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Central Maine still undefeated after 12-2 win over Somerset in the Babe Ruth 13-year-old state tournament

Central Maine pitcher Ben Smith is all smiles after pitching a 5-inning three hitter against Somerset.

Central Maine will try to win another title on Sunday night.

(Harrison ME)  Central Maine made it look easy.

The Owls were mercy rule winners over Somerset, 12-2, in 4 ½ innings on Friday night in the Babe Ruth 13-year-old’s state baseball tournament at RADR Field in Harrison.

CM is now the lone undefeated team and will have a chance to win another title (they won last year) with one more victory on Sunday.  This is a double elimination tournament so even if the team from Waterville/Winslow should lose the 4PM game they would have a second chance in the 7PM game that night.

Central Maine was solid in all facets of the game.

You want pitching?  Ben Smith pitched a three-hitter and struck out four.

Looking for defense?  CM’s defense committed no errors and nearly turned an infield double play.

Sam Bell slides in with the second Central Maine run.

How about offense?  CM was held hitless by Will Stinson in the 4th inning but in the first three innings they punched out thirteen hits and ran wild on the bases.

The Owls had three hits in the first inning.  Connor Garland’s double delivered two of the three first inning tallies.

Things got worse in the second for Somerset.  CM went walk, single, single, single before Somerset starter Kyle Dugas was replaced with his team trailing 5-0 and the bases loaded with Owls.  CM added four more runs off of reliever Mitch Jarvis to run their advantage to 9-0 after two innings.

Somerset scored its only runs in the third.  They loaded the bases with one out and got their first run on Dustin Crawford’s fielder’s choice.  Brendan Curran would later score on a wild pitch by Ben Smith.

Andrew Rodrigue gets tagged out at third after tripping over second base.

CM built their margin to ten runs in the third inning.  Three straight hits followed by a sacrifice fly (Connor Garland) and a double (Andrew Rodrigue) did most of the damage.  Andrew was thrown out at third after he tripped going around second.

Andrew paced the CM hitting attack with three hits.  Connor Garland drove in three runs.  Brandon Nale, Ben Smith, Sam Bell, and Curtis Martin had two hits apiece at the top of the Central Maine batting order.

Mike Berry, Will Stinson, and Mason Oakes had the hits for Somerset.

Isaac Witham was hit by a pitch in the third inning and never returned.

Somerset falls into the loser’s bracket and will be back in action Saturday night (7PM).  A win there will get them a rematch with Central Maine on Sunday afternoon (4PM).

(All of the pictures above and below enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Sam Bell scores on a wild pitch as Mitch Jarvis watches

Brendan Curran sets to apply the tag

ball loose on a play at second

Brendan Curran slides safely into second

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Central Maine Defeats Coastal South 13-2 to Capture Babe Ruth Title

Central Maine – 2011 Maine Babe Ruth state champs

(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).

Ben Frazee of Central Maine gets the well-deserved MVP trophy.

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.

I am not a professional photographer.  If anyone has an interest in the pictures included here I will be glad to email them to you.

(Mistakes happen in game stories.  I apologize in advance.)

Central Maine hoists the championship plaque.





Central Maine watches as Coastal South gets medals.

post-game handshakes

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