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Twin Rivers eliminated by MWV rally

BRUCE BURTON (right) hands the bat to Riley Lineham after a first inning out in action against MWV on July 11. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
July 18, 2011
NEW DURHAM — For much of the game against Mount Washington Valley on Monday, July 11, the Twin Rivers Babe Ruth All-Stars were in control.

However, Mount Washington Valley scored twice in the sixth and then plated the winning run in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the seventh to eliminate Twin Rivers from the District Five tournament.

Twin Rivers got on the board right away, as Brady Wentworth led off with a base hit and took second on an error. He stole third and then scored on a wild pitch for a 1-0 Twin Rivers lead. Bruce Burton and Nick McDonald worked two-out walks, but both were stranded to end the inning.

Dahlton Fairbanks got the start on the hill for the Twin Rivers kids and he allowed just one walk in the first two innings, while striking out three.

Twin Rivers increased its lead in the top of the third inning. With one out, Riley Lineham worked a walk and Keegan Hanks followed with a base hit. Burton grounded out, but an error allowed both runners to score for a 3-0 lead.

MWV finally got on the board against Fairbanks in the bottom of the third. After the first two batters struck out, a walk and a base hit, coupled with an error, allowed MWV to plate its first run of the game.

Fairbanks surrendered a base hit to open the bottom of the fourth and after a wild pitch and a sacrifice groundout, a pickoff error allowed the MWV runner to trot home with the second run, cutting the lead to 3-2.

Twin Rivers came right back and got one of the runs back. Wentworth reached on an error to open the top of the fifth, but he was gunned down stealing second. One out later, Hanks lined a base hit and Burton doubled him home to make it 4-2.

MWV put two runners on in the fifth, but a play at second base in which the MWV runner collided with the Twin Rivers second baseman, resulting in the runner being called out, got the team out of the inning.

Anthony Webb had a base hit in the top of the sixth, but he was stranded and MWV, down to the final six outs, finally came alive as Burton came on to pitch in the bottom of the sixth.

With one out, a double, a base hit and an error led to one run crossing the plate and one out later, a wild pitch allowed the tying run to cross the plate, evening the score at four.

Twin Rivers went quietly in the top of the seventh, but MWV did not do the same in the bottom of the inning.

The inning started with a bloop hit, but that runner was cut down on a grounder to short. Two stolen bases later, he stood at third. The next batter grounded to short and the runner broke for home. He was cut down at the plate, but the batter moved all the way to second. The next batter reached on an error to put two on and a base hit lined over shortstop brought home the winning run, eliminating Twin Rivers from the tournament.

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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