If they were going to be able to play with the best, they had to show it last Monday when 6-1 Coe-Brown came to town. Coe-Brown is an excellent hitting team that pounded out 13 hits on the day, but Amanda Levesque and the Pelham girls made them earn it. Coe-Brown got a great two-hit shutout from Corrine Lemark, as she struck out eight batters, only walked two, and only gave up two singles, as senior outfielder Tina Baird collected both of Pelham’s hits on the day. April Blinn made a couple of eye-opening grabs in the outfield to keep this game close early. Coe-Brown only led 2-0 going into the fourth inning before they put four hits together to stretch their lead to 5-0 after five innings. The Bears added four runs in the seventh inning to win it 9-0, and that put Pelham’s Class I record at 4-6. The Pelham girls then immediately turned their attention to Monadnock, which the Pythons will play this Wednesday in hopes of getting closer to that .500 mark.
Manager Todd Lozeau and his Pelham Python softball team are still lingering around the .500 mark early in the season, but his girls came out and showed him what they are capable of last Saturday up in Amherst against the Souhegan Sabres. Pelham co-captain April Blinn is still on fire at the plate as she went 4 for 5 and scored three times, while knocking in a pair of runs. Pelham freshman shortstop Kathryn Mostone is getting used to the clean-up position as she got this team going early when she tattooed a long three-run homer to give Pelham a 3-0 lead and then hit a double that knocked in two more runs in the fourth inning. Pelham led 7-1 after three innings as junior pitcher Amanda Levesque just kept tossing strikes and let her defense do the rest. The Sabres did score three runs in the fourth and sixth innings, but Pelham kept getting big hits from Steph Winn, Kayle Aubrey, Jacqui Perry, Amanda Blake, and Kayla Bailey, to keep the hosts at bay. After the game, Todd Lozeau said, “I’m starting to see that my girls are beginning to see the light. We’ve lost five games this year and we should have lost two, but the other games were lost because we gave up eight to ten runs in the first or second inning and could never recover. There were games where we walked too many runners, or a bad error with two outs led to six more runs coming in, but the girls are finally saying, ‘Hey, we’re not a bad team when we make our opponents earn it!’ Now they are seeing that we can play with just about anybody and we’re all hitting the ball. Making contact means that the other team has to make the plays and we’ve been doing a good job of that lately.”
Two days earlier, the Pelham girls hosted St. Thomas and gave their opponents a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning. Pelham got one run back early and trailed 5-1 going into the last of the fourth inning, before the offense came alive and crossed seven runs to take an 8-5 lead going into the fifth inning. Kayle Aubrey, Jacqui Perry, and Tina Baird got it going in the fourth with big base hits, and Amanda Blake, Blinn, Steph Winn, Kayla Bailey, and Mostone kept the seven-run inning going with more run-scoring hits. St. Thomas got a couple of hits, but were helped by two walks and an error, to score three runs in the sixth inning to tie the game up at 8-8. The Saints then used a host of walks, an error, and a couple of hits to cross seven runs in the seventh and win this game 17-9 over the Pythons.
The unbeaten Bow Falcons came down to Pelham Thursday and kept their undefeated status as they took five of the six singles matches and won the first doubles match before the rains came and washed out the rest of the matches. Only senior Janelle Gordon was able to ring up a victory as she pummeled her opponent 8-0 at the number five singles contest, which dropped the Python girls record to 2-3 in the rankings.
Earlier in the week the Pelham girls had to take on the Milford Spartans and most of the Pythons appeared ready to go on this day. Meghan Szmyt set the tone for the day by battling the Spartans number one player tooth and nail in a marathon of a contest that saw Szmyt tough it out down the stretch 8-6. Shannon Krauss lost the number two singles set, but Taylor LaPointe regained the lead for Pelham with a convincing 8-3 win at number three singles. Jacky Ta lost a tough 8-5 battle at number four singles, but Janelle Gordon kept her confidence alive and won 8-5 at number five singles, before Nicole Mastacouris came in and put the hammer down 8-zip to give the Pythons a 4-2 lead heading into doubles action. Szmyt and Krauss lost a heartbreaking 8-6 contest in the number one doubles set, but LaPointe and Ta were able to pull out an 8-6 win at number two doubles, and Gordon and Mastacouris gave Pelham the “W” with an 8-4 win at number three doubles. Coach Sean Corrigan was extremely happy with the way his Python girls battled from start to finish.
Monday the John Stark Generals invaded Harris Track and Field, but the Pythons would be without their starting goalie Brittany Fadden. Freshman Jen Peet filled in quite admirably. Peet stopped 16 shots and Pythons only trailed 6-4 by halftime. Coach Brittany Caron was getting some game efforts from her team, as Christine Downs and Alex Catalano led the charge with two goals apiece, but the Generals were able to come away with a 15-7 win because of a big second half. Pelham also got goals from Kally Riddinger, Sarah DeBaldo, and Devon Lamoureux. The Pythons will be looking for win number two this Thursday when they’ll host a 3-2 Kearsarge team at Harris Track and Field at 4:15 p.m.
The Pelham girls lacrosse team entered the week with a 0-3 record and a new coach after Bruce Brown stepped down last weekend because of health issues. JV coach Brittany Caron then took over the team last Monday, just in time to get her Python crew ready to take on 5-0 Oyster River who topped the Division III standings. The Python lost to the division leaders 18-7, but coach Caron now had three days to get her girls ready for Pembroke, who came to town Thursday afternoon. The Pelham stickers looked hungry right from the start and out-hustled their opponents over the full length of the field. Coach Caron was running girls into the game and making plenty of changes, and everyone was delivering in a big way. Pelham was able to jump out to a 5-0 lead with six minutes left in the first half, and still led 6-1 at halftime. Pelham didn’t let up in the second half either, as they scored the first six goals of the second half and stretched their lead to 12-1 before Pembroke Academy was able to score a couple of goals in the last couple of minutes for a 13-3 final. Pelham senior goalie Brittany Fadden had seven saves in the game and four of them were terrific in-close stops. Sophomore Alex Catalano attacked the Spartans goalie for four scores in the game and teammate Devon Lamoureux had three goals to lead the Pythons. Other highlights in this game were senior defenseman Brittany Long swatting home her first varsity goal, and then two minutes later Vanessa Alicea scored her varsity goal. Coach Brittany Caron was all smiles after the game, but her voice was a little hoarse from yelling. She admitted, “That was fun out there today. It was nice to see the girls get their first win after working so hard. We can enjoy this for a couple of days, then we’ll get ready for John Stark, who comes in here on Monday, and we’ll be looking for win number two.” Other Pythons who earned their way into the scoring column were Kally Ridinger, Christine Downs, Sarah DeBaldo, and Christine Morgan. Look for this group to be pumped up against the John Stark Generals.
Earlier in the week the Pelham girls had to play unbeaten Oyster River. The Bobcats took a 10-3 halftime lead, but Pelham played them much tougher in the second half, before coming away with an 18-7 loss. Junior Sarah DeBaldo led the Pythons with two goals, and the five other scores came from Alex Catalano, Christine Downs, Kally Riddinger, Devon Lamoureux, and Keri Foley. Brittany Fadden played goalie in the first half for Pelham and stopped six shots while giving up 10 goals, and freshman Jen Peet played between the pipes in the second half, allowing eight goals, but stopping 11 shots.
Pelham’s Freedom team played the Hollis Cavaliers on Saturday, May 2. The beginning of the first half found Freedom off their game, fighting to gain control of the ball. The later part of the first half, Freedom rallied to score two goals within minutes of each other. Both goals came from the great passing of Nicole Gargano to Kayli Keenan. Kayli’s powerful kicks were unstoppable. The second half of the game had Hollis on the run with Pelham’s passing. The next goal was another power play. This time Morgan Walsh passed to Lindsey Niemaszyk who scored the third goal deep into the left corner of the net. With four and a half minutes left in the game, Morgan Walsh broke out on her own and drove the ball deep into the net, scoring the fourth goal of the game. The defensive line was unbreakable. The Freedom girls were hot on this cool spring day.
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The Pelham Python boys tennis team didn’t take too kindly to dropping a 6-3 match to undefeated Souhegan last week and they all showed it last week when they beat up on the Coe-Brown Bears 9-0 to run their Class I record to 6-1 at the midway point of the regular season. Pelham’s head coach Lisa Terwilliger said, “The match against Souhegan was very close, and I would be very pleased and excited about meeting them again in the Class I tournament, but we’ve got to take care of business the rest of the way in the regular season.” Following that shellacking, the Pelham boys had to face 7-0 Oyster River at Durham Tuesday on a rainy day. Coach Terwilliger obviously kept the same starting line-up, which featured her two top-notch freshmen, Jared Taylor and Matt Smith, along with Ryan Fyfe, Brad Shapiro, Matt Mercier, and Ethan Ely, and these kids did not disappoint her. Jared Taylor got the singles action off to a nice start with a big 8-2 victory and Ryan Fyfe lost a tough one at number two singles. Brad Shapiro battled tooth and nail all the way down the stretch and came away with an 8-6 victory, and Matt Smith went the distance in fighting off his number four foe 9-7. Matt Mercier and Ethan Ely were both edged in their singles sets to make it dead even at 3-3 heading into doubles action. Fyfe and Shapiro got nudged at number one doubles, but the freshman tandem of Taylor and Smith looked more like grizzly veterans in hammering out a 9-7 win, with Mercier and Ely giving the Pythons the 5-4 upset of the Bobcats when they won their number three doubles set 8-6.
Last week against the Coe-Brown Bears coach Terwilliger’s Pythons took no prisoners. Jared Taylor hardly worked up a sweat in beating Brendan Chick 8-1 at number one singles, and Ryan Fyfe followed suit by the identical 8-1 score over Aiden Cecchetti. Brad Shapiro smoked Josh Frase 8-4, Matt Smith bested Josh Macri 8-5, Matt Mercier beat Sean Carlson 8-3, and Ethan Ely provided closing ceremonies in singles play with an 8-2 butt-kicking of Nick Kaschak. All three Pelham doubles teams also won, giving them the 9-0 whitewashing over the Coe-Brown Bears. Coach Terwilliger’s young team was also supposed to meet 5-0 Bedford last Friday, but that match got rained out and will be made up at a later date. Pelham has never, ever won a Class I tennis title, but with Lisa Terwilliger at the controls, there’s a first time for everything!
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