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Post #72 boys ready for another season

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

SEAN PERLEY is just one of the returning players for the Post #72 Legion team this summer. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)

SEAN PERLEY is just one of the returning players for the Post #72 Legion team this summer. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 11, 2012
ALTON — In Legion Baseball, success often comes down to how pitching holds up over the course of the season.

Alton Post #72 coach Bubba Noyes is thrilled to have a number of kids ready to take the ball on the hill as the team prepares for a new season of baseball.

"It all depends on how your pitching holds up," Noyes said. "You need pitching to get through Legion baseball."

Noyes will be returning Andrew Hederman and Ethan Henderson to the team. Both threw a good chunk of innings for the Prospect Mountain baseball team during the high school season.

Also returning to the hill for the Post #72 boys is Kennett senior Sean Perley, who was the second pitcher for veteran coach Bob Burns this season.

Fellow Kennett hurlers Ben Garner and Nick Massa are new to the team this year and both will be expected to take some innings for the Post #72 squad.

"Their pitchers, not throwers," Noyes said of his experienced group of hurlers.

In his short look at Massa, Noyes has come away impressed at how he throws the ball and he expects the Kennett junior to be an integral part of the team's pitching plans this summer.

"He's pretty legit," Noyes said. "He threw the ball pretty well today."

The team got together for the first time on Sunday, June 10, as the new season rapidly approaches. The team played at Bedford on June 13, and hosts Rochester today, June 14, at 5 p.m. in preseason action. They also play Rochester on Sunday in Rochester.

"We're in a tough district and a tough division," Noyes said, noting the squad plays Plymouth, Laconia, Concord, Lebanon and Post #79 twice apiece and also matches up with Bedford, Keene, Merrimack, Jutras and Goffstown during the season.

"Obviously it's very competitive," Noyes said. "The kids are going to see good pitching and good teams and hopefully that will make us better."

The big change coming to Legion ball this summer is wooden bats, as all teams will be playing with wood instead of metal.

Noyes is hopeful that the change will be beneficial to his team's pitchers.

"Hopefully we can make the other teams keep the ball in the park," he said. "I think it's going to cut down on homers quite a bit."

In addition to Hederman, Henderson and Perley, the Post #72 squad will be returning a number of other players as well.

Prospect Mountain graduate Spencer Goossens brings his lefthanded bat back to the team and Kennett's Scott Conner returns for another season. Farmington's Ryan Gibbs is also back for a new year.

Prospect Mountain freshman Cody Symonds saw a bit of time with the team last year and will be back full time this year.

He will be joined behind the plate by Kennett senior Josh Drew, a newcomer to the team and Noyes was thrilled to have a pair of legitimate catchers.

"I'm glad I have two quality catchers," the Post #72 coach said.

Zach Carr from Farmington is new to the team this year and he will be joined by a group of youngsters who will be battling for playing time as they look to improve for the future. That list includes Nate Farnham, Zach Bousquet, Mike Hederman, David Nickerson, Brian Borelli and John Barnes.

"Legion ball is top quality baseball," Noyes said. "For the ones going on to college, it certainly helps them and for those returning to high school, it helps them too."

Noyes was impressed that most of the players on the roster can play a variety of positions, which makes moving the lineup around a bit easier for the coaching staff.

Noyes will be joined on the sidelines by returning coaches Tim DiPrizio and Jim Hederman, as well as newcomer Jeff Bousquet.

The first official game takes place on Monday, June 18, at Laconia and the team hosts Plymouth on Tuesday, June 19, and visits Concord on Thursday, June 21.

"It's important for us to try and get off to a good start," Noyes said. "It's a big first week for us for sure."

The team's home games will be played at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton. The game at Laconia will be played at Memorial Field at 5 p.m. and the first home game is also set for a 5 p.m. start. The game in Concord will be played at Memorial Field and will start at 6:30 p.m.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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