BRISTOL, Conn. — Kassidi Ramirez scattered four hits over 5 2/3 innings and singled and doubled with two RBIs as Brattleboro, Vt., edged Bangor East 4-3 on Tuesday during pool play of the New England Little League Baseball championships at Breen Field.
Ramirez and Sam Siegel each hit an RBI single in the second inning as Brattleboro built a 3-0 lead, and Ramirez added an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth as the Vermont champs extended their lead to 4-0.
Bangor East rallied with three runs in the top of the fifth, as Nicholas Moore singled home two runs and then scored on a single by Marcus McCue.
Bangor East then put the tying run aboard in the bottom of the sixth, but Brattleboro reliever Cameron Wright came on to retire the only batter he faced to earn the save.
Ramirez featured his curveball while striking out four, walking no one and allowing no earned runs.
“His fastball was average, but he could throw the curve on any pitch and was able to shut us down with that pitch,” said Bangor East manager Paul Huston.
Bangor East ended its first-ever trip to the regionals with an 0-4 record, while Brattleboro finished pool play at 2-2.
“The kids struggled with the bats at times down here,” said Huston. “Mostly it was against the kids who threw the curveball a lot. That’s not something our kids saw a lot of during the districts and the states. We use the curve selectively during the season, and they live and die with it down here.”
Opposing teams also capitalized on the fact that the Bangor East squad was more selective than most other teams with breaking pitches, focusing on the fastball to hit 11 home runs in the first three games of pool play against the Maine District 3 champions before Justin Courtney and Alex Welch combined to hold Vermont without a home run Tuesday.
“The first two teams we played especially (Lincoln, R.I. and Peabody, Mass.) really were able to hit the long ball,” said Huston. “A lot of their runs came directly from that, and we couldn’t overcome that.”
Courtney pitched the first four innings against Vermont, striking out seven and walking two while allowing two earned runs on four hits.
Welch worked a scoreless fifth inning for Bangor East.
Bangor East (0-4) 000 030 — 3 4 1
Brattleboro, Vt. (2-2) 030 10x — 4 5 3
Courtney, Welch (5) and Brookings, Crichton (4); Ramirez, Wright (6) and Owen-Hayward
Bangor Junior Leaguers ousted
At Freehold Township, N.J., the Bangor Junior League All-Stars’ run at the U.S. East regional ended at the hands of the host team Tuesday, as Freehold Township, N.J., scored eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull away to a 15-5 victory in a game ended at that point under the 10-run rule.
Carl Farnham and Bobby Winchell led Bangor’s offense with a double and a single each. Tyler Laplante and Matt Cosgrove each singled twice.
Bangor ended its stay at the double-elimination event with a 2-2 record, rebounding from an opening-game loss to Thurmont, Md., to record back-to-back victories over the Rumford Little League of East Providence, R.I.., and Quincy, Mass., before falling to the New Jersey District 19 champions. Bangor matched it’s 2-2 record from 2001 as the best showing in its four trips to the regional. Bangor was the fifth of 586 teams left standing this season.
Freehold Township scored twice in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead, but Bangor countered with single runs in the top of the second and the third to forge a 2-2 tie. The New Jersey team regained the lead for good with one run in the bottom of the third, then broke the game open with four runs in the fourth inning.
Bangor closed the gap to 7-5 with three runs in the top of the sixth before Freehold Township ended the game with its big rally in the bottom of the inning.
For Freehold, Jason Landy singled three times and John Daturaiz singled twice.
In its 8-6 victory over Rhode Island on Sunday, Gregg Duff was the winning pitcher and added three singles to the Bangor offense. Carl Farnham added two doubles and a single, while Collin Kimsey tripled and singled,.
Bangor improved its tourney record to 2-1 by edging Massachusetts 6-5 on Monday. Tyler LaPlante was the winning pitcher, while leading hitters included Bobby Winchell with a triple and two singles, Anthony Capuano with three singles, Farnham with a double and a single, Bryan Rouleau with two singles and Duff with a triple.
Bangor, which was making its fourth straight trip to the U.S. East regional, had its best performance in the tournament since 2001, when the team won its first two games before finishing with a 2-2 record.
Bangor (2-2) 011 003 — 5 13 3
Freehold (3-1) 201 408 — 15 13 1
Rouleau, Winchell (6), Farnham (6) and Powell; Galici and Soluman