DERRY – The Pinkerton Academy of Derry baseball team was fighting for its tournament life Friday afternoon, and the Astros won the fight.
Pinkerton trailed Trinity of Manchester by five runs after four innings, but fought back to tie the contest in the sixth and then prevailed, 9-8, when Tom Diskin delivered an RBI single that scored Chris Gerossie in the seventh.
The victory raised Pinkerton’s Division I record to 5-11. The Astros, who were coming off Tuesday’s 4-3 triumph over Manchester Memorial, began the day in 17th place in a league that will send 16 of its 19 teams to the postseason.
“It’s satisfying,” Pinkerton coach Steve Campo said. “Every win we’ve had so far this year has been a good win and we needed it. I’d say this one and Memorial are the two best ones because our backs are a little bit against the wall and we’re starting to fight out.”
Gerossie led the off the seventh and reached second on a two-base outfield fielding error. He moved to third on Riley Cahill’s bunt single before Diskin delivered the game-winning hit. It was Diskin’s second hit of the game.
“Tom started the year slow, but he’s really started to pick it up,” Campo said. “He’s been making solid contact. I felt very confident with him at the plate. I thought about squeezing for about a split second, but with him up and no outs I figured I’d let him swing the bat.”
Connor Donahue earned the win for pitching a scoreless seventh. He also earned the win against Memorial.
Pinkerton made it a 7-6 game by scoring four runs in the fifth. After Trinity added a run in the top of the sixth, the Astros pulled even by scoring twice in the bottom half of the inning.
Connor Walsh had two triples and two RBIs for Trinity, which slipped to 6-10. According to Trinity coach Ed Poisson, the Pioneers have made 77 errors this season. Both runs Pinkerton scored in the first inning were unearned.
“We just give games away,” Poisson said. “That’s been the story all year long. To be 6-10 is a shame. You can’t ask more of the pitching staff, and the offense was there. You can’t win when you give teams four, five, six outs an inning.”
Carmen Giampetruzzi started on the mound for the Pioneers and pitched into the fifth. Colby Fortin pitched the final three innings.
Pinkerton has three regular-season games remaining: Dover (home), Winnacunnet (away) and Nashua South (home).
“We’re looking at it like we have to win every inning,” Campo said. “We just have to keep fighting every single game and pick up as many wins as we can.”