THE METS pose with the Carroll County Men's League Baseball championship trophy after beating the Red Sox on Sunday. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
August 11, 2014WOLFEBORO — After winning the inaugural Carroll County Men's League championship in 2012, the Mets weren't able to make a return to the championship game last season.
However, they came back strong this season, earning the top seed in the playoffs and with a 7-1 win over the Red Sox on Sunday at Kingswood Regional High School, earned the championship trophy for the second time in three years.
Evan Marquis got the start on the hill for the Mets in the championship game and had to work through a little trouble in the first, as Slayd Dore worked a two-out walk and Dan LeDuc lined a shot under the glove of Joseph Broza at third base to put two runners on. However, Marquis got a strikeout to end the inning.
Dore got the start on the hill for the Red Sox and after getting the first two outs, an error allowed Marquis to reach. He took second on a wild pitch, but Dore came back with a strikeout to end the inning.
Dave White, on loan to the Red Sox from the Yankees for the title game, earned a leadoff walk in the top of the second. He stole second and third, but was stranded there, as Marquis got two pop flies to second and a strikeout.
The Mets got on the board in the bottom of the second inning. Jordan Woodill was hit by a pitch to open the inning and Dave Hersey worked a walk. Woodill was caught stealing, as Dore fired to Ryan Gibbs at third, who threw to second and caught Woodill in the rundown. However, Matt McClellan followed with a double for the Mets and Hersey came around to score the game's first run. Dore got a strikeout to prevent any more damage.
The Sox answered in the top of the third inning. Chad Peterson led off with a walk and took second on a wild pitch. One out later, Dore drilled a base hit to plate the tying run. LeDuc reached on a force play and Tom Coates followed with a base hit, but they were both stranded when Marquis induced a grounder to Broza at third base.
An error allowed Ryan McQuade to reach with one out in the third, but two nice scoops from Dave Bellinghiri at first base helped the Sox get out of the inning.
Ryan Gibbs led off the top of the fourth with a base hit for the Sox, but a 5-4-3 double play turned by Broza, Zach St. Cyr and McClellan helped the Mets get out of the inning. The Mets added two runs in the bottom of the frame, with Broza working a walk, Woodill following with a base hit and Hersey working a walk to load the bases. Trevor Greene followed with a base hit to center. Hersey was forced at second base, but Broza trotted home with the go-ahead run. McClellan followed with a line drive to center, allowing Greene to tag up and score for a 3-1 lead.
The Sox got a base hit from Bellinghiri in the top of the fifth, but he was stranded. The Mets added a run in the bottom of the fifth, as Tony Jerome led off by reaching on an error. McQuade also reached on an error and a wild pitch allowed Jerome to come home for the 4-1 lead.
Andy Arsenault took over on the hill for the Sox in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Mets got to him for two runs. Base hits from Woodill and Greene put two runners on with one out. McClellan followed with a base hit to right, but White came up throwing and gunned down Woodill trying to score. Tom Zotti worked a walk and Greene plated the fifth run with a daring play. Leading off of third, he induced a throw from LeDuc and broke for the plate on the throw, sliding home for a 5-1 lead. Jerome reached on an error moments later to plate Zotti with the sixth run of the game.
Peterson worked a walk with two outs in the top of the seventh against McClellan, who came on to pitch for the Mets. He took second on a pickoff error, but was stranded when Broza snared a line drive to third to end the inning.
The Mets added one in the bottom of the seventh. Broza led off with a walk and after a base hit from Woodill, Hersey doubled home Broza for a 7-1 lead. Greene worked a walk, bringing Peterson on to pitch for the Sox. He struck out the next two hitters and his dad, Dave Peterson, tracked down a long fly ball to left to close out the inning.
Dore led off the top of the eighth with a base hit, but the Sox were unable to capitalize. The Mets went in order in the bottom of the eighth and the Sox did the same in the top of the ninth, allowing the Mets to claim the championship trophy with the 7-1 win.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or firstname.lastname@example.org