State tourney runs comes to an end for Gilford 10s

by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

Gilford's Anthony Aguiar tosses a pitch during 10U All-Star state tournament action against Kingswood on Sunday in Barrington. The team saw its summer run come to an end with an 11-3 loss in an elimination game. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
July 07, 2014
BARRINGTON For the second day in a row, an early deficit ultimately proved to be too much for the Gilford 10U All-Stars.

Kingswood scored three runs in the first inning thanks to four Gilford errors, and the All-Star season came to an untimely end on Sunday as Gilford dropped an 11-3 decision in an elimination game of the Cal Ripken 10U State Tournament at BYA Field.

Ben Muthersbaugh got the start for Gilford in the Kingswood game one day after the squad fell to host Barrington in the opening round of the double elimination tourney. The team trailed 3-0 after one, though Muthersbaugh struck out the final two batters in the first after his defense committed the four errors.

The squad looked to get some of those runs back in the bottom of the first, as Muthersbaugh came through with a two-out base hit and Riley Marsh followed with a double. But both runners would wind up being stranded, and Kingswood held onto its advantage.

The team would add to its lead in the next few innings, opening it up to 8-0 with four runs in the top of the third inning that saw Anthony Aguiar come in to pitch for Gilford.

Gilford finally got on the board in the bottom of the third, as a leadoff base hit from Tanner Keenan was followed by a walk to Alex Berube and a perfectly-placed bunt hit from Tyler Rizzitano to load the bases. Mutherbaugh drove in Keenan on an RBI ground out to make it 8-1.

The 10U All-Stars would claw closer in the fourth, as a walk to DJ Roberts led things off before Tanner McNutt forced him to second base. Harry Meehan reached on an infield hit later in the frame, and a walk to Gavin Clark loaded the bases. Berube reached base on a Kingswood error to make it an 8-2 ballgame.

Trailing 10-2 later in the contest, Gilford got one back in the fifth. Walks to Muthersbaugh and Roberts put two on with one out, and McNutt reached on an error to drive in the team's final run of the tournament. Kingswood added one in the sixth to account for the 11-3 final.

The loss ended the fourth trip in a row to the state tournament for Gilford, as Kingswood advanced to in the loser's bracket with the victory.

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