Baseball tourney gets Merrimack involved
Merrimack's all-stars low-five their coaches at the start of their game with Swanzey in the Skeffington Tournament for 11-year-olds in the Cal Ripkin League. (BARBARA TAORMINA PHOTO)
Nine teams in the western division are battling it out for top slots and a chance to face the winners in the eastern division in a state championship tournament later this month.
"He gave a lot of himself to the town," said Orleans, who added that his son played for Skeffington. "He died much too young."
Merrimack mom Claire Lajewski was sitting on the hillside at Harry Bise Field Saturday afternoon cheering on her son, Zach Doyon, and his teammates.
Lajewski said, win or lose, the tournament gives players a sense of pride.
Elizabeth Seaver worked the concession stand Friday night and said, after a couple of hours serving up hot dogs, hamburgers and baskets of fries, she went home and jumped in her pool with her clothes still on.
"I'd rather have my kids on the field than on the streets," she said.
Teams from Nashua, Hollis/Brookline, ConVal, Swanzey, Kersarge Mt., Milford, Merrimack and Keene are playing in this year's tournament. Keene (as host) and the top three teams with compete in the state tournament beginning July 20 in Keene.
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