Lyman baseball looks to secure spot in tourney

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Tue., May. 7, 2013
Chad Wengloski pitches for Lyman during a May 6 game against Wheeler. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Chad Wengloski pitches for Lyman during a May 6 game against Wheeler. Photos by Melanie Savage.

According to team manager Isaac Judge, the Lyman Memorial varsity baseball team’s 2013 season is thus far reminiscent of last year’s performance. “I’d say we’re probably in about the same place as we were last year at this point in the season,” said Judge. As of May 6, about two-thirds of the way through the season, the Bulldogs found themselves with a 7-6 record. Last year, the team finished with a 14-6 record overall. “We won one game at the ECC’s and one game in the state tournament,” said Judge.

Like last year, the team is strong on the mound. “Our pitching staff has been really strong,” said Judge. The team has a total of five pitchers, with three starters: Chris Gonnelli, Joe Gamache, Evan Hopkins, Chad Wengloski and Frank Bazzano.

There are also 10 seniors on the team, though not all have varsity experience. And according to Judge, both offense and defense have been spotty so far this year. “When we win, we usually hit pretty well,” he said. Judge said that senior Christian Gonnelli, in particular, has “been hitting pretty good lately.”

The team has the talent, said Judge, it’s just a matter of whether they bring it to each individual game. “When they’re on, they win,” said Judge.

Seniors on this year’s Lyman Memorial High School varsity baseball team are: Christian Gonnelli, Jake Tarbox, Frank Bassano, Russell Puleo, Chad Wengloski, John Spratt, Dan Bessette, Elvinson Rumaldo, James Kilburn and Justin Starr. Head coach for the team is Marty Gomez. This is Gomez’ 27th year coaching the team. Assistant coaches are Mike Thomspon and Brandon Handfield. The captains for the team are Gonnelli, Puleo and Tarbox.

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