Pitching gems propel Alvirne, Londonderry
Londonderry senior and Gatorade Player of the Year Rob Del Signore carried a no-hitter through six innings to lead the No. 5 Lancers (14-7) to a 3-0 win over 12th-ranked Manchester Memorial while Tyler Brown threw a two-hitter to lead No. 7 Alvirne of Hudson past No. 10 Salem by a 7-0 score in NHIAA Division I baseball playoff action Friday.
Del Signore gave up one in hit, in the seventh inning to Dan O’Connor. Del Signore had nine strikeouts to pass 100 for his career.
Del Signore added an RBI double at the plate and teammates Jimmy Zimolka (RBI) and Tom Corey (RBI) added to the offense.
Londonderry will host No. 13 Nashua North (9-12) today at 4 p.m. Memorial finished the season at 8-11. Alvirne 7, Salem 0: At Hudson, the Broncos (11-8) blanked Salem behind Brown’s effort and will face No. 15 Timberlane of Plaistow (8-11) today in the semifinals at Holman Stadium in Nashua at 4 p.m.
Brown threw a shutout for the Broncos, allowing just two hits while striking out eight. He had a hit and scored two runs to help his cause.
Alvirne scored five runs in the fifth inning, aided by two Salem errors.
Cam Blake had two hits and three RBIs to lead the Alvirne offense and Derek Hudson (single, RBI triple) chipped in.
Blake also made a clutch defensive play with runners on first and second in the third inning when Jake White hit a shot to the right-center gap and Blake dove to snag the ball to end the frame.
Salem (9-12) got hits from Kyle Nagri and Mitch Dufton. Dover 6, Merrimack 3: At Dover, the top-ranked Green Wave improved to 15-4 with a first-round win over No. 16 Merrimack (6-13). Dover will face No. 9 Bedford (10-9) today at 4 p.m. in Dover. Campbell 12, Bishop Brady 2 (6 innings): At Litchfield, top-ranked Campbell defeated No. 17 Bishop Brady of Concord in Division III action. Campbell (15-2) will host No. 8 Inter-Lakes of Meredith (12-5) at 4 p.m. today.
Tyler Butler got the complete-game win, allowing five hits and one earned run, striking out one and walking two.
At the plate, Bob Baril had the big hit with a grand slam in a seven-run third inning for the Cougars. Vinny Bucci (3-for-3, two runs, two RBIs) and Justin DiBenedetto (3-for-3, two runs, RBI) added offense. Newmarket 2, Derryfield 1: At Newmarket, No. 11 Derryfield School of Manchester got a run back in the fifth when Sawyer Strong delivered a sacrifice fly to score pitcher Kyle Slevira, but the Cougars could pull no closer in Division IV play.
No. 6 Newmarket (11-6) pitcher Sam Lahey threw a complete-game five-hitter with five strikeouts. Slevira took the complete-game loss for Derryfield (8-9).
The Mules will visit No. 3 Pittsfield (14-3) today at 4 p.m.Nashua North 5, Concord 3: At Concord Thursday, Zach Smith got the win by throwing five shutout innings to lead No. 13 to the upset win over No. 4 Concord (12-7).
Spencer Madden went 3-for-3 with an RBI for North (9-12), Chas DeWitt had two hits and three RBIs. Ricky Constant gave up two runs in the seventh but settled down to get the next three batters to end the game.