I thought once the high school sports’ seasons were done, it would quiet down, but there are other sporting events going on that I certainly want to report on. That includes the North Country Men’s Basketball League, Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Baseball, the upcoming co-ed softball tournament, updates on New Hampshire native and Colorado Rockies’ minor league player Grant Lavigne, Coos Cycling Club race results, a story on runner Mya Dube, former Milan/Gorham student/athlete/teacher Larry Jodrie, my recent connection with some Plymouth State College (University) former teammates and coaches from 43+ years ago, Lisa Riendeau’s marathon experience, bobcat softball, go-kart racing, the fall induction into the Hall of Fame of the 2006 St. Joseph’s College Baseball Team (which sons Dan and Luke were part of), and other stories that will hopefully be of interest to all of you. If you have anything you think worthy reporting on, send them along to me at any time.
The Berlin-Gorham Road Warrior’s Babe Ruth baseball team had a great week, going 3-0 to raise their season record to 11-4-1, with wins over Pittsburg by a 14-5 score, 14-0 over Brattleboro, Vt., and an 8-2 win over Plymouth.
Against Pittsburg, a 13 run 1st inning started things off in fine fashion, and the locals held on to win that game.
Berlin-Gorham, in addition to the 14 runs, had 15 hits, while Pittsburg doubled up on their runs with 10 hits. Anthony Pizzuto and Carter Poulin had three hits apiece and Griffin Melanson was on base three times with walks.
Dillion Bisson had four RBIs, along with three from Poulin and two from Jacob Mercier to lead in that category.
Landyn Croteau pitched two innings, Chase Carder one and two-thirds innings, and Griffin Melanson one inning with three strikeouts.
In the 14-0 win over Brattleboro, the early inning offensive show continued as the Road Warriors scored four runs in the first inning and seven in the second, and cruised to the win from there.
Brody Labounty led the attack offensively with four hits, Kolin Melanson had three, with Pizzuto driving in three, as did Blake Fillion, followed by two from Croteau. Jerimyah Dow pitched a strong
four and one-third innings, with Carter Poulin finishing up the last two-thirds of an inning.
Plymouth also had to deal with a first inning explosion as Berlin-Gorham scored four runs in the first inning, and spread out the remaining four runs later and with strong pitching from Labounty (five innings) and Kolin Melanson (two innings), each giving up one run, ran their record to 11-4-1. Labounty also had two hits, Pizzuto and Fillion each drove in three runs to lead the onslaught.
The Road Warriors are now preparing for the upcoming Pat Forestall Memorial Babe Ruth Tournament to be held at Memorial Field in Berlin. Look for more on that in Thursday’s edition.
The Berlin 12 and Under Cal Ripken All-Stars were in Lancaster this past weekend for the N.H. State Tournament. Look for those results, also, on Thursday.
Evan Arsenault, president of the North Country Men’s Basketball League, informed me of the results of week 2 of the season. Games included Caron’s Building Center defeating Berlin City, 78-56. Leading the charge for Caron’s Building Center was Yiran Villanueva with 24 points, followed by Curtis Arsenault (congratulations to him and his new bride on their Saturday wedding) with 15 points and Dylan Haynes with 12. Berlin City was led by Brandon Sowers (16) and Jarrett Bean (15).
Game 2 saw Mr. Pizza squeak by Remax 65-64, with lots of help from Nick Fodor (18), Spencer Hill (17) and Dimitri Giannos (10). Remax’s big scores were River Baker (23) and Dylan Robie (12).
The final game had H&R Block outscoring Kids’ Only 87-58. H&R had four guys in double figures, starting with Seth Balderrama (29), Josh McBride (14) and 12 each from Joey Fodor and Cote Wateryzsak. Zeke Pribbernow scored 16, C. J. Wedge had 15, and Nas Davis finished with 10 for Kids’ Only.
This weeks schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, July 3
6:15 p.m. — Kids’ Only vs Remax
7:30 p.m. — Carons vs H&R Block
8:30 p.m. — Berlin City vs Town & Country
Steve Flynn wants to remind everyone that on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, there will be a co-ed softball tourney to be held at Libby’s and Promenade Fields in Gorham.
Friday night there will be a homerun derby at Libbys. I will highlight this in more detail next week but for now, if you are interested in putting a team in, helping out as a business, or just have questions for Steve contact him on Facebook, call (603) 723-6315 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds will go to the Gorham Recreation Department.
Finally, while at a family cookout at St. Vincent Rehab and Nursing Center, (which by the way was excellent — the food, the fellowship and the hospitality of the entire St. Vincent staff), I bumped into a high school classmate of mine who happened to be the grandmother of Noah Giroux.
I had written a short story of his enlistment in the Air Force after overcoming some severe foot problems as a baby, getting involved in sports at a young age and throughout high school and beyond.
As I had reported a while back, and I did see him in town to confirm, he did make it through boot camp and today his grandmother reported that he is continuing to do well, serving his country and doing the job they hired him and pay him to do. Good for you, Noah!