Anyone who has attended a Nashua Pride baseball game this season has probably noticed that Jay Yennaco isn't present in the Pride dugout.

The former Pinkerton baseball standout and third-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in 1995 has stepped away from the game after spending 2006 as the Pride's pitching coach. Yennaco stepped down from his coaching post and decided to concentrate on running his recently bought company, Delahunty Nurseries.

"I enjoyed my time with the Pride," said Yennaco from his home in Windham. "I've owned my own company before, so this was a pretty easy transition."

Yennaco's prior business experience came when he started a company that sold high-quality custom baseball gloves and other sports accessories. This time around, Yennaco's will specialize in selling nursery products and flowers with a store location in Windham.

After spending time in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, Yennaco enjoyed three stints with the Pride. He pitched for the team in 2002 and then again for current Nashua skipper Butch Hobson in 2004. He then crossed over to the coaching side of the game last year.

"I actually enjoyed being a coach more that I enjoyed my time as a player," said the 31-year-old Yennaco. "It was a lot of fun to be a part of the Pride. The players really care about what they're doing and it's not all about a paycheck."

During his time at Pinkerton, Yennaco was the Gatorade State Player of the Year in 1994 and 1995. The dominant right-handed pitcher was also a four-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star (1992-1995).

Yennaco was replaced by Dan Lemon as the Pride's pitching coach. Lemon was a high school baseball coach for the past 16 years.

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A congratulations goes out to the Hudson Heat Fire under-14 softball team, which recently won its division in the Junior Olympic 2007 New Hampshire state championship.

Londonderry's Abbey Lang was among the players that helped contribute to Hudson's title run.

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Londonderry native Mike Chambers has been playing baseball this summer for the Greenville Drive, the Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, located in South Carolina.

The 23-year-old Chambers, who spent last year with the Lowell Spinners, has appeared in 22 games at first base for the Drive. Chambers, a 6-foot, 175-pound Franklin Pierce College graduate, has struggled and is batting .106 with five hits in 46 at-bats.

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It doesn't appear that the Boston Celtics are getting any closer to winning an NBA title, but the Nashua Pride plans to honor an NBA champion with New England roots on July 6.

The Pride will recognize Concord native and current San Antonio Spurs' forward Matt Bonner before the July 6 game at Holman Stadium in Nashua.

Bonner graduated from Concord High School in 2000 after leading his team to three state championships. The 27-year-old Bonner appeared in nine playoff games for the Spurs and averaged 4.9 points and 2.8 rebounds during the regular season.



Matt Langone is the sports editor of the Derry News. He can be reached by phone at 603-421-3829 or e-mail him at sports@derrynews.com.







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