Partridge lifts Concord past Trinity
MANCHESTER - A left-handed starting pitcher played the starring role in Trinity of Manchester's baseball opener Monday, but his name is not Carmen Giampetruzzi.
Although the Boston College-bound Giampetruzzi was excellent on the mound, Concord junior Josh Partridge pitched a complete game to collect the win in Concord's 5-3 come-from-behind victory.
Partridge, who spent the first half of last season with Concord's junior varsity team, struck out 10 and didn't walk a batter.
"Most other years he would have been with us from the start as a sophomore," Concord coach Scott Owen said. "It was one of those situations where with the team we had we weren't sure he was going to pitch, and if not why bring him up?
"We have confidence in him. He's our No. 1."
Trinity carried a 3-1 lead into the top of the seventh, but that's when Concord, last year's Division I champion, scored four unearned runs to take a 5-3 lead. Then Partridge punctuated his performance by keeping the Pioneers off the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh.
"I got some extra adrenaline once we took the lead," Partridge said. "That got me pretty hyped up for the final inning."
Mitch Hayes delivered the key hit in Concord's half of the seventh. His two-out single against Alex Currier scored Ben Bengston and Cody Ferns to make it a 3-3 game. A dropped fly ball that would have been the inning's final out allowed Hayes to score the go-ahead run, and then Nate Mullen capped the scoring when the Pioneers committed an infield error.
All five Concord runs were unearned. Trinity committed five errors in the loss.
Giampetruzzi struck out eight in six-plus innings, but was removed from the mound after Bengston led off the seventh with a single.
"He threw 104 pitches and that's enough," Trinity coach Ed Poisson said. "It's early and the only reason I kept him in for that long was the weather. It was a beautiful day for baseball.
"The kid from Concord (Partridge) did a great job, but we gave them extra outs. That will always catch up with you."
Giampetruzzi collected two of Trinity's six hits. He had an RBI single that gave Trinity a 2-1 lead in the second, and led off the sixth with a double. Kyle Valliere ran for Giampetruzzi and scored Trinity's final run on a Zack Szczechowicz sacrifice fly.
"Carmen's one of the best in the state, but Partridge really battled for today," Owen said. "Very happy with what he gave us."