Nashua Catholic wins Tri-Country crown
The Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School baseball team defeated Boynton Middle School of New Ipswich, 9-2 earlier this week to win the Tri-County Division 4 Championship.
Starting pitcher Peter Meconi kept the Boynton offense in check as he pitched six strong innings, only allowing two runs, before reliever Johnny Mantone came in to close it out.
“Peter threw a great game for us. He was able to keep their hitters off balance, and make the big pitch when we needed it most,” said NC coach Paul Williams. “We knew the heart of their order was coming up again, and we trusted that Johnny could make the right pitches for us at the end, and that is exactly what happened.”
The No. 1 seed Wildcats’ offense had strong performances from eighth graders Peter Wilson, Jake O’Connor, Logan Vogel and Will Nardone.
This championship crown is the first in 14 years for the Nashua Catholic baseball program. The other members of the team are Trevor Labrecque, Alex Collins, Pierce Beaulieu, Ambrose Rockwell, Sam Fox, Ryan Arnesen, Sam Ronzio, Connor Lennon, Jake Boudreau, Sam Franco, and Kyle Young.
DIVISION 2 RUNNERUP
In their hardest fought game of the season the Falcons came up just sort even as Nick Shaw pitched an incredible game to start, going four innings striking out three. Isaiah Hedquist pitched the final two innings striking out two.
Fairgrounds finished up 11-2, with both losses coming at the hands of Windham.
Against the best pitcher they faced all year, Windham’s Lucas Rondeau, the Falcons (10 hits) were able to overcome an early four run deficit by tying the game with four of their own in the top of the third inning. Kory Caissie got things rolling with a single to right, followed by a Ryan Haskell single. Hedquist singled to left field to load them before Caleb Rich ripped a triple scoring three.
After Dean Adams was robbed of extra bases on a shot to right field, Shaw tied the game with a single to left.
After Windham scraped two runs across in the fifth, the defense made big outs to keep the Falcons in it highlighted by an Adams to Haskell 5-3 double play to end the sixth and allow the Falcons one more shot to tie the game.
Unfortunately Rondeau proved to be too much as he closed the door after giving up a leadoff double in the top of the seventh.
HOLLIS BROOKLINE 1
In the semis Fairgrounds survived a pitcher’s duel as Hedquist held Hollis Brookline to one run over six innings, striking out three while giving up one hit. Shaw closed the game out with a scoreless inning striking out two.
Hits were at a premium as the Falcons were able to muster five, none bigger than a Haskell two run single with two outs in the bottom of the fifth to offer some breathing room. Haskell drove in all three runs for Fairgrounds.
Others chipping in on offense were Shaw, Sean Sullivan, and Devin Sawyer with a single each while Jordyn Raisanen Andino, Sullivan, and Shaw scored a run a piece.
NASHUA CAL RIPKEN RESULTS
TRIPLE A PLAYOFFS
NATIONALS 9, ANGELS 6
Aidan Preston had a two-run double and Kevin Hamel made a key double play to lead the Nationals. Jacob Hutchins pitched a strong three innings and played strong defense for the Angels.
DODGERS 4, TIGERS 3
Jayden Beaulieu scored the game winning run in the top of the seventh.
There was superb Dodger pitching from Sam Kobs and Max Demers while Nathan Perry, Andrew Bulter, and Josh Tripp pitched well for the Tigers.
DODGERS 14, ROCKIES 11
Miles Demers struck out six Rockies and pitched superbly through the middle innings before turning it over to Cooper Vaillancourt to close it out.
The Dodgers’ Max Demers delivered a home run in the top of the sxth to put the game away. Rick Nunez scored 3 runs for the Rockies.
Kelvin Agyeman led the winners going 2 for 2 with three runs and two RBIs while Ryan Caruso, Luke Graven, Dylan D’Souza, Tylar Fleury, and Caleb Gianacoplis added hits.
Nolan Sullivan shut the door on the mound for the Diamondbacks (two innings, five strikeouts). Jace Dillon pitched great for the A’s, fanning eight over four frames.
PIRATES 18, ATHLETICS 3
Cam Hayes and Will Stanley each drove in three while Alexandra Cookson pitched two strong innings with three strikeouts, and also added two hits and drove in two runs.
Sam Nardone drove in two runs for the A’s and Jace Dillon added a hit and caught a strong game.
ANGELS 7, TIGERS 6
Zachary Goulart’s walk-off hit scored Cole Dube as the Angels advanced.
For the Tigers, Aaron Ackerman and Cole Warshafsky both contributed hits.
GIANTS 20, ORIOLES 11
The Giants overcame the 17 walks they issued thanks in part to the offense of Colvin Levesque (3 for 4, three runs), Braedyn Thyne (2 for 2, four runs), Harrison Joshi (4 for 4, four runs, six RBIs) Owen Forcier (3 for 4) and Sam Gordon (3 for 4).
Colvin Levesque and Ethan Long pitched shutout innings. For Orioles, Steven Angeles went 3 for 4 and almost had a grand slam, inside-the-park homer before being thrown out at plate.
ANGELS 9, ORIOLES 3
Ricardo Pichardo had an RBI single, whle Samuel Nordstrom went 4-4 with 2 singles, a double and a triple to lead the winners.
For the Orioles, Karthik Suresh struck out four in two innings while Justin Sanossian had a single.
GIANTS 13, ORIOLES 3
Braedyn Thyne (3 for 3, three runs scored), Owen Forcier (3 for 3, three runs) Colvin Levesque (2 for 4, including his third homer), Chance Luna with (single, run) led the Giants offense.
The winners also got good pitching from Ethan Long and Sam Gordon, while Justin Sanossian (2 for 2, two runs) paced the Orioles.
NATIONALS 16, PIRATES 11
Aidan Preston, Chase Swisher, and Zach Jones led the hit attack for the Nationals. The Pirates had home runs by brothers Jadiel and Jomar Sanchez.
Cam Flanders pitched the bottom of the sixth to close it out for the winners.
NATIONALS 9, TIGERS 9
Andrew Thibeault was on base five times and Trevor Parker-Pimental had two hits for the Nats.
Cole Brandt had a triple for the Tigers and also pitched well in the tie, as did Kevin Hamel for the Nationals.
GIANTS 10, DODGERS 5
Colvin Levesque (4 for 4), Braedyn Thyne (two triples) Sam Gordon (triple) paced the Giants offensively while Chance Luna pitched two innings giving up only two runs.
Connor Johnston threw out a base runner at home for the Giants, while, for the Dodgers, Miles Demers reached base all four times while striking out two on the mound.
GIANTS 9, ROCKIES 6
The Giants overcame an early 5-2 deficit, staying in the game with a double play keyed by Ethan Long and Owen Forcier, plus Colvin Levesque gunning down baserunners.
Ethan Long also had three hits for the winners, who also enjoyed Levesque’s fourt homer. For Rockies, Logan Beausoleil pitched four innings, only giving up three runs.
Nolan Sullivan (2 for two, five RBIs, three runs, plus three strikeouts in one inning pitched) and Ryan Caruso (1 for 1,three runs, three steals, also three strikeouts over three frames) paced the winners.
Also for the D-Backs, Logan Irish had two runs and two steals while Caleb Gianacoplis and Elliot Greenlaw scored runs.
The Tigers had strong pitching from Josiah Spleen and Brendan Butler (one inning, three strikeouts each).
The Merrimack Youth Association (MYA) will be having elections for positions on the its Executive Board on Thursday, June 13 at the MYA Building. The nominating committee is now accepting names for the following two-year terms: president, secretary, treasurer, and member at large.
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