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Post 124 survives pitchers’ duel in eight innings

NASHUA – In a showdown of two dominant pitchers, it proved only fitting that a resolution came after both departed from the scene.

A walk-off walk provided the difference on Saturday night in the final game of Day 2 at the New Hampshire Senior American Legion Baseball Tournament with Nashua’s Post 124 defeating Lebanon 2-1 in eight innings.

Nashua’s Zach Finkelstein limited Lebanon to just one hit over 62/3 innings of work, but that one hit looked like it might be enough. That hit, a lead-off single by Trey Chickering in the third, came along with a pair of errors and a walk, giving Lebanon a durable Lebanon a durable lead.

Despite the deficit, Finkelstein’s confidence grew as the night grew on, even if he was upset with his first few innings.

“I didn’t have my best stuff starting out, but as the game went on it got better and better,” said Finklestein, who celebrated his birthday on Saturday.

Nashua collected three hits off Trey Parker before he left after six innings, facing one batter in the seventh. However, they couldn’t string any of those hits into a score, with Parker retiring the first ten Nashua batters he faced.

Parker ended with 11 strikeouts, the first time in 38 games this season that Nashua had been struck out that many times, striking out the side in the second and nearly doing it again in the third.

“He’s a good pitcher, he mixes his fastball and his curveball very well. He can throw the curveball on almost any count for a strike and he keeps you off balance,” said Nashua Manager Tim Lunn on Parker.

After Parker’s departure, Nashua finally tied things up as a double from Nickolas DiRenzo brought Noah Therrien home, letting the game go into extra innings.

Varun Lingadahl kept Lebanon off the board in the top of the eighth, and it another double in the bottom of the eighth, this time by Albert De La Rosa, to set the stage.

With one out preceding De La Rosa’s hit, Therrien was intentionally walked. A fielder’s choice followed, putting William Brooks on first and advancing De La Rosa 90 feet away from ending the contest.

Now with two outs, DiRenzo eventually was intentionally walked after a passed ball let Brooks head to second, with Trevor Paul’s full count walk finally bringing De La Rosa home.

“Before (the eighth) inning, I told the kids this is where want to b,” said Lund. “Our bullpen is deep and the heart of the lineup was coming up, so I just thought ‘let’s go get it.'”