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Conant advances to D-III title game

  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • Senior Devin Springfield had three wins and led Conant with a .413 batting average and 21 RBIs. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    Senior Devin Springfield had three wins and led Conant with a .413 batting average and 21 RBIs.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • Senior Devin Springfield had three wins and led Conant with a .413 batting average and 21 RBIs. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

The Conant baseball team defeated Laconia 5-3 on Wednesday night in the Division III semifinals to advance to Saturday’s D-III championship game.

The No. 5 Orioles will play seventh-seeded Somersworth at 7 p.m. at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester.

“Ever since I started here this is what we’ve been working for,” said Conant coach Brian Royal.

Conant will be the home team, as they try to win the second state title in school history and first since defeating Littleton in the Class B finals in 1956. The only other championship game appearance came in 1986 in a loss to St. Thomas.

“We’re trying to do something that hasn’t been done in 50 something year and Somersworth is the next team in our way,” said senior Devin Springfield.

This will be Somersworth’s third trip to the finals in the last four years.

The Orioles built up a 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh and survived a late rally by the top ranked Sachems.

Springfield held Laconia scoreless through the first six innings, striking out 11, and then returned to the mound in relief of senior Josh LeBlanc to record the final two outs with the bases loaded.

LeBlanc allowed five straight hits to begin the seventh and issued a walk before Springfield’s return.

“I figured he would come in and shut the door,” said Royal.

Conant scored twice in the first on Springfield’s sacrifice fly to score freshman leadoff hitter Kyle Dupuis and a bases loaded walk to Kyle Carland. Carland knocked in the Orioles’ third run in the third when his long single one-hopped the fence in center to plate LeBlanc, who led off the inning with a double.

In the sixth, Conant tacked on a few insurance runs that turned out to be needed. Back-to-back doubles by Springfield and LeBlanc made it 4-0 and Carland’s third RBI increased the lead to five.

It was Conant’s second straight trip to the semifinals, but last year’s appearance resulted in a loss to eventual champion Hopkinton.

“Last year was tough, but this year feels good,’ said Royal. “I expected to be back in this situation. I didn’t know how it would end up. We were hoping like this.”

The Orioles defeated Gilford and Campbell in the first two rounds of the Division III tournament.

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