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MWV 10U team advances to district finals


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

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NATE GRAMES fires to first after fielding the ball during action June 23. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 25, 2012
NORTH CONWAY — The Mount Washington Valley 10U All-Stars opened the District Eight Cal Ripken tournament with a couple of impressive wins at Whitaker Field and kept momentum going throughout the round-robin portion of the tournament.

On Friday, June 22, MWV knocked off Carroll County by an 11-0 score and then returned early on Saturday, June 23, to take on Plymouth.

MWV got a two-out double from Nate Grames in the top of the first inning. However, he was stranded at third after a stolen base and Plymouth came right out and threatened against Grames in the bottom of the first.

A pair of errors and a base hit put Plymouth runners on base in the frame, but a strikeout and a 1-3-5 double play turned by Grames, Derek Dascoulias and Justin Olson helped keep Plymouth off the scoreboard.

The two teams continued the scoreless baseball through the third inning. Grames worked around an error in the bottom of the second, with Braeden Bailey gunning down a runner stealing second base to help his pitcher out. He also worked around a hit and error in the bottom of the third inning.

MWV got a two-out base hit from Dascoulias in the top of the fourth, but he was stranded and Plymouth finally broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the inning, as a base hit, an infield hit and a double produced two runs. However, Grames got a pair of strikeouts to get out of the inning and MWV answered in the top of the fifth.

Chase Spencer led off with a double and Ethan Ouellette reached on an error. Will Eaton then followed with a base hit to plate both runners. Olson also reached on an error, but Plymouth made a couple of solid defensive plays to get out of the inning.

Ouellette took over on the mound in the bottom of the fifth and worked around a couple of errors. Olson at third and Eaton in right helped out with solid defensive plays.

MWV then took the lead in the top of the sixth. With one out, Chet Johnston beat out an infield hit and Spencer reached on an error. Ouellette then doubled both runners home for a 4-2 lead. One out later, he scored on a wild pitch to up the lead to 5-2. Parker Coleman walked, Bailey reached on an error and Olson beat out an infield hit to load the bases again, but all three were stranded and Plymouth took to the plate one last time hoping to extend the game.

However, Ouellette got the side in order in the bottom of the inning for the 5-2 win for MWV.

The team got a start on its second game of the day against Kingswood later in the afternoon, but that game was called after an inning due to rain and was moved to Sunday.

On Sunday, the busy MWV squad defeated Farmington 13-0, beat Suncook Valley by a 10-0 score and defeated Kingswood by an 11-1 tally.

MWV advanced to the championship round, which was held after deadline Monday. In that round they faced off with Plymouth.

The MWV roster includes Braeden Bailey, Justin Olson, Nate Grames, Derek Dascoulias, Chet Johnston, Chase Spencer, Ethan Ouellette, William Eaton, Noah Barrows, Dominic Jones, Parker Coleman, Evan Dascoulias, Ryan Lund and Shane Johnston. The team is coached by Mike DiGregorio and assistants Doc Walker and Brad Grames.

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

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