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Wakefield boys steal Babe Ruth championship

Stolen bases help Wakefield best Alton to win league title

July 07, 2014
WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Babe Ruth squad worked its way through the losers' bracket to claim the league championship last week, besting Alton by a 3-2 score in the championship game.

Wakefield opened the tournament with a 4-0 loss to Alton, which put them in the losers' bracket right out of the gate.

However, the team came charging back. After beating the Kingswood 2 team by a 24-6 score, Wakefield beat Kingswood 1 by a score of 10-4 to send them to the championship round with Alton.

Because Alton had not lost, Wakefield had to win two games in order to clinch the championship.

The game went to the eighth inning with the teams tied at eight before the game was postponed due to darkness.

The teams returned to action on Thursday to finish up the game, with Wakefield picking up the 9-8 win over Alton to set up a deciding game.

And the final game proved to be a good one, as both teams brought their defense, as there were no errors committed in the game.

The pitching trio of Tom Scala, Matt White and Blaise Laurion combined to strikeout nine Alton batters while walking just one and surrendering just two runs.

Alton took a 1-0 lead, but Wakefield came back and tied the game in the sixth inning, executing a double steal to tie the game. Laurion then stole home on a straight steal to give Wakefield a 2-1 lead.

Alton came back and tied the game in the top of the seventh inning, setting up one more rally for Wakefield in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Tucker Gosselin was hit by a pitch to open the inning. He stole second basse and moved to third on a groundout back to the mound. With two outs and two strikes in the count, Laurion blasted a line drive single to left to score Gosselin with the winning run.

Longtime coach Larry Lavertue was impressed with the overall play throughout the game.

"I have coached Babe Ruth now for 24 years and this was one of the all-around best played baseball games I have been involved in," Lavertue commented. "Any time you beat a team coached by (Alton coach) Bubba Noyes, you know you have worked hard for it and earned it."

Lavertue will be coaching with the Farmington 500 League 14U All-Stars in the state tournament, which begins today, July 10, at 5 p.m. against Plymouth in Littleton. That tournament continues throughout the weekend in Littleton's Remich Park.

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

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