Amazing Dod Baseball Era ends
HANOVER – Moises Celaya threw 116 pitches, Joey Perras produced a game-winning RBI and the Hanover baseball team eliminated Souhegan from the NHIAA Division II playoffs with a thrilling, 6-5 victory, Thursday at the Dresden Athletic Fields.
Celaya, the Marauders’ ace, had a workmanlike performance, just six days after hurling 121 pitches in a win over Milford.
The senior was cruising early in the first round matchup, giving up only one run through five innings on 61 pitches. No. 5 Hanover was ahead, 4-1, when things began to unravel in the sixth inning. No. 12 Souhegan led off with a walk followed by three hits en route to four runs.
Hanover (12-5), which will travel to No. 4, John Stark for Saturday’s quarterfinal game, got off to a quick start with two runs in the first frame.
Charlie Goodrich bunted himself aboard with two outs and Kean Silovich followed with a single as did Marcus Hampers, who drove in Goodrich with a ball hit past the diving second baseman, Matt Zifchak. Souhegan (7-10) then overthrew home plate, allowing Silovich to score.
Hanover added a run in the third after Braxton McNulty led off with a double to right field. It looked like a routine catch for the Souhegan defender, Nick Wilson, who seemed to lose the ball in the sun, unable to make a play on it.
McNulty then stole third before Jack Loftus bunted him in while safely reaching base himself.