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June 15, 2014

Londonderry wins state baseball crown

Londonderry downs archrival Pinkerton for Division 1 crown

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Given a second chance, Londonderry walked off the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium field yesterday with euphoria replacing the devastation of a season ago.

Twelve months after dropping a heartbreaking Division 1 state title game by one run to Exeter, the fifth-seeded Lancers knocked off third-seeded border rival Pinkerton 4-1 yesterday to win the fifth league championship in program history.

“This is what this was all about,” said senior outfield Ben Byerly, who had two big hits from his spot at the bottom of the order. “We did it not just for ourselves, but for last year’s guys who were in it too. It feels really good.”

Facing a Pinkerton squad that had won six straight and allowed one run or fewer in each of its past five games, Byerly ignited the Lancers in the third, scorching a leadoff triple to left center. Jimmy Zimolka then delivered a one-out single up the middle, followed by Rob Del Signore’s run-scoring double for a 2-0 lead.

“I knew (Pinkerton starter Connor Donahue) was going to come at me on the 1-1 pitch with a curveball,” said Byerly, who added an RBI single in the fourth. “He kind of hung it up there, so I took advantage of it and it worked out for us.”

Hitting just .224 with three RBIs entering the contest, the No. 9 batter knew he was going to come up big yesterday.

“He had a great couple swings,” Londonderry coach Brent Demas said. “He didn’t have a great playoff series, but he told me ‘I’m going to make them pay.’ So I said, ‘OK, you’re our guy.’”

With Londonderry starter Tom Corey shutting out the Astros (16-7), the Lancers all but secured matters in a two-run fourth. In addition to Byerly’s hit, Corey lashed a double and Jonny Meskell singled, while Zimolka added his second RBI on a ground out.

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