Dover cruises into Junior Legion regional title game
MANCHESTER - Tim Mainella pitched a three-hitter to lead New Hampshire state champion Dover Post 8 to a 7-0 victory over Tolland, Conn., in Sunday's semifinals of the 2014 Northeast Region 1 Junior American Legion Baseball Regional Tournament at Gill Stadium in Manchester.
Dover will play Massachusetts state champion Braintree on Monday at 1 p.m. for the regional title. In the third-place game at 10 a.m., Rhode Island state champion Riverside will play Tolland at 10 a.m.
Mainella struck out nine batters and walked four for the mound win. In the sixth inning with Dover leading 5-0, Mainella struck out three straight batters after the first two batters reached base safely.
Dover took advantage of four hits, one walk and one error to score three runs in the second inning.
Tim Verrill started the inning with a double and scored on a single by Mainella. Dover loaded the bases on a single by Cole Carter and a one-out walk to Cy Carver. Peter Drakopoulos singled home Mainella, leaving the bases loaded. Dover stretched its lead to 3-0 when an errant pickoff throw to first base sailed into right field allowing Carter to score from third base.
Dover padded its lead to 4-0 in the top of the third inning when Colby LaChance doubled and scored on an infield throwing error.
The advantage went to 5-0 in the fifth inning. Ryan Connolly singled, stole second and jogged home when Verrill laced a triple in the gap to right.
Dover scored its final two runs in the seventh inning. Connolly was hit by a pitch, stole second, was balked to third and scored on an infield error. Later with the bases loaded, a wild pitch allowed Verrill to score Dover's last run.
Bedford closes with win over South Portland
Bryan Fyfe tripled and scored on an errant throw to third base to lead Bedford Post 54 to a 3-2 win in 10 innings against South Portland, Maine, in the consolation round of the 2014 Northeast Region 1 Junior American Legion Baseball Tournament at Gill Stadium in Manchester Sunday.
In other second-round action Sunday, Littleton, Mass., Post 249 defeated Warwick, R.I., Post 101 by a 6-5 margin in the other consolation game. Since this is a single-elimination tournament, Bedford and Littleton, who both lost on opening day, ended their season Sunday.
In a winners’ bracket game Sunday, Braintree Mass., Post 86 was awarded a 7-0 forfeit win over Riverside, R.I., Post 10.
Today at 10 a.m., Riverside is scheduled to meet the loser of the late game Sunday between Dover Post 8, the New Hampshire state champ, and Tolland, Conn. Braintree will meet the winner of the Dover-Tolland game today at 1 p.m. for the regional title.
Bedford took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Taylor Post singled, advanced to second on a walk to Sean Ryan and advanced to third when Cam Bond reached on a fielders’ choice, erasing Ryan at second base.
Post scored when Jason Schneider reached on an outfield error.
Bedford went ahead 2-0 in the fifth inning when pinch-hitter Aiden O’Brien singled, advanced to third base on two wild pitches and scored on a sacrifice fly by Cody Morel.
Fyfe had three hits to lead Bedford’s nine-hit attack.
In the Braintree-Riverside game, Riverside had used all of its substitutes after home plate umpire Mark Torr ejected a Riverside player for throwing his bat after popping out with the bases loaded. The player also threw his helmet to the ground after he was ejected. Riverside manager Keith Marques Sr. was also ejected after arguing with Torr.
By rule, an American Legion game can’t continue with eight players. Riverside was trailing Braintree 7-3 at the time the ejection took place.