---- — The classic Kipling poem, “If” has no line about keeping your wits about you as the once-proud baseball program you love and now coach disintegrates around you.
Maybe it should have.
Billy Beauchesne lived a season full of “If” and persevered, leading his diminishing ranks at Pelham High to the Division 3 state semifinals.
Pelham won its first postseason games since 2005, Beauchesne’s senior season.
And the Pythons did with only 13 players. Freshmen, JV and varsity total.
“It won’t happen again,” said junior Eagle-Tribune All-Star Jake Vaiknoras. “There are a lot of younger kids in school, already talking about coming back to baseball ... good players. They’ve seen what we’ve done. And it’s going to be even better.”
Beauchesne, who ran track at Keene State, will be teaching at the middle school in the fall, which also bodes well for the future of the program.
Kipling says in his classic to those like Beauchesne who persevere, “Yours is the earth in everything that’s in it.”
Previous Coaches of the Year
2012: Frank Carey, North Reading; 2011: Brendan Neilon, Lawrence; 2010: Joe Boland, Whittier; 2009: Todd Dulin, North Andover; 2008: Dan Keleher, Salem; 2007: Kevin Maloney, Greater Lawrence; 2006: Frank Carey, North Reading; 2005: Mark Rowe, Georgetown; 2004: Brent Demas, Londonderry; 2003: Eric Cyr, Methuen; 2002: Scott Blaney, Greater Lawrence