Kingswood Babe Ruth boys battle to third place
15U All-Stars win a pair in state tournament action
|KINGSWOOD CATCHER Slayd Dore fires down to second in an attempt to cut down a Lamprey River runner during action July 29 in Rochester. (click for larger version)|
August 02, 2010ROCHESTER — After winning the district championship, the Kingswood Babe Ruth 15U All-Stars made a little noise in the state tournament, eventually finishing third behind Manchester and host Rochester.
Kingswood opened the tournament in tough fashion, as the local boys lost an 11-1 decision to Rochester on Sunday, July 25, at the Monsignor Gilles Simard Babe Ruth Field in Rochester.
Kingswood returned to action on Tuesday, July 27, against Keene in losers' bracket action and knocked the Keene boys out of the tournament with a 6-3 victory.
That set up a Thursday, July 29, meeting with Lamprey River, a team out of Raymond who had defeated Great Bay North after falling to Rochester in the tournament's first game.
Kingswood went in order in the top of the first inning, with three ground balls in the infield resulting in outs.
Mike Marzerka took the hill for Kingswood in the contest and got in a little trouble after striking out the first batter. The second batter reached when a base hit fell in shallow center field. After a stolen base, Marzerka walked a batter and then hit another to load the bases with just one out.
However, the tall lefty struck out the next two batters to get out of the inning and preserve the scoreless tie.
Kingswood went in order in the top of the second and Lamprey River pushed across a run to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the inning. Marzerka struck out the first batter, then surrendered a double. After a stolen base and a walk, a squeeze play plated the game's first run. An error allowed another runner to reach, but Thomas Berry snagged a liner to short to end the inning.
Kingswood evened the score in the top of the third. Asa Stockton started the inning with a base hit and stole second. One out later, he advanced to third on a wild pitch. Darren Tarbox ripped a shot that seemed destined for right field, but the Lamprey River second baseman made a great play to rob Tarbox of a hit. Berry followed with a bloop hit that plated Stockton to tie the game at one.
Berry took over on the mound in the bottom of the inning and the first batter drilled a shot at Stockton at second. The ball took a wicked hop over his shoulder and into right for a base hit. Another hit and a walk loaded the bases and a base hit and obstruction call at third base led to two runs crossing the plate and Berry was lifted for Slayd Dore. Dore struck out the first batter he faced and then picked a Lamprey River runner off third base. After hitting a batter, Dore struck out another to get out of the inning with no further damage.
Kingswood came roaring back in the top of the fourth. Dore led off with a double and Joe Smith followed with a base hit. A double steal brought Dore home for a 3-2 score. Cole Tremblay walked and one out later, a Stockton sacrifice bunt moved both runners up and Rob Chiappini drove them both in with a base hit for a 4-3 Kingswood lead. Aaron Davis walked, but Kingswood didn't score again.
Lamprey River came up with a pair of hits in the bottom of the inning and took advantage of an error and a passed ball to bring across the tying run.
Kingswood went in order in the top of the fifth inning, though Smith was robbed on a great play by the Lamprey River centerfielder.
The Raymond kids got to Dore for another run in the bottom of the fifth inning. A base hit, two stolen bases and a sacrifice fly gave Lamprey River a 5-4 lead. Dore surrendered a double, but then picked the runner off second and got a grounder to end the inning.
Kingswood went quietly in the top of the sixth inning and Lamprey River threatened in the bottom of the frame. With one out, a walk and stolen base put a runner on second. One out later, a passed ball pushed him to third, but Dore made a great play on a ground ball that ricocheted off of him, tracking it down and throwing out the Lamprey River runner to end the inning.
Kingswood got the bats rolling in the top of the seventh inning. Chiappini led off the inning with a base hit and Tarbox followed with a base hit. Both runners moved up on a passed ball. Berry drove in one run with a base hit and a sacrifice grounder to second by Marzerka drove in Tarbox with the go-ahead run.
With Dore out of innings, Marzerka returned to the hill and struck out the first batter he faced. He then gave up a double that fell into right field and a base hit that fell in right centerfield. After a grounder back to the mound for the second out, a walk loaded the bases. However, a line drive to Stockton at second ended the game and guaranteed Kingswood at least a third place finish in the tournament.
The local boys returned to the field the following day and couldn't solve Rochester, losing 8-0 to give them a third place finish in the tournament. Manchester went on to beat Rochester for the state title.
The Kingswood roster includes Tom Berry, Mike Marzerka, Slayd Dore, Joe Smith, Cole Tremblay, Cody Nason, Asa Stockton, Rob Chiappini, Darren Tarbox, Aaron Davis, Jimmy Copithorne, Matt Harrington and Kyle Rogers. The team is coached by Paul Tremblay, Shawn Marzerka and Faye Massey, with assistance from Brian Mills.