Maine gets revenge on New Hampshire in Senior All-Star Game

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Monitor staff
Published: 6/17/2019 10:16:04 PM

Even if it’s just a light-hearted contest, no team wants to endure the 17-0 loss Maine suffered last year when pitted against the top Division I and II players from New Hampshire in the annual Senior All-Star Baseball Game.

So with a new batch of seniors on both sides, Maine got a bit of revenge on Monday afternoon, plating the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning to defeat New Hampshire, 5-4, at Nashua’s Holman Stadium.

“We strung our hits together and they did the same,” said Concord High baseball coach Scott Owen, who assisted on New Hampshire’s staff. “(Maine) was much better than they were last year. It was a good back-and-forth game and they just finished a run ahead of us.”

New Hampshire entered loaded with All-State talent, including three Tide players (Zach Miles, Adrian Kennedy, Ryan Merchant), Bow’s Connor Blandini, Pembroke’s Cam Nixon and John Stark’s Nathan Isabelle.

Miles led off the game with a bang, putting New Hampshire on top 1-0 with an inside-the-park home run.

Maine quickly fired back to tie the game, but New Hampshire again responded with three runs in the sixth behind RBI base knocks from Bishop Guertin teammates Sam Boudreau and Stephen McClendon.

“You get to coach some of the kids you compete against day in and day out: the Pinkerton kids, the BG kids, the Londonderry kids. It’s all these kids that we battle against,” Owen said. “It’s nice to be on the same side of the ball and get to know them as a person.”

Maine eventually clawed all the way back, first with a solo run in the sixth and then with two more in the seventh before a single with runners on second and third produced the winning run in the ninth.

Merchant finished with a single and Kennedy – one of nine pitchers used for the Granite State – tossed an inning of relief.

Stark’s Isabelle also saw the mound and held Maine off the scoreboard for an inning. Division II Player of the Year Blandini drew a walk and Nixon flashed his arm strength by throwing out a runner at second base.

Next up for All-Star festivities is the Baseball Coaches Association of New Hampshire’s Underwood Game. The showcase is designed to put players in front college coaches and major league scouts and is scheduled for Wednesday (6 p.m.) back at Holman Stadium.

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