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Coyotes win four of five to open tourney



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JOSH RIVERS steps around the Farmington catcher to score a run in his teamís win on Saturday in North Conway. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 28, 2010
NORTH CONWAY — The Carroll County Coyotes 12U Cal Ripken team got the District Six tournament off to a great start, beating local rival Mount Washington Valley in their first action on Friday morning, June 25.

The Coyotes rallied for a big inning and pulled ahead of the Valley boys by a final of 13-9. Friday continued with a tough 5-1 loss to Meredith, leaving the Coyotes at 1-1 after day one of the tournament.

Carroll County returned to action on Saturday morning, taking on Farmington in the day's first game at Whitaker Field in North Conway.

Coyote pitcher Sam Cochrane gave up a hit with two outs in the first inning, but got a grounder to first to get out of the frame.

The Coyotes went in order in the bottom of the first and Cochrane set Farmington down in order in the top of the second, including two strikeouts. He also got a great play from Lincoln Gonyo at third base to end the inning.

The Coyotes put runners on base in the bottom of the second but couldn't get the key hit. Alec Hayford doubled to left and Gonyo and Alex Mudgett drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. However, the Farmington hurler got a pair of strikeouts to get out of the jam.

Farmington took the lead in the top of the third inning, taking advantage of a couple of Carroll County miscues to plate a run. A solid play by Mudgett at short helped get the Coyotes out of the inning only trailing 1-0.

In the bottom of the frame, the Carroll County bats sprung to life. Josh Rivers walked and Ryan Meader was hit by a pitch. Cochrane followed with an infield hit to plate Rivers and Hayford reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases. A wild pitch plated Meader and Gonyo walked to load the bases again. Mudgett then drove in a run with a groundout and Will Green reached on an error to plate the Coyotes' fourth run. Evan Deveau walked and Rivers followed with a base hit to give Carroll County a 5-1 lead after three innings.

Gonyo made another solid defensive play to open the fourth, fielding a bunt and throwing the runner out at first. However, an infield hit, a double and a groundout pushed across another run and an error allowed another Farmington runner to score to cut the lead to 5-3.

Ben Roberts walked to lead off the bottom of the fourth and one out later, Hayford doubled him home to push the lead to 6-3. A throwing error allowed Carroll County to push the lead to 7-3 before the inning was over.

The Coyote defense turned in a strong play, throwing out a runner at third on a base hit to left in the top of the fifth, but Carroll County also went down quickly in the bottom of the inning.

Farmington was able to push across one run against Rivers in the top of the sixth, as a couple of hits and a couple wild pitches plated a run. However, a pair of runners were gunned down at the plate on solid plays by Rivers and Cochrane, getting Carroll County out of trouble and giving the Coyotes a 7-4 win.

The team then rallied for an extra inning win over Franklin later in the day, 8-4. The Coyotes scored four times in the seventh to break open a tie game. A key play came in the sixth inning, with Franklin runners on every base. Meader made a great grab at shortstop to end the inning and the threat, allowing the Coyotes to come back to win.

Carroll County returned for one final round robin game on Sunday and recorded an 8-5 win over Gilford to advance to the double elimination tournament.

The Coyotes were in action after deadline Monday against Plymouth.

The Carroll County roster includes Joey Riley, Ben Roberts, Alex Mudgett, Sam Cochrane, Hunter Whitaker, Alec Hayford, Travis Arnold, Will Green, Lincoln Gonyo, Josh Rivers, Evan Deveau and Ryan Meader. The team is coached by Bruce Cochrane, Larry Meader and Joel Hayford.

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