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Hosts take 10U title at Plymouth Invitational

Newfound takes runner-up in 12U battle

The Plymouth 10U All-Stars picked up the title at the Plymouth Invitational on Monday night, beating Youngsville 5-4 in the title game. Matt Perloff. (click for larger version)
June 25, 2009
PLYMOUTH — Neither rain nor fierce competition could stand in the way of the Plymouth 10U All-Star squad, as the local youths worked their way through the weekend and Monday's final four action to win the Plymouth Invitational at D&M Park.

The annual summer tournament featured All-Star teams from the 10U and 12U divisions, playing three games apiece over the weekend before the top teams moved on to the semifinals and championship games on Monday. In 12U competition, the Newfound All-Stars fought their way into the championship game as well, though they'd take runner-up after coming up just short in a hard-fought title game.

The 10U bracket featured host Plymouth along with Winnisquam, Mount Washington Valley, Great North Woods, Colebrook, Meredith, Littleton, Carroll County, Youngsville and Newfound. Plymouth was an offensive powerhouse right from the get-go, opening the tourney with a 16-10 win over Winnisquam, then following up with a 12-1 win over Littleton the following night. A 16-4 win over Colebrook on Sunday afternoon all but sealed a spot in the final four, though they'd take down GNW in the final game of the weekend to cement the top spot in their pool.

One of the top four teams remaining, Plymouth faced its biggest challenge yet when they took on MWV Monday afternoon. Though they'd strike with three runs early, pitching and defense made it hold up as they hung on for a 5-2 win, sending them to the finals against Youngsville. The Manchester-based program posted a similarly impressive run to the championship game and got the jump on Plymouth with a three-run third inning, but with the hometown fans rocking the stands in support, the hosts bounced back with a five-run rally an inning later, putting them up by two. Plymouth still led 5-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but Youngsville cut the lead to one on an RBI groundout, then amped up the pressure as they put the tying run on third, while the winning run stood at first. Plymouth didn't buckle though, as a ground out to short brought an end to an intense finale, with the hosts coming out on top, 5-4.

Representing this year's 10U team are Danny Carey, Sam Slaughter, Connor Nolan, Henry Day, Bailey Nangle, Dylan Donahue, Harry Shamberger, Tyler Mersch, Matt Rossner, Garrett Damas, Jordan Lima, Josh Johnston and Nick Healy. The team is led by Coaches Nolan, Day and Shamberger.

Also representing the local area were the Newfound 10U All-Stars, who played a pair of nailbiters over the weekend. They'd come up just short in a 5-4 loss to Meredith, but they'd get the upper hand in their battle with Carroll County, winning 7-6.

Newfound’s Caleb Merrill slaps a line drive to left during Monday’s 12U semifinal game against Littleton. Matt Perloff. (click for larger version)
One-run games also made for a tense weekend for the Newfound 12U's, who opened Saturday with a 1-0 win over Newport, Vt. They were back the next morning to claim an 11-7 win over Meredith, then returned to the field in the evening to face-off with MWV. Newfound took the loss in a 1-0 duel, but their weekend performance was enough to secure a spot in the final four.

Newfound opened Monday afternoon against Littleton. Though the teams played scoreless ball early on, Newfound took command midway through the game, holding on for a 4-1 win. This set up a rematch with MWV, carrying on where their previous matchup left off as the championship was a pitcher's duel early. Though neither team was able to break away, MWV managed to chip away through the later innings to put together a 3-0 lead heading into the sixth. Newfound took advantage of throwing errors to plate one run, but it wasn't enough as MWV settled down to claim a 3-1 win.

Newfound 12U is represented by Tyler Adams, TJ Antalan, Hayden Berry, Cameron Colby, Ian Davis, Robby Donnelly, Dahlton Fairbank, Justin Hanser, Ben Learned, Mark McMenaman, Caleb Merrill and Bradley Roth. The team is led by Coaches Adams, Pfister and Clark.

Plymouth 12U also had a strong weekend, taking three out of four games over the three-day stretch. They lost a 10-8 opener to Winnisquam, but bounced back the following night with a 7-3 win over Littleton. They added a 4-2 win over Colebrook on Sunday afternoon, but while they'd wrap up with an 18-11 victory over GNW, the tiebreaker rules gave Final Four spots to Littleton and Winnisquam, leaving the hosts just shy of making it to Monday.

Next up for Cal Ripken teams are the District 6 Tournaments. The 10U teams will be at Nicks Fields in Wolfeboro this week, with Newfound playing its first game at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 25 and Plymouth on Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m. Round Robin action continues through Sunday, with the championship rounds on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The 12U Districts will be held the next week in Farmington, with Newfound opening Thursday, July 2 at 5:30 p.m. and Plymouth on Saturday, July 4 at 9 a.m. For more information, including a full schedule of district tournament games, visit home.myfairpoint.net/vze1sznx/.

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