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Mets clinch top seed with rain-shortened win

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

CHAD PETERSON of the Red Sox gets ready to tag Ryan McQuade of the Mets during CCMLB action on Sunday. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
July 28, 2014
WOLFEBORO — The Carroll County Men's League Baseball regular season standings came down to the final day of the season.

The Red Sox and Mets stood at the top of the standings and as the schedule would dictate, they played each other on Sunday, July 27, wrapping up the regular season.

Mother Nature didn't seem to be impressed with the fact that the teams needed to get the game in, as rains threatened and eventually led to the calling of the game in the sixth inning, with the Mets getting the 5-0 win and with it, the top seed in this weekend's playoffs.

Evan Marquis took the hill for the Mets and set the Red Sox down in order in the top of the first inning. The Mets also went in order in the bottom of the first inning, as Red Sox starter Andy Arsenault got a little defensive help. Dave Bellinghiri made a great scoop of a throw at first base and Slayd Dore made an outstanding play in the hole at shortstop to end the inning.

Bellinghiri got the first hit of the game in the top of the second inning, but he was erased on a 4-6-3 double play, started by Zach St. Cyr at second base.

The Mets were able to get on the board in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Jordan Woodill reached on an error and stole second. A base hit rom Marquis drove him in with a base it and then stole second and third, eventually scoring on a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead for the Mets. Arsenault got a strikeout and a grounder back to the mound to end the inning.

Because the Red Sox had just eight players available for the game, Yankee David White agreed to play in the game to fill out the defensive positions, but he didn't bat, giving the Red Sox an automatic out in the top of the third.

Arsenault struck out the first two batters of the bottom of the third before Ryan McQuade reached on an error and St. Cyr worked a walk. However, the Sox pitcher got a fly ball to Dave Peterson in right field to end the inning.

The Red Sox had their best chance of the game in the top of the fourth inning, though Marquis made a nice play to start the inning on the mound and struck out the next batter. Dore lined a base hit and Arsenault followed with a base hit, taking second when the Mets attempted to cut down Dore going to third base. Bellinghiri worked a walk to load the bases, but all three runners were stranded on a grounder to first base to end the inning.

Tom Coates made a nice grab of a line drive at second base in the bottom of the inning and the Sox got through the inning with nobody reaching, but Marquis set the Sox down in order in the top of the fifth inning as well.

Walks came back to hurt the Red Sox in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Dave Hersey, Tony Jerome and Trevor Greene all worked walks to load the bases. Dore, playing behind the plate, made a nice snag of a foul pop by Tom Zotti for the first out of the inning, but McQuade followed with a base hit to drive in a run and an error on the play allowed two more runners to score for a 5-0 lead.

St. Cyr followed with a base hit, but the Red Sox got out of the inning with some interesting defense. McQuade broke for third on a pitch and decided to head back. Dore gunned to Ryan Gibbs at third base and he fired to shortstop Chad Peterson at second base to nail McQuade. The next batter, Joseph Broza, hit a grounder that pulled Bellinghiri way off his bag. However, he dived and managed to get a tag on Broza running down the line to end the inning.

Jake Stout led off the top of the sixth inning with a base hit for the Red Sox, but thunder forced the umpires to clear the fields and after consulting the radar, it was determined the game would be called. Just as the decision was made, the rain started falling.

With the win, the Mets earned the top seed and will play the second game of the playoffs this coming Sunday, while the Red Sox will play in the first game of the playoffs on Sunday, starting at 10 a.m.

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

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