S. New Hampshire wins East region
Wollerman scores winning run in sixth off bases-loaded walk
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Alex Powers’ 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, and a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the difference as top-seeded Southern New Hampshire earned its first East region championship with a 4-3 win against second-seeded Le Moyne.
Powers, who entered the game in the top of the sixth with a man on second and two out, did not allow a hit and struck out five while issuing a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth to Paul Speicher. He then moved to second on a sac bunt by Matthew Ciraco and over to third on a groundout by Kyle Kalaska, but after a tough at-bat by Vincent Redmond in which he fouled off several pitches, Powers got Redmond to ground to short and end the ballgame.
Southern New Hampshire scraped what turned out to be the winning run in the bottom of the sixth against Dolphin reliever Mark Kuzma, who came in after starter Ed Kohout worked the first five innings. Jamie Wollerman led off with a single to left, followed by Riley Palmer, who reached on a throwing error on his sacrifice attempt.
Bryan Toland moved the pair over with his sac bunt before Kuzma loaded the bases by hitting Brendan O'Brien. Kevin Spatkowski then worked a walk to bring in Wollerman and knock Kuzma from the game. Kevin Carroll came in and got Le Moyne out of further trouble by inducing a 5-2-3 double play.
Le Moyne took a 1-0 lead in the first when Brett Botsford led off the game with a single and eventually scored on a sac fly to center by Ryan Mahoney. Southern New Hampshire tied the game in the second with two outs on a Palmer triple deep to the gap in right center that brought home Jon Minucci, who led off the inning with a hot-shot single to short.
Botsford and Zach Wiley gave Le Moyne a 2-1 lead in the third with back-to-back doubles to lead off the inning, but the hosts tied the game in the fourth as Minucci and Greg Pezzuto registered back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. After moving over on a Wollerman sacrifice bunt, Minucci scored on a wild pitch with Toland at the plate and two outs.
Le Moyne reclaimed the lead in the fifth as a sac fly by Matt Marra brought in Botsford, who had singled with one out and moved to third on a single to right by Wiley. Southern New Hampshire loaded the bases with one out in the fifth when Minucci sent a ball to center that looked to have a chance for the second Penmen grand slam of the tournament, but was hauled in on the track to bring in Spatkowski.
Tim Flight, working on two days rest after throwing eight shutout innings in Thursday's tournament opener against Dowling, started and went three innings, recording a pair of strikeouts and allowing five hits and two runs. Jon Massad went the next 2.2 innings and allowed two hits and one run with three strikeouts before giving way to Powers, who upped his record to 5-1.
Kohout, who started and tossed five innings in Friday's 17-4 Dolphin rout of Dowling, scattered six hits and allowed three runs in his five innings while notching a pair of strikeouts. Kuzma was tagged with the loss, while Carroll, Le Moyne's closer, did not allow a hit in his 2.2 innings out of the bullpen, striking out three.