Goffstown's Connor Hujsak (5) is greeted at home plate after his game-ending grand slam in the bottom of the 5th inning. The final was 10-0 and the game was called on the 10-run mercy rule. Team coach Mark Campbell is in the foreground with his arms up in the air. (HARRY KOZLOWSKI)
Goffstown cruises to state Little League title
Hujsak pitched a five-inning shutout, a shutout that was completed when he hit a game-ending grand slam in the fifth inning of Goffstown’s 10-0 victory over Portsmouth in the New Hampshire Little League finals at Donati Field. Goffstown’s win on Sunday enabled the team to sweep the best-of-three series (winning by a combined 19-0) and advance to the New England Regionals in Bristol, Conn.
Hujsak said he was wasn’t thinking about a home run. “I was trying to hit a line drive. (The home run) just happened,” said Hujsak.
“They were able to keep us off balance,” said Griffin. “They were able to mix in fastballs with curveballs. Our hitters didn’t see that in our district pool play.”
Goffstown scored in the second inning thanks to a throwing error to take a 1-0 lead. The winners scored another in the third, aided by some sloppy fielding by Portsmouth.
In the fifth, Goffstown scored twice more before Hujsak came to the plate with the bases loaded and ended the game on the first pitch he saw from reliever Will Fahey.
Timm Kutzer, Jason Linchey and Colby Griffin each had a single for Portsmouth.
The title was Goffstown’s second in four years. Goffstown will take on Maine in the opening game of regional pool play on Friday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. The Maine champ has yet to be determined.