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Sox rally for Major League championship


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

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THE HUCK'S HOAGIES Red Sox celebrate their Kingswood Cal Ripken Major League championship at The Nick on June 16. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 23, 2014
WOLFEBORO — Early runs, a rally and extra innings marked an exciting Kingswood Cal Ripken Major League championship game on Monday, June 16, at The Nick.

When all was said and done, the Red Sox had a 7-6 win over the defending champion As.

Robbie Rohrbaugh got the start on the hill for the Red Sox and the As were able to get to him for three runs in the top of the first inning.

Oleg Sheahan led off with a base hit for the As and Matt Place followed with a base hit to put two runners on. Jagger Bernier then grounded out to shortstop to plate the first run of the game and Will McNamara drilled a triple that drove home Place with the game's second run. Justin Stirt followed that up with a groundout to drive home McNamara for a 3-0 lead before Rohrbaugh got a strikeout to get out of the inning.

The Red Sox came back with a run in the bottom of the inning against As starter Place. A double from Rohrbaugh was surrounded by a pair of strikeouts and a base hit from Emerson Barnard drove home the run for the Red Sox. However, Place got a strikeout to get out of the inning.

Rohrbaugh struck out the first two in the top of the second inning, but Ryder Whitworth reached on an error. He then managed to get around the bases on a series of throwing errors, scoring the fourth run of the game for the As. Wes Mills was hit by a pitch to keep the rally going, but he was stranded after stealing second, as Rohrbaugh finished with his third strikeout of the inning.

Place struck out the side in the bottom of the second inning and the As added another run in the top of the third. Again, Rohrbaugh struck out the first two in the inning, but Sheahan reached on an error and a base hit from Place drove him home for a 5-1 lead.

The Sox then moved Barry Adjutant to the hill and he got a groundout to second to end the inning.

McNamara took over on the hill for the As in the bottom of the third inning and struck out the side. The As then added another run in the top of the fourth. With two outs, Trevor Desrochers doubled and Barnard reached on an error, allowing the run to score for a 6-1 score.

The Red Sox bats came alive in the bottom of the fourth inning and they tied the game at six with five runs in the inning.

Bodhi Boston led off the inning with a base hit and Colby Clegg followed with a walk. Rohrbaugh reached on an error to load the bases and Elias Hastings reached on an error to drive home two runs, cutting the lead to 6-3.

William Ahlgren then reached on an error to drive home another run and a base hit from Jackson Walsh drove home a pair of runs to tie the game at six. The As were able to turn a nice double play to get out of the inning, as Sheahan made a nice grab of a line drive to second and doubled the runner off third to end the inning.

Mills reached on an error in the fifth before Adjutant struck out the last two batters to get out of the inning. Place went back to the hill in the fifth inning and struck out two in retiring the side in order.

Place and Bernier both reached on errors with one out in the top of the sixth, but Adjutant worked around it. Boston had a two-out base hit for the Red Sox in the bottom of the sixth inning, but he was stranded on base and the game went to extra innings.

Desrochers had a one-out walk for the As in the top of the seventh inning, but a runner's interference call on a ball hit by Barnard resulted in an out. Josh Finneron worked a walk to put two runners on, but Adjutant got a strikeout to get out of the inning.

Stirt took over on the hill for the As in the seventh and Rohrbaugh greeted him with a triple to right field. Adjutant followed with a fly ball to left. Rohrbaugh tagged up and raced home with the winning run, giving the Red Sox the 7-6 win.

The As roster includes William McNamara, Jagger Bernier, Wes Mills, Ryder Whitworth, Josh Finneron, Oleg Sheahan, Spencer Moody, Warren Eisner, Chaz Townsend, Justin Stirt, Trevor Desrochers, Emerson Barnard and Matt Place. The team is coached by Richard Arthur, John McNamara and Aaron Stirt. The team is sponsored by Full Belli Deli.

The Red Sox roster includes Jackson Walsh, Barry Adjutant, Elias Hastings, Colby Clegg, Robbie Rohrbaugh, Connor Stanley, Aaron Stanard, Dylan Douglas, William Ahlgren, Bodhi Boston, Owen Brooks, Robert Dougherty and Kolbe Maganzini. The team is coached by Bill Walsh, Brian Hastings and Chris Ahlgren. The team is sponsored by Huck's Hoagies.

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

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