Stevens’ Silva Family Hits Milestone
Claremont — When the Stevens High baseball team beat Hillsboro-Deering last month in the Cardinals’ next-to-last regular season game, the victory had some added significance. It gave the Silva family a total of 400 baseball wins.
Legendary coach Ralph Silva, who still works as a Cardinals’ assistant, owns the majority of those victories with 363, while his son, Paul, is now at 37 to account for the family’s 400.
The bulk of Ralph Silva’s 363 wins came at Stevens, where he won 228 games.
His Charlestown High teams won 86 games before the school merged to become part of the Fall Mountain School District.
As the Wildcats’ coach, his win total was 49.
That total places him seventh on the all-time list of games won by New Hampshire baseball coaches. The record is 480 by Bob Burns of Kennett. Dave Barry had 432 wins in his 35 years at Sunapee.
Silva also coached three state championship teams, two at Fall Mountain (1968-69) and one at Stevens in 1978. His 1964 Charlestown team and his 1985 Stevens team were runners-up.
In the historic win over Hillsboro-Deering, the icing on the celebratory cake came when senior Logan Batchelder threw a no-hitter.
Ralph Silva is perhaps best remembered as the high school coach of Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk.
— Poody Walsh
Poutney 4, Oxbow 1
Poultney, Vt. — Poultney scored all its runs in the sixth inning as the Blue Devils eliminated Oxbow from the Vermont Division III tournament.
The sixth-seeded Olympians (10-6) led grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second when Andrew Lyman singled, was advanced to third on a hit and a passed ball and scored on Hunter Bingham’s groundout. Oxbow held the lead until third-seeded Poultney rallied.
Sully Carter pitched a complete game for Oxbow.
Dartmouth Freshman Honored
Hanover — Dartmouth designated hitter Joe Purritano was chosen as one of 109 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball. Purritano, the Ivy League rookie of the year, is the only player from the Ivies, and the fifth Big Green player in the past five seasons (eighth overall), to be selected for the honor.
The native of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., finished the season with a .343 average five home runs and 30 RBIs. In conference play, he led the league with a .719 slugging percentage and tied for the lead with five homers.
Dartmouth Leads in APR
Hanover — Twenty-five Dartmouth teams, the most of any NCAA Division I school, were among 976 honored by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR). This was the second straight year the Big Green had the most teams honored, and they have been among the top three in each of the eight years the awards have been bestowed. The award is given to teams that have an APR among the top 10 percent in their respective sport.
Of the 25 teams, 14 have received the honor in each of the seven years — women’s basketball, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, women’s rowing, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, and men’s outdoor track and field. Dartmouth has a total of 182 awards (an average of 22.8), second only to Yale’s 188.
Each NCAA varsity team is given a score on a scale from 1-1,000 (1,000 meaning that every individual on that team was academically eligible for the following term and either returned to school or graduated). Individual teams with a score below 925 over a multi-year period are subject to penalties. All of the 28 Dartmouth teams measured were well above the penalty line, with an average score of 998.3. The current report measures enrollment from the academic years 2006-07 through 2011-12.