(Harrison ME) Gorham defeated Mount Washington Valley, 2-1, to take the 27th Larry Carter Invitational Baseball Tournament (9-12 year olds) at RADR Field on Monday night.
Gorham picked up the first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth but MWV (first time in the tourney) came back to tie things in the top of the fifth. Gorham pushed across the game-winner in the bottom of the fifth.
Pitching dominated in this one. The two teams combined for only seven hits.
Kyle King, Steve Klatt, and Ben Nelson struck out eleven MWV batters.
Gorham (tournament champs in 2006) got on the board first in the fourth. They put runners (Mike Evans and Tyler Marston) on first and third with one out. Tyler then broke for second drawing a throw and Mike was able to race home ahead of the throw.
Two batters later Gorham had the same first-and-third setup again. This time, however, the throw back to MWV catcher Mike Seavey from shortstop Ethan Robitaille nailed Tyler Marston breaking from third for the final out.
MWV retaliated with a run of their own in the fifth. Speedy Brett Miller tripled into the gap in right center and scored on a passed ball by Gorham catcher Brogan McDonald.
Gorham won the championship in the bottom of the fifth. Ben Nelson tripled down the rightfield line and scored on Kyle King’s RBI single off MWV pitcher Jack Johnston’s leg. A batter earlier, Trevor Gray had hit a liner back at Jack which he caught protecting the 1-1 tie for the moment. Jack wasn’t as fortunate with Kyle’s hard-hit grounder and Ben was able to cross home with the eventual game-winner.
Gorham’s Ben Nelson came on in the final inning (sixth) to retire the three batters he faced. The game ended with a deflection off third baseman Trevor Gray that went to shortstop Kyle King who threw the runner out at first.
Steve Klatt pitched the fifth inning to get the win for Gorham.
Ben Nelson, Kyle King, and Trevor Loubier had Gorham’s hits.
Jack Johnston, Jameson Goff, Michael Seavey, and Brett Miller had hits for Mount Washington Valley.
MWV had chances in the second (two runners on) and the third (Chet Johnston reached third) but came up empty.
MWV saved a run in the Gorham third when second baseman Caleb McPherson somehow got the ball to shortstop Ethan Robitaille to end the inning with a force out.
Plenty of threatening clouds as the game wound down but no rain came. The awards ceremony and the usual picture taking went off dryly.
Director Larry Carter let groundskeeper Rick Jennings hand out the championship trophy.
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