By ARLENE ALLIN Sports Correspondent
NORTH STRATFORD - The White Mountains Regional girls could have been charged with hit and run on Saturday in Stratford. With 42 runs and 41 hits in 10 innings, they probably should have been.
The pair of wins, 22-2 and 20-0 respectively, did not get the Spartans to a .500 record, but it sure gave them a boost. They had to dig into the JV program to do it. When nine varsity Spartans left on the bus for a band competition, coach Kelly Huntington borrowed a half dozen from the JV team to field a team.
quot;The JV players impressed me,quot; said Huntington. quot;And the varsity were good leaders. We hit the ball well and hard.quot;
Lion mentor Jason Henry agreed about the hard hitting, quot;They hit everything we threw at them. If they didn't find the gaps, they hit a looper.quot;
The starting time was moved up an hour so the Stratford girls would have time to prepare for their prom that night. White Mountains found all the spots in the field where the Lions weren't and four Spartans had three hits each. Jaclyn Comeau had two doubles among her trio of hits, while Katie Glidden, Candace Kincaid and Erin Hicks split another nine hits.
Christie Nugent boomed a home run in the second for the Spartans and Nikki Howland accounted for the Lions two runs with a circuit clout in the first inning.
For the last two innings, the Spartans went to bunting only. Liz Samson went the route for the Spartans and she pitched nine scoreless innings. She got herself out of a bases loaded jam in the second inning of the second game when the WMR sophomore fanned one Lion and enticed a grounder to Kerry Brady at second. Stratford was rallying on great catches by Lorna Fortin and Jen Russo to halt the Spartans parade in the second inning.
quot;We started better in the second game. We cut them from 10 runs in the first to five,quot; Henry said. quot;Their hits were more singles this time. Then the girls seemed to get into hurry up mode for the prom. Our girls have improved a lot though. We're throwing with confidence and starting to hit the ball.quot;
Comeau again had three hits for the Regional girls and so did Samson, Brady and Lindsey Colby. Glidden blasted a couple of doubles. For Stratford, both Hannah Marshall and Tina Leblanc owned a pair of hits.
White Mountains could easily have been convicted of hit and run that day, there was plenty of proof in the stats. The Lions will travel to Profile today and White Mountains will be at Littleton on Tuesday.
WMR 10 57 00 - 22-20-2 Stratford 200 00 - 2-3-7
WMR- Samson and Glidden. Stratford - Fortin and Stinson.
WP - Samson; LP - Fortin
2B - Comeau (WMR) 2, Samson (WMR), Brady (WMR), Glidden (WMR), Demas (WMR), Connary (S); HR - Nugent (WMR), Howland (S)
WMR 506 45 - 20-21-2 Stratford 000 00 - 0-7-6
WMR - Samson and Glidden.
Stratford - A.Connary, Desmaris(5) and Stinson.
WP - Samson; LP - A.Connary.
2B - Comeau (WMR), Glidden (WMR) 2, Demas (WMR)
Records - WMR 4-7; Stratford 2-6
Littleton 16, Raymond 1
Littleton 15, Raymond 0
LITTLETON - The Littleton High School Crusaders scored an impressive 31 runs over the course of their Saturday double header and pummeled visiting Raymond in the sweep.
Jen Mason pitched all 10 innings for Littleton by striking out 10 in game one and giving up a scant four hits on the afternoon. Mason has now collected credit for all eight of LHS's season wins.
Littleton scored 10 runs in the first frame of the first outing and never looked back in the twin-bill.
Nikki Gwynn fueled the high-powered Crusader offense with four hits in game one. Mason, Laura Dillingham, Amy Yeargle, and Coleen Gould each chipped in with two hits in the first contest.
In game two, Steph Bisson and Amanda Considine checked in with three shots while Mason, Dillingham, Mel Poulton, and Liz Donnelly each hit twice.
LHS coach Jim Ramsey said, quot;We were really hitting the ball well and Amy Yeargle had a couple of key hits in game one that set the standard for us throughout the day. Jen pitched very well in both games and also played the field well. Liz Donnelly played well in place of Taryn Howard and everyone got a chance to contribute.quot;
Littleton (8-3) will host WMR on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Raymond 000 10 - 1-1-3 LHS 1001 5 x - 16-15-1
RHS - Karney and Welch; LHS - Mason and Gwynn
WP - Mason; LP - Karney
3B - Gwynn (L)
RHS 000 00 - 0-3-3 LHS 311 82 - 15-14-1
RHS - Robinson and Welch; LHS - Mason and Gwynn
3B - Poulton (L) 2, Dillingham (L)
Records - Littleton 8-3
NORTH STRATFORD - The Stratford boys had a long morning on Saturday when the Spartans arrived and collected a pair of wins, 15-1 and 31-0 resepctively, in five-inning games.
The Lions struggled with pitching, but the White Mountains boys had Chris. First Chris McVetty struck out six and walked no one in the five hitter. He ripped a couple of singles at the plate too. Then Chris Foss took over for the final five innings and he fanned eight, but hit three and was touched for only two hits, singles by Jack Berthal and Jon Hand.
Their Spartan teammates rapped 33 hits for the day. John Dupont led the hit list in the opener with two doubles and a single. Rick Lord doubled in two runs in the third and both Dupont and Brandon Dix drove in two runs each in the fourth.
A few too many walks, a dozen in the first game hurt the Lions and a few lethal errors shortened both games. Adam Schlesinger boomed a three run double to get the Spartans rolling in the second game.
Stratford couldn't seem to get out of that nightmare second inning in the nightcap. Dix singled in two and Jared Morin pounded one to the center field fence to bring in two more. Derek Foss, Dupont, Dix, Schelesinger and McVetty scored twice each in that frame.
The big blow came from Brian Hamel, a center field fence-clearing shot with two on in the third. Corey St.Cyr plated two more runs with a hit. When the dust settled, Derek Foss, McVetty and Schlesinger had three hits each.
What was a long morning for the Lions, raised the Spartans record to eight wins in 12 starts. Stratford will travel to Profile today and White Mountains will be at Littleton on Tuesday.
WMR 014 46 - 15-9-1 Stratford 000 10 -1-5-4
WMR - McVetty and Dix. Stratford - Kennett, Moyer (3), Kennett (4) and Ramsay.
WP - McVetty; LP - Kennett
2B - Dupont (WMR) 2, Lord (WMR).
Stratford 000 00 - 0-2-3 WMR 814 90 - 31-24-0
Stratford - Beaucage, Berthal (2), Moyer (3), Berthal (3) and Ramsay, Kennett (3); WMR -C.Foss and Hamel.
WP - Foss; LP - Beaucage.
2B-Schlesinger (WMR), Morin (WMR), Dupont WMR; HR - Hamel (WMR)
Records - WMR 8-4; Stratford 0-8.