Local Roundup: Post 22 Secures Top Seed
Tanner Simms, catcher for the Lebanon Post 22 Legion senior team, listens to coach Rob Woodward and pitcher Ben Bates during the ninth inning Saturday against visiting Sweeney Post. Lebanon won, 2-0, to improve to 14-2 and opens state tournament play at 9 a.m. Thursday in Nashua. Valley News -- Tris Wykes
Lebanon — With Ben Bates throwing a complete-game shutout, Lebanon Post 22 locked down the No. 1 seed from its district for this week’s senior New Hampshire American Legion baseball tournament with a 2-0 blanking of Sweeney Post 2 at Lebanon High School on Saturday afternoon.
Bates’ gem improved Post 22 to 14-2 on the season in a showdown of District A’s top two teams. Sweeney dropped to 14-4 for the campaign and will be the district’s No. 2 team at states.
Bates limited Sweeney to three hits and struckout six batters, and Post 22 made sure his effort would be rewarded. Sam Barrett scored an unearned run in the fifth, coming home from second base when a Sweeney outfielder overthrew third base as Barrett advanced on a fly ball. A Barrett ground ball in the sixth plated Andrew House with Lebanon’s second run.
The top four teams from New Hampshire’s two 10-team divisions qualify for the tournament. Lebanon’s win guarantees that Post 22 will open the tournament on Thursday at 9 a.m. against the No. 4 seed from District B.
The state senior tournament, a double-elimination affair, will be staged at Nashua’s Holman Stadium. Lebanon has two games left to play; Post 22 visits Laconia today at 11 a.m., then returns home at 5 p.m. to complete a contest with Concord from July 16 that was suspended by darkness with the teams tied 10-10 in the 10th inning.
Lebanon 13 Meredith 2 (5)
Meredith, n.h. — Tom Jenkins and Will Smith had three-hit games while Anthony Sperry drove in four runs as Post 22’s junior team mercy-ruled Meredith Post 33 to close its regular season at Prescott Park.
Lebanon (9-5) made use of eight Meredith walks to post three-run assaults in the first three innings. Barrett Griffin limited the hosts to one run over three innings for the win, with Levy Byrd and Cedric Elkouh each throwing an inning of relief.
As the top seed from District A1, Lebanon will open the state junior tournament on Friday at 10 a.m. at Gill Stadium in Manchester, with Dover Post 8 (10-3) the likely opening opponent.
Leavitt Wins N.H. Am
Goffstown, n.h. — Atkinson’s Joe Leavitt shot a 7-under-par 65 over his opening 18 holes to set the foundation for a 6-and-4 defeat of Bretwood’s Damon Salo to win the 111th New Hampshire Golf Association Amateur Championship at Stonebridge Country Club.
Atkinson, who earned his second N.H. Amateur title in three years, won the first hole of the 36-hole final, netting an eagle 3 on the par-5 first hole to Salo’s birdie. Atkinson spent the rest of the morning round stretching his lead, going into the mid-match break with a 6-up cushion. Salo halved the first seven holes of the second 18 but could get no closer than four holes the rest of the match. Leavitt now has three NHGA wins on the summer, with the state am joining his wins in the Tournament of Club Champions and the Players Invitational.
Touchline Boys SC 5 CRFC 0
Norwich — Touchline (10-3-2) ran its unbeaten streak to eight matches by blanking Connecticut River Football Club at Huntley Meadow.
The hosts jumped to a 4-0 lead and were never seriously threatened. Dan Healey struck twice for Touchline, A.J. Barre had a goal and an assist, and Ian Caldwell and Reilly Decker accounted for the other strikes. Alec Murphy set up both of Healey’s goals; Henry Allison and Jonas Taenzer also earned assists. Taezner now leads New Hampshire Soccer Conference Division IV with nine goals and nine assists on the summer.
Connor Edson produced a three-save shutout for Touchline, which entertains Chunnam of Hollis, N.H., at 4 p.m. today back at Huntley.