Roger Brown's Diamond Notes: Londonderry's Del Signore dominant
Londonderry starter Rob Del Signore throws during last week's game against Trinity in Londonderry. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
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.
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.
In addition to baseball ability, the Gatorade Player the Year award is based on character and academics.
“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.
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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 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.