Goffstown Legion bounced from state tournament
CONCORD- Goffstown's stay in the American Legion state tournament was a short one.
Goffstown was eliminated from the double-elimination tournament after losing twice Saturday at Concord's Memorial Field. Nashua beat Goffstown 9-5 in the morning, and Laconia posted an 11-1 victory over Goffstown in Saturday's third game.
Laconia's William Winklmann pitched a complete game and held Goffstown to three hits. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter.
Goffstown, the No. 2 seed from District A, committed six errors in the loss to Laconia and completed its season with an 8-8 record.
"We played well getting here, today just wasn't our day," Goffstown coach Tom Lamy said. "We've shown that we can play with anybody and beat anybody. We competed in the first game and it just didn't work out. In the second game we just didn't play to the best of our ability."
Brian Baca, Brandon Kruger and Theodore Baudet each had two hits for Laconia, which improved to 1-1 in the tournament. Baudet and Kruger each drove in two runs.
Goffstown had to play the eighth inning with an injured player (Tyler Keim) in right field. Keim was pitching, but when he was removed because of the injury Goffstown had no substitutes available. Legion plays by Major League Baseball rules, which requires teams to have nine players in the field.
Tim Riehl, Tyler Perron and Ryan Pinard had Goffstown's three hits.
"We gave Nashua our best shot and they were just a better team," Lamy said. "I think the score indicates how things went in the second game."
Concord, last year's state champion, defeated Londonderry 2-1 in Saturday's second game. Derry was scheduled to play Londonderry in Saturday's final game.
Sunday's schedule features Rochester against Nashua at 9 a.m., Lebanon against Concord at noon; Laconia against the Rochester/Nashua loser at 4 p.m.; and the Derry/Londonderry winner against the Lebanon/Concord loser at 7.
Nashua 9, Goffstown 5
Left fielder Michael Habibi collected four hits and drove in two runs to help Nashua prevail in Saturday's first game. Catcher Charles Dewitt added three hits for Nashua, which had 15 hits in the victory.
Jeff Lunn pitched the first seven innings to earn the win. He allowed 10 hits and four runs (two earned). Nashua led 5-4 through seven innings, but added four more runs in the eighth.
Center fielder Tim Riehl had three hits for Goffstown, which received two-hit performances from Brendan Hall, Tyler Perron and Ryan Thompson.
Tanner Putnam allowed five runs in six innings and took the loss. He struck out seven.
Concord 2, Londonderry 1
Concord made the most of its two hits - singles by Shane St. Onge and Brandon Smith - to win its tournament opener.
Rob Delsignore pitched six scoreless innings for Londonderry. He surrendered one run on one hit, struck out six and walked four. Robert Baril allowed a run in two innings of relief.
Infielder Austin Marino had three hits for Londonderry, which scored its only run in the top of the ninth.
Autrey Gates tossed six scoreless innings to collect the victory. He allowed six hits, struck out six and walked one. Eddie Dionne gave up a run on one hit in three innings of relief.