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Lebanon makes most of chances in Legion baseball tournament
Lebanon made the hits count and took advantage of several Concord mistakes, including three wild pitches, to post a 5-3 win and improve to 2-0 in the tournament.
“This is a big win for more reasons than one,” said Lebanon coach Rob Woodward, the former Red Sox pitcher. “For our Post, it’s the furthest we’ve had a team go. And it’s big to win against Concord. We knew they have the arms to do it. They’re a great team, but today is our day.”
Concord played Laconia in an elimination game on Sunday night.
Also on Sunday, Rochester came back after losing the Nashua game and came from behind to beat Londonderry, 4-2.
Londonderry scored single runs in the second and sixth inning to go up 2-0.
Ryan Maloney had a bases-loaded single to score the first run and Jake Welch an RBI single in the sixth.
Rochester jumped in front with three runs in the seventh. One run scored on a bases-loaded walk and Anthony Diprizio knocked in a pair with a bases-loaded single to left.
“He gave us an unbelievable outing,” Gagnon said. “We needed that. To not have to get into your bullpen is huge in a short tournament.”
Leahy walked four and struck out none.
Lebanon 5, Concord 3
The sixth inning told the story.
Down 3-2, Concord tied it on Shane St. Onge’s RBI single to right field. Concord wanted more with runners on first and third with one out. But Brandon Smith popped a suicide squeeze bunt attempt into the air and Lebanon turned it into a double play to end the inning.
A single and a walk set things up for Jordan Levin’s two-run double to right field which ended the scoring in the game.
Isaac Steinberg went 6 1/3 innings and got the pitching win. He allowed eight hits and three runs, struck out four and walked three.
Liam Gantrish went 2 2/3 and allowed just one hit, struck out three and walked one.
Dillon Emerson and Christopher Fournier each had a pair of hits for Concord coach Bryan Caruso’s team left nine men on base to Lebanon’s four.
In the first game of the day, Mathew Moraia allowed one run on six hits through seven innings to earn the win. Jacob Burbank picked up a save.
Nashua scored a pair of runs in the top of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie.