Manchester takes state Babe Ruth tournament
Manchester's Eric Langley, left threw to Reily Denver for the out on Hampton's Joey Wentworth in the second inning during Babe Ruth play at Michele Field on Thursday in Salem. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
“We have decent pitching and we hit the ball good,” said Manchester manager Mickey Hanagan. “We have 15 kids who can hit the ball.”
“The competition will be better but I think we can win. We won it last year,” said Hanagan of the regional tourney.
“We hit the ball decently today but it went right at them,” said Hampton manager Larry Forsely. “We just needed some breaks. For us to beat a team like that we have to be perfect and we were far from that. I think losing our shortstop (Jake Sickel) was tough and we lost our composure.”
Nick Salcito led the Woodlocks, going 3-for-3 with a pair of base hits and a double and four RBIs. Nate Hall had a pair of base hits and three RBIs. Manchester starting pitcher Declan Knieriem, a 14-year-old lefthander, went 3 1/3 innings and gave up a run on four hits and two walks.