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Record dominant in Conant playoff win

  • The Conant baseball team beat Monadnock 3-0 Saturday to advance to the Final Four. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team beat Monadnock 3-0 Saturday to advance to the Final Four. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team beat Monadnock 3-0 Saturday to advance to the Final Four. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team beat Monadnock 3-0 Saturday to advance to the Final Four. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team beat Monadnock 3-0 Saturday to advance to the Final Four. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant baseball team beat Monadnock 3-0 Saturday to advance to the Final Four. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • James Record and Chance Kirby celebrate Conant’s win. Staff photo by Ben Conant



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, June 05, 2017

Conant only mustered a measly five hits in its playoff game against Monadnock on Saturday. But when James Record is on the mound, five hits is plenty. 

“[Record] really just won that by himself.” said fellow senior Chance Kirby after the game. “He kept everybody off the bases … That was his game on the mound all game.”

Kirby was being a little modest — after all, he’d accounted for the majority of the Conant offense himself, going 3-3 and driving in a run. But he wasn’t wrong. Record reminded the world why he racked up Player of the Year votes, holding Monadnock scoreless on a complete game four-hitter with no walks and six strikeouts on an efficient 79 pitches. 

The Orioles came in loud and loose, with Kirby cutting up and busting out a few dance moves in the pre-game huddle. Conant would stay lit throughout the game, a stark contrast with the Huskies, who appeared rattled against the team that had already beaten them twice this season. 

“That's a little bit a part of our game,” Kirby said. “We like to keep it loose, like to keep going, everyone smiling, a little dancing and everyone gets going.”

Monadnock starter Chris Weeks was shaken up early. A second-inning walk to Aidan Kirby was followed by a balk, and then a throwing error by third baseman Jake Wood scored Aidan and allowed Record to get on and go to second. That’s when Chance smacked a double to center and plated Record. Caleb Donahue drove Chance in and that was all it would take to knock off the defending champs.

No. 3 Conant will head to SNHU to take on No. 2 Belmont on Thursday at 4 p.m. in the semifinals. The Red Raiders used a solid game from DIII Player of the Year Cole Contigiani to beat Mascenic on Saturday, and it will likely be a showdown between Contigiani and Record on Thursday.

“Hopefully we can step up again and do it again,” Kirby said. “I think we're ready.”

Sports Editor Ben Conant can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 226 or bconant@ledgertranscript.com.