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Post 22 Rolling in Nick of Time

Lebanon — The Lebanon Post 22 American Legion baseball team may be finding its form at the last useful moment.

After dropping its first six games of the summer season, Post 22 is on a three-game winning streak with less than two weeks left in the season. Lebanon stretched the streak with an 8-4 defeat of Sweeney Post 2 at Lebanon High School yesterday just hours after outlasting Bedford Post 54, 4-3, in an 11-inning marathon late Saturday night.

Pitching with a sore ankle — at the top of a depleted pitching staff — Cam Blewitt threw an 81∕3-inning gem for Post 22, striking out seven, surrendering 10 hits and giving Lebanon (3-6) a chance at a win. The offense responded right away with a leadoff home run from Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris, and the hosts never trailed the rest of the way.

Post 22 scored once in the sixth inning, twice in the seventh and once in the eighth to put away Post 2 (3-4). The defense produced an errorless game, Joe Cravero delivered a two-run triple in the seventh and Ben Bates joined Rothwell-Ferraris in the two-hit department for the hosts.

The win came on the heels of a taut road win over Bedford (0-6) in which Lebanon saw a 3-1 lead slip away. Despite that, Bates and Jordy Levin threw superbly in victory, with Bates covering the first six frames (five hits, one earned run, four strikeouts) and Levin holding the fort over the final five for the win (two hits, one earned run).

Post 22 scored three times in the third for its first lead, with Isaac Fleming-Steinberg and Cravero providing RBIs and Fleming-Steinberg scoring on the back end of a double steal. Lebanon left the bases loaded in the ninth and 10th innings, but finally broke through with the winning run in the 11th when Rothwell-Ferraris legged out an infield single, stole two bases and scored on a throwing error.

The winning streak puts Post 22 within 21/2 games of fourth-place Goffstown Post 16 in the New Hampshire District A standings, with the top four teams in the district advancing to the state tournament in Concord at the end of the month. Lebanon returns to action tomorrow night at home against Laconia Post 1.

Boys Soccer

Touchline 3, CRFC-North 0

Langdon, n.h. — Norwich-based Touchline Boys SC (3-2) won its third straight New Hampshire Soccer Conference Division IV match, dropping Connecticut River FC-North at Fall Mountain Regional High School.

Xavi Tchana tallied twice for Touchline, converting a penalty kick late in the first half after drawing the foul and adding a clincher on a pass from Yedne Atkins with 10 minutes to play. Jamie Dinulous set up Will Shephard for Touchline’s other goal midway through the second half, a score that came moments after goalkeeper Kieran Read (six saves) rushed off his line to snuff a CRFC breakaway.

Central defenders Ben Manning and Jack Steketee aided Read’s clean sheet, while Ian Strohbehn and Gabe Freund dominated in the midfield for Touchline, which hosts Cannons IV at Huntley Meadows on Thursday.

Lebanon-Central Supply 6
Kearsarge-Sunapee 1

Meriden — Six different Lebanon players dented the net to keep Central Supply (7-0) perfect on the NHSC D-IV season.

Bennett Newlove scored the only goal of the first half on a 20-yard bomb in the 35th minute. Jacob Armstrong, Luke Sandmann and Kuda Mhulari all tallied in the first 12 minutes of the second half as Lebanon gained control. Austin Whaley and G.W. Wells-Bogue provided the home team’s other goals.

Will Merchant recorded a five-save shutout for Central Supply, which visits Hartford on Wednesday evening.

Hartford Juniors 4
Lebanon-Mak’s 2

Wilder — With the hosts outscoring the visitors 2-1 in each half, Hartford (5-1) recorded a win over Mak’s (2-2-2) in an interdivisional NHSC match at Dothan Brook School.

Tyler Edwards tallied Lebanon’s first-half goal, with Jordan Hammond providing a second after the interval. Mak’s only losses of the season have come against Hartford, which plays up one division in the NHSC hierarchy.

Lebanon hosts Touchline V on Wednesday. Division IV Hartford has a home date with Lebanon-Central Supply on Wednesday as well.