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Exuberance-Anticipation-Anxiety-Frustration-Disappointment … These are the words which describe the roller coaster ride of emotions which the 10 year old All Stars from West Warwick felt over the course of the 2008 Ten Year Old New England Regional this past week. West Warwick, which lost last year’s Nine Year Old New England Championship to New Milford (Connecticut), were in position to do something that no other Rhode Island Cal Ripken (formerly known as the Bambino Division of Babe Ruth Baseball) team had ever done – advance to a World Series. West Warwick, however, saw their hopes come to a disappointing end when a talented and determined nine from New Canaan, Connecticut bounced back from an earlier loss to West Warwick (Tuesday) and won three consecutive games, including two games on Saturday against West Warwick to advance to the Ten Year Old World Series in Abbeville, Louisiana (August 7th – 15th).
Although West Warwick came up short in their bid to become the first Rhode Island team to travel to a World Series, this group of All Stars keeps improving year to year. During the past two years, the majority of this group has gone 19-5 in district, state, and regional play. Four of those five losses have come at the hands of New Milford and New Canaan of Connecticut. After a week of pondering of what could have been, the core of this group will start thinking of next year’s Eleven Year Old New England Regional which will be held in Waterville, Maine.
New Canaan, Connecticut 6 West Warwick, R.I. 2
Led by the timely hitting of Zach Smith and Zach Allen, New Canaan held off a late sixth inning West Warwick rally and advanced to the 2008 Ten Year Old Cal Ripken World Series with a 6-2 victory.
Zach Allen, the tournament Most Valuable Player, continued where he left off in game one, by shutting out West Warwick on one hit while striking out three in the first three innings of the game. Allen (5-1 in the tournament) struck out 25 batters and gave up only five earned runs on seven hits in 17 innings of work. In his nine innings of work against West Warwick, he allowed only two runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out 14.
Matt Grenier, who earned a victory against New Canaan on Tuesday night, pitched well for West Warwick. In five innings of work, the right hander allowed no earned runs on five hits while striking out seven. Grenier (2-1 in the tournament) struck out 18 batters and gave up only one earned run on eight hits in 11 innings of work. In his nine innings of work against New Canaan, he limited their potent offense to seven runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out 15.
During the first two innings of play, the game remained scoreless with both Allen and Grenier giving up one hit a piece.
In the bottom of the third inning, New Canaan made the most of their opportunities and took a 2-0 lead on one timely bloop hit, one walk, and one error. Colin Tiller led off with walk, advanced to second on an error, and reached third on a passed ball. With runners at second (Kyle Levasseur) and third (Tiller), Grenier struck out Zach Allen and got Alex LaPolice to pop up to first baseman, Tyler Boisclair, for the second out of the inning. With two outs and two runners in scoring position, Zach Smith, who had robbed Grenier of an extra base hit in the top of the third inning on a catch at the fence in center field with one out and a runner at second base, blooped a two run single which fell in front of a charging West Warwick outfielder for a 2-0 lead. After surrounding the two out single, Grenier struck out the next batter to end the inning.
After reliever David Giusti retired West Warwick on ten pitches in a 1-2-3 top of the fourth inning, New Canaan broke the game open with four runs on two hits, one error, and one walk after two outs were made in the bottom half of the inning. After Giusti reached first on a two out error, Harry Molloy fouled off two pitches before reaching first base on a base on balls. Kyle Levasseur, then, hit a bloop single to center which scored Giusti. Next, Zach Allen, who had struck out three times in four previous at bats against Grenier, got the better of the West Warwick ace by sending a 1-1 pitch over the fence in left center for a three run home run and a 6-0 lead.
In the top of the sixth inning, West Warwick scored two runs on consecutive hits by Matt Grenier (single), Tyler Boisclair (single), and Trevor Lawton (two run single). Giusti, however, retired the next three batters on groundouts and secured a trip to Abbeville, Louisiana for New Canaan.
Offensively for West Warwick, they received contributions from Grenier (1 for 2), Boisclair (1 for 3), one run scored), Lawton (1 for 3, 2 r.b.i.’s), Mitchell Moore (1 for 3), and Mike Pellerin (1 for 1).
New Canaan received hits from Kyle Levasseur (1 for 3, two runs scored and 1 r.b.i.), Zach Allen (1 for 3, one home run and 3 r.b.i.’s), Zach Smith (2 for 3, 2 r.b.i.’s), and Thomas Williams (1 for 3).
New Canaan, Connecticut 11 South Weymouth, Massachusetts 6
Led by an eleven hit attack (seven singles, two doubles, one triple, and one home run), the Connecticut 10 year old State Champions advanced to the New England Regional Championship with an 11-6 victory over South Weymouth (Eastern Massachusetts Champion). The win, which took three days (suspended game after three innings on Wednesday) to get, sets up a rematch between New Canaan and West Warwick (Rhode Island State Champions).
Although South Weymouth jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a double by Alex Rosario and a sacrifice bunt by Jason Davern, New Canaan scored seven runs on six hits (Kyle Levasseur - double, Zach Allen - single, Alex LaPolice - r.b.i. double, Zach Smith - single, Justin Clark - two run single, and Harry Molloy - r.b.i. single).
After starter Zach Allen retired the side in order in the top of the second inning, Alex LaPolice put New Canaan ahead, 9-2, with a home run in the bottom half of the inning.
In the bottom of the third inning, New Canaan pulled away by scoring two more runs on on an error, walk, an r.b.i. single by Zach Allen.
In the the top of the fifth inning, South Weymouth cut the lead to 11-6 on hits by Eric Keefe (single), Alex Rosario (single), Brandon Umano (r.b.i. double), Neal Vittelo (r.b.i. double), and Chris Flipp (r.b.i. single).
Unfortunately for the Eastern Massachusetts Champions, New Canaan's Thomas Williams settled in and allowed only one hit the top of the sixth inning.
Offensively, New Canaan received contributions form Colin Tiller (run scored), Kyle Levasseur (2 for 2, one double and one triple), Liam Lisec (two walks and one run scored), Zach Allen (2 for 3, two run scored), Alex LaPolice ( 2 for 4, double, home run, and two runs scored), Zach Smith (1 for 4, on run scored), Justin Clark (2 for 4, one run scored), Harry Molloy (single and run scored), Jimmy Fahey (run scored), and David Guisti (1 for 2).
Offensively, South Weymouth was led by Eric Keefe (2 for 3, two runs scored), Alex Rosario (2 for 3, one double, two runs scored), Brandon Umano (1 for 4, double and one run scored), Neal Vittelo (1 for 1, one double, two walks, and one run scored), and Chris Flipp (1 for 3).
South Weymouth, Mass. 6 Messalonskee, Maine 2
The 10 year old All Stars from South Weymouth (Eastern Massachusetts) continue to give their fans and many onlookers of the New England Regional a strong display of sportsmanship, enthusiasm, and hard play. In South Weymouth's latest victory, their third of the tournament, they defeated a tough Messalonskee (Maine) nine, 6-2. South Weymouth's victory moves them into the Loser's Bracket Final against New Canaan, Connecticut with winner playing West Warwick (Rhode Island) for the New England Regional Championship.
Last night, South Weymouth took little time in jumping ahead with one run in the bottom of the first inning on consecutive hits by Eric Keefe, Alex Rosario, and Brian Urmano.
In the bottom of the third inning, South Weymouth went up 2-0 when Brain Urmano singled, stole second, and scored on an error.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, South Weymouth broke open the game with four runs one error, one hit batsman, and three hits by Matt Coleman (double), Mike Connelly (single), and Eric Keefe (single).
Although Messalonskee scored two unearned runs (Jared Cunningham adn Jon Wilkie) in the top of the fifth inning, reliever Chris Flipp ended the game by inducing three groundouts in the top of the sixth inning.
For South Weymouth, Brian Umano, who picked up his second victory of the tournament, allowed no runs on four scattered hits in four innings of work.
Offensively, South Weymouth received contributions from Eric Keefe (2 for 3, two runs scored), Alex Rosario (1 for 2, one run scored), Brian Umano (2 for 3, one run scored), Matt Coleman (2 for 3, one double and one run scored), Mike Connelly (1 for 3), and Matt Long (single).
Messalonskee received hits from Jared Cunningham (1 for 4, one run scored), Jon Wilkie (1 for 4, one run scored), Nick Mayo (2 for 4), Dylan Burton (1 for 3), and Noah Caret (2 for 2).
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