Post 22 loss has a sour ring to it

  • The Lebanon Post 22 seniors' Kegan Silovich gets a hit off of Laconia Post 1 pitcher Garrett Demas in the third inning of their game in Lebanon, N.H., on July 12, 2019. Laconia won, 3-2. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Lebanon Post 22 senior's Ethan Brueckner strikes out in the seventh inning with the bases loaded against Laconia Post 1 in Lebanon, N.H., on July 12, 2019. Laconia held on to win, 3-2. At left is Laconia catcher Cole Winkelmann. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Lebanon Post 22 senior first baseman Derek Griffin chases a foul ball to the fence in the third inning of their game with Laconia Post 1 in Lebanon, N.H., on July 12, 2019. Laconia won, 3-2. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 7/12/2019 9:50:44 PM
Modified: 7/12/2019 9:50:31 PM

LEBANON — Ring, ring, ring!

The bicycle bell sounded from the Laconia Post 1 senior American Legion baseball dugout whenever the visitors recorded a strikeout or made a significant play Friday evening at Lebanon High. Host Post 22 heard it regularly during a frustrating, 3-2 loss.

Lebanon stranded 14 runners during the seven-inning contest, leaving the bases loaded during the first, second and seventh frames. Post 22 twice popped bunt attempts into outs and the game’s final two batters, Stevens High’s Tyler Bonneau and 2018 Mascoma High graduate Ethan Brueckner, struck out.

That Brueckner’s last swing came on a pitch up by his eyeglasses was fitting. Lebanon chased bad balls throughout and tumbled to 7-4, while Laconia improved to 7-6.

“It happened all day long and that’s not what we preach,” said coach Rob Woodward, whose program finished third in the state playoffs last summer. “When their pitcher throws 80 pitches and walks seven through three innings, you better get some runs across.”

Joey Perras, a rising senior at Hanover High, pitched the first six innings, allowing five hits and three runs while striking out four batters and walking three. The righthander began with eight consecutive balls and was visited by Woodward before surrendering a two-run double. Laconia plated its third run on the next batter’s ground out.

“I didn’t have a good feel for my pitches at the start but I kind of settled down for most of the rest of the game,” said Perras, who missed last summer because of elbow problems. “I was on a tight leash and Woody came out and gave it to me straight. He told me to take a breath and just fire the ball in.”

Lebanon scored its first run during the fifth inning when Hanover’s Kegan Silovich hit a one-out single and stole second, scampering home on errant throws by the catcher and center fielder. Post 22 pulled within 3-2 during the sixth when pinch-hitter Kyle Young singled and pinch-runner Brueckner took second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Hanover’s Nolan Gantrish.

Brueckner struck out the side in the seventh, and his team had seven hits, but not a good day at the plate, overall. Woodward said he’s concerned that players who earned starting roles have become complacent, as evidenced by poor baserunning and a willingness to watch fast balls sail past for strikes.

“We just didn’t take care of business with our situational at-bats,” said Perras, who was 0-for-4. “We were chasing the high fastball but our team’s been maturing a lot and hopefully that won’t happen again.

“These fiery competitions between good teams are fun, even if it didn’t turn out the way we wanted.”

Ring, ring, ring!

Notes: Lebanon plays seven games in the next eight days before the state tournament starts on July 26 in Nashua. … Woodward said his son, Jake, a former Lebanon High and St. John’s (N.Y.) University pitcher, is a couple of months from achieving first class status as a lineman for Green Mountain Power. That’s the highest level other than crew chief, the coach said. … Spotted working out on the adjacent track during the game was former Raiders track star Corinne Kennedy, now halfway through her Cornell University career. … Perras, also a goaltender for Hanover’s soccer team, said he’s aiming to play baseball at the NCAA Division III level, hopefully at Maine’s Colby College or at Trinity (Conn.) College, members of the New England Small College Athletic Association. … Lebanon High’s infield was firm afoot thanks to work by a hired contractor, but the dirt also sprouts sizable patches of weeds. One of those toiling on the surface Friday morning was Post 22 and Kimball Union pitcher and outfielder Trey Parker. … Keene Post 4 is 0-12 in senior Legion play and 0-8 on the junior level.

Tris Wykes can be reached at twykes@vnews.com.




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