Portsmouth (N.H.) baseball ties national record

KINGSTON, N.H. -- Senior Keegan Taylor struck out nine in five innings Monday to help the Portsmouth (N.H) High School baseball team tie the national record for consecutive victories by beating Sanborn Regional, 2-0.

Portsmouth, which raised its Division II record to 12-0, has won 75 games in a row. Homer (Mich) High School posted a 75-game winning streak during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

“We owe a lot of respect to the past teams and the past players who have gone through the program,” Taylor said. “It’s not just this team right now. There are a lot of other teams who have contributed to the record.”

Portsmouth can break the record by beating Pembroke Academy on Wednesday.

Both Portsmouth runs were unearned. The Clippers took a 1-0 lead in the first, and doubled that lead in the third.

Much of the game was played in heavy rain and the contest was called with one out in the top of the sixth.

Taylor, who has committed to play at Northeastern, struck out the final five batters he faced. He improved his pitching record to 20-0 during his varsity career.

Right fielder Connor McCauley collected two of Portsmouth’s five hits.