Post 27 Senior Legion Team Off to an Excellent Start

By Chris Paul

Londonderry’s American Legion Post 27 Senior Baseball squad began their first week of summer baseball season and had a somewhat successful start with two wins and a 10-inning tie.
New head coach, Chris Tutt, headed into the season with a number of players from the Lancers team that is fresh off a state championship in both varsity and junior varsity and hopes to continue that momentum through the summer.

Owen Carey hit a triple against Post 9 to drive in one of the two winning runs. Photo by Chris Paul

Their season started just three days after the Lancers captured another Division I state title hosting a game against the Post 63 team out of Salem.
The season opener ended with a walk-off 5-4 win, thanks to a seventh inning error, committed by Salem, on a ground ball hit to third by Liam Stot.
It took three pitchers to capture the Post 27 win, with Mike Crowley getting the start, and pitching three, Kevin Rourke came in for two in relief and Joey Cafaro got the win as the two-inning closer.
It was a fairly evenly matched game with both teams getting two runs in the opening inning, followed by Post 27 taking the lead in the bottom of the fourth, only to have Salem come back in the fifth.
Both squads had runs in the sixth, and went into the final inning knotted at four, where Post 27 pulled through.
Leftfielder, Colin Parent, was two for three at the plate and five other Londonderry batters scattered four other hits in the game.
The Post 27 pitchers struck out seven batters, walked three, and gave up eight hits.
Two nights later, in another home game at LHS, the team faced Nashua’s Coffey Post #3, where they ran out of light and played to a 3-3, 10-inning tie. Leaving the game to be continued at a later date.
The Thursday night game had four Londonderry pitchers take the mound. Rourke started the game with three innings, Ryan William and Owen Carey each had two relief innings and Jayden Hamilton pitched the final two-thirds of an inning.
Londonderry got all of their runs in the first inning to lead 3-2 until the fourth, when Coffey tied the contest at 3-3.
Carey and Ben Martin were the only Londonderry players to get hits in the game, both in the first, with Carey getting a double to left.
Post 27 pitchers gave up 10-hits, struck out six, and walked seven.
The Londonderry squad finished the week in Derry, at Pinkerton Academy against the Post 9 squad, where they came away with a 2-0 shut out victory.
Hamilton received the win, after pitching five innings and giving up just one hit, while striking out six and walking just three.
Cafaro got the save, pitching two hitless innings and striking out six Derry batters.
Londonderry got their first run in the third, thanks to a two-out triple hit to straight-away center field by Carey. He drove in Hamilton, who was on base with a single.
Post 27’s second run of the game came from a ground ball by Devin Boles with two men on in the sixth inning. Jackson Marshall and Rourke were both on with singles.
Carey and Hamilton both had two hits in the game for half of the team’s eight hits.
Post 27 was scheduled to play four games in the second week of the season.
The team plays Tuesday against Post 7 (Rochester) and on Wednesday against Post 32 (Exeter). Both games are at LHS and both start at 5:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, the squad will have a double-header in Salem against Post 63 starting at 5:30 p.m.

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