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Tennis Undefeated During Busy Vacation Week
ORR Sports Update
By Patrick Briand
Over April vacation, Bulldog sports teams continued to find success. Notably, both tennis teams remained undefeated, establishing their place as SCC title favorites. The lacrosse teams also played well, recording huge victories over D-R, and juniors Danny Renwick and Brooke Santos both won the pentathlon at Thursday's invitational meet in Foxboro.
Baseball: The Bulldogs started off their week on the road against D-R on Monday morning. They had to battle to earn a 4-2 win in extra innings. Junior Sam Henrie pitched seven innings with 13 strikeouts and two runs allowed and was relieved by fellow junior Will Hopkins, who with the game tied at 2, pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. Henrie also had a big game offensively, going 3 for 4 with a game-winning knock that drove in senior Hunter Parker. Junior catcher John Breault, who had a RBI single and also threw a runner out stealing, contributed on both sides while manning the hardest position on the diamond. The boys returned home on Wednesday to play the Wareham Vikings. Senior Bryant Salkind was on the hill, and he pitched great, striking out 13 and allowing five hits and no walks in a shutout. He also added two hits at the plate, while Henrie and sophomore Mike Kennefick knocked in runs, and Parker scored two. On Friday, the guys took on non-conference Coyle-Cassidy at home. Hopkins had a tough outing, giving up eight runs while recording only two outs. He was relieved by Kennefick, who pitched well in relief, but the Bulldogs fell to the Warriors 13-9. The offense was provided by Henrie and fellow junior Kyle Brezinski. Both players had two hits, including solo home runs, in the frustrating loss. This week, the boys will be home against rival GNB Voc-Tech on Monday before heading to Apponequet to play the Lakers on Wednesday and to Case to play the Cardinals on Friday.
Softball: The Lady Bulldogs took on Dighton-Rehoboth at home on Monday morning and were beat 12-4. They stayed at home to play Wareham on Wednesday and won 3-2 behind a good outing from senior pitcher Deianira Underhill. Seniors Maddie Lee, Mia Vercellone, and Courtney Dextradeur all bunted for RBI singles in the fourth to give the Lady Bulldogs all three of the runs they needed. On Thursday, the girls were up against non-conference Coyle-Cassidy in a rescheduled game. Junior Hannah Guard had a big game, even as the team suffered a 7-6 loss. Guard collected a double, two triples, and kicked in four runs. Fellow junior Olivia Labbe added a pair of hits. This week, the Lady Bulldogs will start off at home against GNB Voc-Tech and then head to Apponequet on Wednesday prior to coming back home to play Case on Friday. Finally, they will play non-conference Bishop Stang at home on Saturday morning.
Boys' Lacrosse: The Bulldogs began their week with a home game on Wednesday against Fairhaven. An 8-2 win helped them remain undefeated in the conference. Junior Landon Gougen scored three goals in the win while junior Gavin Fox and sophomore Pat Kiernan had two apiece. The team tried out junior Charlie Tirrell in goal, where he saved 8 of 10 shots. The boys took on the Dighton-Rehoboth Falcons at home on Friday morning. Eleven players scored in an 18-1 blowout. Sophomores Tayber LaBonte and Alex Lorenz both had two goals and two assists, while sophomore Kyle Gillis had three goals, and sophomore Zach LaBonte had a huge game, scoring three and assisting two. Juniors Gougen, Tirrell, Pat Saltmarsh, and Nick Rego all scored once, as did freshmen Sam Austin and Owen Powers. The boys will play non-conference Dartmouth High on Monday and then conference rivals GNB Voc-Tech (Wednesday) and Apponequet (Friday) as part of a three-game road trip.
Girls' Lacrosse: The girls lost to the Lady Blue Devils of Fairhaven on Wednesday morning, 4-3. The team's goals were provided by sophomores Madison Cooney and Alexandra Hulsebosch, and junior Emily Hiller. On Friday, they stayed on the road to play D-R, and it wasn't even close, as the Lady Bulldogs won 17-0. Cooney, sophomore Maggie Adams, and senior Sarah Ryan scored three goals apiece. Hiller, sophomore Mackenzie Good, and junior Ari Dias all scored two. This week, the girls will be home for three consecutive games: non-conference Dartmouth (Monday), GNB Voc-Tech (Wednesday), and Apponequet (Friday).
Boys' Track: Juniors and seniors were in Foxboro for an invitational meet on Thursday, where junior Danny Renwick earned a hard-fought win in the pentathlon as he gears up to compete at the state meet. Top athletes participated in the SCC Freshman-Sophomore meet at ORR on Friday morning. Sophomore Evan Tilley won the 2-mile (11:41), and fellow sophomore Harry Smith was first in the 100m hurdles (16.8). The team's first conference meet will be home against Case on Monday, and they will also be up against D-R and Wareham on the road on Thursday. Some of the top Bulldog runners will be in Bellingham for the State Relays on Saturday.
Girls' Track: An invitational meet on Thursday in Foxboro featured junior and senior Bulldogs, and junior Brooke Santos won the pentathlon, showing off her versatility. The team's young stars were on hand for the SCC Freshman-Sophomore meet at home on Friday. The girls continued their great distance work, as sophomore Madisen Martin won the 800m in 2:32.8, and freshman Kelsea Kidney won the 2-mile in 13:54.2. Other winners included sophomore Rachel Demmer in the 400m hurdles (71.6) and high jump (4-8) and freshman Maya Doonan in the triple jump (29-3). The team's conference schedule starts this week on Monday against Case. They also have a meet against D-R and Wareham at D-R on Thursday before they travel to Bellingham for the State Relays on Saturday.
Boys' Tennis: The boys played the Seekonk Warriors at home on Tuesday morning to begin the week. It was another rout for the undefeated squad, as all three singles players - sophomore Sam Pasquill and juniors Alex Bilodeau and Caleb Jagoda - earned easy victories. The doubles pairings of juniors Colin O'Malley and Max Asker, as well as sophomore Jahn Pothier and junior Josh Lerman, won nearly every single serve. The boys traveled to non-conference Dartmouth High on Saturday, but their game was rained out and rescheduled to a later date. This week, the Bulldogs will play D-R on the road on Tuesday, non-conference Barnstable High at home on Wednesday, and Apponequet at home on Thursday.
Girls' Tennis: The Lady Bulldogs were pitted against Seekonk in an away game on Tuesday. Singles players Katelyn Bindas (Jr.), Morgan Middleton (Sr.), and Sophie Church (Jr.) were all victorious. Both doubles parings won their matches (6-2, 6-0). The first pairing was composed of juniors Emma Collings and Alexis Parker, and the other was made up of freshman Delaney Pothier and junior Emma Gelson. Next, the Lady Bulldogs were at home to play a make-up game against Fairhaven on Friday. Middleton, Church and Bindas won singles matches once again in the 5-0 sweep. The doubles teams of Collings/Parker and Pothier/Gelson were successful yet again, and the team remained undefeated. The next day, they were scheduled to play non-conference Dartmouth High at home, but the game was rained out and pushed to a later date. The girls will play Bourne on the road on Monday, Dighton-Rehoboth at home on Tuesday, and then will be away against Apponequet on Thursday.
Below are the overall spring team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of April 24.
Baseball: (4-1-0)(4-0-0); Softball: (2-5-0)(2-3-0); Boys' Track: (1-0-0)(0-0-0); Girls' Track: (1-0-0)(0-0-0); Boys' Lacrosse: (3-1-0)(3-0-0); Girls' Lacrosse: (4-1-0)(2-1-0); Boys' Tennis: (3-0-0)(3-0-0); Girls' Tennis: (3-0-0)(2-0-0).
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