Holt pitches in for Portsmouth
06/08/13 Portsmouth's Pitcher Rick Holt, celebrates their victory against Goffstown, in the fifth inning, during the NHIAA Division II BAseball Finals, held at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Saturday. Thomas Roy/Union Leader
Facing a top-seeded Goffstown team that was hitting over .350 as a team, Holt tossed a complete game to help second-seeded Portsmouth reclaim the Division II title with a 5-2 triumph at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
"He pitched a gem," Goffstown coach Adam Lawrence said. "He mixed things up and threw strikes. He pitched with emotion, and that's what you want out of your guys. He's been here before. We all know he's pitched in some big games. You can't go wrong having a guy like that on the mound."
"It was all adrenaline," Holt said. "I was hoping the game would be pushed back."
Goffstown made it a 3-2 game by scoring a pair of unearned run in the third, but the Clippers regained a three-run lead on RBI hits by Dillon Crosby and Kobie Taylor in the fifth. Crosby's second double in the contest scored Holt, and Taylor followed with a single that drove in Crosby.
It was Portsmouth's fifth Division II title in the last six years.
"This is the reason we set up our pitching the way we did - so Ricky could pitch on the biggest stage in New Hampshire high school baseball," Portsmouth coach Tim Hopley said. "There's no room to breathe anywhere in their lineup. (Holt) did an unbelievable job."
"We came to play today," Holt said. "It was a great win."