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Belmont pitching knocks out Mascenic

  • The Mascenic baseball team beat Berlin in the first round of the NHIAA DIII playoffs on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team beat Berlin in the first round of the NHIAA DIII playoffs on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team beat Berlin in the first round of the NHIAA DIII playoffs on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team beat Berlin in the first round of the NHIAA DIII playoffs on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team beat Berlin in the first round of the NHIAA DIII playoffs on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team beat Berlin in the first round of the NHIAA DIII playoffs on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, June 05, 2017

Mascenic’s baseball postseason started out strong with a win over Berlin, but Saturday’s trip to Belmont provided no happy returns.

The Berlin game was a fine sendoff for the seniors in their final game on their home field. Scott Humphrey got the start on the mound, loading the bases in the first inning.

“It started it out rough,” Humphrey said. “They started hitting me, just finding holes, and I hit one. Little nervous I guess — playoffs. Then I started calming down.”

Humphrey got out of the jam and cruised through two more scoreless before he was lifted with a 6-0 lead to save his pitches for Saturday. Before he was through, he’d crush a ball over the fence and into the waiting forest, trees waving in the hot June breeze.

“First pitch, I liked it,” Humphrey said. “The mentality was just to get on base and get runs; I got the bat on it and it went where it went.”

The fun continued for the senior class; Jason Moreau came in to pitch, and Travis Rautiola closed out the game with a scoreless seventh to finish the 11-4 win.

All-State First-Teamer Daimon Gibson went 3-3 with a walk and drove in two runs, and Zach Spaulding reached base four times and scored twice, including a play at the plate.

“I had a good time here,” Humphrey said. “Definitely a lot of memories, a lot of good guys that I’ve played with.” Humphrey joins Gibson on the All-State First Team.

Junior Drew Rines, went 2-2 and scored. Rines was named to the All-State Second Team.

Mascenic was fortunate to get its home-field celebration in, because it ran into a buzzsaw at No. 2 Belmont in the form of Player of the Year Cole Contigiani. Contigiani went seven innings and held Mascenic to two hits while striking out seven. Humphrey pitched well despite an ever-shrinking strike zone, but a three-run third inning did in the Vikings.

Mascenic finished the regular season at 12-6 before going 1-1 in the playoffs.

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