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Team Previews: Souhegan

Souhegan Sabers

Coach: Tom Walker (third season).
League: Division II.
Players with varsity experience: Nick Wilson (Sr.) RHP/OF; Reese Colby (Sr.) OF; David Rieth (Sr.) INF; Kyan Bagshaw (Jr.) LHP/OF; Dylan Dufour (Jr.) RHP/INF.
Promising Newcomers: Colin Burke (Jr.), Keegan Burke (Jr.), Dylan Button (Jr.), Riley Carr (Jr.), Mitch Hauser (Jr.), Nolan Hobbs (Jr.), Will Jaques (Jr.), Ryan Humphrey (Jr.), Eric Romano (Jr.), Brandon Dufour (Soph.), Hayden Goerlich (Soph.), Carter Hayes (Soph.), Nolan Colby (Fr.), Teddy Kaetsel (Fr.), Nick Nowack (Fr.).
Schedule: NHIAA Division II schedules
2021 Outlook: The Sabers program was looking forward to the 2020 season and was ready to make a return as a top program showcasing Daniel Trezpacz (Delaware) in the middle of the lineup, but that was derailed.  Many of the Sabers were able to play competitively during the summer and fall and the results show the Sabers have the talent to be a contender in 2021 as the New Hamsphire high schools return to play in early April.

The pitching staff looks to be the strength of the team with multiple arms being ready to take the hill when called upon.  Senior RHP Nick Wilson (Plymouth State commit) will be called upon to lead the staff.  Junior RHP Dylan Dufour and LHP Kyan Bagshaw will also get their share of innings.  Transfer brothers Colin and Keegan Burke, both right-handed pitcher, will add additional depth as will RHP Ryan Humphrey.

The infield defense also looks strong with the Burke brothers ready at third base and second base, Dufour and Bagshaw covering first base and freshman Nolan Colby ready to establish himself as the infield general at shortstop.  Others who will battle for roles in the Sabers infield will be Carr, Goerlich, Katsel and Nowack.

The Sabers outfield looks solid led by speedy, defensive standout Reese Colby in center field.  The corners look to be solid with Wilson and Bagshaw returning.  Newcomers Button, Jaques and Romano will provide additional depth to the group.

The Sabers will look to rely on the group of Rieth, Brandon Dufour, Hauser and Carr behind the plate and to manage the strong stable of arms that they will catch.

The lineup should be balanced with speed and power and will boast four left-handed bats with Nolan Colby, Wilson, Bagshaw and Brandon Dufour.  The right-handed bats that the Sabers will look to for run support are Colin and Keegan Burke, Dylan Dufour along with Button, Jaques, Hauser, Carr and Nowack.

The schedule will be challenging and included a doubleheader against perennial powers Windham (Division II) and Portsmouth (Division I) on April 17 and a game against Division I Salem to wrap up the regular season.  Other opponents on the slate will be Campbell, rival Hollis-Brookline, Milford, Con-Val, Pelham and Sanborn. The season opener is set for April 12 at home vs. Campbell.

NOTE: There will be a field dedication for retired Souhegan coach Bill Dod on April 17. Dod holds the New Hampshire state record for victories at 549.


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