- Courtesy photo
Nashua Northwest and Nashua West Cal Ripken leagues merged in the offseason to form the Central League. On April 28, the newly-formed league celebrated Opening Day by having 2011 West MVP Larry Lassiter, left, and 2011 Northwest MVP Connor Mullaly throw out the first pitch during the ceremony.
- Nashua Little League players sit on the Fred Lajoie field infield during the dedication ceremony Saturday, April 28, 2012. Staff photo by William Wrobel.
- Cal Ripken Baseball Commissioner Fred Lajoie inspects the new sign for Fred Lajoie Field during the dedication of the field Saturday, April 28, 2012.Staff photo by William Wrobel.
- Nashua baseball players and families gather on the infield of Fred Lajoie Field during the dedication of the park to Cal Ripken Baseball Commissioner Fred Lajoie Saturday, April 28, 2012. Staff photo by William Wrobel.
- Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau declares April 28 "Fred Lajoie Day" during her speech at the dedication of Fred Lajoie Field Saturday, April 28, 2012. Staff photo by William Wrobel.
- Fred Lajoie, Cal Ripken Baseball Commissioner for New Hampshire speaks to the crowd gathered to celebrate the dedication of Fred Lajoie Field in Nashua Saturday, April 28, 2012. Staff photo by William Wrobel.
- Fred Lajoie, Cal Ripken Baseball Commissioner for New Hampshire tips his cap to the crowd following the dedication of Fred Lajoie Field Saturday, April 28, 2012. Staff photo by William Wrobel.
- Fred Lajoie, Cal Ripken Baseball Commissioner for New Hampshire looks out over the newly dedicated Fred Lajoie field in Nashua Saturday, April 28, 2012. Staff photo by William Wrobel.
KidSports Wrapup for May 6, 2012: Baseball, Lacrosse, camps, board elections
Nashua Cal Ripken
Central League takes field for first time
Nashua Northwest and Nashua West are officially one. The two Gate City Cal Ripken leagues merged in the offseason, setting the stage for a big celebration this spring.
The newly-born Nashua Cal Ripken Central League held its inaugural Opening Day ceremony on Saturday, April 28 – complete with a parade of the league’s 37 teams entering Memorial Field at the Ledge Street Baseball Complex, a renaming of the field and a special first pitch.
Following the parade, the players, coaches and parents were welcomed by league president Frank McNally and Mayor Donnalee Lozeau – which carried over into a presentation of the field’s new name – Fred Lajoie Field.
Lajoie, a longtime champion of youth baseball in Nashua and New Hampshire, has worked tirelessly for the enjoyment of young baseball players statewide for 44 years. He helped build then-Memorial Field in 1972.
Following the dedication of Fred Lajoie Field and the national anthem, the season’s first pitch was thrown by Connor Mullaly (2011 Nashua Northwest MVP) and Larry Lassiter (2011 Nashua West MVP).
North opens season with four games
Cubs 11, Angels 7
The Cubs jumped out to an early lead and fended off a late comeback by the Angels to win the opener for both teams. The pitching was split between A.J. Mele (two innings), Patrick McCarthy (three innings) and Conner Erickson (two innings).
Connor Muise led the way offensively for the Cubs with two doubles and three RBIs, while Mele added two RBIs on a double of his own.
Brandon Jamieson made a nice defensive play on a line shot by Guidion Prince late in the game while the Angels were rallying. Anthony Forgione and Andre Laplante pitched well for the Angels in relief.
D’backs 10, Cubs 3
The Diamondbacks were led by a complete-game pitching performance by Anthony Paquin, who allowed just three hits while striking out four. Cubs pitchers A.J. Mele (four innings) and Evan Holland (two Innings) combined for five strikeouts while only allowing just five hits.
The D’backs opened up with four runs in the first inning and added another five in the third to take a 10-1 lead.
D’backs lead-off hitter Tony Gallinaro scored twice and 9-year-old rookie Nick Tzannos scored a run and knocked in two. The Cubs where led offensively by Aiden Scales, Pat McCarthy and Jacob Hughes. Defensively, Scales stole the show with two amazing plays in center field.
D’backs 10, Angels 6
The Diamondbacks were led by pitcher Tony Gallinaro, who went the distance – striking out five in the process.
Gallinaro helped his own cause at the plate with two hits and two runs scored, while teammates Anthony Paquin (two hits, two runs), Jack Gould (two runs) and 9-year-old Gavin Belesca (double, run scored) also chipped in offensively.
Angels lead-off hitter Andre Laplante had two hits and scored three times. The combined pitching for the Angels included Laplante and Anthony Forgione (who also had two hits and a run scored). Also contributing offensively was Cody Fleming with a hit and run scored.
In the fifth inning, the D’backs erupted for five runs on four consecutive hits – including hits off the bats of Will Brooks and Mason Dane.
D’backs 5, Red Sox 3
The Diamondbacks opened up with three runs in the first inning led by Will Brooks, Mason Dane and Anthony Paquin. They got one more run in both the third and fifth, while the Red Sox – led by Tyler Downing with a hit and two runs scored – were able to get one in first, third and fifth.
Dane went 42⁄3 innings for the D’backs, striking out eight while giving up just one hit for the win. Jack Gould came on relief to finish the game with two strikeouts. Rory Curran played well defensively.
Red Sox pitcher Matt Walls pitched four innings and struck out seven, while Downing came in to finish the game.
U11 Boys: Team Fiore 10, Bow 5
Joey Baturla opened up the game with the first goal followed by J.J. Fiore. Bow answered with their first and Jacob Rodrigue answered back.
Bow put two more on the board in the second quarter along with one more from Fiore and Cole Desmond ended the second quarter with a goal giving Nashua a 5-3 halftime lead.
Rodrigue and Fiore put one more each on the board and Bow answered back with two more before Christopher Sullivan closed the third quarter with a score. Rodrigue opened the fourth with a goal followed by one more from Fiore for the winning margin.
Nathan Zalzal dominated faceoffs for the Blast, while the defensive unit of goalie Max Wright, Hunter Chenard, Jacob Torgersen, Nick Connerty, Ryan Downing, Matt Hallahan, Garett Hillard and Bryan Boyle held Bow in check. Connor McDowell and Owen Finn recorded multiple assists.
U11 Girls: Blast 9, Wolfeboro 1
The Nashua Blast U11 girls team had its best outing of the year in the worst weather so far this season. The girls braved the elements at Stellos Stadium and beat Wolfeboro 9-1.
Hannah Fortin started off her hat trick with a goal off a rebounded shot. She then assisted the next goal with a strong pass to Campbell Haller, who found the back of the cage.
Bailey Morin assisted on a goal and had one of her own as well. Other Blast players scoring for the first time this season were Molly Caron, Kaylee Keegan and Victoria Gates. Kirsten McIntire finished off the scoring with a strong move around the cage.
Bailey Morin and Taylor Guilfoil were strong splitting time in the cage for the Blast – highlighted by Guilfoil’s save late in the game to preserve the second-half shutout.
Grace Lambert, Alison Hartshorn, Payson Mooso and Kelsie Leith fought hard in the offensive end and had some great shots on goal. Alyssa DeCarteret, Angie Clancy, Britney Pearson and Kateri Coffey were pillars on defense. Izzy Bolduc earned Player of the Game honors with her all-around tough defensive play and her knack for ground ball pickups.
MYA voting scheduled
The Merrimack Youth Association will be holding elections for positions on the Executive Board on Thursday at the MYA Building.
The Nominating Committee is now accepting names for the following two-year terms: Assistant Secretary, Vice President and Member at Large.
Contact committee member chairperson Jim Noon at 424-0697 if you wish to place a name in nomination. All volunteers and parents of an MYA participant are eligible to vote in this election.
All are welcome to attend our monthly meetings, the second Thursday of every month. Your input is wanted and welcome.
NECC Catching Camp set for two weeks of training
The New England Catching Camp still has space available for the 2012 Summer Camps. There will again be two weeks of camp to choose from.
The four-day, 16-hour camps will be held July 23-26 and Aug. 6-9. This camp has drawn hundreds of baseball and fast-pitch softball catchers from across the country over the last 11 years, and is the only camp in New England exclusively for catchers. NECC will be offering a session for player’s ages 8-12 from 8 a.m.-noon and ages 13-18 will meet from 1-5 p.m. daily.
The camp will be held at Lions Field in Hudson, and will focus on all the skills needed to excel at the games most demanding position.
The sessions will include training on receiving, blocking, throwing, all fielding skills, as well as proper stretching and conditioning.
To register or get more information on Summer Camp visit NECC’s Web site at www.catchingcamp.com and click on the link for Summer Camp or call coach Jay Weaver at 882-8981.
Swimming lesson registration open
The Nashua Parks & Recreation Department is now accepting summer swim lesson registrations. Registration forms will be available at the Recreation Office in Greeley Park and online at www.gonashua.com.
Parents can sign up their child for two of the three sessions prior to July 6. After July 6, registrations will be accepted for remaining session(s). Swim lessons are $20 per child or a maximum of $60 per family per session.
Each session runs two weeks and lessons are one-half hour in length. All lessons take place between 9 a.m.-noon. Session dates are: June 25-July 6; July 16-27; and Aug. 6-17.
Sign ups for sports/study camps now underway
Registration forms are available at all Nashua private and public schools at the main office, Nashua Public Library, City Clerks Office at City Hall, Jeannotte’s Market, Bright Spot Convenience Store, and at the Recreation Office at Greeley Park. A registration form can be downloaded from the city Web site at www.gonashua.com as well as a complete listing of all the summer camps being offered. Summer camps include basketball, football, soccer, baseball, drama, volleyball, field hockey, ice hockey, archery, tennis, cheerleading, lacrosse, skateboarding, science camps, cooking and track & field. New camps include art/drawing, Wicked Cool for Kids and yoga. Call the recreation office at 589-3370 with any questions.
2012 Nashua PAL camps scheduled for early June
The Nashua PAL Force City Football Camp, a week-long camp which focuses on strength and speed technique along with the dynamics of offensive and defensive positions, is scheduled for June 11-15 from 6-8:30 p.m. each day at Artillery Field (behind Holman Stadium). All participants must currently be in grades 2-7. There is a $20 cost per participant.
The Position Specific Camps, which focus more on fundamental and techniques of specific offensive and defensive positions along with more one-on-one instructional time are schedules as follows:
Offensive skills positions of quarterback, receivers and running backs, along with defensive the positions of linebackers, safeties and corners on June 18 and 19 at Artillery Field (behind Holman Stadium) from 6-8:30 p.m. All participants must currently be in grades 2-7. There is a $10 cost per participant.
Offensive and defensive linemen on June 21 and 22 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Artillery Field (behind Holman Stadium). All participants must currently be in grades 2-7.
There is a $10 cost per participant. For more information, contact NPF football director Jason Fiore at email@example.com or 438-2303. Registration forms must be turned in by May 23.
BST Summer Academy accepting applications
BST Basketball is now accepting registration for its Summer Academy program. The Summer Academy program is for boys of all skill levels, grades 4-12 (classes: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021). The program is Monday and Wednesday evenings, starting Monday, June 18, at SNHU-Manchester. Grades 4-7 workouts run from 5-7 p.m., followed by grades 8-12 from 7-9. For more info, visit www.bst222.com, mouse onto “Advanced Academy” or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nashua PAL honoring Bob Ryan at annual dinner
Renowned sports journalist, TV personality and author, Bob Ryan will headline the second Nashua Police Athletic League Award Dinner on June 28 at Conway Arena.
Ryan will be named PAL’s Man of the Year. The event, which runs from 6-9 p.m., will also recognize local sports journalists, PAL athletes, volunteers and coaches. Sponsored by The Telegraph, organizers hope the evening will be a significant fundraiser for PAL, which provides coaching and mentoring to local youth athletes.
Ryan, a 2011 inductee into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, is known for his work at The Boston Globe, ESPN and Basketball Times.
Local journalists of the year awards will be presented for print and broadcast. PAL will recognize youth athletes of the year in football, boxing, cross country and cheerleading. A PAL coach of the year and volunteer of the year will also be named.
Tickets to the event are $60 a piece or $400 for a table of eight and can be purchased at Conway Arena and at Nashua PAL, 52 Ash St., Nashua.