STAFF REPORT

WINOOSKI, Vt. — The Central Maine 14-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars played more small ball on Tuesday, rapping out 11 singles in an 11-1 win over Franklin County, Vt., in the New England regional.

“The kids ran the bases extremely well, and that was the difference in the game,” Central Maine coach Butch Cunningham said. “These kids don’t feel pressure. That’s what they thrive on.”

It was the third consecutive win for Central Maine, which lost to Cranston, R.I. on the opening day of the tournament. Central Maine will face Nashua, N.H. today, with the winner playing Pomperaug, Conn. in the championship round on Thursday.

Central Maine trailed early, allowing an unearned run in the second inning. Central Maine tied the game in the bottom of the third, then took the lead in the fourth. Central Maine broke the game open with three runs in the fifth inning and six runs in the sixth.

Jacob Trask and J.T. Nutting each scored two runs for Central Maine. Ben Frazee pitched five innings for the win, striking out six. Trask struck out one in one inning of relief.

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