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High schools: Concord baseball heading to semis

  • Hopkinton’s Stephen Flint hits a walk-off single. JEFF SULLIVAN / Sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Hopkinton’s No. 9 gets a Conant runner out at third-base.  Stephen Flint

  • Stephen Flint

  • Hopkinton’s No. 6 heads for third-base. Stephen Flint

  • Tide’s boys’ baseball team plays in the state quarterfinal on Monday. Courtesy

Published: 6/7/2021 5:08:02 PM

The bats will be flying on Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Field as the Concord High baseball and softball teams will both play semifinal games at 4 p.m. for a chance to reach their championship.

On Sunday, the Tide baseball team beat Bedford 3-1 after their game was rained out on Saturday.

“What a great high school baseball game,” Tide Coach Scott Owen said. “It took two days and two different pitchers due to pitching rules.”

Jonah Wachter pitched four innings with six strikeouts and Tyler Wright pitched three innings in relief with four strikeouts. The coach said bother pitchers were “tremendous” on the mound.

On Saturday, Ryan Philbrick picked up clutch hits in the second and fourth innings to knock in two runs.

Then the thunder rolled in, which suspended play for the evening. The game resumed at 11 a.m. Sunday and the Tide kept pouring it on. In the top of the 5th, Wright had an infield single and Wachter walked. Kevin McDonough had an infield single to load the bases and Cam McGonigle walked to bring in Wright for the third run. Bedford answered in the bottom of the inning with one run, but Concord held on to win with some great defense.

“We played great defense, none more important than the 7th when Jonah Wachter made a diving stop for the first out and then almost turned a double play to end it, then followed up by a line drive catch by Nate Wachter to end it,” Owen said.

Concord will face Keene in the semifinals on Saturday. The softball team will face Merrimack. Both games are at 4 at Memorial Field.

“So happy and proud of my players dealing with the adversity,” Owen said. “We are excited to play on Wednesday.”

D-III Baseball

Hopkinton 7, Conant 6 in 8 innings

Key players: Hopkinton — Peyton Marshall (2 hits and 3 RBIs) hit a bases-loaded walk-off single to win it in the bottom of the 8th inning. Aidan O’Brien had two hits and an RBI. Jack Morrall made a great throw out of a runner from centerfield.

Highlights: The Hawks jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd. In the top of the 4th, Conant scored three runs and had runners on second and third with one out when the skies opened and forced the game to be postponed until Sunday. When play resumed, Conant promptly tied the game at 5 in the top of the 4th. The Hawks loaded the bases in the bottom of the 4th and Joe Yanzo drove a long drive to left center that the leftfielder dove and caught that surely saved three runs. Conant, fired up, scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 5th. The Hawks kept battling and scored the tying run in the bottom of the 6th when Owen O’Brien walked with one out, and went to second on an errant pickoff. Peyton Marshall drove a double into the right centerfield gap to tie up the game at 6. In the top of the 8th, freshman Colby Boissy pitched the Hawks to the bottom of the 8th. Max Aframe singled down the leftfield line. Colby Boissy walked, Owen O’Brien laid down a perfect bunt for a base hit to load the bases. With two strikes, Marshall drove another shot into the right field gap to plate Aframe for the win. Marshall pitched 3.2 innings before Boissy pitched the 8th for the win.

Coach’s quote: “Heck of high school baseball game. Both teams made outstanding plays to get out of big jams. Marshall is just a gamer and came through once again for the Hawks.” — David Chase

Records: Hopkinton 10-4; Conant 7-8

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