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Twin Rivers All-Stars split first two in tourney

Dahlton Fairbanks was dominating in the tournament opener for Twin Rivers, striking out 11 in five innings. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
July 11, 2011
NEW DURHAM — The Twin Rivers Babe Ruth All-Stars split the first two games of the District Five tournament over the weekend in New Durham.

The team got off to a good start, besting defending champion Kingswood by a 5-1 score to open the tournament on Friday, July 8, behind a dominating pitching performance from Dahlton Fairbanks.

Fairbanks struck out the first five Kingswood hitters and eight of the first nine. He struck out a total of 11 in five innings of work.

Brady Wentworth led off the top of the first with a base hit and stole second. Two outs later he stole third and when Bruce Burton reached on an error, Wentworth trotted home with the first run.

After Fairbanks struck out the side in the bottom of the first, his teammates plated another run in the top of the second.

Keegan Hanks led off with a triple and two outs later, Tyler Bain lined a base hit to make it 2-0. Wentworth reached on an error, but both runners were stranded.

Fairbanks set down the side in order in the second and after Twin Rivers went in order in the top of the third, he set the side down in order again in the bottom of the third, all on strikeouts.

Twin Rivers got a leadoff base hit from Hanks in the top of the fourth and a wild pitch moved him to second, but the Kingswood pitcher picked him off second to help get out of the inning.

Kingswood got its first hit of the game to open the bottom of the fourth, but Fairbanks struck out two more and pitched around a walk to get out of the inning.

Twin Rivers went in order in the fourth and Kingswood put two runners on again in the fifth, but they didn't score and the 2-0 score held up through five.

Anthony Webb led off the sixth with a base hit and took second on a wild pitch. He moved up on a groundout by Burton, but he was stranded at third base.

Kingswood got on board in the sixth against Burton, though the Twin Rivers hurler got out of trouble by striking out the final two batters with the tying run on third base.

Twin Rivers opened it up a bit in the top of the seventh. Nick McDonald reached on an error to open the inning and one out later, Riley Lineham moved him to second with a groundout. Wentworth was hit by a pitch and an error pushed across the third run. Anthony Talamini and Webb worked back-to-back walks and Burton lined a base hit to plate two runs and put Twin Rivers up 5-1.

Burton set down Kingswood in order in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win.

With the win, Twin Rivers returned to New Durham on Saturday to take on host Farmington.

Lineham got the start on the hill for Twin Rivers and gave up a run in the first, though catcher Buddy Hughes helped him out by gunning down a runner stealing third. Lineham also struck out two in the inning.

Wentworth opened the bottom of the first by reaching on an error and one out later, Hanks also reached on an error. One out later, Hughes worked a walk to load the bases, but Farmington got out of trouble on a fly ball to center, ending the inning.

Lineham gave up a two-out infield hit in the second, but struck out the side to avoid any trouble. Twin Rivers also went in order in the second.

A leadoff base hit for Farmington went for naught in the top of the third, as the runner was doubled off first on a fly ball to center.

Hanks had a two-out double in the bottom of the third, but he was left at second. After putting Farmington down in order in the top of the fourth, McDonald reached on a dropped third strike. However, he was gunned down trying to steal second.

Farmington opened up the game in the top of the fifth inning, plating three more runs to up the lead to 4-0 before Burton came on to close out the inning.

Twin Rivers went in order in the bottom of the fifth and Burton struck out the side in the top of the sixth, working around a walk. McDonald led off the bottom of the sixth being hit by a pitch, but he was gunned down at second trying to steal.

Both teams went in order in the seventh, giving Farmington the 4-0 win.

Twin Rivers returned to New Durham after deadline on Monday to take on Mount Washington Valley. If they won that game, the boys were back in action on Tuesday.

The Twin Rivers team was coached by Nate Bean and Gib Murphy and the roster included Brady Wentworth, Devin Basha, Johnathin Bailey, Bruce Burton, Nick Tapply, Keegan Hanks, Nick McDonald, Dahlton Fairbanks, Tyler Bain, Anthony Webb, Anthony Talamini, Riley Lineham, Buddy Hughes and Chaz Carey.

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