Huskies finish perfect season after 11-3 win
|SEVENTH WIN Class S Player of the Year Eric Jensen pitched five scoreless innings against Littleton last Thursday to move to 7-0 this spring and escort the GHS Huskies to a perfect, 16-0 campaign.
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June 03, 2009GORHAM — Perfect.
That's how Todd Lamarque's Gorham High School Huskies ended their 2009 baseball regular season — a perfect 16-0 — after they had administered an 11-3 drubbing on a shorthanded Littleton Crusader nine in a Class S contest played on Senior Day before a good crowd last Thursday on a frigid Gorham Common.
The 16-0 record will give the Huskies the top-seeded position in the NHIAA Class S standings and in the NHIAA Class S Tournament which opens tomorrow, while the Crusaders, minus five seniors away on a school trip, saw their regular season end at 7-10. The Huskies will host #16 Moultonboro (4-13) tomorrow at 4 p.m., and the win there would mean a quarter-final game on the Gorham Common at 4 p.m. on Saturday against either #8 Lin-Wood (8-8) or 9th-seeded Pittsfield (8-8).
Prior to the game, fans and families recognized and honored Huskie seniors Jeremy Dupont, Eric Jensen, Tony Burnell, Riley Goodrich, Steven Flynn, Ryan Fauteux, Nick Emerson, and Mark Blunden.
Lamarque said, "It's very special to end the season at 16-0. Littleton played very well and didn't make it easy for us. It was a nice day for our seniors and a special moment for everybody involved."
Senior Eric Jensen, the Class S Player of the Year, moved to 7-0 this spring with five, dominating shutout innings. The hard throwing righthander recorded 11 punchouts, walked only two, and held the Crusaders to a lone hit.
The GHS coach opted, "Eric is the first pitcher I've had to get seven wins. He was very good, overpowering, and needed only 75 pitches in five innings to get those 11 strikeouts."
Senior Jeremy Dupont mopped up and allowed three runs (two unearned) and three hits. The Huskie fanned a pair and didn't walk a man.
Freshman Jacob Lewis started for Littleton and he worked into the Huskies' nine-run fourth inning. He was charged with four runs, with reliever Sam Brammer allowing the other five. Soph Maddox Morneau, son of former BHS athletic stickout Gary Morneau, allowed the last two Huskie runs in the sixth.
Control cost the Crusaders dearly, as their mound trio walked 11 and hit one — seven of them scored — to go with a lone punchout. They also allowed eight hits between them.
The Huskies stranded nine, and the Crusaders — they got two hits from Harry Biron (2B) and one each from Aaron Clark and Matt Laflamme (2B), as well as a defensive gem by Morneau at shortstop — left four men on.
After three scoreless frames, the Huskies put a nine-spot on the board in the fourth inning.
Dupont walked and stole second, and Steven Flynn doubled him in with a mammoth shot off the scoreboard. Mark Blunden singled to center for a run, and Doug Willey followed with a towering, two-run homer to left to make it, 4-0.
An out later, Riley Goodrich walked and stole second. Walks to Tony Burnell and Ryan Fauteux then loaded the bases. Jensen singled to right for a run, and Dupont walked, forcing in a run. The GHS lead was now 6-0.
Flynn got a run in when he grounded out, and after Blunden walked, Willey singled to center for the last two runs.
This game had been decided at 9-0.
The Huskies had sent 14 men to the plate, with six walks and five hits having done the damage.
Littleton scored its runs in the top of the 6th on a Clark single, the Huskies' lone error, an RBI double by Biron, and Laflamme's two-run double. That made it, 9-3.
The Huskies ended the scoring in the last of the 6th.
Blunden, Cody LeBlanc, and Nick Erickson walked, and Goodrich, after missing a suicide squeeze that resulted in an out at the plate, redeemed himself and doubled to left for the Huskies' last two runs.
"He cleared the bases," Lamarque chuckled after the game.
Willey finished with a home run, a single, and four RBI, with Flynn finishing with a double, a single, and two RBI. The other GHS hits went to Burnell, Jensen, Blunden, and Goodrich (2B, 2 RBI).
Lamarque added, "We started slowly, but we're always capable. We worked the counts and got all of those walks, then were able to get some big hits. The kids had a lot of good at-bats today."
On this afternoon, pitching, htting, and defense had added up to perfection — a 16-0 season for the Huskies.
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Jacob Lewis, Sam Brammer (4), Maddox Morneau (4) and Matt Laflamme. Eric Jensen, Jeremy Dupont (6) and Tony Burnell. WP — Jensen. LP — Lewis. HR: Gorham — Doug Willey (4th, one on).