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Newmarket wins D4 title 12-2 over error-prone Pittsfield

Newmarket Mules celebrate a long awaited championship

2019 D4 champions

Josh Mastin allowed only three hits and two runs

(Manchester NH) Five times in the last two years Newmarket had teams in championship games and lost.

That streak of frustration ended for the Mules as they won the D4 baseball title, 12-2, over Pittsfield in a sun-filled Saturday game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

“This was for our town,” said Lucas Russell afterwards, “and for all the alums who failed before.”

Lucas had four RBI in a 10-run third inning that took most of the suspense out of this game.

The ten-run rule went into effect after 4 ½ innings.

Pittsfield had five errors and all twelve Newmarket runs were unearned

“One bad inning,” said Pittfield coach Rob Stockman.  “We’ve had some trouble on defense and it reared its ugly head today.”

Did it ever!  The Panthers (19-2) had two errors in the third and three more in the fourth when the Mules (18-2) added two additional runs.

“We never expected to put up runs like that against a team like that,” said Newmarket coach Stan Jurkoic.  “Having those runs certainly helped to ease thing.”

Bad morning for Pittsfield to be giving up all those runs because Newmarket senior Josh Mastin was not nearly as generous.

Ben Stephens takes the last cut for the Panthers

Josh gave up single runs in the first and third but limited Pittsfield to three hits.

Tough morning for Kyle Stockman and Devin Bedell

Josh’s best pitching may have been in the first inning.  After an out, there was a walk, single, and another walk.  A wild pitch gave Pittsfield the lead 1-0, but Josh retired the next two batter (popup & infield out) to limit the damage to one run.

The Mules threatened in the first (2nd and 3rd – no outs) but D4 Player-of-the-Year Devin Bedell got a strikeout and a ground out to keep Newmarket off the scoreboard.

So, early on this game has the feel of one that would be tight to the end.  Maybe a one-run, last-inning nail biter?

Pittsfield has defeated Newmarket twice during the season.  They had pitching and hitting.

But on this morning, they didn’t have solid defense, especially in the third inning.

Fred Holmes makes a nice catch in the 2nd inning

“We have a young team and you need someone to step up and make a play to stop the bleeding,” said Coach Stockman.  “We just didn’t have that today.”

Thirteen Mules batted in the third inning.  Everyone in the batting order scored a run.  Josh Mastin crossed home twice.

Three runs into the inning, Coach Stockman switched Gavin Bedell in to replace his brother Devin.

Two batters later, Hayden Goodreau walked to force in a run.

Then the Mules’ bats went to work and lessened the guesswork on the final outcome.  Zach Hilton singled in a run.  Josh Mastin singled in two runs.  Lucas Russell then stroked an inside-the-park, three-run homer to stretch the Newmarket lead to 10-1.

“The bats were moving, and we were having a lot of fun out there,” recalled Fred Holmes of the inning.

“I squared it up,” said Lucas.  “It was a changeup and I kept my weight back and drove it up the middle.”

Lucas Russell crosses home as Coach Jurkoic watches

“Newmarket was just a better team today,” added Pittfield assistant coach Noah MacGlashing.  “One error turned into five.  We fell apart.  Take that inning away and it’s a much different game.”

Jesse MacGlashing drove in a run

But that inning didn’t go away, and the shaky defense was the key factor in two more Newmarket runs in the next inning.  Zach Hilton got his second RBI with a single and another run was added as the throw back in from the outfield rolled into the Pittsfield dugout.

The Panthers needed a run in the bottom of the fifth to keep the game going but after a walk, Josh Mastin got two infield groundouts before striking out Ben Stephens to end it.

“I wanted to strike out one last person to win it and that happened,” said Josh.

“It was just a great day for us,” said Coach Jurkoic.  “Josh put in another unbelievable performance.”

Newmarket last won a baseball title in 2001.  “Today was all for the fans,” said Josh.  “They have been waiting and it finally happened.”

Sophomore Jesse MacGlashing drove in Pittsfield’s second run in the third inning.

Josh Mastin tagged out by catcher Jesse MacGlashing in the first inning

Josh Mastin, Fred Holmes, and Zach Hilton paced Newmarket with two hits each.

Fred Holmes: “This win totally makes up for our other losses.  It was a bummer losing in the soccer finals to Sunapee but this one is just fine with me.”

Josh Mastin: “I struggled a bit.  I’m tired out from pitching all the time.  My fastball was okay.  My curve and my off-speed pitches were working.  I thought the game would be close.”

Carter Bousquin: “That 10-run inning was insane.  It’s such a great feeling to win the championship.  Josh’s curve was on-point today.  Guys were absolutely buckled up by that curve ball.  He wanted that final strikeout badly.”

Lucas Russell: “This is what we all dreamed of when we were kids.”

Coach Rob Stockman (left)

Coach Rob Stockman: “You give a team like Newmarket five or six extra outs and you’re going to take a beating.”

Fred Holmes is planning to attend Utica College (NY) in the fall and study construction management.

Lucas Russell will attend San Diego State (weather?) and major in business administration.

Kyle Stockman

Kyle Stockman will be at Plymouth State.  “We liked what Coach Clay had to say,” explained Coach Stockman.  “It’s close to home.  He has some travel team friends who are going there.”

Beautiful weather for the game.

Newmarket box

Pittsfield box

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DJ Zensky scores the first Pittsfield run

Josh Mastin throws to first

Nick Berthiaume (shortstop) sets to throw

Lucas Russell mobbed after homer

Newmarket celebrates

Newmarket seniors

 

 

 

 

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Newmarket stays undefeated with 4-0 win over Epping in DIV quarterfinals

Newmarket is on to the D4 semifinals after win over Epping

The Mules celebrated four goals including this one by Nick Berthiaume in the second half

(Newmarket NH) You’ve got to like their chances to win a title.

The #1 seed Newmarket Mules continued their magical season of undefeated soccer defeating Epping, 4-0, in the Division IV boys soccer quarterfinals on Friday night.

That’s eighteen straight for NHS and they continue to make it look easy.

This was their third win this season over #9 seed Epping (10-8).

“They’re tremendously athletic,” said Epping coach Jeff McDermott describing Newmarket.  “They’re tall, fast and very aggressive.  They don’t do a lot of backing up.”

The Mules are certainly all those things, but in this game, they were also the masters of set pieces.  The first goal was off a direct kick.  The second off a corner kick and the fourth goal off a throw in.

Lucas Russell (3) assisted on a goal

“Our successes in our set pieces was a key to this win,” explained Newmarket coach Nate Dowst.

Who could argue.

Every throw-in by senior Lucas Russell was potential trouble for the Blue Devils.  Into the box they would go with plenty of Mules in the area.

“Lucas’ throw-ins have been a big asset all season,” said Coach Dowst.  “It’s almost the same as a corner.”

The Mules had two goals in each half and kept Peyton Rivers (Epping goalie) busy most of the night.

Junior Felix Hoehner tallied the first Newmarket score ten minutes into the first half.

Senior Simon Cote lined up a direct kick after freshman Tyler Witmer was called for a handball.  GK Peyton Rivers had the near side covered but Simon’s kick went toward the far side. Peyton deflected it but right to uncovered Felix Hoehner.

“There was a little bobble,” recalled Felix, “and I was there to clean it up, just like hockey.”

Felix Hoehner scores

The Mules netted a second goal with 3:34 left in the half.  This one was off a corner kick.  Felix Hoehner took the kick and put it into the middle where senior Fred Holmes was.

“It was a beautiful ball,” recalled Fred.  “There was some loose markage by Epping.  I got a head on it and in it went.”

Fred Holmes (17) lines up a header

Fred Holmes heads toward the net

Junior Simon Chan was part of both second-half Newmarket goals.

On the first one (at 25:08), Simon broke in and got off a hard shot. Peyton Rivers deflected it onto the doorstep where teammate Nick Berthiaume had an easy tap-in.

Nick Berthiaume finds an open net

On the second one (at 7:24) Simon, in heavy traffic, headed in a Lucas Russell throw-in.

Simon Chan (9) ready to head the ball

Simon Chan (9) heads the ball toward the net

Hunter Bullock

The Mules (18-0) now move to the semi-finals to face Concord Christian on Monday night in Laconia.  CC has three losses and didn’t face Newmarket during the regular season.

Jeff McDermott: “They’re a rival of ours but I wish them luck.  We were much better this time against them. (The Blue Devils lost to NHS 7-0, and 7-1 during the regular season.)  We changed things defensively this time playing a 5-4-1.  Our goalie had a busy day.  You can only hold off so many opportunities before one goes in.”

Nate Dowst: “It’s hard when you see a team for the third time.  We came out with intensity from the beginning.  We controlled the game and took advantage of our chances.”

Fred Holmes: “We played great and once we got one and two we started rolling.  We really had fun with it.  Our chemistry was great out there.”

Senior Hunter Bullock finished a terrific career with Epping.  “Their back four are solid and made it tough when I got the ball.  It was difficult to make good cuts on this field.”  Future plans?  “I might join the air force and then later go to UNH to pick up an engineering degree.”

Fred Holmes

Epping was 3-13 last year after winning the DIV title the year before.

Newmarket was 8-9 in 2017.

I saw Pride defeat Littleton in the title game last year.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see Littleton in that game again but this time versus Newmarket.  The Mules defeated Littleton 5-1 in the season opener this year.

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Jacob Loving (15) and Josh Mastin (4)

Keenan Mills (6) sets up in front

Nick Berthiaume (16) and Mickey Toth (13)

Luke Barker (12) and Felix Hoehner

GK Peyton Rivers over Keenan Mills

GK Peyton Rivers above the crowd

Action in front of the Newmarket goal

Action in front of the Epping goal

Simon Cote

 

 

 

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