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April 24. 2014 11:45PM

Roger Brown's Diamond Notes: Pinkerton pitching runs deep (and talented)

You know your team has a deep pitching staff when the No. 3 starter has committed to pitch in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

That's the case at Pinkerton Academy of Derry, where sophomore John Polichetti has verbally accepted a scholarship offer from Boston College.

Polichetti collected his first varsity victory when he pitched three scoreless innings of relief in a 7-6 triumph over Alvirne of Hudson earlier this season, and followed up that performance by tossing a complete game in a 4-2 loss to rival Londonderry on Saturday.

"It (the offer) came through his AAU program," Pinkerton coach Steve Campo explained. "(BC) saw him over the summer and they project him out to be a very effective pitcher by the time he's done high school.

"He's a tall (6-foot-2), lanky, righty who has good control of his fastball. The best thing about him is he has good control of his second and third pitches. At a young age it's pretty rare to have control of that second and third pitch. And he has the ability to gas up every now and then. He gets up in the low 80s already.

"The other impressive thing is the maturity he has as a sophomore, and it showed in the Londonderry game," said Campo. "The intensity that day made it like a playoff game in the second week of the season."

Polichetti, who is scheduled to start against Exeter today, is part of a Pinkerton staff that includes Connor Donahue and Chris Gerossie. Donahue will play at Worcester Academy next season, and Gerossie is headed to St. Joseph's College in Standish, Maine.

Polichetti starts in left field when he's not on the mound, and is batting .333 (4 for 12) this season.

"He's a very talented shortstop too," Campo said. "Out of necessity, and because he pitches, we moved him to the outfield.

Polichetti didn't see any varsity action last season. Instead he was the No. 1 starter on Pinkerton's junior varsity team.

"I was worried if I brought him up he wouldn't get enough time to develop," Campo said. "I was more worried about him developing than throwing him in the fire."

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HANNAH PAITCHEL, a shortstop on the Pelham softball team, signed a National Letter of Intent on Tuesday to play softball at St. Anselm College next season.

Paitchel has been playing varsity softball since her freshman season. Through the first 52 games of her high school career, she was batting .441 (78 for 177) with a .505 on-base percentage and a .571 slugging percentage. She's in her second season as a team captain and is a three-time team MVP.

"Hannah has had a direct impact on our softball program since the first day of her freshman season, and she has been the cornerstone for our team offensively and defensively ever since," Pelham coach Todd Lozeau said. "She has shown tremendous character, leadership and work ethic through every day of her four years at Pelham High School. I have every bit of confidence that she will continue her athletic and academic career with success and outstanding determination."

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THE Oyster River of Durham softball team earned its first victory since the 2007 season when it beat Kennett of Conway 9-1 last Friday. Caitlyn Miller pitched a complete game and held Kennett to three hits. She struck out 11, and Kennett's only run was unearned. Oyster River's Sara Messler hit a solo home run in the win, which halted the program's 99-game losing streak.

The Bobcats followed up that victory by beating Trinity of Manchester 5-3 Tuesday.

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TOM UNDERWOOD collected career victory No. 500 as Plymouth Regional's baseball coach when Plymouth defeated Sanborn of Kingston 10-1 Monday. Underwood is in his 42nd season as Plymouth's coach.

Email staff writer Roger Brown at rbrown@unionleader.com. Follow him on Twitter: @603sportsmedia.


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