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Suncook Valley sweeps Kingswood for 12U district title

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by Joshua Spaulding
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July 03, 2017
FARMINGTON — The Suncook Valley 12U team rallied twice in game one of the district eight finals against Kingswood before taking the win in the second game to retain the district championship and advance to the state tournament.

After a weekend of play, Kingswood and Suncook Valley were the top two teams and they returned to the Farmington 500 Club on Monday, June 26, for the best two-out-of-three final round.

In game one, Kingsood got out to the lead with a run in the top of the first inning against Suncook starter Charlie Casaccio. Shaw Swinerton started the inning with a base hit and Will Danais followed with a base hit. Jonathan Hossack grounded back to the mound, moving both runners forward and Swinerton scored on James Yarling's fly ball center. Casaccio snared a line drive back to the mound to end the inning.

Yarling got the start on the hill for Kingswood and got some good defensive help in the first, as Caleb Desrochers made a nice play at third base and Danais did the same at shortstop. Nathan Leavitt had a base hit for Suncook Valley but Yarling kept Valley off the board.

Desrochers walked to open the top of the second inning and after Andrew Keniston grounded to second for the force play, the Kingswood rally was squelched.

Bruce Rawnsley had a base hit with one out for Suncook in the bottom of the inning but Yarling also struck out two before being lifted as he closed in on the pitching limit. Christos Zavas took over and got the final out of the inning.

Leavitt took over on the mound for Suncook Valley in the top of the third inning and Swinerton led off with an infield hit. After Ryan Ardine made a nice grab at shortstop to force Swinerton at second on a grounder by Danais, Hossack worked a walk. Leavitt got a strikeout but then Zavas had a base hit to drive in Danais to make it 2-0. Leavitt got a strikeout to get out of the inning.

Josh Goyette reached on a catcher's interference call to open the bottom of the inning but Swinerton snared a line drive at second and fired to first to complete the double play. Leavitt came through with a base hit but a grounder to short ended the inning.

PA Ryder led off the top of the fourth for Kingswood with a walk before Leavitt got two strikeouts and Ardine made a nice play on a grounder to end the inning.

Casaccio had an infield hit with one out in the bottom of the inning but Zavas struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

Tyler Nolan took over on the mound for the top of the fifth for Suncook and set Kingswood down in order and the kids in orange rallied in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Andrew Chiavaras started the inning with a triple and then scored on a wild pitch. After a strikeout, Michael Strazzeri had a base hit and Yarling was summoned back to the hill. He surrendered a base hit to Leavitt, tying the game and Desrochers made his way to the mound. Nolan grounded to short, with Danais making a nice play to force the runner at second. After Ardine was walked, Casaccio had a base hit to put Suncook up 3-2. Desrohers got a strikeout to end the inning.

Down to their last at bat, Kingswood rallied with a run in the top of the sixth. Zavas led off with a base hit and Ben Ford took over on the bases. Suncook went to Ardine on the hill and he struck out the first batter he faced. However, a pair of wild pitches coupled with a throwing error allowed Ford to scoot home to tie the game. Ardine then struck out the next two batters to send the game to the bottom of the sixth.

Spencer Therrien led off with a base hit for Suncook Valley and Kenny Fontaine took over on the bases. Keniston took over on the hill for Kingswood and Chiavaras was walked. Goyette beat out an infield hit to load the bases with nobody out. Keniston then got a pop fly to Desrochers at third for the first out and then Leavitt grounded to a drawn-in infield, with Danais forcing the runner at the plate for the second out. Nolan lofted a fly ball to center that appeared destined to end the inning and send the game to extras, but it got lost in the sun and dropped in for a base hit, plating the winning run for a 4-3 victory.

Suncook got out to an early lead in the second game, as Ardine had a homer to lead off the second inning and they never looked back, scoring the 7-2 win. Ardine added another homer in the fourth inning.

Suncook Valley's roster includes Michael Strazzeri, Colby Despres, Tyler Nolan, Ryan Ardine, Charlie Casaccio, Nathan Leavitt, Spencer Therrien, Bruce Rawnsley, Andrew Chiavaras, Joshua Goyette, Sam Caldwell and Kenny Fontaine. The team is coached by Joe Strazzeri, Ed Casaccio and Mike Goyette.

Kingswood's roster included Shaw Swinerton, Will Danais, Jonathan Hossack, James Yarling, Christos Zavas, Caleb Desrochers, Andrew Keniston, PA Ryder, Matt Jacobs, Owen Souza, Tate Hurtado and Ben Ford. The team is coached by Mike Danais, Brian Swinerton, Charlie Hossack and Peter Zavas.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or sportsgsn@salmonpress.com.

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