Roger Brown's Diamond Notes: Save the ace or use him in semis?
“We’ll talk it over with everybody and come up with a decision,” Hopley said when asked if Holt would start on the mound Thursday. “It may be a case where we prepare a couple of guys. Do you play to get to the championship game or to win the championship game?”
The Portsmouth/Windham winner will face the winner of Thursday’s contest between top-seeded Goffstown (19-1) and 10th-seeded Sanborn of Kingston (15-3) in Saturday’s championship game. Both semifinal games will be played at Southern New Hampshire University.
TIDE TURNS: Alvirne of Hudson beat Concord in the 2011 Division I softball championship game, and ended Concord’s season in the Division I quarterfinals last year. Junior Dani Morrill wasn’t about to let her team lose to Alvirne again.
DOG DAYS: Unlike softball, where the top four seeds advanced to the semifinals in three of the four divisions (three of the top four teams are still alive in Division III), it’s been the year of the underdog in baseball. Nowhere is this more evident than in Division I, where three double-digit seeds – 10th-seeded Dover, 11th-seeded Exeter and 13th-seeded Pinkerton Academy of Derry – will join top-seeded Londonderry in the semifinals.
“A lot of people were predicting something like this might happen,” Exeter coach Kevin McQueen said. “There wasn’t much difference between third place and 13th, and a lot of teams were coming on at the right time. It was just so balanced this year, and everybody’s got a guy who can beat you. It’s going to be interesting.”
NOTEWORTHY: Kris Perkins extended his shutout streak to 36 innings when the third-seeded Pittsfield baseball team beat sixth-seeded Profile 2-0 in Saturday’s Division IV quarterfinals. … Erika Millett allowed four hits, struck out 14 and didn’t walk a batter as the top-seeded White Mountains softball team remained unbeaten (18-0) by defeating Franklin 9-1 in Monday Division III quarterfinals. … All four baseball state championship games are scheduled to be played Saturday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. The lineup: Division II (10 a.m.), Division I (1 p.m.), Division III (7 p.m.) and Division IV (4 p.m.). … The Division I and Division II softball championships will be played Saturday at Southern New Hampshire University. The Division I game will begin at 4:30, and the Division II contest is scheduled to start at 7. … The Division III and Division IV softball championship games will both be played at Plymouth State University. Starting times are 2 p.m. (Division III) and 4 p.m. (Division IV).