After dropping their first three matches of the season to Manchester Central, Exeter, and Hanover, coach Chris Kelleher’s Blue Devil lacrosse team came out and showed some tough defense last Monday against Timberlane and raced out to a 3-0 lead heading into the second quarter. Senior Kyle Kenney would make it 4-0 in Salem’s favor early in the second quarter, before Derek Furey finally beat Salem goalie Shaun Russell to make it 4-1. The Blue Devils took a 7-1 lead at halftime, and the Owls were trying to make a game out if in the third quarter when they cut the deficit to 9-5, but Kyle Kinney and the Blue Devils got it going again and came away with the 11-7 victory. Kinney led Salem with five goals, while Nick Harbilas and Dylan Kriakakis had two goals apiece. Brett Miller added a goal and sophomore Kevin Baudin scored his first ever varsity goal in the second half. Jake Mathews had a pair of assists for the Blue Devils, and Harbilas, Miller, and Kevin Baudin each handed out an assist. Shaun Russell stopped 11 Timberlane shots to pick up his first victory of the spring for the 1-3 Blue Devils.
The Blue Devil baseball team took a 2-0 record to Holman Stadium this Monday to face a very good Nashua North team. Salem sent junior righty, Darren Brown to the mound and gave him an early 1-0 lead, but the Titans would have their hitting shoes on and tallied four runs in the first and second inning to take an 8-1 lead and knock Brown out of the box. Salem did start hitting the ball later in the game, but the Titans tacked on three more runs late to deal the blue Devils their first loss of the spring 11-7. Shortstop Jordan Estevez had a big game with three hits and three runs scored, and sophomore catcher Josh Treff went 2 for 4 with four runs driven in.
Last Friday sophomore nick Poore tossed a six hit gem against Londonderry at Michele Park as his teammates gave him a 3-0 first inning lead and they sailed on to a 5-1 win. Jordan Estevez got things rolling for Salem in the first inning when he led off with a single and stole second base. With one out “Downtown” Darren Brown launched a double that plated Estevez. Shaun Yelle walked and with two outs, Brown moved to third and Yelle to second on a wild pitch. Sam Fazioli stepped to the plate and cranked a two run double to score Brown and Yelle to give Salem an early 3-0 lead. The Lancers scored their only run of the game in the third inning when Poore walked two batters in a row, and Sean Caron singled one of them in. The Blue Devils got that run back in the last of the third inning when Josh Treff walked, and Jared Scali singled. With two outs, Brendan Dunn lined a single to center to make it 4-1 when Treff scored. Salem scored their last run of the game in the last of the sixth inning, when Connor McGuire walked and was forced home when Darren Brown drew a walk with the bases loaded.
Salem’s baseball manager Dan Keleher told this reporter two weeks ago that his almost exclusive J. V. team of last year (that is this years’ varsity team) should be ready to step up this spring. The Blue Devils sent Jake Lambert out on the hill last Wednesday night at Gill Stadium against Manchester West and coach Keleher calmly denoted, “We know that we have to get solid defense that we practice day in and day out, and that we have to get the solid pitching from our main three starters for us to be successful and we feel the kids are capable of that from what we’ve seen.” Keleher sent Jake Lambert out on for his first varsity start last Wednesday afternoon at Gill Stadium against the Manchester West Blue Knights. Lambert went six innings and only gave up four hits and four runs, but his teammates would bail him out with three runs in the top of the seventh inning to beat West 6-4. West scored a run in the second when their leadoff hitter triple and scored on a fielders choice, but Salem came back with three runs in the third inning that came from walks and wild pitches. West took the lead by scoring three runs in the last of the fifth inning on an error, two walks and a single and a triple, but Salem rallied from a 4-3 deficit to scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning. Josh Heil singled home Matt Gioia, to knot the game up at 4-4 and Darren Brown then drilled a two-run single scoring Jordan Estevez and Heil, as the Blue Devils held on for the 6-4 win when Nick Poore finished West off in the bottom of the seventh.
After getting their butts kicked by Londonderry (22-0) in the season opener (who will probably go 19-0 and win the Division 1 title this spring), the Salem Blue Devils girls lacrosse team got revenge at home and played a superb game last Friday evening — their record at 1-1 with a big 10-6 win over Nashua North. Salem controlled most of the action in the first half as they got three goals from senior co-captain Niccole Rozumek and enjoyed a 7-3 halftime lead over the Titans. Sophomore Lauren Mazzoleni was in goal and she made five of six real nice saves off of Nashua North shots from in close. Mazzoleni got some nice support from sophomore Aja Metcalf on defense, and Jersey Burns used her time on the field to tally her first two goals of the season. Avery Neusch, Lauren Santo, Sarah Viehl, and freshman Tayllar Righini scored goals too, and Rozumek tallied her fourth goal of the game in the second half to go along with a pair of assists, as coach Faith Wahlens Salem girls won this one 10-6. Mazzoleni finished the game with 12 saves for her first varsity win.
The Blue Devils went back to their early blowout ways last Monday as they gave Nashua North a run in the top of the first inning before blowing the Titans away with 10 runs in the last of the first inning. Coach Harold Sachs used three pitchers in this game as sophomore Steph Cabral started and Nora Galvin and Dominque both came in from the bullpen to secure the Blue Devils third win of the spring to go with no defeats. Salem would wrap out 22 hits in this game, and Julia Gray got it going for the Blue Devils with a massive three-run homer in the first inning. Jade Morrison had four hits and scored five runs, and Steph Cabral had three hits and scored five times, while senior catcher Erica DePinto slammed five runs batted in on the game.
Friday afternoon the Salem girls took a short trek north to take on the Londonderry Lancers, and junior Nora Galvin would draw the starting assignment on the mound. Harold Sachs wasn’t thinking about letting Galvin go the distance, but he said she kept getting better as she went along, and then decided to let her go the route for the complete game victory. Galvin would only give up four hits in the game, but two of them were back-to-back singles to Erica Boehm and Danielle Crutcher in the last of the third inning, and the girls got caught in a double rundown with one of the girls scoring the first run of the game. Salem’s bats came alive too, as junior Amanda Vaudreuil and senior co-captain Erica DePinto clouted two hits apiece. Down 1-0 in the top of the fourth inning, the Blue Devils rallied as Sarah Bracken drove home Beth Storie to tie the game at 1-1. DePinto got a base hit and had sophomore Geena Terino pinch running for her and she scored when freshman Sarah Frahm knocked her in, putting the Blue Devils ahead for good at 2-1. Amanda Vaudreuil then lashed a bases-loaded double that sent three more runs across, and Ashley Relf singled in Vaudreuil with the sixth run of the inning. Salem upped their record to 2-0 with the 6-1 victory, and Nora Galvin just got stronger each inning. Galvin gave up just four hits and only walked two, while whiffing seven Londonderry batters for her first win of the spring.
Yes, most of the Class L softball coaches know that Concord is loaded this year and there are other teams that have a lot of returning players, but these coaches also know that no matter what they have coming back, you can never rule out the Salem Blue Devils. Last Wednesday afternoon coach Harold Sachs’ Salem girls opened the Class L season by hosting the Manchester West Blue Knights. Dominque Heres got the starting nod as she shut down the Blue Knights right off the bat, and then watched her teammates come out blazing with 14 runs in the first inning. A few walks and a couple of errors were mixed in with some big hits, but none were bigger that the titanic blast that Julie Gray blasted to deep centerfield for a three-run homer. Coach Sachs got to play everybody on his bench, as the Blue Devils would open up with a 32-0 rout of the Blue Knights.