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MWV 10U squad wins district title

THE MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY 10U players and coaches pose with their trophies after winning the District Eight championship. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
July 04, 2011
WOLFEBORO — The Mount Washington Valley 10U team completed a solid weekend of tournament action by beating Kingswood in the final game of the round robin portion of the District Eight tournament, then took two out of three from previously-unbeaten Suncook Vallely to capture the District Eight crown and earn a spot in the state tournament in Walpole this weekend.

The first order of business for MWV last week was the final game of the tournament's round robin portion, where every team played each other. That game came on Monday against the host Kingswood squad and it was a back-and-forth barnburner, with MWV pulling out a 14-12 win.

Devon Ouellette had a base hit in the first inning but was caught stealing, ending any threat in that frame. Starter Parker Coleman surrendered a walk in the bottom of the inning, but got out of trouble with a nice grab by Mike Seavey in center, a grounder and a strikeout.

MWV then brought out the bats in the top of the second. Cole Sweeney reached on an error, with Ashton Coleman running at first. Seavey then reached on an error to plate the first run and after an infield hit by Chet Johnston, a base hit from Evan Dascoulias brought home two more runs. A base hit from Chase Spencer pushed across another run and after a walk to Griffen McGraw, a double steal scored another run. Derek Dascoulias had an infield hit and a wild pitch allowed MWV's sixth run to score.

Kingswood came back with a pair in the bottom of the second inning and after MWV couldn't capitalize on a Evan Dascoulias base hit and a Parker Coleman walk in the top of the third, Kingswood added two more runs to cut the lead to 6-4 after three.

McGraw led off the top of the fourth by reaching on an error and hustled all the way around the bases for a 7-4 lead.

However, Kingswood brought out its bats in the fourth, plating six runs to take a 10-7 lead.

MWV didn't fade away, as Evan Dascoulias reached on an error with one out in the top of the fifth. Parker Coleman was hit by a pitch and Spencer reached on an error. A pair of wild pitches scored two runs and a base hit from Jack Johnston plated the tying run. Derek Dascoulias doubled home another run and after Sweeney was hit by a pitch, Nate Grames drove in another run with a base hit to give MWV a 12-10 lead.

Kingswood rallied for the tying runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, but MWV wasn't quite finished. Jamison Goff had a one-out base hit in the top of the sixth and moved up on two wild pitches. A Jack Johnston base hit plated him and a base hit off the bat of Ouellette, compounded by a Kingswood error, allowed MWV to go up 14-12.

Caleb McPherson came on to pitch the sixth and after getting the first two outs, he surrendered two walks. An error allowed Kingswood to load the bases, but McPherson got a grounder to short to end the game and give MWV the 14-12 win.

MWV returned to Wolfeboro on Tuesday, June 28, for the district finals, where they met up with Suncook Valley in a best-of-three series.

The first game opened well for MWV, as Ethan Robitaille and McPherson both had base hits. However, Robitaille was thrown out trying to get to third on McPherson's hit. One out later, Jack Johnston doubled and MWV had a quick 1-0 lead.

Goff got the start on the hill for MWV and gave up a walk in the first and an MWV error allowed another runner to reach, but he got out of trouble with a grounder back to the mound.

Sweeney earned a one-out walk in the top of the second and Ashton Coleman ran for him at first. Seavey reached on an error, but Suncook Valley's hurler struck out the next two batters to get out of the inning.

Goff gave up a two-out triple in the second, but was spared any runs when McPherson made a great grab of a pop fly at second base to end the inning.

MWV pushed across two more runs in the top of the third. With two outs, Goff got a base hit and was replaced by Chet Johnston at first base. Ouellette followed with a base hit and a Suncook error allowed a run to score. Derek Dascoulias singled home another run for a 3-0 lead.

Suncook managed a walk in the third off of Goff, but that was it and MWV added three more in the top of the fourth inning. Seavey reached on an error and a sacrifice bunt by Robitaille moved him along. McPherson reached on an error to bring home one run and after a sacrifice bunt from Grames, Jack Johnston launched a homer far over the fence in right for a 6-0 lead. Goff followed with a base hit, but he was left on base.

Goff surrendered a base hit in the bottom of the fourth, but came back with two strikeouts to get out of the inning. MWV got a hit from Seavey in the top of the fifth, but couldn't push him across. Suncook was able to get one run in the bottom of the fifth, taking advantage of a couple of walks and a groundout.

MWV came back in the sixth with two runs. McPherson reached on an error and moved up on a Grames bunt. Jack Johnston doubled to make it 7-1 and a passed ball and error allowed another run to cross for an 8-1 lead.

An error and a walk put two runners on for Suncook in the bottom of the sixth, but a 2-6 double play ended the game, as Seavey made a nice catch on a pop up and gunned down to second to double off the runner and preserve the 8-1 win.

After a short break, the two teams returned to the field and this time it was Suncook who got out to the quick start against MWV starter Sweeney. Suncook pushed across two in the top of the first inning, but one run was prevented on a nice play at the plate.

MWV got walks from McPherson and Jack Johnston in the first but didn't score and Sweeney fired a perfect second inning.

The second was a bit better for MWV. Derek Dascoulias was hit by a pitch with one out and Sweeney and Seavey both walked. A wild pitch brought one run home, but another was cut down at the plate on a grounder in the infield and MWV couldn't get the second run across.

Both pitchers fired perfect third innings and Sweeney threw a perfect fourth as well. Derek Dascoulias led off the bottom of the fourth with a base hit, but a pair of force plays eliminated any threat for MWV.

Suncook opened up the lead a bit in the top of the fifth, plating six runs in the inning, taking advantage of a walk, a few wild pitches, two hit batsmen and a hit against Sweeney and Grames, who came on midway through the frame, to take an 8-1 lead.

Suncook pushed across another in the sixth against McPherson and MWV went in order in the bottom of the inning, giving Suncook the 9-1 win and assuring both teams of one more game.

The clubs returned to The Nick on Wednesday, June 29, for the final game. MWV came out of the gate swinging.

Robitaille doubled to start the game and scored on a base hit by McPherson. One out later, Jack Johnston reached on an error to bring home another run, with Chet Johnston running at first. Goff reached on an error to bring home another run, giving MWV a 3-0 lead before Suncook had a chance to bat.

Goff set Suncook down in order in the bottom of the first and MWV kept hitting in the top of the second. A one-out base hit from Seavey got things started. After Robitaille reached on an error, McPherson's fielder's choice pushed across another run and a base hit from Grames made it 5-0. Jack Johnston's double pushed the lead to 6-0.

Suncook put together a walk and two hits to push across a run against Goff in the second, but another runner was gunned down trying to score to end the inning.

After MWV went quietly in the third, Suncook plated another run, though good defensive plays from Robitaille and McPherson kept the rally to a minimum.

Walks to Robitaille and Jack Johnston and a hit from Grames loaded the bases for MWV in the fourth, but they couldn't score. Suncook went in order in the fourth and MWV got just a Seavey walk in the top of the fifth.

Suncook threatened in the bottom of the fifth, as a one-out hit put a runner on first. However, Sweeney snared a line drive to first and beat the Suncook runner to the bag to record the unassisted double play to get out of the inning.

McPherson led off the sixth with a shot down the right field line on which he circled the bases for a 7-2 lead. Grames had a base hit and later scored after a pair of wild pitches for an 8-2 lead. Goff walked and Ashton Coleman ran at first. A Ouellette base hit plated another run for a 9-2 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth.

Suncook used three base hits and a pair of errors to push across three runs, cutting the lead to 9-5, but a nice play from McPherson at second and two strikeouts brought the championship to MWV.

The state tournament is slated to start this weekend in Walpole, though no schedule was available at deadline Monday.

MWV is coached by Mike DiGregorio, Ken McPherson and Kevin McGraw and the roster includes Ethan Robitaille, Caleb McPherson, Nate Grames, Jack Johnston, Jamison Goff, Griffen McGraw, Devon Ouellette, Cole Sweeney, Mike Seavey, Derek Dascoulias, Ashton Coleman, Chase Spencer, Evan Dascoulias, Chet Johnston and Parker Coleman.

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