Big inning lifts Sunapee to victory over Gorham
Sunapee's James Fitzgerald, left, lifts up teammate Alex Gioldassis following Saturday's NHIAA Division IV baseball championship victory over Gorham at Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. (JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADER)
Inning after inning, his team had squandered chances and trailed by three runs and time was running late.
Now, the Lakers were on their way. Nine batters, a couple of key hits and a bunch of walks later, Sunapee owned a lead and soon enough a 6-5 win over Gorham for the NHIAA Division IV baseball championship at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Skarin started in left field in the 2012 title game when Sunapee beat Newmarket, 13-1.
And more nerve-wracking.
"I had my doubts around the fourth and fifth innings," Skarin said.
"We were hitting the ball hard, but they were making the plays. We kept plugging away."
"They kept coming and coming," said Gorham coach Matt Marallo.
"They're an impressive squad and they deserved it. They never gave up. They just kept coming."
The Lakers got into Gorham's bullpen and patiently wore down the pitching staff.
Tyler Sanschagrin and Brandon Bisson provided the big blows.
Sunapee got one run back in the bottom of the fifth when Cole Cruz, who had walked, scored on a bases-loaded walk.
The Lakers trailed 4-1 entering the sixth.
"We finally got some timely hits," said Sunapee coach Tom Frederick.
"Nick got things rolling and they all started feeding off him after that."
When the inning was over, Sunapee led 6-4 and then had to hold off a final Gorham rally in the top of the seventh.
Brady Fauteux doubled to score Veazey and went to third on an error.
Sunapee sophomore Ben Robinson, who earned the win with three and a third innings of solid relief, induced the final out of the game on a ground ball to shortstop.
"It was a real tough way to finish," Marallo said. "We got out of a few jams, but then we stopped throwing strikes and that's a killer. ... But we tried to come right back and I thought we were going to be able to piece it together."
The No. 1 Lakers rallied when it mattered most and closed out with a 17-3 record and third title in Frederick's eight years.