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Salem Community Patriot 8 - May 6, 2011

with Annibele Cooking

Zucchini alla Parmigiano

This is probably one of my favorite dishes that requires a little

extra work, but is worth the reward because of its great taste. Here is how you would prepare and cook this masterpiece.

Cooking Steps: 1. Slice the zucchini very thin—about 1/8 of an inch thick. Using a slicer would facilitate the process and create exact proportions.

2. Prepare egg batter and add a pinch of salt & pepper. 3. Dip the zucchini in the flour first, and then the egg batter. 4. Pan-fry the zucchini one at a time when the vegetable oil is hot. Make sure the zucchini does not stick to each other. Flip and cook the other side when one side is already cooked. (Remember, use vegetable oil and not olive oil because it cooks better in high temperatures.)

5. Once pan-fried, place them on a dry paper towel cloth to absorb the oils.

6. After a couple of minutes, add marinara sauce on the bottom of the casserole pan. Then, add the first layer of zucchini.

7. Add marinara sauce on the next layer, and so on and so forth. 8. In the middle of the layer, add mozzarella and grated Parmigiano & Romano cheese. Also add it on the very top layer on the crest.

9. Cover it up and place it into the oven for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.

10. Uncover it and let it sit in the oven for another 20 minutes at 375 degrees before you serve it.

Now, the last step is making sure you are serving friends and family because they can appreciate the hard work and effort you did in creating a masterpiece.

Buon Appetito! Cooking Softball Mound Takes a Step Back

by Chris White Let’s face it. In any sport, change is imminent.

No matter how much we love the sports

we play and watch, there will always be someone trying to change them for better or worse. These changes usually include rule modifications or even adjustments to the playing field that are designed to reduce one party’s advantage over another in a competitive setting. In recent years, one issue on the high

school softball hot stove has been whether or not the pitching mound should remain at 40 feet from home plate or be moved back to 43 feet (where the college mound stands). In 2009, a rule change made by the National Federation of State High School Associations required every state to move the mound back to 43 feet by the start of the 2011 season. This was done to increase offense (hitters have more time to see the ball), reduce the advantage of pitchers (more balls would be put into play for the defense to field), and increase the safety of pitchers (pitchers have more time to react to a comebacker). The state of New Hampshire got on board with the plan this season and the effects of the change have been apparent. “State-wide, I think I’ve seen more offense based on the scores I’ve seen,” Windham coach David Hedge said. “I’ve seen more balls put into play this year, so I would agree that there has been more offense.” Now, I know what some people are thinking: What’s the big deal here? It can’t make that much difference. It’s only three feet. But in a game of inches, a difference of three feet can really add up fast and not only have an impact on the outcome of each game, but also on how the game is played because of who it favors. “If anything, the hitters should have more of an advantage,” Pelham coach Todd Lozeau said. “At 43 feet, you give

the hitters an extra split-second to see the ball. Every split-second counts.” The only argument contrary to that statement would be pitchers like Salem’s Nicole Gubellini and Valerie Bauer, who both rely heavily on their breaking pitches in order to be successful. “The biggest difference is the

ball movement,” said Gubellini, who sports a 5-0 pitching record for the Blue Devils this season under the guidance of coach Harold Sachs. “It has more time to break at 43 feet. At 40 feet, the ball can’t break as much.” So in the grand scheme of things, a longer pitching distance could be favorable to a pitcher with a good curve ball, rise ball, drop ball, or screw ball. But at the same time, hitters are able to take more time reading the ball. Naturally, the longer distance is giving hitters more time and pitchers more space. “For pitchers, the longer distance is better for their ball movement and hitters can see the ball for a longer time, so it kind of helps both,” said Bauer, who will pitch at Merrimack College next year. Probably the most important result of the change, however, is that it will prepare high school pitchers for the college game. “I’ve always wanted it at 43 feet because it’s a varsity sport and we should be able to play at the same distance the college girls are playing at,” said Coach Lozeau, who is coaching pitchers Hannah Schaffer and Jordan Parece at Pelham this season. And he’s not the only coach who is a proponent of the longer distance. “To have it at 43 feet is good for the game,” said Coach Hedge, who coaches

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Salem pitcher Nicole Gubellini delivers to home plate versus Pinkerton earlier this season

pitchers Ashley Adamson and Rachel Vafides at Windham. “More offense makes the defense work harder and you don’t have as many dominant pitchers as you would have had at 40.” Whether it’s for better or worse, at least it’s the way to go for now.

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