By Tris Wykes

LEBANON – The Lebanon American Legion Post 22 senior baseball team pinned a 7-5 defeat on Keene Post 4 on Tuesday, prevailing despite the loss of an earlier, substantial lead.

Lebanon built a 6-0 advantage after five innings before surrendering five runs, three of them unearned, during the sixth frame. The hosts tacked on an additional run during the sixth and improved their record to 4-5. 

Keene Post 4 pitcher Kevin Putnam celebrates tagging out Lebanon Post 22 runner Ian Hedgepeth during the sixth inning. Owen Taylor, right, disagrees. Copyright Octopus Athletics. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to ctwykes@aol.com.

Post 22 starting pitcher Owen Taylor, a recent Stevens High graduate headed to Southern New Hampshire University to study aeronautical engineering, allowed seven hits and six runs, three of them earned, during 5 2/3 innings of works. The lefthander gave way to reliever Hayden Chandler of Fall Mountain High, who finished the game.

Lebanon managed only four hits against Keene (3-3). Ian Hedgepeth, Taylor and Zach Howland each had doubles and Casey Graham had a single. The latter, used as a first baseman at Hanover High, played shortstop Tuesday.

Post 22 plays Weare Post 65 at 5:30 p.m. Friday at St. Anselm College. Lebanon, which began Tuesday sixth in its seven-team division, must finish in the top four to quality for the state tournament. The regular season ends July 17.

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Lebanon Post 22 pitcher Owen Taylor delivers against Keene. Copyright Octopus Athletics. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to ctwykes@aol.com.