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Little League: NH advances

A closer look at North Manchester Hooksett’s 4-1 victory over Nolensville, Tenn., Saturday at the Little League World Series:


PLAY OF THE GAME: New Hampshire second baseman Keith Townsend added to New Hampshire’s lead immediately after Tennessee cut it in half. Up 2-1, Townsend’s base hit to center field drove in two runs.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Tristan Lucier was dialed in on the mound for New Hampshire. In five innings (the maximun 85 pitches), Lucier struck out 10 and limited Tennessee to two hits.

BIG INNING: Tennessee made mistakes early, and New Hampshire capitalized. New Hampshire seized the momentum by scoring twice in the first inning on wild pitches to take a 2-0 lead.

COACHSPEAK: “We did a lot of work in the cage,” New Hampshire manager Tim DeVall said. “We would scout (Tennessee) on ESPN+ there, and they had a lot of left-handed pitching, and we didn’t really face too much of that. In the cage, we did a lot of soft toss on their knees, kind of on that side armor. We thought we were going to see them, so we did a lot of soft toss on their knees to make sure that it was solid to try and prepare for it. Us coaches can’t really throw that way, so the closest thing was the underhand soft toss.”

UP NEXT: The loss elimainted Tennessee (0-2) from the double-elimination tournament. New Hampshire (1-1) moves on in the losers’ bracket and will play again Monday ( 3 p.m.).


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