Titans get their revenge on BG, on to quarters in Concord

Staff photo by TOM KING Nashua North's Evan Baldassaro slides safely into second, ahead of the throw to Bishop Guertin's Aiden Coyne during the Division I prelim round game at Holman Stadium on Thursday nighyt.

NASHUA – Revenge of the Titans.

The Nashua North High School baseball team had plenty of confidence it could win a pitching rematch between its own senior C.J. Barrett and Bishop Guertin sophomore Brett Anderson.

Not only did the Titans win it, they won it decisively, knocking Anderson out in the third inning en route to a 10-2 Division I preliminary round win on Thursday night at Holman Stadium.

” To be honest, C.J. pitched great against them the first time,” North coach Zach Harris said. “They scored five unearned runs in the first inning (a 5-2 loss in mid-May). To be honest, he pitched the same type of game, probably a little better, but we just made the plays behind him.

“I was very confident. This is a group, we’ve played really good baseball for most of the year. Just at the end we went on kind of a little slide. This week we talked about how this team can compete with anybody.”

And compete they did, outhitting the Cards 8-4, taking advantage of four BG errors, and basically cruising. They also took advantage of five Anderson walks and a hit batsman.

“They wanted it more, it was pretty clear,” Guertin coach Scott Painter said. “They came out and punched us in the mouth. … And C.J. was good. He was really good. … They had a game plan they executed, and we had a game plan we didn’t execute.”

Now the No. 12, 10-11 Titans head up north to face No. 4 Concord at Memorial Field in Saturday’s quarterfinals. Game time is set, as of now, for 4 p.m. The Tide (15-5) beat Spaulding 10-0 in their prelim.

Anderson escaped a bases loaded, one-out pickle in the top of the first when Will Brooks knocked into an inning-endng 1-2-3 double play.

But Brooks got his revenge with a two-run single in the third and a two run double in the fourth as North scored five in the third and four in the fourth to basically end any suspense.

“We just have to bounce back,” Brooks said. “It’s about the team, not the individual. I’m glad I was able to come through today, but I’m sure Saturday it will be someone different.”

“Will Brooks is probably the definition of what I want a North baseball player to be,” Harris said. “Hopefully everyone follows his lead.”

A walk and an error got North started in the third as Anderson walked in a run and plunked Casey Lane to force in another. Brooks had his hit and Varun Lingadal had an RBI single to make it 5-0.

North knocked out the Cards’ sophomore in the fourth thanks in part to two more Guertin miscues and Brooks’ big double. James Bolton added an RBI double off reliever Gavin Boyce in the seventh.

As for Barrett, he kept the Cards in check, striking out five and walking two, until Alex George hit a rope of a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth. Too little, too late for Guertin, which ends its season at 13-8.

“I just trusted my defense and our bats came alive,” Barrett said. “We scored 10, so that will win a game any day.”

Now it’s on to Concord, with Titan Joe Berman the likely starter, facing a team that smacked North 10-2 right after the BG loss. More revenge?

“Concord’s a great team,” Harris said. “Senior heavy, lot of seniors going on to play college baseball. I think their best pitcher threw today, our best pitcher threw today, so we’ll see what we’ve got on Saturday.”