Tina Baird swings for the fences
This Monday Todd Lozeau’s girls traveled north to Oyster River in hopes of raising their Class I record to 3-4, and they came alive in the third inning and trailing 4-3, to score five runs and take the lead for good in a terrific 16-7 win over the Bobcats. Senior Kayla Bailey started on the hill for the Pythons and she went the first two innings, but Oyster River was able to carry a slim 4-3 edge. Amanda Levesque came in from the bull pen and shut down the hosts the rest of the way and holding them to three runs, while Pelham’s offense was just getting ready to roll. Senior April Blinn had another 4 for 5 game and is currently batting about .550 on the season, and freshman Kathryn Mostone is really coming alive at the plate as she was a perfect 3 for 3 with a pair of RBI’s and three runs scored. Pelham took the lead for good in the top of the third inning when they scored five times to go ahead 8-4. Pelham added three runs in the fourth and fifth innings to stretch the lead to 14-4. Freshman Alex Hall made her first varsity start in left field and came through with a hit and first run ever scored and Pelham poured it on with a 16-7 victory. This team is now super pumped to host St. Thomas this Wednesday at 4 p.m. and getting to the .500 mark.
The Pelham Python girl’s softball team raised their Class I record to 2-4 last Friday afternoon when they traveled north and leveled Kearsarge Regional 25-8 in a five inning game. Amanda Levesque picked up her second win of the season and she had plenty of offensive support in this game. The Pythons would bang out 18 hits in the game. They started right away scoring four runs in the first inning and added a lucky seven runs in the second inning. Senior co-captain April Blinn is supposed to be just getting on base as Pelham’s leadoff hitter, but she drove in five runs in this game. Junior Jacqui Perry had another big game with three hits and four runs scored while driving in three runs, and sophomore Kayle Aubrey had two big hits and two RBI’s to go with three runs scored. Emma Notini had two hits and drove in three runs, while senior outfielder Tina Baird enjoyed her finest game of the spring with three hits and two runs scored. Pelham manager Todd Lozeau summed up his Python girls performance by saying, “ When our girls come into a game thinking that they can win it, they go out and do it, but when they start thinking about how good the other team is, we have that one bad inning that kills us.”
The Thursday home game against Con-Val points out what Lozeau was talking about as the Pythons gave up 10 runs in the second inning and then gave up another five runs in the fifth inning with two outs and that was enough for Con-Val to take a 17-5 win. That loss put Pelham’s record at 1-4.
This Monday the Python Stickers welcomed the Stevens Cardinals to the friendly confines of Harris Track and Field, and Matt Regan’s Pelham kids already had a 7-0 first quarter lead almost immediately after the Stevens kids got off the bus. Andrew Keegan was eagerly looking for his second shutout of the spring, but Pelham scored a pair of goals in the second period and added two more in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals were able to score both of their goals late in the game when coach Regan was busy playing all of his Python players. Mike Woonton and C. J. Ziogas tallied three goals apiece for the Pythons. The Paradis brothers, Sean and Alec, each scored two goals, and freshman Josh Medeiros scored his first ever varsity goal. Ziogas and Nick Morin had two assists each, and other assists were handed out by Woonton, Richie Sullivan, Justin Mansfield, and Brandon Skinner. Keegan stopped four shots to pick up his fifth win of the spring.
The Pythons had to face a pretty good 3-1 Gilford team on the road last Friday, but the Pythons dug in on defense right from the start as coach Matt Regan’s teams have been known to do. Pelham took a 3-0 first quarter lead and stretched it to a 7-0 lead by halftime. Senior goalie Andrew Keegan doesn’t get a whole lot of shots fired at him because his defense and midfielders keep the ball out of their own end. Pelham got four goals from Sean Paradis, three goals from Mike Woonton, and a pair from Ziogas, while the Lakers scored their only goals in the second half for a 9-4 Pelham victory.
Pelham’s senior goalie Andy Keegan only had to make three saves in the entire game last week up in Somersworth, where Pelham started off slowly, but picked it up and scored 16 goals in the final three quarters. The 16-0 victory gives coach Matt Regan and his boys a 3-0 record to start off the Division III season. The Python stickers got three goal performances from Sean Paradis and C. J. Ziogas and then got a pair of goals from Richie Sullivan, Nick Morin, and Justin Mansfield.
Manager Matt Stone had his Class I baseball record drop to 2-5 last Monday afternoon as the Pythons had a 6-3 lead at Oyster River going into the last of the fifth inning. The Bobcats scored three times to knot it all up at 6-6 and would score the winning run with two outs in the last of the eighth inning for the 7-6 win. Pelham junior center fielder Josh Luciano was the hot guy with the bat in this game as he had two hits and scored a pair of runs while driving in three runs, which included a long home run. Second baseman Mike Perruccio also had two hits, but the Pythons left too many base runners stranded after they collected 10 walks off Oyster River pitching. Dave Wesson was the tough luck loser on the hill for the Pythons.
Friday up in Kearsarge, the Pythons gave their starter Corey Coulliard a 4-0 lead in the first inning after Dave Wesson launched the first of two home runs in this game. Wesson ended up with three hits and four runs driven in but his second bomb gave the Pythons a 6-1 lead after four innings. Kearsarge scored a pair of runs in the fifth to make it a 7-3 game. When Kearsarge scored another run to pull to within 7-4 in the sixth inning, Pelham manager Matt Stone brought Wesson in to pitch from shortstop. Pelham led 8-4 heading into the last of the seventh, and Kearsarge did score three times to get to within 8-7, but Wesson got the final out and picked up the save for Corey Coulliard.
The Pythons were shut out 9-0 at home on Thursday by Con-Val, and it was a six-run third inning that did most of the damage to the Pythons. Pelham could only collect two hits by Wesson and a hit by Coulliard in the entire game. This 2-5 team will look to get back into the win column this Wednesday when they’ll host Saint Thomas, who has a 5-1 record, before heading to Souhegan this Saturday for a 1 p.m. game against the 3-3 Sabres.
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