The Eagles beat Coe-Brown 3-2 on the baseball diamond, winning on a Nate Ela RBI double while pitcher Derek "Diesel" Roberts tossed a complete game gem striking out 13 Bears.
"It was a nice way to end it, it ended on a good note," Brian Day, Eagles' head coach, said.
With the win Kennett improved to 3-4 on the season in Division II while the Bears slipped to 3-3.
Coe-Brown, who used three pitchers (Brennan Riley, the first four innings, lefty Joe Anatone, the fifth and Andrew Lang, the last two) in the contest, struck for a pair of runs in the top of the first inning when McCormick Struthers and Riley had RBI doubles, but that was all Roberts allowed the rest of the afternoon.
"That's the best he's thrown so far this season," Day said. "He pitched very well. This was the Derek I was looking for at the start of the season. He had a very good fastball."
With Roberts on the mound, junior Mike Ellison went behind the plate and handled the catching chores well according to Coach Day.
"He threw out the first baserunner who tried to steal," he said. "Overall, he did a nice job."
Trailing 2-0, the Eagles pulled a run back in the bottom of the fourth inning. Nick Massa, who ripped a double, scored the run.
Kennett knotted the game in the bottom of the sixth inning and then set the stage for the fantastic finish.
David Darrigo got on base and Day opted to pinch run Shane O'Neil. O'Neil was able to get to second on a passed ball and sprinted home when Ela slammed the ball to left-center.
"It was nice to come back the way we did," Day said. "...We hit the ball a little bit and didn't take quite as many pitches as we had been doing; we're improving. Hopefully we can get on a little roll now."
The Eagles were in action Monday afternoon hosting White Mountains Regional (0-6 in Division III). Results were not known as of press time.
KHS is scheduled to close out the week Friday by entertaining Merrimack Valley (4-1) at 4 p.m. The Pride, who hosted St. Thomas (3-3) on Monday (results not known as of press time), also plays at Coe-Brown on Wednesday.
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The win lifted Kennett to 5-2 on the season and into sixth place in the Division II standings while Coe-Brown fell to 5-1 and dropped from first to third.
"This is a big win for us," Peter Ames, Eagles' head coach who is now just three wins away from 400 for his career, said. "We got behind early and could have rolled over but no one did. The girls deserve a lot of credit for battling back the way they did."
The visiting Bears took the lead in the second inning when they strung together six hits, none of which were hit all that hard, to score five runs. The big blow in the inning was a two-run triple that was just fair down the right-field line with two outs.
"I talked to Vonde (Saunders, starting pitcher for KHS) between inning and told her (Coe-Brown) is a good team, they hit the ball," Ames said. "For us to be successful we have to be able to throw a change-up (besides the fast ball)."
That move would dividends later in the contests.
Five runs looked like a bunch for Coe-Brown pitcher Kianna Daudelin, who appeared sharp from the outset, but the Eagles pecked away and made their at-bats count.
KHS made it a 5-2 game in the bottom of the third inning when Saunders, who reached on an error, scored on a two-out triple to left-field by Kaylin Samia. Lauren White nearly homered but settled for a run scoring double off the fence in right-center to plate the second run.
Coe-Brown threatened in the fourth inning getting two runners on base (on an error and a fielder's choice) with two outs. A Bear nearly beat out an infield hit to loads the bases, but shortstop Erin Milford unleashed her cannon arm to get the runner by a step to end the inning.
Kennett kept the momentum going in the bottom of the fourth, scoring two more runs. Gwynn McGinely, who was on base three times on the day including a triple, singled to centerfield with one out. With two outs Alyssa Thetreault got a slash hit that resulted in a throwing error to put runners on first and third. Saunders delivered a clutch RBI single to make it 5-3 and two pitches later Thetreault scored on a wild pitch.
The Bears looked certain to score a run in the top of the sixth when they loaded the bases with one out and had their clean-up hitter at the plate.
Back to the change-up.
"I think the turning point came in the sixth inning with the bases loaded, their clean-up hitter up and the count was 2-1," Ames said. "Then Vonde threw the change-up; she made a great pitch. The batter reached out and popped it up and we got the double play."
The ball was popped up in foul territory midway between first base and home. White, playing first base, charged in and made a terrific lunging catch and quickly saw a Bear halfway down the third baseline. She threw to third and McGinley stepped on the bag for the out keeping it a one run ball game.
"The big thing is Vonde was able to make that pitch at that time, it was the key," Ames said. "Everyone did what they needed to on that play and we got out a jam."
The Bears got the Eagles to go quietly in the bottom of the sixth inning and were three outs away from remaining undefeated.
The bottom of seventh inning had everything a good action movie needs: suspense, excitement and a hero at the end.
Saunders and Jordan Murphy both got on base to start the inning. Samia appeared to beat out an infield hit to load the bases, but Murphy was called out for allegedly interfering with the path of the second baseman. Instead of bases loaded and no outs, KHS had runners on first and second and one out.
White followed with a slow grounder to second, but the umpires called interference again alleging that Samia got hit by the ball. Now with two outs and runners again on first and second, Moore stepped to the plate. She crushed a 1-1 pitcher that rolled to the fence in right-center with Saunders and White making it home for the win.
"Jordyn got a nice hit and that finished it off," Ames said. "She had a great at-bat, that's her big hit of the year so far. ...It all ended up working out great, it's a big win."
The Eagles were on the diamond Monday (results were not known as of press time) when they hosted hosted defending Division III state champs White Mountains Regional, who sits atop the DIII standings at 6-0. The Spartans boast arguably the top high school pitcher in the Granite State in Erika Millett. She pitched a perfect game with 17 strikeouts out of 21 batters in a 9-0 victory over Mascoma on Friday.
Kennett is scheduled to close out the week on Friday (4 p.m.) when it hosts Merrimack Valley (2-2).
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CONWAY — As the weather warms up Jeff Locke is also heating up. The talented left-hander picked up his second straight win in the longest start of his Major League career and ran his scoreless innings streak to 13 when the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 at Busch Stadium on Sunday.
Locke, from Redstone, scattered three singles over seven strong innings (his first time pitching seven innings in his brief big league career) and the bullpen closed out the victory which vaulted the Bucs (15-0, having gone 8-2 over the last 10 ball games) atop the National League Central standings.
Locke began the season as the Pirates' No. 5 starter, but is now clearly No. 4 on the depth chart at the moment, supplanting Jonathan Sanchez.
With the win, Locke, a 2006 Kennett High graduate and the son of Pam and Alan Locke, of Redstone, improved to 3-1 on the season in four starts and lowered his Earned Run Average from 3.74 to 2.82. This season, he has pitched 28 2/3 innings; allowed 23 hits; 9 earned runs; 4 home runs; walked 13; and struck out 16 while holding opponents to a .228 batting average.
The shutout victory was the fifth of the season for the Pirates, tied for the most in the National League with the Cardinals and San Francisco Giants .
A lot of other notable achievements were attached to this win: It was the Bucs' 15th of April, matching the franchise's all-time first-month record, and No. 700 of Clint Hurdle's managerial career.
"(The win) means I've been blessed with the opportunity to do this for a while -- but you don't talk about the other number, which is bigger," said Hurdle, referring to the 808 losses and thus deferring the day's pedestal to Locke.
Locke gave a salute to his manager after pitching seven innings of three-hit ball.
"It's special to be the guy on the mound that day," Locke said. "I was awfully happy for him, and it's not the last one."
Following up on his six shutout innings in Tuesday's 2-0 win in Philadelphia, the new Locke remained on display in Busch Stadium, where he limited the Redbirds to three hits while walking two and fanning four.
"Locke pitched a great game. Getting my pitcher putting up scoreless innings gets us in a place to win, and if I do something offensively, it's a plus," said catcher Russell Martin.
Martin launched two of the four homers that helped the Bucs improve their record to 15-10, matching the April record for most wins set by the 1992 club's 15-5 start on the way to the organization's last finish on the happy side of .500 and in the playoffs.
The Cardinals lost consecutive games for the first time this season, managing just 11 hits. They didn't get much going against Locke after some hard outs the first time through the order.
"It looked like good things were going to be coming the second time through," manager Mike Matheny said. "He mixed it up, kept us off-balance, and just shut us down."
Locke got some early defensive support from McDonald, who received the start at shortstop and made back-to-back sparkling plays in the third inning. First, he drifted into short left-center for a twisting, over-the-shoulder catch of Matt Carpenter's popup. Next, he speared Carlos Beltran's up-the-middle smash and spun around for a precise throw to first.
"Something had to change execution-wise," said Locke, thinking of the 5.17 ERA he had taken into his previous start against the Phillies.
"Just getting ahead of guys, and let them put it into play somewhere and let the defense work. ..."Confidence and execution," Locke said. "A lot of sinkers today, trying to keep them off balance."
His teammates may have seen Locke mature as a pitcher right in front of their eyes within the last week. In those two starts and those 13 innings, the 25-year-old lefty has allowed just five hits and struck out 10.
Locke's next scheduled start is set for this Saturday in Pittsburgh when the Pirates host the Washington Nationals (13-12) and their ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg (1-4, 3.16 ERA) at 4:05 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and ESPN contributed to this story.
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"We had runners on base a bunch of times," Brian Day, Eagles' head coach, said. "We were one hit away but we didn't help ourselves by striking out 10 times, that'll kill you. I think we're pressing a little bit at the plate. Instead of jumping on the first good fastball we're taking a strike and falling behind and when you do that at the varsity level the pitcher has all the advantages."
Kennett, who fell to 2-4 with the loss, has scored just three runs in those setbacks.
"When you score one, one, zero, one, you've got to be pretty near perfect to win any of those games," Day said. "I really think the offense is going to come the more we practice and face live pitching."
The Knights scored what proved to be the winning run in the top of the first inning when they platted a pair of runs. Outfielder Ben Garner kept the damage at a minimum with a great throw to nail a Kingswood baserunner at the plate.
Kingswood added an insurance run in the fifth inning, but Kennett answered with its lone run in the bottom of the frame. Nate Ela ripped a double to left-center to start the inning and came home on a long Richie Crouse double to the deepest part of the Robert Burns Sr. Field. Derek Roberts drew a two-out walk to put runners on second and first but the Knights got a strike out to present further damage.
Kennett, who left the bases loaded twice, threatened again in the sixth with two outs when Billy Chick and Ela connected for back-to-back singles. Nick Massa, who tossed a complete game on the mound for the Eagles, crushed the first pitch he saw, lining out to second to end the inning.
"I don't think he could have hit it any harder," Day said. "If that ball is a foot or two higher or a foot to the left or right we tie the ball game."
Kennett is back in action Friday (4 p.m.) when it hosts Coe-Brown Northwood Academy (3-2).
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"I was pleased," Bernie Livingston, Eagles' head coach, said. "We didn't try to match up and see how many points we could score, we just let people try events. We left anyone enter. Between boys and girls we probably had 100 entrants in the javelin and discus alone. We tried to include everyone."
The Eagles started the meet in 40 degree weather at 4 p.m. and by the conclusion at 7:10 p.m., the temperature had risen to a balmy 42 degrees.
"It wasn't a good day at all," Livingston said. "Under less than ideal conditions we still had a number of very good early season performances."
The KHS boys scored 102.5 points to top White Mountains, 72.5; Berlin, 45; and St. Thomas, 28.
Individual results for the boys were:
Boys 100 meter dash (won by Thomas Chant, Kennett, 11.9): Bryce Phillips, second, 12.0; Brian Caputo, third, 12.1; Anthony Carbonaro, tied for fourth, 12.30; Kip Berveridge, seventh, 12.7; Nathan Lautenschlager, eighth, 12.8; Kyle O'Keefe, ninth, 12.9; Carter Allen, 11th, 13.2; and Carson Behr, 12th, 13.5.
Boys 200 meter dash (won by Chant, Kennett, 23.4): Phillips, second, 24.9; O'Keefe, fourth, 26.3; and Lautenschlager, fifth, 26.4.
Boys 400 meter run (won by Travis Currier, White Mountains, 55.5): David Mays, second, 56.5; Garrett Fortin, fourth, 57.3; Andrew Casella, fifth, 57.4; Nathan Munro, sixth, 58.6; Todd Desmarais, seventh, 58.7; and Carter Allen, eighth, 1:00.5.
Boys 800 meter run (won by Ethan Call, White Mountains, 2:03.9): Tim Ryan, seventh, 2:16.1; and Frank Thompson, ninth, 2:48.9.
Boys 1600 meter run (won by Ben Finnigan, St. Thomas, 4:38.2): Alex Brown, fifth, 5:36.6; Scott Winters, sixth, 6:01.2; and Thompson, seventh, 6:08.1.
Boys 3200 meter run (won by Ethan Call, White Mountains, 10:25.5): Nick Brown, second, 10:34.6; Ryan Kenny, third, 11:23.7; Tyrus Parker, fourth, 11:24.6; Malcolm Badger, fifth, 11:29; and Thomas Welch, sixth, 11:44.7.
Boys 110 meter hurdles (won by Kyle Huntoon, White Mountains, 19.9): Kyler Phillips, second, 21.0; and Liam Van Rossum, third, 21.1.
Boys 300 meter hurdles (won by Peter Roy, White Mountains, 51.7): Phillips, second, 52.7; and Van Rossum, third, 54.8.
Boys 4X100 relay (won by Kennett — Mike Mason, Caputo, Beveridge and Chant, 47.4).
Boys 4X400 relay (won by Kennett — Mays, Munro, Mason and Caputo, 3:52.2).
Boys High Jump (won by Peter Roy, White Mountains, 5'6"): Lautenschlager, fifth, 4'10".
Boys Pole Vault (won by Ben Zimmer, Kennett, 5'8): Cody Lahey, second, 7'.
Boys Long Jump (won by Tommy Gallagher, Berlin, 18'3.25"): Mason, second, 18'1.25"; James Curran, fifth, 16'5.25"; Codie Crawford, ninth, 14'4.75"; and Garrett Boyd, 11th, 14'4.5".
Boys Triple Jump (won by Tommy Gallagher, Berlin, 36'10.5"): Curran, second, 34'3.5".
Boys Shot Put (won by Paul Gesel, White Mountains, 41'3.5"): Corey Crawford, second, 37'9"; Codie Crawford, eighth, 33'8"; Casella, 13th, 29'; Cam Kennedy, 18th, 26'; Ben Swett, 19th, 23'4"; and Carson Behr, 20th, 21'5".
Boys Discus Throw (won by Paul Dickinson, Berlin, 111'11"): Corey Crawford, sixth, 85'4"; Kennedy, ninth, 84'2"; Tyler Stewart, 17th, 53'2"; and Garrett Boyd, 18th, 52'10".
Boys Javelin Throw (won by Codie Crawford, Kennett, 118'1"): Liam Devine, fifth, 87'; Stewart, sixth, 84'; Swett, seventh, 81'2"; and Boyd, eighth, 69'10".
The KHS girls finished second overall out of four schools with 77.5 points. White Mountains captured the top spot with 103.5 points followed by Berlin, 46; and St. Thomas, 32.
Individual results for the girls were:
Girls 100 meter dash (won by Gigi Miller, Kennett, 13.0): Jillian Castaldo, third, 14.0; Hailee Tilton, fourth, 14.7; Katie Anderson, fourth, 14.7; and Danielle Vizard, seventh, 14.8.
Girls 200 meter dash (won by Gigi Miller, Kennett, 28.6): Katie Anderson, second, 30.7; Julianna Livingston, fifth, 31.8; Melissa Gerard, sixth, 33.7; and Danielle Vizard, seventh, 31.9.
Girls 400 meter run (won by Alexis Curtis, White Mountains, 1:04.5): Kathrine Taylor, sixth, 1:11.9.
Girls 800 meter run (won by Jessica Schanlaber, White Mountains, 2:35.1): Isabelle Forde, fifth, 2:50.5; Lily Brennan, eighth, 3:02.5; Caleigh Daigle, 10th, 3:04.8; Hannah Miller, 12th, 3:06.9; Anais El Younsi, 13th, 3:09.2; Michaela Stanton, 14th, 3:09.4; Grace Townsend, 15th, 3:10; Caitlin Purnell, 16th, 3:14.3; Lyric Montgomery, 17th, 3:14.5; and Chiara Pinna, 18th, 3:15.4.
Girls 1600 meter run (won by Jackie Kleinschrodt, White Mountains, 5:50.1): Brennan, fourth, 6:52.1; Montgomery, fifth, 6:57.1; El Younsi, sixth, 6:57.5; Pinna, seventh, 6:58.8; Miller, eighth, 7:05.3; and Grace Townsend, ninth, 7:10.1.
Girls 3200 meter run (won by Hannah Ells, St. Thomas, 12:14): Hannah Benson, third, 12:55.9; Lisa Carper, fourth, 13:41.5; Eliza Burke, fifth, 13:41.9; Marissa Anderson, sixth, 13:42.3; Gillian Wilcox, seventh, 13:43; and Ke Cawley, 10th, 16:16.8.
Girls 110 meter hurdles (won by Hannah Bunnell, Berlin, 17.6): Hannah Kaslow, fourth, 19.4; Jennifer Vizard, sixth, 19.7; and Alexis Sanborn, eighth, 21.0.
Girls 300 meter hurdles (won by Hannah Bunnell, Berlin, 51.3): Cassie Doucet, third, 54.1; Jennifer Vizard, fourth, 55.8; Kaslow, eighth, 59.0; and Sanborn, 10th, 1:00.4.
Girls 4X100 relay (won by Kennett — Livingston, Doucet, Gracie Ryan and Miller, 52.7).
Girls 4X400 relay (won by White Mountains, 4:39.7): Kennett — Doucet, Sarah Hernandez, Taylor and Miller — 4:51.5).
Girls High Jump (won by Brianna Michaud, St. Thomas, 4'10"): Gerard, second, 4'.
Girls Pole Vault (won by Savannah Rose, White Mountains, 7'): Kacie Stewart, third, 6'; Courtney O'Keefe, fifth, 5'6'.
Girls Long Jump (won by Gracie Ryan, Kennett, 15'9"): Burke, third, 12'2.75"; Gerard, fourth, 11'7.75"; Jade Catino, fifth, 10'8.25"; and Madison Waterhouse, sixth, 9'11.75".
Girls Triple Jump (won by Gracie Ryan, Kennett, 32'3").
Girls Shot Put (won by Karisa Bergman, White Mountains, 33'1"): Katie Anderson, third, 28'4"; Adelle Livingston, fifth, 26'11"; Marissa Harmon, eighth, 23'9.5"; Emily Davis, 11th, 22'7"; and Talia Vaughan, 17th, 18'1".
Girls Discus Throw (won by Karisa Bergman, White Mountains, 108'2"): Gerard, sixth, 64'1"; Vaughan, eighth, 54'3"; Stewart, 11th, 50'9"; and Davis, 13th, 43'10".
Girls Javelin Throw (won by Karisa Bergman, White Mountains, 105'10"): Livingston, third, 83'; Castaldo, sixth, 63'; Marissa Anderson, seventh, 58'11"; and Harmon, 10th, 47'6".
"It was good to have a home meet," Livingston said. "It's a lot of work for the coaches but it's great for the team to be able to compete at home in front of family and classmates."
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