Souhegan goes down fighting in Coach Bill Dod’s finale

Souhegan Coach Bill Dod follows a fly ball from the dugout with his team during their NHIAA D-II playoff opener against Hanover in Norwich, Vt., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

The incredible run is over.

Souhegan High School baseball coach Bill Dod’s remarkable 50-year baseball coaching career, which also included stints at Sanborn and Bishop Guertin, has come to an end as a Hanover walk-off sac fly gave the Marauders a 6-5 win in Thursday’s Division II preliminary round in Hanover.

Max Leonard and Caelan Behn were among those who had key hits in a five-run Saber rally in the sixth inning that gave Souhegan a 5-4 lead.

“We made some incredible plays,” Dod said, his final Saber team winding up at 7-10. “We did some great things offensively and defensively.”

When he saw Hanover’s winning run cross the plate in the bottom of the seventh, Dod had only one thing on his mind.

“Just how disappointed I was for the kids that they won’t be able to play Saturday (in the quarterfinals),” he said. “I’ll think about everything about myself probably later.”