WLC bows out after Hopkinton comeback

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, June 05, 2017 6:32PM

The Warriors had the Hawks right where they wanted them. Wilton-Lyndeborough’s baseball team was getting a gem from senior pitcher Sean McClure and had a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh at Hopkinton. Then, everything went haywire.

“We fell apart mentally in the last of the seventh,” said WLC head coach Dave Finch. “Heartbreaking.”

McClure had given up just three hits up to that point, and the Hawks had stranded 12 baserunners. After McClure got the leadoff man, Hopkinton beat out three straight infield hits. Hawks pitcher Ben McManus came up and hit into what could have been a game-ending double play, but after getting the runner at second, Wilton’s turn was too slow to get McManus as he slid in head-first and two runs crossed the plate. McManus took second on the throw; he’d score on a Larsen Burack single for the walkoff victory.

WLC finished the regular season at 7-9.