The Lynn Junior Legion Post 291 baseball team ended its season on a tough note, falling to Nashua (NH) 12-2 in a five-inning Northeast Regional Tournament consolation game Saturday at Memorial Field in Concord, New Hampshire.
Lynn trailed 6-2 after four innings before Nashua took full control with seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to run away with the win.
Harry Parker, Cormac Collins and Brendan McManus led Lynn’s offense. Collins and Aidan Dow each had one RBI. Nico Galeazzi added a base hit.
“It was nice to see some of the kids that had been on the bench get in and get some hits,” Lynn manager Tony Luciano said. “This really was a team effort. It was great to do the right thing. Hopefully these kids can carry a little confidence going into their high school seasons.”
On the mound, Collins, McManus and Lucas Fritz teamed up. Fritz tossed one inning, McManus struck out two over two innings and Collins went 1 2/3.
As far as Luciano’s concerned, ending the season on a loss doesn’t take away from the team’s memorable run.
“It’s a little disheartening when you lose but these kids battled,” Luciano said. “You can’t take a state championship away from these kids. All in all, it was a great summer. We had a blast, my coaches had a blast. It was a lot of fun. Hopefully next year we can have the senior program and have the junior program going on as well.”
Luciano said it was the team’s willingness to put the team’s success ahead of individual merits that impressed him the most.
“It’s hard not to be successful when you have 16 kids that all root each other on,” Luciano said. “They come from four different schools. Some of them didn’t know each other until now. I think we made some friendships for life. The team aspect means a ton. It’s not about individuals. These kids all came together and worked together as a team. I was proud to see that happen right in front of my eyes.”