Rochester Slammers 18-U: My Site News

2011 Invitational by the Bay Bristol RI
2011 Invitational by the Bay, Bristol RI
Monday, August 1
The Sun Sets on the Rochester Slammers!

The 18U Rochester Slammers ended their season with a win at the Invitational by the Bay in Bristol Rhode Island. The Slammers went 6 and 0 to capture the Championship. They posted wins over the RI Lightning, East Bay Elite, NE Storm, Strike Zone Shock, Bergen Blazers and the RI Lightning in the Championship game.

Great season girls! You are the best! 

Monday, July 11
ASA New England Regional Runner ups

The 18U Rochester Slammers were the runner ups in the ASA New England Regional held in Leominster Mass this past weekend.

They posted wins over the Taunton Dynamites 3 to 2, Maine State Champs Maine Tidal Wave 3 to 0, Mass State Champs Central Mass Bad Apples 6 to 5 and the  Mass Galaxy Starz 7 to 2. There losses came against the Connecticut Eliminators Gold 2 to 0 and 1 to 0.

Great job girls!

321 Boom
Monday, July 25
Dream big, Have faith, Work hard, Never quit!
Practice this week will be Wed. 5:00pm to 6:00pm for catchers and pitchers. 6:00pm to 8:00pm for the rest of the team.

If you have any questions please feel free to call.
Paul 603-749-8250 days or 603-332-8924 evenings 603-534-1885 cell

One team one dream

State Champs
Monday, June 27
2011 18U NH-ASA State Champions!
Slammers win ASA 18U title

Monday, June 27, 2011

ROCHESTER — On Saturday, Rochester Slammers pitcher Corinne Baita threw a gem for a win over the New England Diamond Gems. On Sunday, it was more of the same, just a little less suspenseful.

Baita struck out six, walked none and scattered five hits to lead the Slammers to a 4-1 win over the Gems on Sunday, earning the Slammers the championship of the New Hampshire Amateur Softball Association girls 18U Class A fast pitch state tournament at Roger Allen Park.

A day earlier, Baita was the winning pitcher in a 1-0 decision over the same team, but that game wasn't decided until the bottom of the seventh inning.

"I didn't expect us to get up that quick, that early," Baita said about the championship final. "It took us so long last game. It was definitely a relief to have four runs after just two innings."

On Sunday, the Slammers struck for a pair of runs in the first inning and two more in the second and let Baita take it the rest of the way. The Gems got to Baita a little bit in the top of the fourth inning with three hits, but Baita got out of the inning with only one run scored.

The Slammers went 3-0 in the tournament and advanced to the regional tournament in two weeks in Leominster, Mass.

"These kids have been together for quite a few years," Slammers coach Dana Hamel said about his team. "We haven't had much time to practice this summer, but they still remember all the little things. We can make (a little) noise, and we're good to go."

It was the second game of the day for the Diamond Gems, who had to win the losers' bracket final in the morning before earning the right to face the fresh and rested Slammers in the final. Not only that, but had the Gems prevailed against the Slammers, it would have forced a winner-take-all game that would have been held immediately afterward.

"Our biggest goal is to not get down," Hamel said. "We seem to get a little nervous when someone scores a run first, there's a little bit of pressure. I think they're finally getting it. They're relaxed. We try to keep it nice and loose."

The Slammers made it easy on themselves Sunday. Unlike the day before, Rochester wasted no time getting on the board. Portsmouth High School standout Bri Keenan led off with a single, then Jenny MacArthur reached on a bunt. Mary Nelson bunted the pair into scoring position, then Spaulding star Paige Cormier doubled to shallow left field to score Keenan and MacArthur.

It was 2-0 after one. In the second inning, Ali Stanley led off with a walk, then moved to second on a single by Baita. Dover High School standout Megan Bolduc came up with a sacrifice bunt, the first of two for her on the day. Keenan, the reigning Division II player of the year, was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Then MacArthur turned a lengthy at-bat into a ground ball through the hole into left field to score Stanley and Baita. The Slammers had a relatively comfortable 4-0 lead.

"I kept fouling off balls, waiting for the one that I wanted," MacArthur said. "It finally came. It was right down the middle and I just hit it as hard as I could."

Baita continued to mow down the Gems. She retired the side in order in the first, second, fifth and sixth innings, and at one point retired 10 batters in a row and 11 out of 12. In the fourth, the Gems got three base hits up the middle to cut the lead to 4-1, but Baita retired the next three batters on a fielder's choice, a ground out and a strikeout to end the threat.

Baita also had strong defense behind her. Nelson made six putouts at third base and Keenan made five at shortstop. Neither team committed an error.

The Gems, based in Nashua, finished the tournament at 2-2 and will also advance to the regional tournament. Gems pitcher Michaela McGowan went the distance with one strikeout and a walk.

"We've faced the Slammers since they were 10 (years old)," Gems coach Jim Rines said. "It's a great rivalry."

2011 Champs
Monday, June 20
2011 6th Annual Rochester Softball Slammer Classic Champions!

The 18U Rochester Slammers won the 6th annual Rochester Softball Slammer Classic this past weekend. They outscored their opponents 59 to 1.

Congratulations to all the girls!


Monday, June 6
Slammer girls commit to college

The below Slammers have committed to their colleges,

Haley Spiers has chosen to play for the Eagles at Husson University.

Megan Bolduc has chosen to play for the  Hawks at Becker College.

Mary Nelson has chosen to play for the  Skyhawks at Stonehill College.

Jenny MacArthur has chosen to play for the Panthers at Plymouth State University.

Corinne Baita has chosen to play for the Cadets at Norwich University.

Brianna Keenan has chosen to play for the Jumbos at Tufts University

Paige Cormier has chosen to play for the Hawks at St. Anselm College

Ali Stanley finished her first year in college playing for the NorEasters at UNE

Congratulations and good luck to all.

Keenan signs on at Tufts
Wednesday, February 23
Keenan bound for Tufts

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth's Brianna Keenan will attend Tufts University and play softball and field hockey.

She was accepted early decision. She has been a four-year starter on the Portsmouth High School softball team as leadoff hitter, outfielder and shortstop. Keenan was a co-captain her junior and seniors year, winning back-to-back Class I state championships in 2008 and 2009.

She was a first-team all-state selection and two-time first team Foster's Dream Team choice. Keenan has also played summer travel softball for the Rochester Slammers since 2006 as their shortstop and leadoff hitter. The Slammers are defending ASA 16U state champions and have won the ASA New England regional championship three of the last five years.

Keenan has played field hockey for the Clippers for four years as both a goalie and a defender. She was a second team all-state pick and a high honorable mention Foster's Dream Team pick. She plays USFH for the Cape Ann Coalition Field Hockey Club out of Byfield, Mass., having played in the National Field Hockey Festival and the National Indoor Tournament.

Brianna will be playing softball for coach Cheryl Milligan at Tufts. The softball team is consistently ranked nationally in the top 10 of Division III. She also intends to play field hockey for coach Tina McDavitt, whose program has also been consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally.

Wednesday, February 23
Cormier commits to Saint Anselm
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

ROCHESTER — With her parents and coaches proudly looking on, Spaulding High School's Paige Cormier signed her letter of intent to attend Saint Anselm College Tuesday afternoon.

The Red Raiders' left-handed pitching ace will receive an 80 percent scholarship to play softball for the Hawks and coach Greg Joseph.

"It's just a really big relief to know the process is over," she said. "I feel like I can breathe now."

Before choosing St. A's, Cormier had narrowed her choices down to Southern Connecticut, St. Michael's and Saint Anselm. It was an overnight trip to the school that eventually helped seal the deal.

"I got to hang out with some girls on the team and get an idea of what living there would be like," she said. "It was a lot of fun. There's a relaxing feel about the campus I really like."

Cormier has been simply dominant for the Red Raiders over the past two seasons, recording 214 strikeouts in only 171.1 innings, and earning back-to-back first team all-state honors in Class L. Her earned run average was a paper thin 0.77 in 2009 and 0.95 last season.

"An inner drive to succeed and be the best she can be is something that sets Paige apart from others," Spaulding softball coach Sheila Colson said. "She always wants to win, and she always wants to do her best. If she doesn't, it motivates her. She's a dominant athlete in terms of physical skills, but she's also very determined."

Along with her parents, Cormier credited Colson and longtime pitching/summer coach Dana Hamel for helping her reach this point.

"Coach Hamel's taught me so much over the years," Cormier said. "He kind of took me under his wing when I was younger, and that really prepared me for high school."

Cormier began working with Hamel when she was just eight years old.

"I was with my daughter at Roger Allen Park, and Paige expressed an interest in learning how to pitch," Hamel said. "We started working together a couple nights a week, and now, 10 years later, we're still working together. It's been a lot of fun — she's a great kid."

Hamel coaches the Rochester Slammers U16 team. Cormier has played for the Slammers since she was eight, including a number of state and regional championship teams.

"Paige loves being on the mound in big situations," he said. "She loves challenges and she loves competition. I'm not surprised she's going to be playing at the Division II level. She works hard and she's very dedicated."

With improved strength and conditioning, Hamel believes Cormier will thrive at the next level. Cormier also feels she'll be successful at Saint A's, but knows plenty of challenges await.

"The competition in Division II is very good," Cormier said. "The players are talented all through the lineup, and I'm going to have to deal with certain things I've never dealt with before. It's going to be a challenge, but I'm looking forward to it. I'll have to step up my game up."

Cormier is also looking forward to the her senior season with the Red Raiders. She's currently working on two new pitches — a dropball and a screwball — and hopes to add them to her repertoire (fastball, change-up, curveball, rise) this spring.

"I really think we can make it to the final four this year," Cormier said. "We've had disappointing finishes the past two years, so hopefully we can learn from that and take another step this season."

"It's hard not to love (softball) once you start playing," she said. "Your teammates become like family and everyone works toward the same goal. It's nice to be part of something bigger than yourself."

Tuesday, August 10
2010 ASA Eastern National

The Slammers traveled to York PA last week to play in the ASA Eastern National. They ended the tournament with a 5 and 2 record. Finishing 9th out of 64 teams entered.

We posted consecutive wins over the Pittsburgh Power 3 to 1, Ohio Jaguars 8 to 4, Renegades 7 to 1, Pittsburgh Predators 9 to 1 , Ohio Cyclones 4 to 3.

Their first blemish was to the eventual winners of the tournament. A 2 to 0 loss to the Tigerlillies. The final loss was to the Pittsburgh Power 8 to 0.

We are all very proud of the teams performance.

Great job girls! 


Monday, August 2
2010 Lowell Invitational

The Slammers participated in the 18U Lowell Invitational this past weekend.

They opened with a 3 to 1 loss over the Central Mass Bad Apples and a 7 to 5 loss over the Firecracker Fury. They rebounded with a 12 to 0 win over the Blackstone Valley Blazers.

Single elimination on Sunday would see the Slammers having to face the Bad Apples again. The outcome would be the same. A 5 to 2 loss.


Monday, July 26
2010 NorEasters Classic

The Slammers continued competing with the top 18U teams in the area this past weekend. They traveled to Laconia NH to participate in the NorEaster Classic.

In Saturday's pool play action they tied the Vermont Rockets 4 to 4. The Rockets eventually were the runners up in the tournament. They posted a 7 to 3 win over the NH Comets and lossed to the Frozen Ropes white team 4 to 0. The Frozen rope team would eventually win the tournament.

In single elimination play on Sunday the Slammers would beat the Frozen Rope blue team 4 to 3. They then had to face the Frozen Rope white team again. They lost this game 1 to 0.

Great job girls!  

Sunday, July 18
2010 18U All American Showcase

The Rochester Slammers participated in the 18U All American Showcase this past weekend. The 54 team tournament was held in Lowell Mass.

In pool play the Slammers posted a 2 to 1 win over Upper Deck Fury, 2 to 0 win over Fire n Ice Gold, 5 to 0 win over the Adirondack Angels, 4 to 2 win over the Charlton Wildfire and a 2 to 2 tie with the Northeast Hurricanes.

Going into Sunday as the 6 seed in the 54 team tourney the Slammers would lose a tough battle with the Fire n Ice Gold 5 to 4.

Great job girls!

Monday, July 12
2010 ASA New England Regional

The Rochester Slammers participated in the ASA NE Regional and ended up tied for 5th in the 27 team field.

They posted wins over the Mass Titans 9 to 2, Somerset Wildcats 7 to 0,  Firebirds Elite 5 to 4and the Coastal Mainiacs 11 to 1. The two losses were against the Strike Zone Shock 4 to 3 and 3 to 0.

Nice job girls!

Sunday, July 4
2010 Stars and Stripes 18U College Showcase

The Rochester Slammers participated in the 18U Stars and Stripes College Showcase this past weekend.

The Slammers came away with wins against the RI Xtreme 7 to 2, Breezy Angels Select 9 to 0 and Apponaug Pride Gold 6 to 0. They tied the Charlton Wildfire 2 to 2 and lost to the Taunton Dynamites 2 to 1.

This was a very good showing for the team as it played in it's first 18U tourney.

Great job girls!

2010 16U State Champions
2010 NH ASA/USA 16U State Champions
Monday, June 28
2010 ASA/USA 16U State Champions

Congratulations girls you are the 2010 ASA/USA 16U State Champions!

The Slammers went undefeated at the State tourney posting wins over the Keene Crickets 6 to 0, NH Gators 1 to 0, NH Comets 10 to 0 and twice over the Northeast Hurricanes 12 to 4 and 2 to 0.

Great job girls!


2010 Champions!
Monday, June 21
2010 5th Annual Rochester Softball Slammer Classic Champions!

Congratulations to the Rochester Slammers for winning the 2010 Rochester Softball Slammer Classic. The girls went undefeated through the tournament.

They posted pool play wins over the Rochester Rampage 8 to 0, NH Northern Lights 12 to 0, NE Hornets 8 to 0.

In single elimination they posted wins over the Barrington All Stars 8 to 0,

Sanford Starz 10 to 2 and the NorEasters 10 to 2


Tuesday, June 15
2010 Team Sponsors

We would like to say Thank You to our 2010 sponsors listed below.

Saks Mobile Home Sales  Homerun!

Mike's Clam Shack   Homerun!

Kammann Machines   Triple!

Broadview Animal Hospital   Double!

Norman Vetter Inc.  Triple!

Barb & Andy Trush   Triple!

Elk's B.P.O.E.  1393  Double!

CPR Enterprise   Double!

Graphic Automation & Controls  Single!




Eastern National
Thursday, August 6
2009 ASA Eastern National

The Rochester Slammers attended the ASA Eastern National in Salisbury Maryland last week. There were 64 teams entered into the tourney. 

We posted wins over the Midway Orange Crush 5 to 2, and the Maddogs 8 to 0.

Our three losses were to the New Era Diamond Girls Gold 7 to 1 (5th place finish), Renegades Gold 4 to 0 (16th place finish ) and 4 to 2 PA Extreme ( 12th place finish ).

Nice job girls! 

Monday, July 27
MVP End of Summer Bash Champions!
MVP Champs

The Slammers brought home another Championship this past weekend.

We participated in the MVP End of Summer bash in Manchester NH.

Rochester posted wins over the Eastern Shore Golddiggers, Vermont Storm, NH Hammerheads, Hudson Heat Fire and the Adirondack Angels.

Great job girls!

Sunday, July 12
2009 ASA New England Regional Champions!

The Slammers won the 2009 ASA New England Regional Championship held in Lewiston Maine this past weekend.

They posted wins over the Capitol Mainiacs, NH Freeze, AB Lightning and twice over the Connecticut Eliminators.

Great job girls! 

2009 NSA State Champions
2009 NSA State Champions
Monday, July 6
2009 NSA Massachusetts State Champions

The Rochester Slammers are the NSA Massachusetts State Champions!

The Slammers went undefeated in the tourney with wins over the Hudson Heat Gold, Lady Rebels and twice over the EMass Panthers.

Congratulations Girls great job!

Monday, June 29
2009 Polar Crush College Showcase

The Slammers participated in the Polar Crush College Showcase this past weekend. They went 4 and 1 in their division.

The opening game vs the Connecticut Charmers was a 1 to 0 loss in 9 innings.

They then posted wins over the Frozen Ropes 9 to 1 (mercy rule),  NH Freeze 2 to 0, NE Phoenix 1 to 0 ( rain shortened) and NH Comets 1 to 0.

Great job girls!

2009 NHASA State runner up
2009 NH-ASA State Runner Ups!
Monday, June 22
2009 NH-ASA State Tournament Runner ups

The Rochester Slammers 16U team battled thru the weather and the losers bracket to come away with a hard fought NH-ASA State runner up trophy.

Opening the tournament Friday evening. The Slammers defeated the Nashua Nightmare Purple team 9 to 0. Saturday morning they defeated the Northeast Hurricanes 2 to 1. Saturday evening the Slammers would fall to the Hudson Heat Gold 2 to 1 in nine innings. Now into Sunday and the losers bracket. The Slammers would post wins over the NH Lightning  4 to 2 in nine innings,  an 8 to 0 win over the NH Hammerheads and a come from behind 4 to 2 win over the New England Hornets. On to the Championship game the Slammers would give the talented Hudson team a game until the 5th inning when Hudson broke it open winning 5 to 2.

Congratulations to our Slammer girls for working hard and capturing the runner up trophy. Also congratulations to the Hudson Heat Gold for winning the NH-ASA State Championship. 


Tuesday, June 16
2009 Rochester Softball Slammer Classic Champions!

The Slammers opened the 2009 season with a championship win at the Rochester Softball Slammer Classic. The tournament was rained out on Sunday and the Slammers were awarded 1st place based on the pool play results.

We posted pool play wins of 7 to 0 over the Rochester Rampage,  4 to 0 over the Mass Galaxy and 5 to 0 over the NH Fever. 



attitude counts!
Monday, September 15
Welcome to the 2009 Rochester Slammers

I would like to introduce the 2009 16U Rochester Slammers.

Corinne B.

Maria B.

Megan B.

Nicole B.

Paige C.

Samantha J.

Brianna K.

Taylor M.

Mary N.

Bridgette R.

Haley S.

Ali S.


Any questions please call Paul Cormier at 603-534-1885 or email me at  

Tuesday, December 9
2009 Team Sponsors

We would like to say Thank you to the businesses below for their contribution to our 2009 season.

Team Sponsor Tri City Towing

Kammann Machines Inc.   Triple!

Shaw's Supermarket   Home run!

CPR Enterprise   Double!

Norman Vetter Inc.  Home run!

Andy & Barbara Trush  Home run!

American Legion SAL Squadron # 7  Double!

American Legion Auxiliary # 7  Double!

Elk's lodge # 1393   Triple!




National news
Monday, August 4
2008 ASA Eastern National

The Rochester Slammers participated in the 2008  ASA Eastern National last week. The Slammers posted a 2 and 3 record in the tourney.

We opened up the tourney with a pool play 8 to 5 win over the Motown Flames from West Virginia, Then posted a 2 to 1 loss to the Rocky River Breakers from Ohio.

Starting with the double elimination part of the tourney the Slammers posted a 4 to 0 loss to the Wisconsin Valley Flames from Pennsylvania. We then came back and got a 9 to 4 win over Holly Hills USA from Ohio.  Then lost to the Carolina Cardinals from North Carolina 2 to 1.

Congratulations to all the girls who qualified and participated in the National event.


Monday, July 28
2008 Nor'Easter Classic Champions!
Noreaster Champs

The Slammers continued their winning ways this past weekend out scoring their opponents 57 to 3 in route to a 6 and 0 record and the Championship trophy.

The Slammers posted pool play victories over the NH Lightning Gold 8 to 1, Franklin Twisters 17 to 0, Strike Zone Shock 11 to 0.

Single elimination wins were over the Maine Riptide 9 to 1, the Jr. Black Bears 10 to 0 and a 2 to 1 win over the Strike Zone Shock in the finals.



Tuesday, July 22
2008 Bow Turn Two Invitational Champions!

The Slammers won the Bow Turn Two tournament this past weekend. The girls went 6 and 1 to capture the trophy.

In pool play we lost our opening game 4 to 1 to the Maine Riptide then posted wins over the NH Lightning Blue 9 to 3, Keene Crickets 8 to 0, Franklin Twisters 16 to 3, Manchester Mystics 8 to 0, Keene Crickets 2 to 0 and in the final a 6 to 0 win over the NorEasters.

Great job girls! 

NE Regional
Monday, July 14
2008 ASA New England Regional Champions!

The Rochester Slammers brought home the 2008 ASA NE Regional trophy this past weekend. The Slammers went undefeated 5 and 0 in the 25 team Regional tournament.

We posted wins over the MV Twisters 3 to 2, Acton Boxborough Lightning 8 to 4, Southern Maine Heat 7 to 1, Rehoboth Thunder Elite 2 to 1 and in the Championship game a 3 to 2 win over the E. Mass Panthers.


2008 ASA NE Champs
2008 ASA NE Regional Champions

Monday, June 30
2008 ASA All American Champions!

The Slammers were awarded the Championship trophy this past weekend at the rain shortened ASA All American tourney.  When the rains came Rochester was the only undefeated team left ( 6 and 0 ) out of the 22 teams entered.

The Slammers posted wins over the Northeast Hurricanes 8 to 2, Blue Ice 7 to 1, Swansea Rage 8 to 0, N.E. Hornets 8 to 0, Bay State Bandits 11 to 3 and the Bandits again 1 to 0. 

Congratulations Slammers, Great Job!

2nd place
Tuesday, June 24
2008 NH-ASA State Tournament Runner ups

The Rochester Slammers awarded the runner up trophy in the 2008 NH-ASA 14U Class A State Championships. The tournament was shortened due to the rain. The Slammers entered the winners bracket final with a 3 and 0 record. They had posted wins over the NH Lightning Blue 8 to 0 in 5 innings, a 5 to 4 win in 9 innings over the Northeast Invasion and a 3 to 2 win in 8 innings over the NorEasters.

The Slammers got their first loss in the winners bracket final. The Hudson Heat Gold  would silence the Slammer bats and defeat them 2 to 0 . The rains came and the rest of the tourney was cancelled. 
With the runner up finish we earned a birth to the New England Regional tournament being held in Woburn Mass July 11th to the 13th. 

Congratulations to Hudson Heat Gold on the State Championship victory.

Monday, June 16
2008 Rochester Softball Slammer Classic Champions!
2008 Classic Champs!
2008 Rochester Softball Classic Champs!

The Rochester Slammers got their first tournament win this past weekend with a 4 to 3 win in the Championship game over the New England Hornets. 

The Slammers went 6 and 0 for the weekend! Great job girls!


2008 RS
Wednesday, September 17
Meet the 2008 14U Rochester Slammers

I would like to introduce the 2008 14U Rochester Slammers 

    • Haley S.

    • Corinne B.

    • Maria B.

    • Amanda T.

    • Brianna K.

    • Paige C.

    • Mary N.

    • Samantha J.

    • Bridgette R.

    • Katie S.

    • Gabby C.

    • Nicole O.

Sarah pitching 2
Monday, May 5
From a very special Slammer Alumni!
For every bump
For every bruise
For the desire to win
For refusing to lose

For the feeling you feel
When the job is well done
For the tears that are cried
When the game is not won

For getting knocked down
And getting back on your feet
For the drive to be better
For rejecting defeat

For the "impossible" goals
For achieving a dream
For beating the odds
And being part of a team

For the blood, sweat, and tears
And the hardwork every day
For the love of the game
That's why you play.


Thursday, November 13
2008 Team Sponsors

We would like to thank the following businesses and individuals who have donated
to our 2008 season.

Norman Vetter Inc.  Grand Slam! 

Holiday Inn Express Triple!

Greg & Rita Clark Double!

Staples Office Supply Double!

Relyco Double!

Harvey Industry Triple!

Andy & Barbara Trush Triple!

Elk's No. 1393 Triple!

American Legion Auxilliary # 7  Double!

Sure Winner Foods  Triple!

Thomas Fish Single!

Signal Variety Single!

Demoulas Market Basket  Single!

Crowell's Towing  Double!

BusyBee Janitorial Services  Double! 

Dover Days Inn   Single!

Dunkin Donuts  Single!

OVP Management  Single!

Mt. Washington Radio & Gramophone LLC  Single!

Northway Bank  Single!

O'Neil Home Improvements!  Double!

John C Pratt  Homerun!

Universal Furniture and Spa's   Single!

Daniel O. Seaward   Double! 



Thursday, October 11
Make the Softball Gods happy!
Here is a list of 10 things that make The Softball Gods Happy!

10. Offering to let the other team call the toss.

09. Players or coaches that applaud nice plays by players on the other team.

08. Teams that leave their dugout cleaner for the next team than they found it.

07. Coaches that say good call to an umpire on a close call that went against them.

06. Catchers that go out of their way to pick a bat up for the girl that just fouled it off.

05. Coaches/players or parents that go up to a tournament director that say good things about umpires especially after a loss.

04. Players that offer their time to help coach or work with a younger team or player.

03. Players that sprint as fast as they can on a routine pop-up. (Instead of feeling sorry for themselves and pouting as they jog half speed to first)

02. Players and coaches that are willing to take the blame when something goes wrong instead of always having to point fingers.

01. Players that cheer for their teammates when they are role or bench players. (These kids will be successful in life!) It is hard to not feel sorry for yourself but from what I have seen the kids that handle this well will be WINNERS!

Thursday, July 12
2007 Nor'Easter Classic
The Slammers posted a 4 and 2 record in the Noreaster Classic this past weekend.
Losing in the semi final round.
Congratulations to the NH Freeze for winning the Championship.

Below is an article posted in the Laconia Citizen.
Article published Jul 28, 2007
Mixed results for Nor'Easters
Local club goes 1-2 on opening day of annual Classic

LACONIA — The Nor'Easter 14Us softball team sprayed an endless array of ground balls around the Memorial Field diamond Friday.

At least it felt that way.

The Nor'Easters were facing an up-hill battle to get back in a game that had turned sour after two rough innings. The score was 6-0 in favor of the visiting Rochester Slammers, and the Nor'Easters needed a break for a conceivable chance at a comeback.

A stubborn Rochester defense wouldn't cooperate.

Rochester fielders committed no errors in 12 putouts and turned two double plays in their 8-0 win over the Nor'Easters in game one of three at Memorial Field Friday. The game's 5:45 p.m. start made it the first of 97 in this weekend's 40-team Nor'Easter Softball Classic.
Slammers' pitcher Bri Keenan was the beneficiary of the stellar defensive play, picking up a win in four innings pitched. She struck out three, walked none and allowed just two hits.

Rochester scored four in the first and two in the second before turning to the leather the rest of the way.

"The kids have been doing that kind of thing all year," Slammers' coach Dana Hamel said. "(They) get out and have a good first-second inning and get ahead."

The Slammers batted around in the first off Nor'Easter starter Sydney Strout, whose complete game and 2 for 2 showing at the plate earned player of the game honors (along with Keenan).

Maria Blougouras, Meg Digenova and Nikki Bourgeois — the first three hitters in the Rochester batting order — all reached and scored, and Haley Spiers highlighted the four-run inning with a two-run single to center.

Strout got the Nor'Easters out of further trouble with a strikeout before inducing Blougouras to hit a routine grounder to short for a force out at third.

The Nor'Easters' Jenna Marchione led off the home half of the first by beating out a grounder for an infield hit. But Keenan got No. 2 hitter Casey Curly to line out to Mary Nelson at short, who fired across the diamond to double off Marchione before she could retag the base.

For the Rochester defense, it was an early sign of things to come.

"We work hard on defense," Hamel said. "That's one of our keys, if you want to call it that ... we support the fundamentals of the game (in practice), come out, and it's kind of natural."

Bourgeois and Keenan picked up where Rochester left off in the first with two singles to start the second. Both scored on Bridgette Rollins' line drive base hit to right field to make it 6-0. However, Strout kept her composure.

After surrendering Spiers' second hit, Strout retired seven of the next nine batters she faced to hold Rochester scoreless in the third and fourth innings.

"She looked really good at the mound," Nor'Easters' coach Darci Blake said. "Rough start, but then settled down I thought ... We've got to come up with a big defensive play every once in a while and we didn't do that."

Rochester added two more in the top of the fifth. Liz Clark reached on a fielder's choice and Blougouras followed with an opposite field single to right. Both were plated by Bourgeois' two-run single to make it 8-0. Bourgeois went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs overall for the Slammers. Spiers also had a multiple-hit game, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

Rochester ace Corinne Baita came on in the bottom of the fifth to close out the win under the tournament's eight-run rule. Strout and Kaleigh Richardson each ripped one-out singles before Baita got McKenna Caldwell to softly line into a game-ending double play. Clark sprinted in from right to make the catch near the edge of the infield and snapped a throw to first ahead of Richardson.

The Nor'Easters, who finished third in the 2006 Classic, will look to rebound against the MV Twisters, of Mass., today at 9:45 a.m. at Bryant Field in Belmont. It then faces the NH Diamond Gems on the same field at 1:15 p.m. to wrap up pool play. The tournament field begins to narrow down Sunday, when single-elimination games get underway.

"In pool play it's all about Sunday," said Blake. "It's where you place. It doesn't matter if you place at the bottom if you play good ball. So we're looking to play better every game, and hopefully win when it counts on Sunday."


2nd place
Monday, July 23
2007 Bow Turn II Invitational Runner Ups
Congratulations to the team for capturing the runner up trophy at the Bow Turn Two tourney. The Slammmers lost to the Londonderry Lightning in the final.
We posted a 5 and 1 record for the weekend. On Sunday we defeated the NH Lightning and the Diamond Gems. In pool play we defeated the Bedford Hornets, The Noreasters and the CT. Fusion.
Congratulations to the Londonderry Lightning for taking home the 1st place trophy!

play on Sunday
Monday, July 16
2007 Eric Whitten Memorial Tourney Champions
The Slammers captured the first place trophy in the 2007 Eric Whitten Memorial tournament this past weekend.
In pool play the Slammers defeated the Somersworth Strikes 13 to 3 in 5 innings, the Westford Wildcats 12 to 0 in 4 innings and the Bedford Hornets Sting 4 to 1.
They opened single elimination as the #1 seed playing the Jr. Black Bears and defeating them 11 to 3 in 4 innings.
The rains came and the tournament was cancelled. We were awarded the 1st place trophy.
Congratulations to all the girls and also to the Manchester Mystics for the 2nd place trophies.

bang it
Monday, July 9
2007 NE ASA Regional Championships
The Slammers went 2 and 2 in the Regional. They opened up with a 5 to 4 loss to the Mid Maine Thunder. They then defeated the Bay State Magic 9 to 6 and the Asteroidz 6 to 5. They then lost to the Mid Maine Thunder 5 to 3.
Congratulations to the Bedford Hornets for capturing the
2007 NE Regional Championship

Monday, June 25
2007 NH-ASA State Tournament Runner ups
2nd place
The Rochester Slammers captured the runner up trophy in the 2007 NH-ASA 14U Class A State Championships.
The Slammers opened the tourney with a 10 to 0 win over the NH Freeze Friday evening. Saturday morning they defeated the Keene Crickets 4 to 0 and also posted a 10 to 2 win over the Manchester Mystics. Sunday morning they defeated the Granite State Shockers 16 to 5. Then posted a 5 to 4 win over the Hudson Heat Fire. Hudson would come back and defeat the Slammers 12 to 2 and 6 to 5.
With the runner up finish we earned a birth to the New England Regional tournament being held in Meriden Connecticut.
Congratulations to Hudson Heat Fire on the State Championship victory.
Great job to all the girls who participated in the final. Great game!
We would also like to congratulate the NH Freeze for capturing the
third place trophy in the 18 team tournament.

2nd place
Monday, June 18
2007 2nd Annual Rochester Softball Slammer Classic Runner ups
The 14U Rochester Slammers lost to the Londonderry Lightning in the Championship game Sunday 4 to 3. The Slammers posted wins over Pete's Dragons 8 to 2 and a come from behind win over the always tough Bedford Hornets 5 to 4 to get to the Championship game.
In pool play they defeated the Granite State Shockers 6 to 0,
the Dover Attack 5 to 3 and the Seacoast Breakers 5 to 1.
Congratulations to the Londonderry Lightning for capturing the
2007 Rochester Softball Slammer Classic Championship.

Monday, June 11
2007 Southern Maine Diamond Challenge Champions!
Congratulations to the team on our first tournament win of the 2007 season.
You went 6 and 0 outscoring your opponents 43 to 7. Great win!
Let's keep it going.

One team one dream!
Our fearless leader!
Wednesday, June 7
Slammer picture album
Check out our photo albums for 2007!

2007 Thank You!
Monday, May 14
2007 Team sponsors
We would like to thank the following businesses and individuals who have donated
to our 2007 season.

Karen Fitts   Single!
Rochester Lincoln Mercury   Double!
WitWay Supply    Double!
Holy Rosary Credit Union   Homerun!
Norm Vetter Inc    Homerun!
Andy & Barbara Trush    Triple!
Waste Management    Homerun!
B-K Medical Systems    Homerun!
Rochester Elks Lodge #1393   Triple!
Crowell's Towing & Repair    Double!
Greg & Rita Clark   Triple!
Collins Sports    Double!
Geno Hardee    Single!
American Legion   Double!

Champions train
Monday, August 28
Meet the 2007 14U Rochester Slammers
2007 Rochester Slammers
2007 Rochester Slammers
Congratulations go out to all the girls who made the 2007 14U Rochester Slammers.
We look forward to working with you and having a successful 2007 season.
Congratulations go out to,
Nikki B.
Alison S.
Liz C.
Danielle H.
Meagan D.C.
Haley S.
Corinne B.
Maria B.
Brianna K.
Paige C.
Bridgette R.
Mary N.
Katie S.
Great job girls!
Thank you to all the girls who tried out for the team.

If you have questions please call Paul Cormier 332-8924

Home run club
Friday, June 13
Slammer Home run club

Thursday, May 24
    One day the devil called up St. Peter and challenged him to a softball game.

   "Okay," St. Peter said, "But you know we have all the great players up here in Heaven."

   "You'll lose anyway," the devil said.

   "Don't be foolish," St. Peter replied. "We're sure to win. Why we have Lisa Fernandez, Cat Osterman, Jennie Finch, Michelle Smith, Stacy Nuveman and Dot Richardson.

   "I know," the devil interrupted, "But we have all the umpires!"

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2006 14U Bow Turn II Champs
2006 14U Bow Turn II Champs
Monday, August 28
2006 14U Rochester Slammers
Meet the 2006 14U Rochester Slammers
Coached by Dan Bourgeois, Devin Beckwith, Scott Hansen, Tim Metivier and Lauren Bourgeois.
Team members included,
Alison S.
Alyssa S.
Amanda P.
Courtney B.
Jen B.
Jordan H.
Kelcie S.
Meagan P.
Nikki B.
Sarah M.
Steph M.
Tia B.
Emilie F.
The girls placed 4th out of 18 teams in the NH States.
They qualified and participated in the 14U N.E. Regionals
They won the Bow Turn II tournament

What a weekend!!!!
All of you should be very proud of the effort you gave this weekend!
1st is much better then 4th!!!!!!! We played some great games.
Friday we played the NH Hurricanes. Nikki pitched a great game; we just couldn't quite get it done. Then on Saturday, we had a nice ride back and forth to Bow. And some fun playing in the rain & mud (opps, Nikki did get one very wet AT BAT before the game was called)!! But no softball!
Then Sunday came and so did the SLAMMERS!
First we had a great game, as usual, with the Bedford Hornets and came out hitting the ball and posted a 6-2 victory!
Next was the NH Lightning. This was a pitchers doul! Sarah did a great job ,coming through with a big NO HITTER, and Courtney doing some heads up base running to come across with the winning run. This was a big win!
After moving back to Goodwin field, we watched the 12U Slammers grab a victory in there championship game!(Congrats 12U Slammers!)
Then it was our turn !!!!
With some special firing up from Paul, we came out ready to play!!!
Shoreline Devilrays EAST, was the first opponent. With Ali on third after a nice triple and a timely illegal pitch call Ali was awarded home. Up 1-0. Then devilrays tied it up in the 4th. But after another firing up, the Slammer bats woke up putting up 3 more runs in the 6th to take a 4-1 victory and put us in the championship game with the Shoreline Devilrays WEST.
Keeping the MOJO, Paul fired us up again!!
After 2 scoreless innings and Steph up to bat she works hard and draw the lead-off walk! Courtney came up and sac bunted her to 2nd. Nikki gets out on a hit 2nd, but moves Steph to third. Then, Emily got a nice little single to bring Steph home.
The Devilrays didn't give up, tieing the score in the top of the 4th.
Then after two tense innings, in the top of the 6th we capitalized on a couple Devilray miscues. Alyssa reached on a bad throw to first. Then Sarah reached on a bad play by the pitcher. Now with runners at 1st and 2nd ,Ali lays down a perfect sac bunt,so Alyssa got to third and, "in stealth mode", while the girl at first with the ball wasn't looking Alyssa takes off for home, SAFE!!! Scoring the go ahead run!
Then for the insurance run, Meagan comes up and drives a nice single to left.
Turn 2 Champs!
I have to mention Sarahs line: 368 pitches 49-K's 4-BB 8-hits GREAT JOB!
These were just SOME of the great plays.
Everyone on the team had a HUGE part of this.
Great Job!!!!!!!!!!!

2006 Nationals
2006 Rochester Slammers National bound!
Tuesday, August 1
2006 Rochester Slammers going to Nationals
The 2006 Rochester Slammers travelled to Bloomington Indiana and participated
12U Class A USA/ASA National Championship.
The Slammers won their first pool play game Monday vs the Utah Strikers 8 to 0. Next up was a 12 to 0 loss Tuesday vs the American Athletics 93 team which eventually ended up placing 5th in the tourney. The Slammers finished second in their pool and faced the Chico Starz also a team from California. The Slammers kept the game close but eventually lost 3 to 1. Next up were the Seattle Rainiers. The Slammers would lose this game 8 to 1.
The Coaches would like to congratulate the girls on a fantastic season!! Great job
girls! We are proud of you!

We would like to thank the below individuals and businesses who have
helped us with our travel expenses to Indiana.
WitWay Supply
RSA Realty
Helen and Paul Durham
Linda and Daniel Seaward
Rochester Lincoln Mercury
Liberty Mutual
American Legion # 7
Northeastern Sheet Metal
Rochester Stove Company
Bayside Distributing
Brian Doyle
Lee Circle Market
Jimmy Jones Locker
SAL Squadron # 7
Dayton Elliot Jr.
Federal Savings Bank
Holy Rosary Credit Union
American Legion Auxiliary
Edelstein Family and Sports
Kimberly Remodeling
Frisbie Memorial Hospital
Profile Savings Bank
Rochester Lodge of Elks
Ocean National Bank

Thank you for your support!

Monday, July 10
2006 New England ASA Regional Champions!
2006 NE-ASA Regional Champions
2006 NE-ASA Regional Champs
The Rochester Slammers defeated the 2006 NH ASA State champion
Nashua Nightmares Black team 15 to 4 in 5 innings to capture the
2006 ASA New England Regional Championship held in Pawtucket RI this
past weekend. The Slammers went undefeated for the weekend out
scoring their opponents by a combined score of 51 to 11.
The Slammers opened the tournament Friday evening with an
8 to 0 win over the Southern Maine Heat. Next up was a 13 to 5
win over Mid Maine Thunder. On to the winners bracket final,
Rochester defeated the Nashua Nightmare Black 15 to 2.
Winning the tournament earned the Slammers a berth to the
Class A ASA Nationals being held in Bloomington Indiana the
week of July 31st thru August 6th.
Congratulations girls! We are Indiana bound!

2006 Bow Turn II Champs!
Tuesday, July 25
Bow Turn II Invitational Champions!
2006 Bow Champions
2006 Bow Turn II Champions
The Rochester Slammers added another championship to their list of
accomplishments for the 2006 season. The Slammers defeated the
Keene Crickets 8 to 1 to win the Bow Turn II Invitational held in
Bow NH.
The Slammers got off to a slow start losing to the Hudson Heat in pool
play 5 to 1 Saturday morning. They then had their second pool play
game cancelled due to rain. The final pool play game Saturday afternoon
was a 21 to 4 win over the Keene Crickets.
Sunday morning started the single elimination portion of the tourney.
First up was a 9 to 4 win over the NH Lightning. Next up a 3 to 0
win over the Hudson Heat. Now on to the championship game against
a much improved Keene Cricket team. The Crickets kept the game close
until the last two innings when the Slammers opened up and came home
with the win.
Congratulations to the Crickets for a well deserved runner up trophy!
Great job to the Rochester Slammers for being the Bow Turn II Champs!
Thank you girls for a wonderful season!

Sunday, June 25
2006 NH-ASA State Tournament Runner up
The Rochester Slammers opened the 2006 ASA State tournament Friday evening with a 12 to 0 win over the Keene Crickets. Next up were the Londonderry Flames Sat morning at 8:00am. The Slammers jumped out to a 6 to 0 lead but couldn't hold the lead and eventually lost 9 to 8. Now in the loser's bracket the Slammers would need to win five straight games to get them back to the final. First up a 16 to 3 win over the Nashua Nightmare Purple team. Next up the Slammers would face the Keene Crickets again and this time come away with a 4 to 0 win. Now 12 hours later then their first game started on Saturday morning the Slammers would face the Londonderry Flames again. This time the Slammers jumped out with an early lead and never looked back defeating Londonderry 11 to 3. First up Sunday morning the Hudson Heat. Rochester jumped out to an early lead and won by a final score of 4 to 2. Now facing a tough Bedford Hornet team the Slammers would take the game to the tiebreaker inning and come away with a 5 to 4 victory. On to the Championship game to defend their 2005 12U ASA State Championship vs the Nashua Nightmares Black team. The Slammers would give Nashua a tough game into the tiebreaker inning but come up short with a 5 to 4 loss. Congratulations girls for a hard fought runner up victory. The Rochester Slammers with their runner up victory will now qualify to participate in the 2006 ASA 12U Regional tourney being held in Rhode Island.
The Slammers would like to congratulate the Nashua Nightmares Black team for winning the 2006 ASA State championship.

softball turn it up
Wednesday, June 28
Mistakes that will cost your team the game
Mistakes that will cost your team the game

1. Getting picked off a base.
2. Not sliding.
3. Not knowing how many outs there are.
4. Missing a signal.
5. Not advancing the runner.
6. Throwing to the wrong base or behind the advancing runner.
7. Not throwing to the cutoff from the outfield.
8. Not backing up the play.
9. Not being able to get a sacrifice down.
10. Not calling for a fly ball or popup.
11. Taking a called third strike. ( THE WORST ONE )
12. Not getting the sure out.
13. Not hustling all the time.
14. Fooling around.
15. Not taking it seriously, when everyone else on your team does.

2006 Slammer Classic
2006 Classic
Thursday, June 15
2006 Rochester Softball Slammer Classic
The Rochester Softball Slammer Classic started on Thursday with a Slammer 2 to 1 victory over the Southern Maine Heat. We next played the Nashua Nightmares Purple team. We came away with a 10 to 1 win. On to our last pool play game the Slammers lost to the Northeast Hurricanes 2 to 1. Starting the single elimination portion of the tourney Sunday morning the Slammers opened with a 15 to 2 win over the Keene Crickets. The Londonderry Flames were next and the Slammers gave them a battle but lost 5 to 4. Congratulations to Londonderry they went on to win the Rochester Softball Slammer Classic.
Thank you to all the parents and family members who helped at the tournament.
This was a very successful fund raiser for the league and we thank you!

Southern Maine Diamond
Sunday, June 11
Southern Maine Diamond Challenge Champions!
First place
The Slammers win the Southern Maine Diamond Challenge. After a rainy start Rochester went 4 and 0 defeating the Southern Maine Heat 10 to 0 to capture the crown.
In their first and only pool play game the Slammers defeated the Central Mass Invaders 4 to 0. Entering Sunday as the #1 seed they opened with a 7 to 0 win over
the Maine Attraction. They then played the Taunton Dynamites red team and defeated the Dynamites 6 to 1.
The Slammers displayed great pitching, hitting and defense this past weekend.
Nice team effort. Great job girls!

Deadly to softballs

2006 Rochester Slammers
Monday, May 29
Lowell Invitational Champions!
The Slammers started their 2006 season off with a bang. Winning the Lowell girls softball Invitational tournament Memorial day weekend. An 18 team tourney with teams coming from ME., N.H., Mass. and RI The Slammers went 7 an 0 to capture the crown.
In pool play Saturday the Slammers started with a 7 to 0 win over the Central Mass Rebels. They then defeated the Woburn Crush 7 to 2. Next up a 17 to 2 win over the North Middlesex Firestars.
Starting the single elimination part of the tourney on Sunday as the number one seed Rochester defeated the Apponaug Pride 15 to 4. They then defeated the Northeast Hurricanes 7 to 5. Next up a 7 to 3 win over the Central Mass Invaders. On to the Championship game the Slammers defeated the Nashua Nightmares black team 5 to 1 to capture the crown.
Great start for a great bunch of girls!! Good job girls!

2006 Lowell Invitational Champions
2006 Lowell Invitational Champions!

cat singing
Cat singing the National Anthem
Tuesday, May 9
RGSL Opening day
Paige and Kaitlin
Kaitlin and Paige
Rochester Girls Softball recently held it's opening day ceremonies.
The 12U Rochester Slammers were represented well with Cat Tewell
singing our National Anthem. Also Paige and Kaitlin supporting the
future Slammers!

Champions train
Tuesday, May 9
It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great. - Jimmy Dugan, A League of their own

2007 Thank You!
2006 Rochester Slammer Sponsors
We would like to thank the following businesses and individuals who have donated
to our 2006 season.

A business that wishes to remain annonymous. Homerun!
Law Offices of Christopher W. Keenan, PC Homerun!
Roberta Large CPA. Single!
WitWay Supply. Homerun!
Norman Vetter, INC. Poured Foundations. Homerun!
Holy Rosary Credit Union. Double!
PSNH Double!
Bernier Insurance Double!
The Granite Group Double!
Local Pride Double!
Rochester Professional Fire Fighter Local 1451 Double!
Andrew and Barbara Trush Double!
WalMart Single!
Rochester Stove Homerun!
High Degree Heating Service Homerun!
Lewis Farm LLC Double!

2006 Rochester Slammers
Are you fired up!
Congratulations go out to all the girls who made the 2006 12U Rochester Slammers.
We look forward to working with you and having a successful 2006 season.
Congratulations go out to,
Meagan D.C.
Haley S.
Corinne B.
Maria B.
Kaitlin D.
Paige C.
Bridgette R.
Jazmyne B.
Mary N.
Brianna K.
Catherine T.
Gabrielle C.
Great job girls!
Thank you to all the girls who tried out for the team.

Bulldog II Invitational
2005 Bulldog II ASA Invitational Champions!
The Rochester Slammers finished their 2005 season with an awesome display of
hitting, fielding and pitching this past weekend. The Slammers traveled to
Waterville Maine to participate in the 2005 Bulldog II ASA Invitational tournament.
They went 4 an 0 and defeated their opponents by a combined score of 53 to 0.
They opened play Saturday morning with a win over the Maine State Champion Mid Maine Thunder 11 to 0. They then defeated the Mid Coast Krushers 18 to 0 Saturday afternoon.
In the winners bracket final Sunday morning they defeated All Area Sports 16 to 0.
Moving on to the Championship game the Slammers defeated the Kennebec Krush 8 to 0.
It was a great way to end our 2005 season! Great job girls and coaches.

The Babe!
2005 Babe Ruth Central State Championship
The Rochester Girls softball league is proud to be the host of this years 12U Central State Championship.
Below are the scores for day 1 of the 12U Central State tournament.
Game 1 Nashua 18    Concord Americans 1    4 innings
Game 2 Barrington 11   Concord Nationals 6
Game 3 Nashua 7 Rochester Slammers 6
Game 4 Concord Nationals 11   Concord Americans 1   Concord Americans eliminated
Game 5 Barrington 9   Nashua 8
Game 6 Rochester Slammers 17   Concord Nationals 1   4 innings Concord Nationals eliminated
Game 7 Nashua 1 Rochester Slammers 0 Rochester eliminated
Game 8 Nashua 4 Barrington 0
Game 9 Nashua 21 Barrington 9
Nashua is the 12U Babe Ruth Central State Champion

2005 District 6 Champions
2005 Babe Ruth District 6 12U Tournament Champions
District 6 Champions!
2005 Babe Ruth District 6 Champions
The 2005 Babe Ruth Districts started Friday evening July 8th at the Dover Shaw's lane fields. The tournament was a round robin format. All teams played each other. The team with the best record in the end was the winner of the tourney. The Slammers defeated Farmington on Friday evening 17 to 11. Their next game was Concord who they defeated 11 to 6. The last game on Saturday the Slammers defeated Barrington 12 to 0.
The Slammers defeated Dover Sunday 21 to 8 to capture the Babe Ruth District 6 Championship.

Congratulations to Barrington All Stars and Concord Americans for their 2nd and 3rd place finishes. They will all move on to participate in the 12U Central State Championships.

2005 State Champions
2005 NH ASA 12U A and 10U State tournament
Congratulations to the Rochester Slammers for winning the
NHASA 12U A State Championship. The Slammers defeated the NH Freeze
in the if championship game Sunday evening 5 to 2.After defeating
the Freeze in the winners bracket final 4 to 3. The Freeze beat a
tough and talented Bedford Hornet team to advance to the final.
In the first championship game the NH Freeze defeated the Slammers
5 to 0 to set up the final game.
Friday evening was the start of the tournament in which the Slammers won
their first game. They defeated the Nashua Nightmares 9 to 1. On Saturday
the Slammer bats were alive. They defeated the Seacoast Breakers 8 to 0
in 5 innings, the NH Lightning 16 to 3 also in 5 innings. They then
defeated the Chester Chicks 11 to 3.
Congratulations to all the teams who participated and especially to the
third place finishers the Bedford Hornets and the second place finishers
NH Freeze.

2005 ASA State Champions
2005 NHASA 12U Champions

Rochester Slammers 2005 Xtreme Challenge Champions
2005 Xtreme Challenge winners
2005 Xtreme Challenge Winners
The Rochester Slammers defeated the Bedford Hornets 2 to 1 in the championship
game to avenge their only loss and capture the 2005 Xtreme Challenge title.
In pool play the Slammers opened on Friday night with a 4 to 0 win over
the NH Lightning. They were then defeated by the Hornets 5 to 2 in the first
game on Saturday. They then defeated the NE Firebirds 4 to 2.
On Sunday they opened up the day with a 12 to 3 win over the Dover Attack.
Next up was the Merrimac Valley Twisters final score 7 to 1.
Next up was a win over the Seacoast Breakers 8 to 7. Then on to the
Championship game.
Congratulations to the all the girls for a tremendous effort!

Teamwork 2005
Londonderry Memorial day Tournament
Congratulations to the Rochester Slammers for winning the Londonderry Memorial tournament.
The Slammers defeated Londonderry 6 to 0 Saturday morning. Nicole Bourgeois and Paige Cormier
combined to pitch a no hit shutout. Amanda Patch had three hits in the game with two RBI's.
Ali Stanley had two hits and two RBI's for the game. Maria Blougouras had two hits and
Meagan Digenova Curtin and Haley Spiers also had hits.
The Slammers then played Manchester and defeated them 16 to 1. Nik and Paige both pitched and held the Manchester team to 1 run and no hits. Kaitlin Daniels had two hits and two RBI's for the game. Jazmyne Berry, Nikki Viel and Amanda Patch had hits in the game.
On Sunday the Slammers started the single elimination part of the tournament. The number 1 seed in their pool, they then took on Merrimack. Again Paige and Nik held Merrimack to 1 run and 4 hits. Nik Bourgeois had two hits and two RBI's in the game. Kaitlin Daniels, Ali Stanley and Nikki Viel had hits in the game. Final score 11 to 1.
The Championship game was next for the Slammers. They would be playing Londonderry. Unfortunately the rains came and the game was cancelled. The Slammers were then declared champions by way of their previous win over Londonderry earlier in the round robin portion of the tournament.
Thank you to the Londonderry organization for a great tournament!
Great start for the Rochester Slammers in 2005!

We are now a 12U team!
Our girls are growing up. We are now a 12U team.

Our tentative summer schedule is,
Memorial day weekend Londonderry Invitational ( Champions! )
Weekday games and pratices starting June 6th
June 17th, 18th and 19th Xtreme tourney Rochester ( Champions! )
June 24th, 25th, and 26th NHASA A State tourney Rochester ( Champions! )
July 8th, 9th, and 10th Babe Ruth districts Dover ( Champions! )
July 15th, 16th, and 17th Babe Ruth States Rochester ( Third place! )
July 29th , 30th and 31st Bulldog II Invitational Waterville ME.( Champions! )


2004 Rochester Times Sports story of the year!
A Slammers' summer
Rochester - The summer of 2004 belonged to the Rochester Slammers - no ifs, and or buts.
By Mike Whaley

Rochester's "Girls of Summer" completed perhaps the greatest sporting run the city has ever seen by winning two state and two New England titles during the month of July in the under 10 division of fast-pitch softball.
The Slammers - The Rochester Times ' Story of the year for the second straight year - then capped the season in August by competing in the ASA B National Tournament in Gadsden, Ala., and placing fifth. Their final record 33-7.
It's pretty amazing when one thinks that not too long ago the Rochester Girls Softball League was in dire straits, and it's 10U program was run with in such a laid back way, that nobody kept score.
But all that changed as the program regained it's footing. In 2002, the Slammers won a State ASA title, and in 2003 captured a state title and then a regional crown. And then there was 2004,,,,,
The 2004 run all began over the Independence Day Weekend in Rochester at Roger Allen Park. Competing in the ASA 10U State tournament, the Slammers went a perfect 4-0 and outscored the opposition 43 to 1 to win the state title.
The Slammers then headed for the ASA New England Regional in Leominster Mass. July 16-18, going 5-1 and beating Taunton, Mass, 3-1 in the Championship.
The next weekend at Roger Allen Park, the Slammers won the Babe Ruth U-10 title with a 3-1 record. They stopped Colebrook in seven innings, 1-0, for the crown.
Rochester culminated its championship July by coasting to the New England Babe Ruth Softball title in Lancaster NH with a 3-0 record. In the final, they blanked Stamford, Conn. 10 - 0.
The 2004 Slammers featured Sami West, Alison Newbury, Jaz Berry, Mary Nelson, Corinne Baita, Maria Blougouras, Katelyn Nadeau, Nikki Viel, Haley Spiers, Meagan DiGenova-Curtin, Paige Cormier, Lauren Foster and Stacie Walker. The coaching staff included Paul Cormier, Dana Hamel, Tony Viel, Ted Curtin, Nick Blougouras and Mark Berry.

2004 12U
Meet the 2004 12U Rochester Slammers
We would like to introduce the 2004 12U Rochester Slammer team. We hope to have
some of these legs traveling around the basepaths for us again this season.
Members of the team were,
Nikki Bourgeois, Jennifer Billings, Alison Stanley, Amanda Patch, Kristen O'Keefe,
Cayla Davis, Meagan Proulx, Jordan Hansen, Stephanie Metivier, Rebecca Gold,
Caitlin Hanrahan, Bethany Cook and Courtney Bernier. Keeping score for the team was
Lauren Bourgeois. The coaches were Dan Bourgeois, Randy Cook, Mike Davis, Scott Hanson
and Glen Patch.   

Thank you girls!
Thank you for a great summer!
A summer to remember!
Lyn Curtin has created a 2004 Slammer album. Click on the headline to check it out.
Lyn, We are proud of you say we are proud of you!

2004 Nationals
2004 Nationals 5th place
Slammer team finishes 5th at Nationals
The Rochester Slammers completed there spectacular 2004 season by placing 5th in the 17 team ASA Class "B" National Championships recently held in Gadsden Alabama. The tournament featured State and Regional winning teams from Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and NH.
Congratulations girls! You are awesome!
Final standings
1st Generation X West Mobile,Alabama
2nd Delta Rockers Cleveland, MS
3rd Black Widow Glen Carbon, IL
4th Madison Motion Madison, MS
5th Rochester Slammers Rochester, NH
6th Indiana Force Montezuma, IN
7th Poseyville Flames Wadesville, IN
8th West TN. Xtreme South Fulton, TN
9th Wrecking Crew Centre, Al
10th Patriot Storm Spencer, IN
11th Pottstown Pal Lightning Douglasville, PA
12th Dixie Thunder Boaz, AL
13th Morris Magic Morris, IL
14th Cherokee Pride Woodstock, GA
15th Felicity Hot Shots Felicity, OH
16th Hot Shots Gadsden, AL
17th New Richmond Hericanes New Richmond, OH

Slammers place fifth in nationals

Assistant Sports Editor

DOVER — The Rochester Slammers completed what might be the greatest summer by any Rochester sports team when they placed fifth at the ASA B national U-10 girls’ fast-pitch softball tournament in Gadsden, Ala.

After losing two pool games on Friday (for seeding purposes), the Slammers went 2-2 during the double-elimination portion of the tournament to garner fifth out of the field of 17 teams. The tournament ran Aug. 5 to 8.

"We were competitive," said Manager Paul Cormier. "We held our own. We competed with the best teams in the Eastern United States. We were in the games. We got people on base, we just didn’t get a big hit to drive them in."

Their first win was a 2-1 decision over the Cherokee Pride (Ga.) on Friday.

Paige Cormier was the winning pitcher, while Meagan DiGenova-Curtin and Haley Spiers each scored a run.

On Saturday, Rochester beat the Poseyville Flames (Ind.), 8-5, taking advantage of some wild pitching to move along in the tournament. The game was stopped in the fifth inning for time limit.

Nikki Viel was the winning pitcher with 10 strikeouts.

The Slammers built an 8-1 lead after four innings, before the Flames made it interesting with four runs in the fifth.

Rochester took a 2-0 lead in the first on three walks and RBI ground outs by Viel and Spiers.

In the second, Rochester plated four runs on eight walks, including RBI free passes to Cormier, Viel, Spiers and Maria Blougouras.

The Slammers widened the gap to 8-1 in the fourth with two runs on a Blougouras RBI single to left and Sami West’s run-scoring walk.

Rochester then fell to the eventual national runner-up team, the Delta Rockers (Miss.), 11-0. The Rockers had beaten them earlier in pool play, 3-0. Rochester did not get a hit. Cormier and DiGenova-Curtin shared the pitching duties.

In their final game, an 8-0 setback to the Black Widows (Illinois state champs), it was a 4-0 game after six innings, before the Widows added four in the seventh.

Cormier fanned 12 and allowed seven hits. Spiers doubled and Blougouras singled for the Slammers, who stranded 10 runners on base.

"We made some errors and we made some good plays," Manager Cormier added. "Our pitching was at the same level. We worked all winter long on our pitching. We’ll work on hitting this year. We need to get a little bit better at that."

Cormier also thanked the Rochester community for supporting the team and helping them to raise $9,000 for the trip in a short time span.

"The community was really behind us," he said. "The girls accomplished a lot. They represented Rochester and New England extremely well. I’m proud of all their accomplishments. We couldn’t have asked for a better season."

The Rochester Slammers finished 33-7 overall and won both the state and New England regional titles in two separate divisions: ASA and Babe Ruth Softball. In three years, the U-10 Slammers have won a total of four state titles and three regional crowns.

Rounding out Rochester’s championship roster were Corinne Baita, Mary Nelson, Lauren Foster, Katelyn Nadeau, Alison Newbury, Jazmyne Berry and Stacie Walker.

2004 Babe Ruth NE Regional Champions
2004 Babe Ruth NE Regional Champions #1
2004 Babe Ruth New England Regional Champions
2005 District 6 Champions
2004 Babe Ruth NE Regional Champions
The Slammers became the two time New England Regional Champions this past weekend by defeating Revere Mass 9 to 0, Londonderry Flames 6 to 2 and Stamford Conn. 10 to 0.
Girls you are the best 10U softball team in New England. Congratulations girls, we are proud of you, say we are proud of you!

Thank You to all our sponsors!
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2004 10U Northern State Champion
2004 10U Northern State Champion
2004 Babe Ruth Northern States
The Slammers win the 2004 Babe Ruth 10U Northern State Championship.
In the most exciting games you will ever see the Rochester Slammers defeated Colebrook 1 to 0 in the bottom of the seventh inning of the if Championship game. In the first Championship game Colebrook defeated Rochester 2 to 0 in 10 innings. Both teams had phenomenal pitching and played there hearts out. Congratulations to both teams for a great Championship game!
The Slammers opened the tournament against Dover and came a way with a 15 to 0 win. They then played Colebrook in a nail biter. The Slammers scored in the bottom of the sixth inning on a base hit from Jazmyne Berry to win 1 to 0. Up next was Barrington. The Slammers defeated Barrington 6 to 0.

Slammers slip by Colebrook

Democrat Sports Correspondent

ROCHESTER — Sunday’s championship round of the Babe Ruth Softball Northern Division U-10 state tournament at Roger Allen Park was a pleasurable experience for both the players and fans.

Pitching dominated with 70 strikeouts and allowed a combined total of 11 hits in a pair of extra inning games.

It took Mary Nelson’s bases-loaded bloop single in back of second base with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to drive in Paige Cormier and give the host Rochester Slammers a 1-0 win over Colebrook and a chance to defend their New England Regional title this weekend in Lancaster.

The hit came off Morgan Oakes, who picked up the win in Colebrook’s 2-0, 10-inning victory in the first game of the afternoon that forced a second game against the Slammers, who went 4-1 in the tourney. Colebrook defeated Barrington earlier in the day in order to reach the final.

Oakes worked the last four innings of the first game against the Slammers, who left 18 runners stranded on the bases. Cormier, who pitched the first three innings, then came in to hurl the seventh, eighth and ninth frames.

Working the ball inside and outside while throwing 18 first pitch strikes, Cormier struck out all 18 batters that she faced, 15 of them swinging.

Lefthander Meagan Digenova-Curtin pitched five innings of two-hit, five-walk, four-strikeout ball. Nikki Viel faced seven batters in two innings and struck out the last six with a blazing speed.

Thanks to the two pitchers, Rochester was in position to win coming into the seventh of game two despite not having reached base since the second inning when the first two batters walked.

Right-handers Kristen Call and Katelyn Bouchard had kept the Slammers at bay, striking out 14 and allowing one hit, Degenova-Curtin’s single leading off the first.

"They had their two best pitchers going and we had our third one," Slammers manager Paul Cormier said. "But Meagan pitched a game in the ASA Regionals that gave us a chance to rest some pitchers. Today she came in, pitched well and kept us in the game. She threw a changeup for a few strikeouts then threw it for a purpose pitch. I thought the longer the game went on the better it would be for us."

Cormier, whose used all six innings of her pitching eligibility in the first game, led off the seventh by drawing a walk from Oakes. After Viel struck out, Corinne Baita hit a grounder back through the middle that went off Oakes’ glove. Baita beat the throw from the shortstop for a hit.

Oakes then started her motion, then stopped. After consultation between the umpires, the ruling was an illegal pitch, moving both runners up a base.

"That definitely helped out because now we have runners in scoring position and you can get the bat on the ball," Cormier said.

The next batter, Haley Spiers, did just that, grounding to Bouchard at shortstop. She looked the runner back to third then held on to the ball. With the infield in, Nelson collected her hit to end a long, exciting day.

"Mary had been having a tough time hitting against Colebrook," Cormier said.

"I thought our defense was excellent in all six games we played but we didn’t hit well against their fast pitching," Colebrook coach Nancy Call said. Neither team made an error in the finale.

Viel, who struck out eight batters in the first game after walking the first two batters she faced, had five first pitch strikes and threw her best in a long time to pick up the win.

"I think Nikki is maturing a little bit," Cormier said. "I told her it’s her plate. She knew that the team was depending on her and she stepped up."

Cormier cited the Slammers defense coming up big with 12 putouts, well above the chances they usually handle. Spiers, the right center fielder, caught a fly ball in the first inning and provided big lift when she doubled a runner off first.

Colebrook’s 10th inning runs in the opener came on bases-loaded walks to Brooke Judd and Alyssa Cass. A walk to Oakes, a single off the glove off Spiers and an infield hit down the third base line, the team’s only hits of the game, preceded the free passes.

"In that game the bats just didn’t come around," Cormier said

Catcher Maria Blougouras, who caught every inning of every game in the tournament, Alison Newbury and Viel all singled in the opener.

"All you could ask of the girls is to get back to the Regionals," Cormier said. "That’s an accomplishment in itself."

The regional tourney runs Friday through Sunday.

Where's the interference?

2004 ASA NE Regional Champions #1
2004 ASA NE Regional Champs
Rochester Slammers win ASA NE Regional
2005 District 6 Champions
The Rochester Slammers won the 2004 ASA New England Regional tournament held in Leominster MA this past weekend. The Slammers opened pool play with a victory over the Southern Maine Flame Saturday morning 24 to 0. Their next game they were defeated by the Taunton Tornadoes 8 to 0. They then moved on to the double elimination portion of the tourney. They posted wins over the Uxbridge Utes 16 to 0 and the Somerset Storm 4 to 0. Now in the winners bracket final the Slammers defeated the Taunton Tornadoes 7 to 3. The Tornadoes climbed back up thru the losers bracket to challenge the Slammers again. Taunton scored first in the game but the Slammers came back and defeated Taunton 3 to 1.
Congratulations to the girls and everyone else who shared in this Slammer victory. Girls, you are the best in New England!!   

O'Keefe's Auction Outlet donates canopy
The Rochester Slammers would like to thank O'Keefe's Auction Outlet
for donating a pop up canopy to the team.
O'Keefe's is located at 85 Milton Rd. in Rochester. Tel# 335-5191

2005 District 6 Champions
NHASA 10U State Champions
2004 NHASA State Champs
2004 NHASA State Champions
For Sami, Katelyn, Stacie, Corinne, Lauren, Alison, Mary and Haley it was their first. For Meagan and Jazmyne it was unfinished business from their 2003 NHASA Runner ups and for Maria, Nikki and Paige, 2002 NHASA State Champions, it was bringing something back that was once their's.
The Rochester Slammers defeated the Londonderry Lightning 8 to 0 to bring home the 2004 NHASA State championship. The Slammers out scored their opponents 43 to 1. It was a total team effort!
The coaches are extremely proud of their performance.
Great job girls!   

In Friday nights opening round of the State tournament the Slammers defeated the Raymond Dodgers 8 to 0. On Saturday the Slammers defeated Barrington 19 to 1 and Londonderry 8 to 0. The Slammers defeated Londonderry 8 to 0 in the championship game.

Rochester Slammers 10U
2004 Rochester Slammers 10U
Meet the 2004 Rochester Slammers
Introducing the 2004 Rochester Slammers.
Kneeling left to right Sami West, Katelyn "shorty" Nadeau.
Next row Alison Newbury, Meagan Digenova Curtin, Maria Blougouras, Jazmyne Berry, Haley Spiers.   
Next row Stacie Walker, Paige Cormier, Mary Nelson, Nikki Viel, Lauren Foster, Corinne Baita.
Coaches Ted Curtin, Dana Hamel, Paul Cormier, Tony Viel, Mark Berry. Missing Coach Nick Blougouras.

Slammer Stars
Plymouth Babe Ruth Invitational info
The Slammers played there first game of the tournament and defeated Plymouth 14 to 0. It was a great team effort with great hitting and pitching.
The bats and pitching kept on going Sunday with the Slammers posting
8 to 0 and 21 to 0 wins over Londonderry and Jaffery.
In Monday nights semi final action the Slammers defeated Lou Leaver 13 to 0. They then played Londonderry in the finals. The Slammers came up a little short losing in the final 4 to 3. Congratulations to Londonderry for winning the 2004 Plymouth Invitational.

Slammer girls
Great start for Slammers!
Watch out!
The Slammers started there 2004 season with a bang this past weekend with wins over Litchfield, Londonderry and Barrington.
We thank Londonderry for inviting and hosting this round robin. Great job as always!

2004 Sponsor Berry's Heating Service
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our 2004 sponsor.
Berry's Heating Service is owned and operated by Mark Berry. He
provides 24 hour emergency oil heat service, annual furnace cleanings,
furnace/boiler replacement, and oil tank installation/replacement.
   Mark can be reached at (603) 330-3233 or by email at

Softball life
Softball, it's a way of Life

Slammers: The Year's Top Story
trophy ball
By Mike Whaley
ROCHESTER - To think that four or five years ago the Rochester Girls Softball League operated under a laid back atmosphere: the coaches pitched and nobody kept track of who won and who lost.
With that in mind, it's kind of mind boggling to take in the fact that the Rochester Slammers U-10 team captured Babe Ruth district, state and New England regional crowns in 2003.
In a year that produced state high school championships for Spaulding ice hockey and St. Thomas field hockey and a regional softball crown and World Series berth for Barrington girls' softball, the Slammers' ascension to success was in very good company and proved to be the Times' Sports Story of the Year.
Rochester won the regional crown - the league's first - in Milford, beating Newtown, Conn.; Warwick, R.I. and Stamford, Conn.,to gain the Championship. They needed to be beaten twice and in the first game against their nemesis from Londonderry, they lost,7-1. But they came back and won the decisive game,3-2 to wear the regional crown.
They were led by the pitching of lefty Paige Cormier, who beat Stanford and Londonderry, and did not lose a game during the team's 17-2 postseason run (both losses were to Londonderry).
Other key players for the Slammers, coached by Ken Billings, included Jennifer Billings, Meagan Digenova Curtin, Alison Stanley, Nikki Viel, Maria Blougouras, Nicole Bourgeois, Sam Juneau, Jazmyne Berry, Bethany Cook, Marci Dusseault, Amanda Patch, Kristen O'Keefe, scorekeeper Lauren Bourgeois and Assistant coaches Dan Bourgeois, Randy Cook and Paul Cormier.

Slammer parade
2003 Rochester Slammer Christmas Parade
As usual the 2003 Rochester Slammers came through again. The girls, parents and coaches created an awesome float and participated in the Rochester Parade. It was great to see everyone come and participate.
You all are very special!!
Seeing you together makes us all FIRED UP! We can't wait till next season to start all over again. Some of you will be moving up and some will be staying on to defend the titles you earned this season.

Remember girls, WHO ARE WE?...........WHAT ARE WE?...........
Once a Rochester Slammer, always a Rochester Slammer!

Nice job!!
You look awesome girls!!

2002 State Champions
2002 State Champions
Cormier leads Slammers to state title


Democrat Sports Correspondent

ROCHESTER — She’s only 8 years old. Her softball heroine is just twice her age. And, for last night at least, she planned on kicking aside the stuffed animals that adorned her bed to make room for something else —namely, the 2002 New Hampshire ASA 10-under state championship trophy.

The Rochester Slammers 10-and-under softball team got plenty of use out of Paige Cormier’s left arm during this weekend’s ASA state championship tournament at Roger Allen Park, including Sunday afternoon’s 14-4 victory over the Chester Chicks in the second of two championship games.

Chester had forced the deciding game by eking out a 5-4 win in the first game.

In the postgame pomp and circumstances, coach Ken Billings announced that the while the championship trophy would end up with the sponsor, each girl would get to take the hardware home for a week.

"And the first place its going is to Paige Cormier’s house because she was the MVP of this tournament for us," Billings said.

Cormier, who started her career on the mound after watching Spaulding High School and Slammer alumnus Sarah Hamel pitch, said she planned on sleeping with the trophy last night.

Cormier had uncharacteristically walked eight batters in the first game. In the second go-round, however, she only walked two. While she was keeping the Chicks in check, the Slammers were slamming away, batting around twice in the five-inning mercy-rule title tilt.

Per usual with these Slammers, it was another group of players stepping up when needed. To mention the fact, the team only made one error in two games.

Sam Gerrish, out of the No. 9 spot, was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Alison Stanley drove in three runs with a single and a fielder’s choice as Rochester blew the game open early, leaving little doubt in the outcome.

"I’ve said it before, somebody different is always stepping up," Billings said. "We’ve come together so much as a team over these last four weeks. Today, Sam and Allie came up with those big hits for us."

After Cormier (9 strikeouts, 5 hits in 5 innings) retired the side 1-2-3 in the first, Rochester got to work right away.

Debbie LaValley opened the inning by reaching on an error. Walks to Courtney Bernier and Jen Billings loaded the bases.

Cayla Davis then plated a run with a fielder’s choice and Hillary Patch scored another when she was hit by a pitch. Later in the inning, Stanley smoked a two-run single to the outfield and Gerrish plated another run with a base hit as the Slammers jumped out to a 6-0 lead.

Chester got one back in the second, but Rochester picked up two more — one when Jen Billings scored on a heads-up base running play, scoring on a throw to another base, and when Stanley’s fielder’s choice plated Patch, who had singled.

The Chicks — who are now 2-2 against the Slammers this summer — cut the Rochester lead in half, stringing together three straight singles that led to three runs, making it 8-4.

In the fourth, however, the Slammers slammed the door.

Davis singled to left, Patch reached on an error, and Shaylene Racicot singled to open the inning. Maria Blougouros (fielder’s choice) and Gerrish recorded RBIs in the inning, which saw Rochester score six more runs, pushing the lead to 14-4.

When Cormier struck out the side in the top of the fifth, the game was over courtesy of the eight-run mercy rule and the Slammers were the state champ.

"She was great. She never runs out of gas," Billings said of his young pitcher. "She has to be the MVP of this tournament. When you realize she’s only eight, that’s pretty amazing."

The Chester coaching staff was quite impressed.

"She was fantastic," said Ed Godin, the Chicks’ coach. "She’s incredible. At this age level, walks are such a key and she did a great job in that last game. You have to tip your hat to them."

Cormier, who seemed mostly embarrassed about all the attention she was receiving postgame, said she was just so glad to be a part of what has become a very special team in Rochester.

"It was just very exciting," she said. "I’m very proud being a part of this team. We had teamwork."

Even in the first game, where the Chicks stayed alive with the tight win, the Slammers stayed true to the tourney form by getting help from up and down the lineup. A two-run double by LaValley gave Rochester a 2-1 lead after the top of the second, scoring Cassie Knapp (single) and Blougouos (walk).

Chester scored in both the second and third, however, to take a 3-2 lead.

After Rochester tied it up in the fourth when Cassie Lavoie walked, stole second, and later scored on a LaValley single, Chester scored again in the bottom of the fifth and sixth to make it 5-3.

In the seventh, Rochester made a run at tying it as Davis opened the inning with a double to left field and scored on Racicot’s single. Racicot, the possible tying run, made it to third base before being stranded, sending the game into a winner-take-all affair.

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Our motto
2004 Summer season

We look forward to a great season. Our tentative schedule is
June 25-27 Plymouth Babe Ruth Invitational Plymouth NH Runner up
July 2-4   NHASA 10U State tournament Rochester NH Champion
July 16-18 ASA New England Regionals Leominster MA Champion
July 23-25 NH Babe Ruth Northern States Rochester NH Champion
July 30-Aug 1 New England Babe Ruth Regional Lancaster NH Champion
Aug 5th - 8th ASA "B" East National Championship Gadsden Alabama
             5th place finish

2003 Rochester Slammers
NHASA 2003 State Championship runner ups.
Slammers fall short in state tournament

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Slammers played seven hours of softball on Sunday, but in the end their impressive effort came up just short in the NHASA Class A U-10 Girls Fast Pitch State Softball Tournament.

Dropped into the loser’s bracket in their Saturday opener, Rochester came back to win three straight games and earn state runner-up honors. In the championship, they beat the Hudson Heat in the first championship game, 12-9, but could not keep the momentum going in game two and lost, 7-3.

"The kids played well and left it all out there on the field," said manager Ken Billings. "We beat everyone in the tournament."

In the final game of the tournament, Rochester received a strong pitching effort from Nicole Viel, who fanned 11 and had an RBI groundout at the bat. At the plate, Allison Stanley had two hits and scored once, while Maria Blougouras had two hits and a pair of RBI.

In the first championship game, the Slammers held off the heat behind the pitching of Paige Cormier (5 IP, 10 Ks) and Viel (2 IP, 3 Ks) and some good late-inning defense.

Up three with runners on third and second in the bottom of the last inning, Bethany Cook made a great catch on a line drive hit to her left to end the game and keep Rochester’s championship hopes alive.

The offense was led by Meagan Digenova-Curtin with two hits, including a double and a run scored; Jennifer Billings with a double and two walks; Nicole Bourgeois with a run and a hit; Marci Dusseault with two walks and a run; Cook with two hits and three runs; Kristen O’Keefe with a hit, two walks and two runs; Sam Juneau with a hit, run and RBI; and Blougouras with two hits and two runs.

Blougouras played great defense behind the plate. She was involved in two double plays where on the tail end she blocked the plate and tagged the runners out. In Coach Billings’ mind, she was the team MVP for the weekend.

In a 6-2 losers’ bracket win over Chester, the Slammers ended a three-game losing streak to the Chicks in 2003 to stay alive in the tournament.

Viel went the distance, fanning 13 to claim the win. Her bat produced two hits and one run.

Billings had a triple, while Alison Stanley had had two hits. Bourgeois walked twice and scored twice; O’Keefe had a hit and RBI, while Blougouras and Juneau had a hit and run scored each.

In their first losers’ bracket game, Rochester buried Plaistow, 17-1.

Viel (7 Ks) and Cormier (2 Ks) did the pitching, and Viel picked up the win.

The hitting parade was led by Billings (hit, 2 runs), Digenova-Curtin (3 hits, triple), Stanley (4 runs, 3 walks, hit), Jazmyne Berry (3 hits, 2 runs), Viel (2 hits, 2 runs), Blougouras (3 walks, run), Cook (2 walks, 2 runs, hit) and Dusseault (2 hits, 2 runs).

In their first game of the tournament, the Slammers lost to the Chicks, 10-6.

Viel and Cormier combined for 13 strikeouts in a losing effort.

Stanley led the offense with three hits, including a home run, while Bourgeois and Digenova-Curtin had two hits each. Billings had a hit and Amanda Patch scored a big run.

Billings is assisted by Paul Cormier, Randy Cook and Dan Bourgeois. Lauren Bourgeois is the scorekeeper. The team is sponsored by Dynamic Printwear.

Their finish qualified the Slammers for the regional tournament later in July in Taunton, Mass.

Next up for the Slammers is the District III U-10 Babe Ruth Tournament at Roger Allen Park on July 12.

Rochester will also hold the U-12 district tournament. Both tournaments will feature teams from Barrington, Farmington, Iron Horse and possibly Dover.

The round robin format will start at 9 a.m. and end around 5 p.m.

The top two teams from each tourney will then advance to the state tournaments on July 18-20 in Londonderry (U-10) and Littleton (U-12).

Thank you Dynamic Printwear!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our 2003 sponsor
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Pass the torch!
Then I became a travelball parent....
I used to have a regular life. (Actually, many of my friends say that sentence should say, "I used to have a life", period.)

It doesn't really seem that long ago. Then I became a Travelball parent.

I used to think anything over $40 was an exorbitant price for a Softball bat. Now the contents of my Daughter's equipment bag are worth more than everything else in the house -- including clothes, jewelry, watches, and my laptop computer.

I used to be one of the leaders in my field of work. I still am. (You have to keep a good paycheck coming in if you want to support a travelball habit!)

I used to think a double-header was a long day at the ball field. Now after two games we're just getting warmed up.

I used to look for little restaurants that served seafood fresh off the boat. Now I'm a connoisseur of nachos and hot dogs and my kids rate a city by the quality of a tournaments snack bar!

Sunflower seeds used to be something I would see at a store and wonder who would eat those things? Now I don't feel comfortable leaving the house with out a bag in my pocket.

My lawn used to be like a carpet. It was green, mowed, trimmed, fertilized, and watered. Now I have two big bare spots fifty feet apart and dents in my garage door from fastballs that got away!

My car used to draw admiring looks and comments. It was clean and waxed and shined and Armor-All'd. Now it only draws attention when it wins the "dirtiest car in the parking lot" prize.

I used to have a garage, now I have an indoor batting area.

My friends and I used to spend Monday mornings talking about a round of golf or movie we had just seen. Now I bore them to death with detailed play-by-play descriptions of five or six low-scoring ball games.

We used to sit and talk for hours. We still do-- however, now it's to keep the driver awake when we're headed home late Sunday evening after a tournament.

My summer casual wardrobe used to be made up of color-coordinated polo shirts, cool cottons in bright colors, and the occasional "aloha" shirt. Now I have a closet full of T-shirts that have Tournament Names on the front and competing teams on the back.

We used to spend our summer vacation relaxing on the beach or visiting family. Now we hit the road with 20 of our closest friends in a caravan that could rival some small town parades.

I used to be concerned that I would fall into the trap of living my life through my kid. Now I know that I'm privileged to live my life WITH my kid!!!

Yes, I'm a Travel Ball Parent, what could be better!

Slammer album
2003 Slammer album updated
The 2003 Rochester Slammer photo album has been updated.
Check out the team.

2003 Babe Ruth Districts III Champions
2003 Babe Ruth District Champions

Who is this masked man?
Is this Darthvader?

2005 District 6 Champions
2003 New England Regional Babe Ruth Champions!!
Oh yeah!
The Rochester Slammers capped off a phenomenal season this past weekend by winning the 2003 New England Regional Babe Ruth 10U Championship.
The girls defeated teams from Newtown Conn., Warwick RI., Stamford Conn. and Londonderry NH to win the title.
Congratulations girls, you are the best!!!!

Slammers cop crown
Make impressive showing at New England U-10 Regional tourney
By Mike Whaley
Milford – Although it was four or five years ago, it seems like only yesterday that the Rochester Girls Softball League U-10 program didn’t take itself all that seriously.
In those laid back days, recalls Ken Billings, the coaches pitched to the girls and nobody really kept track of who won and who lost. Outgoing league president Jim McCallion ended all that implementing rules that eventually required the games to count and the pitching be done completely by the girls.
Sunday afternoon the RGSL program enjoyed the fruits of those changes as the Rochester Slammers U-10 team wore the well earned mantle of regional champions – and truth be told most of it is thanks to pitching.
Riding the arms of a pair of nine-year- olds the Slammers went 4-1 at the New England Babe Ruth softball U-10 Regional in Milford NH this past weekend to win the championship, the first such crown thought to be won by a Rochester girl’s softball team.
The Slammers edged Londonderry in Sunday’s championship 3-2, after losing to their New Hampshire nemesis in the first championship game 7-1.
“ We had the strong pitching with Nikki Viel and Paige Cormier.” Says Ken Billings.
Assistant coach Paul Cormier thought it would be nice to win one game at the regional.
“I didn’t want to see us do the two and barbecue thing.”
Ken Billings was a little more confident. “ I said ‘ I’ll take my two pitchers and take my chances.’ Our pitching was better than most of the teams we faced all year.”
After winning their first two games of the tournament over Newtown, Conn ( 14 - 3 ) and Warwick, R.I. ( 10 – 0 ), Billings knew they had a chance to win.
“ We were sitting pretty, but the one team we didn’t want to see was Londonderry.”
Sunday morning they edged last year’s champs Stamford, Conn., 2 – 0, behind Paige Cormier’s 11- strikeout effort over five innings.
Both Rochester runs were scored in the first. Jennifer Billings doubled and Nicole Bourgeois was hit by a pitch. Alison Stanley’s double scored Billings and Sam Juneau’s ground out chased home Bourgeois.
In the first championship game, Londonderry dominated in a 7 – 1 win.
Down 1- 0 in the final game the Slammers scored all three runs in the fourth inning.
Stanley and Juneau singled followed by Bethany Cook’s RBI single. Amanda Patch placed a perfect bunt to load the bases and Kristen O’Keefe, who hit under .200 during the season, lashed a two-run double.
Londonderry cut the lead to one in the top of the sixth with a bloop single. Paige Cormier, thinking the game was either tied or that Londonderry had gone ahead, lost her composure. With runners at the corners, she refocused and fanned the next batter to clinch the win and the regional crown.
There is no World Series for this age division, so the Slammer’s season is essentially over.
Stanley ( who hit .544 during the team’s 30- game season ) and Jennifer Billings had two hits in the Newtown game, while in the Warwick win Meagan Digenova-Curtin ( 3 hits ) and Juneau, Cook and Stanley with two hits each.
Viel was the winning pitcher in the first two games, while Cormier tossed the Stamford and the Londonderry victories.
Rounding out the championship roster were Marci Dusseault, Maria Blougouras and Jazmyne Berry.
Additional coaches were Randy Cook and Dan Bourgeois, while 12 year old Lauren Bourgeois was the scorekeeper.
The Slammers went 24 – 6 overall, including a 17 – 2 mark in Babe Ruth softball play ( both losses were to Londonderry).

Rochester Slammers win Babes regional

Staff Sports Writer

DOVER — Both Ken Billings and Paul Cormier didn’t know what to expect from their under-10 Rochester Slammers Babe Ruth All-Star Team this year.

Just a little experience and possibly a trip to the Regional Tournament would have been fine with either of them, but what the group of 13 girls did just blew their minds.

The Slammers wrapped up the New England Championship on Sunday by beating perennial power Londonderry in the Regional Tournament in Milford.

Rochester finished the tournament with a record of 4-1, and 17-2 on the season. The team’s only two losses came to Londonderry, once during the Regional Tournament and the other at the State Tournament.

Londonderry had to beat Rochester twice to win the title, and pulled a 7-1 win off during the first meeting of the day. Then Londonderry led 1-0 for a majority of the second game in the series, before the Slammers got a spark of offense from two of the most unlikeliest of sources. The first was a bunt from Amanda Patch, who batted just .194, that loaded the bases in the fourth inning with her team trailing 1-0.

"It was text book, picture-perfect," said Billings, the team’s manager. "You couldn’t have rolled it any better."

That brought up Kristen O’Keefe, who was hitting just .174, but came through with the game-winning hit, a double that scored two runners. The Slammers added one more run later that inning and held off a Londonderry rally in the sixth for the win.

"They just came up so huge," Billings said.

O’Keefe foreshadowed her heroics in-between games when she asked Billings to help her out with a little batting practice. Billings did, and he could tell her swing was much better.

"I threw her about a dozen balls to hit against the fence," Billings said. "She just came through with a beautiful swing."

And it was Paige Cormier who came through by pitching a gem on the mound for the Slammers. She went the distance, giving up just three hits while striking out 12. Cormier got the final out of the game by striking out a Londonderry batter with the tying run on third base and the go-ahead run at first.

Pitching was the strength of the team throughout the year. Cormier went 12-0 with a 1.68 earned-run average and struck out 159 batters in 68 innings. Nicole Viel also struck out 159 batters, went 10-5, and had a 2.55 ERA. The pitchers split time on the mound almost every game.

"Certainly they came up big," said Paul Cormier, the team’s coach. "In Babe Ruth you’ve got to have two solid pitchers."

Viel won the first game of the Regional, a 14-3 victory over Newtown, Conn. Samantha Juneau had the biggest hit of the game, a single that drove in three runs.

Viel also won the second game, a 10-0 victory over Warwick, R.I. Juneau had three RBIs and Nicole Bourgeois scored three times.

Cormier went five innings for the team’s third win, a 2-0 victory over Stamford, Conn. Juneau drove in one of the runs and Alison Stanley plated the other.

Viel was the losing pitcher in the first game against Londonderry, and Cormier got the win in the final game.

"Our strength was definitely our pitching," Billings said. "No doubt about it."

Each game had a different flavor to it, and there was never one girl that stood out for the Slammers. Sometimes it was Juneau coming through with the hit, other times it was Cormier striking out the side.

"I think that was their strong point. If one kid got down another kid would pick her up," Billings said. "They were special."

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Champions train
2003 NH Babe Ruth State Champions
2005 State Champions
The Rochester Slammers are the 2003 NH Babe Ruth State Champions.
The Slammers going undefeated into the championship game Sunday faced a tough Londonderry team. Rochester came up short in the first game but exploded in the second game winning 8 to 0 to become the first team from Rochester to win the girls Babe Ruth State tournament.
The Slammer team now qualifies to move on to the 10U Regional tournament being held in Milford NH.
The first game will be Friday at 3:30pm against Newtown, Connecticut

The above link should take you to the NH Babe Ruth website. Tournament brackets can be found at the bottom of the home page.

2003 Babe Ruth State Champions

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