There’s a good reason why Londonderry’s Reece Manor was named to the New Hampshire Division 1 All-State First Team.
And at this point, Pinkerton is certainly tired of seeing him.
After tossing a complete game to beat his archrivals a month ago, Manor was at it again Saturday afternoon — but this time in a little bit bigger of a stage. The senior righty went the distance and allowed just one earned run on four hits, leading his Lancers to a 4-1 win over the Astros in the Division 1 North quarterfinals.
The win puts No. 4 Londonderry (19-5) into Tuesday night’s semis where it’ll take on top-seeded Concord at Holman Stadium (7 p.m.).
For Pinkerton, its season comes to an end at 16-6.
“Give all the credit to Reece,” Londonderry coach Brent Demas told the Union Leader. “He battled. He’s a senior pitcher. He did everything he was supposed to do.”
Manor has been money for the Lancers all season. He boast a 4-1 record with a 2.53 ERA on the mound, and has been even better at the plate where he’s batting a team-best .452 (33 for 73).
Londonderry took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth, but Pinkerton struck back in the top of the fifth when junior Asa Runge blasted a home run that tied it up. However, in the bottom half of the inning, Zack Rheault scored on a Jack Dingman bunt, and Brandon Fish drove in Gavin Parent on a sacrifice fly to put the Lancers up 3-1.
Fish, who was named Division 1 Second Team, is having a tremendous sophomore season, hitting .407 (33 for 81).
The Astros averaged 8.2 runs per game, but their bats were held in check on Saturday.
Richard Marique had one of Pinkerton’s four hits. The senior finished his great season hitting .443 (31 for 70) with 32 RBIs and also was 4-3 with a 1.07 ERA on the mound. He will be a big loss along with fellow seniors Connor Jenkins (a fellow D1 First-Teamer), Mat Albetski and Jacob McGill.
But the Astros should have eight prominent returners next season, highlighted by Runge and another recently-crowned D1 First-Teamer in Brady Day. A junior, Day hit .440 and had 33 hits.
Londonderry 4, Pinkerton 1
NH Division 1 Quarterfinals
Pinkerton (1): Burgess cf 3-0-1, Jenkins lf 3-0-0, Day ss 2-1-0, Marique p/rf 3-0-1, Gulezian 3b 3-0-1, Albetski dh 3-0-0, Levesque rf 0-0-0, Hiscox p 0-0-0, Runge 1b 2-1-1, Bell c 2-0-0, Michaud 2b 2-0-0. Totals 23-1-4
Londonderry (4): Fish 3-0-2, Manor 3-0-1, Luongo 3-0-0, Cote 2-1-1, Cavanaugh 3-0-0, Marsh 3-0-1, Rheault 3-1-2, Holdsworth 3-1-0, Dingman 2-1-1, Smith 0-0-0. Totals 25-4-8
RBI: L — Fish, Marsh, Dingman; P — Gulezian, Runge
WP: Manor; LP: Marique
Pinkerton (16-6): 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 — 1
Londonderry (19-5): 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 — 4