action:article | category:SPORTS21 | adString:SPORTS21 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » High School Sports

June 14. 2014 9:49PM

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)


 

MANCHESTER - Campbell senior Christian Bourgea crushed - absolutely crushed - the offering from Somersworth pitcher Mike Paquette into the spacious gap in left center field at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium and hustled his way around the bases for a one-out, sixth inning triple.

Junior first baseman Bob Baril followed Bourgea to the plate and lofted a fly ball just behind the drawn-in infield, scoring Bourgea.

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.

Glendye came off the mound and met up with catcher Zach Byers and soon Bourgea and the rest of the Cougars joined the fun.

"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 title was the second in four years for Campbell and third under coach Jim Gorham, the only coach in the school's 13-year history.

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.

"I thought (title) No. 1 would always be the best," Gorham said. "But I'll tell you, I started to well up on that last out."

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.

Campbell's 11-0 win at Somersworth to finish off a doubleheader that started with a win over Bow on the last day of the season fueled the team's run through the playoffs.

"They knew then that they could play with anyone," Gorham said. "We started rolling."

He knew Saturday's game would be nothing like the last one against Somersworth.

"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.

Vinny Bucci, who had reached on the error, later scored on a ground out.

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.

Then came the Campbell sixth.

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.

Bourgea, who was hitting .537 going into the game, had not had much success against Paquette.

"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."

Somersworth played its infield in to try and prevent Bourgea from scoring and Baril dropped in the winning hit.

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.

Glendye allowed four hits, struck out five, walked one and hit a couple of batters.

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.

"That's a tough bus ride home," Gorham said. "They know they had a tremendous season and came this close."


  • Should public schools in NH provide students with firearms safety instruction?
  • Yes
  • 65%
  • No
  • 35%
  • Total Votes: 1958
 NH Sports Angle more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

New OT rule in AHL generating buzz

Slam thunk! Sarah Silverman nearly hit by basketball at Knicks game... but luckily John McEnroe is there to shield her

Spurs' Matt Bonner will wear new Adidas Crazy 8 shoes for Christmas game

Jason Saltmarsh: Runners should never have to pay for their race photos

Ex-official pleads guilty to embezzling thousands from Pembroke football nonprofit

Former New Hampshire goalie DeSmith tells his side of arrest, dismissal from team

NH hockey team moving to Maine could be worth at least $1 million in economic activity say city officials

New owners of Claremont plan to put speedway back on track

Speedway in Claremont bought for nearly $519,000

Lebanon marathoner qualifies for US Olympic Trials

Matt Bonner talks about the end of the run, making the simple play, and playing until he's 40

Ex-UNH goalie agrees to diversion,receive counseling, avoids jail

Wildcats will face Chattanooga in prime time

New England Revolution forward Charlie Davies teaches supporters how to believe

Helmetless Football? Its the new practice at UNH

CASEY DeSMITH

DeSmith officially dismissed from New Hampshire team, but can return to class as of Dec. 20

San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner (15), of Concord, N.H., shoots the ball against Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) during the second half at TD Garden.

Rapper Lil B gives shoutout to…Matt Bonner?

Manchester Central's Tyler Stratton watches his shot get by Spaulding High School (Rochester) goalie Derek Scott during a shootout at the 2012 Bauer Christmas Hockey Classic hosted at JFK Coliseum in Manchester.

VFW downsizing threatens Spaulding hockey due to loss of venue for Bingo fundraisers

Eagles notes: Kelly committed to current job

5 face riot charges in beating incident at football game

Ayotte rips top sports league commissioners for snubbing hearing on domestic violence

Manchester Monarchs sign Josh Gratton to AHL contract

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

    SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

    ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!