By Steve Enman
The Berlin-Gorham Road Warriors Babe Ruth Team improved their record to 8-4-1, with a 9-9 tie and a 7-5 win over an All-Star Studded Woodsville Team this past Saturday at Woodsville.
In the tied game, which was called after seven innings due to the fact that it was the first game of a doubleheader and time was a factor. The BGRW's had a fairly comfortable 7-2 lead when in the bottom of the sixth, WV scored six runs to go up 8-7. B-G came right back and scored two in the top half of the 7th to take a 9-8 lead but Woodsville managed to score a lone run to tie it up in their home half of the 7th, and that's how it ended.
Anthony Pizzuto had two hits and two runs batted In, Brody Labounty also had two hits, scored two runs and had two RBI, and Carter Poulin had a hit and two RBI. Griffin Melanson, Labounty and Jacob Mercier toed the rubber for the locals.,
In the second game, offensively, Ean Steady was 3 for 3 with Kolin Melanson, and Landyn Croteau chipping in with multiple hits. Steady was also the winning pitcher, giving up six hits and four runs in his five inning stint. B-G scored one run in the first inning and three in the 5th and 6th innings for their seven runs, along with 10 hits. The score was tied at four until the bottom of the 6th when the Road Warriors scored those three runs to go up by three, which was enough, even though Woodsville did score one in the 7th but that was it as the locals headed home with the one win and one tie. Coach D. Johnson was pleased with the two games and felt that, "We are really coming together as a team and showed that with some great baseball against a strong Woodsville team on Saturday".
This past Tuesday night, B-G hosted Plymouth on the Gorham Common (rained out again) and will do the same thing tonight against Pittsburg, beginning at 6 p.m.
I know he doesn't like the publicity but in this case he deserves it. Paul Blais, longtime employee of the City of Berlin (Recreation Dept) is retiring tomorrow after 37.5 years in the system. Paul was part of a crew that took care of the many outdoor athletic complexes in Berlin, including 29 parks, 4 playgrounds, 5 athletic fields (Horne, Memorial Field, Community Fields (3), Horne and the Annex), the high school track facility, the White Mountain Community College field, Heritage Park, City Hall and Green St., 5 neighborhood ice rinks, the Berlin Recreation Center, and for all sports including baseball, softball, track and field, soccer, football, field hockey, ice hockey, tennis, pickleball and anything I might have missed. They (he) helped out the Main St. Program, and spend much of their time preparing facilities for the public school system’s sports' programs.
"I have enjoyed my years of working with and for the Recreation Department, and I give much credit to Mitch Berkowitz, who hired me so long ago, and Rollie Nicoletti for teaching me the tricks of the trade. My retirement is definitely an end of a era!,” Paul told me.
Paul was also involved in coaching youth hockey for many years. Enjoy those retirement years, Paul, as they seem to pass quicker than our working years!! As we chatted at DD the other day, we agreed that he will now have time to play hockey with the old guys at the Notre Dame Arena for Senior Hockey Day in Berlin.