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The Berlin High School boys baseball team seniors, with their families, taken before their last home game of the 2019 season. From left:  Andrew Martel, Ashton True, Nathan Fecteau, Rickey Lambert, Brandon Weeks, and Cameron Boucher. (Craig Melanson Photo)

The No. 15-seeded Berlin High School Baseball Team fell to No. 2 Gilford last week 12-0, in the first round of Division II baseball tournament action in Gilford.

Berlin suffered both on the defensive and offensive ends, with numerous errors to go along with timely hits by the host team, and no hits for Berlin until inning 5.

Player of the Year Adrian Seravo threw 16 pitches to start the game, striking out four of the five hitters he faced.  

Coliano and Wallace came in and helped secure the win. In that fifth inning  senior Brandon Weeks broke up a Gilford pitching staff’s no-hitter with a base hit.

The game ended after a fifth inning mercy rule.  

Berlin High School finished the 2019 campaign with a record of  6-11.

Coach Nathan Roberge said: “We were snake bit by errors and the fact that Gilford took advantage of our miscues with some key hits.

Seravo is the player of the year, with legit stuff, including a 90 mph fastball,  and is being recruited by University of Connecticut — not too bad for a high school junior. Gilford is tough, and I look for them to be in the finals.”  

Gilford was scheduled to play No. 6 White Mountain Regional High School in the semi-finals yesterday, as was  No. 1 Belmont vs. No. 4 Hopkinton in the upper bracket.

Gorham High School softball

Gorham High softball coach Chris Partenope furnished me with the fact that Gorham’s Bryanna Poirier was named to the Granite State North Conference Team for the 2019 season. Congratulations, Bryanna!

Track and field

Kearsarge’s Mya Dube ran the 1,600-meter race and finished first out of 15 runners in the prestigious N.H. Track and Field Meet of Champions held on Saturday. Her time was 4:53.59 and qualified her for the upcoming New England Track and Field Championship.

Berlin High School awards

Berlin High School held its annual athletic awards ceremony this past Sunday, and we will be sending along those award winners very soon you can be sure.  Gorham has their spring sport’s awards this week.

Berlin Rec.

Jim Couhie does a spring “kick ball” unit for younger kids at the Green Street Field in Berlin and shortly we should have some pictures and a short write-up regarding the exciting action of that fun sport.  

Babe Ruth Baseball and Bobcat Softball action has begun and I hope to have some information on that also.  Farm League and Tee ball action is soon finishing up in Gorham.

Just a thought to recreation directors, early youth (ages 4-6 or 7) league coaches: I used to use a tennis racket to teach the finer skills of hitting a ball (whiffle ball works the best) the proper way of hand and arm positioning (directly related to the position of the racket face), trigger points, contact, and follow-throughs.  I found there was lots of success in hitting the ball, which results in more action on the field.  

Also using stations to teach the finer points of catching, fielding, throwing and hitting keeps kids active.

My wife keeps telling me I should coach again, but I don’t have the patience that those who do it now have — comes with age.

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