Baseball: No. 4 Bow’s season ends in 12-2 home defeat to Hanover

  • Bow’s Luke Wilke (8) dives back to first ahead of the pick off attempt from the pitcher during its quarterfinal game against Hanover. The Falcons lost 12-2 on Saturday. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bow’s Owen Petretta (13) heads for third base in the bottom of the first inning of the Division II quarterfinals against Hanover. The Falcons lost 12-2 on Saturday. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

Monitor staff
Published: 6/4/2022 9:33:08 PM

BOW – As Saturday’s sun dipped low in the summer sky it matched the drooped heads of Bow baseball. The No. 4 Falcons (13-5) had just been handed a hard-to-swallow 12-2 home loss in the quarterfinals of the Division II tournament by No. 2 Hanover (13-4). The group of 16 teenagers mingled among themselves and their coaches in shallow left field – none wanting to be the first to walk off the diamond for the final time in 2022. Instead, the young men hugged one another, and shared words known only to them. Then in a sullen procession the players walked back to their dugout. Some with tear-streaked faces that proved Tom Hanks wrong; there is, and should be, crying in baseball. 

“There were a lot of fun. They were fun to coach,” said Bow coach Ben Forbes with a smile. “It was tough to be in a bad mood around this group.”

The group was one for exceeding expectations. Bow finished the 2021 regular season 8-8 and bowed out in the first round of the playoffs. Forbes wasn’t sure what he’d see from the 2022 team whose schedule looked daunting. 

“I think that this team played beyond my preseason expectation… by a lot,” said Forbes. “Coming off last year where I think we finished like eight and eight regular season and things just really weren't clicking. And we didn't play the same strength schedule that we did this year so rolling into this year I was saying, ‘oh, boy, you know we struggled a little bit last year. Now we're playing a regular schedule again and there's some good baseball teams in this division.’ So, I was I was hoping for maybe a .500 season, and they exceeded that expectation.” 

Forbes fondly broke down how his team were able to nab the four seed. 

“They came together. They complemented each other strength and weakness wise. We won with pitching by committee and being able to play small ball to generate runs and force mistakes from the other teams. And that's the way we were able to get it done during the regular season,” said Forbes. 

Those attributes were lacking Saturday. Everything Bow needed to work for a win went the other way. 

“The bats were quiet,” said Forbes. “We didn’t play the defense we needed to today to keep them off the board. And our pitching didn’t hold up. It was the trifecta of the things that we needed to do well all season to win the number of games that we did. And it’s just unfortunate today that things unfolded the way that we did.” 

On the other side of the diamond Hanover had a tremendous outing. 

“Credit to Hanover,” said Forbes. “They hit the ball hard all day, they pitched well, and they didn’t make any mistakes. And that’s what you need to do to win high school tournament baseball games. And we unfortunately just fell short today.”

Looking to next season Bow will return eight players including most of their pitching staff. Forbes said he has hope for the 2023 Falcons. 

“I got I got a nice group of guys coming back, graduating a lot, but they got a lot of experience this year. So, I'm excited about that (next year),” said Forbes.  




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