Local Roundup: Newport Baseball Suffers Close Loss
Meredith, n.h. — With designs on coming all the way back from a three-run deficit in the top of the seventh inning, the Newport High baseball team instead watched their season come to a sudden end in the glove of speedy InterLakes center fielder Ryan Hambrook. The Tigers lost 4-3 to the host Lakers on Thursday afternoon when Hambrook made a running grab on a deep fly ball to center by Newport cleanup hitter Jeff Quimby.
The loss, in the second round of the New Hampshire Division III playoffs, came despite a furious two-out comeback attempt in the final inning. The Tigers, trailing 4-1 at the start of the inning, grounded into a double play after a leadoff walk. Leadoff batter Taner Sherman then singled and Matt Bocko was hit by a pitch to give Newport new life. Up to the plate came Andrew Houde , the No. 3 batter and starting pitcher. The clutch junior hurler slugged a double to bring in two runs and chase the Lakers’ pitcher from the game.
Houde advanced to third on a wild pitch to bring up Quimby and set the stage for Hambrook’s latest flash of outfield brilliance to save the game for InterLakes.
“(Hambrook) was absolutely tremendous in center field,” Newport coach Tim Spanos said. “He was everywhere out there, he was the best player we’ve seen this year. Our hats’ off to him.”
Houde tossed a complete game for Newport, striking out 10, walking just one, giving up six hits and two earned runs. He also finished 2-for-4 with those two RBIs and a stolen base. Sherman was 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base of his own. Senior Ricky Hammond capped a comeback from a serious bout with pneumonia over the winter with a 2-for-3 performance in his final high school game.
The Tigers had their chances to score early, coming up empty with runners on second and third and one out in the first inning and stranding the bases loaded in the fourth inning.
Newport finished the season 12-6 overall after an 8-9 campaign in 2013.
“We just didn’t hit (today). We’ve been hitting the ball pretty well lately but just didn’t do what we needed to do to win,” Spanos said. “I’ve had an absolute blast with these kids, I did not want this (season) to end. This was my favorite team I’ve ever coached.”
Plymouth 7, Hanover 0
Plymouth, n.h. — The Marauders were unable to overcome five errors, losing in the opening round of the New Hampshire D-II playoffs to the No. 3 seed Bobcats.
Evan Greenwald had two of the four Hanover hits. The Marauders closed the season with a 6-13 overall record, including five one-run losses.
Hopkinton 5, Stevens 0
Claremont — The seventh-seeded Cardinals were shut out at home by the 10th-seeded Hawks in the second round of the New Hampshire D-III playoffs.
Stevens finished the season with a 12-6 record.
Ryan Tanguay (three innings) and Chase Hussey (four) pitched. Jordan Haines had two hits, and Bryar Rouillard, Austin Tenney, Tanguay, Coby Hussey and Donald Pellerin had the Cardinals’ other hits.
Down 4-0 in the sixth, Stevens had the bases loaded, but a flyout ended the inning.
Lisbon 7, Woodsville 0
Lisbon, n.h. — The No. 16-seed Engineers had little answer for top-seeded Lisbon and ace starting pitcher Dylan Blowey (five innings, 10 strikeouts).
Woodsville coach Brent Cox praised the efforts of pitchers Zach Lamarre and Jordan Clark for doing a good job in holding the potent Panthers’ attack in check.
The Engineers graduate Dan Roy, Ben Fournier and Kyle Boutin.
Lamoille 15, Hartford 6
Orleans, Vt. — The Hurricanes (5-8) saw their season come to a close against the Lancers in the first round of the Vermont D-II playoffs.
Hartford seniors John Borchert and John Lewis each scored twice in their final high school games.
Nick Dorian and Walkker Judd also scored. Seniors Jeff Lyford and Kiefer Harrelson added assists. Goalie James Young had 14 saves.