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Hollis Brookline headed to NEIBL championship series

NEIBL

HB 4, Walpole 3 ...

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NEIBL

HB 4, Walpole 3

HOLLIS – Cam LaFleur may be known for his pitching skills, but his bat isn’t half bad either.

LaFleur hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Hollis Brookline over Walpole 4-3 in Sunday night’s West Division final at Hollis Brookline High School and propel the Dodgers into the New England Independent Baseball League’s best of three championship series, which starts Thursday (5:30 p.m.) as HB will face the winner of the East Division. Londonderry and Weare square off for that spot Monday in Londonderry.

Liam Flaherty opened the inning with a single, moved to second base on a Cam Chrystal sacrifice bunt and scored on a close play at home plate off LaFleur’s hard single to center field. Austin Pigott (2 for 3, run scored) also chipped in offensively for the Dodgers.

Tommy Grant went the distance for the win on the mound, scattering seven hits, striking out six, walking three and allowing just two earned runs. Jeff Kemp had a solid day on the hill for Walpole in defeat.

Trailing 3-1 in the fourth inning, Walpole’s Alex Kossakowski hit a two-run double to tie things 3-3, setting the stage for LaFleur’s game-ending heroics.

Walpole advanced to play HB Sunday night after eliminating the Nashua Knights, 4-1, in an afternoon affair.

Kossakowski came up big against the Knights as well, stroking a two-out triple to score three in the bottom of the fifth inning to keep Walpole alive and eliminate the Knights in the tournament.

LEGION

Derry 3, Dover 0

NASHUA – Chace Spears threw a shutout and Chris Gerossie had two hits and threw out a runner at home to help Derry Post 9 stay alive in the American Legion Senior Tournament.

Spears struck out three and allowed six hits while walking one and he also had an RBI single in the third inning. Through seven innings, the Derry righty had faced just one over the minimum.

Dover’s best chance came in the seventh, when Aaron Denis doubled with one out and tried to score on a single by Jordan Goss. Gerossie’s throw from center was right on the mark for catcher Kyle Albertelli to tag Denis.

Derry will now play Sweeney Post 2 at 4 p.m. Monday, and the winner gets to take on Dover at 7 p.m. for the state championship.