Amy Desrosiers won with a throw of 110 ft.
Yes, there was drizzle and light rain last Saturday morning, but it didn’t deter 25 schools from around the area from taking part in the annual Salem Kiwanis Freshman and Sophomore Track Meet at Grant Field in Salem. Several Blue Devil athletes shined at this Meet on their home track, but none more than sophomores Melissa Higgins and Max Jacques, who were named Salem’s MVP’s of this Meet. The Salem girls placed second, only behind the Pinkerton Astros, and Melissa Higgins took a first in the 400-meter dash when she cut the tape in 58.8 seconds and then won the long jump when she vaulted 17’ 4” inches on her last jump. Jacques had a stellar afternoon when he took the top spot in the 200-meter dash in the lightning-quick time of 22.8 seconds, won the triple jump with a hop-skip-and-a-jump of 40’ 8”, and still had enough left in him to be on Salem’s winning 4 X 100-meter relay team that broke the tape in 44.2 seconds.
Higgins had plenty of talented company for the Blue Devil girls, as freshman Victoria Rozumek came ever-so-close to breaking the Meet record in the high jump when she won this event by going over the bar at 5’ 2”. Sophomore Amy Desrosiers had the top throw of the discus at 109’ coming into this meet, so her toss of 110’ 7” easily took first place here. The Blue Devils also had two super third place finishes when sophomore Meghan Bench ran a blistering 13.3 seconds in the 100-meters, and Grace Cardarelli tossed the javelin 84’ 7”.
Other Salem underclassmen that stood out in this 25-team Meet included freshman Jerickson Fedrick, who won the 100-meter dash in 10.9 seconds, which broke the meet record; he took sixth in the shot-put with a heave of 37’ 9”; and he was a member of Salem’s winning 4 X 100-meter relay team that stopped the clock in 44.2 seconds. Dennis Mutizwa placed second in the long jump when he vaulted 20’ 8”, and he finished fourth in the 100-meter dash besides also being a part of Salem’s 4 X 100-meter relay team. Troy Ward landed a sixth place medal in the discus when he whirled and heaved the sphere 100’ 6”.
Jerickson Fedrick won the 100 meter with a time of 10.9 seconds
Dominique Aeres fanning one of twelve
Monday the Nashua South Panthers came to Salem in hopes of knocking off Coach Harold Sachs’ Blue Devils, but senior pitcher Dominique Heres would have none of that. Heres walked the first batter she faced and then set down 12 batters in a row after four innings. Steph Cabral doubled and Nora Galvin followed with an RBI single to give Salem a 1-0 lead. Cabral’s third hit of the day was a two-run double in the fifth inning that gave Salem and Heres a 3-0 lead, but the Panthers were able to collect three hits off Heres and break up her shutout with a run in the top of the sixth inning. Salem upped their record to 9-3 with the 4-1 victory over Nashua South.
Last Friday, Harold Sachs had 16 different Salem girls in the 16-0 win over Timberlane. Sophomore Val Bauer got the win tossing a one-hitter, and Sachs gave freshman hurler Erica Gubellini her first taste of varsity action on the mound. Salem won this one 16-0 in just five innings after they exploded for 10 runs in the top of the first inning. Julia Gray, Erica DePinto, and Sarah Frahm all had two hits apiece for the Blue Devils, as Gray drove in four runs, Frahm sent in three runs, and DePinto knocked in a pair of runs.
Last Wednesday’s softball game between the Concord Crimson Tide and the Salem Blue Devils was totally different from the scrimmage that we witnessed up at Pinkerton back in the last week of March. Every coach in Class L knows that Concord is one of the teams to beat, with junior fireballer Paige Hanson returning and all of the big sticks that they have coming back. Hanson hadn’t given up a single run in Concord’s first six games of the year. After scoring a run off Salem starter Dominique Heres, Paige Hanson watched Salem come back and score three runs in the bottom of the first inning on all well-hit balls. Steph Cabral, Nora Galvin, Erica DePinto, Sarah Bracken, and Amanda Vaudreuil combined to bring to 3-1. After a pretty good second inning, Heres would see Concord put together a couple of bloop hits that fell in and several legitimate hits that had the Crimson Tide roll up five runs to take a 6-3 lead in the third inning. Nora Galvin came in to relieve, and Salem was able to scratch three single runs across in the fifth, sixth, and seventh inning, but Concord held on for the 9-6 victory.
Danica Blakslee came back to win in a tie breaker
Monday, undefeated Manchester Central came to town for a big match and they were able to deal the Blue Devils their second loss of the season 7-2. Central’s number one player, Margaret Teague, is probably the best player in the state and she beat Angela Rullo to start things off 8-1. It looked like a blowout at number two singles when Romina Borzotsina was breezing past Salem’s Danica Blakslee 7-4, but Blakslee came battling back to force a tie-breaker before losing 9-8 and 7-2. Salem freshman Rachel Ward lost 8-4 to Keenan Brent, but senior co-captain Caitlin Peters got the Blue Devils on the board when she beat Phoebe Lyman 8-1. Breanna Edelstein lost 8-1 to Casey Geddes, but freshman Cassie Hailson was embroiled in a tough match with Central’s Chelsea Thibault before coming back to pull off the win.
Peters and the rest of the Salem swingers wouldn’t let that happen again, and especially Friday afternoon when they hosted 5-1 Timberlane. Salem once again took a 4-2 advantage into doubles, but it definitely wasn’t easy. Andrea Rullo lost 2-8, and singles player Danica Blakslee was trailing throughout her entire match, but she managed to tie it up and won a 9-8 decision by winning the tie-breaker 7-3. Coach Curt Killion said, “What Danica did late in the match was huge for us. She’s good at stepping up when her teammates need her the most.“ Rachel Ward was getting beat 5-0 at number three singles, and she battled back to make it close, but still lost 5-8. Caitlin Peters was still steaming over her doubles loss to Concord, so she had her grandfather Charlie Peters’ (the proprietor from Peter’s Farm on Cross Street for the last 80 years) come up and watch her annihilate her opponent 8-0 in no time at all. Andrea Vinci dropped an 8-1 decision, but Breanna Edlestein had to battle to a 9-8 win and win her tie-breaker 7-4 for Salem to have that 4-2 advantage. Rullo and Blakslee lost number one doubles 4-8, Ward and Vinci lost a very tough 6-8 number two doubles contest, but Peters and freshman Cassie Hailson won 8-0 playing together for the first time, and the Blue Devils had their 5-4 win that upped their record to 8-1.
Coach Curt Killion and his Blue Devil girls tennis lost a heartbreaker of a match last Wednesday afternoon up in Windham when the 5-0 Concord Crimson Tide were able to sweep Salem in all three doubles sets and get out of town with a 5-4 win. The loss was the first for the Salem girls and they didn’t seem pleased, to say the least. Angela Rullo lost a grueling 7-9 match at number one singles, before sophomore Danica Blakslee evened things up at 1-1 with an 8-1 thumping over Concord’s number two girl. Freshman Rachel and co-captain Caitlin Peters both won their singles matches by identical scores of 8-4, which gave Salem a 3-1 advantage, but Concord won the next contest over Andrea Vinci 4-8, before Cassie Hailson beat her for 8-5 to give Salem the 4-2 edge going into doubles action. Rullo and Vinci were beaten 8-4, and Peters and Blakslee suffered their first loss of the season 2-8, before Julianna Blaisdell and Rachel Ward dropped an 8-1 contest.
For the first time this spring, manager Dan Keleher had some defensive problems with his young Blue Devils team. Jake Lambert gave up eight hits to Nashua South last Monday, but seven errors made behind him let the Panthers take a 6-0 win over the Blue Devils, which dropped their Class L record to 7-6. Offensively, the Blue Devils bats were very quiet as they could only muster three hits in this contest. Salem had a scoring chance in the first when Jordan Estevez singled and Sam Fazioli walked with one out, but a double play ended that inning. Josh Treff and C. J. DeMarco had the only other hits for Salem. Lambert gave up an unearned run in the first inning and another run in the last of the third. Nashua was able to score two runs in the last of the fifth and two more in the sixth to win this game 6-0.
Last Friday at Mary Queen of Peace Field, Nick Poore picked up his second win of the spring when he fired a seven hitter against the Timberlane Owls. Salem scored in the first inning when Jordan Estevez walked and went to second on a Josh Heil single. With two outs, sophomore Joe Morin made his first varsity at bat a memorable one when his single plated Estevez with the game’s first run. Salem picked up two more runs in the last of the fourth inning when Josh Treff singled, stole second base, and went to third on an infield ground out. Treff scored on C. J. DeMarco’s single. DeMarco stole second and went to third on Matt Gioia’s single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Josh Heil, giving Salem a 3-0 lead. In the fifth inning, Joe Morin reached on an error with one out, and Brandon Dunn came in to pinch run and immediately stole second base. Dunn scored to make it 4-0 Salem on Shaun Yelle’s single. The Blue Devils made it 5-0 in the last of the sixth inning when Heil and Fazioli singled, and Heil scored on Darrin Brown’s single. The Owls got one run in the top of the seventh to break up Poore’s shutout, but Salem won it 5-1.
Salem started the week off up in Concord where the Crimson Tide would pound out 14 hits and beat the Blue Devils 11-1 in just five innings. Matt Gioia had three of Salem’s seven hits and would drive in Brendan Dunn (who singled) in the top of the third inning with the Blue Devils only run. This team had three big games coming now, as they were scheduled to host Pinkerton Thursday at Michele Park in Salem, then head to St. Anselms in Goffstown on Friday for a battle with No. 1 Trinity, before hosting a red-hot Exeter team Monday, as the Blue Hawks have won six of their last seven games.