Concord, Weare knocked out of American Legion baseball tournament

Monitor staff
Published: 7/24/2021 8:54:43 PM

NASHUA – Both Concord and John Stark won their high school state championships at Nashua’s Holman Stadium in the spring, but the magic ran out this time around, as both Concord Post 21 and Weare Post 65 lost their second tournament games on Saturday.

Post 21 (9-11) gave up an early three-run lead and Keene Post 4 (11-8) scored four runs in the top of the seventh to earn a 7-4 victory, eliminating Concord from the American Senior Legion State Tournament.

Keene previously bested Post 21 in all three District A regular-season games.

When Concord High won the NHIAA Division I title in June, Jonah Wachter threw a no-hitter, and Wachter started off Saturday morning on a hot streak, striking out seven in the first four innings.

Wachter – who recently committed to Division I Tulane University – was supported by strong hitting from teammates Mike Stoddard (2-for-3, RBI, run, walk), Jake Sullivan (2-for-3, double, walk, two runs, steal), Tyler Wright (0-for-2, two walks, RBI) and Kyle Martin (1-for-3, run, steal).

Keene tied the game in the top of the fifth thanks to an RBI single from Logan Thatcher (1-for-3, two runs) and back-to-back RBI doubles from Kevin Putnam (1-for-4, run) and Casey Jordan (3-for-4, two doubles, two RBI, run).

Sullivan had a leadoff double in the bottom of the fifth, and Wright brought him home on a sacrifice fly to give Concord a 4-3 lead.

With their tournament hopes on the line, Keene scored four runs in the top of the seventh, taking advantage of another RBI double from Jordan, RBI single from Connor Heise (1-for-2, walk, run), an error on the Concord infield and three walks.

“It’s a testament to the great baseball being played in this tournament and how tough it is to win ballgames,” Concord head coach Josh Jarnot said. “We had plenty of opportunities with runners on earlier in the game, and we weren’t able to open the game up. Keene hung around, had some opportune hits and did the job.”

Wachter pitched well in 5⅔ innings to start the game, striking out eight and allowing three walks, three runs and five hits. Kevin McDonough pitched the final two-thirds of the seventh with the bases loaded, getting Concord out of a jam.

Jordan pitched six innings of relief for Keene, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out four and walking two.

Concord lost to District B top seed Nashua, 5-2, on Friday for their first loss.

Weare (12-8) also gave up an early lead, allowing three runs to in the bottom of the fifth and the bottom of the sixth in a 7-3 loss to Dover Post 8 (13-5).

Post 65 had two errors in the first inning and Dover’s Jackson McCoy (3-for-4, three RBI, run) had an RBI double to put Post 8 up 1-0, but Weare’s Nate Innerfield responded with a leadoff single in the second and scored on Brett Patnode’s RBI triple.

Patnode scored on an error to give Post 65 a 2-1 lead.

Ken Healy had an RBI double and Weare’s infield committed two errors in the fifth (out of five total) to put Dover up, 4-2.

Brady Philibotte had a sacrifice fly that scored Alex Moore in the top of the sixth to cut the deficit to 4-3, but Dover’s McCoy had an RBI single and Jack Dalton had a two-run double to ice the game in the bottom of the sixth.

Weare starter Austin Hazzard struck out seven batters in 4⅔ innings, while Dover starter only allowed three hits in a complete-game effort.

Weare was sent to the loser’s bracket after a 4-2 loss to Exeter Post 32 late Friday night. Post 32 took advantage of five walks and a two-run single from Kosta Mocklis (3-for-4) to take a 4-0 lead through two innings.

Philibotte scored in the top of the seventh on a triple by Hazzard, who stole home on the next batter to cut Weare’s deficit to 4-2.

Jeff Wagner and Carter Pike got on base with walks and were on second and third with two outs and almost scored when Kam Bergeron hit a line drive deep into the gap in left center, but Exeter left fielder Colin Grenier made a phenomenal diving catch for the game’s final out.

Senior Legion State Tournament

At Holman Stadium, Nashua

Double-elimination tournament

Friday

Game 1 – Nashua 5, Concord 2

Game 2 – Laconia 10, Dover 7

Game 3 – Po rtsmouth 9, Keene 2

Game 4 – Exeter 4, Weare 2

Saturday

Game 5 – Keene 7, Concord 4

Game 6 – Dover 7, Weare 3

Game 7 – Nashua (15-3) vs. Portsmouth (12-6)

Game 8 – Laconia (11-8) vs. Exeter (10-8)

Sunday

Game 9 – Dover (13-5) vs. loser Game 7, 1 p.m.

Game 10 – Keene (11-8) vs. loser Game 8, 4 p.m.

G ame 11 – winner Game 7 vs. winner Game 8, 7 p.m.

Monday

Game 12 – winner Game 9 vs. winner Game 10, 4 p.m.

Game 13 – loser Game 11 vs. winner Game 12, 7 p.m.

Tuesday

Game 14 – winner Game 11 vs. winner Game 13, 4 p.m.

Game 15 – rematch if Game 14 loser only has one loss, 7 p.m.




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