Playoff updates: Seasons end for all local teams



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ALYSSA CHICK is sandwiched by teammates Kristina Drew (40) and Alex Billert after driving the game-winning hit to the fence in the first round of the Class I tournament Wednesday in North Conway. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 02, 2009
REGION — The Kennett softball team again struggled to make plays and this time it cost them, as the Eagles were ousted from the Class I tournament by sixth-seeded John Stark on Saturday, June 6, in North Conway.

The Eagles fell behind early, as the visitors scored twice in the top of the first inning, but Kennett fought back and eventually tied the game at three in the sixth inning.

However, the Generals plated the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning and dispatched the Eagles in order in the bottom of the frame to end the season for the third-seeded Kennett girls.

Baseball

The Kingswood baseball team rallied to tie its first round playoff game with Merrimack Valley in the bottom of the seventh inning, but came undone in the top of the eighth and dropped a 9-5 decision to the Pride June 4. The game was the final one on Kingswood's field, as the school renovations will provide the Knights with a new home in two years (next year they will play in New Durham).

Jeff Runnals pitched well in defeat for the Knights, who made key errors, both physical and mental, in their first home playoff game in years.

The Kennett baseball team traveled to St. Thomas for the first round of the playoffs and dropped an 11-0 decision to the second-seeded Saints on June 4. It was a rematch of the final game of the season for the Eagles, who fell to the Saints 12-1 the previous Saturday.

Lacrosse

The Kingswood girls' lacrosse team dropped a 20-10 decision to the Cougars of Kearsarge in the first round of the Division III playoffs on Thursday, June 4. The Knights fell behind early and were never able to climb back into the game, which was played in Sutton at the home of the second-seeded Cougars.

First round softball

It wasn't pretty, but in the playoffs, a win means you move on and that's just what the Kennett softball team is doing after rallying twice to beat Con-Val in the first round of the Class I playoffs on Wednesday, June 3, in North Conway.

The third-seeded Eagles fell behind early, with the visitors scoring two runs on four Kennett errors in the first inning, but Kennett roared back in the sixth inning to tie the game then take the lead in the sixth inning, 6-4.

Con-Val then plated two more runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game at six, meaning the Eagles would need some final inning heroics in order to avoid extra innings.

And the heroics came quickly, as Katie Bishop and Faye Roberts reached base to start the frame and Alyssa Chick ripped a long fly ball over the Cougar centerfielder's head, plating Bishop with the winning run and sending the Kennett girls screaming from the dugout.

Lacrosse

The Kennett and Kingswood boys' lacrosse teams both dropped first round decisions in the Division III playoffs on Monday, June 1.

The Knights, who entered the tournament as the 11th seed, traveled to Laconia and dropped a 16-6 decision to the sixth-seeded Sachems. The Sachems will move on in the playoffs to take on Kearsarge on Wednesday, June 3. The third-seeded Cougars had a bye in the first round of the tournament.

The Eagles, seeded 12th in the Division III tourney, traveled to Manchester to take on fifth-seeded Derryfield and dropped a 10-3 decision to the Cougars. Derryfield will now advance to the next round to take on fourth-seeded Pelham. The Pythons had a first-round bye.

Playoff action continues Thursday for other local teams.

The Kingswood baseball team earned the seventh seed in the Class I tournament and will host a first-round game against Merrimack Valley on Thursday, June 4, at 4 p.m.

The Kennett baseball team entered the Class I tournament as the 15th seed and will head to Dover for a first-round game with the second-seeded St. Thomas Saints at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 4.

Check back here for updates as the games occur and check out next week's edition for stories on the first round games.

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