Baseball team plays at Little Fenway

12 years ago

Baseball team plays at Little Fenway

    OAKLAND — Upon arriving at Little Fenway Park, the ambiance of baseball was all around as the big green monster loomed in the distance and the sounds of James Taylor’s “Sweet Caroline” played through the speakers around the stadium. It was a great way to finish a wonderful season of baseball for the 9-10 year-old Presque Isle all-star team.

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    TOURNEY PARTICIPANTS — Members of the Presque Isle 9-10 year-old baseball team that made the trip to Little Fenway in Oakland for a recent tournament were, in front from left, Quinn Demerchant, Anna Trombley, Nate Tuttle and Gavin Akeley. Back, assistant coach Chuck Fletcher, Nate Willett, Chance Bragan, Zach Fletcher, Brian Ellis, Ricky Goupille, Connor Demerchant and coach Craig Trombley.  SP-lilfens-dcx-sh-38

    In game one, the Wildcats defeated MDI, 7-6. After Chance Bragan and Ricky Goupille drew first-inning walks, Connor DeMerchant doubled in a pair of runs. In the second inning, PI scored two more runs after walks to Gavin Akeley and Brian Ellis and RBI singled by Goupille and Bragan.

    Goupille pitched into the third inning and kept MDI off the scoreboard. The Wildcats scored a single run in the third to make it 5-0 before MDI tallied four in the fourth inning before Chance Bragan struck out the side to end the inning.

    Clinging to a 5-4 lead, PI tacked on two more runs on hits by Bragan, Goupille and Zack Fletcher. MDI would score two more runs and loaded the bases in the top half of the final inning, but PI was able to hold off the rally and win the first game.

    Game two was a lopsided victory by eventual champion Holbrook. PI was able to manage only two runs off a very good Holbrook pitching staff.

    Game three started with Goupille pitching and holding a tough Old Town team to just three runs through the first three innings. PI scored only one run, which came in the first inning on an infield hit by Demerchant which brought home Goupille. Old Town scored eight more runs through the sixth inning, but with this game playing into the night and the lights of Little Fenway illuminating the field, one would have thought PI had won the game as smiles were on every player’s faces.

    Presque Isle ended the tourney with a 6-3 win over MDI. DeMerchant singled to start a rally with two outs in the first inning. After moving to second on a passed ball, Bragan singled to right field to score Demerchant from second base.

    MDI took the lead in the second inning by scoring two runs, but PI bounced back with a base hit by Nate Willett an RBI hit off the bat of Anna Trombley.

    In the third, Goupille had an infield hit and scored on a base hit by Bragan. Willett’s infield hit brought in Bragan.

    MDI scored a run in the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 4-3, but in the fifth, Ellis tripled and scored on a double over the center fielder’s head by Nate Tuttle, who would score on hit by Goupille to make it a three-run lead.

    The opponents threatened in the top of the sixth inning with runners at first and second and only one out.  With the tying run at the plate DeMerchant struck out the next batter and Goupille scooped up a grounder that the umpires called the “play of the tournament,” coming from shortstop all the way past the pitcher to snatch up the ball and toss it to Fletcher at first base to end the game.

    Goupille, Bragan and DeMerchant combined for the pitching duties, striking out five batters and allowing only the three runs.

    “The experience of Little Fenway Park in Oakland will not be forgotten by anyone from the Presque Isle 9-10 year old all-stars for many years to come,” said coach Craig Trombley.