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12U squad picks up three wins

Sam Slaughter slides home with a run in action against Carroll County on Sunday in Wolfeboro. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 27, 2011
WOLFEBORO — The Plymouth 12U Cal Ripken team had a successful opening weekend at the District Eight tournament in Wolfeboro, winning three of four games.

On Saturday, Plymouth picked up a 6-2 win over Mount Washington Valley and then dropped a 4-2 decision to Suncook Valley.

The team returned to action on Sunday and opened with a game against Carroll County.

Carroll County threatened in the first, but one runner was picked off second and another was gunned down at the plate to keep them off the board in the first.

Plymouth had no such problem in the bottom of the inning, as they plated two runs to take a 2-0 lead. Sam Slaughter led off with a walk and Harry Shamberger bunted him ahead. Slaughter then raced home on a wild pitch for a 1-0 lead. Cameron Maglio reached on an error and Henry Day lined a base hit. An error on the play allowed Maglio to come home with the second run. Bailey Nangle followed with a base hit, but the final two runners were stranded.

Plymouth pitcher Dylan Donahue set the side in order in the top of the second and Plymouth couldn't take advantage of a Slaughter double in the bottom of the inning. Donahue walked two in the third, but pitched his way around the free passes with a pair of strikeouts.

Plymouth tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the third. With one out, Day roped a triple and trotted home on a throwing error for a 3-0 lead. Nangle added a base hit and Tyler Mersch beat out an infield hit before Donahue drove them both home with a base hit for a 5-0 lead.

Mersch made a great play at second base behind Donahue in the fourth and Shamberger walked with one out in the fourth and came around to score on a couple of wild pitches.

Harrison Macomber took over on the hill in the fifth for Plymouth and pitched around a walk. Both Nangle and Mersch reached on errors in the fifth but didn't score and despite giving up an infield hit and a walk in the top of the sixth, Macomber struck out the side to seal the win for Plymouth at 6-0.

The final game of the weekend came later on Sunday as Plymouth took on Kingswood, with Day getting the start on the hill for Plymouth. He got some defensive help from Shamberger at shortstop in the bottom of the first inning and then helped get his team's offense going in the top of the second.

Day launched a homer to open the scoring in the second and Plymouth piled on five more runs in the frame. Nangle reached on a hit and Josh Johnston beat out an infield hit. Mersch's RBI groundout produced a run and Donahue had a base hit to plate another. Slaughter ripped a shot that rocketed over the shortstop's head and a passed ball brought home run number four. Shamberger reached on an error to make it 5-0 and Maglio added a base hit for the 6-0 lead.

Kingswood got a homer to lead off the second and Day allowed a walk, but then started a 1-6-3 double play to keep himself out of trouble. Nangle lined a leadoff base hit in the third and Johnston reached on an error. Mersch's bunt forced Nangle at third and both Johnston and Mersch were stranded on a nice play by third for Kingswood and a strikeout.

Donahue took over on the hill in the third and surrendered a base hit and a double with one out, but got successive bouncers back to the mound to end the inning.

Plymouth tacked on a little insurance in the top of the fourth. Slaughter opened the inning with a walk and took second on a wild pitch. He moved to third on Shamberger's groundout and scored on another wild pitch for a 7-1 lead. One out later, Day and Nangle had hits, but both were stranded.

Kingswood's bats woke up in the fourth and they scored three runs, despite a great play from Mersch and Nangle on a grounder up the middle. The former made a great grab of the ball and the latter had a nice stretch to help beat the Kingswood runner at first.

Mersch doubled to open the fifth but was gunned down trying to stretch it to a triple and Macomber came on to pitch the fifth. He walked two, but got through the inning.

Slaughter led off the sixth with a base hit and was forced at second on Shamberger's grounder. Shamberger was gunned down stealing and Maglio walked, but Plymouth didn't score in the inning.

However, Macomber struck out the side in the bottom of the inning to preserve the 7-4 win.

The final game of the round robin portion of the tournament was after deadline on Monday against Farmington.

The Plymouth roster includes Sam Slaughter, Harry Shamberger, Cameron Maglio, Henry Day, Bailey Nangle, Josh Johnston, Tyler Mersch, Dylan Donahue, Harrison Macomber, CJ Dodge, Ethan Lauriat, Garrett Macomber and Ryan Finkle. The team is coached by Mike Dodge, Jason Walaskay and Chris Day.

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