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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.
Competition will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, when spectators can get a sneak peek at the team that will represent New Hampshire in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, N.J., in June as they vie for state gold against three other teams in their division.
All competitions are free to attend and open to the public.
SONH is seeking volunteers to assist with timing, scorekeeping, individual skills competition, serving and delivering lunches and helping with Friday evening events. Anyone interested is asked to contact SONH field services manager Miranda Morse by calling 624-1250, Ext. 24 or by emailing email@example.com.
Betley Chevrolet supports Little League
DERRY — In the spirit of community collaboration and teamwork taught through youth sports, Betley Chevrolet is supporting Derry American Little League through the Chevy Youth Baseball Program. This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the 2014 youth baseball season.
Chevy Youth Baseball is a grassroots initiative that establishes a positive relationship between local dealers and the communities they serve. Betley Chevrolet is sponsoring Derry American Little League as a part of Chevrolet’s nationwide commitment to support youth sports, one community at a time.
Betley will donate equipment to the league which may include: equipment bags, baseballs, softballs, catcher’s gear, batting helmets, ball buckets, umpire’s equipment, coach’s kits, breakaway bases, bat racks and first aid kits.
Youth baseball participants will have a chance to attend a youth clinic with a local professional baseball team.
“We are looking forward to a great season with Derry American Little League that will be filled with exciting games and an enhanced experience for the teams through the equipment and cash donations,” said Jeff Platek of Betley Chevrolet. “Chevy Youth Baseball is just one example of how committed our dealership is to supporting the youth and families in our community.”