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Suncook Valley 10U squad wins four of five

AJ GAGNON is caught between third and home during a rundown Saturday against Newfound in North Conway. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 28, 2010
NORTH CONWAY — The Suncook Valley 10U Cal Ripken team began the District Six tournament by splitting two games on Saturday, June 26, but came back to pick up two wins the next day to advance to the second round of the tournament.

Suncook Valley opened on Saturday against Newfound and immediately took the lead in the first inning.

With two outs, Cameron Place walked and took second on a passed ball. Noah MacGlashing beat out an infield hit and a pickoff attempt missed its mark and Place score the first run of the game. Casey Clark walked and stole second and Cole Hapgood drove in both runners with a base hit to make it 3-0 before Newfound had a chance to hit.

MacGlashing took the hill (as it was) for the Suncook Valley kids at the start and got a little help from Connor Blandini, who snared a pop up running back from second base. MacGlashing pitched around a walk to get out of the inning unscathed.

Suncook's Connor Locke reached on an error in the top of the second, but he was stranded and in the bottom of the second, Newfound got on the board.

A base hit, two wild pitches and another base hit produced a run for Newfound, but catcher AJ Gagnon threw out a runner trying to steal, as he picked him off first and Place and Blandini got him in a rundown before getting the out and killing the Newfound rally.

Suncook got a walk from Place with one out in the third and MacGlashing reached on an error. However, the Valley kids couldn't plate the run and the score remained 3-1.

Newfound went in order in the bottom of the third and Suncook Valley was the victim of a great double play in the top of the fourth. Brian Lindsay reached on a hit with one out, but a line drive by the next batter was snared at second on a great play and Lindsay was doubled off, though there was nothing he could do as the ball was hit so hard.

Newfound cut into the lead a bit in the fourth, but the Suncook defense kept things from getting closer. A hit batsman, a walk and a base hit almost produced a run, but a runner was tagged out at the plate. A walk and a base hit plated one run, but Gagnon gunned down a runner rounding third base and then made a nice play on a grounder in front of the plate to end the inning.

Suncook upped the lead in the top of the fifth inning. Blandini, Gagnon and Place all walked to load the bases and a wild pitch made it 4-2. Gagnon was caught in a rundown and tagged out for the inning's first out. Clark walked and after a strikeout, a throwing error allowed another run to score for a 5-2 Suncook lead.

Newfound found its stroke against Place in the bottom of the inning, as an infield hit, walk and error with two outs led to one run and a bases loaded walk produced another, making it 5-4. Newfound tried a delayed steal to tie the game, but Place calmly fired to Gagnon to cut down the runner to end the inning.

Suncook got a base hit from Lindsay and a walk from Blandini in the sixth, but both runners were stranded.

Place started the sixth and got a grounder to short. After a base hit and an error, Clark took the hill and induced a pop-up to right field that should have tied the game. However, when MacGlashing made the good play, the runner wasn't ready to tag up and Clark got the next batter to ground to the mound to end the game with Suncook taking a 5-4 win.

After a short break, the team returned to action with a game against Plymouth. Base hits from Gagnon and MacGlashing and a walk to Place allowed Suncook to open the game with the bases loaded, but the runners were stranded by a strikeout and a popup.

Valley got a great play on a line drive to center, as Jacob Sherman tracked down the ball to open the bottom of the inning. Valley also cut down a runner trying to reach second on an error.

Locke walked in the second, but was stranded and Plymouth took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the inning against Gagnon.

An error, a double and a base hit coupled with another error allowed Plymouth to score two runs. After a nice play by Clark at shortstop, a wild pitch made it 3-0 in favor of Plymouth.

Gagnon led off the third with a double and a walk to Place and infield hit by MacGlashing loaded the bases. Clark followed with a base hit to make it 3-1 and an RBI groundout by Hapgood made it 3-2. MacGlashing scored on a wild pitch to tie the score at three and a squeeze bunt by Sherman plated the go-ahead run. Lindsay had a base hit and Locke was hit by a pitch to again load the bases. This time, Blandini walked to plate Suncook's fifth run for a 5-3 lead. However, the threat ended there with a pair of strikeouts.

Place turned an unassisted double play in the bottom of the third, as he made a great play on a line drive and doubled the runner off first.

Suncook got a walk from Clark and an infield hit from Hapgood in the fourth but couldn't score. However, Gagnon held them off in the bottom of the inning.

Valley got back-to-back walks from Luke Mostoller and Blandini to open the fifth and a Gagnon bunt hit loaded the bases. Place walked to make it 6-3 and a sacrifice fly by MacGlashing made it 7-3 before Plymouth got out of the inning.

Hapgood made a nice stab of a line drive to left for the second out of the fifth, but a double and four base hits allowed Plymouth to come back to tie the game at seven. Two wild pitches later, Plymouth had the 8-7 lead. An infield hit and a wild pitch spelled the end of Gagnon's night, with Clark taking over to get the final out.

Suncook went quietly in the sixth and took the 8-7 loss.

However, Suncook rallied the next day to pick up an 8-4 win over Kingswood and a 14-0 win over Winnisquam to finish out the round robin portion of the tournament as the second team in the division. This meant the boys played after deadline Monday against Meredith.

The Suncook team roster includes Connor Locke, AJ Gagnon, Connor Blandini, Drew Nickerson, Brian Lindsay, Cole Hapgood, Cameron Goduti, Cameron Place, Jacob Sherman, Casey Clark, Hudson Ingoldsby, Luke Mostoller and Noah MacGlashing. The team is coached by Karl Ingoldsby, Jim Sherman and Greg Gagnon.

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