Sports Talk Merrimack Journal

BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

Division I first round

No. 13 Merrimack 8,

No. 4 Manchester Memorial 5

Behind the bats of Alex Thornton (three hits, two RBIs) and Nick Dutton (three hits, two RBIs), 13th-seeded Merrimack (9-10) pulled off a Division I first-round upset over fourth-seed Manchester Memorial (12-7) on Thursday, June 2.

Justin Grassini earned the win, allowing five runs (one earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts over five innings of work. Grassini also added a hit and an RBI to help his own cause at the plate.

Junior Tyler DeNeill pitched the last two innings, only giving up one hit while striking out two.

Division I Quarterfinals

No. 5 Dover 10,

No. 13 Merrimack 0 (6 innings)

Merrimack (9-11) were only able to get five hits, one each from Ryan Slate, Chad Seaver, Andrew Michaud, Tyler DeNeill, Alex Thornton and Nick Dutton in a 10-0 loss on Saturday.

Thornton started and pitched three innings for the Tomahawks and went three innings giving up three runs on five hits with one strikeout. The Merrimack bullpen went on to give up a combined 10 runs (three earned) in the losing effort. Dover played top-seeded Bedford at Holman Stadium on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals. Results were not available by Merrimack Journal presstime.

YOUTH BOYS LACROSSE

Merrimack ends regular season at 5-2-1

The Merrimack U11B team finished its regular season in style, taking two wins against Oyster River, 11-2, and Exeter, 8-2 over the weekend. Leading the charge this weekend from between the pipes were Joey Lawrence, Landon Bedard, and Max Giles. The threesome combined most of the season to give the Junior Tomahawks consistency in the net.

Offensively, Eddie Johnson, Peyton Connelly, Riley Gwinn, and Jake Miller have paced the attack. Midfielders and newcomers Collin Partello, Brent Clark, Owen Sabens, and Quinn Curren worked hard to improve their skills and learn the game. All contributed to the successful season, playing solid defense and running the break. Veterans Austin Gartner and Cam Bellemare also provided stability in the midfield.

Splitting time between midfield and defense have been Jack Maye, Henry Tobin, Connor Dunn, Beau Lamontagne.

The team heads into the New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association tournament this weekend at Londonderry.

Merrimack High Boys Youth Camp

The 2016 Merrimack High School Boys Youth Lacrosse Camp will take place June 21-24 (Tuesday through Friday) from 5-8 p.m. at Reeds Ferry Elementary School, Fields 6 and 7.

The camp is for ages 7-15 and focuses on having fun in the game of lacrosse and improving skills. The camp will be run by the Merrimack High School coaching staff, assisted by current and former MHS players.

Please register by June 15.

Contact Merrimack coach Brian Miller at bamiller.nh@gmail.com for further information.

Merrimack Sparkler 5K

Free run for kids before race

Get your July 4 celebration off to a great start this year while at the same time supporting the Merrimack High school and middle schools girls and boys cross country and track programs by signing up now for the 19th Annual Merrimack Sparkler 5K and Kids Run.

The race was founded by the Merrimack Road Runner Boosters in 1998 and is one of the oldest continuous Fourth of July races held in the state of New Hampshire and has become an integral part of the town’s annual Fourth of July celebration. This year’s race returns to the "original" 5K course now that the reconstruction of the Manchester Street Bridge over Harris Pond has been completed.

This year’s 5K race starts at 8 a.m. from the Merrimack Y and is sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports 4 Coliseum Ave #2, Nashua, NH, 03063. The race will feature a brand new race logo design by Merrimack High School student Morgan Chantler as well as classy Sport-Tek race shirts with the new race logo. This year shirts will be limited to the first 200 entrants.

All proceeds from the Sparkler race go to support the high school and middle school’s very successful cross country and track programs. Boosters club president Kristin Carillo noted that this years race will also feature a free kids run at 7:45 a.m. The kids race is open to kids of all ages and consists of two loops around the YMCA field (quarter mile). All participants will receive their very own finisher’s medal.

Sign-ups for this year’s race can be done online at www.Sparkler5k.com, the Merrimack Road Runners Booster’s website or at 3C Race Productions. Race forms can also be picked up at the race sponsor Fleet Feet Sports at 4 Coliseum Ave #2, Nashua, NH 03063 (Nashua Mall). Any questions please feel free to contact Race director Mike Merra at m.merra@gmail.com

SOCCER

Daniel Webster College soccer clinic

Daniel Webster College men’s soccer team will be hosting a summer soccer clinic. Coaches and players from the team will be conducting fun and unique soccer activities throughout the week. Camp takes place Aug. 8-11 from 4 to 6 p.m. for boys and girls ages 6-14. All players can register by email to Matt Correia at Correia_Matt@dwc.edu. Players may also register at the clinic.