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Rec Briefs: Lebanon, Central Vt. Compete at Cal Ripken Regionals

  • Members of the Montshire Monarchs 14U baseball team celebrate their New England Elite Baseball League Silver Division championship.



Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Waterville, Maine — The Lebanon and Central Vermont 12U Cal Ripken baseball teams hit the diamond at the New England Regional 60-foot tournament this week, with Lebanon winning two of its three group games while Central Vermont dropped all three.

Lebanon opened the tournament with a 6-1 defeat of Thetford-based Central Vermont on Saturday. Pitchers Zach Thompson, Zachary Aldrich and Dominic Petkus held CV batters to just two hits, taking advantage of Petkus’ two-hit, four-RBI day to get the win. Aldrich also had two hits for Lebanon. Zack Johnson and Wyatt Cadwell had the hits for CV.

Lebanon made it two for two with a narrow 1-0 defeat of Fall River (Mass.), the eastern Massachusetts champions, on Sunday. Sam Bates and Bennett Hewett split the pitching work with three innings each, holding Fall River to just two hits in a combined shutout. Bodie Benoit went 3-for-3 and scored the only run on an RBI from Thompson.

Lebanon’s win streak ended in a 5-2 loss to Maine’s Androscoggin Valley on Monday. Andy Valley took an early lead and never let up, riding a combined two-hitter from pitchers Cole Pulkkinen and Kolby Brown to the victory. Aldrich and Petkus accounted for Lebanon’s two hits, and Dawson Bates and Petkus provided the runs.

CV fell to Andy Valley, 11-1, and Fall River, 14-0, in its other two regional games.

Both teams were scheduled to play knockout games on Wednesday. CV had a date with Washington Park (R.I.), while Lebanon was scheduled to take on host Waterville.

Monarchs Take Title

West Boyleston, Mass. — The Montshire Monarchs 14U baseball team capped its first season in New England Elite Baseball League Division IA play with a 4-3 victory over Fury Baseball, of Medford, Mass., in eight innings to win the league’s Silver Bracket championship last week.

The Monarchs advanced to the final with a 6-2 defeat of Evolution Onyx, of West Boyleston, Mass. Montshire broke open a tight contest with a six-run sixth inning building on four hits and three stolen bases along with three Onyx errors. Trevor Pierce’s bases-clearing three-run single served as the key hit of the frame. Ben Debiase earned the victory on the mound.

Montshire opened the final against Fury with an RBI single from John Hill to plate Ben Williams. Fury grabbed the lead with a three-run fourth. The Monarchs pulled a run back on a Fury wild pitch that plated Debiase and tied the contest in the seventh with a Colin Pierce double to score Mason Gantrish. Debiase singled in the eighth, Williams followed with a ground-rule double and Ian Hedgetpeth lofted an RBI single over the pulled-up defense for the Monarchs’ winning run.

The rosters: Sam Sacerdote (Hanover), Ben Williams (Hanover), Debiase (Portland, Maine), Casey Graham (Hanover), John Hill (Hanover), Ian Hedgepeth (Thetford), Mason Gantrish (Hanover), Joseph Davis (Hanover), Josh Bucci (Norwich), Colin Pierce (Norwich), Trevor Pierce (Norwich), Charlie Bell (Hanover) and Courtland Doyle (Hanover). The team was coached by Bruce Sacerdote and Kurt, Liam and Kegan Gantrish.

Robert Ammel Youth Day

White River Junction — With the support of the Lebanon Post 22 and White River Junction Post 84 American Legion baseball programs, area youth baseball players are invited to the inaugural Robert E. Ammel Jr. Memorial Youth Day at the Maxfield Sports Complex on Sunday.

The celebration of Ammel’s life and contributions to youth sports will run from noon-2:30 p.m. Members of both American Legion teams will be on hand to run fun skill drills with young participants. The first 90 youths ages 12 and under to register will get a free barbecue lunch and event T-shirt. The day includes a raffle as well as a ceremony unveiling the Bob Ammel Memorial Garden at Maxfield and wraps up with a Post 84 baseball doubleheader against Bellows Falls Post 37.

There is no charge to participate. For more information on the day or the Robert E. Ammel Jr. Memorial Scholarship or to register, email Bob AmmelSF@gmail.com or visit the scholarship program’s Facebook page.

On the Tee

Carter GC Ladies Night

Lebanon — Carter Golf Club is adding a weekly night for women golfers as part of its schedule.

Ladies night will be every Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the nine-hole course. For $25 each week, golfers will get a nine-hole scramble tournament round along with a power cart, food and post-round prizes.

Participants are asked to call the course at 603-448-4483 to reserve a spot each week.

On the Pitch

UVRFC Open House

Lebanon — The Upper Valley Rugby Football Club will hold an open house for prospective men and women interested in the sport on Saturday.

The open house will take place at 75 Bank St. in Lebanon, on the field adjacent to the former Lebanon Junior High School, from noon-2 p.m. Current Upper Valley Rugby club members will be on hand to teach the basics of the game, go over some light drills and finish with a game of touch rugby. The event is open to all ages and skill levels.

There is no charge to take part. For more information, visit www.uppervalleyrugby.com or email uppervalleyrugby@ gmail.com.

Rah, Rah, Rah

Youth Cheerleading Camp

White River Junction — Under the instruction of Hailey Kasten, the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department will hold a weeklong youth cheerleading camp at Hartford High School the week of July 30-Aug. 3.

The camp, open to youths in grades K-6, will focus on games, activities, cheers, drills and dance routines. Participants will work on a routine that they will perform in front of parents and friends on the final day of camp. Youths should bring a water bottle, sneakers, comfortable clothing and a snack; each camper will get a T-shirt as part of registration.

The camp costs $65 for Hartford residents and $80 for nonresidents. Contact Hartford Parks and Rec at 802-295-5036 for more information.

On the Run

Stoaked Run Coming

Hanover — The Stoaked Trail Run, the seventh event of the Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series, will take place on Aug. 4 at Storrs Pond Recreation Area along the Oak Hill cross country trail network.

The 12.5-kilometer race is open to all ages. The first 100 registrants also will receive a free day pass to Storrs Pond after the race’s conclusion. The run begins at 9 a.m.

Preregistration (through Aug. 3) is available through www.wnhtrs.com at a cost of $10 for youths ages 15-19 and $15 for adults. Race-day registration will be available for an additional $5 for both divisions.

Visit the Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series website or contact the Upper Valley Trails Alliance at 802-649-9075 for more details.

On Two Wheels

Su 6 Bike Park Opening

South Pomfret — The Woodstock Inn and Resort will officially open three miles of completed Elemental Bike Park mountain bike trails at the Suicide Six Ski Area on Saturday during a daylong debut.

The day begins with a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting followed by chair lift rides to the Suicide Six summit to access the new trails. Activities from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. include hourly group trail rides, lunch, craft beers and, at 5 p.m., an end-of-day question-and-answer session with officials from Suicide Six and Sinuosity: Flowing Trails, with whom the Woodstock Inn worked on the trail project.

The park is open seven days a week and offers lift access on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit www.mtbs6.com.

Tour de Taste Set

Fairlee — The Upper Valley Trails Alliance will hold its 12th Tour de Taste pedaling picnic on Sept. 9 starting at 10 a.m.

The tour takes cyclists along scenic routes covering six, 21 or 30 miles, with food stops along the way staffed by local restaurants and farms.

Pre-registration is required for the Tour de Taste. All funds raised go toward the UVTA’s programs and trail improvement projects.

Visit www.uvtrails.org for more information or to register.