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April 6, 2013

N.H. Softball: Salem's looks to prolific Latham


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Division 1

Outlook: Despite losing four outstanding players, Salem will be strong again. They’ve gone 41-3 over the last two years without a state title to show for it.

Among the teams battling the Devils will be Merrimack, Dover and Concord. Timberlane could be a sleeper.

Londonderry

2012 season: 18-4, lost in Division 1 semifinals

Returning starters (2): Leah Hunt, Jr., P/OF; Julie Hamilton, Jr., OF

Returning lettermen: Sirena Paiva, Sr., INF; Colleen Lewis, Jr., 1B

Promising newcomers: Brooke Tulley, Jr., C; Shannon Crowley, Jr., OF; Sam Harris, Jr., OF; Aly Leone, Jr., 1B; Cassidy Litch, Jr., INF; Lauren Reinhold, Jr., OF; Taylor Wood, Jr., INF; Melissa Sprague, Soph., P; Summer Vose, Soph., OF; Emily Saulnier, Soph., C

Captains: Sirena Paiva, Leah Hunt

Candidates: 42

Returning leaders: Leah Hunt .410 average

Fast facts: Londonderry’s annual preseason trip to Florida was far less successful than usual. The Lancers won only one of six games. ... Promising Emily Saulnier suffered a high ankle sprain in the first preseason game and is out for a month. ... Last year’s pitcher, Sam Corey, is playing for Philadelphia University. ... New assistant Sami Tatu (St. A’s ‘12) as a standout for the St. Anselm women’s hockey team. ... Two players will miss a week while in Florida with the school band.

Assistants: Crystal Rich; Sami Tatu, JV; Bill Duffy, freshmen

Coach Wayne MacDougall (16th year, 192-117): “We’re definitely in rebuilding mode. This is the first time in a long time we haven’t had a dominating pitcher. We’ve made the final four teams four years in a row, but it’ll be a stretch to make it this year.”

Pinkerton

2012 season: 12-7, lost in Division 1 first round

Returning starters (3): Sam Hennequin, Sr., P/2B/OF; Rachel Byrd, Jr., C; Natalie Fabrizio, Jr., P/OF

Returning lettermen: Kelly Fitzsimmons, Jr., OF

Promising newcomers: Courtney Collins, Jr., INF; Amanda Joncas, Jr., INF; Kinsey Manchester, Jr., OF; Candace Moore, Jr., SS/2B; Sam Comeau, Soph., 2B/OF; Kaylie DeCosmo, Soph., INF/OF; Lauren Phillips, Soph., 3B/C/OF; Olivia Tracy, Soph., INF/OF

Captains: Sam Hannequin

Candidates: 48

Fast facts: The Astros graduated seven starters, but the 3-4 hitters return in juniors Rachel Byrd and Natalie Fabrizio. Byrd will move to catcher from first base and Fabrizio will be doing some pitching. ... Kayla Komaridis is lost for the season because of concussion issues. ...Pinkerton opens with defending state champ Alvirne April 10. ...

Assistants: Kathie Garrish, Kelly Wall; Kristin Abbott, JV; Ed Palladino, freshmen; Saul Shriber

Coach Terry Bailey (15th year, 171-113): “My biggest concern is our youth and learning to make adjustments, but we do have some athletic players. Our pitching has looked good so far. Sam Hennequin will move to the No. 2 spot (in the order) and she can hit.”

Salem

2012 season: 22-1, Division 1 runner-up

Returning starters (6): Samantha Cloutier, Sr., SS/OF; Rachel Morrissey, Sr., 3B/2B; Hannah Latham, Sr., 3B; Brianna Rastello, Sr., 2B; Rachel Murphy, Sr., OF; Amanda Bickford, Jr., C/OF

Returning lettermen: Kaitlyn Arsenault, Sr., P/OF; Emily O’Brien, Sr., 1B; Steph Lovett, Sr., P/INF; Meaghan Williams, Jr., OF/INF Brittany Wallace, Jr., C/1B; Rachael Denning, Jr., OF; Rachel Towler, Soph., P

Promising newcomers: Montana Davis, Soph., OF; Katie Dawson, Soph., OF; Mikayla Ramsdell, Soph., OF; Seanna Cloutier, Frosh., OF; Meghan O’Brien, Frosh., P

Captains: Samantha Cloutier, Rachel Morrissey, Rachel Murphy

Candidates: 40

Returning leaders: Hannah Latham .488, 27 RBIs; Sam Cloutier .449, Brianna Rastello .423, Amanda Bickford 27 runs

Fast facts: At least four pitchers will see action early, including two lefties. ... Freshmen Seanna Cloutier and Meghan O’Brien are the younger sisters of Samantha Cloutier and Emily O’Brien. ... Salem returns three players who hit over .400 but it lost four stars in Stephanie Long, Sarah Frahm, Amanda Baron and Nicole Gubellini.

Assistants: Greg Paris, Chelsea Durso

Coach Harold Sachs (28th year, 524-70): “Our athletes have been working very hard, perhaps harder than most. Competition for playing time has elevated our work ethic. As a coach, I can’t ask for anything more than this group is providing. We are excited.”

Timberlane

2012 season: 6-13, lost in Division 1 first round

Returning starters (7): Masha Lange, Sr., SS; Caroline Salvaneschi, Sr., CF; Kayla Durkee, Sr., 2B; Meaghan Bishop, Sr., C/1B; Christina Nye, Jr., OF; Emily Barrett, Jr., C/1B; Madidie Bishop, Soph., P/1B

Returning lettermen: Andrea Mezquita, Sr., OF; Jessica Walsh, Jr., OF; Jennifer Trodella, Jr., OF; Olivia Harnois, Soph., P/2B

Promising newcomers: Mikaela MacKinnon, Sr., OF; Allison Collins, Frosh., INF; Amy Freeman, Frosh., INF; Kate Hoadley, Frosh., P/OF

Candidates: 34

Returning honorees: Masha Lange, Eagle-Tribune All-Star

Returning leaders: Masha Lange .411, 23 RBIs

Fast facts: Longtime Bay State Brats coach Bo Durso joins the staff. ... Two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star Masha Lange hopes to play both field hockey and softball at Plymouth State. ... Freshman pitcher Kate Hoadley throws as hard as anyone on the staff and classmate Amy Freeman looks good at third base. Another freshman, Allison Collins, is battling for a spot at first base.

Assistants: Sam Romano, Bo Durso, Bill Cornell, varsity; Caroline Morris, JV, Brian Boyle, JV

Coach Jim Clavette (4th year, 11-47): “We should be above .500. We have the defense and our hitting will be better. It all depends on our pitching. We’ll probably use two pitchers per game.”

Division 2-3

OUTLOOK: After two so-so years, Sanborn looks primed to become a state contender again and Windham is a team to watch.

Pelham was much improved in Division 2 last year and will be even more formidable this year in Division 3.

Pelham

2012 season: 7-9, didn’t make state tourney

Returning starters (7): Elissa Mogauro, Jr., 3B/C; Hannah Paitchel, Jr., SS; Jordan Parece, Jr., P/2B; Chantal Roussel, Jr., CF, Julia Barsalou, Jr., 2B; Erin Long, Jr. OF; Kelsey Grimard, Soph., C/IF

Returning varsity players: Alyssa Paradis, Soph., INF/C; Sarah Ferreira, Soph., 3B/1B; Megan Scalia, Soph., P/OF;INF/OF; Sarah-Jane Spicer, Soph., 3b/OF

Promising newcomers: Kayla Surprenant, Jr., OF; Brooke Stanton, Soph., OF; Morgan Apkarian, Soph., 1B/P/C; Paige Spanos, Frosh., INF/OF; Olivia Poff, Frosh., INF/OF

Captains: Hannah Paitchel, Elissa Mogauro

Candidates: 16

Returning honorees: Hannah Paitchel, Eagle-Tribune All-Star

Returning leaders: Hannah Paitchel .471, 14 runs

Fast facts: Last year was Pelham’s best year since going 11-9 in 2004.

Assistants: Steve Paitchel, Amanda Blake

Coach Todd Lozeau (6th year, 20-64): “We are returning seven starters, four of whom have been starting since their freshman season (Paitchel, Mogauro, Parece, Roussel). We look to remain focused and determined to reach our goal of hosting a tournament game.”

Sanborn

2012 season: 8-9, lost in Division 2 first round

Returning starters (5): Rachel Colbert, Sr., P; Amanda Turco, Sr., SS; Elyse Law, Sr., CF; Meghan Dolan, Jr., 3B; Lauren Mahoney, Jr., 2B

Returning lettermen: Emily Mailloux, Sr., C; Becky Laliberte, Sr., OF; Sierra Herrmann, Sr., OF; Shayla Johnson, Jr., 1B

Promising newcomers: Brianna George, Sr., OF; Maighan LeBlanc, Soph., 2B/OF; Samantha Webster, Soph., OF; Caitlin Catalanotto, Frosh., P; Ellery Rasmussen, Frosh., 1B; Erin Thompson, Frosh., SS; Kaleigh Thompson, Frosh., 3B/OF; P.J. Ross, Frosh., C

Captains: Seniors

Candidates: 42

Returning leaders: Elyse Law .448, 26 runs

Fast facts: Sanborn hopes to bounce back from consecutive losing seasons.

Assistants: Peter Basler, Andy Sullivan; Bill Manuel, JV; Jeff Lord, JV

Coach Dan Carbone (15th year, 181-93): “I think the Indians will be back. We have good players at the key positions and I’m very high on our freshmen. Our goal is to get past the first round and I don’t see why we can’t do that.”

Windham

2012 season: 9-11, lost in Division 2 quarterfinals

Returning starters (7): Heather Tornquist, Sr., 3B; Emily Comtois, Jr., C; Rachel Vafides, Jr., P/OF; Makenzie Magee, Jr., RF; Danielle Donovan, Jr., 1B; Michaela Hatem, Jr., 2B; Cailyn Casta, Soph., CF

Returning lettermen: Lindsay Hillyer, Jr., OF; Christina Steere, Soph., 3B/2B; Haley Psareas, Soph., SS

Promising newcomers: Dana Klaassens, Frosh., C; Rachel Rogers, Frosh., P; Jaime Cleasey, Frosh., P

Captains: Heather Tornquist, Danielle Donovan, Mackenzie Magee

Candidates: 22

Returning leaders: Makenzie Magee .420 average

Fast facts: Last year Windham posted an historic No. 1 vs. No. 16 tourney stunner over Hollis-Brookline. ... ... The Jaguars will field a JV team for the first time. ... Rachel Vafides is expected to pitch every game. ... Emily Comtois and Makenzie Magee both hit over .400 last spring. ... Graduated Ashley Adamson is playing at Western New England.

Assistants: Rachel Hedge, Joe Wheeler

Coach David Hedge (3rd year, 13-25): “I’d be disappointed if we didn’t go beyond the second round. A key is the shortstop position because almost everyone is else is back. If Haley (Psareas) can fill in like I think, we should be fine.”