Diamondbacks beat Athletics for Nashua Cal Ripken title


Nashua Cal Ripken

FINAL: Diamondbacks 9, Athletics 2

The top-seeded Diamondbacks finished off the competition with a 9-2 win over the Athletics in the title game of the Nashua Cal Ripken City Tournament.

The Diamondbacks, who won their first two games 12-2 and 7-1, shut down the A’s in the final thanks to the combined pitching effort of tournament MVP Gavin Belesca, Alex Meesig and Alex Ortiz. Belesca struck out five of the six batters he faced, as the trio combined for 11 strikeouts in the win.

Rory Curran opened the first inning with a home run on the first pitch he saw, sending the ball deep into left field and clearing the net. His lead-off shot was followed by a Belsca single, an Ortiz stolen base, and then a wild pitch that gave the D-backs a 3-0 lead.

The A’s came back with one in the second on a walk, stolen base and unearned run – cutting the lead to 3-1.

Four additional runs for the D-backs, which included a Belesca triple, a couple of walks and a Meesig home run opened the lead to 7-1. They weren’t done yet, adding another run in the fourth on a walk and two stolen bases by Curran before Ortiz singled him home.

The A’s put on a threat with the bases loaded, but were only able to get one more run across courtesy of a Nolan Foss RBI hit.

The D-backs closed out the scoring in the fifth, as Landon Moore led off with a walk, advanced on a single by Alex Hulfachor (who scored twice in the game) and came around to score on an RBI hit by Michael Rutstein.

Belesca closed out the game on the mound striking out three of four batters.

Foss went the distance for the A’s, recording eight strikeouts in defeat, while Trevor Guarente reached base all three at bats and scored once, and Jacob Langenfield walked and scored the only other run.

For the tournament, D-backs lead-off hitter Issac Zhang reached base in seven of his 10 at bats and scored five runs; Curran scored five runs; Belseca was 5 for 9 with a home run, triple and six runs scored; Moore had three hits and reached base seven times; and Ortiz reached base in eight of his nine times to the plate.

The defensive effort of the D-backs was highlighted by Matty Roberts, Kevin Hayes and Abi Gonzalez.

The championship D-backs roster is made up of Issac Zhang, Rory Curran, Gavin Belesca, Alex Ortiz, Alex Meesig, Landon Moore, Alex Hulfachor, Matty Roberts, Kevin Hayes, Michael Rutstein, Abi Gonzalez and Charlie Collins (injured for the past two weeks).

The coaching staff consists of manger Darrel Barlow, and coaches Brian Lefebvre and Mike Hayes.

12-year-old All-Stars open up regional tourney play Monday

The Nashua Cal Ripken 12-year-old All-Star team starts its tourney season Monday in the West Area bracket versus Kearsarge Valley at Keene’s Bambino Field.

Other teams playing include the defending state champions from Keene, host Swanzey, Hollis-Brookline, Merrimack, Milford, Bow, Lebanon and Kearsarge Mountain.

The top three teams out of the West, plus Nashua, will enter the state tournament starting June 27.

The state tourney runs through July 2 with games at Murray Field on Amherst Street in Nashua.

The players for this year’s Nashua team are Gavin Belesca, Spencer Champagne, Nolan Foss, Thavary Hay, Alex Lambalot, Josh Lentz, Varun Lingadal, Jeffrey Lugo, Alex Meesig, Liam Novak, Corey O’Day, Alex Ortiz, Jimmy Reel and Zach Rioux. The team is managed by Jason Novak with assistant coaches Dave Rioux and Ben Lugo.

Litchfield and Hudson teams are currently competing in the East Area tourney in Dover.


Athletics 8, Cardinals 5

The A’s rallied to get a berth in the city finals on big RBI hits by Nate Smith and Nolan Foss. Zach Rioux played well defensively for the winners at short.

Jeffrey Lugo, Leo Kopicko, Brandon Metivier, Alex Lambalot and Nick Gosselin had big hits for the Cardinals.

Athletics 8, Red Sox 3

Josh Letine had a big two-run single for the A’s. Stephen Norris had a pair of hits for the Sox.

Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 1

Gavin Belesca had a homer and pitched four innings to pace the D-Backs.

Red Sox 6, Royals 5

Jackie Curtian’s single scored Andrew Barry with the game winner in the bottom of the seventh. Liam Novak had two hits and a run scored.

Athletics 7, Giants 3

Zach Rioux had a big three-run homer for the A’s, and Brandon Yan had a two-out RBI double. Josh Lentz reached base twice with an RBI for the Giants, who were elminated.

Angels 10, Royals 0

Anthony Infante’s grand slam led the Royals, while Quinton Bolton pitched well for the Angels in a losers bracket contest.

Cardinals 12, Giants 8

Jeffrey Lugo had three hits to lead the Cardinals, who rallied from 6-0 down early. Peter Bauer and Josh Lentz had big hits for the Giants.

Cardinals 12, Angels 1

The Cards scored 11 runs in the first inning. Sean Quinlan pitched well for the winners.

Giants 8, Royals 4

River Hart, Pete Bauer and Spencer Champagne (double) had big hits for the Giants. Liam Novak had a two-run homer and a double for the Royals.

Red Sox 8, Athletics 4

Drevin Richard pitched well and had an RBI double for the winners, who also got big bunts by Travis Holbrook and Stephen Norris.


Dodgers 4, Cardinals 3

Ryan Haskell singled home Henry Grabowski, who had tripled, with the walkoff game winner. The Cardinals had strong pitching from Conor Ross, Pierce Beaulieu and Thomas Laurendi.

Tigers 11, Rockies 9

Tiger Kai Gertonson made a great defensive play at third and Justin Bisono collected his first hit of the season. Pete Wilson had a triple for the Rockies.

Pirates 12, Rockies 5

For the Pirates, D’Sean Coffie went 3 for 3, while Gabe Aguiar added a big hit. The Rockies’ Nick Dahl pounded a triple.

Rangers 16, Tigers 0

Rangers Joey Deck and Nick DiGesse each pitched three strong innings, giving up four combined hits. Johnny Canaway pitched well and had a hit for the Tigers.

Rangers 9, Orioles 1

Ryan Bourgeois and Owen Graham hit back to back RBI singles for the Rangers. Will Nardone and Javari Ellison pitched well for the O’s.

Nationals 11, A’s 2

Ryan Jolicoeur and Seth Brooking had big hits for the Nationals. Jack Lobdell, Ivan Wilkie and Logan Larrea hit well for the A’s.

Orioles 16, Athletics 8

Elias Bourque had an inside the park home run and TJ Addonizio went 3 for 3 with two RBIs for the Orioles. Kieran Hummer and Rafael Lopez played well defensively for the A’s.



Amherst Middle wins title

Led by Hannah Rowe’s 28 points, the Amherst Middle School girls track field team won its seventh Tri-County League championship in a row by just one point.

Rowe, who had broken the school record (15- 11 ¼) in the long jump earlier in the season, just missed breaking the league record in taking first place.

She also took second in both the 100 and 200 meter runs and anchored the second place 4×100 relay team. Shannon Paquette, who had been undefeated all season in the shot put, took second in that event and discus.

Other strong performances came from Marisa Romano, whose third place finish in the 800 was 11 seconds faster than her season’s best.

Multiple scorers included Savannah Behn (third long jump, fifth discus, second 4 x 400), Adani Duguay-Webster (third discus, fourth hurdles), Trinity Zimmerman (fifth long jump, sixth hurdles, second 4 x 400) and Katy Noyes (sixth long jump, second 4x 100). Julia Ireland placed a strong fourth in the 800 with her season’s best time.

Other relay members included, Izzie Aiello & Libby Manz (4×100) and Emma Sette and MaKayla Kilcrease (4 x 400).


Board meetings

MYA Elections

The Merrimack Youth Association (MYA) Basketball Program will be having elections for positions on the Board of Directors at 7 p.m. June 22 at the MYA Building.

Positions are held for one year and run from July to June.

For more information, contact Jim Noon, MYA Basketball Director at director@myabasketball.org.


Nashua Elks Crusaders
program seeking donations

The Nashua Elks Crusaders, a non-profit youth football and cheer organization, is seeking help from the community in purchasing new equipment and uniforms.

Donations can be made to Nashua Crusaders P.O. Box 7248 Nashua, NH 03063. Also, for more information on sponsorship opportunities, email necpresident15@gmail.com or deniserosher@comcast.net.


Knights tryouts

The Nashua Baseball Academy and the New Hampshire Knights are seeking players for the summer season.

The Knights compete in the New England Independent Baseball League and the ages are from 15 to 19 as of May 1. The Knights finished second in league play in 2014 and were league champions the two years previously in ‘12 and ‘13.

The season runs from mid-June to August 1 and they play Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The league is a wooden bat league.

Players come from surrounding towns including southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts.

Tryouts are by appointment. Contact Coach Loftus at nashuabaseballacademy@comcast.net to arrange a tryout.

Sports Tryout web site

Coaches are invited to post tryouts, camps, and clinics on Sporttryouts.com., with free or paid listing options. The can also qualify to receive scholarship money for athletes or fees associated with playing.

For more information, go to Sporttryouts.com and click on the scholarship link.


Nashua Baseball Academy

The Nashua Baseball Academy is holding two baseball camps rain or shine at its indoor/outdoor facilty at 265 Proctor Hill Road in Hollis July 6-10 and 13-17.

Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day and the fee is $125 per week and discounted to $100 per week for members. The camp dates are July 6 to July 10, and, July 13 to 17. The camps will focus on developing players skills and practicing those skills in games and competitions.

A day by day, prorated option to fit your schedule is available as well. To register, contact Coach Loftus at nashuabaseballacademy@comcast.net.

Nashua Sports Academy

Summer Camp at Nashua Sports Academy starts June 22, and runs weekly thru Aug. 28.

There is a weekly Adventure Camp as well as sports specific camps for boys and girls ages four and up. Go to http://www.nashuasportsacademy.com for more information or to register.

Silver Knights Baseball Camp

The Nashua Silver Knights will be hosting their annual baseball camp at Holman Stadium July 13-17 from 9 a.m. To 1 p.m.

The cost is $199 per camper, open to youths ages seven to 14, although others can be considered under special circumstances.

Campers will receive a Nashua Silver Knights Summer Baseball Camp T-shirt and four reserved tickets to the Camp Day game, and campers will take part in a pre-game parade. Lunch will be served each day of the camp, and water will be provided.

For more information, call 718-8883, email Tyler Bonin at tyler@nashuasilverknights.com.

Thunderbirds Juniors
Beach Volleyball

The Thunderbirds Juniors Beach Volleyball Club is starting Session Two of its beach volleyball training series for girls and boys ages 10 – 18 at the sand courts at the Brookline Ball Park.

Session Two runs from June 8 to July 1 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m.or 6-8 p.m.

For information/registration go to www.ThunderbirdsVolleyball.com.

Windham Wrestling Camp

The Windham High School wrestling staff will host a four-day youth wrestling camp June 22-25 from 3-6 p.m. for students entering grades K-9 (pre-K wrestlers also welcome at parent/coach discretion).

Designed for all levels of experience, the camp will focus on wrestling skills as well as sportsmanship, teamwork, nutrition, and proper training methods

Campers will receive personal tips, personal letters home, and other gifts from their counselors. Members of the Windham High School wrestling team will be on hand.

The cost of camp is $100 per wrestler, and additional siblings are only $25 each.

For more information, contact Byrne@windhamsd.org or TDarrin@windhamsd.org.

UNH Field Hockey Clinics

The University of New Hampshire field hockey program will host youth clinics on July 10 and July 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. open to girls and boys attending kindergarten to fourth grade. Each clinic costs $55.

To register your athlete(s) or for more information, contact Claire Grogan at Claire.Grogan@unh.edu or at (339) 237-1655.

UMass Lowell softball clinic

The Danielle Henderson Softball Academy at UMass Lowell will hold summer clinics on July 13-15 for youths in grades three through six and July 27-29 for grades seven through 12.

Umass Lowell coaches and players will offer instruction in pitching, hitting, and defense.

For complete information on the clinics, times, and registration, visit www.daniellehendersonsoftballacademy.com

UMass Lowell Soccer Camps

The UMass Lowell women’s soccer program will hold two four-day summer camps.

There will be two River Hawk Soccer Academy sessions aimed at two differing age groups.The first runs from July 31 through August 3 and is open to girls age 13 and up. It will be an intense training camp that will focus on both the technical and tactical sides of the game.

Those signing up for the camp will have the choice of attending as either a commuter or residential participant.

The registration fee is $495 for residential players and $395 for commuter attendees.

The second camp session is open to boys and girls between the ages of 6-12 and will be a mix of technical stations, small sided games and individual instruction.

Campers will also have supervised access to the UMass Lowell swimming pool.

The registration fee is $225 for a full day session and $125 for half day attendees.

Enrollment, for both camps, is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information contact Assistant Coach Matt Harry at Matthew_Harry@uml.edu or visit http://www.totalcamps.com/UMLWOMENSSOCCERCAMPS/home.

UNH Boys soccer camps

The University of New Hampshire men’s soccer program, along with Soccer Sphere (a year round soccer training business), will host many camps during the summer of 2015.

The first camp is set for Saturday, July 18 and is the Soccer Sphere College ID Days open to boys ages 15-18. The single day event begins at 8:50 a.m. and concludes at 5 p.m.

The cost is $79.95 for the day. Activities include an athletic facility tour, field player drills and goalkeeper training and an 11 on 11 match.

The second camp is the residential camp running from Sunday, July 26 through Thursday, July 30 on the UNH campus and is open to boys ages 9-18.

The cost of the camp is $475 for day campers and $595 for residential campers and includes five days of soccer training and instruction, a camp t-shirt, three meals per day and on-campus housing in a UNH dormitory.

For more information on the camps, contact assistant coach Rich Weinrebe via email at Richard.weinrebe@unh.edu. For more information on camps and leagues running year round, visit www.soccersphere.org.

UNH Women’s Soccer Camps

The University of New Hampshire women’s soccer summer camps on July 13 and July 19 still have spots available..

The day camp will run from Monday, July 13 through Thursday, July 16 from 9 a.m to noon on Bremner Field and is open to those entering grades one through five in the 2015-16 academic year.

The fee of $150 includes a camp t-shirt and a soccer ball.

The overnight camp starts Sunday, July 19 and concludes Wednesday, July 22 and is open to girls entering grades six through 12 in the 2015-16 academic year. Two options are available as campers can be commuters or stay overnight. Both include a camp t-shirt and ball, a full evening program and three meals daily at the University dining halls. The commuter cost runs at $375 while the overnight price is $475.

For more information on any of the camps, contact assistant coach Amanda Webb via phone at 862-0744 or by email at Amanda.Webb@unh.edu (preferred method of contact).

UNH field hockey hosts
two summer camps

The University of New Hampshire field hockey program will hold a pair of four-day summer camp sessions, July 5-8 and July 9-12.

Both camps are open to junior high and high school students (as of fall 2015). Each session offers overnight ($475) and commuter ($375) options, both of which consist of four days of field hockey instruction, a full evening program and three meals daily. The overnight package also includes on-campus lodging in a UNH dormitory.

Day One of camp includes afternoon (2-4 p.m.) and evening (6-8 p.m.) sessions with an optional evening play (8:30-9:30 p.m.).

Days Two and Three consist of a morning (8:30-11 a.m.), afternoon and evening session as well as the optional evening play. Day Four concludes with a morning session.

Campers will receive instruction from the UNH field hockey coaching staff,

For more information or to register, go online to www.unhwildcats.com/camps/index. For questions regarding registration, contact Kate McAfee at kafe.mcafee@unh.edu.

UNH Field Hockey clinics

The University of New Hampshire field hockey program’s Summer Skills and Play clinics, which are open to middle and high school athletes, are held the first three Tuesdays in June (9, 16 and 23) from 6-7:30 p.m. each session with training by members of the UNH field hockey team and coaching staff.

The competitive period of game play will expose athletes to new rules of play that have been implemented at the collegiate and club field hockey levels.

The cost is $25 per session or $65 for all three sessions. Contact Ross Gorham or Claire Grogan via e-mail to register.

UNH Girls Basketball Day Camp

The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team announced that registration is still available for both sessions of the 2015 Girl’s Basketball Wildcat Day Camp at Lunholm Gym.

The camp is open to any and all girls entering 9th grade as of Fall 2015 and is split into two sessions. Session 1 runs from Monday, June 29 to Thursday, July 2 and Session 2 runs from Monday, July 13 to Friday, July 17. Camp check-in will start at 8:30 a.m. on the Monday of each session. The hours of each day go from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for the final day of each session, which will end at 2 p.m.

Campers should bring a boxed lunch, change of sneakers, swimsuit, towel and a water bottle to each day of camp.

Registration is available online or by mail. Visit UNHWildcats.com/camps/index and complete the application that can be submitted either online or by mail.

For more information, contact assistant coach Kelsey Hogan at (603) 862-0282 or by e-mail at kelsey.hogan@unh.edu.

NHTI Camps

New Hampshire Technical Institue in Concord will be having a series of summer camps/events:

The Rip City Basketball Camp: June 22-26 for Grades 4-11; Summer Boys High School tournament July 11;Summer Girls High School tournament: July 17-18 (Contact Coach Jen Fithian at jrfithian@gmail.com).

Also: Paul Hogan Basketball Camps for the summer of 2015. Camp information can be found at www.hogancamps.com or 603-340-1719; Play On! Soccer Camp at NHTI July 13-17 for boys and girls in grades 4-10.

Shooter’s Gold Basketball Camps will also be held in 7 different towns around the state of NH. Forms are printable from the site along with information.