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Marauders Make the Plays in Win Over Lebanon

  • Cam Broughton of Lebanon pitches against Hanover during Hanover's 4 - 1 win in Lebanon, N.H. Friday, May 2, 2014. <br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    Cam Broughton of Lebanon pitches against Hanover during Hanover's 4 - 1 win in Lebanon, N.H. Friday, May 2, 2014.
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  • While covering home plate, Hanover pitcher Rohan Kumar tags Lebanon's Nate Perkins out during Hanover's 4 - 1 win in Lebanon Friday, May 2, 2014. <br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    While covering home plate, Hanover pitcher Rohan Kumar tags Lebanon's Nate Perkins out during Hanover's 4 - 1 win in Lebanon Friday, May 2, 2014.
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  • Caleb Broughton of Lebanon leaves is greeted by his teammates as he leaves the field during the Raiders' game with Hanover in Lebanon, N.H. Friday, May 2, 2014. Hanover won 4 - 1.<br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    Caleb Broughton of Lebanon leaves is greeted by his teammates as he leaves the field during the Raiders' game with Hanover in Lebanon, N.H. Friday, May 2, 2014. Hanover won 4 - 1.
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  • Cam Broughton of Lebanon picks the mud out of his cleats after a downpour broke up during the Raiders' game with Hanover in Lebanon, N.H. Friday, May 2, 2014. Hanover won 4 - 1.<br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    Cam Broughton of Lebanon picks the mud out of his cleats after a downpour broke up during the Raiders' game with Hanover in Lebanon, N.H. Friday, May 2, 2014. Hanover won 4 - 1.
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  • Cam Broughton of Lebanon pitches against Hanover during Hanover's 4 - 1 win in Lebanon, N.H. Friday, May 2, 2014. <br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)
  • While covering home plate, Hanover pitcher Rohan Kumar tags Lebanon's Nate Perkins out during Hanover's 4 - 1 win in Lebanon Friday, May 2, 2014. <br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)
  • Caleb Broughton of Lebanon leaves is greeted by his teammates as he leaves the field during the Raiders' game with Hanover in Lebanon, N.H. Friday, May 2, 2014. Hanover won 4 - 1.<br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)
  • Cam Broughton of Lebanon picks the mud out of his cleats after a downpour broke up during the Raiders' game with Hanover in Lebanon, N.H. Friday, May 2, 2014. Hanover won 4 - 1.<br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Lebanon — In 1986, Baseball Digest set about to record the unwritten rules of the sport, the little things that professionals followed and — as the website baseball-almanac.com puts it — “serious fans already know and new fans need to learn.”

Here’s the good news for Lebanon High baseball coach Doug Ashey: He and his Raiders really didn’t break any of them in Friday’s 4-1 loss to Hanover at Lebanon High School. It only felt that way.

The Raiders (4-1) never led in seeing their season-opening four-game winning streak expire, but it wasn’t for a lack of opportunities. The combination of Lebanon aggressiveness and sharp Hanover defense, however, didn’t work in the hosts’ favor.

Lebanon’s team motto may be “dare to be great,” but Friday turned into one day when the Raiders might have been better off not taking the dare.

“We want to be aggressive on the bases; we preach being aggressive on the bases,” Ashey said. “We also preach smart aggressive on the bases. And some of that was (on) me.”

The Marauders’ highlight moment came in the home fourth, when Hanover threw out a trio of Raiders on the bases, two of them at home plate. Rohan Kumar tossed an effectively wild four innings for the win, with Ben Herndon-Miller earning a three-inning save.

Jake Farnham led a 10-hit attack for Hanover (1-1) with two singles and three RBIs.

“We were much more aggressive at the plate,” Hanover coach Mike Jackson said. “We left (13) people on base; the side of that fact is that we got (13) people on base and, obviously, more than that.

“I thought our pitching was excellent. I thought both kids did a real nice job — threw a lot of pitches, but we just haven’t pitched that much.”

The home fourth — with Lebanon trailing, 3-1 — encapsulated the Raiders’ day.

Austin Pelletier started it, reaching first on a grounder when Marauder shortstop Jordy Levin threw late after appearing to lose his grip on the baseball while transferring it to his throwing hand. No matter: Ashey sent Pelletier on Kumar’s first pitch to No. 8 hitter Nate Gariepy, and Hanover catcher Sam Hastings threw a perfect ball to Levin to catch Pelletier on the steal attempt.

“Hanover made some key plays in key situations,” Ashey admitted.

More were shortly on the way.

Kumar hit Gariepy near the shoulders with a pitch and walked Nate Perkins for first and second with one out, but again the Hanover defense came through. Leadoff hitter Caleb Broughton lined a single to right-center field, and Ashey showed no fear in sending Gariepy home. Marauder center fielder Evan Greenwald had other ideas, delivering a one-bounce pea to Hastings at the plate for the easy tag.

“I challenged the kid, figuring it’s a wet baseball,” Ashey said. “He’s got to come up with a good throw. That’s just what he did. That’s on me, not on these guys.”

That brought up Lebanon’s Grayson Hardy, whom Kumar walked on five pitches. The last skipped in the dirt past Hastings to the backstop, but a fortuitous bounce, Kumar’s hustle to the dish and Hastings’ perfect toss nailed an opportunistic Perkins for the final out.

The Marauders jumped on Lebanon starter Noah Mayes for five hits and three runs in the top of the first inning, using the aggressiveness the Raiders showed on the base paths in the batter’s box instead.

Evan Greenwald started the game off with a 3-2 double to right-center, moving up on the second of two ground-ball outs. Herndon-Miller plated Greenwald with a single; Levin, Hastings and Farnham followed with three more, the last bringing in two more runs.

“We got two hits against Con-Val (in Monday’s season-opening 6-0 loss),” Jackson said. “Being more aggressive, not looking at third strikes, putting the bat on the ball made all the difference in the world. It’s the kinda thing you kinda build on; you get a little momentum, you get a little confidence, and it seems to get better.”

Kumar walked four and threw five wild pitches in four innings but, to his credit, never let the added bodies on the bags affect him. Lebanon nicked the junior for a run in the home third on a Caleb Broughton single and Joe Flanagan’s one-out RBI ground out, but seven other Raiders were left stranded during Kumar’s mound stint.

“He was effectively wild and around the plate enough to keep them off-guard,” Jackson said of Kumar, who surrendered Lebanon’s only three hits. “He did an effective job for us when we needed it done.”

Herndon-Miller also had his off-target moments, walking five in his three-inning save. But the senior also didn’t permit a hit, fanned Lebanon in order in the sixth and left the sacks full when he struck out Pelletier to end the game.

Fungoes: Cam Broughton gave up just three hits but walked eight over four innings of relief for Lebanon. Chase Dulac added a scoreless seventh. … Both teams left 13 runners on base. … Passing rain dampened the field through the third innings, but play was never delayed. A sliver of rainbow briefly appeared behind the third-base trees in the fifth. … Farnham added his third RBI in the Hanover fifth, plating Levin with a single up the middle. … Ashey offered a tongue depressor to Cam Broughton in the fourth to help him pry mud from his cleats, only to have Jackson respond with a grin, “Only if you have one for us.” Ashey offered, but Jackson said he had a supply.

Greg Fennell can be reached at gfennell@vnews.com or 603-727-3226.