MANCHESTER - The host Manchester Tom Woodlock All-Stars worked quickly in opening day play of the New England Regional Babe Ruth Tournament.
Manchester routed Hampton, 11-0, in five innings at Gill Stadium Saturday night to close the first day of action in the double elimination tournament. In earlier games, Bennington, Vt. beat Central Maine 9-5, Plymouth, Mass. beat Cranston, R.I. 6-3 and Waterford, Conn. defeated Pittsfield, Mass. 8-3.
Play continues today at 10 a.m. when Cranston plays Pittsfield. At 1 p.m., Central Maine faces Hampton. The 4 p.m. game pits Waterford against Plymouth and the 7 p.m. game features Bennington taking on the New Hampshire state champion Woodlocks.
Manchester got things started in the bottom of the first with a single run. Riley Denver walked and stole second base and moved over to third on a fly to left field by Drew Merrick. Denver came in to score on a wild pitch for a 1-0 lead.
Manchester exploded for seven runs in the second frame, batting around the lineup. Matt Reynolds led off with a double and Jon Robinson drove him in with a single to left. Pat Swanson followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0.
Kyle Jutras reached on a fielder's choice that erased Swanson at second base and Jason Derome singled. Joey Silva singled to score Jutras and Denver added another base hit to score Derome to push the lead to 5-0. After Merrick struck out, Nate Hall drilled a two-run single and Nick Salcito, the ninth batter of the inning, connected for a two-run single of his own to make it an 8-0 game.
The Woodlocks went back to work in the third when Robinson led off with a triple down the left field line and then scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-0. Swanson walked, Jutras singled and Derome walked to load the bases and chase Hampton starter Danny Fields.
Reliever Kai Nichols got Silva to ground into a double play, scoring Swanson to make it 10-0. Jutras came in to score on a wild pitch to push the score to 11-0.
Meanwhile on the mound for Manchester, Derome was routinely working out of trouble thanks to his defense. The Woodlocks turned double plays in second, third and fourth innings to keep Hampton threats from turning into runs.
Manchester went down 1-2-3 for the only time in the game in the bottom of the fourth, but Derome worked a quiet inning of his own in the top of the fifth to put the game away. He faced just one batter over the minimum in his five frames of shutout work.