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Valley boys split first two in state tourney



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NATE EMERSON connects with a Connecticut Valley pitch during state tournament action Saturday morning. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
July 13, 2010
CLAREMONT — The Mount Washington Valley 12U boys didn't let a little bit of rain dampen the opening of the state tournament in Claremont on Saturday morning.

Heavy rains swept through the area prior to the start of the tournament's first games, but the field crew had the diamond ready for use for the 10 a.m. start, and Mount Washington Valley and Connecticut Valley (out of Walpole) took the field to open the tournament with only scattered raindrops falling.

MWV went quietly in the top of the first inning, but Tyler Lund answered the call in the bottom of the inning, as he sent Connecticut Valley down nicely, working around a walk by striking out the side.

Mount Washington Valley got on the board in the top of the second inning. Will Pollard led off with a double and two outs later, Tyler Eaton lined a base hit to plate the game's first run.

Connecticut Valley came back strong in the bottom of the inning against Pollard, who took over on the hill to start the frame. A walk, a pickoff error, an infield hit off the pitcher's rubber and another error allowed Connecticut Valley to tie the game at one. Pollard struck out the next batter for the first out. After a walk, he got another strikeout and then a liner to first that Eaton grabbed to end the inning.

MWV threatened in the third, as Fritz Carr reached on an infield hit to start the inning. Adam Martinese followed with a grounder to second, forcing Carr for the first out. However, one out later, Nate Emerson was robbed of extra bases when his shot down the right field line was hauled in by the Connecticut Valley rightfielder to end the frame.

Lund returned to the hill in the third and struck out the side again, once again pitching around a walk.

Drew McDonald had a two-out base hit in the top of the fourth, but he was stranded on base.

Lund struck out the side again in the fourth inning, marking the third time in three innings of pitching that he had struck out the side. He also pitched around another walk in the frame.

MWV finally got back on the board in the top of the fifth inning.

With one out, Carr reached on an error. Martinese followed by also reaching on an error, allowing Carr to scoot home with the go-ahead run. After a walk to Axel Olson, Dominic Knox hit a grounder to third to move both runners up. Pollard then hustled to beat out an infield hit, allowing Martinese to score with the third run of the frame.

Lund hit the first batter in the bottom of the fifth inning, then once again struck out the side, giving him 12 strikeouts in four innings on the hill.

MWV went in order in the top of the sixth inning, and McDonald took over on the hill for the bottom of the inning.

An infield hit got things started for Connecticut Valley, but a grounder to first got the first out, with Eaton making a nice play. McDonald got a strikeout and then another grounder to first, giving MWV a 3-1 win and a chance to meet up with familiar foe Plymouth in the second round of the state tournament.

That game, however, did not go the way Mount Washington Valley would've liked, as Plymouth recorded an 8-1 win on Sunday morning. A win over Plymouth would've meant a day off for the MWV kids, instead, they had to face off with Berlin-Gorham after deadline on Monday afternoon, with their season on the line. If they were victorious, they were playing after deadline Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., with another game on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., providing they didn't lose.

The tournament championship game is today (Thursday) at 5:30 p.m. in Claremont.

The MWV roster consists of Keith Babb, Dominic Knox, Kyle MacDonald, Aaron Lamar, Nate Lautenschlager, Nate Emerson, Adam Martinese, Axel Olson, Will Pollard, Tyler Eaton, Tyler Lund, Drew McDonald, Kaleb Pepin, Zach Bradley and Fritz Carr. The team is coached by Erik "Rowdy" Brown, Adam Martinese, Doc Walker and Mandy McDonald and the batboy is Ryan Lund.

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