After dropping three consecutive decisions and then having a game suspended due to rain with it trailing big, the Londonderry High baseball squad rediscovered the winning path late last week, thanks to a strong pitching performance and just enough offense against Timberlane in Londonderry.
The Lancers trailed 5-0 in the third inning of their Wednesday, May 4 road contest at Salem when rain forced the suspension of that contest. It will be continued this Thursday, May 12.
Londonderry went into that contest with a three-game losing skid rolling, so rediscovering success was of paramount importance to the locals. And veteran lefty pitcher Noah Tavano helped his crew jump back on the winning track with a strong performance in a 2-1 home win over Timberlane of Plaistow.
Tavano held the visiting Owls to just six hits, but Timberlane snagged a 1-0 lead in the third inning. However, the Lancers responded with two runs of their own in the latter half of the fourth to take a lead that they’d hold.
Tim McEacharn laced two of the five hits that the winning locals managed on the successful day.
The 7-4 Lancers then bounded into this week with their work cut out for them in the form of a Monday, May 9 road run to Bedford to take on a Bulldogs’ bunch that boasted a 9-2 record with eight straight victories.
And the Bulldog bunch kept its winning ways rolling in earnest with its ninth consecutive victory in the form of a 7-3 downing of the Lancers.
The locals led 1-0 after one inning and 2-1 after three full frames. But Bedford plated three runs in the bottom halves of the fifth and sixth innings and powered its way to the win.
Londonderry had Jimmy Zimolka lace three hits and Brody Dupuis smack two of them in a losing effort. Both young men drove in a run for their squad.