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Legion squad suffers pair of tough losses

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider
July 02, 2012
ALTON — The Alton Post #72 Legion baseball team had a couple of tough losses early last week, though they were two very different games.

On Monday, June 25, the team traveled to Manchester's Gill Stadium to take on Post #79 and struggled offensively, managing only two base runners and one hit the entire game and dropped a 10-0 decision.

"We did at least take them to eight innings," coach Gary Noyes Sr. said.

Spencer Goossens had the lone hit for the Alton boys and Zach Carr worked a walk to provide the other base runner for Post #72.

"We didn't strike out that much, but we just didn't get any hits," Noyes said.

On Wednesday, June 27, Post #72 hosted Laconia at Prospect Mountain High School and for the second time this season, dropped a 4-3 decision to their opponents from the other side of the lake.

Last time the two teams played, Alton got out to the lead first and Laconia battled back and took the win.

This time around, Laconia took a 4-0 lead after the top of the seventh inning, but Alton came battling back.

The team scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, cutting the lead to just one.

With one out, Nate Farnham worked a walk and Ethan Henderson followed with a base hit. Josh Drew stroked a base hit to load the bases. One out later, Scott Conner came through with an RBI base hit and a wild pitch allowed Henderson to score to cut the lead to 4-2.

Andrew Hederman drew a bases loaded walk to push Drew across with the third run of the inning, but Alton couldn't get any more runs and Laconia held on for the 4-3 win.

Hederman pitched seven innings, giving up all four runs, but Noyes noted he pitched well. However, a couple of errors came back to bite the Post #72 kids. Ryan Gibbs came on in relief and pitched the final two innings.

Drew led the offense, going three-for-five with a double.

Post #72 as at Plymouth (Friday) and Lebanon (Saturday) and hosted Goffstown (Monday), all after deadline. The team is hosting Concord at 5 p.m. at Prospect Mountain High School today, July 5, and Merrimack at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 7. The team heads to Bedford for a 7 p.m. game on Sunday, July 8.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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