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Nashua, Hudson play on in state Junior Legion Baseball tourney

SALEM – Nashua Post 124’s junior team may still finish with a championship, but now they will not finish with an undefeated record.

Nashua fell for the first time this summer on Sunday night, falling to Dover Post 8 by a score of 5-1.

It was fitting that the sole Nashua run came after the departure of Dover hurler Tahjmere Robinson, who left one out short of a complete game due to pitch count limitations.

That run was cored by Issac Zhang, who collected what was only the fourth hit allowed by Robinson all evening, a standup double to left. Zhang reached third on a subsequent infield ground ball out and reached home one at-bat after Robinson’s departure as a wild pitch by reliever Jack Kephart allowed Zhang to reach the plate while Brandon Metivier used the confusion to grab two bases off a walk.

Kephart needed just one more strikeout after that walk to finally conclude what had been a dominant evening by Dover.

While Robinson cruised, striking out six batters, Nashua starting pitcher Zachary Rioux struggled.

Rioux was on the hook for four of Dover’s five runs on the night, including three that came during a difficult first. The first of those runs arrived on a bases-loaded walk earned by Ken Healy, which followed three consecutive base hits.

Another base hit, this one by Alex Noel, brought the other two runs around.

Rioux settled down to retire the next three batters, but the damage was done.

Dover added another run before Rioux’s departure before the beginning of the fourth, with two consecutive singles in the third inning set the stage for an RBI double from Pete Solbo.

The other Dover run came in the fourth off Zhang, with David Picou successfully making it home on a double steal.

Due to tournament rules, teams cannot play each other for a second time unless no other opponents are available, meaning that Dover would play Hudson on Monday at 4:15 p.m. and Nashua would play Lebanon at 7:00 p.m. regardless of whether Dover or Nashua won.

Those two matchups were locked up earlier in the day as Hudson eliminated Portsmouth, 12-3 and Lebanon eliminated Jutras 16-0 in five innings.

Eight of Hudson’s nine starters scored at least one run in their win, scoring seven in the third alone. Kyle Boulanger led the way with five runs over the afternoon, going 4-for-4 with a triple, two doubles, and a walk.

Also of note at the plate for Hudson, Nicholas Jacques went 3-for-5and Alex Boulay went 2-for-4.