Berlin-Gorham players lift the trophy after finishing as District Three runners-up last week. (Photo by Joshua Spaulding) (click for larger version)
September 03, 2020NORTH CONWAY — In its first year in District Three, Mount Washington Valley's 12U team made a name for itself.
But Berlin-Gorham is also no slouch and the two teams had an impressive pair of games suited for a district championship when they met up under the lights of Whitaker Field in North Conway.
With Berlin-Gorham undefeated, the two teams entered their battle on Monday night, Aug. 24, with Mount Washington Valley needing a win to stay alive and force another game.
And the two teams treated fans to an impressive display of baseball, with neither team wanting to give an inch.
Jack Saladino got the start on the hill for Berlin-Gorham while Logan Ramsey was the starter for Mount Washington Valley.
Alex Allain reached on an error to start the game for MWV and moved up to second on a groundout by Matt Charrette but Saladino came back and struck out the next two batters to get out of the inning with nobody crossing the plate.
Boyd Poulin led off the bottom of the first inning for Berlin-Gorham with a base hit and a grounder to third by Saladino forced Poulin at second. A line drive to first base resulted in an unassisted double play by Guillermo Chavarria-Burns, ending the first inning.
Ramsey worked a one-out walk in the top of the second inning but Saladino came back with two strikeouts to end the inning. Ramsey responded with a solid inning as well with a pop up, a groundout and a strikeout.
Saladino struck out the first two batters of the top of the third inning before Allain beat out an infield hit. Saladino then snared a grounder back to the mound to close out the inning.
Ramsey had another perfect inning, striking out two and getting a grounder back to the mound. Saladino struck out two batters to start the top of the fourth inning before Sawyer Hussey had a base hit and stole second. Saladino then got another strikeout to close out the inning.
Ramsey struck out the side in the bottom of the fourth inning, working around a walk to Saladino and a wild pitch.
Both pitchers threw perfect innings in the fifth, with five groundouts and a strikeout in the mix, sending the game to the final inning with no score on the board.
Saladino struck out the first batter in the top of the inning but Allain followed by dropping a triple into leftfield. Mason Roberge took over on the hill for Berlin-Gorham and Charrette followed with a triple of his own, plating Allain with the first run of the game. Charrette was gunned down trying to score for the second out of the inning and Roberge got a strikeout to end the frame.
Ramsey came back out of the bottom of the sixth inning and after a grounder to first, got a pair of strikeouts to end the game and force a second game the following night.
The second game was much the same, but this time the lone run of the game was scored in the first inning, with MWV getting another 1-0 win to clinch the District Three championship.
Allain started on the hill for MWV and Nolan Lavigne had a two-out base hit for Berlin-Gorham but Allain got a popup to Jacob Brown at shortstop to end the inning
Allain then led off the bottom of the inning, working a walk off of Poulin, who got the start on the hill for Berlin-Gorham. Charrette and Brown followed with sacrifice groundouts to third base, with Cooper Ladd turning in a couple of solid plays but a base hit by Hussey drove in Allain with the game's first run.
Both pitchers set the side down in order in the second inning and in the top of the third, Reese Cook was hit by a pitch to open the inning, with Owen LaPointe taking over on the bases. One out later, Jaxon Vallie grounded back to the mound to force LaPointe at second and Allain got a strikeout to end the inning.
Poulin set the side in order in the bottom of the third inning. With one out in the top of the fourth, Lavigne had a base hit but was forced at second on a grounder to the mound by Gavin Corrigan. MWV catcher Chace Lubchansky then executed a perfect pickoff throw to Chavarria-Burns at first to close the inning.
Brown reached on an error with one out in the bottom of the fourth for MWV but Poulin came back and struck out the next two batters to get out of the inning.
Allain shut down the side in order in the top of the fifth and in the bottom of the inning, Owen Robertson had a one-out double after Saladino made a great grab at short to start the inning. One out later, Sergio Espezua worked a walk but Poulin got a popup to shortstop to end the inning.
Allain got two groundouts to shortstop to start the top of the sixth inning before Vallie worked a walk. However, a grounder to Charrette at second base ended the game, giving MWV the 1-0 win and the district three championship.
The MWV roster includes Alex Allain, Matt Charrette, Jacob Brown, Jayden Butler, Sawyer Hussey, Logan Ramsey, Chace Lubchansky, Guillermo Chavarria-Burns, Owen Robertson, Sergio Espezua, Jonah Pepin, Oliver Dean, Landon Ramsey, Parker Brown and Eddie Daggett. The team is coached by Andy Pepin, Derek Moss and Doc Walker.
The Berlin-Gorham roster includes Boyd Poulin, Jack Saladino, Nolan Lavigne, Gavin Corrigan, Hudson Goulet, Dillon Boucher, Cooper Ladd, Reese Cook, Mason Roberge, Jaxon Vallie, Max Moore and Owen LaPointe. The team is coached by Matt Saladino, Doug Lavigne, Jake Moore and Craig Langlois.
Sports Editor Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.