Goffstown earns NHIAA Div. II baseball title
MANCHESTER - After finishing in first place during the Division II regular season, Goffstown High School proved to be the best baseball team in the postseason as well.
Top-seeded Goffstown got a three-run triple from junior shortstop Tanner Putnam and a complete-game pitching performance from senior Tyler Perron and defeated third-seeded Plymouth Regional 8-1 in Saturday night's Division II championship game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
The Grizzlies trailed 1-0 after an inning, but scored four runs in the second, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and one in the sixth. Putnam's three-run triple to center was the big blow in the second. Third baseman Brendan Hall drew a bases-loaded walk earlier in the inning that forced in Kyle Indigaro with Goffstown's first run.
Putnam finished the game with two hits and four RBIs. He also had a single that drove in Hall to increase Goffstown's lead to 6-1 in the fourth.
Perron surrendered six hits (all singles), struck out three and walked one.
Goffstown's Chris Hood had three singles and scored two runs. He made it 5-1 when he raced home from third on a throwing error in the fourth, and scored during a rundown in the fifth. Indigaro, Hall, first baseman Pat Viviers and designated hitter Ryan Pinard had Goffstown's other hits.
Goffstown capped the scoring when Hall drew another bases-loaded walk that forced Putnam in the sixth.
Goffstown raised its record to 20-2 and won its first state championship since 2008, when the Grizzlies beat Salem 4-3 to win the Division I title. Goffstown lost to Portsmouth in last year's Division II title game.
Left-hander Steven Southard started on the mound for Plymouth. He allowed nine hits and all eight runs before he was pulled with two outs in the sixth. Four of Goffstown's eight runs were unearned.Center fielder Colin Sullivan collected three hits and reached base four times for Plymouth, which finished its season 15-5. The Bobcats were trying to win their first championship since 1999.Sullivan scored Plymouth's run on a throwing error in the first.