Campbell one run better than Somersworth nine, wins NHIAA Div. III baseball title
Ryan Glendye, (far left, bottom) is congratulated by his Campbell High School teammates after their victory over Somersworth in the NHIAA Division III baseball championship game held Saturday morning in Manchester. (Bruce Preston / Union Leader)
Campbell of Litchfield had its lead back and after junior right-hander Ryan Glendye mowed the Hilltoppers down in the seventh, the Cougars had a 3-2 triumph and the NHIAA 2014 Division III championship and the celebration was on.
"Last night was a rough one to be honest," Glendye said. "It was a sleepless one. I probably got four hours of sleep and I went to bed at 8. I was more anxious to get out there than nervous. It was all worth it."
The Cougars also beat Somersworth for their second title in 2011. They won their first championship with a 3-2 win over Newmarket in 2006.
No. 3 did not come easily.
No. 1 seed Campbell and No. 2 Somersworth came in with matching records and had split a pair of regular season games.
"They knew then that they could play with anyone," Gorham said. "We started rolling."
"They're our equals," Gorham said. "We just got the last break today."
The Cougars grabbed the lead with a pair of runs in the second inning when Baril led off with a triple and then scored on an outfield error.
The Hilltoppers tied it with a run in the third on an RBI single by Jeremy Jacques and another in the fifth that came in on Paquette's sacrifice fly to right.
With one out, Bourgea came to the plate.
Gorham said he had challenged the senior slugger, who plans to play his baseball at Keene State next season, on the bus ride to the game to come up a big hit in the title game.
"He wasn't missing by much, but he was missing," Gorham said.
Not this time.
"He's a tough pitcher," Bourgea said. "But he left that one a little too much over the plate and I jumped all over it."
Glendye made great use of his curveball and was ahead in the count all day - he threw first-pitch strikes to a remarkable 26 of the 29 batters he faced - and did it again in the seventh.
Paquette gave up five hits, struck out six and did not walk a batter and took a hard-luck loss.
Somersworth finished at 17-3 and came up just short again: The Hilltoppers have made it to the title game four of the last five years and have lost each time.