on Tuesday in hopes of avenging an erlier loss to the Huskies. White Mountains will host Woodsville on Tuesday and the Engineers have already beaten the Spartans once this season.
Littleton 006 012 2 - 11-11-1
WMR 000 100 0 - 1-7-7
Littleton - Bisson and Boswell. WMR - Meehan, C.Foss (7) and Dix, Hamel (6).
WP -: Bisson; LP - Meehan
3B - Caswell, Bisson (L)
Records - Littleton 6-7; WMR 8-6
Woodsville 9, Mascoma 6 (8 innings)
CANAAN, N.H. - The Engineers tallied eight of their nine runs in the final three innings to capture a come from behind victory over the Royals on Thursday. Woodsville scored three hitless runs in the eighth inning to seal the win.
After a relatively slow start, the Engineers got on the board in the third inning when Kevin Lima scored off a Jacob Holden triple.
In the sixth frame, it was a two-out Ryan Ackerman triple off a full-count that scored two.
The seventh inning was backdrop to Pat Brown's first career varsity homerun that set the stage for a Jimmy Cushing single that scored Brad Roy (pinch running for Paul Hodgdon), and tied the game.
The Engineers got five straight free-passes (3 walks and 2 batters hit by pitch) in the top of the eighth that set up a Cushing suicide squeeze which scored Holden as the game-winner.
Woodsville coach Jay Holden said quot;This was a great come-from-behind win for the kids and it had a little bit of everything. Its the type of game that can give a coach gray hair but the most important thing was that the kids didn't give up. We got the bottom part of the order chipping in as much as the top despite the fact that we hadn't played in nine days. That layoff showed in the first 3 or 4 innings.quot;
The Engineers will play a double-header at Conant on Saturday at 11 a.m.
WHS 001 002 33 - 9-6-3
MHS 110 112 00 - 6-9-0
WHS - Ackerman, Brown (6), Ackerman (7) and Holden; MHS - Gerakaris, Russeau (5), Vasil (7) and Decato
WP - Ackerman (6-2); LP - Vasil
3B - Holden (W), Ackerman (W); HR - Brown (W)
Records - Woodsville 9-2