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MWV boys bounce back from tough tourney opener

BEN GARNER got the start in the opening game of the District Five tournament for MWV. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
July 11, 2011
NEW DURHAM — It was a tough opening to the District Five Babe Ruth tournament for the Mount Washington Valley squad, but the team bounced back in fine fashion in the tourney's second game.

MWV opened against North Country on Saturday, July 9, in New Durham and North Country plated a run in the top of the first inning, taking advantage of a little wildness from starter Ben Garner.

MWV put two on with two outs in the bottom of the inning, as Tyler Eldridge walked and Derek Roberts blooped a base hit, but both runners were stranded.

North Country took advantage of an MWV error with two outs in the second to plate another run and push the lead to 2-0.

Frankie Drew took over on the hill in the third inning for MWV and struck out the side, but North Country mixed in two hits and a walk to plate two more runs and up the lead to 4-0.

MWV went in order in the third and North Country added another run in the top of the fourth to make it 5-0, though Drew struck out the final two batters of the inning to get out of trouble.

MWV got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning. Eldridge led off with a base hit and stole second. He moved to third on a groundout by Roberts and scored on a base hit from Mike Mosher to make it 5-1. Mosher stole second, but he was stranded there.

Drew pitched around an infield hit in the fifth, striking out two more. Drew then reached on an error with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. He stole second and took third on a wild pitch, but was stranded there.

Roberts took over pitching duties in the sixth and struck out the side, but a walk, a stolen base and a bloop hit pushed across another run for a 6-1 lead.

MWV got a two-out walk from Mosher in the sixth but he was stranded. Nate Howard had a two-out hit in the bottom of the seventh but he was stranded as well, giving North Country the 6-1 win.

The loss meant MWV had to return to New Durham on Sunday to take on Kingswood. This time the MWV squad brought its bats along for the ride.

Drew got the start on the hill and pitched around a hit and a walk in the top of the first. MWV then scored him five runs in the bottom of the inning.

Drew led off with a walk and stole second. He scored on a base hit by William Chick and after a passed ball, Eldridge reached on a fielder's choice and stole second. Roberts doubled home two runners for a 3-0 lead and took third on a wild pitch. After a walk to Casey Sandman, Roberts scored on a wild pitch for a 4-0 lead. Mosher walked, but Sandman was cut down in a pickoff between third and home. However, Mosher kept on running during the rundown and Kingswood tried to throw him out at third and the ball sailed into left field, allowing him to trot home with the fifth run of the inning.

Drew hit the first batter of the second, but worked around that, getting a nice catch from Garner in left to help get him out of the inning.

MWV pushed across a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. With one out, Drew walked and stole second and Chick walked and both runners stole. A groundout by Eldridge plated Drew and a Roberts double plated Chick to make it 7-0.

Drew pitched around a leadoff walk in the top of the third and MWV added three more runs in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Garner tripled and came home on a base hit by Jacob Remick. Drew followed with a base hit and the ball got away from the Kingswood leftfielder, allowing Remick to score. A throwing error on a stolen base try allowed Drew to come home with the 10th run of the game.

Drew again pitched around a hit batsman in the fourth, but MWV went in order for the first time in the bottom of the inning.

Roberts came on to pitch the fifth and needed to keep Kingswood off the board to end the game. With one out, he gave up a bloop hit, a stolen base, a sacrifice groundout and a walk, but he struck out the next hitter to end the game with a 10-0 win.

With the win, MWV returned to New Durham after deadline on Monday to take on Twin Rivers at 5:30 p.m. The tournament continued Tuesday and Wednesday, also at 5:30 p.m. in New Durham.

The MWV team is coached by Jim Eldridge, Rick Roberts and Rick West and the roster includes Frankie Drew, William Chick, Tyler Eldridge, Derek Roberts, Casey Sandman, Ben Garner, Christian Rivers, Jacob Remick, Dan Nash, Tyler Eaton, Nate Howard, Cam Kennedy, Jacob Cameron, Mike Mosher and Dillon Sanborn.

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