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Friday, May 9, 2014

Nashua Cal Ripken Baseball season has arrived



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Royals 11, Angels 1

Varun Lingadal had a two-run double that provided all the runs the Royals would need, as he went 3 for 3 with five RBIs. Royals ace Colton Welch pitched the first four innings and shut down the Angels with eight strikeouts, one walk and one hit.

Angels third baseman Tom McLuin made a nice backhand play to save two runs while Keegan Mills had a booming homer to provide the Angels’ run.

Giants 9, Diamondbacks 5

In their season opener, the Giants were led by Chris Keefe, Eren Labonte, Branden McDonnell each with two hits and two runs scored.

Giant pitchers Champagne, McDonnell, and LaBonte as combined for six strikeouts, allowing six hits.

Diamondbacks 21, Red Sox 11

The Diamondbacks were led by Alex Ortiz who went 5 for 5 with four homers, including two grand slams and an incredible 16 RBIs. Sam Powers scored four times for the Red Sox while Gavin Belesca pitched well for the Diamondbacks.

A’s 6, Red Sox 5

The A’s pulled out a close 6-5 victory in the bottom of the sixth vs the Red Sox. Nathan Bergerson’s ground ball to the first baseman scored Brandon Yan for the winning run. Jake Smith (2 for 2 with a two-run homer), Zach Rioux (double) and Nathan Chisolm (double) led the A’s offense. The Sox offense was led by Travis Holbrook (double with an RBI and two runs scored) and Manny Fernandez (1 for 1 and two runs scored).


Pirates top Orioles

Colin Holbrook had a triple to key a four-run Pirates first inning and pitched three innings in the season opener. Kenny Reel, Sam McElliott and Elias Bourque each pitched two innings for the Orioles.


Blast U13 boys win

Nashua took a 6-5 decision for its first win of the season. Nashua set the pace by scoring their first goal at 21 seconds. After that it was a slugfest with Nashua leading 2-1 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter Londonderry came out shooting and took the lead 3-2 despite a rock solid performance by Nashua keeper Jaiden Dupont, who was protected by the defensemen Charlie Collins, Hunter Chenard and Cole Forcier.

Nashua attackmen Sawyer Cosgrove, Kyle Salemi, and Andre Ostaudelafon maintained a continuous assault on the Londonderry defensive end, with help from midfielders Joseph Hitzman and Aidan Gillis eventually answered every Londonderry goal and enabled Nashua to end the first half with a 4-3 lead. The second half was a midfielder’s game, with Ben Levine, Joe Bodi, Nate Kane, and Sam Charron driving back Londonderry efforts.

Matt Hallahan played the second half in goal for Nashua, giving up only two goals for the rest of the game. He was well protected by Tyler Jagentefl, playing as long stick midfielder, who deterred Londonderry offensive machine on almost every drive. Late in the fourth quarter, it came down to the last five minutes as Nashua survived after Londonderry closed the gap to 6-5.

Blast U15 Boys top Pelham

The Blast Boys U15 Purple squad defeated Pelham 13-7 to improve to 2-2.

Max Wright had an excellent performance in goal with the help of a strong defensive game by Al Maya, Shafer Rancourt, and Christian Dellorfano. Troy Bottari had another great offensive game as did Devin Linscott each with four goals and one assist. Nashua also had scoring by Todd Redman (two goals, three assists), Alex Bozek (one goal, two assists), Kyle Fischer (goal, assist), and Jared Zeicick (single goal).

Blast U11 Girls top Hollis Brookline

The Nashua Blast U11 Girls Purple team rebounded from a recent loss with a solid 11-8 win over Hollis Brookline at Stellos Stadium.

Coach Korey Hlebichuk’s squad got solid efforts from numerous players, offensively and defensively, and improved to 3-1 on the season.

Both teams started out playing outstanding defense as only one goal was scored by either team in the first eight minutes of the game.

Hollis Brookline would score first but that was quickly answered on an unassisted goal by Julia Cote. A little over a minute later Lindsay Hult would tally an unassisted goal as well giving the Blast a 2-1 lead. Cote would score another goal pushing the lead to 3-1.

Hollis Brookline scored the next goal cutting the lead to 3-2. Cote would score again, assisted by Olivia Johnson. Kiley O’Brien added a goal pushing the Blast lead to 5-2. Hollis Brookline would score again only to have that countered by an Alyssa-Ann Johnson goal assisted by Olivia Johnson. The first half ended with Nashua holding a 6-3 lead.

Hollis scored the first goal of the second half. Hult would score another goal, assisted by Bree Cooley and then Cooley scored unassisted making it an 8-4 game.

Hult scored her third goal of the game, assisted by O’Brien. Liv Hlebichuk scored for the Blast unassisted to push the Blast lead to 10-4.

However, Hollis Brookline scored the next three goals to cut the lead to 10-7 with just under two minutes to play. Cote then scored her fourth goal, unassisted. Hollis Brookline would score the last goal of the game but it was too little too late.

Julia Mendes and Caitlyn Harrington led a defensive squad that played well allowing only 12 shots against goalie Halee Mele, who made four saves on the day.


Nashua Jr. Legion

baseball tryouts

The Nashua Jr. American Legion team will hold tryouts on May 24 and 25 at North Common Field from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be a $20 registration fee due at tryouts. For more information contact coach Greg Coy 552-0945 or

Nashua Chiefs tryouts

Registration and tryouts for the Nashua Independent Baseball Team Chiefs, formerly known as Senior Babe Ruth, will be held Friday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m., at Ledge St. Field, next to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the field with tryouts to follow. Tryouts will continue at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18. This league is open to players ages 16 and players who do not turn 20 before Aug. 8.

All Nashua and Bishop Guertin High School players and players from last year’s teams must register at the field. Only players who register and tryout will be considered for this year’s team.

For more information, contact Tom Dwane at 589-3364 or email

Recreational Lacrosse

Leagues in Epping

North Shore Lacrosse is offering a recreational lacrosse league for youths at various grade levels beginning June 23 and running every Monday through Aug. 4. There are no tryouts, no extended practices and no weekend commitments.

Offerings include a Boys Junior League for grades 3-5; a Boys Middle School League for grades 6-8; and a Boys High School League for grades 9-12. All grades indicate the level a youth will be in the fall school year of September.

All games will be played at the Seacoast United Outdoor Complex in Epping. Start times vary from 5:30 p.m. up to 9 p.m. and run for 60-90 minutes. The fee is $205 per player. U.S. Lacrosse Membership is NOT required. All Registrations are due May 1.

More details and registration information are available at northshore Click on the “SEACOAST NH/MAINE” link at top navigation bar. Contact Craig Roderick at or 1-978-473-2533.

Team NH Baseball

Team NH Baseball is currently looking for a few more players for its 2014 U13 team. Season includes indoor and outdoor practices and one tournament in New York. Call Mike Jackson at 577-1772 for more information or email teamnh

Nashua PAL Football

The Nashua PAL Force is currently accepting coaching applications as well as athlete registrations for the upcoming football and cheer season. Those interested can register online at or register in person at Elm St Middle School from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 10.

For more information visit

Hudson Youth Baseball

Spring registration for Hudson Youth Baseball is now open. HYB features six divisions (T-ball, Rookie, AA, AAA, Majors, and Babe Ruth Division) for boys and girls ages 4-15.

Registration and more information can be found at

Hollis Brookline Jr.

Cavalier coaches needed

The Hollis Brookline Jr Cavaliers Football and Cheer Athletic Program is currently seeking applications for all levels of football and cheer coaching positions. These positions include head coaches, assistant coaches and junior demonstrators.

If interested, go to hbjr and complete the applicable application. For football related questions, contact football director Chris Lones at; for cheer coaching questions, contact Robin Giaconia, cheer coordinator, at

Youth sports site starting

Local baseball coach John Roper will be starting a website called sport for coaches and organizations local and nationally to list event, camp, tryout and other information. There is a fee per listing or an annual fee. For more information visit