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May 26, 2013

Lancer skipper ponders pitching dilemma

(Continued)

Down in Lynn, the Nipper Clancy Tournament remains on hold at Fraser Field.

Today, it’s slated to have Lynn English facing North Reading at 4 p.m., followed by Classical and St. Mary’s at 7 p.m.

Monday’s consolation and title games are tentatively scheduled for 1 and 4 p.m.

SUPERB CLOSING KICK

Somehow, the Timberlane Owls found a way to work in their season finale with Trinity yesterday.

The 6-0 win behind big Jake Damphousse continues the Owls momentum as the Division 1 playoffs approach.

“We were a strike from starting the year at 1-7,” said Jamie Fish, the Owls coach. “So, it feels good to close the year like this with a 10-8 record.”

The Owls were at Winnacunnet with a 1-6 mark and trailed 5-2 in the seventh with Jameson Collins at the plate with a 3-2 count, two outs.

Collins laced a three-run double, and the Owls rallied to win, kick-starting a closing run of nine wins in 11 games.

Fish knew, even with the slumbering start, what this team was capable of.

“We had a lot of guys back from a good team, a lot of guys who thought they just had to show up to win,” said Fish. “There’s still a lot of good teams out there. But I’d rather be going in like we are, as opposed to how we started.”

Speaking of the N.H. baseball state tourney. Give it up for the NHIAA and the baseball committee for changing the format of the past couple years, which spread the tourney over three weeks. In a nutshell, before the change back this year, a team could ride its ace in three of the four games.

Now, with the title game on June 8, it will take two games from at least two pitchers.

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