Post 22 Seniors Fall in Extras

Nashua, n.h. — Ryan Corderio delivered Mike Wasserman with a 12th-inning sacrifice fly as Dover Post 8 handed Lebanon Post 22 its first loss of the New Hampshire Senior American Legion state tournament on Friday, 2-1, at Holman Stadium.

The defeat sends Post 22 (15-5) to a losers’ bracket contest this morning at 8 a.m. against Sweeney Post 2 of Nashua. Sweeney bounced Bedford from the tournament with an 11-0 mercy-rule win earlier Friday.

Throwing his fourth inning of relief, Lebanon pitcher Chase Hussey surrendered a one-out double to Wasserman, who moved to third on an error. Hussey loaded the bases with an intentional walk to bring up Corderio, who sent a deep ball to center field in an attempt to plate Wasserman.

Post 22’s Ben Bates made the grab and fired home to catcher Tanner Simms, but Wasserman beat the throw to give Dover (16-4) a hard-fought victory.

“It was a tough loss today,” Lebanon assistant coach Dustin Broughton said. “We were winning all game, we let up a run in the eighth and had chances all game long. We just couldn’t get that big hit.”

Following the lead of Bates in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Derry, Lebanon starting pitcher Andrew Houde kept Dover off the scoreboard until the bottom of the eighth inning. Jordan Goss tied the contest with the last of three straight singles, chasing Houde, who went 72⁄3 innings and allowed six hits and three walks to go with three strikeouts.

“Andrew pitched great,” Broughton said. “He shut them down, but he got a little tired in the eighth when they got the run. We were debating about pulling him out because he was throwing well.”

Lebanon got off to a good start on Dover pitcher Anthony Lupi in the top of the first inning. Caleb Broughton kicked off the game with a single, moving to third base on a Noah Skarin single. Bates brought Broughton home with an RBI sac fly to center.

Unfortunately, that’s all Lupi would allow. When he tired in the ninth inning, Casey Aubin took over on the bump and continued to frustrate Lebanon’s lineup.

Post 22 had eight hits on the game, with Broughton providing two of them. Aubin claimed the win, with Hussey absorbing the hard-luck loss.

Lebanon goes into this morning’s elimination game having enjoyed success against Manchester-based Sweeney this summer. In addition to a 10-4 win over Post 2 at Gill Stadium on July 6, Post 22 — behind Bates’ complete-game shutout pitching — beat Sweeney last Saturday at Lebanon High School, 2-0, to clinch first place in New Hampshire District A.

Lebanon will need to get its bats in gear if it hopes to survive.

“It was all sporadic,” Dustin Broughton said. “We couldn’t put a rally together.”