NHIAA Roundup: Frosh Nickerson hurls John Stark to win
Freshman Egan Nickerson limited host Kingswood of Wolfeboro to four hits, leading John Stark of Weare to a 4-0 victory on Thursday.
Nickerson's shutout was punctuated by five strikeouts.
The Generals (2-5) received big games from Josh Colby, who scored three runs, and James Henry, who helped spark the offense with two hits, a stolen base and a run scored. The Knights fell to 2-5.
Concord 7, Salem 3: At Salem, Joshua Partridge overcame a shaky second inning and went the distance to pitch Concord to a victory on Thursday. Partridge allowed three runs on seven hits, fanning seven. Concord's top of the order, led by No. 3 hitter Cody Ferns (2-for-4), led the offense. Dan Morin and Dominick Gigante each had two hits for Salem (4-6). Concord improved to 7-2.
Bishop Guertin 3, Merrimack 0: At Nashua, Matt Morais dealt a one-hitter while fanning nine, shutting out Merrimack on Thursday. The Tomahawks (6-3) managed only three baserunners against Morais, who also went 2-for-3. Mickey Gasper had Merrimack's lone hit. Shane Nowak went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and BG improved to 8-3 in Division I.
Campbell 11, Somersworth 2: At Somersworth, Christian Bourgeau launched a three-run homer to highlight a seven-run sixth inning for Campbell of Litchfield. Starter pitcher Tyler Butler went the distance, scattering five hits, to earn the win for the Cougars (7-2).
Keene 6, Pinkerton 4: In Keene on Wednesday, Tanner Luopa had a pair of hits and reached three times as the Blackbirds picked up an important Division I victory on Wednesday. Mason Blanchard earned the win, pitching six strong innings and allowing four hits and zero earned runs. The Owls improved to 4-5. Pinkerton is 3-7.
Concord 2, Salem 0: Four-year starter Katie Kennard threw a one-hitter, leading the Concord softball team to a victory against Salem in a battle of Division I's elite teams on Thursday. The Crimson Tide notched their fifth shutout of the season, improving to 7-1. Kennard stayed locked in for seven innings, throwing to catchers Jasmine Morin and Delanie Pickering. Salem pitcher Kaitlyn Arsenault gave up four hits, three walks and struck out two. The Blue Devils dipped to 7-2.
White Mountains 8, Franklin 1: At Franklin, the undefeated Division III-leading Spartans got another strong performance from pitcher Erica Millett and improved to 9-0. Millett had 12 strikeouts and allowed eight hits. For Franklin, Lexi Colpack roped a solo homer to center field and the Golden Tornadoes (7-2) finished with eight hits.
Campbell 10, Pelham 0 : In Litchfield on Wednesday, pitcher Emily Paquin and catcher Gianna Cataldo settled into a groove for seven innings to shut out Pelham. Paquin scattered three hits, and the Cougars (8-1) played error-free defense. Pelham dropped to 3-4.
Campbell 10, Somersworth 4: In Somersworth on Thursday, leading a 19-hit attack for Campbell (8-1) were Lauren King, Brittany McNulla, Hannah Neild, and Amber Gibbons, each with three.
Gilford 6, Prospect Mountain 3: At Gilford, Sydney Strout struck out eight of the first nine batters and put away Prospect Mountain as the Golden Eagles improved to 8-1. Strout finished with 13 strikeouts, giving up four hits and no walks. Strout racked up 45 strikeouts in three games this week.
Gilford 2, Laconia 1 (10 innings): In Gilford on Wednesday, Strout struck out 17 batters and walked one over 10 innings for Gilford. Down 1-0 in the home seventh, Gilford tied the game on Strout's sacrifice fly which plated Mollie Dignan. The winning run was unearned as a Laconia error was made on Sarah Lachapelle's pop-out which allowed Kristina Hayden to score.
Franklin 2, Belmont 0: In Franklin Wednesday, winning pitcher Kelsey Bird fanned 13 batters and walked one. Bird drove in the first run on a fielders' choice, allowing Lexi Colpack to score. Kat Styles drove in Shelby Joyce in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly.
Goffstown 3, St. Thomas 1 : At Goffstown, Tyler Barss put 11 "Ks" in the scorebook and went the distance, giving up three for the win. Nick Larose, Tanner Putnam and Pat Viviers each had two hits for Goffstown, 10-1. St. Thomas of Dover is 4-5.
Bishop Guertin 16, Salem 2: In Nashua, BG went to 9-3 behind three goals from Tom Hurley and two from Alex Astarita and Dom St. Laurent and Corey Annunziata. Salem is 1-7
Nashua North 13, Memorial 1: At Manchester, Adam Murphy led the way with five goals and three assists as Nashua North kept Memorial winless on the season. Tom Haller added a goal and three assists. North improved to 5-5.
Londonderry 8, Manchester Central 0: In Manchester, Nick Yennaco and Kyle Hussey each scored two goals for the 7-2 Lancers. Goalie Marquis Sutton stopped 16 shots for 2-4 Central.
Concord 14, Nashua South 13 (2OT) : In Nashua, Tyler Hatch scored four goals and teammates Tyler Martel and Ian Scura each added three for Concord (2-7); Pat Goff scored five times for 2-6 Nashua South. Wes Cunningham tallied four goals for South.
Plymouth 17, Pembroke 8 : Ann Furbush and Risa Mosenthal each tallied four goals for the 5-2 Bobcats in Pembroke. Hailey Crowell contributed three goals to the win. Brianna Douglas scored four goals for the 2-6 Spartans.
Goffstown 8, Oyster River 7 (OT): At Durham, Jack Carney's five goals led a comeback for Goffstown, which trailed at halftime, 4-2. Andrew Chretien made 11 saves for the Grizzlies (6-1), and counterpart Aidan Dempsey had eight saves for Oyster River (2-5).