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Goffstown beats Massachusetts in Little League regional

Staff Report
August 08. 2017 5:21AM
Goffstown's Logan Simmons, shown hitting a home run during the NH state championship, homered and pitched four scoreless, hitless innings during Monday's win over Massachusetts. (JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADER)

Logan Simmons pitched four scoreless, hitless innings and hit a three-run home run to pace Goffstown to an 8-2 win over Holden, Mass., in Little League New England Regional play Monday night in Bristol, Conn.

With the win, Goffstown advances to the winners bracket final Wednesday, where it will play Fairfield, Conn., at 7 p.m. Holden, Mass., plays an elimination game today against Essex Junction, Vt., at 1 p.m.

Holden took the early lead in the first inning, scoring a run on a wild pitch. Goffstown rallied for two runs in the second inning as Jack Wilkinson singled, advanced to second on a walk to Ronnie Morgan and scored on a double by Ryan Strand. Aiden O’Connell drew a walk to load the bases with no out, but consecutive fielder’s choice groundouts produced two quick outs at home. With the bases loaded and two outs, O’Connell scored on a wild pitch to give the New Hampshire champions a 2-1 lead.

It was short-lived when Massachusetts tied the contest in the home second, getting an RBI hit from Travis Moran.

Nate Innerfield started the game for Goffstown on the mound and allowed both runs on two hits, but was replaced by Simmons in the third inning with no outs after Innerfield hit leadoff batter Sean Verrier on his 66th pitch of the game.

Verrier advanced to second on a passed ball and went to third when Eli Robbins reached on a fielder’s choice with no outs. Simmons bore down, getting three outs including the third out at home when Simmons took a throw from catcher Brayden Hollinrake and tagged out Verrier trying to steal home on a wild pitch.

The momentum carried into the fourth frame when Simmons, with O’Connell (single) and Ryan Cote (walk) aboard, launched an 0-2 delivery over the left field fence for a two-out, three-run homer for a 5-2 lead.

After the home run, New Hampshire loaded the bases, but couldn’t score any more runs. The same thing happened back in the first inning and after four innings, Goffstown had stranded seven runners.

In the fifth, Goffstown scored three runs on wild pitches, with Strand, O’Connell and Cote crossing the plate to make it 8-2.

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