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Red Sox outlast Cubs for Major League championship

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

THE RED SOX celebrate their Major League championship on June 18. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 25, 2012
WOLFEBORO — The Red Sox and Cubs are no strangers to the Kingswood Cal Ripken Major League championship game.

The two teams have battled in a number of title games over the last few years and this year was no different, as the two teams went back and forth in a slugfest before the Red Sox prevailed with an 11-7 win on Monday, June 18.

Sam Danais got the start on the hill for the Red Sox and Wyatt Parsons was the Cubs' starting pitcher and both hurlers ran into a little trouble in the first inning.

Danais got the first two outs in the top of the first quickly, but a walk from Russell Lucia and a double by Connor Nelson gave the Cubs a quick 1-0 lead. Parsons followed with a base hit to make it 2-0 before the Red Sox ever strode to the plate.

However, the Sox didn't waste much time eliminating that lead, as they scored four times in the bottom of the first inning.

Josh Duntley started the inning with a double and Bryton Clifford reached on a fielder's choice. Danais reached on an error to load the bases and the Sox pushed a run across when Jack Saunders reached on an error. Nick Duntley followed with a base hit to bring home the tying run and Max Gilpatrick reached on an error, which allowed two more runs to score, giving the Sox a 4-2 lead. A wild pitch made it 5-2 before Parsons settled down and struck out two and got a pop up to short to get out of the inning.

The Cubs answered in the top of the second. Wade Cyr doubled and a base hit from Corbin Tinker pushed him home to make it 5-3. A nice play from Josh Duntley at second base helped get the Sox out of the inning.

Chase Bailey had a great catch in right field for the Cubs in the bottom of the second inning, but base hits from Josh Duntley and Danais did push a run across in the inning for a 6-3 lead.

Clifford took over on the hill in the third for the Red Sox and with one out he walked Nelson. Parsons reached on an error and a walk to Cameron MacDonald loaded the bases. A base hit by Cyr plated one run and a base hit by Greg Dubuc plated another and the lead was cut to 6-5. However, MacDonald was cut down at the plate to keep the game from being tied and the Sox added a run in the bottom of the inning.

With Cyr on the hill for the Cubs, a walk to Nick Duntley got the inning started. He advanced on wild pitches and after two strikeouts, scampered home on a wild pitch for a 7-5 lead.

The Cubs cut into the lead again in the top of the fourth. Robbie DoCarmo started the inning with a triple down the left field line and a base hit by Bailey allowed him to score, though Bailey was gunned down at third. Lucia followed with a base hit that would've tied the game, but a nice play from Nick Duntley at third base helped the Sox get out of the inning.

The Red Sox then added four runs in the bottom of the fourth to open the game up a bit. Zac Yeaton was hit by a pitch to open the inning and scored on a double by Josh Duntley. After Clifford and Danais walked, a wild pitch made it 9-6. One out later, Nick Duntley grounded out, plating another run and Gilpatrick beat out an infield hit for an 11-6 lead.

Saunders took over on the hill for the Red Sox in the top of the fifth and gave up a leadoff infield hit to Parsons. However, Danais gunned him down trying to steal second. Cyr followed with a base hit, but he was stranded on first.

The Sox went in order in the bottom of the fifth, with Nelson making a nice catch in center to end the inning and the Cubs were able to add a run in the top of the sixth. Tinker was hit by a pitch and two outs later, a base hit by Bailey moved him to third and he scored on a wild pitch. However, Saunders got the next batter on a strikeout to end the game, giving the Red Sox the 11-7 win and the Major League championship.

The Major League runner-up Cubs were coached by Russ Lucia, Joe Grasso and Jack Parsons and the roster includes Robbie DoCarmo, Chase Bailey, Russell Lucia, Connor Nelson, Wyatt Parson, Cameron MacDonald, Wade Cyr, Greg Dubuc, Corbin Tinker ad Nick Dewitt.

The Major League champion Red Sox are coached by Mark Saunders, Mike Danais and Rick Skelley and the roster includes Josh Duntley, Nick Duntley, Bryton Clifford, Zac Yeaton, Jack Saunders, Sam Danais, Burke Ruel, Erick Skelley, Max Gilpatrick, James Donovan and Nathan Klingensmith.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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