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Kingswood splits four games in 10U tourney

WADE CYR takes the throw, but itís too late to get the sliding Plymouth runner during action Saturday in the District Six tournament. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 28, 2010
NORTH CONWAY — The Kingswood Cal Ripken 10U team opened the District Six tournament with the bats blazing, plating 14 runs in the opening game to defeat Winnisquam by a 14-11 score.

However, those bats went a bit quiet the following day when the boys returned to North Conway for their second game of the tournament.

That game was against Plymouth and the talented Plymouth team also swung big sticks and did so well, plating 13 runs to record a 13-4 win over Kingswood.

Kingswood took an early lead against Plymouth, as Erik Madden laced a one-out hit in the first inning. He stole second and advanced to third on an error. He then raced home on a grounder to first by Jack Saunders, giving Kingswood a 1-0 lead.

Plymouth came right back in the bottom of the first against Kingswood starter Wade Cyr. A base hit, a sacrifice bunt (on which third baseman Dexter Hanson made a great play) and a walk set up Plymouth nicely. After Cyr got a strikeout, a double plated two runs to make it 2-1 in favor of Plymouth. A walk and a wild pitch plated another run for a 3-1 Plymouth lead.

Kingswood came right back to tie the game in the top of the second inning. Hanson led off the frame with a long double to center field and one out later, scored on a triple by Blaise Laurion, who in turn scored when the ball was thrown away as he scampered to third, tying the game at three. After a popup, Barry Adjutant had a base hit, but he was stranded on the bases as the inning drew to a close.

Plymouth came right back in the bottom of the inning and scored four more runs to take a 7-3 lead. Kingswood held off the damage early in the inning, as a pair of walks put runners on base. Hanson made a nice play on a grounder to third to force one runner at second and Russell Lucia made a great throw to the plate to cut down a runner trying to score on a grounder to shortstop. However, back-to-back walks plated a run and a pair of wild pitches allowed Plymouth to score two more runs. After surrendering a walk, Cyr was replaced by Wyatt Parsons, who gave up a base hit to plate Plymouth's seventh run. However, he struck out the next batter to end the inning, with Plymouth leading 7-3.

Kingswood went in order in the top of the third and Plymouth added to the lead in the bottom of the inning. A base hit, a bunt hit, an error and a hit batter gave Plymouth an 8-3 lead and a double plated three more runs. Hanson threw out a runner at the plate and also made a nice grab at third to force a runner at second base, helping Parsons get out of the inning without any more damage.

With one out in the fourth, Nick Robischeau had a base hit off the pitcher and a groundout by Laurion moved the runner to second. A pickoff error allowed Robischeau to scamper home with Kingswood's fourth run of the game.

Parsons got two strikeouts in the bottom of the fourth and also got a great defensive play from Matt White, who snared a line drive to first to end the inning.

Lucia reached on an error in the fifth, but he was stranded and Plymouth was able to put across two more runs against Sam Barton in the bottom of the fifth, as a base hit, double and groundout helped produce the runs. Parsons did make a great catch in left field to help his team get out of the inning.

Kingswood couldn't generate any offense in the top of the sixth and took the 13-4 loss.

Kingswood came back to North Conway on Sunday and fell to Suncook Valley by an 8-4 score in the morning and then throttled Newfound 23-8 in an afternoon game, giving them a 2-2 record to finish off the tournament.

The Kingswood roster includes Russell Lucia, Barry Adjutant, Owen Gwizdala, Robbie DoCarmo, Sam Barton, Erik Madden, Wyatt Parsons, Bryton Clifford, Blaise Laurian, Jack Saunders, Nick Robischeau, Matt White, Dexter Hanson and Wade Cyr. The team is coached by Russ Lucia, Mark Saunders and John White.

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