Concord, defending champions of Division 1 for the first time since 2013, saw a large number of key departures from the title squad, but return three starters. The headliner is junior Nate Wachter, a .429 hitter with 20 RBI and 21 runs a year ago.
Runner-up Winnacunnet, on the other hand, has a considerable number or returnees, including seven seniors. Michigan commit Joe Allen, a 6-foot-4 right-hander who participated with the USA Baseball 18U National Team, will serve as team captain alongside fellow seniors Owen Bateman (Saint Anselm’s) and Hunter Chase (Stevenson).
“We return a lot of starters with varsity experience, making our lineup strong,” said Winnacunnet head coach Aaron Abood, whose program last tasted glory in 2002. “Our pitching will be strong, and we will be very solid defensively. Filling a couple of the holes left by graduating seniors (will be key to the team’s success).”
Pinkerton returns four pitchers with experience, including Prep Baseball Report NH Pitcher of the Year Liam Doyle, a Coastal Carolina commit who went 8-0 and struck out 101 batters in 511/3 innings last season, and First Team All-State Tom Rioux, a Colby commit who fanned 41 batters last season.