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Cardinals claim Cal Ripken Majors title

By Staff | Jun 19, 2016



Cardinals win title, 13-11

The Cardinals captured the Nashua Cal Ripken Majors city championship, topping the Diamondbacks 13-11 in the second and deciding game of the finals.

Alex Hulfacher’s two-run homer gave the D-Backs a quick 2-0 lead but the Cards came back with five runs, keyed by Leo Kopicko’s two run single. Josue Mpom also singled and later scored to give the Cards the 5-2 lead.

The teams traded runs (big RBI hit by the Cards’ Brandon Metivier) and it was a 7-4 game.

Issac Zhang and Alex Hulfacher were on the hill for the Diamondbacks while Metivier and Drew Frost shared the mound for the Cards.

After a key Michael Rutstein bunt made it 7-5, Devin Sawyer got the Cards up 8-5 with a homer. Issac Zhang’s RBI single made it 8-6.

RBI hits by Kopicko and Logan Larrea plated the runs to help make it a 12-6 game.

Again the bats for both roared, as the Diamondbacks got a big RBI hit by Abi Gonzalez to help make it 12-8, but Delucca cut down Gonzalez at second to end the inning.

The Cards added an insurance run on an RBI by Metivier scoring Dylan Walton to give the Cards a commanding 13-8 lead.

But in the sixth, the D-Backs, led by their top of the order – Zhang, Hulfacher and Graham – closed to 13-11 but Drew Frost fanned the last two hitters to secure the title for the Cards.

Game One

D-backs 12, Cardinals 5

The Diamondbacks forced a second game for the title in snapping the Cards’ 13-game winning streak.

Abby Gonzalez led the way with three hits and Owen Graham added a two-run homer. Michael Rutstein also added two hits and the Diamondbacks’ pitching was strong behind Alex Hulfacher and Issac Zhang. The Cardinals got hits from Drew Frost, Josue Mpom, Colin Emmons and Leo Kopicko.


Astros win crown

The Astros prevailed over the Orioles in the title game, 12-4, thanks to an eight-run second inning.

Derek Finlay pitched and got a key hit for the Astros.

Singles by Camden Burgess and Drew Goulet helped lead to two Astros runs in the first, while Will Nardone scored a run in the second for the Orioles.

But the Astros broke it open with their big inning thanks to several walks and hits by Derek Finlay and Camden Brown.

Caleb Hurley scored for the O’s in the third as did Nardone in the fifth. DJ Deoleo also drove in a run for the Orioles.

HB Cal Ripken

U10 team wins tourney

Jackson Goldstein carried Hollis Brookline Under 10 All-Stars to a 2-0 victory over Amherst in the Swanzey Invitational with a two-run homer at the plate and a two-hitter with seven strikeouts in four innings on the mound.

Evan Costa earned the save, pitching the final two innings to complete the shutout and propel the HB U10s to a 3-0 start.

AAU Baseball

11U Prospects advance

The Greater Nashua 11U Prospects played well in the recent New England AAU Tournament in Rhode Island. Results are as follows:

Greater Nashua Prospects 19, Northeast Longhorns 9 – In the first game of Final 6 Bracket play, the 11U Prospects were paced by homers by Jordan Joyal and Isaac Crivac.

Greater Nashua Prospects 10, Northeast Eagles 7 – This win put Nashua in the finals against Blackstone Valley Thunder. Joyal and Johnny Mantone each hit three-run homers.

Other games – Nashua fell 4-0 to the New England Storm but recovered to beat the Kent County Kings, 7-3, and the Braintree Dodgers, 5-2. Pitching and defense led the way as Nick Shaw, Isaiah Hedquist, and Johnny Mantone each threw complete games. Colin Toohey played well defensively at first base as did Joyal at catcher, while Dean Adams and Hunter Ward provided offensive sparks.

Ryan Bizier, Evan Lafleur, Sean Edwards, Kory Caissie, Isaac Crivac and Cooper Granville also played well defensively.


Merrimack finishes
sixth in tournament

The U11 Merrimack Youth Association boys lacrosse team wrapped up its season this weekend at the NHYLA tournament in Londonderry, finishing 1-1 in the B division. The team finished 6-3-1 overall and in sixth place out of 20 teams.

In the first game, Merrimack defeated the Londonderry Lynx squad, 9-3, paced by solid netminding by Max Giles and Landon Bedard. Riley Gwinn, Jake Miller, Brent Clark, and Quinn Curren led the attack on offense.

At the midfield, Cam Bellemare, Austin Gartner, Connor Dunn and Jack Maye led the charge. Defensively, Beau Lamontagne, Henry Tobin, Colin Partello and Joey Lawrence set the tone to hold off the Londonderry attack.

In Game 2, Merrimack faced Nashua and fell 10-6. The Junior Tomahawks made a late run to make it 8-6, but two late Nashua goals set the score. Joey Lawrence and Bedard split the goalie duties.

Merrimack welcomed three newcomers helping out on the weekend: Colin Murphy, Sean Anderson, and Nate Johnson.


Nashua Catholic students honored at ceremony

Several local students were honored during the Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School sports Awards ceremony in early June.

Winners were as follows:

n Patrick Kennedy, Nashua, Male Leadership Award for track and field.

n Madison Dube, Windham, Female Leadership Award for track and field.

n Colin Miller, Nashua, Male MVP and broke a school record 400 Meter for track and field.

n Haley Schmitt Bedford, the Female MVP for track and field.

n Haleigh Swabowicz, Nashua, Coaches Awards for track and field.

n Brendan Duffy, Merrimack, Coaches Award for track and field.

n Alex Williams, Merrimack, Defensive Player of the Year for baseball.

n Matt Thibault, Nashua, MVP for baseball.

n Brian Ascani, Nashua, Coaches Award for baseball.

n Chase Nickerson, Nashua, Coaches Award for baseball.

n Sam Mullet, Hudson, Coaches Award for baseball.

n Eliza Blomquist, Manchester, Sportsmanship Award for softball.

n Anna Stawasz, Hollis, MVP for softball.

n Sarah Shipman, Manchester, Most Improved Award for softball.

n Emma Charron, Nashua, Coaches Award for softball.

n Brett Daniel, Milford, Top Scorer for golf.

n Brandon Wilcox, Goffstown, Most Improved Award for Golf.



Merrimack registration

Registration continues for the Merrimack Cardinals Football and Cheerleading program on Tuesday, June 21, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the MYA Building at 487 Daniel Webster Highway.

The program is open to Merrimack boys and girls ages 5-15. All youths will make a team and there are no tryouts, and no experience is necessary. Coaches are fully trained and certified in safety and instruction.

It is mandatory that the participant be present for a fitting or weigh-ins. Also, preregistration is required before attending signups. Please visit Leagueone Registrations to preregister. This can be found on the Cardinal website

Participants must print out all the registration paperwork and bring it with them once completed online.

For more information, contact the football coordinator at football@merrimackcardinals.org or the cheer coordinator Spirit@merrimack


Nashua Park-Rec Derby

The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department and the Horsepond Fish and Game Club will hold the 2016 Fishing Derby as part of the SummerFun Program on Saturday, July 9 from 9-11 a.m. at the Horsepond Fish and Game Club off of Broad Street.

This is a free event and is geared for children 5-12 years of age. The first 75 registrations receive a free T-shirt.

To register, please call the Nashua Parks and Recreation Department at 589-3370. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and lines are in the water at 9 a.m.

There will be awards given for the top fisherman and raffle prizes to be given away. A free barbeque follows the Derby at 11:30 a.m.


Nashua Park-Rec Clinics

The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will be running several free softball clinics this spring, with focus on fielding/hitting, and pitching/catching.

The clinics are open to any Nashua girls ages 7-15 and all clinics are free of charge.

The clinics will use a multiple station format, keeping the girls in constant motion, and will work drills for both novice and advanced skill levels.

Contact the Nashua Park-Rec office for future clinic dates.


HBHS Summer Camp

The 8th Hollis Brookline Skills and Drills Girls Basketball Camp will be held at the Hollis Brookline High School Gym on Aug. 1-5 from 9 a.m.to 12:30 p.m.

Girls from Hollis and Brookline entering grades 6, 7, 8 and 9 are eligible to attend. The camp will be run by HB coaches Bob Murphy, Tara Goldenberg and several of last year’s varsity players.

The camp will include individual skills, group drills, contests, and team games. Cost for the week is $70 per camper. A certified trainer will be present.

Application forms, health and waiver forms and a copy of a recent physical will be required.

For information and required forms contact HB coach Bob Murphy at bob@rhmurphy.com. Registration will be limited to the first 40 who sign up.

MYA Elections set

The Merrimack Youth Association (MYA) Basketball Program will be holding elections for positions on the board of directors on Monday, at 7:30 p.m. at the MYA Building.

Positions are held for one year and run from July 2016 to June 2017.

All volunteers and parents of an MYA participant are eligible to participate in this election.

Contact director, John Calabro at director@
myabasketball.org or 440-8906 to place a name in nomination or for more information.

Milford Basketball Camp

The Milford High School fundraising basketball camp will be held for youths ages 7-16 on June 27-July 1 and July 25-29 at Milford Middle School.

Both week’s sessions will be 8:30 a.m.-2 pm. Monday through Thursday and 8:30-12:30 on Fridays. For cost and further details, call 672-7140.


HBJC Cheer Camp

Registration for the June 20-22 Hollis Brookline Jr. Cavaliers cheerleading camp is now open for participates ages 6-13.

The camp will be held from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at Hollis Brookline High School’s mini gym.

Those interested may register online at http://www.hbjrcavs.com.


HBJC Football and Cheer Registration

The Hollis Brookline Jr. Cavaliers Football and Cheer Program registration is open for the 2016 season.

For more information on registration please go to hbjrcavs.com website and review the registration process located under FAQ tab as well as what forms are required.

For information regarding football, contact Fred Hubert and for information regarding cheer, contact Robin Giaconia at argiaconia@yahoo.com.

HB Jr. Cavs Coaches Needed

The Hollis Brookline Jr Cavaliers Football and Cheer Athletic Program (HBJC) is currently seeking applications for all levels of football and cheer coaching positions.

These positions include head coaches, assistant coaches and junior demonstrators.

For information or to complete an application, go to www.hbjrcavs.com.

For football related questions, contact football director Fred Hubert at fhubert67@yahoo.com . For cheer coaching questions, contact cheer coordinator Robin Giaconia atargiaconia@yahoo.com.


Granite State Kids Tennis Registration

Granite State Kids summer junior tennis program is currently accepting registration.

It provides tennis instruction and match play for youths ages 5-18, for all levels, beginner through competition at County Road Courts in Bedford.

Beginner play is Monday and Wednesday mornings. Intermediate practice is Tuesday morning with match play on Thursday.

The season starts June 27 and continues through August 4. The season winds up with a Tennis Carnival and NH JTT State Tournament.

Registration and more information is available on www.granitestatekids.com.


Nashua Crusaders seek 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 ordeniserosher@comcast.net.


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