Dover in charge at NH Legion state tournament
Dover improved its tournament record to 3-0 by beating Hudson 7-5 in a winners' bracket game Saturday at Holman Stadium, and is the only unbeaten left among the four remaining teams.
Dover had what seemed to be a comfortable 7-1 lead after seven innings, but Hudson scored two runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth. Hudson had two runners on base when Dover reliever Ryan Cordeiro got Conner Whittemore to ground into a fielder's choice for the game's final out.
Most of the players on Dover's roster spent the spring playing for Dover High School, which earned the top seed for the Division I tournament. Dover also has players from Oyster River High School in Durham, Somersworth High School and St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover.
"We have lots of arms," Bishop said. "I probably don't use them as often as I should. We still have two starters that we haven't used. We're right where we want to be in terms of pitching."
Kellin Bail, Dakota Williams and Jackson Musco each had two hits for Hudson, which also received a two-run double from Greg Emanuelson. The loss dropped Hudson's record to 2-1.
"I liked them in this tournament because of the pitching they have, but they hit the ball real well today," Szuksta said. "They don't even have to win tomorrow. They really only have to win one more game."
"These kids are playing awesome right now," Derry coach Dylan Mullen said. "Chase has been consistent (at the plate). It seems of late he's come up with guys on base and been able to get them in. It's a testament to him that he was able to shake off his previous at-bats when he didn't get a hit and focus on the here and now and try to get the job done."
"I was kind of nervous at first that they were going to throw me curveballs because I'm not really a strong hitter when it comes to curveballs," Spears said. "When it started coming in fast I just sat right on it and waited for it. It came right in my slot and I just hammered it."
Cahill, Jamie Collins and Chris Gerossie each had three hits for Derry, which improved to 2-1. Gerossie's hits included a two-run home run. He had five RBIs in the game.
Third baseman Andrew Langdon had three hits for Rochester, which received two hits from Justin Jewell, Josh Gagne and Bellio.
"Gonzales gave us a gutsy effort," Sweeney Post coach Dave Flurey said. "He worked out of some jams and made big pitches when he had to. We needed an effort like that today if we wanted to give ourselves a chance."
Third baseman Ben Robinson had three hits for Lebanon, which finished with a 1-2 record in the tournament.
"He's a gamer and he wants the ball," Flurey said. "Not everyone has their full complement of innings, but everyone's available. We'll do whatever we can to win."