Goffstown one win away from Legion state title after beating Londonderry

NASHUA – The Goffstown Post 16 baseball team met early Monday to discuss that night’s game against Londonderry Post 27.

During that conversation, the coaches and players tried to figure out who was going to pitch.

"I only really have four pitchers," Goffstown coach Nick Jaskolka said. "Our bats have pretty much got us through to this point."

Up stepped Jake Glauser. After spending most of his time in the outfield this past spring for the University of Southern Maine, Glauser moved to shortstop early in the American Legion season.

On Monday, he was ready to take the mound.

"(Glauser) said ‘give me the ball and I’ll do as much as I can,’ " Jaskolka said. "He knows he’s probably never going to pitch again. He’s such a gamer and I had a good feeling going in."

Glauser pitched six innings, allowing two runs – one earned – on five hits and four walks, earning the win as Goffstown beat Londonderry 10-5 at Holman Stadium.

The win puts Post 16 in the driver’s seat for the American Legion state title, as it will face Concord Post 21 at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. A win in that game gives Goffstown the championship and a berth in the Region 1 tournament at Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Concord needs to win twice Tuesday to take the title.

Pat Viviers and Tucker Allard both drove in two runs as Goffstown had 14 hits, including five in a six-run third inning that set the tone for the night.

Connor Shaw got the inning going by drawing a one-out walk, and thanks to a great jump on a ground ball by Glauser, stayed out of a double play. With two out, Ryan Beal started the hit parade with a double to score Shaw and tie the game 1-1.

Ryan Smith brought Beal home with a single and Adam Routhier followed with a double to score Smith and make it 4-1. Viviers added a run-scoring double of his own and a walk to Kyle Indigaro chased Londonderry starter Justin Renick.

Keith Simpson came on in relief and Allard greeted him with a two-run single that made it 6-1.

From there, Glauser kept Londonderry in check long enough. Post 27 scored a run each in the sixth and seventh and added two more in eighth, but never really threatened Goffstown’s lead.