12 - July 15, 2011 Salem Patriot by Chris White
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Matt Bergeron Hits First Home Run
After starting off the summer with a 5-2 record, the Salem Cardinals won six of their last seven regular season games to tie for first place in the New Hampshire Senior Babe Ruth Southern League standings. The Cards finished at 11-3 and shared the top spot with the Nashua Chiefs heading into the playoffs. The last seven contests of the season spanned from Monday, June 27, to Thursday, July 7, where the Cardinals took victories over Londonderry (11-1), the Hollis-Brookline Dodgers (11-1), the Nashua Mavericks (7-6), the Nashua Marauders (twice: 14-4 and 10-9), and the Nashua Chiefs (6-5). The two wins against the Nashua Marauders came in a doubleheader on Saturday, July 2, at Nashua South High School. In the second game, the Cardinals (playing as the home team) headed into the last of the seventh trailing 9-7 and rallied with three runs to win the game in walk-off fashion. The Cardinal offense was
led by Jon McQuarrie (3 for 4, two RBIs, run), DJ Swarbrick (2 for 3, RBI, run), Jake White (1 for 2, RBI, two runs), and Ryan Decker (1 for 4, two RBIs, two runs). Also contributing
Cardinals Earn First Place with Six Wins in Seven Games
Salem third baseman Billy Rayno throws across the diamond to get the Hollis-Brookline runner out at first
to Salem’s offense were Colin Reed (1 for 4, run), Zachary Stevens (1 for 4, run), Steven Howard (1 for 3, RBI, run) Chris Gamble (RBI), and Billy Rayno (run). On the mound, Jake Ratka was the winning pitcher for Salem.
In their most recent action, the Cards edged the Nashua Chiefs by one run on Thursday, July 7, at Michele Park and clinched a share of first place in the league. Salem was led by Swarbrick (2 for 3, two RBIs) and White (2 for 2, two RBIs, run) at the plate. Also contributing to the team’s offensive production were Reed (1 for 3, RBI, run), Rayno (1 for 1, run), Stevens (1 for 3, run), McQuarrie (1 for
submitted by Coach Paul Soucy, Salem Jr. Legion Salem Jr. Legion team’s current record is 4-4, with wins over
submitted by Therese Kerman During the 11-year-old division of the Salem Baseball
Tournament, in a game against Andover, MA, on Sunday, July 10, Matt Bergeron hit his first home run out of Bergeron Field, which is named for his grandfather. Matt’s coach is his father, Mike Bergeron. The photo is taken in front of a plaque for Mike’s father, Joseph.
Raymond (23-0), Concord (8-2), Contoocook (13-12), and Plymouth (4-0). Four losses were to Concord, Raymond, Exeter, and Plymouth. The winning streak began on Saturday, July 2, against Plymouth in Plymouth, a 4-0 victory. The starting pitcher for Salem was John Cerretani (Salem), who pitched a complete game, only allowing two base runners (one walk and one hit, both given up in the bottom of the seventh inning). John had a perfect game going heading into the seventh inning, and got the first hitter in the seventh to fly out to centerfield. The next batter would draw a one-out walk to break up John’s perfect game. The next Plymouth hitter followed with a single to left field, breaking up the no-hitter. two batters out and completed the one-hit shutout.
John then got the next
Cardinal first baseman DJ Swarbrick (#18) flips to pitcher Jake Ratka (#22) to record the out at first base against Hollis-Brookline
2), Decker (1 for 1), Joe Lemenager (1 for 4, run), and Mitch Dufton (run).
Ratka got the win for Salem once again,
allowing only one hit in two innings, while Matt Barbin pitched two innings and struck out four. Pat Carroll pitched the last inning to save the game for the Cards. The Cardinals were scheduled to host the Nashua Mavericks in their first game of the playoffs last Saturday, July 9, at Michele Park.
Salem Jr. Legion Baseball Hits Winning Streak
Offensive starts for Salem in that game were Cody Soucy (Salem), going 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored; Brad Marggraf (Salem), who also went 2-3 with a walk and one run scored; Dan Morin (Salem), who went 1-3 with a walk and two RBIs; and Colby Joncas, who went 1-3 with an RBI. Catching for Salem was Colby Joncas, who caught and called a great game behind the plate. On Tuesday, July 5, against Contoocook Jr. Legion, Salem won 3-1
on a walk-off, three-run home run from Dominic Gigante. Salem was trailing 1-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh. The first two hitters for Salem reached safely to lead off the inning and then Dominic Gigante hit a three-run, walk-off homer to centerfield to win the game. Salem’s record now stands at 5-4 with the win. Salem got great pitching from Dominic Gigante (four innings,
allowing just one hit and one run) and Brent Barrett, who pitched the last three innings of the game allowing only two hits.
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photos by Chris White
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