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All-star season a positive one for TNLL

by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

The Tilton-Northfield Little League 11-12 year old outfielders converse during a game earlier this summer during the all-star season. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
August 13, 2012
TILTON Another summer is in the books for the all-star teams of the Tilton-Northfield Little League program, as the teams competed in New Hampshire District II with some of the top squads in the Granite State.

The 11-12 year old all-stars, coached by Jason Parent, had the best season in TNLL all-star history, as the squad finished 5-3 in its eight games, placing seventh out of 11 teams in a packed final standings. Rye won the regular season crown with a 7-1 record while Lamprey River and Bow each finished 6-2. Four teams finished with 5-3 records, as TNLL joined Laconia, Portsmouth and Hooksett with 5-3 marks. TNLL scored 42 runs in the eight games it played, allowing 41 in the process. That included victories over Somersworth, Concord National, Concord American and Portsmouth. The team even gave perennial power Laconia quite a scare in the opener, falling 2-0 on the road to kick off the all-star season.

In the 11-12 state finals, Bedford defeated Lamprey River two games to none in the best two out of three series to clinch the championship. Bedford won the right to represent New Hampshire in Bristol, Connecticut to compete for the 2012 New England District Little League Championship.

The 9-10 year old all-stars, coached by Jim Shevlin, didn't have the success of their older counterparts, but the squad stuck though the eight-game schedule against some talented foes that included the likes of Portsmouth, Laconia and Lamprey River. TNLL scored 21 runs in the eight games, failing to win a contest. But the team scored a season-high 10 runs on June 29 in a loss to Somersworth.

In the 9-10 state finals, Goffstown defeated Lamprey River two games to none in the best two out of three series to clinch the championship. Goffstown advanced to Cranston, Rhode Island to compete for the 2012 Eastern Regional Championship.

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