No. 1 Portsmouth survives scare
- Updated: August 4, 2020
Top-seeed Portsmouth scored a run on Oscar Lalime’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning to eliminate No. 8 Salem 8-7 Monday night in the quarterfinal round of the NEIBL’s varsity divison.
Portsmouth led 6-2 until Salem scored five runs in the top of the fifth. Portsmouth tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on a solo home run from Myles Sargent.
Sargent went 2-for-2 in the game with a double, home run and three RBIs. Justin Blumenthal reached base four times and drove in two runs, and Matt Minckler also reached base four times and scored twice. Sargent and No. 9 hitter Zack Yeaton also scored twice.
Trevor DeMinco had two hits and drove in two for Salem, which received a hit and two RBIs from Cole Yennaco, who took the loss.
Silas Witham picked up the win for pitching 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Weare 9, Durham 1
Trevor Anibal pitched six scoreless innings to help No. 2 Weare advance to Wednesday’s semifinals.
Anibal allowed three hits, struck out 11 and didn’t walk a batter. He also went 2-for-2 with a home run and four RBIs.
Brady Philibotte went 3-for-3 and scored twice; Alex Moore also went 3-for-3; Brett Patnode had two hits and an RBI, and Carter Pike homered.
Stratham 6, Salem 0
Second-seeded Stratham sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth and scored five runs in the inning to pull away from No. 7 Salem.
It was a scoreless game until Damon Grace’s single scored pinch-runner T.J. Enright in the bottom the fifth. Dom Stocker, Duncan Cullinane, Roger Davis, Frank Krupp and A.J. Gori scored in the sixth. Culliane had three hits in the victory. Grace finished with two hits and two RBIs.
Stocker started and tossed four scoreless innings. Yeaton got the win for pitching two innings of relief, and David Kohl retired the side in order in the seventh.