Local Roundup: Hartford U11 Ripken Wins at New England Regionals
Skowhegan, Maine — Hartford piled all of its offense into the bottom of the fifth inning to get its first win of the Cal Ripkin U11 Regional baseball tournament on Sunday, beating Oxford (Conn.), 5-1.
Hartford (1-1) surrendered its only run in the top of the fifth, then roared back in the bottom half to give pitcher Alex Bushway the win. Bushway relieved starter Jacob Dwinnell in the fourth and earned the game’s most valuable player award for his work on the mound and at the plate.
Aidan Brooks, Nick Martin and Jaden Esposito all singled for Hartford.
The Vermont state champs opened play on Saturday with 10-0 loss to Marlborough, Mass., in five innings. Marlborough pitcher Tyler Dossas struck out 11 and limited Hartford to a Matt Roberts single and a Dwinnell double.
The New England tournament continues through Thursday.
Lebanon Wins Keene Title
Keene, n.h. — Will Patch converted in the seventh round of a penalty shootout to propel Lebanon past Keene following a scoreless draw to win the 10th Keene-Einbeck International Soccer Tournament at Keene High School.
Lebanon played three round-robin matches and went 2-0-1, beating Monadnock and Einbeck by 1-0 scores and playing Fall Mountain to a 1-1 draw. The annual tourney pits area teams against a squad from Keene’s sister city of Einbeck, Germany, in 30-minute games.
Patch, Martin Gradijan and Austin Whaley scored for Lebanon in round-robin play. After playing Keene to the draw in the final, Lebanon converted all seven of its penalty kicks and won when Keene’s seventh attempt missed the post wide to the right of goalkeeper Miguel Hernandez.
Lebanon defender Hugh Townsend was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
Touchline to Final
Thetford — Touchline Women routed Claremont, 7-0, at Thetford Academy on Sunday night to reach the championship game of the New Hampshire Soccer Conference Division I tournament.
Izzy Kotlowitz and Kelsey Head led the way with two-goal games for Touchline. Helen Cleaves and Zoe Vesley-Gross both posted one goal and one assist, and Molly Higgins provided the other Touchline tally. Alice Sedgwick, Suzie Howard, Taylor Gravlin, Kate Yamahiro and Haley Grigel all factored into the scoresheet with assists.
Aisha Pryor enjoyed a rocking-chair shutout in the Touchline net, rarely seeing testing shots. Touchline faces the Amherst, N.H.-based Renegades in the league final on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Henniker Soccer Club fields.