New Hampshire Hardball

Tides suffer first loss

The defending champion Kingston Night Owls ended the Northeast Tides 10-game winning streak and undefeated season behind a complete-game pitching performance from right-hander Sean Callahan, who led his team to a 2-0 victory on Saturday.

Callahan and Tides starting pitcher Kevin Gould squared off in what proved to be a classic pitchers duel. Offense would be at a premium on both sides as Callahan and Gould worked some magic.  There were six combined hits between the two clubs on the afternoon.

Kingston’s Michael Pierro led off the second inning with a double and later scored on a ground ball out to third base.

In the third frame, Pierro’s second bid for a hit and and additional run for Kingston was extinguished by a diving catch by Tides center fielder, Ryan Coleman. Coleman’s tremendous speed allowed him to catch up to the gap shot heading to left center. Coleman perfectly timed his fully extended dive for the final out of the inning.

The Tides best opportunity to cash in on the offensive side came in their third frame as well. Zack Clough and Axel Post led off the inning with back-to-back singles, however the potential rally was thwarted by a 4-6-3 double play.

The Night Owls were able to score an unearned insurance run in the top of the seventh.

Gould pitched the first five innings for the Tides. He allowed two hits and compiled six strikeouts against one walk.

Bobby Cliche finished the game for Northeast and pitched two solid innings. Cliche allowed one hit and struck out three Night Owl hitters.


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