Concord rolls past Merrimack Post 98

MERRIMACK – For six innings, the Merrimack Post 98 baseball team was right there.

And then the wheels fell off.

Concord Post 21 scored 14 runs over the final four innings, including a six-run seventh, to beat Merrimack 15-4 Wednesday in an American Legion District A game.

Merrimack led 3-1 going into the sixth inning, and was down 5-4 at the start of the seventh, but Post 98, which consists largely of the team that won the Junior State Title a year ago, seemed to hit the wall.

“We were right in there,” Merrimack coach Cliff Hicks said.

Merrimack got a strong start from Patrick Korianski, as he went 52?3 innings and allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out three. Four of those runs came in the top of the sixth inning, as Concord turned a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead.

“Patrick threw great for us,” Hicks said. “He was keeping hitters off balance. He was throwing changeups in fastball counts, so guys were out in front and rolling ground balls over. His pitch count was getting up there in the sixth, and I think that was a big factor. He just ran out of steam.”

Concord feasted on Merrimack’s relievers, tagging them for 10 runs on eight hits and seven walks in 31?3 innings.

“We brought in some relief and we had a tough time finding the strike zone,” Hicks said. “It put us in a bad spot and the bats got kind of quiet from there.”

Mickey Gasper, Taylor Black and Eric Nadeau each scored and drove in a run for Merrimack. In the third, Black led off with a single and eventually scored on a triple by Gasper. Nadeau brought Gasper home with a sacrifice fly that made it 3-1.

Devin Gillis also had two hits, including a double for Merrimack, while Corey Hutchinson had a hit and scored a run.

Eddie Dionne led Concord by going 3 for 6 with four RBIs and two runs scored.

Sam McManus drove in three runs and Autrey Gates went seven innings to get the win.