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Big hits lead Cubs to Major League title

THE CUBS won the Kingswood Cal Ripken Major League championship. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 27, 2011
WOLFEBORO — For a couple of innings, the Cubs and As were locked in a pretty tight battle for the Kingswood Cal Ripken Major League championship on June 20.

But the Cubs broke the game open in the third and walked off with a mercy-rule win in the bottom of the fourth inning, taking the Major League title with a 13-3 win.

Jacob Craigue started on the hill for the Cubs and had a bit of a shaky start. He gave up walks to Cole Johnston, Jack McNamara and Luke O'Brien, but pitched his way out of trouble with a couple of strikeouts in the inning.

The Cubs quickly got to As starter Johnston in the bottom of the first. Russell Lucia led off with a bloop double to left and one out later, stole third. He scored on a base hit by Wyatt Parsons and Parsons trotted home on a double by Will Treuel. Joe Moore followed by launching a homer over the fence in left centerfield for a 4-0 lead. After Craigue reached on an error, Johnston got a strikeout, but a walk to Jacob Overall and a double from Wade Cyr made it 5-0 before Johnston got a strikeout to end the inning.

The As battled right back in the top of the second inning. Nick Duntley led off with a walk and took third when Trevor Mills reached on an error on a shot that he lined off the pitcher. Greg Dubuc followed with an RBI base hit and after Craigue struck out the next two hitters, Sam Barton worked a walk to load the bases. Johnston and Dexter Hanson then worked back-to-back walks to cut the lead to 5-3 and Overall replaced Craigue on the hill, getting a strikeout to end the inning.

After Jay Warthen drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the second, Hanson took over on the hill for the As. He struck out the next two batters, but Parsons reached on an error to bring home a run and a triple by Treuel made it 8-3 before Hanson struck out the inning's final batter.

The As got a base hit from Matt Ridings in the top of the third, but he was stranded and the Cubs came back with a couple more runs in the bottom of the inning. Craigue reached on an error to open the inning and Overall knocked a base hit and an error allowed the run to score. Cyr followed with a double and after a nice grab by Johnston at shortstop and a nice grab by Mills at first base, the inning ended with the Cubs up 11-3.

After surrendering a leadoff walk to Dubuc to open the fourth, Overall sent the As down in order on three strikeouts.

Hanson struck out the first batter in the bottom of the inning, but gave up a walk to Matt Daugherty and a double to Parsons to make it 11-3. Treuel then blasted a homer to close out the game with the 13-3 win.

The As were sponsored by Fred E. Varney Company and were coached by Dickie Arthur, Josh Lee, Brian Mills and Mike Hanson. The roster included Sam Barton, Cole Johnston, Dexter Hanson, Jack McNamara, Luke O'Brien, Matt Ridings, Nick Duntley, Trevor Mills, Greg Dubuc, Chase Bailey and Alex Dubuc.

The Cubs were sponsored by Carroll County Glass and were coached by Joe Grasso, Jim Craigue and Russ Lucia. The roster included Wyatt Parsons, Wade Cyr, Russell Lucia, Will Treuel, Matt Daugherty, Jacob Overall, Jacob Craigue, Brandon Paul, Jay Warthen, Joe Moore and Isaac Sheahan.

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