Roger Brown's Diamond Notes: Astros take flight
Now Steve Campo is trying to make Pinkerton synonymous with baseball, and he’s off to a good start.
The Astros haven’t won a state championship since 1986, and haven’t been to the Division I/Class L title game since 1995.
Campo, who was an outfielder at Londonderry, replaced Ron Manseau as Pinkerton’s coach. Manseau had a 267-252 record in 30 seasons at Pinkerton.
Campo is still seeking his first coaching victory against Londonderry. The Astros were 0-3 against the Lancers last season, and dropped a 4-2 decision in Londonderry last month.
Catcher Nate Rossi (.471) and second baseman Tom Diskin (.412) are Pinkerton’s leading hitters. Each has a team-high 10 RBIs.
“With our pitching I expected us to compete. If our defense backs up the pitching we should be competitive in every game.”
TIMBERLANE of Plaistow’s Jake Damphousse played in his first game of the season Monday, when he was the designated hitter in Timberlane’s 3-1 loss to Dover.
Damphousse, a senior, was a Division I All-State selection in 2012 and 2013. He figured to be one of the top pitchers in the state this season, but missed Timberlane’s first nine games while recovering from a torn meniscus.
“He has to work his way back into baseball shape,” Fish said. “We’ll see how it goes. We’re optimistic.”
THE two teams at the top of the Division I softball standings will meet today when Salem (9-0) travels to Timberlane (8-2).
Salem, a program known best for outstanding pitching, has been exceptional at the plate this season. The Blue Devils are averaging 13 runs per game and have scored at least 12 runs in six of their nine games.
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PINKERTON is one of 61 NHIAA schools that will participate in Operation Hat Trick Awareness next week. Baseball and softball teams from those schools will wear camouflage hats with the school’s logo during selected games. Hats will also be sold to school and community members to help raise money and awareness for wounded veterans.
THE MASCOMA REGIONAL of Canaan baseball team trailed Newfound Regional of Bristol by eight runs entering the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday, but scored nine runs in that inning to post a 10-9 victory. Freshman Derek French made his varsity debut as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and went 2 for 2 with two RBIs before the inning ended. … Portsmouth, which won last year’s Division II baseball championship, has scored at least 10 runs in each of its seven victories, but has been held to three runs in its two losses. … The Goffstown baseball and softball teams are each 8-1 and in first place in Division II. Both teams opened the season with a loss to Windham, but have won eight in a row since then.