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Lemay, Pirates shut out Quaboag 4-0


executed a nice double steal, moving the runners up to sec- ond and third base. Jankins then made a crucial throwing error on a ground ball by Ty- ler Barrie and both runners scored, giving the Pirates a 3-0 lead.


Freshmen catcher James


Sheehan came up big with a line drive double that scored Barrie, giving the Pirates an insurance run and a 4-0 lead that chased Jankins from the mound. Lemay wrapped up the sev-


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enth inning, picking up his 16th strikeout of the game off the last hitter he faced. Pirates Manager Justin Richards was impressed by


First Baseman Tyler Bostek


Peter Coyle Pitcher Nick Lemay


Text and photos by Steev Riccardo Oxford Pirates senior Pitcher Nick Lemay struck out 16 Quaboag Cougars hitters en route to a 3-hit complete game shutout victory on opening day, Wednesday afternoon, at Oxford High School. Lemay was outstanding, outdueling Cougars ace Thomas Jankins, who only allowed two hits while fanning 10 Pirate batters. The Pirates scored their first run in the bottom of the first inning on an error and watched as Lemay pitched mas- terfully, at one point striking out seven straight Cougars batters. The Cougars had a runner on second base with no outs


in the bottom of the fourth inning when Lemay helped his own cause picking the runner off. The Pirates scored three times in the top of the eighth.


Nick Bruzios opened the inning by walking and then Lemay got the first Pirates hit of the game singling off Jankins to put runners on first and second with no outs. The Pirates


Lemay’s performance. “Lemay is a four-year varsity player and he knows that he has to be the ace of this staff and we knew going in that their pitcher (Jankins) is outstanding. He is really good so we knew that it was probably going to be a pitchers duel. Lemay stepped up to the challenge, he knew when he had to overpower hitters, and he did, and he hit the spots when he had to.” The pick-off play by Lemay is something the team has worked on and it certainly paid dividends. “We spend a lot of time on pickoff plays and for that purpose we can keep guys close. Lemay historically has been very good at that. Getting the one guy they had in scoring position in a 1-0 game made things very easy for us,” said Richards. “We go over that in practice a lot, probably every other


day,” said Lemay, “I love that move, the spin throw. We got two or three guys like that last year.” Lemay knew he had to be on top of his game facing a


pitcher like Jankins, “I have never faced him but I have seen him at a couple showcases. He throws wicked hard, he is also a great hitter.” Richards was also happy with his freshmen catcher Shee-


han, who had a big hit and also threw out two Cougars runners attempting to steal. “He is only a freshmen, he can be real good if he wants to be and this was a very good first game for him.” For more on the Oxford Pirates, please check out ‘View


from the Sidelines’ in this and every week of The Patriot newspaper. Contact steev@patriotnewspaper.com


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The first ever INDIAN RANCH


Athlete of the Week went to a Bartlett Indian. Baseball player


Louis Caro of Bartlett had two singles and an RBI to lead the


hometown Indians to a 9-4 victory over Grafton last Friday in a home game.


Justin Bemma added two hits for Bartlett as first year Bartlett coach Jonathan Way got his coaching career off to a great start with a win. Way, a 2004 Bartlett alum, has brought a lot of enthusiasm and is stressing fundamentals to a program that is rich in tradition. The Bartlett baseball team has been down the last few years and is looking to rebound this year. The word out of Lake Parkway is that the Indians have a good nucleus of senior leadership and there are some good pitching prospects who need varsity innings. This project is an interesting one because of Bartlett’s baseball tradition and Webster kids are tough competitors. However, this baseball program has lacked consistency the last few years. The Webster kids are not playing baseball in the summer and that void has been showing up on Bartlett’s baseball record in the spring. Webster does not have a representative team in the age category of 15-18 year olds in District 5 this summer. There is baseball talent in the corridors at Bartlett. Maybe this senior group and the coaching change can bring back the pride at Bar- tlett. The Indians hosted Millbury on Monday.They host a tough Oxford team tomorrow and then it’s vacation week and the Rocket Classic where the Indians play host Auburn in a first round game at Drury Square in Auburn. Bartlett plays an 18 game schedule this season that is very challenging. Coach Way is up to the chal- lenge and his youth will keep the program enthused and spirited. The kids have to have fun as they work on be- ing fundamentally sound and see progress. Look for the Indians to improve this season. Maybe a second place finish in their conference gets them into the tournament in June. A few thoughts… Looks like the Oxford Pirates are the


Pirates Outfielder Dennis Sneade Pirates Manager Justin Richards and Team Bartlett Lady Indians lose home opener


Text and Photos by Don Cote It wasn’t pretty, and I’m sure it wasn’t what the Bartlett


Lady Indians envisioned for the 2012 varsity softball sea- son. Losing 16-0 to the Grafton Lady Indians in the season home opener had to be a frustrating experience for Bartlett coach, Colleen Nasis. Hoping to improve on last year’s 10-10 finish for the regular season and the 12th seed spot in the Division 2 District playoffs, (losing in the first round 9-2 to the eventual champi- ons, the Leicester Lady Wolverines), the Lady Indians were returning with a solid experi- enced infield held together by senior shortstop Lindsay Bond, first base- man Meghan Dw- yer, third baseman Amanda Collins and second base- man Alexis Pode- worny. The out- field was patrolled


Junior Sarah Lamont on the mound.


by a trio of well experienced returning players. Morgan Devish holding down the leftside, while Ashton Morio covered the centerfield territory and Danyel Stone in right field. Senior Tori Hunter would be returning to her familiar spot, han- dling the catching duties. The remaining spot on the ros- ter would prove to be the Bartlett Achilles heel. Pitching, what should have been senior Makala Moultons final year on the mound was not to be. The senior will more than likely be out for the season with a broken hand. Junior Sarah Lamont, normally a right fielder, took the mound in the opener, and did as best as she could at an unfamiliar position, but the results were a glaring reminder of just how dominant pitching is at this level.


team to beat in the area… The Pirates have some pitch- ing depth headlined by veteran Nick Lemay… Lemay struck out 16 out of 21 batters in last week’s 4-0 win over Quaboag… He gave up 3 hits, two singles and a double, in a complete game performance… The Pirates shut out Southbridge in their other game last week 8-0… The Division one Shepherd Hill baseball team is 1-1 with a victory over Quaboag and a loss to Marlboro… Bay Path begins their season this week… Can you believe the Red Sox were 0-3 as of this writing and Daniel Bard did not appear in any of the 3 losses? What you saw in the De- troit series is what you are going to see all season from the Red Sox. They can’t pitch it after 5 innings and they need a glove at shortstop… Please email me at pcoyle@oxfordinsurance.com with


your nominations for the INDIAN RANCH athlete of the week during this 2012 spring season.An updated list of these athlete’s can be seen on the Oxford Insur- ance website at oxfordinsurance.com.


A Grafton runner slides into third under the glove of Lindsay Bond


Amanda Collins readies a throw to first.


Shortstop Lindsay Bond waits for the ball as Grafton runner slides into second base.


Third baseman Amanda Collins throws to first for the out.


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