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NHIAA Baseball: Eight-run fifth lifts Grizzlies

New Hampshire Union Leader

May 21. 2018 10:19PM

GOFFSTOWN — Baseball isn’t like boxing, where a fighter who wins the most rounds can prevail by a majority decision. In baseball, one bad inning can negate six good ones.

That’s what happened to the Windham High School baseball team against Goffstown on Monday. The Grizzlies trailed by three runs after four innings, but scored eight runs in the fifth en route to a 9-4 triumph.

Goffstown (13-3) collected seven of the nine hits it had in the game in the fifth.

“The Portsmouth whooping aside (23-4), every game we’ve lost this year we’ve had that one inning,” Windham coach Leo Gravel said. “To their credit, they got the timely hits when they needed it, but if you could take an inning out of each game we’d have a completely different record. Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way.”

Goffstown sent 12 batters to the plate in the fifth, when it turned a 4-1 deficit into a 9-4 advantage. Among the key hits in the inning were Bobby Doherty’s single that tied the game; Ethan Smith’s two-run single that handed the Grizzlies a 6-4 lead; and Clay Campbell’s three-run double that put the Grizzlies up by five runs and served as the knockout blow. Campbell, Goffstown’s second baseman, had three hits and also reached base on a walk.

“Clay’s had an incredible year,” Goffstown coach Adam Lawrence said. “His average is up there, he’s making the (defensive) plays — he’s been superb for us. He was with us last year as a sophomore and part of the reason we brought him up young is because this is what we expected out of him at some point.”

St. Anselm-bound Taylor French pitched six innings to collect the win and raise his record to 5-0. French allowed seven hits, including a solo home run by Cam Burns, and struck out nine. Mitch Scacchi pitched a scoreless seventh.

Third baseman Will McKee had two hits for the Jaguars (8-6).

Windham’s Tyler Toohey tossed four strong innings before running into trouble in the fifth. His day on the mound ended after Smith’s two-run single made it 6-4.

“He seemed fine,” Gravel said. “He had a couple close pitches not go his way. The thing about Tyler is he competes and he’s better than any guy I’m going to bring in to get himself out of trouble. He likes to get himself out of the trouble that he created, so that’s why we stick with him a little longer than some.”

Doherty, who had a double in the first, was the only other Goffstown player with more than one hit. First baseman Justin Pinard drove in two with a sacrifice fly in the first and a run-scoring single in the fifth.

“Seven out of our first nine outs were fly balls,” Lawrence said. “That’s them not being focused at the plate. The inning where we scored all the runs we had two fly balls. The rest were ground balls and line drives. Put the ball on the ground and hit line drives and good things are going to happen.”

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