NHIAA Baseball: Londonderry tripped up
Londonderry's Brett Evanelista makes it back to first as Dover's Anthony Lupi awaits the throw during Friday's game. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Londonderry starter Tom Corey hadn’t allowed a run to that point, but Dover’s next five batters reached base. Dover scored four runs in the inning and then had to survive some scary moments in the seventh, but held on for a 4-3 victory.
“To this point in the season we’ve been pretty successful trying to grind out at-bats that are positive for us, even if we’re out,” Dover coach John Carver said. “I would put forth the argument that in the first round of hitting we ground out some at-bats. Tommy got us out, but they were positive for us in that we got to see a couple of his pitches and got to feel a little more comfortable against him. It benefitted us with the two outs, for sure.”
“The book on Dover is that they don’t beat themselves,” Londonderry coach Brent Demas said. “The don’t stand out in any one area, but they’re solid in all areas. Sometimes that’s all you need. They’re obviously undefeated for a reason.”
Londonderry dropped to 6-2 and is tied for second place with Timberlane of Plaistow.
“For us, he’s a known quantity,” Carver said. “Maybe for others not so much.”
“I still think they’re the team to beat,” Carver said. “Tom is certainly as good a pitcher as anybody has, and they have Robby (Del Signore) too, so that makes Londonderry very tough. We feel very fortunate to come out of here with a win.”