Bulldogs rack up two wins to begin baseball season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Tue., Apr. 10, 2012
Joseph Gamache tags out a Woodstock Academy runner at third base. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Joseph Gamache tags out a Woodstock Academy runner at third base. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The Lyman Memorial High School varsity baseball team finished the 2011-12 regular season with a 12-8 record. Entering the Class S state tourney with a number 11 seed, the Bulldogs were knocked out in the first round by number 22-seeded Trinity Catholic.

This year, the Bulldogs are off to a strong start, with a 9-1 season-opener victory against Windham Tech and an April 7 16-5 victory over Woodstock Academy. “We have a pretty experienced team,” said head coach Marty Gomez. With eight seniors, the Bulldogs sport a lineup of players “who’ve got a considerable amount of varsity experience,” said Gomez. They also claim a number of strong pitchers. “It’s certainly one of our strengths,” the coach said. “We’ve got a very deep pitching staff.”

Offensively, the team struggled against Windham Tech but made a much stronger showing against Woodstock, due in large part to a lot of work during practices between the two games, according to the coach. “We worked on hitting on Thursday and Friday after Windham Tech,” said Gomez. “We’ve certainly got guys in our lineup who are capable of being strong hitters.”

Much of the offensive challenge will lie in gaining the flexibility required at the varsity level, according to the coach. “It’s a tough skill to learn, being able to adjust in your hitting,” said Gomez. The goal of this year’s team will be to “come up and work hard, make themselves a good team,” said Gomez. Considering the positive attitude and the willingness to work hard that he sees from his players, “There’s a lot that this team is capable of achieving,” said Gomez.

Seniors on this year’s Lyman Memorial High School varsity baseball team are Aedin Wadja, Tim Wengloski, Austin Creamer, Ben Gould, Casey Szuba, Chris Gibb, Keith Chamberlain and Ben Strenkowski.  The assistant coaches are Mike Thompson and Brandon Handfield.

Catch the Bulldogs at home on Monday, April 16, against Wheeler, beginning at 3:45 p.m.

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