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Noah Tavano took the hill to face a strong Pinkerton squad. Throwing all of his pitches for strikes and in key situations he emerged with a complete game 5-3 win. Tavano kept the potent Astros offense off balance and his defense made some great plays behind him. This is the third strong pitching performance to start the season.
Defensively Troy Nielsen and Brody Dupuis made game-altering plays to preserve the lead!
At the plate Jon Meskell was solid. The Junior captain had 2 more hits and 2 rbi’s. Nate Sullivan was also strong with a 2-3 performance and a big rbi double. The other clutch hits belonged to Dupuis and Tim McEacharn in the 2-run top of the seventh.
It was a good game by both sides and it’s time to move on to the next game. Next pitch.
Nick Salcito couldn’t have had a better first start of the 2016 season. He threw a 5 inning gem, allowing 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 9 and walking 2. A very promising start for him! Nate Sullivan came in to pitch 2 scoreless innings.
At the plate Jimmy ZImolka lead the way with 3 hits, a stolen base and 2 runs scored. He continues his strong start. Jonny Meskell, fresh off a big day Thursday at practice, had a 1 for 3 day with 3 runs scored. Tim McEacharn chipped in 2 rbi’s on 1 hit.
Defensively the Lancers continued their trend of solid play that they have had since day 1. This team is making the commitment to be better in practice and that is translating to the game field! We have a HUGE test tomorrow against a talented Pinkerton Academy. Next pitch.
The Lancers opened their 2016 season with a strong overall performance against the Spaulding Red Raiders. Nick Musto was sharp in his debut, seemingly picking up where he left off from last year. He went 6 innings on the hill and had all of his pitches working as he gave up 1 run, earned, during his time. Promising sophomore Nate Sullivan came in to close it out in the seventh. It got a little tense, but the defense didn’t let anything rattle them as they finished out the win.
Defensively the Lancers had one error on the day and played very strong defense. The coaches were not sure what to expect going into this game, we haven’t really been outside much, but the times we were out our defense has been exceeding expectations. There is plenty to work on, but the work ethic has been consistent.
At the plate the boys put up 12 hits, scored 7 runs, and kept the Spaulding defense on it’s toes. Jimmy Zimolka, Jonny Meskell, Tim McEacharn and Cam Fennell each collected 2 hits on the day. Troy Nielsen had a huge pinch-hit double to deep centerfield, while Xander LaPlante had a solid triple to left for the “big” hits.
As I mentioned we have things to work on, but it is early and we are happy with the approach the team is taking to the season. The next game is at Winnacunnett this Friday, it should be a beautiful day for ball! Next pitch.
Lancer Hardball Squad Aims at Top of Division I Again
Courtesy of The Londonderry Times
By Chris Pantazis
The Londonderry High School baseball squad made it to the Division I championship games in both 2013 and 2014, falling to the Exeter High Blue Hawks in the earlier year before besting the arch-rival Pinkerton Academy Astros in the big contest two years ago.
In light of those facts, the Lancers’ 2015 finish – a 13-8 record and ninth-place tournament seed with a season-ending loss in the tourney quarterfinals – was something of a disappointment.
But despite the fact that the Spaulding High Red Raiders rose to the top of the division and grabbed the crown last spring, the Division I field appears to be wide open this season. And longtime LHS coach Brent Demas would like nothing more than to see his promising crew bust through the crowded field and get back to the title contest again.
“There really isn’t a team this year in Division I that is head and shoulders above anyone else. The parity this season should make things very interesting,” said Demas.
The 2016 Lancer crew features a mix of veteran talent and promising newcomers that has mentor Demas excited about what could come to pass.
“We have a solid defense and deeper pitching than most teams, two key areas to be strong in,” said Demas. “Offensively, we need the boys to be smart and students of the game. This team has good athleticism and is already coming together nicely. We have experience in key positions and youthful talent in others, and this should be a fun year.”
The squad’s returning starters include seniors Jim Zimolka (center fielder), Nick Musto (pitcher/ first base), and Tim McEachern (outfielder/ pitcher/catcher), and juniors Jon Meskell (third base) and Brody Dupuis (infielder/pitcher/designated hitter).
Other varsity returnees include seniors Cam Fennell (outfielder) and Noah Tavano (pitcher) and juniors Xander LaPlante (catcher/pitcher) and Nick Salcito (pitcher/shortstop).
The crew of newcomers includes senior outfielder Troy Nielsen, juniors Marc Brickley (catcher/designated hitter) and Tom Houston (second baseman), and sophomores Nate Sullivan (shortstop/ pitcher), Dakota Johnson (shortstop/outfielder/pitcher), Rick Perry (second baseman/pitcher), and Anthony Piriolli (first baseman/pitcher/designated hitter).
The Lancers will begin their new campaign by playing host to the defending D-I champs from Spaulding on April 13.
The Londonderry Lancer Baseball Team welcomes you to the 2019 season. This year we have a deep team that is poised to compete in every game we play. We have pitching depth to go along with very versatile players around the diamond!
Our intent is to provide an avenue for team communication, a means to promote our program, and to provide a tool for college coaches to monitor the progress of our players. The Lancers are members of the largest division of the NHIAA (New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association). Our program is dedicated to building athleticism, character, scholarship and achievement, both on the field and off. Enjoy your time on the website!