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Berlin/Gorham comes back to take 12u Cal Ripken title

Berlin/Gorham took in another Cal Ripken District title, this time with the 12u boys over the holiday weekend. Coaches Donny Labrecque, Steve Arsenault, Shanon Berwick stood proudly with their boys: Sammy Jostrum, Jeremy Landers, Levi Arsenault, Blake Laborgne, Tommy Gallagher, Andrew Coulombe, Nathan Trell, Kyle Berwick, Doug Levesque, Trevor Lebreque and Justin Vien. (Photo by Jonathan Benton) (click for larger version)
July 07, 2010
LANCASTER — The Berlin/Gorham 12u All Stars won the best two out of three games against close rivals Great North Woods over the weekend to add another district jewel to the local crown.

In a double elimination tournament the All Stars fell in their first encounter with GNW, but came back to earn their place at the state competition this Saturday in Rochester at 12:30 p.m.. The final match against GNW had the local All Stars besting them 4-2 last Monday.

Blake Leborgne started off on the mound to strike out three Woodsies, two in a row, in the top of the first inning.

The home team got things moving in the bottom of the third with Leborgne and Tommy Gallagher sending out two home runs in a row on two outs.

In the bottom of the fourth Trevor Lebreque had a nice double to left field and stole third,but was eventually stranded.

GNW tied up the game in the top of the fifth with pitcher Josh Sweet batting in one run and tagging up on a pop out to roll in another.

The All Stars then had a stellar bottom of the fifth collecting two walks and a single from Leborgne to load the bases. This primed Justin Vien to knock in two runs and break the tie with a line drive to left center.

The home team defense was strong throughout with one-two-three outs closing the game with Levi Arsenault scooping a dirt kicker grounder.

Berlin/Gorham 15, GNW 1

The All Stars were on fire in their second encounter with their tournament rivals showing strong performance as the away team last Sunday.

Starting off Sammy Sjostrum, Jeremy Landers and Arsenault singled on with Sjostrum stealing home. Leborgne notched up two more runs off a double. Jaylen Lamontagne had luck on his side when he forgot to lower his bat, ducking from a high ball which tapped the bat and rolled into play. It became a standing bunt that no one expected and sent in a run. Vien batted in the fifth run that inning and even beat the throw to first. Sjostrum was back to load the bases on a single. Landers had a single RBI and Arsenault had a double RBI off a single.

GNW had their only run in the bottom of the first with Garret Hicks batting in a run on a double to deep left field.

In the top of the second "Wheels" Gallagher beat the throw to first and later stole to second. Lamontagne singled on and drew in an attempted pickoff on his way to second to let Gallagher speed home. Before the third out Vien sent in another run.

Vien also did well at third stomping out a line drive in the bottom of the second.

In the top of the third Sjostrum singled on and stole all the way to third. Landers had an RBI double followed by Arsenault singling on. A new pitcher didn't stop Berlin/Gorham from scoring four more runs, one off a forced in run. Gallagher batted in one and eventually stole home followed by Lamontagne stealing home as well.

The All Stars closed up the game for the 10 run rule with Sjostrum running to the fence for the first out and Arsenault throwing two K's to end the bottom of the fourth and the game.

GNW 10, Berlin/Gorham 9

The local boys' first game against GNW on last Saturday was the tightest of the tournament coming down to the wire.

Berlin/Gorham was the home team this time around scoring the first run of the game in the bottom of the first. Sjostrum doubled on, stole to third and was sacrificed in by Arsenault.

Nathan Trell ended a four run GNW spree tagging out Sweet stealing third.

Sjostrum walked on and stole his way around to home in the bottom of the third to begin the home team revival. Andrew Coulombe had a line drive RBI that came a hairs-width of skimming Sweet on the mound. Gallagher had the last run of the inning stealing home.

GNW was held in the top of the fourth (4-4) with Arsenault taking the third out off a line drive.

The top of the fifth was a game opener for GNW as they jumped ahead with six runs.

When it looked like the All Stars were out of the game Gallagher lit the fuse as he leaned in to clock a two run home. Lamontagne later had a two run triple to deep left center followed by Vien with another RBI to close the gap.

The bottom of the sixth inning was a real brow sweater with Arsenault singling and Leborgne doubling on. Gallagher drew in a walk to load the bases on no walks. GNW's top pitcher, Sweet, gave an impressive show by striking out the next three batters in a row to hold onto their only win against Berlin/Gorham.

Martin Lord Osman
Littleton Chmber
Varney Smith
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