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10-U Berlin/Gorham All Stars win Regionals

Over the weekend The Berlin/Gorham All-Stars swept the competition to be named Regional Champions in the District 3 Cal Ripken 10 and under tournament. (Photo by Jonathan Benton) (click for larger version)
June 30, 2010
LANCASTER — The Berlin/Gorham All-Stars swept the competition in their undefeated three game rampage over the weekend to be named Regional Champions in the District 3 Cal Ripken 10 and under tournament. The win propels the home team on to the State Tournament in Rochester on the weekend of July 10.

The title game was a rematch against Littleton on Sunday at 1 p.m. that had the locals dominating throughout for a 9-3 victory.

Evan Arsenault was Berlin/Gorham's starting pitcher and did well to hold Littleton for four innings.

In the bottom of the first inning Chance Vodvarka kicked things off right with a single and was later driven in by a deep hit double to right field by Travis Lamontagne for the first run of the game.

The home boys were at it again in the bottom of the second as Cameron Boucher beat the throw to first and Trent Labrecque had a beautiful bunt to gain first. At the chance both boys stole in sync to second and third. Vodvarka drew in a walk to load the bases and set up Lamontagne to knock in three runs on a scorching grounder to left field for a commanding lead.

Arsenault closed the top of the third inning throwing two K's with the third out coming right to him.

Corey Hood and Joe Fodor started off the bottom the third with singles and stole to second and third. Zach Landry walked and primed the game for another blast from Hunter Fauteux who hit a hard double to right field to bring in three runs and break the game wide open.

In the bottom of the fourth John Arguin singled on, advanced to third on Hunter Desilets' single to right field and brought on Hood's ground double to deep center. Boucher then brought in Berlin/Gorham's last run of the game on a ground out.

In the top of the fifth Lamontagne took to the mound and performed exceptional closing the game with three K's in a row.

Berlin/Gorham 15, Littleton 5

The locals were an inning shorter against Littleton in their first encounter at 1 p.m. on Saturday. It looked like Littleton had the upper hand scoring four runs in the first inning, but it proved to be nothing that the red and blue All-Stars couldn't handle.

Vodvarka chipped in a double and was batted home by Lamontagne who reached on an error in the bottom of the first. Arsenault singled and Arguin clobbered a fence smacker double for an RBI. Desilets then knocked in the third run for the home team.

The bottom of the fourth was the game changer for Berlin/Gorham. Zach Landry began the revival with a single to shallow left field followed by Boucher dropping a skillful bunt to first just a few feet above the plate. Vodvarka then laid out a line drive to right field for an RBI and Lamontagne tied the game 5-5 clobbering the ball to center field. Aresnault drew in a walk with still no outs that inning and Vodvarka stole home for the breaking run. The advance didn't end, however, as Desilets soon clocked a triple for a double RBI. Hood then was the owner of two runs as he knocked in an RBI and later stole home.

Defensively Boucher did well with a sliding catch in right field to end the top of the fifth.

The bottom of the fifth had RBIs from Lamontagne on a double, Arguin on a double, Desilets, Hood and Vodvarka had the game ending RBI.

Berlin/Gorham 6, GNW 4

The closest game of the three that the local team overcame was also their first against Great North Woods and only one as the away team.

Aresenault had an RBI as well as stole home, Arguin had an RBI, Hood hit an RBI double, Vodvarka stole his way around to home, and Desilets stole home as well.

With bases loaded Berlin/Gorham stranded three GNW runners of for the win in the final inning.

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