Lebanon Legion KO’s Concord
Concord — The postseason of surprises continues for the Lebanon American Legion Post 22 baseball cinderella team.
On Friday, Lebanon knocked off No. 2 Derry, 10-2. Not satisfied with that accomplishment, Post 22 went out and knocked off No. 1 Concord on Sunday, 5-3 in the state Legion tournament. It was the first time in program history that Lebanon had won two torunament games.
Lebanon next faces undefeated Nashua today at 1 p.m. at Memorial Field. A victory puts Post 22 into the championship game on Tuesday.
Post 22 made the most of its opportunities on Sunday, getting just three base hits, but making the most of that meager offense with a dash of Concord miscues.
Lebanon opened the scoring in the second inning courtesy of Dalton Campbell. Campbell singled, went to second on a wild pitch, to third on Liam Gantrish’s sacrifice and scored on another wild pitch.
Concord went ahead, 2-1 in the top of the fourth on three hits, a balk and a Lebanon error. But Post 22 came right back with a two-spot of its own — this time courtesy of the Concord battery.
After loading the bases on two walks and a hit-batsman, Lebanon regained the lead on a passed ball and a wild pitch.
Concord again rallied to tie the game in the sixth inning, taking advantage of a two-base error. But Lebanon was not fazed, scoring twice more to retake the lead.
Gantrish singled and then stole 2nd and 3rd before Isaac Fleming-Steinberg walked. With two runners on, Jordy Levin ripped a double over the right fielder’s head for a bases-clearing double and the lead.
Fleming-Steinberg pitched into the seventh inning, allowing 7 hits and just one earned run. He was relieved by Gantrish with one out and one on in the seventh. After ending that inning without further trouble, Gantrish fanned three batters over the final two innings to pick up the save.