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Little League: Goffstown starts strong, but just misses chance to play in New England Regional

Staff Report
August 10. 2018 11:22PM

It was looking so promising for Goffstown Little League.

The New Hampshire state champions had a five-run lead entering the bottom of the sixth inning Friday in Bristol, Conn. Their pitcher had allowed only three hits. With three more outs, the team would play today for the New England championship.

Coventry, R.I., didn’t quit, though, and pushed six runs across the plate to stun Goffstown, 6-5, eliminating the team from the Little League New England Regional.

Will Perkowski had cruised through the first five innings for Goffstown, but Coventry started the sixth with singles from Tommy Turner and Jake Mather, and then a two-run double by Logan Lama to make the game 5-2.

Cam Hujsak replaced Perkowski, who had surpassed his 85-pitch limit, and allowed an RBI single to Kody Fretts. He then settled down, though, to retire the next two batters on fly outs. It seemed like Goffstown could breathe with one out to go.

But Sammy Fuentes walked and Dylan Mourao singled to load the bases. Tyler Simon then drew a walk to make it 5-4.

Goffstown again changed pitchers, bringing Isaac Morin into the game. But Turner notched his second single of the inning, scoring two runs to end the game as Logan Simmons’ throw to the plate from center field to cut off the winning run was just a fraction late.

Goffstown started the game well, notching runs in the first and second. Ryan Strand and Simmons led off with singles, and Strand scored on a passed ball.

In the second, Max Ouellette led off with a double and later scored on a Simmons bases-loaded walk.

Goffstown scored three in the fourth to go ahead 5-0. The first two batters were retired, then Strand doubled and Simmons singled him home. Simmons later scored on a wild pitch. Braeden Lambert singled and later scored as Coventry recorded the third out on a pickoff play.

Lambert broke for home as Hujsak got caught in a rundown, and the umpire ruled that Simmons scored just before the third out was recorded.

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