Roger Brown's Diamond Notes: Londonderry's Del Signore dominantBy ROGER BROWN
New Hampshire Union Leader
May 29. 2014 9:52PM
You know you’re having a good spring when the low point of your baseball season is a 1-0 loss in which you pitched a complete game and struck out 14.
That’s the case with Londonderry High School’s Rob Del Signore, a pitcher/first baseman who has been nearly unhittable this year. Del Signore’s dominance on the mound is one of the reasons he was selected as the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year earlier this week.
“I never really gave (the award) much thought,” Del Signore said. “I just try to play my best baseball and win as a team. I was lucky enough to win the award.”
Del Signore, a senior, entered Thursday’s game against Merrimack with a .295 batting average and a team-high 19 RBIs. He was also 4-1 on the mound with a 0.31 ERA and two shutouts. He had 86 strikeouts, 13 walks and had allowed 22 hits in 45 innings for a Londonderry team that was 12-6 with two Division I games to play.
Del Signore recorded a season-high 17 strikeouts against both Nashua North and Bedford. He was named Londonderry’s MVP last season, when the Lancers earned the No. 1 seed for the Division I tournament, but lost to Exeter in the title game.
“He’s got an above-average fastball, good control and a devastating curveball,” Salem coach Dan Kelleher said. “He’s also a good position player who can hit the ball, and he’s an outstanding kid.”
In addition to baseball ability, the Gatorade Player the Year award is based on character and academics.
Del Signore has verbally committed to play for Southern New Hampshire University next season. He is expected to pitch in college.
“On a good day my fastball, changeup and curve are all working — those three pitches,” Del Signore said. “This is my best year pitching-wise.
‘I’d definitely say this is my biggest award, but winning a state championship has always been my number one goal.”
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THE postseason will begin Tuesday, when the preliminary round of the Division III baseball and softball tournaments will be held. The preliminary round for the Division I, Division II and Division IV softball tournaments will begin Wednesday, and the Division I, Division II and Division IV baseball tournaments will start Thursday.
The baseball and softball championship games are scheduled for Saturday, June 14. Southern New Hampshire University will be the site for the Division I (7 p.m.) and Division II (4:30 p.m.) softball championship games. The Division III and Division IV title games will be held at Plymouth State University. The Division III game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m., and the Division IV game will begin at 2 p.m.
The baseball championship games in all divisions will be played at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. The schedule: Division I (4 p.m.), Division II (7 p.m.), Division III (10 a.m.) and Division IV (1 p.m.).
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THE Goffstown baseball team secured the No. 1 seed for the Division II tournament by beating Plymouth 5-2 Tuesday. Portsmouth upset top-seeded Goffstown in last year’s Division II championship game. … The Campbell of Litchfield softball team has scored 66 runs in its last three games. … The Hanover baseball team will wrap up a stretch of seven games in five days when it plays at Souhegan of Amherst on Saturday. … The White Mountains of Whitefield softball team completed an unbeaten regular season (16-0) by beating Inter-Lakes of Meredith 22-0 Wednesday. The Conant of Jaffrey softball team, the only other unbeaten baseball or softball team in the state, can complete its regular season with a 16-0 record by beating Hopkinton today. White Mountains and Conant both compete in Division III. … Sam Leahy hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Newmarket baseball team an 11-9 victory over Derryfield School of Manchester on Tuesday. … The Spaulding of Rochester softball team extended its winning streak to 13 games with Wednesday’s 5-1 triumph over Concord.
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