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South Weymouth, Mass. 5 Cranston, R.I. 4
The fans of the South Weymouth ten year old All Stars, whoe have grown accustomed to heart-stopping tight games, were treated to another dramatic finish by the Eastern Massachusetts Champions. In dramatic fashion, South Weymouth received back to back doubles (Neal Vitello and Jason Davern) in the bottom of the sixth inning and advanced to the Loser's Bracket Semi-Finals with a 5-4 victory over Cranston, Rhode Island.
In the bottom of the first inning, South Weymouth jumped out to a 3-0 lead on two errors, one walk (Neal Vitello), and a double by Alex Rosario.
In the top of the second inning, Cranston cut the lead to 3-1 when Christian Martinelli (reached on an error) scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Julien Martinelli.
South Weymouth moved ahead 4-1 in the bottom of the third inning on a single by Eric Keefe and a r.b.i. double by Alex Rosario.
After a 45 minute delay because of a torrential downpour, Cranston tied the game up in the top of the fifth inning on two errors and two hits (Gersham Rainone and Matt Sweeney).
Offensively, South Weymouth was led by Eric Keefe (1 for 3, two runs scored), Alex Rosario (1 for 3, one double and one run scored), Brian Urmano (2 for 3, one double, one run scored, and 2 r.b.i.'s), Neal Vitello (double), Jason Davern (game winning double), Matt Long (1 for 2, one double).
Cranston was lead by Nathan Blanco (1 for 3, one run scored), Matt O'Rourke (one run scored), Gersham Rainone (2 for 4, one run scored), Christian Martinelli (one run scored), Matt Sweeney (2 for 3), and David Cushman (1 for 2, one double).
Messalonskee, Maine 8 Milford, Mass. 6
Led by the relief pitching and clutch hitting of Nick Mayo, Messalonskee (Maine) defeated Milford (Western Massachusetts), 8-6.
Mayo (4for 4, 5 r.b.i.'s), who struck out five batters in two innings of relief to pick up the victory, had a walk-off triple in the bottom of the sixth inning to end the game.
Trailing 1-0, the Western Massachusetts Champions had their bats come alive in the top of the second inning by scoring five runs by Eric Lucier (single), Dan Cossette (single), Zach Lanzette (reached on an error), Jordan Papula (fielder's choice), and Eric Abruzzi.
In the bottom of the third inning, Messalonskee cut the lead to 5-4 on hits by Trevor Gettig, Nick Mayo, Dylan Burton, and Noah Caret (two run double).
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Messalonskee took the lead 6-5 on runs by Jared Cunningham (single), Jon Wilkie (single), and Nick Mayo (r.b.i. single).
In the top of the sixth inning, Milford's Eric Abruzzi (walk) tied the game at 6-6 when he scored on an error and fielder's choice (Tim Cassidy).
Offensively, Milford received contributions from Abruzzi (two runs scored), Kevin Valentine (triple), Eric Lucier (single), Dan Cossette (single), Zach Lanzette (run scored), and Jordan Papula (run scored).
Besides Mayo's 4 for 4 performance, Messalonskee received hits from Jared Cunningham (1 for 3), Jon Wilkie (1 for 4), Trevor Gettig (2 for 4), Dylan Burton (1 for 3), and Noah Caret (2 for 3, one double).
New Canaan, Connecticut 9 Keene, New Hampshire 3
After two games in the 2008 New England Regional Tournament, New Canaan (Connecticut), the team which unseated last year's 9 year old State and New England Champions (New Milford, Connecticut), has become one of the this year's favorites along with host, West Warwick (last year's runner up to New Milford). In fact, the two teams meet on Tuesday night (5:30) in the Winner's Bracket Final.
Led by the solid pitching of Zach Allen and David Giusti, New Canaan defeated Keene (New Hampshire), 9-3.
Allen, who picked up his second victory of the tournament, allowed two earned runs on three hits while striking out four batters. Giusti, who worked the last three innings of the game, simply shut down Keene by allowing only one hit and striking out four batters.
In the bottom of the first inning, New Canaan, who shut out Hartford (Vermont) 16-0, continued their long ball hitting when Alex LaPolice hit a two run home run to give them a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the second inning, Keene tied the game, 2-2, when Isaac Segal (double) and Peter Brown (walk) on a single by Eric Zecha and fielder's choice by Noah Clay.
In the bottom of the third inning, New Canaan opportunistically scored three runs on three walks (Justin Clark, Harry Molloy, and Colin Tiller) and three hits (Jim Fahey, Kyle Levasseur, and Zach Allen).
In the bottom of the fourth inning, New Canaan built a 8-3 lead on runs by David Giusti (reached on an error), Zach Allen (walk), and Alex LaPolice (reached on an error). Zach Smith had an r.b.i. single in the inning.
Offensively, New Canaan was led by Jim Fahey (2 for 3, one double and two runs scored), David Giusti (1 for 3, one run scored), Harry Molloy (1 for 2, one run scored), Justin Clark (one run scored), Zach Smith (1 for 4), Alex LaPolice (one home run), Zach Allen (1 for 3, one run scored), Kyle Levasseur (1 for3), and Colin Tiller (three walks and one run scored).
Keene received hits from Eric Zeccha, Isaac Segal (2 for 3), and Lucas Lower.
West Warwick, R.I. 12 South Weymouth, Mass. 10
In a game which took more turns than a roller-coaster ride at Six Flags of New England, West Warwick held off a jubilant nine from South Weymouth, 12-10, in seven innings to advance to the Winner's Bracket Final against New Canaan, Connecticut.
In the top of the first inning, West Warwick took an early 1-0 lead when Matt Grenier walked, stole two bases, and scored on Tyler Boisclair's single to center.
South Weymouth, however, scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Alex Rosario singled to left and advanced to third when Brian Urmano reached on an error. After starting pitcher, Joe Maynard, struck out the next batter, Neal Vitello took a 1-2 change up and singled to right field scoring Rosario and Urmano for a 2-1 lead.
After a scoreless second inning, West Warwick scored two runs in the top of the third inning on two errors and back to back doubles by Ray Zincone and Matt Grenier.
South Weymouth tied the game at 3-3 when Eric Keefe reached on an error, moved to third on a double by Alex Rosario, and scored on a wild pitch.
In the top of the fourth inning, West Warwick seemingly broke the game open with six runs on two errors, three walks (Kyle Henseler, Matt Grenier, and Mike Pellerin), and four hits (Tyler Boisclair, Andrew In, Caleb Hoyle, and Joe Maynard).
West Warwick's third lead of the game, however, was quickly evaporated when South Weymouth scored six runs on four hits, four errors, and two walks to knot the game up at 9-9.
After having the first two batters retired on ground outs, South Weymouth's Mike Connelly reached first on a walk. Chris Flipp followed with a single to left field and Matt Long disposed of a 0-2 change up to right field loading the bases for lead off batter Eric Keefe. Keefe, then, took an 0-1 pitch and singled to left field scoring two runs. With runners on first base and third base, South Weymouth scored three more runs when Alex Rosario singled and West Warwick made two errors on the play. Brian Urmano tied the game up when he reached on an error and scored on a three-base error.
With momentum on the side of South Weymouth, middle reliever Tyler Boisclair came into the game to strike out a batter ending the disastrous fourth for West Warwick.
While reliever Chris Flipp prevented West Warwick from scoring in the top of the fifth inning, South Weymouth scored what was believed to be the go ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Chris Flipp hit a double to left field. The base-runner from South Weymouth, detected by the players and spectators located on the third base side of West Warwick, was ruled to miss third base keeping the game tied at 9-9.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, West Warwick brought in Matt Grenier to face the top of South Weymouth's potent order. Grenier, struck out two and forced a fly out to center fielder Dave LaMountain to end the inning and send the game into extra innings.
In the top of the seventh inning, Kyle Henseler led off with a bloop double down the left field line and advanced to third on groundout to short by Ray Zincone. Matt Grenier, then, took a 1-0 fastball and hit a towering double off the fence in right center to score Henseler and give West Warwick a 10-9 lead. After Tyler Boisclair walked for the second time in the game, Trevor Lawton worked the count to 2-2 before he hit an r.b.i. double down the left field line scoring Grenier. Boisclair scored one batter later on an error to give West Warwick a 12-9 lead.
Although South Weymouth scored one run (Shane Lynch) in the bottom of the seventh inning, Grenier induced three ground outs to end the game.
West Warwick received solid pitching from Joe Maynard, Tyler Boisclair, and Matt Grenier. Maynard, who struck out six in 3 2/3 innings of work, allowed only three earned runs on seven scattered hits. Boisclair, who pitched 1 1/3 innings of middle relief, struck out two and allowed only one hit. Grenier, who struck out two batters in two innings, picked up the victory.
South Weymouth received a solid effort in relief from Chris Flipp. Flipp, who pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowed only two earned runs on three hits.
Offensively, West Warwick received contributions from Kyle Henseler (1 for 4, one double and two runs scored), Ray Zincone (2 for 4, one double, one triple, and two runs scored), Matt Grenier (2 for 3, two doubles, four runs scored, and 2 r.b.i.'s), Tyler Boisclair (2 for 3, two runs scored and 2 r.b.i.'s), Trevor Lawton (1 for 3, one double and 2 r.b.i.'s), Mike Pellerin (bases loaded r.b.i. walk in an 11 pitch at bat), Andrew In (1 for 1, one run scored), Caleb Hoyle (1 for 2, 1 r.b.i.), and Joe Maynard (1 for 4, r.b.i double).
South Weymouth received hits from Eric Keefe (1 for 3, two runs scored and 2 r.b.i.'s), Alex Rosario (3 for 4, two runs scored), Shane Lynch (single and run scored), Neal Vitello (1 for 4, 2 r.b.i.'s), Chris Flipp (2 for 3, one run scored), and Ben Flynn (1 for 2, one run scored).
Cranston, R.I. 5 Hartford,Vermont 4
Trailing 4-0 after four innings, the ten year olds from Cranston saw their 2008 All Star season fading away before a five run fifth inning outburst paved the way to a 5-4 come from behind victory over Hartford, Vermont.
In the bottom of the first inning, Hartford, who was shut out 16-0 in their opener to New Canaan, Connecticut, jumped on the scoreboard with four runs on two errors and hits from Connor Brooks and Jacob Perkins.
With both pitchers from Hartford (Connor Brooks) and Cranston (David Cushman) settling into a groove, both offenses were held in check until the fifth inning.
In the top of the fifth inning, Matt O'Rourke singled to lead off the inning. After advancing to second on passed ball, he scored when Gersham Rainone reached on an on three base error. Rainone, then, scored on Andrew Ciaciarelli's sacrifice fly. With two out, Cranston scored three more runs on a walk (Matt Pion) and two singles (Matt Sweeney and Christian Martinelli).
Picking up the complete game victory for Cranston was David Cushman. After a rocky first inning, Cushman, who struck out ten batters, allowed only one hit the remainder of the game.