By Chris Paul
The Londonderry High School Varsity Baseball team had another successful week to start the month with three, three-run wins, one at the expense of rival Pinkerton Academy.
The three victories give the Lancers a six-game winning streak and put their season record at 10-1 and they now sit on top of the Division I standings at 10-1.
The team’s week started at Nashua North High School, on Wednesday May 3, where they came away with a three-run shutout over the Titans.
Senior pitcher, Mike Crowley, served up a gem, allowing just one hit over seven innings and struck out 14 batters for the win.
The first LHS run came in the third inning, with one out and two men on. Junior Owen Carey hit a sac fly to left, to bring in Brady Anderson from third.
The remaining runs came in the sixth inning, with junior Johan Pena and sophomore Jet Jones getting one-out singles with men on.
The Lancers had five singles in the game, with center-fielder, Brett McKinnon, getting two and right-fielder, Liam Stott, providing another.
Crowley sat down all, but two Nashua batters and walked just one in the Lancers eighth win of the season.
Two days later, at Lancer Park, the home team held onto a one-run lead taken in the sixth inning, for a 3-2 victory over Bishop Guertin.
Both teams scored one-run in the first, for a 1-1 start to the game. Pena got the RBI with a sac fly to center.
Londonderry took a brief one-run lead in the third with Jon Wilson bunting, scoring Ryan Williams from third.
The Cardinals tied the game at two, in the top of the fourth, where it remained until the sixth.
The final run of the game came on a bases loaded walk to senior Connor Fennell.
Senior Lancer right-hander, Kevin Rourke, pitched the entire game, allowing five hits, three walks and two runs with five Ks for his third win of the season.
Over the weekend, at Pinkerton Academy, on Saturday afternoon, LHS managed another 3-2 victory, maintaining their lead taken in the first inning.
The LHS bats delivered all three of the LHS runs in the first inning.
Junior Owen Carey drove in the first run with a single to right, then was sent home with a Pena sacrifice to right. The final run came on a ground ball by senior catcher, Drew Heenan, after an error at second base, scoring Rourke from second.
The Astros runs came at the bottom of the third, starting with an error on a fly-ball to left field, allowing a runner to score from first and the batter to advance to third base. The final PA run came on a fielders choice.
The Lancers played solid defense throughout the remaining four innings behind right-hander Fennell, who pitched the entire game and got his fourth win of the season.
Fennell struck out nine PA batters, walked two, and allowing five hits.
The only extra-base hit in the game came from first-baseman Carey, with a double in the fourth inning. He had two hits in the contest along with Rourke. The only other Lancer hit came off the bat of Stott.