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NEW LONDON, CT-What started out on high noted ended with two straight defeats, as the OEC Lightning Junior Legion went 1-2 at the War at the Shore baseball tournament this past weekend.
Things got off to a good start as the Lightning opened up play with a 3-2 win. Colin Myrick and Shane Goodell alternated on the bump for the blue and white, and limited the CT Gamers to just two runs.
With the bases loaded and score knotted at 2-2, Ryan O'Donell's walk-off hit was the difference as the Lightning won the contest 3-2.
BARTONâ€“The baseball diamond in downtown Barton will be the site of the 2013 12-U Vermont State Cal Ripken Championship, starting on Friday July 5th.
Lake Region is the host team and North Country, despite losing in their district final, will also be at the tournament.
The other two teams will come from the Randolph area and Hartford.
Going into play on Friday, Lake Region has to be considered one of the favorites, as they reeled off three wins in a row to win the district tournament up here last weekend.
ORLEANS-The Orleans County Babe Ruth season came to a close on Saturday June 29, 2013 with LR 2 defeating LR 1 13 to 2.
LR 2 ended the season with an 8 game win streak to claim the title.
LR 1 outlasted a determined North Country squad, in a classic double elimination tournament that saw North Country win the first game, but LR 1 battled back to play in the championship game.
All local athletes did a tremendous job in the short season.
The regular season included games with the Lyndon Babe Ruth league, providing our youngsters the opportunity to compete on a larger stage.
BARTON-This past weekend, North Country and Lake Region completed the 12-U District Championship Tournament.
On Thursday, North Country took it to Lake Region, beating them 10-0 in four innings.
This put the pressure on Lake Region to defeat Northfield Saturday, then win back-to-back games over NC to take the title.
Lake Region cruised on Saturday, despite a change in venue to Barton due to the saturated field at Gardner Park and a one hour rain delay.
Solid pitching and timely hitting were the keys to the North Country 10 & Under All-Star teamâ€™s success at the Tournoi National in Drummondville from June 21st -23rd.
NC pitchers Jack Young, Bryce â€śGunneyâ€ť Gunn, David Lessard and Isaac Bliss combined to allow only five runs in four games to take home the championship banner.
For the full story, see the Express on 7-3-13.
NEWPORT-In what could only be called a shocker, North Country shut-out Lake Region in District Tournament play on Thursday.
Aidan Gariepy was dominant, getting the win for the maroon and blue.
His backstop Nick Bingham was a beast at the plate, driving in two runs in the third to break open what was a 2-0 game.
Oh, and he also yanked home as well.
With the win, North Country all but writes their ticket to the State Tournament.
Lake Region, who will be hosting States in Barton, already gets a bye into the Tourney.
NEWPORTâ€“With the sun shining bright, drying out a field that was soaked earlier in the day by rain, North Country amassed ten runs in the first four innings to defeat Lake Region 10-0 to advance to the Vermont State 10-U Cal Ripken Tournament.
David Lessard got the start for North Country, and he was on fire, striking out the first six batters he faced on twenty-nine pitches.
Lessard would get the offense started as well, drawing a first inning walk, stealing second and scoring on a double steal.
NEWPORTâ€“With a steady drizzle making playing conditions less than ideal, the North Country 12-U baseball team quickly and efficiently disposed of Northfield 10- in four innings on Tuesday evening.
Aidan Gariepy paced the maroon and blue, blasting a three-run home run in the first for the game winning runs, and then ended the game with an RBI single in the fourth.
Much like the day before, Vermont State Cal Ripken Commissioner Bernie Gonyaw opened the day with a ceremonial first pitch.
Then North Country went to work.
NEWPORTâ€“Isaac Bliss hit a two-run home run in the first inning and his teammates would score five more runs in the fifth inning, as North Country bested Lake Region 7-1 to kick off the 10-U district tournament on Monday.
After darkening skies threatened to post-pone the start of the tournament, the sun made an appearance for the duration of the game, and the two teams were able to get their game in.
Vermont State Cal Ripken Commissioner Bernie Gonyaw threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and after that it was game on.
NEWPORT-Orleans-Essex-Caledonia's Tyler Sanville drove home the game winning run in the 9th inning of the OEC v Franklin County Legion ball contest, allowing the home-county Kings to pick up a 7-6 win in their only scheduled appearance at Gardner Park.
Special thanks to Tammy LaCourse for the updates.
Looking ahead, the Kings will be in Burlington for a doubleheader on 6-23-13, and as info becomes available, it will be posted.
No details on Graciano's lower-body injury as of yet. For Kings' fans, hopefully it's not as bad as Bergeron's.