Mike Michaczyk won his match 8-1 against Spaulding
Tuesday morning the Spaulding Red Raiders came to town, but the spunky Blue Devils were not the perfect hosts as they spanked Spaulding 9-0 to run their record to 4-1. Vastl led off with 8-2 No. 1 singles win before Correia and Jordan Falconer both ran away with 8-1 decisions. Nick Letizio and Nick Noshirwani also won 8-1 at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, and Mike Michalczyk closed singles action out with an 8-3 win. Letizio and Noshirwani won 8-3 at No. 1 doubles, Falconer and DevanashPathak won 8-5, and Ryan Breton and Ryan Greenleaf won their varsity debut 8-3.
Salem co-coaches Mike Jolicoeur and Gary Duranko only have two returning starters off last years’ Class L champion team, but they have several kids who have stepped up this year and continue to improve, as Salem took two more runaway wins this week to up their record to 4-1. Senior captain Joel Vastl led the way against the Keene Blackbirds winning his No. 1 singles set 8-4, with Chris Correia following suit and winning his No. 2 singles contest 8-3, and Jordan Falconer also winning 8-3 at No. 3 singles. Senior Nick Letizio has cracked the starting lineup this spring and he’s been delivering in a big way, as he won 8-4, before another new name, Nick Noshirwani, won his contest in an 8-0 breeze. Mike Michalczyk finished up big at No. 6 singles with an 8-1 win, and the Blue Devils didn’t have any trouble sweeping in doubles play. Vastl and Correia rolled to an 8-4 win, Letizio and Noshirwani also won 8-4, and Falconer and Michalczyk coasted to an 8-1 victory.
Harold Sachs’ Blue Devil softball team returned to their winning ways last Monday morning when they were embroiled in a tough 2-2 battle for five innings with Bishop Guertin before exploding for seven runs in the last of the sixth inning to win it 9-2. Sachs had sophomore Val Bauer on the hill to start the game as she pitched very well for the first four innings and struck out eight batters, but a dropped popup in the fourth got her in trouble and allowed Bishop Guertin to score two unearned runs. Junior Nora Galvin came in to hurl the final three innings and she threw a no-hit ball and struck out eight batters to earn the win. Salem’s team is full of freshmen and sophomores who make contact and are aggressive base runners, and that’s what started their sixth inning rally. Amanda Vaudreuil started it off by reaching first on a hard hit ball to short. Geena Terino reached on a fielder’s choice with everyone safe, and Sarah Bracken knocked in Vaudreuil with the eventual game winner. Jen Cabral and Steph Cabral both singled to make it a 5-2 game, Jade Morrison reached on an error, and Erica DiPinto knocked in a run to make it a 6-2 game. Julia Gray slapped a two-run single and Vaudreuil knocked in another run to give Salem their seven run inning and a 9-2 win over the Bishop Guertin Cardinals.
The Blue Devils pounded out 17 hits out west in Keene last Friday, and Dominique Heres picked up the win on the mound. Val Bauer finished up for Salem, but they were busy circling the base paths. Harold Sachs played 17 different players in this win, and that’s a common thing around Salem softball these days. The Salem girls scored three runs in the first inning, added two more in the third, and then added on three more in the top pf the fourth inning to lead 8-0 halfway through the game. Julia Gray had a perfect 3 for 3 day and Sarah Bracken had two big hits while knocking in three runs. Salem’s long trip in the rain to Rochester didn’t turn out that well, as the slippery field conditions had an effect on the game. Spaulding only had five hits in the game, but three of them came in the first inning when a couple of walks and errors led to the Red Raiders scoring all five of their runs in the first inning. Salem scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning, but it wasn’t enough as they suffered their first loss of the season 5-2.
Tuesday afternoon with a 90 degree day at Michele Park, Darren Brown fired a complete game five hitter that lifted the Blue Devils to 4-2 one-third through the regular season. Jordan Estevez was back at shortstop in the starting lineup. Matt Gioia and Jeff Heil walked with one out and moved up to second and third on a wild pitch, and both scored on Josh Treff’s single for a 2-0 lead. A double, a single, and a Salem error gave Spaulding a run in the top of the third, but the Blue Devils got that run back in the bottom of the third. Gioia walked again and came around to score on Sam Fazioli’s fielder’s choice for a 3-1 lead. Spaulding got their last run of the day in the top of the fourth on a walk, two wild pitches, and a throwing error. Salem scored their fourth run in the last of the sixth when Brendan Dunn singled with one out, went to second when Estevez was hit by a pitch, and scored on Matt Gioia’s single.
Salem traveled to Nashua on Monday to meet the Bishop Guertin, and while the Blue Devils were outhit nine to five, the Salem kids were able to come away with a nifty 6-3 win, thanks to six errors by the Cardinals. Salem took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Nick Poore doubled and came home on a Jared Scali single. The Blue Devils added three more runs in the top of the third inning. Matt Gioia walked with one out, went to second on a fielder’s choice, and scored on a single by Darren Brown. Sam Faziole reached second by an error that sent Brown to third, and both scored when Josh Treff reached on a throwing error by the shortstop. Leading 4-0, the Salem kids made it 5-0 in the top of the fifth when Brown was hit by a pitch, went to second on a walk to Fazioli, and scored on another Jared Scali single. The Cardinals tallied two runs in the last of the sixth and a single run in the seventh for the 6-3 Salem win. That put their record at 3-2.
Salem sophomore Nick Poore tossed a gem at Keene for six innings last Friday afternoon, but the Blue Devils couldn’t solve the Blackbirds pitcher Evan Ayres, who threw a two-hitter at Salem and had them pounding the ball into the ground all day long. Keene would squeak a run across in the top of the fourth inning on a walk and a balk, a ground out to third, and a base hit to score their first run. It would stay that way until the top of the seventh inning, as Poore still had a four-hit gem going, but the Blackbirds played small ball with some bunts and singles and took advantage of an infield error and scored five times for the 6-0 final. That loss evened the Blue Devils record at 2-2, while Keene moved to 4-1 with the win.
The Blue Devils looked like a different team from the first half to the second half last Monday, as coach Chris Kelleher must have pushed the right button at halftime of their game against Nashua South. Salem trailed 3-2 after one period and still trailed 5-4 just before halftime when Brett Miller flung home a tying goal with 30 seconds remaining before halftime. In the second half, it was all Salem. The Blue Devils would dominate the Panthers in the third period by outscoring them 8-1 as Brett Miller added three more goals (which gave him six for the game), and Kevin Baudin had a pair of scores, along with Brett Pittera, Kyle Kenney, and Jake Matthews. Leading 13-6 heading into the fourth quarter, South would score two goals to cut the lead to 14-8, but the Blue Devils came storming back and tallied the last four goals in the game. Salem goalie Shaun Russell was called on to make 17 saves in the Blue Devils 18-8 victory. Brett Miller only ended up with nine goals and five assists in this game. Kevin Baudin continues to impress with three goals, and Nick Harbilas scored a pair of goals and added four assists.
After dropping their first three matches of the season to Manchester Central, Exeter, and Hanover, coach Chris Kelleher’s Blue Devil lacrosse team came out and showed some tough defense last Monday against Timberlane and raced out to a 3-0 lead heading into the second quarter. Senior Kyle Kenney would make it 4-0 in Salem’s favor early in the second quarter, before Derek Furey finally beat Salem goalie Shaun Russell to make it 4-1. The Blue Devils took a 7-1 lead at halftime, and the Owls were trying to make a game out in the third quarter when they cut the deficit to 9-5, but Kyle Kinney and the Blue Devils got it going again and came away with the 11-7 victory. Kinney led Salem with five goals, while Nick Harbilas and Dylan Kriakakis had two goals apiece. Brett Miller added a goal, and sophomore Kevin Baudin scored his first ever varsity goal in the second half. Jake Mathews had a pair of assists for the Blue Devils, and Harbilas, Miller, and Kevin Baudin each handed out an assist. Shaun Russell stopped 11 Timberlane shots to pick up his first victory of the spring for the 1-3 Blue Devils.