Friday, July 1, 2011

Babe Ruth- Howland 13 Dexter 6

Dexter--- A.J. MacEachern had three hits, three RBI and four runs scored to lead the Howland Babe Ruth team to a 13-6 victory over Dexter on Friday afternoon.

"A.J. leads off most of the time," Howland Coach Keith Libby said. "We were short handed. Two of the older kids were not here. The young kids stepped up and played well."

Dexter got the scoring started. Trevor Fogarty and Jacob Sinclair both drew walks to start off the bottom of the first inning. Both came around to score on a Howland error. The inning could of been worse for Howland. Dexter had a chance to score a third run but Ethan Gould was thrown out at the plate.

Jordan Smith started off the Howland second inning with a double. Thomas Spencer hit a single that sent Smith home for the first Howland run. Spencer reached base four times and had three hits. The entire Howland batting order produced.   The six through eight hitters in the order really produced. They combined to reach base 11 times and they had six hits including the three by Spencer.

"Everyone hit, up and down the lineup," Libby said. "The younger kids hit. Six, seven and eight got six or seven hits."

MacEachern and Cory Worcester each hit a single to start off the Howland third inning.  MacEachern came into score on a Griffin Libby ground out. Howland would take the lead when Worcester scored on a wild pitch. They would hold the lead the rest of the way.

Howland had a 6-5 lead after four innings.  Alex Thompson, Austin Clements and Spencer each hit singles during the fifth inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, MacEachern ripped a triple that scored all three runners.  They would add one more run during the inning to take a 10-5 lead.

All nine hitters in the Howland (3-0) lineup had at least one hit.  They had ten stolen bases as a team. Worcester led the way with three stolen bases. Five Howland pitchers combined to allow two hits and 13 walks.

Bailey Spack and Chandler Perkins had the hits for Dexter (0-1).. Coach Chad Graffam has 21 players on his roster. Graffam has a different obligation than he does when he coaches the Dexter Tigers varsity baseball team.

"I feel obligated to play everyone," Graffam said. "To me this setting isn't about winning or losing. If I wanted to win I could of threw two other pitchers that could of kept us in the game. I want to make sure these kids have fun, they get interested and keep playing. If I play five or six and mix in five or six other ones I am going to lose ten. I don't want to do that.

Graffam added, "We have 21 kids on the roster. 15 of them are 8th grade or less right now. Some of them are going to be in coming freshmen. 15 out of 21 played at the middle school level. I won't do mass substitutions. I will  integrate them now. I will put them in at spots. Some kids won't play as much but everyone will play."

American Legion- Hampden 16 Penquis 13

By Sharon Crawford

It took almost 3 hours under the lights in Hampden for Hampden (8-4) to get a win over Penquis 16-13.

Penquis (1-8) started the scoring in the first when Josiah Richard hit a single then scored when Brandon Spratt followed with a double. They wouldn't score again until the 6th inning.

Hampden followed with 4 runs in the first. Reid Mcginley started with a base hit and a couple walks later he stole home. Then Kevin Frederick had a hit that brought in 2 runs. They added 3 in the second and 1 in the 3rd.

Down 8-1 going into the 6th inning Penquis sent 16 batters to the plate and scored 11 runs with 7 hits to make the score 12-8. Ryan Rebar and Josiah Richard each had 2 singles in the inning. Rebar was 4 for 5 and J. Richard was 3 for 5 in the game.

When Hampden took their turn in the 6th they had 8 hits and 8 runs from the 12 batters they sent. Justin Amoroso had 2 singles and 3 players had doubles in the inning.

Both teams play again Saturday at noon. Penquis is traveling to Brewer for a doubleheader and Hampden is going to Lincoln.

Penquis 1/2 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0 11/7 1/0
Hampden 4/2 3/3 1/1 0/1 0/0 8/8 x/x

Penquis 13 runs, 10 hits no errors 4 left
Hampden 16 runs, 15 hits 1 error 7 left

Penquis Lord, Jordan, Weymouth, J, Richard
Hampden Will Perkins, Patrick Later, Evan Kingsbury