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Plymouth 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

Nick Qualey got the start for Plymouth on Saturday morning, holding MWV scoreless through four innings. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 25, 2012
NORTH CONWAY — After opening the 10U District Eight Cal Ripken tournament with a 6-4 win over Suncook Valley, the Plymouth All-Stars dropped a 5-2 decision to Mount Washington Valley in a fantastic contest on Saturday morning, June 23.

The two teams battled through three scoreless innings before Plymouth got on the board in the fourth.

Nick Qualey got the start on the mound for Plymouth and worked around a double in the first inning. Plymouth promptly threatened in the bottom of the inning. Henry Green reached on an error to open the game and stole second, but he was erased when Qualey grounded into a 1-3-5 double play. Cole Johnston reached on an error and Cody Bannon had a base hit to put two runners on, but they were both stranded.

Adam Means reached on an error with one out in the bottom of the second, but he was gunned down stealing second to help get MWV out of the inning.

Plymouth threatened again in the bottom of the third after Qualey struck out a pair in the top of the inning. With one out, Green had a base hit and Qualey reached when his bunt was thrown away, but both runners were again stranded. Qualey worked around a base hit in the top of the fourth and he got some good defensive help from Johnston at second base to end the inning.

Plymouth finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out, Jack Corbeil had a base hit, with JC Gaumer taking over at first and stealing second. Means beat out an infield hit and Andrew Baxter doubled both runners home for a 2-0 lead, with Conner Greene taking over on the bases. Jared King walked and one out later, Qualey walked to load the bases, but all three runners were stranded.

Corbeil took over on the hill in the top of the fifth and MWV got to him for a pair of runs, taking advantage of an error and a couple of hits. However, great plays from Johnston at second and Bannon at shortstop helped get Plymouth out of the inning.

Bannon reached on an error to open the bottom of the fifth and stole second, but he was stranded and the game remained tied.

MWV took its first lead of the game in the top of the sixth inning, getting a couple of hits and an error in addition to a couple of wild pitches to take a 5-2 lead.

Plymouth couldn't rally in the bottom of the sixth, going in order to take the 5-2 loss.

Plymouth's second game of the day was against Farmington and Plymouth took a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning, but the game was suspended at that point due to weather and was to be made up first thing Sunday morning. Plymouth was able to hang on for the win on Sunday and then went on to beat Carroll County by a 9-0 score and then beat up on Kingswood to earn a rematch with MWV in the finals.

The tournament finals were slated to begin after deadline Monday evening in a best two-of-three series.

The Plymouth roster includes Henry Green, Nick Qualey, Cole Johnston, Cody Bannon, Ian Tryder, Jack Corbeil, Adam Means, Andrew Baxter, Jared King, Joe Cleary, JC Gaumer, Conner Greene and Charlie Comeau. The team is coached by Mike Bownes and assistants Brett Tryder and Aaron Comeau.

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

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