By Hector Longo
---- — 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.
Leading the Windham offense on the day with a single and a double with a couple runs scored was freshman Connor Moynihan.
For Sanborn, it was a waste of a solid mound performance by Hamilton as the Indians stranded seven and hit into a pair of twin killings.
The Indians, who had sights set on a big year, had better kick it into gear quickly as this loss sent them to 0-4.
Hamilton had three of the five Sanborn hits and drove in two of the three runs.
agateHed:Windham 8, Sanborn 3
agateText: Windham (8): David Carbonello ss 2-1-0, Connor Whittemore 2b 4-0-0, Matt Carbonello 1b 3-0-0, Connor Hopkins cf 4-1-1, Adam Dolan lf 3-1-0, Connor Moynihan dh 3-2-2, Kellin Bail 3b 2-0-0, Greg Macary ph 1-1-1, Riley Magee c 3-0-0, Chris Murphy pr 0-1-0, Jeff Peterson p 2-1-1, Josh Gallagher ph 1-0-0, Kevin Anderson p 1-0-0, Totals 29-8-6
agateText:Sanborn (3): Travis Broadhurst cf 2-1-0, Rich Boyd 2b 2-1-1, Brendan Hamilton p/ss 4-0-3, Grant Wagner 3b 4-0-0, Hunter Wagner c 3-1-1, Sean Kane dh 1-0-0, Jackson Morton p 1-0-0, Josh Yaratz 1b 2-0-0, Jordan Johnson rf 3-0-0, Jon Scheidegger lf 3-0-0, Totals 25-3-5
agateText:RBI: W — D. Carbonello, Whittemore, M. Carbonello 2, Moynihan, Peterson, Anderson; S — Yaratz, Hamilton 2
agateText:WP: Peterson; LP: Hamilton
agateText:Windham (2-1): 0 1 0 1 0 5 1 — 8
agateText:Sanborn (0-4): 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 — 3