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KidSports: Yankees win Nashua Babe Ruth crown

Courtesy photo The Yankees were all smiles after topping the Braves to win the Nashua Babe Ruth League title recently.

The Yankees captured the Nashua Babe Ruth title with a two-game sweep of the Braves in the finals and 2-1 series win in the best-of-three semis over the Tigers.

Here’s a look at their five game road:

FINALS GAME 1

YANKEES 13, BRAVES 0

Brady Sullivan shut down the Braves and AJ Mack made the defensive play of the game to lead the Yankees in the title series opener. Ian Deluca had two hits and scored three runs.

GAME 2

YANKEES 5, BRAVES 2

The Yankees completed their improbable run to the 2019 city championship by playing good defense and getting great pitching from Colin Holbrook and DeLuca.

Evan LaFluer and Shea Patno leD the defense with Shea starting an 8-2 double play with a perfect throw home to presever the lead.

Nick Digesse, Caleb Rich, Kenny Reel and Sam Murray all hit the ball hard for the Braves throughout the series.

Deluca closed out three of the four Yankee playoff wins while Travis Holbrook had multiple extra base hits and runs scored throughout the playoffs.

SEMIFINALS GAME 1

YANKEES 9, TIGERS 8

The Yankees almost gave up an eight-run lead, but Travis Holbrook hit a homer and Colin Holbrook pitched four scoreless innings with two hits and two runs scored. DeLuca closed the game out with the bases loaded.

GAME 2

TIGERS 11, YANKEES 7

The No. 1 seed Tigers evened the series with Chris Keefe, Drevin Richard, Colin Toohey and Isaac Zhang leading the

offense.

River Hart had two hits and pitched well.

GAME 3

YANKEES 8, TIGERS 7

Peter Wilson caught the final out of the game and had two hits for the Yankees, as they advanced.

For the Tigers, Colin Toohey and Isaiah Hedquist struck out nine. Shea Patno was on base and scoring runs throughout the series.

The Yankees championship roster included Dylan Dichard, Ian DeLuca, Eddie Gaffney, TJ Guarente, River Hart, Colin Holbrook, Travis Holbrook, John LaCroix, Evan Lafleur, AJ Mack, Shea Patno, Brady Sullivan and Peter Wilson.

The team was coached by Todd Holbrook, who succeeded longtime coach Duane Erickson after Erickson retired in 2017.

Nashua District 4 10U team second in Ripken Tourney

BOW 9, NASHUA 7

Nashua struck first it the title game with Nolan Sullivan’s two-run single in the first but Bow answered with four of its own. The game went back and forth Nashua hung in there.

Sullivan had a single, double, and a triple in which he scored in the loss.

Johnny Graven added a single while on the mound reliever Owen Forcier struck out the side with the bases loaded. Nashua was strong and will go to the SVI tournament in Hollis, but the loss prevented the locals from qualifying for the 10U state

tournament.

BOW 13, NASHUA 3

Nashua lost game one of the tournament in a rain-soaked affair as Bow outhit the locals and played strong defense. Bats went mostly dry but Harrison Joshi, Owen Forcier, and Andrew Thibeault all had hits.

NASHUA 9, MERRIMACK 2

Nashua came back strong in an elimination game as Joshi and Nolan Sullivan combined to keep Merrimack to two runs and Brooke Berger closed the door with a perfect sixth.

Andrew Thibeault was on base four times and scored all four. Jack Ninteau and Joshi had three hits a piece and Forcier added two.

NASHUA 7, AMHERST 5

Amherst put a charge on in the end but just fell short. Berger pitched four strong and Forcier picked up the save. Owen Varley had a hit and Joshi stole home. Cooper Vaillancourt made two huge catches in left field.

NASHUA 9, HOLLIS BROOKLINE 6

Nashua moved on to the championship in a thrilling seven inning battle after HB tied up the game in the bottom of the sixth to force extra innings.

In the top of the seventh, Nashua loaded the bases and Ted Smiley knocked them all in with a double, turned inside the park home run.

Cam Flanders had a base hit and Alexandra Cookson made a nice defensive play at second. Joshi pitched four no-hit innings and Sullivan got the win.

Greater Nashua Little League Majors All-Star Game

NL 5, AL 4

The winners were led by Adam Murray and Grant McCubrey on the mound at Lajoie Field.

The NL team raced out to a 4-0 lead on big hits by Murray, Nate Mattson, Taylor Joyal, Matt Shaw, and Aidan Rocheville.

The AL All-Stars settled down and, with strong pitching performances from Brian

Keefe, Cam Silva and Sam Woodward, staged a comeback late in the game. Big hits by Silva, Mario Ramirez and Andrew Croteau in the sixth helped to lead the AL rally.

The NL team was coached by Mark Wholey, Wendy Joyal and Roberto Valenti. The AL team was coached by Brian McGowan, Thom Kelly and Jeff Woodward.