DERRY — Pinkerton's freshman baseball team recently took the freshman championship with a win in Londonderry.
The Astros finished with a 15-1 overall record, closing out the season on a 12-game winning streak, under the guidance of coach Kerry Boles.
Boles reflected on his team and their season.
Of shortstop Joey Murphy, the lead-off hitter, Boles said, "He's a tremendous baseball player, a gamer."
Catcher and right fielder Kyle Albertelli is an excellent player and a great kid, Boles said. "He loves to play the game."
Catcher and right fielder Steven Hall won Boles's praise for being a "great" catcher. "He's our best hitter, highest average on the team."
Number one pitcher and center fielder Chace Spears won high praise from his coach. "He's the best athlete on the team," Boles said. "He has a tremendous arm, and is the heart and soul of the team."
First baseman Zach Lippert is "solid," according to Boles. The Number four hitter had some clutch hits in the tournament.
Third baseman Brett Cherbonneau was the most improved player on the team, according to Boles. "He works hard every day."
Second baseman Anthony Deangelis works hard, his coach said. "He's a great kid, a team player."
Utility outfielder Josh Johnston is an "excellent athlete, very fast and very coachable."
Outfielder and number three pitcher Eric Werner is "a good ball player, total team player, great kid, great will to improve," Boles said.
Boles gave number two pitcher/third baseman Matt Tritto credit very pitching the team out of many jams during the season. "He's a great kid, very coachable."
Right fielder Kyle Ross contributed by pitching a few times, too. "He's a good role player, good hitter," Boles said.
Second baseman Jake Soraghan pitched one game and it was a good one. He pitched a 2-hit complete game against Keene on the last day of the season for a win. "He's an excellent team player," Boles said.
First baseman and pitcher Tom Olson was injured and missed the last month of the season, but his coach had high praise for him. "He's an excellent kid, good baseball future."
Outfielder Ethan Landry was singled out by Boles as "a good athlete, good speed, good arm."
Outfielder and second baseman Jack Bisson worked hard and showed "great" improvement his coach said. "A great kid," he said.
Boles recalled some of the highlights of the season, including a hard-fought, 3-2 win over Exeter and a 4-2 victory over Concord.
In the first game of the tournament against Winnacunnet, the Astros were down, 4-0. But they pulled out a great come-from-behind win, 5-4.
The team's best all-around performance of the season came at the most opportune time — the championship against Bishop Guertin, 9-8.
"It was the best all around best performance of the season — offensively, defensively, base running," Boles said.
The team's performance bodes well for the sport at the school, he said.
"I really had no idea what to expect from these 15 freshman back in March. But, as the season progressed, I could see the potential and improvements that these guys were making each day," Boles said. "The transformation from where we started to where we finished is enough to make any coach proud. Not only are they good baseball players, but they are good people as well. They won a lot of games, but did it in a sportsmanlike manner. This was a very fun and gratifying season. Pinkerton baseball has a bright future with these guys for the next three seasons."
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