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Post 33 grabs first win


by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter
June 30, 2014
MEREDITH The American Junior Legion season is in full swing for Meredith's Griggs-Wyatt Post 33, as the squad entered this weekend's games with a 1-4 record in the District A action.

Meredith, which plays its home games at Prescott Park, got its first win of the season last weekend (June 28) on the road at Contocook, as the squad held on in an 11-9 slugfest victory at Hopkinton High School.

"For our first two games, our bats were silent with losses away at Plymouth and New London," said Meredith manager Paul Atwell. "But we jumped on Contocook early with four runs in the first."

Meredith added three more in the second and four more in the fourth en route to the win, with two hits a piece coming from Peter Baker, Zach Atwell and Dylan Sheehan.

The win was just the beginning of a long Saturday of baseball however, as Meredith later traveled to Bedford for game two of an away doubleheader. The squad led 3-1 going into the fourth inning looking for its second win of the day, but Bedford's offense took off and the hosts scored 12 consecutive runs for a 13-3 victory.

"We could not hold off Bedford's bats," said Atwell. "Our offense wilted in the heat and we couldn't generate any further offense."

Atwell and Garrett Kearney led the Meredith offense with two hits a piece while Griffin Nyhan and Shawn Harrington registered single hits.

After four games on the road to open the season, Post 33 finally played its home opener at Prescott Park on Sunday (June 29) against an undefeated Keene side.

Meredith fought back to tie the game at 2-2 in the third inning, but Keene answered with three runs in the top of the fourth to earn a 5-2 victory.

"It was our best played game of the year," said Atwell of the loss.

Kearney got his first start of the year on the mound and tossed a complete game for Meredith, as he struck out six while allowing five hits and five walks. Atwell and Nyhan finished with two hits, while Kearney, Sheehan, Chris Taylor and Dylan Rowen also aided the offensive cause.

"We supported Garrett with excellent defense at every position," Atwell lauded.

Meredith returns to action this Saturday (July 5) with a road game against Lebanon before hosting Jaffrey on Sunday (June 6) at 3 p.m. The regular season runs until July 19.

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