Win a close 5-4 game to advance to semi-finals in New England Regionals.
The Lebanon 12U All-Stars managed through a push by Waterville, ME in the second inning, and won 5-4 on Wednesday, July 18 in the quarterfinals of the New England 12U 60’ Cal Ripken Regional tournament.
Lebanon was first on the board in the first inning when Zachary Aldrich scored the first run of the game on a stolen base. A few plays later, Bennett Hewett singled on a ground ball to center field, and Dominic Petkus scored on the throw. At the end of one inning, Lebanon was in the lead 2-0.
The second inning rally by Waterville was led by several well-placed hits, and assisted by a few errors and walks by Lebanon. Waterville had scored four runs, and had bases loaded, when a line drive headed back to the mound and hit pitcher Zach Thompson before he got it to catcher Cayden Van Dolah for the force out at home. The bases remained loaded, but Lebanon ended the Waterville push with a groundout.
Lebanon didn’t give up and ended the second inning 4-4. Zach Gaudet doubled on a line drive to right field, which scored Zach Thompson. Bodie Benoit hit a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Zach Gaudet to tie things up.
Lebanon took the lead for good with a solo home run from Bennett Hewett in the third inning.
Bennett Hewett earned the victory on the mound for Lebanon. He allowed three hits and zero runs over the final three innings, striking out six and walking zero. Zach Thompson started the game for Lebanon. He lasted three innings, allowing three hits and four runs while striking out two. Gage H took the loss for Waterville. He allowed three hits and five runs over three and two-thirds innings, striking out seven.
Hits: Bennett Hewett (2); Zach Gaudet (1).
RBI: Bennett Hewett (2); Bodie Benoit, Zach Gaudet (1).
Runs: Zachary Aldrich, Zach Gaudet, Bennett Hewett, Dominic Petkus, Zach Thompson (1).
The team congratulates Bennett Hewett at the plate after his solo home run that ended up being the winning run. Bennett collected his home run and Player of the Game pins at the end of the game.
The Lebanon squad now moves into the semi-finals of the New England Regional Tournament, and is one of the top four 12U 60’ Cal Ripken teams in New England. They will take on the Rhode Island state champs Washington Park tonight at 5:30 PM. The winner of this game will play the winner of the other semi-final game (Ashburnham, MA/Andy Valley, ME) in the New England Regional Championship on Friday, July 20 at noon.
Thanks to Troy Shareiko for sharing the great photos, and to the team for sharing their GameChanger stats and game recaps for me to work with.
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