16 - April 6, 2012 Salem Patriot Salem Patriot
by Chris White The Salem Blue Devils enter the 2012 baseball season focused on improving a 16-6 overall record and Division I semifi nal appearance from last spring. The Devils are in great position to improve on that mark this season, as they return outstanding pitching and defense to their roster, but they intend to make sure they take care of business one step at a time.
“Our goal this season is to think about the regular season fi rst and take the playoffs as they come,” Salem baseball coach Dan Keleher said. “The playoffs in this league can be very different from others. Even the fourteenth, fi fteenth, and sixteenth seeded teams have a shot at winning, so you can’t look past that.”
Returners for Salem this season include
seniors Trevor Bouvier (shortstop), Mike Downing (right fi eld), Matt Barbin
Salem pitcher Dan Morin fi res to home plate in a scrimmage against Hollis-Brookline last Saturday
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Blue Devils Feature Strong Pitching and Defense in 2012
(second base), Dan Peters (pitcher), Ryan Decker (left fi eld), Evan Breen (pitcher), Clayton Landers (fi rst base), and Jake Ratka (pitcher); juniors Joe Lemenager (center fi eld), Dan Morin (third base), and Dominick Gigante (pitcher); and sophomore Jared Williamson (second base). Newcomers to the roster include senior Corey Varga (shortstop), and sophomores Jake White (catcher) and Mitch Dufton (left fi eld). Downing will serve as the team’s lone captain this season. Meanwhile, Breen and Peters will make up the starting pitching rotation, and Gigante will be the team’s third starter when needed. The Blue Devils’ deep pitching staff is one of their strong points this season. “I’m looking forward to having the
pitching depth we have,” Keleher said. “We have nine guys who can pitch, so
staff photos by Chris White
there’s no question of who we go to next. We have guys off the bench who can pitch and position players who can also pitch.” Salem’s strong defense will complement
its pitching staff well. The combination of the two should put the Blue Devils in position to win games this season. “If Breen and Peters are on their game
and you play good defense, you have a chance to win,” Keleher said. “Trevor Bouvier has established himself as a very good defensive shortstop and should make our defense tough up the middle with Joe Lemenager in centerfi eld. Our outfi eld defense also looks good.” Salem’s opening day is scheduled for
Monday, April 9. The Blue Devils are scheduled to host Spaulding at Salem High School at 4 p.m.
Salem shortstop Trevor Bouvier anticipates the throw to second base as second baseman Matt Barbin backs up the throw
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submitted by Dave Carney The U-12 Salem Boys & Girls Club Basketball team had one of its most successful seasons ever.
has been several years since the U-12 division Boys Team made the playoffs. That changed with a convincing win against East Boston on Thursday, March 22. The league encompasses
Boys & Girls Club teams from Boston, Northern Massachusetts and Southern New
Hampshire. Salem will face undefeated Roxbury in the fi rst round of the playoffs.
Coach David Carney, Coach Rob Hazelton, players: Matt Carney, Anthony Bellomo, Sean Toomey, Adam Morris, Sean Hazelton, Norm Kerman, Brady Keenan, Jake Emerson, Chris Bates, Alex Stift.
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submitted by Robin Hale Off the Wall Gymnastics in
Plaistow took Level 8 NH State Championships for fi rst place Saturday in Stratham. Sarah Hale and Kadianne Tommassi, both sophomores at Salem High
School, are going to regional competitions in Maine at the end of April along with their teammates. Kadi is on the Super Seven Team, and Sarah is on the All Star Team.
Coach Becky Cook, Nicole Lanouette, Kadi Tommassi (Salem), Jackie Hult, Sarah Hale (Salem), Coach/Owner Paul Neale.
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