Cavaliers win baseball title; Sabers, Spartans should be improved

Monday’s Division II baseball title game between Hollis Brookline and Bow High School at Manchester’s Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, a 5-4 Falcons walkoff win, was a true classic, right down to one last pitch.

But now all the signs will look to next season with perhaps the hopes the two teams can do it again.

There was a lot of mutual respect between the two, on social media as well as in their post-game comments. Remember, the two teams lose a combined five seniors, so there’s an enhanced chance, on paper, anyway, that they could fight their way through the tourney gauntlet and try this again.

“We’ll get prepared to play again, and do it again,” said HB coach Jay Sartell, who had a remarkable year as a head coach.

“That’s a stud team,” Bow coach Ben Forbes said of the Cavs.

“They’re well coached, got some really great ballplayers, and can hit the ball well.”

Don’t discount Souhegan as a team that could contend in 2020. The Sabers, who finished 8-10 overall, only graduate three, and will have slugger Daniel Trzepacz leading a cast anchored by as many as five seniors.

Milford just missed out on the tourney and lose some key seniors, but next year’s group will be led by junior first baseman Joe Shepard.

In Division III, Campbell should have, for the first time in the last three years, the same head coach for the second year in a row as Drew Gora also coaches girls basketball at the school and has been a fixture. They’ll also have as many as seven seniors back, led by .500 hitter and talented pitcher Keegan Mills.

In Division IV, Wilton Lyndeborough has two Brennans returning, Troy and Sean, while Neal

graduates.

That should help them be in the discussion.

It’s always tough to project, and the Cavaliers are a prime example of that. They hadn’t been contenders in several years, and with just three seniors and a first year head coach, they weren’t really in the Division II discussion. As Sartell said Monday, “No one expected us to be here.”

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