- Lamprey River Baseball Season Starts Games April 30th
- Want to get involved? The NSBA has opportunities for you.
- Lamprey River Softball Season Starts Games April 28th
- Little League Annouces New Bat Rules for 2018
- Schedules are now posted to calendar.
Lamprey River 11/12s end Rye's run in District Tourney
RYE — In a de facto elimination game, the Rye 11/12 Little League All-Star team ran into a buzzsaw in the form of Lamprey River pitcher John McDevitt.
McDevitt allowed only one hit and three base runners as Lamprey River advanced to the District 2 semifinals with a 4-0 win.
″(McDevitt) fell into a nice rhythm,” said Rye coach Brian Murphy. “He had terrific action on his pitches, and we couldn’t tell what he was throwing. He kept us guessing and did a very nice job.”
If Rye (4-4) had won, it would have held the head-to-head tiebreaker over Lamprey River (6-2) and advanced. Instead, Lamprey River will join Concord, Portsmouth and North Manchester Hooksett in elimination play as the No. 4 seed.
Rye got its best opportunity right out of the gate, as leadoff batter Gar Hindle reached on a walk and advanced to third after an errant pick-off attempt. When Cade Murphy tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt to give Rye the lead, however, he popped out to the pitcher, and a ground out ended the threat.
″(Cade) is my No. 3 hitter and he never bunts,” Murphy said. “We wanted to push that first run across, since we held them scoreless in the top of the first. (Calling for the bunt) was a mistake on our part. We just wanted that early run.”
From there, McDevitt settled in, not allowing another baserunner until the bottom of the fifth inning, when Sawyer Cronin broke up the no-hitter with a crisp single to right field. Hindle reached on another walk in the bottom of the sixth but was stranded at second base to end the game.
″(McDevitt’s pitching performance) was everything,” said Lamprey River coach Brian McDevitt. “He only let up one hit. He threw strikes and avoided baserunners. But it was the whole team; they made every single play behind him. He controlled the game with the help of his fielders. That was a pretty special performance.”
Both coaches said they were curious how their teams would handle the pressure of a winner-goes-home game. Murphy said he was happy to see his team keep their heads up and continue to support one another, even as the game moved into the waning innings.
For McDevitt and Lamprey River, however, the experience was a precursor to the next round of competition.
“I don’t think they could’ve handled (the pressure) any better,” he said. “I would think this gets us ready for elimination play. I like our chances if we play like we did today physically and mentally.”
John McDevitt pitched all six innings, allowing just one hit and two walks. Brendan Heppler and Ryan Santino each went 1-for-3 with a RBI and a run, while Cohen Clayton went 1-for-1 with an RBI and Brady Kouchoukos doubled and scored a run.
Hindle walked twice and stole a base for Rye, while Cronin singled to notch Rye’s only hit. Cade Murphy pitched the first three innings for Rye, striking out a pair of Lamprey River batters, and Tucker Huskey threw the final three innings, striking out five.
“We are one of the smallest towns in District 2, and our secret ingredient is that the kids have to have each other’s backs,” coach Murphy said. “They have to act and play like brothers, and that is something that this team did, right up until the end.
“I told them to be proud of what they each brought to the team,” the coach added. “They will all remember this experience and playing together. I also told them to keep their heads up. They competed right to the end and that’s all we can ask.”
Lamprey River 11/12 - Somersworth stopped in must-win game
SOMERSWORTH — Two days after a dramatic win that saw Kaden Bickford hit a walk-off grand slam, the Somersworth 11/12 Little League All-Stars needed a win on Friday night against Lamprey River to stay alive in the District 2 playoff hunt.
But what started as a glimmer of hope quickly turned sour, as Lamprey took advantage of early mistakes and scored a pair of first inning runs. The runs and hits kept coming for Lamprey River, as it made quick work of Somersworth, 11-0, in four innings.
″(Lamprey) is always tough,” said Somersworth coach Tyler Grandmaison. “Our kids were a little sloppy in the field, so a few errors compounded things. I thought we were going to stick it out but once they started hitting the ball it was tough to stop the bleeding.”
Somersworth falls to 3-4 and has just one game left in its District 2 campaign.
“We can still end at 4-4,” said Grandmaison. “It is always fun to be spoiler and I want these kids to come on Monday, compete and play hard because that is what I expect out of them.”
Lamprey River moved one step closer to the fourth and final playoff spot with a 4-2 record. It has two games left, including one against Rye on Monday that could decide the spot.
After Eric Goodrich started with a strikeout for Somersworth, Ryan Santino hit a single for Lamprey River. A Parker Fleury ground out put two outs on the board and Goodrich appeared to get out of the inning unscathed with a strikeout, but a passed ball allowed Logan Whitney to reach and Santino to score, which made it 1-0.
Whitney later scored on a wild pitch that upped the score to 2-0. Goodrich escaped further damage by getting Cohen Clayor to strike out.
After Somersworth went down quickly in the bottom half, Lamprey River began the second with four straight singles. Gage Gagnon’s two-run single up the middle made it 4-0, while Santino picked up an RBI on a ground out to make it 5-0. Fleury upped the edge to 6-0 with a sac fly to left.
Goodrich faced just three batters in the third and shut the door, before Lamprey added another five in the fourth to make it 11-0.
“I thought that fifth was interesting,” said LR coach Brian McDevitt. “Their coach made a trip to the mound and after that, their pitcher didn’t throw an off-speed pitch again. My kids picked up on that. Everything seemed to be coming flat and we strung some hits together.”
Somersworth had a chance to continue the game with Goodrich and Bickford in scoring position, but a line out to Heppler in center by Lukas Kelly put two outs on the board. A strikeout ended the game.
“That was our chance,” said Grandmaison. “The fielder originally misjudged it but he made a great play on it. They didn’t really give us much. They are a great defensive team.”
John McDevitt went three-plus scoreless innings for Lamprey and his breaking pitch had Somersworth batters scratching their heads all night. He allowed three hits, walked none and struck out seven.
Heppler went 2 for 2 with a triple for Lamprey, while Gagnon was 2 for 3. Lamprey had nine different batters gather a base hit and another six with RBIs.
Somersworth will conclude its season at North Manchester Hooksett (4-2) on Monday.
The 2018 Lamprey River 9/10 State Tournament Team was just Announced. Congratulations to everyone who tried out and made the squad!
The 2018 Lamprey River U8 Tournament Team was just Announced. Congratulations to all those you tried out and made the squad!
The 2018 Lamprey River 11/12 State Tournament Team was just Announced. Congratulations to everyone who tried out and made the squad!
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Games and May Practice Schedules have been Posted!
All League Games have been posted for all of our Divisions.
May Practice Schedules have all been added.
Little League Baseball Announces New Bat Rules for 2018
Little League® International has assembled an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information, that includes the latest bat information, current Little League Baseball® rules and regulations governing bats, and a series of frequently asked questions.
As of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard was implemented. Little League-approved baseball bats that were approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity as of January 1, 2018. For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com.
Important Note: These changes only affect baseball divisions and don’t affect any divisions of softball.
Lamprey River Little League Baseball Advanced Clinics!
Lamprey River Little League is pleased to announce an opportunity for advanced baseball clinics! Join us for an opportunity to see Lamprey River’s top talent learning together pre-season with professional instruction from Kevin Gray of the New Hampshire Bobcats!
When: Friday evenings for 8 weeks; February 2 through March 23.
Where: Ultimate Sports Academy- 201 Allard Dr, Manchester New Hampshire
Cost: $100 per player
Eligibility: Anyone league age 10-12 for 2018 season who is ready for more challenging drills and advanced instruction. Perfect for anyone planning to play post-season "Al l Star" baseball. Space is limited.