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One hit is all Marauders need to defeat Lebanon

  • Hanover's Joseph Perras connects with the ball in the fourth inning of the game against Lebanon at Red Rolfe Field in Hanover, N.H., on Thursday, May 23, 2019. (Valley News - Joseph Ressler) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Hanover's John Loftus slides safely back to first base after trying to steal second during the game against Lebanon at Red Rolfe Field in Hanover, N.H., on Thursday, May 23, 2019. (Valley News - Joseph Ressler) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Lebanon's Zach Howland, center, gets fist bumps from teammates and advice from coach Doug Ashey, right, after pitching an inning during the game against Hanover at Red Rolfe Field in Hanover, N.H., on Thursday, May 23, 2019. (Valley News - Joseph Ressler) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Staff Reports
Thursday, May 23, 2019

HANOVER — The Hanover High baseball team’s strange four-run fourth inning with no hits propelled the Marauders to a 4-1 win over rival Lebanon on Thursday afternoon at Dartmouth College’s Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park.

Hanover won despite making only one hit off two Lebanon pitchers.

It was Lebanon, however, which struck first in the opening inning when Jon Willeman knocked Trey Chickering home for what turned out to be the Raiders’ lone run.

Chickering also started on the mound for Lebanon. He put Hanover’s first six batters down in order, and faced only two batters over the minimum prior to the fourth inning.

In the fourth, however, Hanover finally was able to move around the bases.

It all started when Nolan Gantrish and Ian Hedgepeth were hit by pitches and Wes Stocken walked to load the bases. Sam Gallimore walked to tie the game at 1. Casey Graham grounded into a fielder’s choice in which the runner at home was out, but the throw back to first was mishandled, allowing Stocken to score. Pitcher Joey Perras opened the game up on a shallow fly ball to left field that was mishandled for an error and allowed two more runs to cross home.

Perras pitched a complete game, giving up only four hits, one run and two walks while notching two strikeouts.

Zach Howland pitched the final two innings for Lebanon and allowed zero hits.

The win puts Hanover (8-7) in 12th place in the NHIAA Division II playoff race. If the standings hold, the Marauders would face John Stark, which defeated Hanover earlier in the season, 9-5.

But the Marauders have room to climb as high as 10th, depending on how the final day of the regular season goes. Before the Marauders worry too much about the playoffs, they travel to Plymouth on Friday to end their regular season.