Portsmouth’s Corey no-hits Salem
NASHUA – Kyle DiCesare threw a no-hitter to lead Portsmouth Post 6 to a 3-1 victory Sunday over Salem Post 63 in the American Legion senior tournament at Holman Stadium.
It was the second time Salem was no-hit in the tournament, as Manchester Post 79’s Carmen Giampetruzzi did the same Friday night. Sunday’s loss eliminated Post 63 from the tournament.
DiCesare struck out nine and walked six as Salem scored its lone run on a walk, a wild pitch and an error in the top of the second inning. Portsmouth answered in the bottom half, tying the game on three walks and a single.
Post 6 took the lead for good in the third, when Ben Gareau scored on a wild pitch, and Portsmouth added an insurance run in the fifth. Ricky Holt led off the inning with a double and came around to score as Salem’s Clayton Landers hit three straight batters.
Landers took the loss, giving up two runs on two hits and four hit batters in 22?3 innings. Nick Roussel pitched the final four innings for Salem, surrendering four hits and a walk.
Jordan Bean went 3 for 4 with an RBI for Portsmouth and Holt had two hits.
Portsmouth will play Monday at 4 p.m. against the loser of Sunday night’s late game between Concord and Goffstown.
Londonderry ousts Post 79
Tom Corey had a prediction for his Londonderry Post 27 baseball teammates before Sunday’s American Legion senior tournament game against Manchester Post 79. The right-hander told his team he’d get it eight innings in his first tournament start.
Corey did more than that, going 82?3 innings to help lead Londonderry to a 3-2 victory over Post 79 in the third game of the day at Holman Stadium. The win means Post 27 will return to Holman on Monday to take on the winner of Sunday’s late game between Concord and Goffstown.
“Tom Corey pitched a gem,” Londonderry coach Rick Brothers said. “He had just a great game. This was the longest he’s ever pitched. The longest I’ve used him is five or six innings. He showed up and we made some big hits and had good defense.”
Corey scattered nine hits and three walks while striking out six before being lifted with two out and two on base in the ninth. Keith Simpson got Post 79’s Travis Sylvia to fly out to end the game.
“I was a little nervous, but I calmed myself down after the first few,” Corey said. “I was able to locate my fastball really well, and my changeup, too. Then I worked the curveball in from there. The defense came through for us.”
Kasey Carollo and Rob Delsignore both had two hits for Londonderry, and the pair played a role in scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth on a play that was anything but conventional.
With the bases loaded and one out in the inning, Carollo hit a fly ball to shallow right field. Manchester’s Zach Mistopoulos came in and appeared to make the catch, but the ball came out of his glove. Delsignore tagged up and raced home as Mistopoulos threw to second base.
At first, it appeared the umpires ruled there was no catch and a force out was made at second. But after conferring, the three-man crew ruled that Mistopoulos made the catch, lost the ball on the transfer but completed a double play because the runner at second left early.
The inning was over, and the umpires waved off the run, drawing Brothers onto the field. After more discussion, the run was put back on the board.
The win means Londonderry (10-7), which lost to Concord in its first game on a passed ball and knocked out defending-champion Bedford, will be among the final four teams left in the tournament.
Goffstown Post 16 scored three runs in the top of the eighth and added the game-winning run in the ninth to take a 5-4 win over Post 79.
Jake Glauser, Ryan Beal and Ryan Smith each drove in a run for Goffstown, which won despite making eight errors. Jake Louis got the win for Post 16, pitching two innings of perfect relief, while starter Tanner Putnam gave up two earned runs on eight hits and a walk in seven innings.
Travis Sylvia took the loss for Post 79, giving up the game-winning run on two hits in the ninth. JR Poissant started the game and went eight innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and three walks.
Nick Beeson and Jerry Robinson both went 2 for 5 with a run scored for Manchester and Mitchel Fortin scored two runs.