Semifinal Preview: Division I
- Updated: June 7, 2023
at Holman Stadium, Laconia
No. 7 Concord (16-5) vs. No. 3 Pinkerton Academy (18-4), 4 p.m.
No. 4 Goffstown (16-4) vs. No. 1 Londonderry (20-1), 7 p.m
Three of the four teams in the Division I semifinals advanced with one-run, extra-inning victories in the quarterfinals. Concord beat Exeter 5-4 in eight innings; Goffstown beat Winnacunnet 2-1 in eight innings; and Londonderry topped Bedford 2-1 in nine innings. Pinkerton moved on with a 10-2 victory over Portsmouth. … Londonderry received a nine-inning, complete-game performance from Connor Fennell — the Division I Pitcher of the Year — in its triumph over eighth-seeded Bedford on Saturday. He limited the Bulldogs to six hits and struck out 11. The Lancers tied the game in the bottom of the seventh and then won it when Drew Hennan drove in pinch-runner Zach Mantegari with a two-out single in the ninth. … Noah Durham tossed seven scoreless innings for Goffstown in its 1-0, eight-inning victory over fifth-seeded Winnacunnet on Saturday. Durham allowed one hit and struck out seven. He also came up with the game-winning hit in the eighth. … Londonderry could send Kevin Rourke to the mound Wednesday. Rourke has committed to play Division I baseball at UMass-Lowell. Goffstown will likely counter with Will Perkowski, a First Team All-State selection who has committed to Southern New Hampshire University. Perkowski tossed seven innings in Goffstown’s 3-1 win against 13th-seeded Keene in the preliminary round. He surrendered two hits and struck out eight. … Londonderry was the Division I runner-up last season. Goffstown is seeking its first appearance in the championship game since it lost to Portsmouth in the 2018 Division II final. … The Lancers and Grizzlies did not play each other during the regular season. … The Pinkerton-Concord matchup features the last two Division I champions. Pinkerton won last year’s Division I championship, and Concord beat Winnacunnet to win the title in 2021. … The Astros beat the Crimson Tide 8-6 when the teams met in Derry on May 22. Concord had a 6-5 lead until Pinkerton scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Concord’s Nater Wachter, the Division I Offensive Player of the Year, went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs in the loss. Pinkerton received two hits and four RBIs from shortstop Brendan Horne. … Garrett Hammer is eligible to pitch for Pinkerton today. He tossed a complete game to help the Astros beat Windham 3-0 in the preliminary round. Hammer limited the Jaguars to four hits. … Concord’s Brooks Craigue pitched 6.1 innings when Concord beat Bishop Guertin 8-5 in the preliminary round. He allowed 10 hits, four earned runs, walked two and struck out six.
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