Drouin pitches Concord past Portsmouth in American Legion tourney action at Holman Stadium
NASHUA – Concord Post 21 scored in each of the first two innings, and never looked back as pitcher David Drouin cruised through eight innings for the 6-1 win over Portsmouth Post 6 in the American Legion Senior Tournament at Holman Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Eddie Dionne and Jack Yvars provided the bulk of the offense for Post 21. Each had a run-batted-in to contribute to a two-run eighth inning. Dionne also scored on an Yvars sacrifice in the second.
With the win Concord advances in the winner’s bracket to take on the winner of Goffstown and Manchester Post 79 (postponed to Sunday 11 a.m.) on Sunday night. Portsmouth, on the other hand, falls into the loser’s bracket to take on Salem.
Rick Holt may have been the hero in Friday night’s win over Bedford, but the Portsmouth pitcher fell victim to a rough start in Saturday’s contest, allowing two runs in seven innings of work and taking the loss for Post 6.
Holt settled in and put together a strong performance, but Drouin was simply better, pitching to contact throughout the contest. He struck out just two, but got the win thanks to a strong defense behind him.
“I saw a lot of contact, but they’re good hitters,” Drouin said. “We had solid defense today though.”
“He’s been pitching well for us all year,” Concord coach Bryan Caruso said of Drouin. “I’ve had scouts calling me all week who are interested in him.
“The big thing for David is he’s always been a good pitcher and a hard thrower, but he’s pounding the zone and throwing a lot more strikes. His secondary pitches are much more effective.”
After cruising through the first six innings, things appeared to be unraveling for Drouin in the seventh.
It all began with a double to right-center by Ben Gareau, who came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Billy Hartmann.
After consecutive singles put two on with two outs, Holt had a perfect opportunity to help is own cause and with the tying and go-ahead runs on base, but grounded into a fielder’s choice.
After slicing the lead in half in the seventh, Portsmouth sent Andrew Haslam to the mound for the top of the eighth. Three walks and two hit batters later, Post 6 found themselves down 4-1.
Concord added two more in the ninth.
Londonderry 5, Bedford 2
A back-and-forth battle at Holman Stadium on Saturday morning turned into a rout thanks to a four-run eighth inning by Londonderry Post 27, which went on to defeat Bedford Post 54, 5-2.
Defending champion Post 54 suffered its second straight loss to end its season.
The teams traded runs in the first inning, and the scored stayed knotted at 1-1 for the next seven frames as neither team could muster up any offense. That all changed in the top of the eighth, however, as walks and poor defense by Bedford proved costly, and Post 27 took advantage, collecting three hits in the inning to drive home the baserunners.
Jake Cassidy’s two hits led the way for the Londonderry offense.
Salem tops Rochester
Salem Post 63 batted around for a five-run fourth inning to come away with the 6-1 triumph over Rochester Post 7.
The loss eliminates Rochester while Salem advances to face Portsmouth on Sunday.
Post 63 third baseman Paul Trabucco had a pair a hits and aided to the rally with a two-out, two-run double in the fourth to push the lead to 5-1.
Post 7 did collect eight hits, but Salem pitcher Dan Peters kept them at bay as only once could they bring a runner home in the fourth inning, as an Alex Gray triple was followed by a Bobby Dow RBI single.
Saturday’s night cap rained out
Saturday’s scheduled 7 p.m. start between Goffstown and Manchester Post 79 in the winner’s bracket was moved to 11 a.m. Sunday. This means each team will play twice, and the scheduled games will be pushed forward pending the conclusion of this game.