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Ryan Glendye, Hudson Post 48 ice Sweeney Post

NH American Legion Baseball Tournament

NASHUA – Ryan Glendye managed to stay out of trouble for most of Thursday afternoon.

When the Hudson Post 48 righty did get into a jam, coach Scott Szuksta had no doubt he was going to stay with his top pitcher. ...

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NASHUA – Ryan Glendye managed to stay out of trouble for most of Thursday afternoon.

When the Hudson Post 48 righty did get into a jam, coach Scott Szuksta had no doubt he was going to stay with his top pitcher.

It paid off, as Glendye worked out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the eighth inning and helped lead Hudson to a 1-0 win over Sweeney Post 2 in the American Legion Senior baseball tournament at Holman Stadium.

The win advances Hudson in the winner’s bracket, as it will play at 7 p.m. Friday against the winner of Thursday’s night game between Bedford Post 54 and Rochester Post 7.

Jackson Musco drove in the lone run of the game with two out in the top of the fifth. After a missed sign for a squeeze play led to an out, Musco blooped a single into left-center to score Kyle Shaw.

“That was big,” Szuksta said. “The No. 9 spot has been productive for us. (Musco) did a great job refocusing, because I know he knows he made a mistake.”

Glendye went the distance for Post 48, giving up six hits and an intentional walk while striking out three. Through seven innings, he faced just three over the minimum, thanks to some solid defensive play from his Hudson teammates.

“It was very intense,” Glendye said. “I know I didn’t have that many strikeouts, but my defense was with me the whole game. With them there was no way any of this is possible, so hats off to them.”

Sweeney had just two runners reach third base all game. In the sixth, Brendan Sullivan (2 for 3) went to third with two out, but Glendye got out of the inning when Ryan Baldwin grounded out to third.

But in the eighth, Sweeney put runners on second and third with one out and Hudson had a meeting on the mound.

“We talked about slowing the game down,” Szuksta said. “First and third, you want to make sure they don’t do anything tricky to get us off our game. We wanted to calm down Ryan and make sure he was ready to go.”

Glendye was ready, making a great stop on a comebacker by Kevin Gonzalez and looking the runner back to third before getting the out at first. After an intentional walk to Sullivan, Glendye got Baldwin to pop up to third to end the inning.

“I had to keep the ball off the plate a little bit more,” Glendye said. “I couldn’t let them get the ball in the outfield. That second out was huge, stopping that guy at third, and that last out, the pop fly, that was huge. That was one of the best moments of the game, getting that out.”

Lebanon 1, Derry 0

Lebanon scored an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a single by Ben Robinson to advance in the winner’s bracket in the first game of the day.

Robinson was 2 for 4 on the day, adding a double, while Chase Hussey pitched a perfect ninth inning in relief of starter Ben Bates to get the win for Post 22. Bates went eight shutout innings, working through a few jams while allowing six hits and three walks to go with eight strikeouts.

Derry’s Chace Spears was the tough-luck loser, as he faced just two over the minimum through eight innings. He finished the day going 81⁄3 and allowing one unearned run on six hits and a walk.

Jamie Collins had two hits for Post 9 while Chris Gerossi had a double, but Derry left 10 runners on base.

Dover 7, Concord 2

Connor Rittenhouse had a two-run single and Ryan Hayden and Aaron Denis both had two hits and scored two runs as Post 8 picked up a win in the third game of the day.

Robby Sheldon got the win, as he went six innings and allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out seven.

The game was scoreless through four innings, following the low-scoring pattern of the day’s first two games. Concord got a run in the fifth but Dover answered by batting around in the bottom of the inning, scoring four runs. Post 8 added three runs in the seventh.

Post 21 scored its other run in the sixth, but left the bases loaded, and stranded two runners each in the seventh and eighth. Chapin Bassi and Connor Ferris each had an RBI.

Jon Lewis took the loss, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks in 42⁄3 innings.

Dover moves on to the winner’s bracket to take on Lebanon at 4 p.m. Friday, while Concord will face Derry at 9 a.m.

Rochester 6, Bedford 1

Rochester was the beneficiary of four Bedford errors, which led to four unearned runs for Bedford. Andrew Langdon had a two-run single in the bottom of seventh to give Rochester a little breathing room after Bedford had cut the lead to one, while Ben Gravel added a two-run double.

Mac Struthers scored two runs and Loukas Brigham also had an RBI. Josh Gagne got the win, as he struck out nine while allowing one run on six hits and two walks through six innings.

Grayson Jennings suffered the loss despite not giving up an earned run. The Bedford righty went 72⁄3 innings, striking out seven while allowing five hits and a walk. Kyle Andersson had an RBI for Post 54.