(Harrison ME) Central Maine captured the 2011 Babe Ruth (13-year-olds) state baseball championship at Harrison’s Field of Dreams on sunny Sunday afternoon.
The Hurricanes were easy, 13-2, winners over Coastal South in the final game. An additional game would have been called for if once-defeated Coastal South had won this game in the double-elimination tournament.
Unfortunately for Coastal South, their previous loss had been a 16-2 thumping by these same undefeated Central Mainers the day before. Things didn’t go much better the second time around.
Central Maine now moves on to the New England tournament which runs from July 30-August 4 in Norwalk (CT).
The tourney MVP was CM’s Ben Frazee from Fairfield. In the championship game he struck out eight, allowed just four hits, scored three runs, and had an RBI triple. That’s what being an MVP is all about!
The Hurricane’s broke open a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the second with six severely tainted runs. CS pitcher John Parker was victimized by five errors behind him in the infield. Only a self-protecting catch of a liner right at him saved John from giving up even more runs.
Now down, 7-1, the Coastal Southerners had a promising third inning started after two walks and an RBI double by Zach Meggison but Ben Frazee struck out John Parker and Andrew LaCavera to end the threat.
Central Maine benefited from two more CS errors (they had nine in the game) in the bottom of the 4th to gather five more runs and put CS into mercy rule territory with a 13-2 lead.
Coastal South had an answering double in the do-or-die top of the fifth, from John Parker but nothing else. First baseman Nick Mayo’s unassisted handling of Paul Cressey’s third-out grounder sealed the deal for Central Maine.
John Parker had two of CS’s four hits.
Third baseman Trevor Gettig of Central Maine had three hits and three stolen bases.
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(Mistakes happen in game stories. I apologize in advance.)