LITTLE LEAGUE REGIONAL ROUNDUP: Maine's offense comes alive to beat Vermont

Published on Sunday, 6 August 2017 23:16
Written by Dan Orencole and DAVID GLOVACH

STAFF WRITERs

BRISTOL - Coming into the last inning of play down 5-2, Maine’s offense came alive and put up a huge sixth inning, scoring seven runs en route to a 9-7 victory against Vermont on Sunday in the first game of the New England Regional.

Andrew Heffernan sparked the sixth inning rally for Maine with a two-run shot that drove in Matthew Fogg after he forced a walk.

Vermont’s Andrew Goodrich was charged with five earned runs and could not register an out while pitching. He received the loss. For Maine, Nolan Hobbs earned the win. Hobbs was strong through five innings and allowed three runs while striking out one batter.

The run production from Maine was a team effort as six different players recorded an RBI in the contest. Heffernan, Carson Blake and Matthew Fogg each had a pair of runs driven in on the day.

For Vermont, Josh Brown and Kyle Lozier drove in two runs each. Brown was 2-for-3 in the game and Lozier finished 1-for-2.

With the win, Maine will draw Connecticut in the second round on Monday at 1 p.m. Vermont will face the loser of Monday’s game between Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

New Hampshire 13, Rhode Island 0: Aiden O’Connell and Ryan Cote combined to pitch a four-inning shutout for New Hampshire.

O’Connell threw 3 1/3 innings, giving up just three hits and struck out six. He only walked one batter.

Cote, meanwhile, provided his starting pitcher with plenty of run support. He went 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run, five RBI and two runs scored.

Nathan Innerfield, Brayden Hollinrake and Ryan Strand each drove in two runs, while Jake Webber added an RBI.

New Jersey 16, Washington, D.C. 6: R.J. Vashey led the way with five runs driven in for New Jersey in the opening game of the Mid-Atlantic Regional on Sunday.

J.R. Osmond and Garrett Drew each had a home run in the game for New Jersey.

Dean Daddio had a strong start for New Jersey. He pitched 2 2/3 innings and did not walk a batter. Daddio allowed one earned run on three hits and recorded one strikeout.

D.C.’s lineup finished the game 7-for-18 and had a five-run fourth inning, but the five runs were not enough to continue the game as mercy rule was in place.

Andrew Catron hit a homer for D.C.

With the victory, New Jersey advances to face New York on Monday at 10 a.m. D.C. will await the loser of Monday’s game between Pennsylvania and Maryland.



Posted in The Bristol Press, General Sports on Sunday, 6 August 2017 23:16. Updated: Sunday, 6 August 2017 23:19.