Suncook 12U squad sweeps first four tourney games, earns first seed in division



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CODY SYMONDS hustles down the line but canít beat out a grounder against Meredith on July 5 in Farmington. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
July 06, 2009
FARMINGTON — Dan Eldridge threw a complete game two-hitter and also blasted a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth inning to help Suncook Valley claim a 3-1 win over Gilford in the final round-robin game of the District Six tournament in Farmington on Monday evening.

Suncook got all the runs they would need in the bottom of the first, plating two in the inning and Eldridge did the rest.

The win gave Suncook Valley the top seed in the National Division heading into the double-elimination portion of the tournament, which begins tonight, July 7, at 4 p.m. Suncook Valley will play Farmington, while Newfound and Gilford will meet up in the other game. All four teams will play a doubleheader, with the two losing teams playing each other and the two winning teams playing each other. Both of those games are scheduled for 6 p.m.

Look for more on this game and the double-elimination games in the July 16 issue of The Baysider.

Weekend play

A day after the Suncook Valley 10U squad took second in its District Six tournament, the 12U team began its tournament and looked just as strong in picking up wins in the first three games.

The Valley kids opened the tournament behind the pitching of Cody Symonds on Saturday morning, July 4. The Suncook hurler allowed just one hit in leading his team past Carroll County by a 7-1 score.

The team returned to Farmington on Sunday morning for the first of two games. The first opponent of the day was Meredith, who entered the game without a loss in tournament play.

Suncook wasted no time in getting on the board, as Nate Davis and Dan Elridge, the two and three hitters in the Valley lineup, hit back-to-back homers in the top of the first to give Suncook a 2-0 lead.

Eldridge gave up a leadoff homer in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead in half, but settled down and made a nice play on a bunt and got a strikeout to help get his team out of the inning.

Suncook went quietly in the second, but Eldridge also set Meredith down quickly, with two strikeouts in the bottom of the inning.

Suncook couldn't take advantage of a Jacob Towle base hit in the third, but Eldridge got three grounders to retire the side in order in the bottom of the inning. Davis made a great play on a grounder to second for the first out.

Brian Borelli provided a bit of offense in the top of the fourth inning. With two outs, he lifted a shot deep to the right field corner and legged out a triple. However, a throwing error allowed him to keep on running and he plated Suncook's third run of the game.

Eldridge struck out two more batters in the bottom of the fourth and another pair in the bottom of the fifth as Suncook held on to the 3-1 lead.

In the sixth, the Valley kids were able to stretch their lead a bit. Davis got things started with a base hit and moved up on an error. Eldridge followed with a base hit and a double steal plated the fourth run. Symonds followed with a bloop double to right field and one out later, Borelli blooped a double down the left field line, plating one run. Logan Loring hit into a fielder's choice, scoring one run and making it 6-1. Ryan McGowan worked a walk with two outs and a wild pitch scored the seventh Suncook run.

Symonds made a nice grab of a line drive in the bottom of the sixth and Eldridge struck out the final two batters to put the 7-1 win in the books for Suncook Valley.

The team didn't return to the field until after 5 p.m. that same day, but it didn't take them long to get back in the swing of things against Plymouth.

Towle led off the game with a bunt hit and Davis followed by doing the same. A groundout by Eldridge moved both runners up and Symonds grounded out to plate the first run of the game. Borelli then added a base hit to make it 2-0.

Plymouth put one runner on against Suncook pitcher Travis Drapeau in the first, but he induced three grounders to keep them off the board and his team roared back in the top of the second.

With one out, Nate Farnham walked. One out later, Towle and Davis beat out infield hits to load the bases and Eldridge reached on an error to plate a run. A wild pitch made it 4-0 and after Symonds walked, all three runners scored when Borelli reached on an error. A wild pitch brought him home to make it 8-0. Loring was hit by a pitch, Farnham walked and Nate Bergeron lined a base hit to plate another run. Towle walked to push across Suncook's 10th run.

Plymouth got on the board in the bottom of the second, as Drapeau gave up a hit and a couple of walks, making it 10-1, but he left the bases loaded, striking out the final batter of the inning.

Suncook got a base hit from Eldridge in the third and Symonds reached on an error, but Suncook couldn't score and the score remained 10-1.

Drapeau struck out the side in the fourth inning, again leaving the bases loaded and in the top of the fifth, the Valley kids stretched the lead out a bit.

Davis reached on an error to start the inning and Eldridge and Symonds had base hits to load the bases. Borelli beat out an infield hit to plate one run and Drapeau helped his own cause with a sacrifice groundout to plate another run, with yet another scoring on an error, making it 13-1. Loring followed with an RBI groundout to make it 15-1.

Symonds came in and pitched around an error in the sixth to close out the game and give Suncook Valley the 14-1 win.

The team's final round-robin game was held after deadline Monday, July 6, against Gilford. The team had already clinched a spot in the double-elimination portion of the tournament, which began on Tuesday, July 7.

The Suncook Valley roster consists of Nate Bergeron, Nate Davis, Nate Farnham, Dan Eldridge, Logan Loring, Jacob Towle, Trevor Smith, Brian Borelli, Matt Johnson, Ryan McGowan, Travis Drapeau, Mike Laflam and Cody Symonds. The team is coached by Tony Eldridge and assistants Dan Johnson and Jeff Drapeau.

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