action:article | category:SPORTS21 | adString:SPORTS21 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » High School Sports

April 25. 2013 12:13AM

NHIAA Baseball: Tide edge Astros


Concord's Josh Partridge pitches during Wednesday afternoon's game at Pinkerton in Derry. (JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADER)


Pinkerton's Rick Casey pitches during Wednesday afternoon's game against Concord in Derry. (JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADER)


Pinkerton's Ryan Day (10) steals second safely ahead of the tag by Concord shortstop Ben Bengston during Wednesday afternoon's game at Pinkerton in Derry. (JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADER)

DERRY - Pitching and defense was the recipe that carried the Concord High School baseball team to a 2-1 victory over Pinkerton Academy on Wednesday.

The Crimson Tide, last year's Division I champion, received a complete-game pitching performance from left-hander Josh Partridge and turned three double plays to raise its record to 6-0, the only remaining undefeated team in their league.

"We're six games in - a third of the way through - and I'll take where we're at," Concord coach Scott Owen said. "How we've done it doesn't surprise me because we have kids who are very competitive. I don't know if that changes where we'll be at in the end, and that's not something we're concerned with. We're concerned about getting better in practice (today) and going to play North on Friday."

Partridge improved his record to 3-0 by tossing his third complete game of the season. He struck out seven and allowed five hits. He has 28 strikeouts and five walks in 21 innings.

"He's around the strike zone consistently and he's not going to give you any free bases," Pinkerton coach Steve Campo said. "He doesn't get down in counts and he trusts his defense."

Concord trailed 1-0 after three innings, but tied the game in the fourth and took the lead for good in the fifth when pinch-runner Seimou Smith scored from third on Nate Strozewski's one-out single.

Smith ran for Nate Mullen, who reached on a two-base throwing error. A Mullen single drove in Cody Ferns with Concord's first run in the fourth.

Pinkerton scored its run in the second. Ryan Day singled, stole second and raced home on Connor Donahue's single.

Concord turned inning-ending double plays in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

"We've been playing very good defense" Owen said. "We've turned eight double plays in six games. It's a game of outs. Anytime you can get two with one pitch - that keeps your pitch count down too."

Donahue had two of Pinkerton's five hits. The loss dropped Pinkerton's record to 2-5.

The Astros, who turned two double plays, used three pitchers. Rick Casey started and went the first four innings. Chris Gerossie pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief before Nico Alicea recorded the final out. Gerossie took the loss.

"The kids are playing hard and they'll come alive," Campo said. "If we can keep our heads up through the first half of the season I think we can turn a corner about halfway through.

"Concord has a lot of kids who were part of that run last year who know what they're supposed to do and they're going out and doing it. They don't make mistakes. That's a team that executes in every situation."


 NH Sports Angle Ľ more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

CAA preseason poll puts a target on New Hampshire, coach says

Chowder Potís entertainment halted by bloody baseball rivalry and liquor liability

Heavyweight great 'Gentleman' Gerry Cooney on dramatic career and the hardest comeback of all

NASCAR: Logano interview makes UNH writerís dream come true

Nashua's Fayne moves from Devils to Oilers

Granite State Pro Stock Series to make debut at Lee Speedway

BRIAN McCLOSKEY

Ex-UNH hockey coach indicted on four charges

Growing up a hazard to golf: Real world claims talent from NHGA

Concord man wins National Javelin Championship at 2014 USA Track & Field Masters Championship

Conway's Locke happy with first half, believes best yet to come for Pirates

Court filing details prosecution's perjury allegations against Aaron Hernandez girlfriend

Is N.H. really home to longest mini golf hole on the planet?

Professional hockey coming to Berlin

van Riemsdyk setting high expectations for pro career

Life changes in an instant: Travis Roy shares story at Frank Monahan Foundation event

Improvements help, but traffic still a problem on race weekend in and around Loudon

Itís show time in Chicago for Dartmouthís Hendricks

State sells Windham golf course site for $3.06M

Ex-minor leaguers sue MLB over low salaries

$14M to beaten Giants fan returns security focus

Matt Bonner and brother bring rock show back to Redhook

GM: Twin State Speedway progressing with revival

Foot golf arrives on Seacoast

New Hampshire's Burns gets more than he could ever ask for

Pro runner's yoga class will raise money for clean Kenyan water

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

   Ľ SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

   Ľ ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!