Manchester youth baseball wins Cal Ripken titles
The U-12 team, coached by Tom Deck, John Teaford and Jamie Briggs, went 3-0 in the tournament, winning its opening game 12-4 over North Country, then edging Bellows Falls, 7-4, after a fourth-inning rally.
In the third and final game, the Bulldogs pitched a three-hit shutout to win 3-0 over Bellows Falls again.
The U-10 team, coached by Billy Brownlee, Bryan Borgia and Stephen Kramer, went 4-1 in its state tournament, winning the first game 8-1 before falling to Dresden 11-8 in the first game on Sunday. But they stayed alive with a 5-4 win on Sunday in the second game and then won both games on Monday, coming all the way from the consolation bracket.
They won the first game 14-1 and the second 11-1 after a seven-run third inning.
"Both teams are going to Massachusetts for the regionals, each team will play a minimum of four games," said MYB president Billy Brownlee.
The teams are fundraising this weekend to raise money for the trips. They will be at Shaw's in Manchester from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Clark's IGA grocery store in Londonderry from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, and the Dorset Farmers' Market on Sunday from 10-2.
Games begin in the regionals on July 15. The winners of the regional tournament will travel to the Nationals in Indiana early in August.
Rosters for the U-10 team are: Anders Lowkes, Charlie Cyr, Max Brownlee, Seb Dostal, Sibby Mackson, Shea Smithwick, Tor Borgia, Ryan Kramer, Oliver Viglas, Evan Smilko, Henry Maier.
Roster for the U-12 team include: Noah Albert, Fin Bailey, Griff Briggs, Jakob Crossman, Hudson Deck, Trevor Greene, Jack McCoy, Adam Murnghan, Dylan Poddick, Coleman Reece, Nathan Smilko, Wyatt Teaford.
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