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GLOVERâ€“After winning their first game on Friday against Connecticut Valley 13-3, the Lake Region 10-U's lost their next two games to bow out of the 2012 Cal Ripken 10-U Tournament.
Friday's game featured Parker Perron on the mound, and the youngster went the distance, pitching a gem for the home town team.
Saturday was a different story.
In the early game, under a bright and sunny sky, Manchester got to pitcher Jack King early, knocking in ten runs in the first three innings.
Perron, this time playing behind the dish, had another strong game, including throwing out two runners to end the third inning.
In the fourth, Asom Hayman-Jones came in and shut down Manchester, and the team scored a run in the frame when Braydon Leach drove in Aiden Maher, but it was not enough as the boys in green held on for the 10-1 win.
Game two featured a rematch between CV and LR, and this one was a doozy.
The two teams battled into extra innings, but there would be no championship berth this time around as Connecticut Valley took the game in the tenth 8-6.
"It was a heck of a game for these young athletes," said coach Jethro Hayman.
"The scratched and clawed, and we had the winning run on second or third in each of the extra innings, but the other team made some fantastic plays.
"We played 16 innings on Saturday and we just ran out of pitching."
Looking at who who was available on Saturday as far as Lake Region's top three hurlers goes, it broke down like this:
In game one King and Hayman-Jones each had six innings to give while Perron was out.
In game two, Hayman-Jones and King had three innings and Perron had six, leaving a total of twelve.
They used up ten.
Had the team made it to Sunday, they would have had to play two games to win State's and the arms would have been gassed.
Said Hayman, "These guys played with a lot of heart, we kept coming back, but we just couldn't score."
As for the North Country team, they lost their first game against Manchester, and forfeited their second game against Connecticut Valley, going 0-2 in tournament play.
There are some talented ball players on the Lake Region, and North Country squads, so expect to hear about them in the future as they grow and mature as athletes