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Lacrosse, Baseball Remain Perfect

ORR Sports Update

By Michael Kassabian

Here is a look at the fourth week of scheduled games for Old Rochester Regional High School spring athletics.

Baseball: The boys' baseball team extended their undefeated winning streak this week with three big wins over SCC rivals. The Bulldogs first defeated Seekonk 12-1 thanks to a strong pitching effort by senior James Leidhold, who only allowed three hits in six innings. Offensively, John Breault shined, going 2-4 with a double, and also recording a run scored and an RBI. Hunter Parker also played well, going 4-4 and scoring three runs. The boys then went on to defeat Bourne 13-6, with Bryant Salkind recording four hits and three RBIs and Brendan Deverix grabbing the win from the mound. ORR closed out the week with a tight 9-8 win over Case. Sam Henrie hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning and also grabbed the win as the relief pitcher to push the Bulldogs to their seventh victory of the season. The boys' record now stands at an incredible 7-0-0 with a perfect 6-0-0 in the conference.

Softball: The softball team started their week off with a 12-4 blowout win over Bourne. Senior ace Kaleigh Goulart struck out eight from the mound and only allowed five hits throughout the game. She also recorded an RBI and hit two doubles. Olivia Labbe also played well, as she recorded three hits, one of which was a homerun. Like Labbe, senior Michaela Guard also recorded three hits. The Lady Bulldogs faltered later in the week however, suffering a heartbreaking loss to Case 8-4. ORR was up by three runs at the top of the seventh, but Case battled back to inch ahead and take the win. The girls' record now stands at 3-4 overall.

Boys' Track: This week, the freshmen and sophomores of the track team were given the chance to shine without any of the shadows of the upperclassmen in the SCC Freshman/Sophomore Meet. On a very windy day, many of the boys performed well, especially in the 110-meter hurdles, where the trio of Andrew Bichsel, Graham Poirier, and Owen Gleasure went 1-2-3, respectively. In the distance events, sophomore Ryson Smith did well in the 800-meter, running a 2:24, while Evan Tilley ran an 11:57 in the two-mile. Field events also saw good performances, with Sam Ellis throwing 89'8" in the javelin and Matt Merlo throwing 84'8" in the discus.

Girls' Track: The girls' track team also competed in the SCC Freshman/Sophomore Meet this week. ORR got several wins, including Riley Shaugnessy in the mile, Samantha Ball in the 800-meter, and Rachel Demmer in the 400-meter hurdles. Other notable performances came from sophomore Ali Nicolosi, who threw 79'8" in the javelin, and Kelsey Holick, who threw 74'5" in the discus.

Boys' Tennis: The boys' tennis team continued their excellent season this week, knocking off two more SCC competitors to get that much closer to another conference title. The boys first defeated Dighton-Rehoboth, generally one of the toughest teams in the conference, 4-1, with wins coming from Owen Sughrue (first singles), Alex Bilodeau (second singles), Sam Pasquill (third singles), and Josh Lerman and Jahn Pothier (first doubles). The Bulldogs later defeated Bourne in a 5-0 shutout thanks to wins from Sughrue, Pasquill, Lerman, Pothier and Stephen Burke, and Emil Assing and Caleb Jagoda. The boys' conference record stands at a perfect 6-0.

Girls' Tennis: The Lady Bulldogs started their week off on the wrong foot, suffering their first conference loss to Dighton-Rehoboth, 3-2. Though ORR got wins from Julia Nojeim (first singles) and Olivia Bellefeuille (second singles), with many girls absent due to injury and vacation, the girls were not able to pull out their usual win. However, the girls were able to bounce back with a strong 4-1 win over Bourne. Wins for the Lady Bulldogs came from Nojeim, Bellefeuille, Sophie Church and Emma Collings (first doubles), and Alexis Parker and KK Bindas (second doubles).

Boys' Lacrosse: Thanks to strong performances by goalie Gerald Lanagan, the boys' lacrosse team pulled out two wins this week to remain undefeated for the season. Against SCC rival Apponequet, the Bulldogs battled back from a 4-1 deficit at halftime to clinch an exciting 7-6 win. Lanagan made save after save in net during the second half to hinder any offensive momentum Apponequet could gain. Combined with the offensive power of Ethan Lizotte (three goals), the Bulldogs emerged victorious to remain perfect for the season. The boys followed the pivotal win up with a huge 16-0 blowout over GNB Voc-Tech. Lanagan and freshman George Whitney combined for the shutout in net, while Landon Goguen, Taylor Hatch, and Pat Saltmarsh all scored four goals apiece to lead the Bulldogs offensively. The boys' overall record now stands at 7-0-0.

Girls' Lacrosse: The girls' lacrosse team also had a big week, as they defeated perennial SCC champion Apponequet for the first time in program history. After three quarters, the girls were down 10-9, but thanks to late-game goals by Maddie Cooney and Bailey Truesdale, the Lady Bulldogs' edged ahead to take the win. Truesdale was the lead scorer on the day, recording five goals. The girls later defeated GNB Voc-Tech 16-3 thanks to an unrelenting offense led by Cooney, Sarah Ryan, and Emily Hiller, who all scored three goals apiece. Goalie Madison Thomson made six saves in net to lead the team's solid defense.

Below are the overall spring team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of April 26.

Baseball: (7-0-0) (6-0-0); Softball: (3-4-0) (3-3-0); Boys' Track: (1-0-0) (1-0-0); Girls' Track: (1-0-0) (1-0-0); Boys' Tennis: (7-1-0) (6-0-0); Girls' Tennis: (5-2-0) (5-1-0); Boys' Lacrosse: (7-0-0) (2-0-0); Girls' Lacrosse: (6-1-1) (3-0-0).

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