June 25, 2018
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Riverside, Massachusetts tops Skowhegan for Ripken 11U regional title

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Riverside, Massachusetts pitchers limited Skowhegan to a combined three runs in two games Thursday, posting 11-2 and 6-1 victories to win the Cal Ripken 11U New England Regional baseball tournament.

In the first game, three pitchers combined on a six-hitter as Riverside (5-1) forced a decisive game. Starter Drew Blackwell went three innings for the win.

Tom McAndrews rapped a double and two singles, and Zach Guertin singled twice for the winners.

Kyle Kruse hit two singles to lead Skowhegan (3-2), and Ethan Curtis doubled.

In the title game, Blackwell and McAndrews combined on a four-hitter while McAndrews belted a home run and a double to pace the offense. McAndrews picked up a save.

Dominic Cignetti also homered for Riverside.

Cam Louder doubled and singled for Skowhegan.

McAndrews was named the tournament MVP, going 12-for-18 hitting with five home runs, a pitching win and a save.

(First Game)

Riverside 302 231 — 11 12 1

Skowhegan 100 010 — 2 6 3

Blackwell, McAndrews (4), Oriach (6) and McAndrews, Blackwell (4); Louder, Shields (6) and Reed

(Championship Game)

Skowhegan 100 000 — 1 4 1

Riverside 303 00x — 6 10 1

Kruse, Reed (2) and Reed, Louder (2); Blackwell, McAndrews (4) and McAndrews, Blackwell (4)

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