Local summer baseball teams headed to playoffs

Monitor staff
Published: 8/4/2020 3:19:54 PM

The Weare Nationals advanced to Wednesday’s New England Independent Baseball League semifinals with a 9-1 win over Durham on Monday. The second-seeded Nationals (16-4) will face No. 3 Londonderry at 5:30 p.m. at Weare Middle School on Wednesday. The two teams split a pair of one-run games during the regular season in the NEIBL, which features high school-age players who would have likely been playing American Legion baseball this summer if it had been offered.

Brady Philibotte, a rising senior at John Stark Regional High, went 3-for-3 with a walk and scored two runs for Weare in Monday’s quarterfinal win. Brett Patnode, who just graduated from Stark and is playing college baseball at Division II American International, went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and a stolen base.

No. 1 Portsmouth will host No. 4 Keene in the other semifinal.


The Concord Cannons 18U team finished 17-2-1 this summer to earn the top spot in the playoffs for the New Hampshire COVID Baseball League, which is made up mostly of high school-age players who would have been on club teams this summer.

The Cannons will face No. 8 Nashua (8-11-1) in a best-of-three first round series starting on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Memorial Field in Concord. Game 2 will be held at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, although the time is still to be determined.

The Upper Valley Anglers (11-9) are the No. 4 seed and will host No. 5 NH Prospects White (9-11) at Lebanon High School on Friday at 5:30 to kick off their first round series. No. 7 Lakes Region (9-11) will travel to Keays Field in Rochester to meet No. 2 Seacoast Pirates (15-5) on Friday at 5:30 p.m. with Game 2 of that series scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. at Robbie Mills Field in Laconia. No. 3 Seacoast Pirates Silver (13-7) vs. No. 6 Dover (9-11) is the other NHCBL playoff matchup.

Sunset League

Men’s league baseball in Concord has moved to the playoffs after the Sunset League completed its regular season on July 31. Grappone finished first with at 7-4-1 and was followed by Plymouth State (7-5), Granite State Iron Pigs (7-5), Noonan Painting (6-5-1), Century 21 (6-6) and Sanel (2-10).

No. 4 Noonan took a 1-0 lead in its best-of-three playoff series against No. 1 Grappone with a 10-8 win on Monday. No. 2 Plymouth State is taking on No. 3 Iron Pigs in the other semifinal. The winners of those two series will play a best-of-five finals at Memorial Field starting on Monday.

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