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Mountaineers win two more to move to 3-0

April 28, 2021
BERLIN — The Berlin High School baseball team has started the season with three straight victories, defeating the Colebrook Mohawks by a score of 20-1 last Monday, before beating the Littleton Crusaders 6-4 this past Saturday at Memorial Field.

In the 20-1 win over Colebrook, sophomore pitcher Jeremyha Dow threw five innings, striking out 12 and not allowing a single hit in the mercy rule shortened game. On Saturday, Griffin Melanson would extend the Mountaineer winning streak to three, as he threw a complete game while striking out eight to earn his first victory on the mound this season.

On Saturday, the Mountaineer bats came out swinging early against Crusader pitcher Josh Finkle. A Ben Estrella single led off the bottom of the first inning before Tyler Rousseau would reach on an error by Littleton shortstop Blake Fillion. Dom Paradis would then work a walk against Finkle to load the bases. Kam Huntoon would then provide a two-RBI single to open the scoring. A pair of walks to Griffin Melanson and Carter Poulin would then force home Paradis. Kolin Melanson would cap off the five run first inning for the hometown team with a two-RBI single.

Griffin Melanson would find himself in a bit of trouble in the fourth inning, as the Crusaders scored four runs in the frame and had the bases loaded with two outs before a stellar play by Kolin Melanson at shortstop ended the inning. Kolin Melanson snagged a seeing eye hit up the middle with a dive before shoveling the ball with his glove to second baseman Poulin to force the final out of the inning. In the bottom of the fourth, the Mountaineers would score an insurance run via a Tyler Rousseau single, which brought home Kolin Melanson to extend the Berlin lead to 6-4. A pair of excellent catches in left field by Ben Estrella would secure the victory in the sixth and seventh inning, as Estrella was forced to run a long way on both catches. Had either ball landed for a base hit, the game would have been tied for sure.

The Berlin coaching staff is pleased with the 3-0 start to the season, stating, "The boys are playing well. We have pitched very strongly in the opening three games, not having to use our bullpen yet. Timely hitting has been another key to success as we continue to do well with runners in scoring position."

The Mountaineers will have a busy vacation week as they traveled to Woodsville on Monday before hosting a strong White Mountains Regional High School team on Thursday. The week will conclude with a trip to rival Gorham on Friday to take on the Huskies.

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