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Kingswood falls in a couple of wild ones

Babe Ruth team competes in district tournament

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

JIMMY COPITHORNE puts the tag on a Farmington runner during action Saturday in Littleton. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
July 09, 2012
LITTLETON — The Kingswood Babe Ruth team played two intense games in the District Five Tournament over the weekend in Littleton, but came out on the short end of both games, cutting short their tournament run.

Kingswood's first game was Saturday afternoon against Twin Rivers, who had beaten MWV in the first game of the tournament on Friday.

Twin Rivers threatened against Kingswood starter Jeff Madden in the top of the first inning, loading the bases with two outs on two hits and a walk, but Madden struck out the next batter to get out of the frame.

Kingswood also threatened in the first inning. With two outs, Chris Taylor was hit by a pitch and Jimmy Copithorne walked. Jay Warthen then worked a walk to load the bases, but they couldn't put the run across and the game remained scoreless after one inning of play.

Twin Rivers managed to break the scoreless tie in the top of the second, taking advantage of a hit and three walks to take a 1-0 lead.

Matt Harrington worked a walk to open the bottom of the second inning and Madden followed with a base hit, but Harrington was cut down rounding second base. Madden was then thrown out stealing second base. Dakota Dunton worked a walk, but a grounder to second ended the inning and Kingswood still trailed 1-0.

Twin Rivers worked a couple of walks in the top of the third inning, but a nice play by shortstop Zach Atwell helped get Kingswood out of the inning.

Kingswood went in order in the bottom of the third and Twin Rivers put the first two runners on in the top of the fourth. However, Madden managed to pick a runner of second to help get him out of the jam.

Taylor took over on the hill in the top of the fifth for MWV and walked two batters, but worked through the inning without anybody scoring and Twin Rivers continued to cling to the 1-0 lead.

Dunton and TJ Marchand worked walks in the bottom of the fifth, but they were both stranded, but Taylor worked around a hit batsman in the top of the sixth inning.

Kingswood managed to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Taylor reached on an error, but he was forced on a grounder back to the mound. Jay Warthen knocked a base hit and Atwell reached on an error, pushing Copithorne across the plate with the tying run. Harrington followed with a walk, but Twin Rivers brought in their ace left to get out of the inning without any more trouble.

Twin Rivers looked to take the lead in the top of the seventh inning, but Taylor got through the inning with some help from Madden on a line drive to first and a strikeout and pop fly to third.

Kingswood threatened in the bottom of the inning. Marchand was hit by a pitch with one out and Taylor doubled, putting two in scoring position. Warthen then launched a fly ball to deep center that appeared to bring home the winning run, igniting a celebration from the Kingswood dugout. However, Twin Rivers appealed at third and the umpire ruled that Marchand left early and the inning was over and the score was still tied.

Will Treuel made a nice play at second base to open the top of the eighth inning and Kingswood again put two runners on base in the bottom of the inning. Atwell and Harrington both drew walks, but they were both stranded and the game headed to the ninth.

In the top of the ninth, a couple of errors allowed Twin Rivers to take advantage of a leadoff double for the 2-1 lead. Another double appeared to bring home another run, but the Twin Rivers runner missed third base and the Kingswood coaches appealed the play and the umpires called the runner out to end the inning.

Kingswood had one final chance. Treuel walked to open the inning, but he was forced at second on a grounder by Marchand. A 4-6-3 double play ended the game, giving Twin Rivers the 2-1 win, keeping their run in the tournament alive.

After the nine-inning game, Kingswood had to turn right around and play again moments later, this time taking on Farmington.

Kingswood jumped out to the lead in the second game, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning.

Copithorne led off with a walk and Harrington followed with a base hit. One out later, Brad Smart drew a walk to load the bases and one out later, Atwell followed with a base hit to drive home two runs and give Kingswood a 2-0 lead.

Copithorne got the start on the hill for Kingswood and worked around a walk in the bottom of the first, with Harrington making a nice play on a foul pop up near his team's dugout. Dunton walked to open the top of the second, but he was gunned down stealing third one out later and Farmington was able to come up with a run in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of a walk, an error and a groundout. However, Harrington caught a Farmington runner between third and home and Copithorne eventually tagged him out in the rundown, helping to end the Farmington threat.

Copithorne then led off the top of the third with a double. One out later he took second on a wild pitch and after Smart walked, Copithorne scored on a wild pitch to up the lead to 3-1.

The two teams went pretty quietly over the next few innings. Harrington had a base hit in the top of the fifth, but he was stranded and Marchand helped on the defensive side with a nice play on a scoop at first in the bottom of the inning.

Farmington then took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, taking advantage of a couple of hits and a couple of errors to bring home four runs. Warthen came on to get the final out for Kingswood. Kingswood was unable to score in the top of the seventh inning and Farmington had the 5-3 win and moved on in the tournament.

The Kingswood roster included Zach Atwell, Jimmy Copithorne, Thomas Dougherty, Dakota Dunton, Matt Harrington, Jeff Madden, TJ Marchand, Jacob Meisten, James Orkins, Brad Smart, Chris Taylor, Will Treuel and Jay Warthen. The team is coached by Jay Warthen and assistants Paul Tremblay and Paul Atwell.

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

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