Hanover Baseball and Track Teams Open The Season This Week
The spring sports season at Hanover High School gets into full gear this week, as the baseball and track teams take to the road to open their schedules. The baseball team heads to southernmost New Hampshire to play Pelham on Wednesday, and the track team, 60 members strong, journeys to Merrimack Valley in Penacook today for four-team meet.
The baseball team, under second-year Coach John Grainger, looks to build on last year’s three win season, and boasts a large number of returning veterans. As many as eight of the Marauders started the majority of Hanover’s games last year, and the team boasts depth at every position.
Seniors Avery Monahan and Connor Stafford and juniors Moises Celaya and David Lehmann anchor the pitching corps, which will be bolstered this year with the addition of freshman Joey Parras. Senior second-year Captain Will Smith anchors the team in center field and will probably lead off again, and will be flanked in the outfield by junior Charlie Goodrich and sophomore Keegan Silovich.
Junior Marc Hampers returns at first base, with senior David Seigne and Parras looking for playing time at second. Lehmann and sophomore Nick Starosta, up from the JV, will play shortstop , and Stafford and Celaya will share third base, depending on the pitching assignments for the day. Junior Braxton McNulty has the inside track at catcher.
The late spring weather has prevented the Marauders from getting any playing time on their Dresden home field, and their preparation has been limited to the HHS gym. The Pelham Pythons are in a similar fix, so Tuesday’s matchup may require a bit of adjustment to the blue skies overhead.
The Marauder track team has had the benefit of a clean and clear track for more than a week, and should be in good shape for Tuesday’s meet at Merrimack Valley. Coach Steve McConnell welcomed a significantly larger turnout than usual, and the Marauders have several veteran leaders who have been proven point scorers.
On the girls’ side, senior Hannah Wittmann is the defending state champion in the pole vault, and is a potential scorer in several other events. Junior Elsa Nordstrom went to the Meet of Champions in the 4x800 relay. First-years Anna Stafford and Peiper Thomas went to the NHIAA state meet during the winter season.
The boys will be led by junior Captain Morgan Baughman in the distance events. The 4x400 meter relay team of Kyle Doucette, Deveon Martin, Sam Pych and Colm Seigne had a lot of success in the indoor season, and will contend for top honors. Daniel Pinigen will be strong in the shot and discus.
Boosted by large numbers and an experienced coaching staff, the Marauders are optimistic that a number of new faces will emerge over the course of the season. The future is bright for Hanover track.