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Gilford baseball fires on all cylinders in opener

Adrian Siravo hurls a fastball during a huge 17-0 win for Gilford over Winnisquam Regional High School. Bob Martin. (click for larger version)
April 17, 2017
TILTON — The Golden Eagles opened up the baseball season in dominating form on April 13 with a 17-0 win over the Winnisquam Bears.

Tyler Sargent took the hill for Gilford High School and dazzled from the beginning, striking out the side in the first two innings. The pitching staff was incredible overall for Gilford, striking out 17 of the 26 batters faced. They also only allowed a handful of baserunners throughout the game, including a sole hit by Blaise Ross.

Gilford batters were patient throughout the game with 15 walks and three who were hit by a pitch. They also managed nine hits on the day, including a double by Adrian Siravo. All other hits on the day were singles.

The Golden Eagles jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, scoring two more runs in the second inning off of Winnisquam pitcher Hunter Tierney. The Golden Eagles put another three runs on the board in the fifth inning and a lone run in the sixth inning before exploding in the seventh inning for eight runs.

Coach Vint Choiniere was very happy with the overall performance of his team, which was playing on grass for only the second time this spring due to the unseasonably cold weather to begin April. He was happy to see his pitchers hitting their spots, batters being patient and baserunners taking advantage of Winnisquam mistakes.

"There's really no way to know how the team will do when they have spent this much time on a gym practicing, without a dirt mound and live pitching," said Choiniere. "But I couldn't be any happier."

Choiniere is in his first season coaching for the Golden Eagles, and he said this adds to the uncertainty to how a team responds. He was proud of the way the team came out early and made a statement, but also said they have a long way to go and areas to improve on.

However, Choiniere focused on the positives in the big win. He was happy to see his pitchers hitting their spots throughout the game and getting ahead of batters. Choiniere said if the team continues to play the way they did on Thursday, they should be in good shape this season.

"I am very, very happy with how the guys played today," said Choiniere. "It was a great way to start off the season."

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