action:article | category:SPORTS0105 | adString:SPORTS0105 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » Baseball » Youth leagues

July 29. 2013 8:10PM

Legion tourney

Rochester hits just enough to top Lebanon in Legion baseball tourney


Lebanon's Dalton Campbell, is out at home as he tries to get around Nashua's Shane Nowak in the fourth inning during the American Legion State Baseball Tournament, held at Memorial Field in Concord, on Monday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

CONCORD — Rochester coach B.J. Gagnon said he has yet to see anything close to his team's best offensive effort during this year's American Legion state baseball tournament, but what he saw Monday night was good enough.

Catcher Alex Gray came up with a bases-loaded single that broke 3-3 tie and ended up being the difference in Rochester's 4-3 triumph over Lebanon at Concord's Memorial Field.

Gray's single scored Andrew Langdon from third. Gray, who batted .445 and had 26 RBIs in 18 regular-season games, had two hits in the victory.

"We got a couple big hits late, but ironically enough I'm still waiting for the (offensive) team we've been all year to show up," Gagnon said. "We've done a great job on the mound, but we're an offensive club. We just haven't shown it in the tournament."

Rochester improved to 2-1 in the tournament and will face Laconia today at 4 p.m. The loss eliminated Lebanon from the double-elimination tournament.
 
Laconia defeated Nashua, 10-5, Monday night The winner will face Nashua for the state title at 7 p.m.

"Still waiting for that offense to show up," Gagnon said. "Tuesday would be a good time for it."

Lebanon trailed 3-1 until Cam Blewitt hit a two-run triple in the top of the seventh that scored Nick Baily and Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris.

Lebanon was held to four hits by three Rochester pitchers, but Rochester also committed four errors. All three Lebanon runs were unearned.

Cam Blewitt pitched all eight innings and took the loss. He allowed nine hits, walked three and struck out two.

Lebanon qualified as the No. 2 seed from District A despite losing its first six games.

"I think once everything sinks in they'll understand just how far they came," Lebanon coach Rob Woodard said. "We were fighting the errors a little bit, but we came together. Then when we came down here, the bats really came alive."

In Monday's earlier games, Laconia defeated Concord 8-4 in the completion of a suspended contest; and Nashua beat Lebanon 11-6. Nashua and Laconia were scheduled to play Monday night.

The championship will be decided today. The first game is scheduled for 4 p.m., and, if necessary, a second game will be played beginning at 7 p.m.

Nashua 11, Lebanon 6

Nashua received three hits from designated hitter Mathew Moraia and raised its record to 3-0.

Nashua trailed 6-3 until it scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth. Lebanon committed five errors in the loss.

Jason Ferlan surrendered nine hits and six runs in eight innings to earn the win. He struck out six and walked four. Nashua's Eric Damphouse, Jeff Lunn and Tim Donovan each had two hits in the victory.

Laconia 8, Concord 4

A four-run fifth inning helped Laconia eliminate Concord, last year's state champion. First baseman Dominic DeBlasie and shortstop Gunnar Stecher each collected three hits for Laconia, which raised its record to 2-1.

The first seven innings of this game were played Sunday, but the contest was suspended by rain with Laconia leading 8-2 in the seventh inning.

Matt McCormack drove in two runs for Concord, which trailed 4-2 until Laconia scored four times in the bottom of the fifth.
 
Laconia winning pitcher Steve Levasseur allowed eight hits and five runs in a complete game effort. He walked three and fanned six.
 
Laconia scored eight runs in the ninth inning to snap a 2-2 tie. Ryder Arsenault, Brian Baca, Trevor Chapin, Brandon Kruger and Levasseur each had two hits for Laconia. Jeff Lunn had two hits and two RBIs for Nashua.

rbrown@unionleader.com


  • Which NH high school football team will remain unbeaten longest?
  • Bedford
  • 25%
  • Bow
  • 11%
  • Kennett
  • 10%
  • Pinkerton
  • 44%
  • Windham
  • 10%
  • Total Votes: 532
 NH Sports Angle more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

24 Hours of LeMons New England: The winners!

Kings use emergency-roster exemption before facing Penguins

NH man beat out 75,000 competitors to win $1M in fantasy football contest

Video: Exact moment NH man wins a million dollars on DraftKings

That 70s Line continues to work magic as L.A. Kings win sixth straight

N.H. Motor Speedway to become home of North East Motor Sports Museum

Keene pumpkin riot probe turns to technology inspired by Boston Marathon bombing

Riverside Speedway in Groveton on auction block Nov. 1

Former Monarch suspended from NHL after domestic violence arrest 58min

UNH research behind NFL crackdown on non-standard facemasks

Kings sign former Monarch to $20M extension

UNH's McDonnell seen as prospect to replace fired Buffalo coach

Republican candidate Scott Brown mobbed at UNH homecoming tailgate

Myrtle Beach Caddy Girls owner NH native Meghan Tarmey to be featured on ABCs Shark Tank

At Dartmouth, sidelines robot could be key to quickly diagnosing football concussions

Portland named best minor league baseball town in nation; Manchester #25

Hampton police: Motorist exposed himself to jogger

More than a decade in the making, motorsports-themed country club to open next September

Hampstead driver closing in on Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship

N.H. husband, wife coordinate, run Army 10-Miler Shadow Run

Seabrook's Charles Rosa steps up fighting game, signs with UFC

Nashua boxing pilot program for Hollis Brookline students this fall

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

    SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

    ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!