Roger Brown's Diamond Notes: Pitching is everything come tournament time
“Seeding doesn’t really matter (in the postseason),” Londonderry coach Brent Demas said. “If Trinity ends up being the 16th seed, I wouldn’t want to see him (Giampetruzzi). Sometimes it’s better not to be No. 1.”
That’s why many of the state’s baseball coaches have been lobbying to change the tournament format. Some would like to see a best-of-three series used for the preliminary round. Others have mentioned the possibility of reducing the tournament field to 12 teams and rewarding the top-four teams in each division with a preliminary-round bye.
“On any given day anybody can get beat in this league,” Trinity coach Paul Lemire said. “It depends on the pitching and who’s throwing against who. There’s some good pitching out there.
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CONVAL of Peterborough’s Courtney Fisher became the second NHIAA softball pitcher to record at least 700 career strikeouts during a 4-2 loss to Sanborn of Kingston on May 16.
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THE Manchester Central baseball team has allowed five runs in its five victories. … The Spaulding of Rochester softball team has won 11 in a row since its 2-2 start. The Red Raiders (13-2) are alone at the top of the Division I standings entering today’s game against Bishop Guertin of Nashua. … The Goffstown baseball team’s 13-game winning streak ended with Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to Hollis/Brookline. … The Hopkinton and Kearsarge of North Sutton baseball teams are scheduled to play Sunday (4:30 p.m.) at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, after the Fisher Cats-Sea Dogs game. Jake Nelson, who has scholarship offers from Duke and Georgia Tech, is scheduled to pitch for Hopkinton. Nelson, who throws in the low 90s, is 3-1 with a 1.60 ERA this season. He has 40 strikeouts in 35 innings. … The Division I game between Salem and Concord is the top softball game on today’s schedule. Salem, which will be at home for today’s contest, is 12-2 and in second place in the Division I standings. Concord is 12-3 and in third. … Winnacunnet of Hampton pitcher Danny Fields collected his first varsity victory Sunday, when he pitched a complete game in Winnacunnet’s 1-0 triumph over rival Exeter. Fields allowed three hits, struck out six and walked one.