11/12 Boy All Stars
Written by: CELL
Sunday, July 15, 2012
SOUTH PORTLAND Ã�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½ An impressive tournament run by Cape Elizabeth came to an end Friday night when Scarborough rallied from behind in its final at-bat to win the Southern District 6 Little League baseball bracket 7-5 at Wilkinson Park.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
Scarborough will take an unbeaten record into Tuesday against the winner of today's Falmouth-Portland North game from the Northern bracket. Whichever team emerges will have to beat Scarborough twice to advance to the state tournament, whereas Scarborough will need only one victory to eliminate its opponent.
On Friday, Scarborough took a 1-0 lead in the first with help from a couple of well-placed grounders between first and second and the first of three solid hits from pitcher Jared Brooks. Brendan left the bases loaded by recording the first of his four strikeouts.
Cape responded with Jacob Jordan's two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the first that scored Matt Concannon, who had reached on a throwing error. Scarborough tied it at 2 in the third before Cape strung together five consecutive hits with one out in the fourth to take a 5-2 lead.
Nat Jordan started the rally with a double to left. Alex Glidden came in to run and advanced to third on Chase Kozlowski's single to right. After Chase stole second, Carson Sullivan pushed a perfect bunt for a single to the left of the pitcher's mound to load the bases for Finn Bowe.
Finn delivered an RBI single to right over a drawn-in infield to make it 3-2 and Matt Concannon followed with a two-run double to left to chase Scarborough's second pitcher.
The third pitcher, however, proved very effective, setting down eight of the nine batters he faced, with only Ryan Weare reaching base on a walk to lead off the sixth.
Brendan ran out of pitches with two out in the fifth. Chase relieved and stranded two runners by striking out the first batter he faced. He got the leadoff batter in the sixth before a bad-hop single opened the door to a go-ahead home run.
Finn relieved Ã�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½ so Chase would be eligible to pitch Saturday's elimination game Ã�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½ but two balls that fell within inches of the line in right led to another run before Brendan snagged a line drive and stepped on second for a double play to end the rally.
Cape Elizabeth ended its tournament with a 3-2 record to which all 13 players contributed. Everybody reached base at least once. Seven different players had extra-base hits and five players homered.
The coaches are grateful to all the parents who shuttled their children to and from practice and supported us throughout the tournament.