Baseball: Newmarket squeaks by WLC in extra-inning semifinal thriller

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team played Newmarket in the NHIAA Division IV semifinals in Laconia on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team played Newmarket in the NHIAA Division IV semifinals in Laconia on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team played Newmarket in the NHIAA Division IV semifinals in Laconia on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team played Newmarket in the NHIAA Division IV semifinals in Laconia on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team played Newmarket in the NHIAA Division IV semifinals in Laconia on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team played Newmarket in the NHIAA Division IV semifinals in Laconia on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team played Newmarket in the NHIAA Division IV semifinals in Laconia on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team played Newmarket in the NHIAA Division IV semifinals in Laconia on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team played Newmarket in the NHIAA Division IV semifinals in Laconia on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team played Newmarket in the NHIAA Division IV semifinals in Laconia on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team played Newmarket in the NHIAA Division IV semifinals in Laconia on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team played Newmarket in the NHIAA Division IV semifinals in Laconia on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team played Newmarket in the NHIAA Division IV semifinals in Laconia on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team played Newmarket in the NHIAA Division IV semifinals in Laconia on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team played Newmarket in the NHIAA Division IV semifinals in Laconia on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team played Newmarket in the NHIAA Division IV semifinals in Laconia on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team played Newmarket in the NHIAA Division IV semifinals in Laconia on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team played Newmarket in the NHIAA Division IV semifinals in Laconia on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough baseball team played Newmarket in the NHIAA Division IV semifinals in Laconia on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 6/11/2022 11:06:41 AM
Modified: 6/11/2022 11:04:22 AM

Wilton-Lyndeborough’s NHIAA Division IV semifinal game against Newmarket was a microcosm of the Warriors’ season. WLC started out poorly, giving up four runs in the first inning, before roaring back to tie the game – twice – and ultimately ended up a play away from a trip to the state championship game, losing to the Mules 8-7 in eight innings.

“We were 2-4, and now we’re in extra innings, one run away from the state title game,” head coach Tom Brennan said after the game, which ended long after dark at Laconia’s Robbie Mills Sports Complex Wednesday night. “We were almost a laughingstock of the division and we made it to the Final Four. Gotta be happy with that.”

 The Warriors (12-6) had secured a lopsided 12-1 victory in Newmarket in the regular season, but the Mules jumped out on WLC starter Troy Brennan early in the semifinal rematch, scoring four times on three singles, a double, a walk and an error in the first inning to put Wilton-Lyndeborough in a hole. 

WLC answered back immediately – or at least, as quickly as they could, given Newmarket’s infuriatingly deliberate pace of play, which led to a game that lasted well over three hours. The Warriors batted around and plated three in the second inning, as seniors Ty Bacci, Keegan Hall and Hunter Scales all reached and scored. In the fourth, Troy Brennan led off and was hit by a pitch and then scored on a passed ball to tie the game up at four. 

“We were down four, we tied it up,” coach Brennan said of his resilient team. “A lot of kids have worked really hard to get where we are right now.”

Newmarket pushed across three more runs in the fourth to go up 7-0 and force coach Brennan to switch out starting Troy for twin brother Sean, who struck out seven over 4.1 innings in relief. After their earlier comeback, the Warriors were confident, and a cry of “Three runs is nothing!” erupted from the WLC dugout. 

Sure enough, they’d come right back again, tying it in the fifth on walks from Hall and catcher Tyler Sullivan and hits by Scales and Alex Balusek.

With Sean Brennan throwing gas, WLC held Newmarket scoreless, and created a golden opportunity in the top of the seventh, loading the bases as Troy Brennan was hit by yet another pitch, Sean Brennan singled, and Bacci walked to load the bases with one out. The heart of the order was on the basepaths and the Warriors needed to strike. But, back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning, and the momentum swung back to Newmarket. 

The Mules went down in order in the seventh to send the game to extra innings, but they were ready in the eighth. Newmarket had the bottom of their lineup at bat, but Parker Sweitzer drew a walk, and leadoff man Cam Moran drove a bomb to right-center that sailed over Scales’ head and dropped; Sweitzer sped around the bases and went headfirst into home with the winning run, touching off the Mules’ jubilation. 

“I just feel bad for these kids because they know they had, they had enough to get to the title game,” coach Brennan said. “We might have run out of pitching because of what happened here, but they know that we were one big hit two or three times today from putting them away.”


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