New Hampshire Hardball

Bow, Londonderry claim titles

Monday’s two NHIAA baseball championship games at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium were each decided by one run. Top-seeded Bow nipped second-seeded Hollis/Brookline 5-4 in the Division II championship game, and fourth-seeded Londonderry edged sixth-seeded Bedford 1-0 in the Division I title game.


Riley Elliott’s two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning erased a 4-3 deficit and handed Bow the victory. Pinch-runners Brian Carter and Evan Provost scored on the play.

Bow (18-2) led 1-0 after three innings and 3-2 through four, but the Cavaliers (16-3) took a 4-3 lead on RBI singles from Grant Snyder and Max Mello in the fourth. Mello had three hits in the loss.

Matthew Lamy earned the win for pitching 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. Lamy, Connor Blandini and Benjamin Harris each collected two hits for Bow. Lamy was intentionally walked to load the bases before Elliott came up with the game-winning hit.

Each of Bow’s three tournament victories came by one run. It was the program’s first state championship since the Falcons beat Farmington 4-1 in the 2003 Class M championship game.


Nolan Lincoln pitched seven shutout innings to lead the Londonderry to its first state championship since 2014, when the Lancers beat Pinkerton to win the Division I championship.

Lincoln, a junior, held sixth-seeded Bedford to four hits, struck out four and didn’t walk a batter. He threw 94 pitches.

Trevor Anibal pitched all six innings for the Bulldogs (15-7). He allowed three hits and struck out seven.

Fourth-seeded Londonderry (19-5) scored the game’s only run in the fourth inning, when Sean Cavanaugh’s two-out single scored Nick Cote from second.

Bedford stranded two runners in the seventh.

Third baseman Nick Douidi had two of Bedford’s four hits. Michael Pratte and Jared Neikam singled against Lincoln.

It was Bedford’s third straight loss in the Division I championship game.


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