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Suncook 10U boys win District Six title

THE SUNCOOK VALLEY 10U squad poses with the District Six championship trophy on Wednesday, June 30, in North Conway. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
July 06, 2010
NORTH CONWAY — The Suncook Valley 10U Cal Ripken boys made short work of Meredith and Plymouth to lay claim to the District Six title last week in North Conway.

Suncook Valley opened the double-elimination portion of the tournament on Tuesday, June 29, with a game against Meredith, who entered the game having rolled up a 5-0 record in round-robin play.

The Valley boys made short work of Meredith, piling up nine runs in the second inning and adding another five in the third and four in the fourth for a 19-4 victory.

Suncook started the game with a run in the top of the first, as Cam Place walked and scored on Noah MacGlashing double for a 1-0 lead.

Meredith came back with four runs in the bottom of the first inning, but did so with only one hit against MacGlashing. A pair of walks and a pair of hit batsmen contributed to the four runs.

In the second, Cole Hapgood got things started with a base hit and walks to Jake Sherman and Brian Lindsay loaded the bases. Connor Locke walked to force home another run and Connor Blandini did the same thing, making it 4-3. AJ Gagnon followed with a fielder's choice to plate the tying run and Casey Clark reached on an error to plate a couple of runs and Hapgood reached on an error to push across another run. Sherman then doubled to bring home two more runs for a 10-4 lead.

In the top of the third, the barrage continued. Lindsay had a base hit and Locke walked. Blandini reached on an error and an RBI groundout by Gagnon plated the inning's first run. A base hit from MacGlashing, a base hit from Hapgood and a walk from Sherman helped push the lead to 15-4.

In the fourth, Locke, Blandini and Gagnon all worked walks and Place laced a two-run base hit to make it 17-4. MacGlashing reached on an error to plate another run and after a walk, Hapgood had an RBI base hit to make it 19-4.

MacGlashing didn't allow a hit after the first inning and finished with seven strikeouts in four innings of work.

With the win, Suncook advanced to play Plymouth a short while later. Plymouth had beaten Carroll County in the other first-round game.

Suncook jumped all over Plymouth in the first inning. Blandini, Gagnon and Place all worked walks to start the game and MacGlashing reached on an error to plate one run. Clark then tripled to drive home three more runs and a bloop hit by Hapgood stretched the lead to 5-0. Sherman walked, but the Plymouth pitcher settled down to get a pair of strikeouts and a grounder to end the inning.

Place started on the hill for Suncook and got a pair of grounders to start the inning and gave up a hit before inducing another grounder to end the frame.

Suncook went quietly in the second inning, but Place was able to pitch around an error in the bottom of the frame to keep Plymouth off the board.

In the top of the third, Clark beat out an infield hit and Hapgood had a base hit. A stolen base and a passed ball plated Suncook's sixth run.

Plymouth threatened to open the bottom of the third, as back-to-back walks started the frame. However, Gagnon threw out a runner trying to steal third and Place settled down with a strikeout and a grounder to the mound to end the inning.

Blandini led off the fourth with a base hit and Gagnon doubled down the right field line. Blandini raced toward home, but was thrown out on a close play at the plate and Suncook didn't score in the inning.

Plymouth finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth, as a pair of errors allowed them to plate a run.

Suncook went quietly in the top of the fifth, with only a Lindsay infield hit on the scoresheet.

Plymouth rallied in the bottom of the inning and made a game of it.

With one out, Place hit a batter. He then got a grounder to second for the second out, but a base hit put two runners on. Another base hit made it 6-2 and an infield hit kept the rally going. A base hit and an error plated two more runs for a 6-4 score and after another error, Clark replaced Place on the hill. A base hit made it 6-5, but Clark got the next batter to strike out to end the inning.

Suncook added some insurance in the sixth. Blandini walked and two outs later, MacGlashing doubled him home. MacGlashing broke for third on the throw home and the catcher tried to gun him down, but the throw sailed away and MacGlashing trotted home with the run for an 8-5 lead.

Clark gave up an infield hit to start the bottom of the sixth, but a strikeout, a sacrifice bunt and another strikeout ended Plymouth's chances and gave Suncook an automatic spot in the championship game the next night.

As it turned out, the game was a rematch, with Plymouth beating Carroll County for a chance to play for the championship on Wednesday, June 30.

Suncook got a walk from Place, but couldn't generate any runs in the top of the first and Plymouth got to Gagnon for one in the bottom of the inning, using a base hit, a walk and another base hit. Blandini stopped the rally with a nice grab at second base, keeping the game close at 1-0.

Suncook's bats came alive in the top of the second. Clark, Hapgood and Sherman had base hits to start the inning and Lindsay walked to plate the tying run. Locke followed with a base hit to drive in two runs and one out later, a passed ball made it 4-1. Gagnon followed with a base hit for a 5-1 lead and a walk to Place spelled the end of the night for the Plymouth hurler. MacGlashing walked against the new pitcher, but two strikeouts ended the frame.

In the bottom of the inning, Plymouth got one run back, as an infield hit, a wild pitch and a pair of walks put a runner on every base. MacGlashing made a nice play on a grounder to third, forcing a runner at the plate, but an infield hit made it 5-2. Blandini ended the threat with a leaping grab of a liner that seemed destined for right field.

Lindsay reached on an error and Locke had a base hit with one out in the third, but both were stranded on the bases. Blandini made another highlight reel grab of a liner to the right side to end the third inning and Suncook looked to add more in the fourth.

Place walked and MacGlashing had a base hit to right. Place tried to reach third, but he was gunned down on a great throw from the Plymouth rightfielder.

Plymouth went quietly in the fourth and Suncook did the same in the top of the fifth inning. MacGlashing came on to pitch the bottom of the fifth and pitched around an error. Suncook then added a bit of insurance in the top of the sixth.

Blandini walked and Gagnon had a base hit. One out later, MacGlashing doubled them both home for a 7-2 lead. A walk to Hapgood and a base hit by Sherman made it 8-2.

MacGlashing shut down Plymouth after a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning, with Drew Nickerson stepping in as catcher for the final three outs, which included a pair of strikeouts to seal the 8-2 win.

Suncook Valley will open the state tournament on Saturday, July 10, at 1 p.m. against District Three. If they win, they play Sunday, July 11, at 5:30 p.m. If they lose the first game, they play at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 11. The state tournament is held at Roger Allen Park in Rochester.

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

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