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Carroll County 10U team snags two wins

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

SCOTTY MOHLA leaps over Kingswood's Hayden Robischeau in an attempt to snag a throw in action Saturday in Farmington. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 23, 2014
FARMINGTON — The Carroll County 10U team picked up its first tournament wins in two years with strong showings on Friday and Saturday before succumbing to illness on Sunday.

Carroll County opened against Suncook Valley on Friday evening, June 20, and got an early lead and never looked back.

David Martin got things started with a solo homer in the bottom of the second inning for a 1-0 lead and Carroll County added three in the bottom of the third to up the lead to 4-0.

Kameron Cochrane got things started with a walk and after a walk to Owen Henley, a base hit from Aden Martineau drove in the second run of the game. An overthrow on a return throw to the mound allowed Henley to scamper home to make it 3-0 and Martin delivered a base hit to drive in Carroll County's fourth run of the game.

Suncook came back against Carroll County pitcher Levi Clarke in the top of the fourth, plating two runs, but he struck out the final batter of the inning after getting a nice play from Cochrane in right field, throwing out a runner at first.

Carroll County went back to work at the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning. After Clarke reached, a walk to Henley and two wild pitches pushed across a run. Martineau then worked a walk as well and a pickoff error allowed both runners to score and Carroll County went up 7-2.

Suncook got a run in the top of the fifth, but a nice defensive play from Scotty Mohla at second base helped get Carroll County out of the inning and Clarke was able to set Suncook down in order in the top of the sixth to preserve the 7-3 win.

Carroll County came back and knocked off Plymouth 7-6 on Saturday morning before taking on Kingswood later in the day.

After scoring seven runs in each of the first two games, the Carroll County bats went quiet against Kingswood, as the first seven batters all struck out.

Kingswood was able to work a run across in the bottom of the first inning, but a nice play by Martineau at shortstop helped Carroll County pitcher Nick Plamondon get out of the inning. Kingswood added another run in the bottom of the second inning. David Hartley made a nice play behind the plate, tagging out a runner trying to advance on a wild pitch.

Hartley also worked a walk in the third for Carroll County's first base runner, but he was stranded. Kingswood added another run in the third for a 3-0 lead.

Carroll County had its best chances in the fourth inning. Mohla doubled to start the inning, but he was gunned down trying to get to third. Martin had a bloop hit and Luke LaPointe walked, but nobody scored. Kingswood added a run in the fourth for a 4-0 lead, but Martin struck out three in a row to end the inning. Kingswood then scored three times in the fifth for a 7-0 lead.

Carroll County got a leadoff walk in the sixth from Martineau and he got to third on a stolen base and a wild pitch, but he was stranded and Kingswood took the 7-0 win.

Illness took its toll on Sunday, as the team had just nine players, but valiantly went into battle against Farmington and Mount Washington Valley. The first game saw a 10-3 win for Farmington.

Against MWV, Carroll County got behind early, as MWV plated seven in the top of the first and added two more in the top of the second for an 8-0 lead. The only Carroll County base runners through two innings came on walks, as Mohla walked in the first and LaPointe and Henley walked in the second.

After MWV upped the lead to 14-0 in the top of the third, Carroll County began battling back.

Garrison Phaneuf started things with a base hit and after Martineau was hit by a pitch, a Mohla base hit drove in one run. A wild pitch plated another and another wild pitch plated a third. Tyler Phillips worked a walk, LaPointe beat out an infield hit and Cochrane worked a walk to load the bases. Henley then delivered a double to plate two more runs and a wild pitch made it 14-6.

MWV came back with three in the top of the fourth inning and Carroll County went down in order in the bottom of the inning, giving MWV the 17-6 win. LaPointe pitched well in relief and Spencer Ogren closed out the game on the hill. LaPointe also made a spectacular catch in center field in the fourth inning.

The Carroll County roster included Aden Martineau, Nick Plamondon Scotty Mohla, Spencer Ogren, David Martin, Luke LaPointe, David Hartley, Garrison Phaneuf, Levi Clarke, Kameron Cochrane, Tyler Phillips and Owen Henley. The team is coached by Scott Mohla, Amy Hartley and Tim Cochrane.

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

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