Staff Report

WESTFIELD, Mass. — Despite pounding out 17 hits, the Central Maine Babe Ruth 13-year old all-stars were eliminated from the New England tournament Saturday, falling 11-8 to Marblehead, Mass.

“It definitely a good experience. It wasn’t our best defensive day, but we still hit the ball,” coach Tom Bell said. “They’re good ballplayers.”

Five Central Maine errors helped Marblehead erase an early 6-0 deficit. Central Maine scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, and four more in the second, but Marblehead answered with three runs in the second, three in the third, and three more in the fourth. Drew Whittier’s two-run double in the fourth gave Marblehead the lead for good.

Chase Duguay had a pair of doubles for Central Maine, while Sam Bell also doubled. Ben Smith tripled for Central Maine.

“I think the experience is just going to help these guys prepare for next season. They realize they can play with the best in New England,” Coach Bell said.

New England 14-year-old Babe Ruth tournament

WINOOSKI, Vt. — In a rematch of the 13-year-old championship game from last year, Cranston, R.I. scored five runs in the second inning on the way to a 9-6 win over Central Maine in the New England 14-year-old tournament.

Central Maine will face Dedham, Mass. in an elimination game today at 9 a.m.

Central Maine coach Butch Cunningham protested the game in the second inning, when a Cranston player used an illegal composite bat. The player was called out, and the bat was removed from the game, but a run that scored on the base hit was allowed to stand, Cunningham said.

Dan Pooler had three hits for Central Maine. Ben Frazee also had three hits, including a two-run home run.

Junior Legion

Lewiston 4, Somerset 2: Trey Michonski pitched no-hit ball for four innings before being relieved in Somerset’s loss to Lewiston.

Colt Bernier hit a triple to drive in the game-tying run in a three-run sixth inning for Lewiston (12-5).

Tri-Town 10, Somerset 4: D.J. Allen hit two home runs in and drove in three runs in Somerset’s loss in Minot.

Caleb Bridgham had two singles and Jacob Simard a double for Tri-Town (15-3).

Trey Michonski had a double for Somerset (9-9).

Post 14 8, Smith-Tobey 2: Brandon Hallee had a two-run double and Patrick Breton pitched a complete game as Post 14 won in Fairfield.

Breton allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out eight and walking one for Post 14 (14-3). Joe Leclair added a two-run single, while Cole Robinson had an RBI double.

Smith-Tobey falls to 7-10.

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