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April 3, 2014

SPORTS BRIEFS

Astro baseballteam selected

DERRY — One hundred athletes tried out for Pinkerton Academy’s baseball team and 17 made the squad.

There are seven returning starters, six more returning varsity players and four newcomers, including the team’s only sophomore.

Coach Steve Campo said he’s optimistic about the mix of experience and youth.

“The experience the returners bring to this year’s team, with the help of the newcomers, should help us be competitive this season,” Campo said. “Pitching will be our key. If we can provide a solid defense behind out pitchers, we should be able to win a couple of games.”

Returning starters include: senior Nate Rossi, catcher; senior Connor Donahue, pitcher/first baseman; senior Chris Gerossie, pitcher/outfielder; junior Tom Diskin, second baseman; junior Joe Murphy, shortstop; junior Ryan Day, third baseman; and outfielder/pitcher Riley Cahill, a junior.

Returning players include senior Nico Alicea, pitcher; senior outfielder Ryan Flammia; infielder and senior Cam Riley; junior infielder Mike Albetski; junior Jericho Howell, infielder/pitcher; and junior Zach Lippert, an outfielder/first baseman.

Promising newcomers are: junior Kyle Abertelli, catcher/outfielder; junior catcher/outfielder Steve Hall; junior outfielder/pitcher Chace Spears; and sophomore pitcher/infielder John Polichetti.

Special Olympians come to town Friday

DERRY — More than 800 athletes and Unified partners will participate in the Special Olympics New Hampshire State Basketball Tournament on Saturday, April 5, in venues around Derry and Londonderry.

The statewide competition follows two area assessments in Salem and Keene earlier this spring that helped to determine the divisions each team would participate in.

Basketball continues to be one of Special Olympics New Hampshire’s most popular athletic offerings and continues to grow. This year, 64 teams from around New Hampshire will descend on Pinkerton Academy on Friday, April 4, for dinner, dancing and opening ceremonies.

The Friday night fellowship and festivities are a highlight of the weekend for many of the Special Olympics athletes who participate.

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