BRISTOL, Conn. — The New Hampshire state champions jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back en route to beating Bangor East 10-5 as pool play continued at Little League baseball’s New England Regional for ages 11-12 Sunday.
Spencer Young sparked New Hampshire’s three-run first inning with a two-run double while Hunter Maurice belted a solo home run in the second.
Bangor East fought back with two runs in the third, one on a Nick Moore sacrifice fly and the other on Ben Crichton’s RBI single.
But New Hampshire was just too tough offensively, with Liam McCafferty doubling in two runs to spark a three-run fourth inning, which broke the contest open.
“They hit at the right time and we didn’t,” Bangor East manager Jason Lewis said. “They hit the ball hard all day.”
Each team compiled 10 hits, but Bangor East couldn’t capitalize when it needed to.
“Some of our big hitters had an off day,” Lewis said.
Ryan Moore collected four hits, including an RBI triple, while Jeff Lewis and Liam Reading both had two singles for Bangor East.
Bangor East returns to action today at 5 p.m. against undefeated Rhode Island and then concludes pool play with a 10 a.m. Tuesday game against Shelburne, Vt., which will be shown on NESN-TV.
The six state champions from New England play four pool-play games and the top four teams, record-wise, square off in Thursday’s 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. semifinals. The championship game is Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. and the winner advances to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
Bangor East (1-1) 002 012 — 5 10 1
Portsmouth, N.H. (1-1) 312 31x — 10 10 1
Moore, Mallory-MacDonald (4) and Lewis; Lent, Maurice (4), Hartman (5) and Philbrick
Calais 7, Connecticut 0
At West Deptford, N.J., Toby Woods and Ryan Lincoln combined on a three-hit shutout as Calais eliminated North End Little League of Bridgeport, Conn., Sunday at the Senior League Baseball Eastern Regional.
Calais advances to play Johnston, R.I., today at 1 p.m. If Calais wins that game then it advances to an 8 p.m. contest against Allegany/Cattarugus, N.Y.
The winner of the Eastern Regional advances to the Senior League World Series at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor on Aug. 15-21.
Woods pitched the first six innings for Calais, striking out 10 and waking five, before reaching the pitch limit and Lincoln came in to finish things off.
Calais notched a run in the first inning when Tom Collins reached on catcher’s interference and later scored from third on a wild pitch.
In the fifth inning, Calais put across five runs on two hits. Woods smacked a two-run single, scoring Dylan Carter and Alex Currier. Two batters later Adam Geel blasted a three-run home run, plating Nicholas Barnes and Woods.
Lincoln pinch hit in the seventh inning and hit an RBI double to score Geel for the final run.
Woods finished the day with three singles and two RBIs while Geel collected the home run, a double and three RBIs.
Calais 100 501 0 — 7 7 1
North End 000 000 0 — 0 3 3
Woods, Lincoln (7) and Carter; Zumbo, Boyles (4) and Monaco
New Jersey 5, Bangor 1
At Freehold, N.J., East Regional tourney host Freehold scored one run in each of the first two innings and added three more in the fifth to defeat Bangor.
Bangor will play Burlington, Vt., in an elimination game today at 1 p.m. If Bangor wins, it advances to a 7 p.m. Tuesday contest.
Bangor 000 001 0 — 1 8
New Jersey 110 030 x — 5 8