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Monday, July 15, 2013

Offenses coming to life for local baseball teams

The heat wave that came through Southern New Hampshire didn’t just warm up the air.

The hotter weather seems to have warmed up the bats of two local American Legion senior baseball teams, as the offenses of both Nashua Legion and Milford Post 23 have taken off in the last week. ...

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The heat wave that came through Southern New Hampshire didn’t just warm up the air.

The hotter weather seems to have warmed up the bats of two local American Legion senior baseball teams, as the offenses of both Nashua Legion and Milford Post 23 have taken off in the last week.

Neither team got off to a great start this season. Milford started the year 0-6 and scored just 12 runs in those games, while Nashua opened 1-4 and put up 11 runs. The Gate City team has turned its season around recently, thanks to a six-game winning streak that saw Nashua score 45 runs.

As for Milford, in its next three games, Post 23 (1-2) put up 28 runs, including a 15-8 win over Rochester, which is currently tied for first in District B.

“It was contagious,” Milford coach Frank Douglas said. “They were getting up there and hammering it. Other teams might look at our record and think they can pitch their No. 5 pitcher and we come out with everybody, we can do well.”

It’s just been hard for Milford to get everyone together. Third baseman Bret Stagnone missed the first couple of weeks while preparing for the CHaD New Hampshire East-West All-Star Football game. Other players are limited on what they can do due to other baseball teams they’re playing for this summer.

And then there are the conflicts with summer jobs.

“The folks aren’t dishing out the money so you can play legion ball,” Douglas said.

Nashua has been even hotter during its recent run in part because it’s consistently been on the field.

The team played three games in three days last weekend, and four in five, and is in the middle of an even busier stretch. Nashua played a doubleheader against Salem on Friday, followed by another doubleheader at Rochester on Sunday, and then a doubleheader against Milford (Monday) and just one game against Hudson (Tuesday).

Quite a turnaround

It looked like Bedford Post 54 was going to be in for a long night last Tuesday after one-half inning against Sweeney Post 2.

Sweeney scored eight runs in the first inning against Bedford’s Grayson Jennings, who was making his first senior legion start. But the Post 54 pitcher settled down after that, retiring 11 of the next 12 batters he faced, and Bedford spent the rest of the game chipping away at Sweeney’s lead.

A three-run eighth inning made it a 12-9 lead for Post 2, but that was as close as Bedford would get.

“I was happy with everything that happened,” Bedford coach Tim Conway said. “The first inning killed us and if we didn’t have it, it would be a totally different game. But the kids fought hard. They punched and we punched. If the first inning hadn’t happened, we’d be golden.”

Game of the week

Nashua and Hudson Post 48 will meet for the first time this season at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Holman Stadium. The teams are tied in the loss column in District B, with four each, but with six wins (as of Friday), Hudson is in the fourth and final playoff spot. Tuesday’s game could go a long way toward deciding if one, both or neither make the state tournament. They’ll play again on July 20 at Alvirne High School.