Roger Brown's Diamond Notes: Titles were extra sweet for Goffstown, Londonderry
The Londonderry High School and Goffstown High School baseball teams won championships in their respective divisions Saturday, one year after each was upset on Championship Saturday.
“Redemption is awesome,” said Goffstown’s Tyler Perron, who tossed a complete game against Plymouth. “(Last year’s loss) definitely motivated us. Since Day 1, all we’ve been thinking about is getting back here and winning it.”
“The goal all year was to win the last game,” Goffstown coach Adam Lawrence said. “We knew we were capable of getting here. Again, it’s one thing to get here, but you have to win that last game.”
“Coach made it pretty clear all season that this is what we were practicing for — to win a championship,” said Londonderry’s Tom Corey, Saturday’s winning pitcher. “All the seniors on this team and a couple juniors know what it felt like last year.
The Lancers ended their season with a 17-7 record.
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SOME teams improve throughout the regular season. The Dover softball team showed significant improvement throughout the postseason.
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TOP-SEEDED teams went 3-2 Saturday. In addition to Goffstown’s victory over Plymouth, the top-seeded Campbell of Litchfield baseball team beat second-seeded Somersworth, 3-2, in the Division III championship, and the top-seeded Coe-Brown Northwood Academy softball team defeated seventh-seeded John Stark Regional of Weare, 6-5, to claim the Division III title.
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THE Coe-Brown softball team was playing in a championship game for the fifth time in the last seven seasons. Coe-Brown’s only other title during that stretch came in 2010, when the Bears beat Kennett of Conway, 5-3, in what was then known as Class I. Coe-Brown’s Amanda Riley and Kianna Daudelin hit back-to-back home runs in the victory over John Stark. ..… The Somersworth baseball team has lost in the Division III championship game in four of the last five seasons. … Ben Byerly, Londonderry’s No. 9 hitter, entered Saturday’s game with a .224 batting average and three RBIs this season, but he collected two hits, an RBI and scored a run against rival Pinkerton.