NHIAA Baseball: Mundy outduels Duffley as Exeter tips Central
By ROGER BROWN New Hampshire Union Leader
EXETER — The pitching has been outstanding. The offense? Not so good.
That pretty much sums up Manchester Central’s first four Division I baseball games this season. Central received a complete-game pitching performance from Collin Duffley — the fourth complete game the team has received in as many outings — but dropped to 2-2 following a 3-1 loss to Exeter on Monday.
Central has scored eight runs in its four games.
“Our starter has gone seven in each of our games. Our problem has been run support,” Central coach Kevin O’Leary said. “It doesn’t matter how good our pitching is. If we don’t get the run support, we’re not going to win games.”
Central ran into a good pitcher in Exeter’s James Mundy, who collected the win when Exeter upset top-seeded Londonderry in last year’s Division I championship game. Mundy held Central to four hits and struck out six.
Mundy didn’t allow a run in his first start against Nashua North. He struck out 12 and walked one, but didn’t earn a decision in a game Exeter won 1-0 in 11 innings.
“He’s been pretty good both his starts,” Exeter coach Kevin McQueen said. “He got it done against a pretty solid team. Central is going to win a lot of games, I think.”
The victory raised Exeter’s record to 3-1.
Left-fielder James Peel, Exeter’s leadoff hitter, collected three of the eight hits Duffley allowed. Peel drove in Ryan Kelly with a single in the second, and doubled home Kelly in the sixth. The Blue Hawks also received an RBI single from Dylan Fandrich in the second.
Central scored its run in the sixth, when Nick Makris singled with two outs, moved to second on a throwing error and scored on Duffley’s triple. It was the first run Central had scored in 18 innings.
Central was coming off Friday’s 1-0 loss to Dover.
Central’s other hits came from Andrew Leiter and Mike Plentzas, both singles.
Central brought the tying run to the plate with one out in the seventh, but Mundy collected the second out on a strikeout and the final out on a fly ball to center.
Central even had some bad luck at the plate. After putting its first two batters on base in the second, Kyle Adams popped out to the pitcher, which was the first out in a 1-6-3 triple play.
“It’s nice to see our pitching is doing well,” O’Leary said. “We just have to hope our bats come around sooner rather than later.”