NHIAA Baseball Tournament: Astros bounce Central
Pinkerton's pitcher Chris Gerossie delivers a pitch to Central's Andrew Ceiler in the third inning at Pinkerton Academy in Derry on Thursday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Third-seeded Pinkerton and 14th-seeded Manchester Central were tied through four innings, but the Astros scored five runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth to post an 11-1 triumph in the Division I tournament’s preliminary round.
“I think there were some nerves,” Pinkerton coach Steve Campo said. “Even though we had a lot of guys returning from our playoff team last year, it still takes a little bit to get comfortable in big games like this.”
“Collin is a tremendous pitcher,” Central coach Kevin O’Leary said. “Even the best pitchers don’t pitch great all the time. He was unbelievable through the first four, and I don’t think anything changed on his end. They just started to hit him. They’re a good ball club.”
Spears, Pinkerton’s No. 8 hitter, had three hits in the victory. The Astros also received two hits from second baseman Tom Diskin.
Sophomore John Polichetti replaced Gerossie and retired 10 of the 11 batters he faced (one walk).
Central took a 1-0 lead in the third, when Duffley’s single scored Andrew Leiter from second. Leiter singled earlier in the inning.
Pinkerton tied the game in the bottom of the third before it scored 10 runs in the final two innings.
“Duffley’s a heckuva pitcher,” Campo said. “We just finally relaxed and put the barrel on the ball.”