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16 - April 29, 2011 Salem Patriot

Softball Defeats Bishop Guertin, Remains Undefeated

by Chris White Steph Long

belted a lead-off homer in the home half of the first inning last Thursday and the Blue Devils never looked back as they went on to an easy defeat of Bishop Guertin, 8-2. Long finished the afternoon hitting two for four at the plate, with two RBIs and a run scored.

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Also providing RBIs for the Devils were Samantha Cloutier (two), Rachel Morrissey, Sarah Frahm, Amanda Baron, and Nicole Gubellini. More hits were supplied by Jade Morrison (one for three), Gubellini (one for three), Samantha Cloutier (two for four), Morrissey (one for one), and Hannah Latham (one for three). Amanda Baron (two), Geena Terino (two), Rachel Murphy, Rachel Morrissey, and Hannah Latham all scored runs for Salem as well. Meanwhile, on the mound, Gubellini pitched five innings of shutout ball. She struck out eight

Salem’s Jade Morrison makes contact with a pitch

and gave up just one walk to earn the win. Salem visited Exeter the following day and shut out the Blue Hawks 4-0. Gubellini, Morrissey,

and Sara Bracken knocked in one run apiece to pace the Salem offense. Val Bauer pitched six strong innings for the shutout victory. The Devils got another win at home against Manchester Memorial the next Monday. Long (two), Bracken (two), Murphy (two), Steph Cabral, and Morrissey were all responsible for RBIs in the 9-2 victory. Bauer took the hill and earned her second win in as many games as Salem improved to 7-0 overall.

Shortstop Samantha Cloutier makes the throw to first

by Chris White In its first spring season, the Salem

boys’ volleyball team is picking right up where it left off a year and a half ago. The team hasn’t played since the fall of 2009 because of the sport’s switch to the springtime in New Hampshire, but the Blue Devils are showing no signs of slowing down so far in 2011. “The team has shown a strong maturity and mentality for the game of volleyball,” said Scott Wright, a former Salem assistant in his first season as head coach of the program. “They have little difficulty transitioning from one play to another. The communication has improved throughout the squad, and has increased court awareness and understanding of the game.” Last Friday, Salem beat Keene at home in three games—25-7, 25- 12, and 27-25. Offensively, Zach Meisner led the Devils with seven kills, while Drew O’Shaughnessy led the team in assists with 13. Joe Dube was second on the team with 12 assists and Eric Denning recorded

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Joe Gallant sends the ball through Keene’s defense

nine service points for the team lead in serving. Defensively, Salem got solid performances from Joe Gallant (six blocks) and O’Shaughnessy (four digs). The Blue Devils went on to earn their fourth win of the season at Souhegan on Tuesday. They defeated the Sabers in three games—25-20, 25- 17, and 25-18—and remained undefeated on the young season.

Gallant (eight kills, two blocks) and Cory Forrest

(seven kills, two blocks, and seven digs) had big days in front of the net, while Meisner (seven digs) and Dube (two blocks) were effective on defense. Setter Alex Gomes led the team with 16 assists, and Jonathan Buatti was good for two aces. Salem will look to continue its winning ways with games at Coe-Brown and Windham next week.

Salem’s Joe Dube rises above the net for the kill

photos by Chris White

photos by Chris White

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