Nashua South baseball tops Manchester Memorial
MANCHESTER – Despite the fact that the final score of 13-7 doesn’t truly show it, the Nashua South baseball squad’s Thursday victory over Manchester Memorial Crusaders at Gill Stadium was really a blowout for the Gate City squad.
Coach James Gaj’s now 1-1 Purple Panthers held a lopsided 13-2 lead rolling into the bottom half of the seventh inning, with their first victory a mere three outs away. But Memorial made pretty serious headway on a comeback in a seriously ugly latter half of the seventh, scoring five times on just one hit and three South errors in eventually making the final score 13-7.
After surviving that final harrowing half-inning, coach Gaj still had plenty of reasons to smile broadly about most of what happened in a full-team victory in which the Purple Panthers pounded their way out to a 7-0 lead by the end of the second inning.
The score was 7-2 after two full frames, and when the top half of the third inning was over every one of the nine batters in the South order had reached base at least once.
The Nashuans hammered out some 15 hits, had four batters collect three safeties, and got some truly superb work from starting and winning pitcher Andres Hulfachor.
“I’m pretty happy about these guys,” said coach Gaj. “We’re really pushing a team mentality and telling them to play smart and take the extra base when you can. And today was a good team win.”
The Panthers pushed three runs across on five hits and the first of six Memorial errors in the top of the first, and their lead bulged to 7-0 in the top of the second when they scored four more times on two hits and three more Crusader miscues.
The hosts managed a pair of runs in the latter half of the second – on one hit and one error – to make it a 7-2 contest, but South tallied single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to increase its lead back up to seven runs at 9-2.
The Nashuans bumped their advantage up to 13-2 in the top of the seventh by virtue of four more hits including a bases-loaded triple stung by Mason Matylewski.
South starting hurler Hulfachor was superb in his five innings of work, during which he only allowed one hit and one walk while striking out seven. Both runs scored against him were unearned.
Chase Hart came on in relief in the sixth and got the Crusaders out in order, but he had to survive the harrowing bottom of the seventh and managed to do so.
Dante Young, Matylewski, Roe Hendrick, and number nine hitter Roy Santiago-Sanchez all collected three hits for the winners.
The Purple Panthers will return to action next Monday night when they host Trinity of Manchester.