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Holbrook, Sebasticook stay alive in D3 Senior League tourney with strong offenses

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Holbrook's Ryan Ward (3) hustles back to first base ahead of the throw to Houlton's Will McGary (33) in third-inning action of the District 3 Senior League all-star tourney at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor Monday July 6, 2012.
By Joseph Duball, Sports Intern

BANGOR, Maine — The Sebasticook and Holbrook baseball teams staved off elimination from the District 3 Senior League all-star tourney with strong offensive outputs Monday night at Mansfield Stadium.

Holbrook picked up a 12-1 victory over Houlton in the first game while Sebasticook defeated Old Town 12-2 in six innings.

With the wins, Sebasticook and Holbrook will face off in an elimination game at 5 p.m. Tuesday, with Hampden taking on Bangor in the winners bracket at 7:30 p.m. Another elimination-round game will be played at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the 5:30 p.m. championship round on Thursday.

The District 3 champ earns a berth in the Senior League World Series set for Aug. 12-18 in Bangor.

Sebasticook was able to produce a 16-hit attack to complement a solid effort from starter Connor Allen.

“These guys have been a great team all year,” said Sebasticook coach Jeremy Bragg. “We have had some rough times, but I knew we could play like this and feel that we can hang with any team in here.”

Sebasticook got things going in the second when Jake Winslow doubled and then came around on an Old Town throwing error. Tyler Knight tacked on an RBI fielder’s choice to make it 2-0.

The lead was extended to 5-0 in the third after an RBI double from Winslow and a two-run triple from Allen.

After singling and stealing a base, Zach Ramsdell came around to score when Old Town overthrew second on a steal attempt in the fourth. Shawn Curran chipped in an RBI single in the inning to make it 7-0.

Old Town tried to claw back with two quick runs in the fifth. Tyler Young smacked an RBi double and Jake Palmeter added an RBI single to put Old Town on the board at 7-2.

Sebasticook ended hopes for Old Town with a five-run sixth to close out the game. Spencer Hartsgrove dropped an RBI triple down right-field line and then came around on Matt Martin’s RBI single. One batter later, Aron Smestad ripped an RBI single to left that scored Martin, while Winslow followed in Martin on an Old Town error.

Matt Riley gave Sebasticook the mercy-rule win by capping things off with an RBI single.

After his team’s low offensive output in the previous game, Hartsgrove, who had three hits, knew they were capable of producing.

“I was in a bit of slump and just decided to jump on the first strike I saw,” he said. “It’s good to see our bats rebound like this.

“I don’t think our offense was as bad as it looked the other night, but tonight we executed better and got something from everybody.”

While the bats did their part, Allen did his on the mound by holding Old Town to just two runs over five innings. Allen allowed just four hits and struck out two, while walking only one.

“Connor has been so effective all summer,” said Bragg. “He pitches to contact but is able to fool hitters as well.”

“I just kept throwing strikes and tried to mix things up to see how they would respond on the other end,” added Allen.

In the first game, Holbrook used six different pitchers to hold Houlton to five hits, while the offense scored nine runs in the final two innings to get the 12-1 victory.

Chase Allen came up big for Holbrook with three doubles and six RBIs. Holbrook also got two hits and three RBIs from Ryan Gagne and two singles and an RBI from Ryan Ward.

For Houlton, Nick Hagan nabbed an RBI double and Hunter Hanning had two singles.

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