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20 - April 22, 2011

by Marc Ayotte The varsity

baseball teams from Pelham High and Windham High started their new crosstown rivalry in style this past Monday, April 18, as the two teams battled on the pristine grounds of Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. The matinee match-up between the Jags and the Pythons was a treat for all the players, as they had a chance to compete on the same field that the Manchester Fisher Cats (the AA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays) call home. Nestled in downtown Manchester along the Merrimack River and sporting the quaintness of a smaller version of the Oriole’s Camden Yard, the immaculate field conditions and scenic backdrop of the Hilton Garden Inn’s brick façade made for a wonderful afternoon of high school baseball.

Python hurler

David Bronson matched the beauty of his surroundings by firing an equally beautiful complete game five-hitter as he fanned 10 Jags and shut down the Windham offense, giving up just two earned runs in the 6-2 Pelham win. The PHS attack was led by catcher Evan Sage as he took very nicely to the professional surroundings by having a big-league day, going two for three with two doubles and three RBIs along with a run scored. In addition to providing the offensive spark, Sage caught a good game and credited his pitcher: “His [Bronson] curve ball was pretty good today; his fast ball was hitting the zone.” Freshman shortstop

Jake Vaiknoras

contributed from the batter’s box as well, as he went one for two with a double and sacrifice fly along with one RBI and one run scored.

After Bronson

mowed down the ‘visiting’ Jaguars in the top of the first, the Pythons struck first with two runs in the home half. Evan Sage, continuing a hot start to the season, lined a two-run double to left, giving the Pythons the early lead. Pelham scored a

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Windham Girls’ Tennis Hosts Unbeaten Trinity

by Chris White The Windham girls’ tennis team ran into a tough opponent when Trinity visited town last Friday. The undefeated Pioneers came into the match with a 3-0 record and continued to roll, earning an 8-1 victory over Windham at Griffin Park. The Jaguars’ record dropped to 1-3 overall, with their lone win coming against Pelham back on opening day.

Missing their regular number-two singles player, most of Python Jake Vaiknoras lines a double down the left-field line during the Pythons’ 6-2 win

Jaguar second baseman Adam Dolan attempts to turn two while Python’s David Bronson tries to break up the play

in the top of the sixth when the Jags tagged the Pelham pitcher for both of their runs. Windham fans finally had something to cheer about offensively when pitcher Tom Mullin helped out his own cause by driving in Mike DiOrio with the first Jag run of the game. Mullin then scored when centerfielder Steve Dastous launched a triple to the deepest part of the ballpark. “Windham was teeing off on Bronson’s fastball,” noted Head Coach Matt Stone. With the Python starter nearing a pre-determined pitch count along with getting hit hard in the sixth, assistant coach Dave Harne visited the mound to discuss the situation. The WHS rally could have been even more productive except for a highlight- reel diving catch made by Python centerfielder Clay

Morin. After his coach’s trip to the hill, Bronson settled down, got out of the jam, and then set the side down in order in the seventh, going the distance for the win. “Today was a good team effort,” commented Stone after the game. The head coach made specific mention that he only carries a dozen players and he has all the confidence of each player producing whenever and wherever they are presented with the opportunity. “They all will get

the Jaguar top six was able to move up on the ladder and gain some valuable experience playing up. Windham’s Rachel Ward stayed put at the number-one slot and took the number-one singles match, 8-4. Ward came out on top of an entertaining match and recorded her team’s only win of the day. The middle of Windham’s ladder did not make it

easy on Trinity, though. Kaitlin Gallagher, Deirdre Sanders, and Tess Powell battled through their matches all afternoon and pushed their opponents to the limit. After playing to an 8-8 tie, Powell came up just short in the tiebreaker for the number-four singles match, 5-7. Sarah Kahn and Havah Broady also held strong at

the five and six spots for the Jags. After the singles competition, Kahn teamed up with Vishna Patel in the number-three doubles match, but fell short 4-8. “It was so windy, it could have been anyone’s game,”

Windham tennis coach Siri Wilbur said of the overall match against Trinity. “Missing our number two, we moved everyone up and it gave us a good look at some up-and-coming talent.” After matches against Bedford and St. Thomas Aquinas this past week, Windham will host Oyster River at home on Monday.

Windham’s Kaitlin Gallagher counters with the backhand

by Chris White Pelham’s bats were singing on

Monday versus Windham. The Pythons scored 14 runs on 12 hits in six innings to take a 14-2 mercy victory over the visiting Jaguars. Each team came into the game winless, but the Pythons left with a 1-3 record and the Jags fell to 0-3. Both squads showcased some

young and talented athletes, but on this day, it was Pelham’s talent that came out on top. “Pelham hit the ball well,”

Windham Coach David Hedge said. “Their hitters put the ball in play and we didn’t. I thought my pitchers threw well, but their hitters hit it to spots where no one was there.” Hannah Paitchel led the

Python centerfielder Clay Morin auditions for SportsCenter highlights with this diving web-gem

single run in the second inning on Jake Vaiknoras’ RBI sacrifice fly and then added two more runs in the third. Sage connected on a first-pitch fastball, driving the ball over the left fielder’s head and one-hopping the wall. Bill Cann followed with a frozen-rope single to center, driving in Sage from second base to put the Pythons up 5-0 after three innings of play. The only hiccup on the day for Bronson came

their shot. When we make the moves [position changes], we don’t lose anything,” he said. Timely hitting, stellar defense, solid starting, and relief pitching have been the impetus for a strong start to the season for the blue and white. The Pythons have reeled off three consecutive wins and now stand at 3-1 through the first four games.

Pelham offense with three hits on the afternoon, going three for five with two runs and two RBI. First baseman Elisha Mogauro turned in a two-for-three day at the plate with three runs and three RBI. Also contributing to the Pelham offense were Hannah Schaffer (two for four, two runs), Kathryn Mostone (two for two, one run, two RBI), Kayle Aubrey (one for three, one run, one RBI), Alex Hall (one for four, two runs, two RBI), Amanda Blake (one hit), and Chantal Roussel (two runs). Pelham pitcher Jordan

Parece earned the win, her first of the season. She threw strong for six innings, recording six strikeouts and giving up only two runs on four hits. She also helped herself by going two for four at the plate with two RBI. Meanwhile, the Python defense made no errors in the field.

Pelham’s Kathryn Mostone waits on the pitch

Windham shortstop Lauren Rogers makes the throw to first for the out

“We had a poor game last week (a 20-3 loss to Sanborn), but a great practice Saturday,” Pelham coach Todd Lozeau explained as one reason for his team’s success on Monday. “We came into today’s game more confident and mentally focused. Confidence is the biggest thing we need. The talent is there. We just have to gain trust in ourselves.” For Windham, Emily Comtois led the way with two hits (one single and one double), going two for three with two RBI. Adding to the Jaguar offense were Rachel Vafides (one for two, two runs), Ashley Adamson (one hit), and Brooke Cormier (one for two, double). Like Pelham, building confidence will be important to Windham’s success this season. “We have athletic kids,” Hedge said. “We are going to focus on building

confidence in the abilities they have. We’re hoping they will believe in themselves, believe in the program, and become the athletes that they are.”

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