Why Women’s Softball at NHTI?
The NHTI Softball team has enjoyed tremendous success the last six seasons. They have appeared at the USCAA Small College World Series in 2014 (first time in school history), 2015 (4th place), 2016 (3rd place), and 2018 (4th place). The Lynx were 2019 YSCC champions once again and anticipate a very exciting 2020 season.
Kerry Finnigan, Head Coach
Kerry Finnigan is a graduate of UNH (1978) and is an avid sports fan. He led the Lynx to YSCC Championships and USCAA Tournament National Championships. In 2018, Coach Finnigan was named the USCAA National Coach of the Year.
A former assistant coach at St. Anselm’s College, Finnigan also coached at Central High School and helped to start the youth softball program in his hometown of Manchester. He has an extensive background working with youth and young adults in a variety of settings including his full-time position working as a youth counselor at the Sununu Youth Services Center.
With more than 25 years of softball and basketball coaching experience at all grade levels, Coach Finnigan has a proven ability to communicate with all ages and backgrounds and his leadership has helped to continue the long tradition of success in softball at NHTI over the history of the Lynx program.
Coach Finnigan’s teams continue to be among the best in the USCAA and regionally very strong capturing numerous YSCC championships including the past three spring seasons (2017, 2018, 2019). NHTI softball is recognized as one of the top programs in the USCAA earning a number two ranking in the spring 2019 with fantastic finishes at the USCAA national tournament (3rd in 2018 & 4th in 2017).
Wake Stillman, Assistant Coach
Wake Stillman is a graduate of the Illinois School of Business. He coached high school softball from 1988 to 2016, won three state titles, and was inducted into the Goffstown High School Hall of Fame. Coach Stillman brings a depth of knowledge and an ability to relate and build a team.
Michael Martineau, Student Manager
Michael Martineau assists with equipment needs during practice and games. During home games, he’s responsible for the scoreboard, scorebook, and computer stats with assistance from the bench players. He was awarded the NHTI Freshman Service Award in 2013-2014 school year.
Martineau attended Manchester Central High School where he played JV basketball. In high school, he was the boys’ varsity basketball manager all four years and also served one year as the girls’ varsity tennis manager.
Current Women’s Roster
Details to come.
Details to come.
NNESCC/YSCC Champions: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
NECA Champions: 2011, 2013, 2015
USCAA Appearances: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
2019-20 Season Headlines
NHTI Softball Splits Fall Season Finale Against Central Maine CC (09/28)
CONCORD – The NHTI Softball team split its fall season finale against Central Maine CC on Saturday winning game one by a final of 10-2 and falling in game two 4-1. In game one Taylor Gagnon got the start going the full five innings giving up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six. Ariel Switser led the offense going two-for-three with a homerun, two runs scored and two RBIs. Cassidy Lavigne added a two-for-three day with three RBIs, while Gagnon contributed a two-for-two performance with three runs scored and a RBI. In game two Ca. Lavigne picked up the loss for the Lynx pitching six innings giving up four runs, three earned on six hits and one walk while striking out 10. Gagnon came in for the final inning pitching a clean inning with a punch-out. For the offense the bats were silenced only collecting three hits. Hannah Winship went two-for-three, while Cooper Lavigne went one-for-three.
NHTI Softball Opens 2019 Fall Season with Split at Central Maine (09/07)
AUBURN, ME – In game one the Lynx offense exploded leading to a 11-3 victory over Central Maine CC. NHTI jumped on top 4-0 in the third before the Mustangs came back with two runs in the bottom half of the third. The Lynx offense erupted for two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 7-2 lead and secure the victory by a final of 11-3. Ariel Switser went 3-for-3 with 3 RBIs while Jordan Sargent went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Taylor Gagnon picked up the win in the circle pitching the complete game giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out five. In game two the Mustangs bats came alive late as Central Maine defeated NHTI 8-2. Cassidy Lavigne picked up the loss pitching four innings giving up four runs on two hits and three walks while striking out five. Gagnon came in relief pitching two innings giving up four runs on five hits while striking out a pair. Olivia Langevin went 1-for-4 in game two with a run scored.