April 20, 2012 - 19
by Marc Ayotte The Python offense erupted for 10 runs against
host Windham on Patriots’ Day, but unfortunately for Coach Beauchesne’s crew, as well as the Pelham partisan that made the trip to WHS, the Jaguars offense erupted for 14 hits of their own en route to a long (Red Sox/Yankee-long) 19-10 win over their cross-town rivals. The Jags evened their season record at 2-2 at the time (lost to Bedford the following day) while Pelham, losers of four straight to open the season, find themselves at the bottom of the Division II standings. After Pelham went down in order in the top of the first, Windham plated three runs in their half. In the next inning, they added another run to take a 4-0 lead before the fireworks began in what was over an hour long third inning in the near 90-degree temperature. In the visitor’s half, the Pythons looked like world beaters. Starting with a leadoff rope single to left by SS Jake Vaiknoras, Pelham strung together six consecutive hits, including a Justin Moran RBI ground rule double and a perfectly executed suicide squeeze by Ryan Frank that scored Moran. The Jags finally defused the Python offense when Greg Macary, became the third Windham pitcher of the inning, and
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Jags Pound Pythons in Baseball Slugfest, Pelham’s Early Season Slide Continues
Coach Beauchesne implemented an aggressive strategy on the base paths. The Pythons stole a total of six bases in the game as Evan Sage and Ryan Frank lead the way with two apiece. Two days later, Pelham traveled to Kingston to take on Sanborn Regional. Against the Indians, the Pythons had a better showing at the plate, collecting seven hits. However, they only produced one run for Evan Sage (0-1) who assumed a different role from his normal battery position of catcher. Control problems on the mound led to seven walks as the Pythons dropped their third straight game, this time by a 6-1 score. Sage with three hits (two of them doubles) and Pat McLean with a pair of singles were bright spots in the batter’s box. Once again Pelham was aggressive on the bases as they recorded four steals; Nick Roussel (2) with Sage swiping one to give him five on the season. David Bronson shined in his relief appearance, tossing three and
David Carbonello slides safely back into first base as Pelham’s Devin DeCarteret awaits the pick-off throw from Nick Roussel
retired Pelham with the bases loaded. After two and a half, the Pythons had captured the lead, at 6-4.
However, the lead was short-lived, as the Jags remarkably doubled-up the Python offensive onslaught by scoring a dozen runs in the home half of the third. The double digit Windham lead of 16-6 through three complete, appeared to demoralize Pelham, but the Pythons continued to battle back in the fourth. On the strength of a two RBI double to right center by Evan Sage, Pelham posted four more runs and pulled to within six, which at this frenetic pace, seemed like a one run game.
David Bronson pitched three solid innings of relief against Windham on Patriots’ Day
In the home half of the fifth, Windham added three insurance runs, making the score 19-10. Earlier in the top half of the inning, Macary, who was credited with the win, was relieved by Jeff Peterson, who shut down the Pelham comeback bid for good by firing three innings of shutout ball. Statistically for Pelham, Evan Sage with two hits and three runs batted in led the way. Nick Roussel picked up two hits as well, including a two-bagger. Devin DeCarteret led the Pythons on the bases, recording two of their five stolen bases. David Bronson and Ryan Frank pitched well in the latter stages of the game. Bronson pitched
three innings, allowing three runs on only two hits, while Frank came in to pitch a scoreless sixth inning. For Windham, Steve Dastous and Mike DiOrio
each had a monster game, driving in 11 runs between them. Dastous went 2 for 3, with a double and a triple for his six RBI while DiOrio went 3 for 4 (also with a double and triple) in knocking in his five runs. Adam Dolan was perfect on the day, going 3 for 3 with three ‘ribbies.’ Also having a multiple hit game with two apiece were Matt Carbonello and Danny Moynihan (two RBI). Offense Grounded Prior to the offensive explosion in Windham the Python pitching staff had received little to no offensive support. After their season opening shutout against Campbell, Pelham was able to muster up only three runs in the ensuing two games. The first of those two was a disappointing 8-2 loss to Merrimack Valley in the home opener on April 11. Although starting pitcher Justin Moran (0-1) and reliever Pat McLean scattered 10 hits over the seven innings, Pelham picked up only three hits of their own in the defeat. A silver lining in the opener was the team speed on the bases. When they did have batters reach safely,
Pelham’s Evan Sage crushes the ball to the gap in right center for a two RBI double in the fourth inning in a game at Windham
a third innings of shutout ball while allowing only three hits and striking out four. The loss left the Pythons 0-3 as they headed into Windham on Patriots’ Day.
Lady Pythons Respond With Win Over Sanborn
by Marc Ayotte The Pelham girls’ varsity softball team picked up their first win of the season with a solid performance in Kingston, knocking off Sanborn Regional by the score of 8-3, on Friday, April 13. The victory comes after the Pythons suffered defeats in their opening two games of the season, the most recent being a discouraging 11-1 verdict to Merrimack Valley in their home opener on April 11.
Against the Indians, the Lady Pythons exploded for a four run fifth inning to overcome a one run deficit en route to the victory. Trailing 3-2, Kathryn Mostone’s double into the right- centerfield gap, drove in two runs (including the game winner). Starting pitcher Jordan Parece clamped down over the final three innings after allowing single runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings. Parece went the distance, allowing six hits and only one earned run, while posting seven K’s and just two walks. “She’s controlling the (strike) zone” noted head coach Todd Lozeau, adding that “when you throw strikes, it makes everything easier.” After a successful offensive output during the pre-season, Pelham had some difficulties registering hits during their first two games. As a result, Lozeau resorted to an offense that saw their six hits reflect three bunts; two of them successfully executed by pitcher Jordan Parece.
Alex Hall roped a line drive in this at bat against the Pride but was robbed of a hit on a nice defensive play by the third baseman
Adding to the single brigade for Pelham were Elissa Mugauro, Hannah Paitchell, Alex Hall and Chantel Roussel, with one apiece. Mugauro’s single produced an RBI while Roussel, in addition to her single, collected an RBI on a ground out. According to Lozeau, “we had a fantastic,
hard-nosed practice on Thursday, which led to us having a good game (on Friday).” Although the Pythons did not play their best, Lozeau was pleased with the team’s ability to still escape with the ‘W’; “we didn’t play that great and still won” adding that the team was at least into the game as
Jaguars Sweep Stark in Home Opener
by Chris White The Windham High boys’ volleyball team swept
John Stark Regional, 3-0, in their first home game of the season on Thursday, April 12. Windham took the first game by the score of 25-7, earned a 25-15 win in game two, and finished with a 25-21 victory in game three. Statistical leaders for the Jaguars included Adonic Lam (11 aces, nine digs), Andrew Lowman (eight kills, seven digs), Tucker Lippold (seven kills), and Zach Breton (13 assists). Also making solid contributions were Dan Rousseau (three aces) and Jack Grubbs (three aces, seven assists). Brandon Bernyk and Nick Alzamora submitted strong all-around performances for Windham as well.
Prior to their home opener, the Jags took a 3-1 loss at Hollis-Brookline in their first game of the season on Tuesday, April 10. Hollis-Brookline won the first and second games by the scores of 25-21 and 25-20, respectively. Windham fought back with a 25-19 win in the third game, but Hollis-Brookline took a 25-21 victory in the fourth game to finish off the Jaguars. Windham was led by Lippold (three aces, eight service points, 15 digs), Lowman (nine service
Rob Harradon sets up one of his Windham teammates in the team’s home opener
points, three blocks), Lam (six kills, nine service points), and Breton (30 assists, three blocks). Windham’s Evan Todd also added two blocks. Windham’s record stands at 1-1 after the first two games of the season. After visiting Mascenic
on Monday, April 16, the Jaguars will see their next action on Friday, April 20 at home against Oyster River. The game is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. After playing Oyster River, Windham will host
Windham’s Tucker Lippold serves to the John Stark Regional side
Keene on Tuesday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. The Jags are also scheduled to play at Salem High School on Wednesday, May 2 at 4 p.m.
opposed to their first two outings. With the win, Pelham improves to 1-2 on the young season. In JV action against Sanborn, Lozeau was elated with the Pythons 19-8 win over Sanborn. Pelham featured a three pitcher 16 strike out performance on the way to the win. Megan Scalia started the game and went four innings, striking out 10 batters. Alyssa Paradis followed with two innings and four K’s, while Julia Barsalou cleaned up the seventh, fanning two. Offensively, Pelham was led by Sarah Jane Spicer, Jill Spatola and Sarah Ferreira who each collected two hits, with Spatola and Ferreira each collecting triples. In the Python home opener on Wednesday, April 11, ugly was pretty much the theme for the day. The visiting Pride of Merrimack Valley dropped a baker’s dozen assortment of hits on Python pitching, on the way to a resounding 11-1 dismantling of an uninspired Pelham effort. Pelham was able to collect only four hits on the afternoon. Chantel Roussel went 1 for 2 while Hannah Paitchell knocked in the only Python run of the day with a single of her own in the bottom of the seventh, avoiding the shutout. The bright spot for the afternoon, according to Lozeau came when freshmen Jill Spatola and Sarah Jane Spicer each picked-up singles. For Spatola, it was her second pinch-hit single, leaving her 2-2 on the year.
Staff photos by Marc Ayotte
Staff photo by Chris White
Staff photos by Marc Ayotte
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