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Walk off this way

  • The ConVal baseball team hosted Hanover on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal baseball team hosted Hanover on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal baseball team hosted Hanover on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal baseball team hosted Hanover on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal baseball team hosted Hanover on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal baseball team hosted Hanover on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal baseball team hosted Hanover on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal baseball team hosted Hanover on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, May 08, 2017

You have to take the bad with the good. In a 24-hour span, ConVal found themselves on both sides of extra-innings walkoffs, falling to one of the state’s best on Wednesday and then coming away with a win Thursday.

“This was a good day since we lost on a walkoff yesterday,” said Cougar baseball coach Mike Marschok after Thursday’s 5-4 win over Hanover. “It shows a lot of character.”

The Cougars were down 1-0 early after the Marauders strung together three singles in the first inning off starter Jack Plourde (5 IP, 8 K, 4 ER). But they’d quickly tie it up as catcher Lawton Fagiano (2-3) drove a ball into deep left that Hanover’s left fielder misplayed on the ConVal hill and turned into a triple, scoring Tim Burgess.

ConVal displayed great patience at the plate, going deep into counts against Hanover starter Moises Celaya (5.1 IP, 94 P, 4 K, 5 BB, 4 ER), and broke the tie in the fourth, when Manny Bowman walked with the bases loaded and two out.

Celaya would turn around and help his own cause, giving Hanover the lead back on a two-run double in the fifth and then scoring on a single. That was enough to push Plourde out of the game with ConVal down 4-2.

“[Plourde] did a very good job,” Marschok said. “This is his first start, he’s a sophomore and he’ll only get better.”

Celaya ran out of gas in the sixth, walking Fagiano to open the frame. Alex McCall ran for the catcher and scored on a Danny Allen (1-2, 2 BB) single; ConVal would then score on another bases-loaded walk – this one to Isaac Blake – and tie the game at four.

With Jake Swain on in relief, ConVal held Hanover scoreless into the eighth. The Cougars loaded the bases once again off Marauder reliever David Lehmann. With Blake at the plate and Bowman on third, Lehmann fired a wild pitch to the backstop, and Bowman broke for the plate, scoring the walkoff run with ease before Blake swept him up in a bear hug and the rest of the Cougars mobbed the plate.

“They don't give up,” Marschok said. “They play to the last out and just keep plugging away. No one wants to lose, so they keep battling.”

 It was an extra sweet victory for ConVal, as they’d lost in extras at Windham, 8-7, the day before. In that one, Casey Burgess pitched six-plus innings. Allen went 3-3 and scored four runs. Swain was 1-3 with two walks and three runs scored.

ConVal (3-4) hosts Conant (5-1) Wednesday at 4 p.m.