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Super Saturday has some other items of interest

By Tom King | Jun 9, 2018

It’s Super Saturday Part II, as several high school championships will be decided today.

But there are a few other things going on besides the games on the field and on the tennis courts, so let’s take a look at those and give you some other thoughts:

One event that is taking place will be at Holman Stadium at around 1 p.m., just prior to the Tigers Babe Ruth Game. It will be a memorial service for the late Jim Sanderson, longtime Babe Ruth coach who devoted so much time to youth baseball in Nashua. Sanderson passed away this past fall in Florida where he had moved and his wife Gail organized a special event for him.

There will be a ceremony at home plate, with longtime Nashua public address announcer Bob Bates serving as the Master of Ceremonies. Some speakers include Alderman June Caron, former Park-Rec director who worked closely with Sanderson for many years; Gene Anderson, former Chicago Cub minor leaguer and Sanderson protege as a player Brad Zapenas, and longtime Babe Ruth coach Dave Cadorette. It’s perfect that it’s right before the Tigers-White Sox game; Sanderson certainly loved his Tigers. A great way to honor a coach who touched a lot of lives.

—–Speaking of coaches who touched lives, it’s possible no one touched more than Bill Dod. Later Saturday there will be a night of celebration at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats game at Manchester’s Northeast Delta Dental Stadium for the for retiring 50-year high school baseball coach, who just wrapped up his career at Souhegan in the Division II prelims 10 days ago. The outfield pavillion will be the place to be with several coaches, friends, etc. in attendance. All who reserved spots to attend, event organizer Mike Beliveau says, should show up around 5 p.m.

—- If you can’t make either of those events, another significant take will be the Eagles of the International Soccer Club of Nashua’s game vs. the New Hampshire Rapids at 6 p.m. at Rivier University’s Raider Field.

The soccer is fantasitc, ultra competitive in the United Premiere Soccer League, and the 4-2-2 Eagles have been paced by scorer Quincy Appah, who had three goals in a weekend home sweep last Saturday and Sunday at Raider Field as the Eagles topped Unations 3-1 and Boston Siege 2-1 on Sunday. Others got into the scoring mix, too, with goals by Alex Ortega and Carlton Omniuni. Kyle Connelly is a tremendous goalie, but hopefully fans can catch a glimpse of former Nashua South netminder Chris Jiminez, who had four saves last Sunday and had a tremendous season last fall at Salem State. They had a reported great crowd of 500 at Raider Field last Sunday for the NYSL’s 40th Anniversary celebration. A great take if you can make it.

Here’s some other thoughts for your weekend:

Another Senior American Legion team has bowed out for the summer. Already for the second straight year Hudson Post 48 won’t have a senior team, and now there won’t be one in Milford due to an apparent player shortage. Milford had a strong regular season a couple of years ago but didn’t make the state tourney las year. Again, evidently not enough interest. “That’s what I’m hearing from the kids,” Milford High School coach Todd Robichaud said. “There weren’t enough players.”

That leaves only two local teams – Nashua and Merrimack – in the senior division. There are, however, Junior Legion teams for all four locals – Milford, Hudson, Merrimack and Nashua. And that’s a good thing.

As for the Seniors, Nashua and Merrimack open up against each other at Holman Stadium on Monday, June 18.

—-In the next few weeks, we’ll know whether or not Merrimack’s Tim Schaller will stay a Boston Bruin. Schaller, an unrestricted free agent, told the media on breakup day in early May that “I’d love to stay. Being from just an hour up the road, obviously it’s a dream come true to play here. But at the end of the day, it’s a business. Whatever they want to do is up to them, we’ll find out in a month or so.”

Schaller, according to CBS Boston’s Matt Kalman, hasn’t had any talks yet with the Bruins, and negotiations can start on June 24. He had career highs in goals (12), assists (10), and minutes (13:17 per game). He’s started to become a cult figure with the Bruins and local fans. It makes sense for the B’s to re-sign him, and not at a discount, either. Stay tuned.

—–OK it’s Race Day. Will Justified win the Triple Crown? Well, we’re 0-for-2 in race picks this spring; and we said it would be a Rockets-Celtics NBA Final and that Vegas would win the Stanley Cup, so can one pick work out? So we will say no, the Belmont distance will claim another victim and Justified will lose out on its Triple Crown bid to, why, Gronkowski of course, at 12-1 odds.

Tom King can be reached at 594-1251, or@Telegraph_TomK.tking@nashuatelegraph.com


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