NHIAA D-III Baseball: Campbell, Somersworth to play for title
Campbell took out No. 12 Berlin, 10-0 in six innings via the 10-run rule, and Somersworth outlasted Bow, 8-7 in eight innings, in the semifinals on Thursday at Southern New Hampshire University.
The Hilltoppers won 5-1 in Litchfield on May 9. Campbell returned the favor, 11-0, in Somersworth on May 27.
Campbell collected 12 hits and took advantage of five walks. Tyler Butler, Zachary Byers and Christian Bourgea each had a pair of hits.
Berlin finished at 11-8.
Bow senior Nate Corriveau, trying to snuff another rally and get the game to the ninth inning, blew a couple of fastballs past Somersworth sophomore third baseman Eamon Smith.
Smith got his bat on the ball and sent it past the shortstop and into left field to score Cody Bryant, another sophomore, for the run that lifted over Bow.
“When it’s coming that fast, you don’t need to swing that hard,” Smith said. “I saw it going up the middle and saw the shortstop dive for it.
The Hilltoppers advance to the championship game for the fourth time in the last five years. They have lost their last three title games.
Somersworth won the Class M title in 2005.
The title game is a rematch of the 2011 championship. The Cougars won that game 4-2. They also took the championship in 2006.
Bow, which got its game to extra innings with a wild comeback, closed out the season at 12-8.
In the eighth, Bryant — who got an improbable win on the mound as well — singled with one out.
Then Smith delivered his third hit of the game, sending Somersworth to the finals.
Sebastian Strong walked and Evan Vulgamore and Sam Moore each singled to load the bases. Paquette walked Chris Fournier to score one run and cut Somersworth’s lead to 7-6.
He brought Bryant in from second base.
A wild pitch allowed Vulgamore to score with the tying run. But Bryant got a strikeout to end the threat and they moved to extra innings.
Paquette and Smith had RBI singles in the first inning and starting pitcher Drew Colbert knocked in the third run with a sacrifice fly.
Bow got a run back in the top of the third.
Somersworth matched that in its half of the winning and led 7-1 after three.
The Falcons scored a single run in the sixth when Somersworth threw the ball around after a wild pitch.