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11/12 Boys All Stars beat SPALL


Written by: CELL
Monday, July 2, 2012

SOUTH PORTLAND � A two-out RBI bunt single by Matt sparked a four-run rally to lead Cape Elizabeth to a 5-1 victory over South Portland American Monday night at Wilkinson Park.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

The Capers received a second straight stellar pitching performance. Ryan struck out 11, didn't walk a batter and only once reached a three-ball count as a scrappy SPA squad scratched out four hits, including a solo homer with two out in the sixth.

The victory sends Cape into the winners bracket final Saturday at 5 against either Buxton-Hollis or Scarborough, scheduled to play Tuesday night.

A two-out infield single by Matt in the home third set up the game's first run when he advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a sharp single to center by Jacob A., who hit the ball hard every at bat.

It remained 1-0 through four and a half innings thanks to solid defense, clutch pitching (Ryan closed out five innings with a strikeout) and our propensity to hit grounders to third base (resulting in six outs) and shortstop (two outs). SPA also turned a nice double play to end the second.

Jacob J., who turned on the power at Sunday's practice when Coach Sullivan offered up an ice cream cone as enticement, started the rally by reaching on an errant throw, possibly because he was racing to first as if the line for Red's was forming.

David pinch-ran and took second on a textbook sacrifice bunt by Cooper. Aiden moved David to third with a groundout that was awfully close to being an infield single (prompting a conference by the men in blue).

Then came the two-out hits. Matt pushed a bunt toward third that scored David for a 2-0 lead and didn't even draw a throw. Matt took second on a wild pitch to set the stage for another clutch single by Jacob A., who alertly advanced on a looping throw home. Brendan's triple to right-center made it 4-0 and Nat followed with a towering double to center that, thankfully, didn't bring back the storm clouds that for much of the day threatened to postpone the game.

Cape finished with seven hits, including an infield single by Ryan. Leadoff hitter Matt has reached five times in six tournament at-bats, with four hits.

Defensively, Carson handled two grounders to shortstop and threw out the batters. Ryan took care of a come-backer and a sacrifice bunt. At catcher, Brendan didn't allow a stolen base or a passed ball, and stranded a runner at third base in the SPA second by pouncing on a dribbler up the line and throwing out the batter. Nat took care of a one-hopper to first and Jacob A. ranged into shallow right to catch SPA's lone pop-up.

We hope to have Finn restored to good health as well as to our lineup for Saturday's game.



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