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April 18, 2013

Peterson powers Jags past Sanborn

KINGSTON, N.H. — Sanborn Regional loaded the bases with no out in the bottom of the first on a pair of walks and Brendan Hamilton’s infield single.

Windham High righty Jeff Peterson had the Indians right where he wanted.

The Jaguar junior blew away one hitter, induced a 5-2-3 inning-ending double play to escape the jam, then went on to shackle Sanborn over the next four innings to earn the 8-3 win.

“He didn’t have his great control, and his velocity was good, but he’s just so darn competitive,” said Jags’ coach Derek Lee. “Nothing really rattles him. He comes up big in tight situations. A lot of pitchers implode, but nothing really rattles him.”

Peterson evened his season mark at 1-1, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks, striking out five in five-plus innings.

“It’s mainly my mentality throughout the game,” said Peterson, who spent much of the day in the stretch position because of his control problems from the windup. “I did my thing when I had to.”

The outing was a statement from Peterson, who after playing varsity hoop as a sophomore, committed to readying himself this winter for baseball.

“I worked out a lot and focused most on my pitching,” said Peterson. “My first love is baseball. If I wanted to achieve my goal, I have to put in the time and effort. The goal is to play college baseball, and my ultimate goal would be to play MLB someday.

“Those workouts definitely helped me. I feel stronger and I’m throwing harder.”

For the first five frames, it was a classic pitching battle with Sanborn’s Brendan Hamilton, who left the game after five innings trailing 2-1.

But the Jags, now 2-1, erupted for five in the sixth to take charge.

Matt Carbonello crunched a two-run single in the barrage, and Kevin Magary added a big double.

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