FARMINGTON — The battle between the final two undefeated teams at the 13-15-year-old New England Babe Ruth had a little bit of everything, including a delay when the lights went out and an ejected bat.

Trumbull, Conn., scored unearned runs in the top of the eighth inning to take an 8-5 win over Manchester, N.H. Trumbull, now 3-0, is off until Wednesday’s championship game. Manchester plays on Tuesday against the winner of today’s game between Braintree, Mass., and Leominster, Mass.

Manchester had two runners reach on errors in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the potential winning run was thrown out at the plate for the final out of the inning.

Play became a little chippy in the second inning. Manchester’s Nolan Flynn was called out at the plate when he ran over Trumbull catcher Tim Keckler rather than sliding. In the top of the third inning, Trumbull’s Colin Keyes slid hard into an unsuspecting Manchester catcher Aaron Mersereau when there was no play at the plate. Both teams were warned.

Later in the top of the third, after a Manchester complaint, Trumbull’s Chris Masi was called out for using an illegal bat, and Willy Valez, who scored on Masi’s sacrifice fly to center, was sent back to third base, but scored when Ryan Fritz singled one batter later.

The teams traded the lead through the middle innings, until Manchester tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth on a wild pitch.

Valez had three hits, scored three runs and drove in a pair.

For Mancheter, Peter Abood drove in two runs, one on a suicide squeeze in the second inning. Jacob Boylan also drove in two

Leominster, Mass. 7, Essex, Vt. 6: Cam Ruziak had three hits and scored two runs as Leominster

eliminated Essex from the 13-15 year old New England Babe Ruth tournament.

Leominster will face Braintree, Mass. At 5:30 p.m. Today.

Jay Valera scored two runs for Leominster, and Neil O’Connor added two hits and two runs.

Josh Baez and Joey Robertson each scored two runs for Essex.

13-year-old Babe Ruth New England Regional

NORWALK, Conn. — Jacob Trask hit a two-run single in the top of the sixth and J.T. Nutting worked out of a jam in the seventh to lift Central Maine past host Norwalk 3-2 in a 13-year-old Babe Ruth New England Regional game Saturday night.

“It was a terrific game,” Central Maine coach Butch Cunningham said.

With the teams tied 1-1 in the sixth, Trask hit a two-run single to give Central Maine the lead for good.

However, victory didn’t come easy.

Ben Frazee, who struck out five and earned the victory, put runners on second and third with no outs to open the bottom of the seventh.

Cunningham then turned to Nutting, who preserved the victory with a strikeout and a pair of groundouts.

Jared Cunningham, Frazee and Nutting also had hits for Central Maine, which plays Manchester, N.H., tonight at 7.

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