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Laconia 16U falls in bizarre fashion at Nor'Easter Classic

by Corey McKean
Sports reporter - The Littleton Courier

Tiffany Sanville hurls a pitch to start off the Nor'Easter Classic on Friday. Corey McKean. (click for larger version)
July 31, 2017
LACONIA — The Laconia 16U Nor'easters hosted the Nor'Easter Classic Tournament on the weekend of July 21 in Laconia, where they struggled in their opening game on Friday, losing to the Barrington Blaze 5-0, with a team high five strikeouts. Laconia managed only six base runners on six singles, including a one for three performance by Hope Drake-Duval.

Drake-Duval continued to lead the way for Laconia throughout the weekend, helping to earn the Nor'Easters a win in game two with a solo homerun but it wouldn't be enough as Laconia dropped game three on Saturday, earning the Nor'Easters the 10th seed heading into elimination play on Sunday, where they would lose in game one in a bizarre extra inning matchup.

In the second game on Saturday, Laconia recorded just four hits but were aided by five walks and Drake-Duval's solo homerun led the Nor'Easters to beat the New England Legacy 5-3. Both first baseman Paige Cohen and left fielder Maddie Reeves drew walks in the victory.

In game three, the Nor'Easters found themselves playing without their starting third baseman, Ariel Switser of Vermont. Reeves stepped in admirably and made several strong putouts but the team could not overcome another shaky performance at the plate going a combined four for 16 with seven strikeouts, dropping the game 9-3.

With the two losses and the lone win, Laconia drew the 10th overall seed on Sunday, the team faced off with the seventh seeded New England Storm on Sunday Morning. The Nor'Easters kept control of the game throughout, paced with eight hits, including three doubles and a walk. Confusion came in the final inning, however, when the Nor'Easters, leading 4-2, as the entire crowd presumed, gave up one run in the bottom of the seventh. A run that was scored earlier in the game had not been recorded, which brought the game to a 3-3 tie. The teams would face off in the eighth inning with the international tie breaker rules, placing the last batter on second base to start the inning. After advancing to third in the top of the eighth, Reeves was thrown out at home and in the bottom of the eighth, the Storm would score on a bunt to advance in the tournament.

It was not until the Storm had begun their next round that the error was indeed discovered and no recourse could be taken.

With the 3-1 record at the Nor'Easter Classic, Laconia 16U now moves to an overall season record of 10-11 with their final tournament being played on the weekend of July 28 in Bow at the Caroline Farley Memorial Tournament.

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