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Sunday, June 17, 2012

KidSports June 17 Wrapup: Baseball, lacrosse, track, basketball


Girls U11

Blast come up short in Londonderry

Nashua Blast U11 girls lacrosse toughed out a hot, sunny day at the NHYL playoffs in Londonderry on Sunday. Having an outstanding day in the cage for both games for the Blast was Abbey Rowe. The scores did not reflect the excellent efforts of Rowe, who was seeing the ball really well all day and made numerous saves in both games. Hampton and Hampstead ended up being too much on the Blast as they lost 14-9 to Hampton and 12-4 to Hampstead.

Playing great defensively was Campbell Haller, Cassidy Lavoie, Payson Mooso, Izzy Bolduc and Alyssa deCarteret. Speedy middies Kelsie Leith, Julia Sullivan, Emily Morneau, Grace Lambert, Taylor Guilfoil, Angie Clancy and Victoria Gates were busy going for grounders all afternoon. Emma Pucillo and Coryn Flavin shared the face off duties for the day at center.

Hannah Fortin, Kirsten McIntire, Allison Hartshorn, Britney Pearson and Calley Goulet lead the attack for Nashua. Tallying points for the Blast during game one were Kirsten McIntire on an assist from Hannah Fortin, who had four goals of her own. Pucillo had two goals and an assist to Fortin and Calley Goulet. During the second game Hannah Fortin had another three goals with one assisted by Angie Clancy, and Taylor Guilfoil had a goal on an assist by Pucillo.

The Blast wrap up their 2012 season with a final tournament in Amherst.

Boys U11

Hollis-Brookline captures conference championship

At the New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse playoffs the Hollis Brookline U11 White team captured the conference title with wins over Keene and Plymouth.

In the first game HB lit up the score board with a 12-2 victory over Keene, with several players netting multiple goals. In the championship game against Plymouth, HB was down 5-2 at the half. However in the second half HB poured on the team-work with outstanding ball control and passing, out-hustling an outstanding Plymouth team.

Throughout the tournament attackmen David Wang, TJ Vitullo, Hunter Hudzik, Willy Marinaccio and Henry Kotarski controlled the offensive tempo of the game while playing tough defensively, preventing both Keene and Plymouth from breaking out of their defensive ends. In both games the HB midfielders, including Dylan Terenzoni, Liam Baldwin, Nick Dapolitio, Ronnie Hillard, Andrew Kotarski, Sal Vella, David Wang, Teddy Moscatelli, Scott Walsh and Tom Gardiner, outhustled the opposing teams. They won the battle of ground balls, setting up the attackmen on quick breaks and playing solid defense

HB defensemen Jack Sinclair, Matthew Wojcik, Henry Burns andRonnie Hillard played their best two games, quickly boxing out the opposing team’s offense and shutting down the shooting lanes. Goalie Ian Babcock was nothing short of exceptional between the pipes. He shut down Plymouth shooters in the second half of the championship game to help secure the championship.



New England Shooting Stars win state title

The New England Shooting Stars AAU National 9th grade team garnered their 18th consecutive New Hampshire AAU basketball championship. In their first year together the Stars proved the value of teamwork, intensity and hustle, prevailing over the N.H. Elite by a score of 49-23. The Stars were led in the scoring column by Colleen Frey with 10 points. Tori Florence and Jackie Panneton each chipped in with eight points. The Stars defensive pressure stifled the Elite throughout the game. Megan Collins scored four points in the first half to go with great defense, but was out for the remainder of the tournament due to an ankle injury. Brittney Roche added five points of her own.

The Stars defeated the Granite State Rockettes in the second contest 63-30. The Stars full court pressure and transition offense was too much to contend with for the Rockettes. The Stars were led by Hannah Neild and Tori Florence with 17 points each while Colleen Frey scored 12 to provide a sufficient cushion for the Stars.

In the semifinal contest the Stars faced the N.H. Panthers and secured another victory by a score of 58-21. Frey led all scorers with 14 points followed closely by Panneton, Florence and Kylee Julia with 12, nine and eight, respectively. Roggenbuck and Panneton led the way in the rebounding column with 12 and 10, respectively.

In the Championship Game the Stars faced the undefeated N.H. Flames in an especially physical contest, but took home the championship trophy with a 61-45 victory. Contributing to the win was Kylee Julia, who led all scorers with 14 points followed by Panneton with 12 points and nine rebounds and Florence with 11 points and five steals. Rachael Cormier added 10 points and six steals.

Valerie Martin was unable to play in the tournament due to a concussion sustained a week earlier.


Nashua Cal Ripken


D’Backs 4, Red Sox 3 (7 innings)

The Diamondbacks finished the season undefeated in league play, but that didn’t mean anything to their tournament title game opponent.

The Red Sox started the North Tournament title game strong, chasing D’Backs pitcher Mason Dane out of the game after allowing two runs to the Red Sox. Anthony Paquin came in relief to prevent further damage. Red Sox starting pitcher Patrick Gillis held the D’Backs scoreless through the first three innings until the D’Backs scrapped a run from a perfect RBI squeeze bunt by 9-year-old Kyle Krulikowski to make it 2-1.

Down 3-1 bottom of the sixth, Paquin and Will Brooks led off with walks for the D’Backs. Double steals put runners at second and third and a wild pitch brought in a run. Paul Murtagh came through in a clutch with his first hit of the tournament that scored Brooks to make it a 3-3 game.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Brooks was walked to score the winning run.

The D’Backs will now head to the City Championship as a No. 1 seed from the North.



Giants 9, A’s 0

The Giants got a complete-game no-hitter from Ryan Kozyra to give the Giants their third win of the season. Kozyra was in control all game, collecting 12 K’s and walking only two. Defensively, the Giants had no errors and received solid performances from Braden McDonnell at third, Andrew Penkala at short, Kevin Barrows at second and Devin Gates at first. Owen Mooso also had a strong game behind the plate, squeezing several critical third strikes. Offensively, the Giants received big games from Kozyra (3 for 4), Penkala (2 for 3), and Mooso (2 for 4). The Giants also received hits from Barrows, Evan Guay, McDonnell and Jake Fitzpatrick. The A’s pitchers included Stephen McLendon (five K’s), Thomas McLendon (two K’s) and Kavim Bhatnagar (two K’s).

South Orioles 14, North Angels 3

The Orioles’ pitchers included Brendan Auriana (three K’s), Matt Savoia (two K’s) and Nathan Cormier. The Orioles grabbed an early lead and never looked back, scoring 14 runs in the first three innings.

An RBI single from Parker Obenhofer, RBI single from Savoia, RBI single by Auriana, two-run single by Cormier, RBI by Adam Paquette and an RBI single from Chris Haley contributed to a third inning rally. Every Orioles player had at least one run and RBI. Standouts were Obenhofer (3 for 3), Savoia (2 for 3), Auriana (1 for 1, two BB, two RBIs), Cormier (1 for 3, three RBIs) and Adam Paquette.

South Phillies 3, North Diamondbacks 1

The Phillies scored three runs in the first, but were shut down the rest of the way by the stubborn defense of the D’backs, who recorded two double plays on fly ball outs, and threw a runner out at the plate. Good pitching and good defense kept the D’backs off the board the rest of the way after allowing a run in the first. Phillies pitching faced 21 total batters, allowing one hit and two walks.


A’s 7, Giants 6

The Giants scored three runs in the top of the first sparked by a key hit from Nolan Foss. The Giants added another run in the top of the third on a double by Foss. The A’s came back in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs on a key hit from Nathan Smith. The A’s added another run in the 5th to tie the score at 4. In the top of the sixth, the Giants scored two runs on a hit from Foss. But in the bottom half of the inning, the A’s scored three to win it in dramatic fashion. Jeffrey Lugo got things started for the A’s with a single and Leo Kopicko won it with a game-winning single.

Nashua Little League


Athletics 9, Red Sox 4

The Athletics rode a six-run second inning to a 9-4 victory to keep their playoff hopes alive. Adam LaBarge got the win striking out eight. Ben Sitar struck out the only batter he faced to end the game. LaBarge and Kevin Collins each scored twice to lead the offense.

Athletics 13, Orioles 3

The Athletics’ offense came alive, scoring runs in every inning. Yandell Mateo got the win striking out eight. Noah Camp made an outstanding grab in left field which gave the A’s the spark they needed to pull out a win against a tough O’s team. Adam LaBarge had four hits and four runs scored while Shane Lopez and Tyler Rogers each scored twice.

Cardinals 8, Red Sox 7

Robbie Long pitched 51⁄3 innings and struck out eight. Bryce Eckenrode came in relief in the sixth inning to shut down the Red Sox offense with a pair of strikeouts. Cam Gillespie got the defensive ball rolling by catching two fly balls hit to right field in the first inning.

Matt Eskenas went 3 for 4, reaching twice on bunts. Jason Messier scored in the fourth inning after his first single of the season. Angelo Soto was 2 for 3, scoring after a double. Chris Markunas scored the game-tying run after a single in the fifth inning. Aiden van Batenburg was 3 for 4 scoring twice including the game-winning run after Gabe Perrault’s walk-off single in the sixth.

Twins 11, Athletics 1

The Twins finished the regular season strong with a victory over the A’s. Peter Dyszczyk pitched three no-hit innings while striking out eight. Courtney Olsen came in to strike out the two batters she faced. Offensively, Vinny Priore went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs and Mike Fletcher went 1 for 2.


Padres 9, Giants 8

In one of the best-played games by the Padres this season, they held off a big rally by the Giants with a game-ending play at the plate to cut down the tying run. Jake Lord pitched 41⁄3 innings, striking out eight. Oscar Trujillo and Stephen Smith combined to finish the game behind stellar defense.

A sixth inning rally came up just inches short for the Giants as the tying run was gunned down at the plate. Evan Wilson pitched 22⁄3 innings, allowing four runs while striking out five. Sean Hagberg came in and pitched 21⁄3 innings of relief, allowing five runs while striking out six. Offensively Josh Taylor (2 for 2, three runs, one RBI, one BB) and Zack Berthiaume (2 for 3, one run, two RBIs, one BB) both had strong nights while Spencer Labrecque, Sean Hagberg and Jaidon Dupont all drove in runs.

Rays 14, Brewers 10

A back-and-forth game was decided by a heads up double play by Aaron Roberge at shortstop on a line drive to allow the Rays to get their last at-bat for the go-ahead runs. Cole Koskela helped himself with a two-run triple in the fifth, and Lexi Roberge put it away with her own two-run triple to give the Rays the lead.

Mets 13, Brewers 12

The Mets came from behind against a strong Brewers team to win the game in the sixth inning. Offensively the Mets were led by Zachary Gauthier with a three-run homer, Andrew Curtin’s two-run triple, Grasion Connors’ RBI single and Alyssa Legee’ RBI.

Brewers were led offensively by Johnny Sullivan with three RBIs and Sam Fletcher with two RBIs, while getting steady defense behind the plate from Owen Duda.

Rays 3, Padres 2

A true pitching duel with great defensive play made this game close with the score 1-1 after five innings. Aaron Roberge struck out six and helped himself out with excellent fielding. Roberge had three assists and snagged a hard line drive at the mound. The Padres took a one-run lead into the sixth.

Matthew D’Ortona took the mound for the Rays and never let the game get out of reach. Down by one in the bottom of the sixth, the Rays bats came alive. Heads up running by Roberge to score the tying run on an infield single by his sister Lexi. Colin Keavey smacked a ground ball for a base hit, and his older sister Brigitte smacked a a long ball to right. With Colin on third and two outs, Jose’ Berrios bunted down the first base line, scoring the Rays winning run.

Rays 12, White Sox 2

In a must-win situation for the Rays, they came out strong with excellent baserunning and near-perfect defense. In the last game of the season, Rays ace Cole Koskela pitched three innings and chalked up eight strikeouts. Matthew D’Ortona made the save with twe strikeouts, assisted by a put-out at second by Aaron Roberge, who also smashed a double to left-center in the third, knocking in two. A perfect bunt by Logan Elliot moved runners up, eventually scoring. Koskela helped himself out in the bottom of the fourth getting walked and stealing his way around the bags to score the final run for the Rays.

G.I.D hosting weeklong camp near end of July

The G.I.D. Baseball Program will host summer camp July 23-27 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. each day.

Campers will work on fundamentals of hitting, pitching, fielding and baserunning. The camp fee includes a t-shirt and pizza the last day of the camp. Campers that complete a full week will compete in Home Run Derby with trophies for first, second and third place for the top sluggers. For more info go to To sign up, e-mail or call.



Fun Run every Tuesday from June 26 until Aug. 7

The 37th year of the Greater Derry Track Club’s Kid’s Summer Fun Run program is about to start. Opening day is Tuesday, June 26 at the Londonderry High School track. Registration is at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 6:30. Greater Derry Track Club members will lead stretching exercises and offer running tips. Race groups are based on the following age groups: 2-3 years (50 meters), 4-6 (200), 7-8 (300), 9-10 (600), 11-13 (cross country mile), 14-up (1 mile race on track) and an all ages adaptive 100 run. Water, Gatorade and watermelons will be supplied each week. Children will receive participation ribbons each week from Derry Parks and Recreation, and runners who complete the entire series will receive medals and t-shirts from GDTC.

Sponsors cover all registration fees; but please bring along a non-perishable food donation to support our local food banks. Avoid the lines by bringing completed registration forms and waivers found online at Rain delays and cancellations will also be posted on the Website. E-mail any questions to