Londonderry Lancers Softball '10

Galvin, Salem shade Londonderry for title

Salem celebrates winning over Londonderry 2-1 in the NHIAA Class L Softball Tournament finals at Memorial Field in Concord. 6/12/201017 Photos

CONCORD — With plenty of help from her teammates, senior Nora Galvin joined a distinguished list of  Salem softball pitchers. It’s a list that includes former greats Katie King, Karen Harrington, Krista Michalczyk, Alex Gallant ... and now must be expanded to include Galvin. By defeating Londonderry 2-1 in an intense Class L championship game, Galvin concluded a four-game tourney run with two no-hitters, one earned run, six hits allowed and 43 strikeouts in 24 innings. “They’re a lot to live up to,” said Galvin of her predecessors. “It’s pretty exciting to be considered with players like that.” It’s also something that veteran coach Harold Sachs predicted three years earlier, when Galvin was a freshman and the Blue Devils captured their last Class L crown. “When he hugged me after the game, he said, ‘You’ll be out there one day.’ That’s what I was hoping for,” said Galvin. Her performance was certainly worthy of comparison with previous Salem standouts according to Sachs, the state’s all-time win leader (483-67 in 25 years), who now has captured 14 state titles in 17 championship appearances. “Nora’s four games in the tournament were as good as any I’ve seen,” said Sachs. “And you hold a team like Londonderry to one run, you’re doing a great job.” Galvin and the Blue Devils (21-2) did have their hands full, however, with a Londonderry team (19-4) which pushed them to the limit. Salem took a 1-0 lead in the second when speedy Steph Cabral smashed a line drive to left field that was misplayed. Then, when the cutoff throw to the infield was off the mark, she was waved home for what she jokingly said was her first home run. “I was surprised he (Sachs) told me to keep going,” said Cabral. But Londonderry pitcher Theresa Zwart (five-hitter, one earned run) was nearly as effective as Galvin, who threw a three-hitter, striking out 10, and the Lancers tied the game, 1-1, in the fourth. Sam Nitso walked after working from an 0-2 count to lead off the inning, went to second on a bloop single by Emily Kraytenberg and then scored on a line drive single by Nicole Williams, who later added a mammoth two-out triple. Salem grabbed the lead back in the fifth, however, when Sarah Frahm walked, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Stephanie Long and, after a semi-intentional walk to Nicole Gubellini, scored on an RBI single by junior catcher Jade Morrison. “She’s gotten big hits before, and she does a great job calling the game,” said Sachs. “Jade Morrison may be the most underrated player on the team.” And that was it for scoring, although Londonderry had opportunities. The Lancers’ leadoff batter reached base in four different innings (three on walks and one on an error), and Londonderry stranded seven runners. “Sometimes I do better with runners on base,” said Galvin. “When I was little, my dad always said to bear down when runners get on and I try to remember that.” In the top of the seventh, Londonderry appeared to have a final chance at tying the game. With one out, leadoff batter Lindsey Bolduc reached base on an infield single only to be called out by home plate umpire Glen Colburn for making contact out of the batter’s box. “What a time to make that call,” said Londonderry coach Wayne MacDougall. “That was very frustrating, to take us out of it like that. “We had runners on all day and, when it comes down to it, we just didn’t get it done. We could have beaten them, but I give all the credit to them. They’re not going to give up anything, and they’re just a very tough team to beat.” The championship loss marked the third time that Salem has beaten Londonderry in the finals, having defeated the Lancers in both 2001 (3-0) and 2007 (5-1). Salem has now won 17 state softball titles overall.   Salem 2, Londonderry 1 Class L Final Londonderry (1): Lindsey Bolduc ss 3-0-0, Theresa Zwart p 3-0-0, Daniele Crutcher 1b 3-0-0, Samantha Nitso dp 1-1-0, Emily Kraytenberg 3b 3-0-1, Sarah Pierce 2b 3-0-0, Nicole Williams lf 3-0-2, Kelly Hunt rf 1-0-0, Jess Reynolds ph 1-0-0, Abbey Lang c 3-0-0, Beth Rosenberg cf 0-0-0. Totals 24-1-3 Salem (2): Sarah Frahm 1b 3-1-1, Stephanie Long cf 2-0-1, Nicole Gubellini dp 0-0-0, Geena Terino pr 0-0-0, Julia Gray lf 3-0-0, Jade Morrison c 3-0-1, Samantha Cloutier rf 2-0-0, Amanda Baron ph 1-0-0, Steph Cabral ss 3-1-2, Amanda Vaudreuil 3b 3-0-0, Sara Bracken 2b 2-0-0, Hannah Latham pr 0-0-0, Nora Galvin p 0-0-0. Totals 22-2-5 RBI: L — Williams; S — Morrison WP: Galvin; LP: Zwart Londonderry (19-4):    0 0 0 1 0 0 0 — 1 Salem (21-2):    0 1 0 0 1 0 0 — 2

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Softball, 06/15/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Londonderry 7, Nashua North 0

9 K, 2 hitter


The first inning was the key.  After we scored those runs it was over because we just dont give up anything.  


concord vs. winnacunnet   

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Softball, 06/05/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lancer survival


Nicole Williams hit over the left fielder's head in the bottom of the seventh — Londonderry's first hit of the game — scored Sam Nitso as the Lancers (17-3) survived upset-minded Manchester Memorial, 1-0. Theresa Zwart went the last four innings and got the win in relief of Sam Corey.

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Softball, 06/02/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Good tuneup


Londonderry's softball team tuned up for next week's Class L tournament with a solid 5-0 victory over a strong Spaulding team. Daniele Crutcher and surging Emily Kraytenberg were both 3 for 3 and Sam Nitso drove in three runs for the Lancers (16-3), who are likely to be the No. 4 seed.

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Softball, 05/28/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lancers survive duel


Londonderry's softball team survived a pivotal pitching duel against Dover, prevailing with a 2-1 win in 13 innings. Emily Kraytenberg (4 for 5) scored both runs, the last on a Lindsey Bolduc single, and was on base six times 

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Softball, 05/17/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Clutch two-out hitting

Abigail Lang showed a flair for the dramatics as she came through with a pair of key two-out hits to spark Londonderry to a 5-1 win at Merrimack.

Trailing 1-0 with two outs in the fifth, Lang tripled to score teammate Nicole Williams with the equalizer. Then in the seventh, with the score tied at 1-1, Jess Reynolds singled and Lang doubled her home with the game-winner.

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Softball, 05/14/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

She's baaaaack

 Theresa Zwart, out five games with an elbow injury, returned to the mound with a six-inning one-hitter, striking out seven, as Londonderry blanked Exeter 7-0. Sam Nitso blasted a school-record sixth home run for the Lancers (10-3) and Sarah Pierce had two hits and an RBI.

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Softball, 05/12/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lancers break out


Londonderry snapped out of a mild hitting slump with 23 hits in a 13-0 romp over Trinity. Sam Nitso had her fifth home run of the season and she and Daniele Cruitcher had three hits and scored three runs. Aly Bermudez had four RBIs.

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Softball, 05/10/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Silver lining


The way Londonderry sophomore Samantha Corey is pitching, the injury to standout Theresa Zwart is providing a silver lining for the Lancers. Corey threw a brilliant one-hitter, striking out 11, in a 11-0 pasting of arch-rival Pinkerton. Nicole Williams had two triples for Londonderry (8-3) and both Sam Nitso and Sarah Pierce (3 for 4) had home runs.

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Softball, 05/07/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

What a fill-in!


Londonderry sophomore Samantha Corey, filling in for injured Theresa Zwart, struck out 13 while scattering six hits in a 3-1 win over Nashua South. Aly Bermudez had two RBIs and catcher Abby Lang was 2 for 2 and scored twice.

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Softball, 05/05/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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