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Carroll County 10U All-Stars take third

THE CARROLL COUNTY All-Stars pose with their third place trophies at the Division Six tournament on Wednesday, June 30. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
July 06, 2010
NORTH CONWAY — In the end, the Carroll County 10U All-Stars weren't able to get past Plymouth.

Plymouth proved to be the stumbling blocks for the local lads, as they beat Carroll County twice in the double elimination portion of the District Six tournament in North Conway last week.

The two teams first met up on Tuesday, June 29, in the first round of the double elimination round.

Carroll County got a base hit from Alec Hayford in the first inning, but couldn't plate the run.

Plymouth, however, was able to push across six runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-0 lead against Carroll County pitcher Josh Rivers. The highlight of the inning for the local kids was a great play by Lincoln Gonyo at third base, forcing a runner at home.

Carroll County got back-to-back two-out walks from Alex Mudgett and Evan Deveau in the top of the second, but couldn't get the runners home.

Plymouth added a run in the second inning. Gonyo again made two great plays at third base to keep Plymouth to just the one run.

Carroll County threatened in the third. Rivers led off with a bloop hit and moved up on a couple of wild pitches. However, he was caught between third and home in a rundown and was tagged out. Ryan Meader and Sam Cochrane both walked, but both runners were left stranded to end the third.

Plymouth added another run in the bottom of the third inning for an 8-0 lead, but Carroll County came roaring back in the top of the fourth.

Gonyo started the frame with a walk and Mudgett walked. A pickoff error allowed Gonyo to score and a wild pitch moved Mudgett to third. After Deveau walked, a double steal brought home Mudgett with Carroll County's second run. One out later, Rivers' pop fly fell for a hit and Meader followed with a hit. Hayford reached on an error to plate another run, cutting the Plymouth lead to 8-3.

Cochrane took over on the mound in the fourth and a couple of errors and a fielder's choice and sacrifice bunt, plus a wild pitch allowed Plymouth to score. A sacrifice grounder and an error allowed two more runs to score before Cochrane got out of the jam, but Plymouth had the 11-3 lead.

Carroll County kept the bats going in the fifth. Gonyo walked and Mudgett reached on an error. Back-to-back walks to Travis Arnold and Will Green plated the fourth run for Carroll County and a base hit by Rivers made it 11-5. Meader walked to plate another run and a wild pitch plated the seventh run for Carroll County. Hayford added an RBI groundout to make it 11-8. However, that was as close as Carroll County got.

All the local boys could muster in the sixth was a walk to Arnold and Plymouth took the 11-8 lead, sending Carroll County to the losers' bracket.

In their second game of the day, the Carroll County boys ripped through Meredith with a 14-4 win, meaning they lived to survive another day and had a chance to play for a trip to the finals.

However, that road again went through Plymouth the next night, as the two teams met up again in the losers' bracket final.

Carroll County got a one-out walk from Meader in the first, but couldn't push him across the plate and Plymouth took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the inning against Cochrane. Arnold and Ben Roberts made solid plays for Carroll County in the first inning to help keep Plymouth to just one run.

Roberts reached on an error, Gonyo had a base hit and Mudgett walked to load the bases to start the top of the second inning. However, Plymouth settled down and got out of the inning.

Mudgett made a solid play in left to open the bottom of the second inning and Plymouth didn't get on the board. Carroll County, however, also went in order in the top of the third inning.

Plymouth upped the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning against Meader, who took the ball to start the frame. With two outs, Plymouth got two hits and a walk to load the bases and a double to plate two runs. Meader helped his own cause with a nice defensive play to end the inning.

Roberts had a base hit to lead off the fourth, but he was stranded at first. Gonyo made a great defensive play in the bottom of the inning, sliding on the grass between home and third to make a catch of a foul popup.

Meader had a two-out base hit and Hayford followed with a walk in the top of the fifth, but both runners were left on base.

Plymouth added four runs in the bottom of the inning, with two scoring before Meader was replaced by Rivers.

Gonyo walked in the top of the sixth and came around to score on a base hit by Arnold. Green walked, but that was all the Carroll County squad could get, as Plymouth recorded the 7-1 win to advance to the finals and Carroll County went home with the third place trophy.

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

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