Sunday wins send MWV 10U team to championship round


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JACOB BROWN comes up firing at third base during action against Farmington on Sunday. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 26, 2017
FARMINGTON — With two wins on Sunday, the Mount Washington Valley 10U Cal Ripken squad played its way into the District Eight championship.

The team opened the tournament on Saturday in Farmington by falling to Kingswood by a 6-5 score. That was followed up later in the day by an 11-0 win over Plymouth.

The second day of the tournament saw MWV facing off with Farmington in the morning and they won by a 12-0 score.

Logan Ramsey got the start on the mound and worked around a walk in the first inning, striking out a pair. MWV then got three runs to get out to the quick lead in the bottom of the inning.

Alex Allain led off with an infield hit and Evan Cicero followed with a base hit. A wild pitch allowed both runners to race home and then Johnny Pandora worked a walk. He came around to score on a base hit by Jacob Brown for a 3-0 lead.

Ari Souza threw out a runner at first from right field to open the second and then Ramsey struck out the next two to send Farmington down quickly.

MWV added to the run total in the bottom of the second. With one out, Ramsey worked a walk and Chase Barbour had a base hit. Both runners scored when Gabe Shaw reached on an error. Shaw then scored on an infield hit by Allain for a 6-0 lead. Allain took two bases on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Cicero for the 7-0 lead.

Noah Hembree took over on the hill in the third inning and worked around a walk, getting a strikeout and a nice defensive play from Shaw in right field, as he made a catch racing forward on a quickly-sinking liner.

MWV added five more runs in the bottom of the third inning. Brown led off with a base hit and after Souza had a base hit, Brady Campbell put down a bunt and it was thrown away by the defense, allowing Brown to score. One out later, a walk to Barbour and a base hit by Shaw plated two more runs and then Cicero reached on an error to drive on two more for the 12-0 lead.

Hembree worked around a leadoff walk, striking out two in the top of the fourth to close out the win.

MWV had a bit more of a challenge in the second game of the day, taking on Suncook Valley. As it turned out, this win ended up sending MWV into the finals, as they got the 10-6 win.

Once again, MWV started quickly. Allain had a base hit but was forced at second on a grounder by Cicero. After Pandora walked, both runners moved up on a groundout by Dakota Moss. Brown then laced a base hit to drive in both runners for a quick 2-0 lead.

Souza worked around a two-out walk in the bottom of the inning, inducing a pair of grounders and getting a strikeout and her teammates got her more runs in the top of the inning.

Barbour led off the winning with a base hit and Hembree followed with another base hit. One out later, a base hit from Campbell plated one run and then a sacrifice groundout by Allain drove in another. Both Cicero and Pandora reached on errors, allowing yet another run to cross for a 5-0 lead.

Suncook came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning, using a couple of hits, an error, a walk and a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 5-3 before Souza got a strikeout to end the inning.

MWV struck right back in the top of the third. Brown started the inning with a walk and Souza reached on an error. One out later, Hembree was hit by a pitch and Shaw walked to force in a run. Campbell then reached on an error to drive in another run and a 7-3 lead for MWV.

Suncook went to work against Brown in the bottom of the inning, but he was able to get through the inning with just three runs scoring, keeping the lead in tact at 7-6.

Despite walks to Pandora and Brown and a base hit from Moss, MWV could not add any runs in the bottom of the fourth, but Brown worked around a base hit in the bottom of the inning to keep the score at 7-6.

MWV added some insurance in the fifth. Ramsey walked to start the inning and then scored on a base hit by Dylan Hooper, who in turn scored on a base hit by Cicero one out later. A sacrifice fly from Pandora plated the final run and Allain came on to pitch in the fifth inning. Good defense helped him out, as Ramsey made a nice play on a line drive to third to help get through the inning. Souza and Barbour had base hits in the sixth but were stranded and thanks to a 6-3 double play turned by Brown at shortstop, Allain worked around a hit batter and walk and took the 10-6 win for MWV.

MWV faced Kingswood after deadline Monday in the tournament finals.

The MWV roster includes Alex Allain, Evan Cicero, Johnny Pandora, Dakota Moss, Jacob Brown, Ari Souza, Sawyer Hussey, Logan Ramsey, Chase Barbour, Gabe Shaw, Noah Hembree, Dylan Hooper and Brady Campbell. The team is coached by Andy Pepin, Rob Campbell and Christian Pandora.

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

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