“The basics of baseball had to be taught to them from square one,” said Daigle. “And then at the same time, a lot of them only spoke German. So you had to translate it. (But) they wanted to know more about the American game. And you had 13-year-old kids that got out there and within three weeks, they had mastered the game. I had two 15-year-olds who were just phenomenal. And they had never played baseball before. They picked up the game like it was nothing. We only had problems with the pitching.”
Daigle also played both in the Boston and Denver Men’s Baseball Leagues before returning home to become a volunteer assistant coach for the state champion Clippers in 2011.
“That was awesome,” Daigle said. “I had been back for a little while, and I always wanted to be a part of that team. It was fun to be a part of it and to teach the kids. (And) they didn’t know me or had even met me before. So, for them to listen and for us, as a coaching staff, to go through that run was just amazing.”
Currently a housekeeping manager at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, N.H., Daigle played the role of Clippers junior varsity coach in 2012 and freshman coach in 2013.
“It’s a very exciting time to be a part of the organization,” said Daigle. “(Malenfant) used to be my paper boy. He was my Babe Ruth coach when I was a junior in high school. I’ve known him most of my life. We have our battles on a consistent basis, but it’s only because we’re both hardheaded and stubborn baseball players. But it’s a fun time. All of us in the coaching staff get along well together. It’s a great system to be a part of.”