Post 11 misses state tourney
Tiebreaker ends Jaffrey Legion’s season
The Jaffrey Post 11 Junior Legion baseball team entered the final weekend of play with a shot at making the state tournament.
With Bedford sitting a half game ahead in the standings and in control of the tiebreaker for the second and final seed in District B2, Post 11 needed a sweep of Saturday’s doubleheader at undefeated Nashua and Bedford to lose its regular season finale on Sunday with Nashua.
Jaffrey won the first game of the doubleheader 7-0 behind a three-hit shutout from Shane Rautiola and Ian Morris’ bases loaded double to hand Nashua its first loss of 2013. But the team dropped game two 6-3 to see its season come to close. In the final regular season game, Jaffrey loaded the bases twice, but only scored one run.
Bedford did lose to Nashua 4-2 on Sunday, as both teams finished with 9-6 records, but it did not matter as Bedford earned the final playoff spot after taking two of three from Jaffrey during the season.
Last year, Jaffrey was the top seed from District B2 with a 12-1 mark.
Post 11 began the season with four straight wins before falling to Bedford on July 7. They also lost to Bedford four days later before winning the final game against Post 54 on July 20.
Entering play last week, Jaffrey held a slim lead over Bedford for the final playoff spot. Post 11 had four games to play and split the first two, falling to Milford 7-6 on Tuesday and defeating Keene 9-3 on Wednesday before taking one of two against Nashua. Bedford had two games remaining and defeated Merrimack before falling to Nashua.
Against Keene, Ryan Carey pitched four innings, allowing one earned run, and Rautiola went the final three. Ryan Aho and Kyle Dupuis each went 4-for-4, while Chase Holombo drove in three runs.
Of Jaffrey’s six losses, four came against the two playoff teams from District B2.
Post 11 was 6-2 on the road, but just 3-4 at home.