Cavaliers reach Division II boys tennis finals
DIVISION II SEMIFINALS
No. 3 Hollis Brookline 9,
No. 7 St. Thomas 0
The Cavaliers (15-1) will be playing in their first Division II title match ever, and they hope it goes as well as things went in Thursday’s clean sweep of the Saints (10-6).
Nic Vahe won 8-6 at No. 1 singles, and the rest of the Cavs followed suit right down the ladder with Darius Paradie (8-1), David Cherkassky (8-3), Ben Zielinski (8-0), Max Burns (8-3) and Alex Anghol (8-4) all winning.
They swept doubles, with Vahe/Cherkassky (8-1), Paradie/Anghol (8-2) and Zielinski/Burns (8-2) cruising.
Now the Cavs hope to avenge an earlier 5-4 loss to the Sabers in Tuesday’s finals in Bedford.
“We played very well today, beating a very solid St. Thomas team,” McCann said. “They’re ready.”
Nashua South 9,
The Panthers wrapped up the regular season at 10-10 as Hunter Routhier tossed a complete game, striking out eight. Seth Marcano and Ryan Lopez had multiple hits. The Panthers will now await the pairings early next week and begin tourney play next Thursday.
Fall Mountain 3-0
The Cougars wrapped up the regular season at 11-5 with the twinbill sweep, as James Cardello and Keegan Mills each pitched complete games with Mills striking out eight in a three-hit shutout while Cardello fanned five in his win.
In Game 1, Nick Boucher, Jayson Neild (two RBIs), Justin Pelham and Mills (two RBIs) had two hits apiece.
In the nightcap, Boucher had a triple and three stolen bases while Jake Donovan had two RBIs and Tyler Trevains got his first varsity hit.
The Warriors finished the regular season an impressive 14-2 as pitcher Sean Brennan scattered five hits to earn his fifth win. Offensively, Cody Johnson and JJ leBlanc had two singles to spark a six-run second inning.
The Warriors dedicated their game to the memory of longtime area baseball coach and hitting instructor Bob Caswell, who passed way late Wednesday after a long bout with cancer.
Hollis Brookline 2
Ava VanBallegooyen and Maddie Robicheau had four hits apiece to power the Sabers (11-4) Jenna Speer went the distance on the mound and helped her cause with three RBIs, while Megan Tupaj chipped in with two hits and two RBIs. Souhegan hosts Goffstown Friday in their regular season finale while the Cavs are done at 3-13.
Fall Mountain 2
Marissa Carignan tossed a complete game two-hitter, striking out seven as the Cougars wrapped up an unbeaten (16-0) regular season. Mary Kuczkowski had two hits, including a double, while Riley Gamache and Abi Gray each had a hit.
Derryfield 0 (9 innings)
The Warriors ended the regular season at 15-3, Lexi Balam winning a pitcher’s duel against Derryfield’s Emily Moll.
Balam allowed five hits while striking out six and drove in the winning run on a single in the ninth after the Warriors loaded the bases with one out. Rachael Christino, who had singled,scored the game-winner. Balam went 3 for 3. The Warriors will host a first-round Division IV tourney game next Wednesday.
Bishop Guertin 22,
The Cards finished the regular season at 12-5 as Kayli Keenan had six goals, Emily Santom wth three and Katie Lupo with two goals and an assist. Keating had a pair while Abigail Ahearn led the way in assists with three. Single goals went to Emma Hayhurst, Ahearn, Lindsay Hult, Abigail Hayhurst, Priscilla Bibeau, Sydney Todd, Allison Ohara and Amelia Piercy.
Nashua North 19,
Danielle Upton had 10 goals while Campbell Haller had three, Julia Gagnon two, and Kaylee Hubbard a pair as well. Single tallies were by Kiley O’Brien and Chloe Young. Zoe Fillebrown had 10 saves.
The Titans (5-10) will end the regular season vs. Nashua South on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Stellos Stadium.