NHIAA Div. II Baseball: Putnam does it all for top-seeded Grizzlies
Putnam, a sophomore, pitched a complete game and collected two hits to help top-seeded Goffstown advance to Saturday’s Division II championship game by beating 12th-seeded Sanborn of Kingston 6-0 at Southern New Hampshire University.
Putnam held Sanborn to three hits, walked two — both in the first inning — and struck out seven.
Sanborn’s Josh Yaratz turned in a strong pitching performance as well. Yaratz kept the Grizzlies off the scoreboard until the fifth, when Goffstown scored five runs on four hits. Sanborn also committed two errors in the inning, and four of the five runs were unearned.
Yaratz allowed six hits in 6 1/3 innings before Brendan Hamilton came on in relief and recorded the final two outs.
“We just figured out where to put everybody, got on a roll and we were doing everything right,” Sanborn coach Mike Moore said. “Everything was going right for us — like it was for the first four innings today. What you saw in the fifth inning today was kind of like what we were doing in the first five games.
Both of Putnam’s hits were singles. Goffstown also received a two-hit game from Storro.
Ben French, Hunter Wong-Wagner and Grant Wong-Wagner had the Sanborn hits, all of which were singles.
The pitching matchup will likely be Tyler Barss (Goffstown) against Ricky Holt (Portsmouth). Barss, New Hampshire’s Gatorade Player of the Year, is headed to play baseball at the University of Rhode Island. Holt, who was the winning pitcher both times Portsmouth set the national record for consecutive wins, will play football at the University of New Hampshire.
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