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Tryouts dates set for Windham Post 109 Jr. American Legion Baseball
Sunday May 14th 5:00pm at Windham High School
Sunday May 21th 5:00pm at Griffin Park
Griffin Park, 111 Range Rd. Windham
Windham Post 109 Jr. American Legion Baseball will be holding tryouts for the 2017 season on Sunday May 14th and Sunday, May 21st.
Players from Windham and Pelham ages 14-17 are eligible to play Jr .Legion baseball for Windham. We will roster 14 -15 players.
The American Legion Season Starts the 2nd week of June and runs through the end of July. The league schedule is 16 regular season games primarily played on weekdays followed by playoffs.
Our home games are played at Griffin Park in Windham.
There will be a $10.00 tryout fee and a fee of $250.00 per player, due upon selection to the team. This player fee will off-set the costs of team insurance, league registration fees, umpire fees, equipment and baseballs, field maintenance, and uniforms.
Please pre-register for tryouts on our website at www.leaguelineup.com\windhamlegion
and if you have questions about the program please email Tom Langlois at email@example.com
Tryouts date set for Windham Post 109 Jr. American Legion Baseball
Sunday May 15th and Sunday May 22th at 5:30pm.
Griffin Park, 111 Range Rd. Windham
Defending State Champions, Windham Post 109 Jr. American Legion Baseball will be holding tryouts for the 2016 season on Sunday May 15th and Sunday, May 22nd.
Players from Windham and Pelham ages 14-17 are eligible to play Jr .Legion baseball this summer. Last year Windham Post 109 placed 1st in their Division and went undefeated in the NH double elimination state Tournament, beating a talented Dover Team in the finals. Windham represented the state of New Hampshire well in the regional tournament beating Connecticut and Massachusetts in the single elimination tournament before losing to RI in the New England Championship game.
Windham completed the 2015 season with an overall record of 18-6.
The team looks to continue the success it had in 2015 and compete to defend its state championship.
The American Legion Season Starts the 2nd week of June and runs through the end of July. The league schedule is 16 regular season games primarily played on weekdays with playoffs scheduled for July 23rd through the 27th. Our home games are played primarily at Griffin Park in Windham. We will roster 14 -15 players.
To be competitive at this level requires a lot of hard work, not only by the players and coaches, but by our volunteers and members of Post 109. Additionally, the cost associated with operating a team in 2015 will approach $4,000. There will be a $10.00 tryout fee and a fee of $250.00 per player, due upon selection. This player fee will off-set the costs of team insurance, league registration fees, umpire fees, equipment and baseballs, field maintenance, and uniforms.
Please pre-register for tryouts on our website at www.leaguelineup.com\windhamlegion.
and if you have questions about the program please email Stewart Strong at firstname.lastname@example.org
Windham Junior Legion Post 109 baseball completes summer campaign with New Hampshire State Championship and finishes second in New England.
The Windham Junior Legion baseball team completed its most successful campaign ever, winning their regular season Division title and winning the New Hampshire State Championship. After finishing 1st in their division with a record of 11-4, the Windham boys entered the state tournament as number one seed and did not disappoint, going undefeated in the double elimination tournament, capped off by a 4-3 victory over Dover in the championship game. By virtue of their state championship, Windham competed in the Regional Championship Tournament in Cranston, RI and came one win shy of the New England Championship. After winning their first two games in the single elimination tournament over Massachusetts and Connecticut Windham bowed to North Kingston Rhode Island in the final by a score of 5-2. The team finished with an overall Record of 17-5.
Throughout the regular season and playoffs Windham showed tremendous balance with strong pitching and tight defense combined with consistent offense up and down the lineup.
With a team ERA of 2.28, the Windham pitching staff dominated the competition this year. JD Mathews showed great command of both his fastball and curveball to lead the team in wins with a 7-2 record, including a 4-3 win in the state championship. Equally impressive on the mound this summer was Stephen Koza who finished the season at 6-1, including a win in the quarterfinals and a save in the state championship game, as well as a dominant 2 hit, 11 strikeout shutout against Massachusetts in a 2-0 win in the New England regional semi- finals. Also bolstering the pitching staff was Chase Blazak who went 2-0 in the playoffs and threw a 2 hit gem in a 4-1 win over Connecticut in the regionals while playing flawless defense at shortstop when not on the mound. The pitching corps was rounded out by DJ Incorperia who finished 2-0 with a 1.70 ERA for the season and Alex Morrow who showed tremendous poise throughout the year while being placed in difficult relief situations.
The Windham offense adjusted well to the mandatory use of wood bats required by NH Legion baseball and was among the best in the league both during the regular season and playoffs. The balanced hitting attack during the regular season was led by Chad Roche who batted .469, followed by Koza at .388, Sawyer Strong at .378, Connor O'Neil at .359 and Alex Morrow at .350. On a team laden with rising Sophomores and Juniors, rising 8th grader Tommy Langlois led the team in on base percentage. Josh Harris added offensive punch to the outfield, showing tremendous power at times, while Ryan Duffy showed promise both on the mound and at the plate.
During Windham’s playoff run Connor O'Neil’s bat exploded, going 11 for 22 with two home runs, a triple, and two doubles over the 7 game span to lead the Windham offensive attack. Koza continued torrid hitting throughout the playoffs going 8 for 20 (.400). Cam Walsh provided offensive spark at the top of the lineup hitting .375 during the playoffs. Chris Houde, who led the team in RBI’s during the regular season, finished the playoffs going 8 for 23 (.349) and TJ Langon provided offensive spark in the playoffs going 3-4 in the opening game including a double to end the game against Alton in the 1st round of the state championship
2015 Windham Post 109. Jr. Legion NH State Champions
Front Row from left – Tom Langlois, Connor O’Neil, Chad Roche, Alex Morrow, Cam Walsh, and Chase Blazak.
Back Row – Stew Strong (Manager), Sawyer Strong, TJ Langan, Ryan Duffy, Josh Harris, Chris Houde, Stephen Koza, JD Mathews, DJ Incorperia, and Tim Walsh (Coach).
District Champions Trophy, NH State Champions Trophy, and Regional Runner up Trophy on display in front of the State Championship banner.
JD Mathews dealing against Rochester
Chad Roche hitting a gapper against Nashua
Koza throwing gas
Sawyer Strong throwing out another runner.
Alex Morrow bringing the heat.
Houdie driving in another run.
Connor O’Neil ready to rope.
Tommy Langlois scoring another run.
TJ Langan, always a threat to steal.
By Mike Whaley
MANCHESTER — “Better late than never” is not a dependable strategy a baseball team wants to employ on a full-time basis. But it did work Saturday for the Dover Post 8 Junior Legion team.
Post 8 scored seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings to come from behind and beat Windham, 8-5, in the Junior American Legion state tournament at Gill Stadium.
“We were stuck in the mud for a while,” said Dover coach Dave Rouleau. “We waited too long. Maybe we were hung over from yesterday’s win. It was almost a perfect game (Evan Zuchowski’s 17 K, one-hit performance to beat Lebanon 3-0). We waited around, never got in a groove and that made it tough.”
Dover (12-5) meets the Rochester/Salem winner today at 3:30 p.m. for the right to go to the championship. Windham (9-7) plays Bedford this morning at 10.
Post 8 was asleep at the wheel through the first four and a half innings, trailing Windham, 3-1 — limited to one run on four hits by Windham starter Jordan Matthews.
They snapped out of the doldrums in the bottom of the fifth with two runs on three extra-base hits to tie the game at 3-3. Peter Drakopoulos tripled to right and scored on Zuchowski’s ground-rule double, also to right. Zuchowski moved to third on an aborted pick-off throw and scored on Colby LaChance’s one-out sky-high triple to right center to tie the game up.
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Windham reliever DJ Incropera replaced Matthews and kept the game tied by getting the final two outs on a whiff and a pop out.
Dover busted it open in the sixth with five runs on five hits, all after there were two outs.
With Cy Carver on second with two outs, Drakopoulos singled to put runners on the corners. Zuchowski walked to load the bases, bring up Griffin Coate. He deposited a two-run single to left and Dover was ahead to stay, 5-3.
“I knew the fastball was coming,” said Coate. “It was obvious. Every time he throws a ball, he throws a fastball following it. I just sat and waited. He threw me an inside pitch, which allowed me to turn on it and drive it to left field.”
Griffin Young added a run-scoring single, and two more runs came home on wild pitches to make it 8-3.
Dover’s 12-hit attack was led by Drakopoulos with three hits and two runs. Coate had two hits, a run and two RBIs, while Young was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Tom Polhemus also had two hits.
“They earned it,” said Windham coach Stewart Strong. “They hit the ball well. I didn’t think our defense let us down. They just got timely hitting, and we didn’t have any timely hitting today.”
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Young, the winning pitcher, replaced the starter, Coate, in the fifth with Dover trailing, 2-1. He allowed one run there to fall behind 3-1. But then Dover scored the next seven runs to go up by five.
“Those runs took the pressure off me so I could relax and throw strikes,” Young said.
Windham’s first two batters reached to start the seventh — Jake Yennaco (walk) and Dan McCrystal (single). Jack Swarbrick singled to load the bases. A flyout by Stephen Koza was to shallow to score a run. Yennaco scored on a wild pitch. Sawyer Strong’s groundout plated a second run, but Young ended the game with a whiff.
“I left some pitches over the plate and they hit it,” Young said of the seventh. “I tried to settle down and try and throw pitches toward the corners of the plate where I usually do.
McCrystal scored three of Windham’s five runs. He walked twice and singled. Swarbrick went 3 for 4.
“Our hitting wasn’t very good today,” Coate said. “Fielding was a little rough, too. We were clutch, but we will have to start off earlier tomorrow. These teams are good, so I don’t think we’ll be able to start off slow.”
Windham (9-7) 010 110 2 — 5 6 1
Dover (12-5) 001 025 x — 8 12 3
Batteries: W-Matthews, Incropera (5), Harris (6) and Strong; D-Coate, Young (5) and Verrill; WP-Young, LP-Incropera. HRs: none. LOB: W-10, D-7