Babe Ruth U14 Regionals: Nashua All Stars suffer first loss

The Nashua U14 baseball team makes its first trip to the loser’s bracket with a 10-3 loss to Pomperaug, Conn., in the Babe Ruth Regional Tournament in Winooski, Vt.

Ricky Constant got the start for Nashua and struggled, allowing four runs in just 1 1? 3 innings before being relieved by J.J. Dunn.

Dunn was scheduled to start Tuesday’s contest, but after Sunday’s 11-8 win over Leominster (Mass.) was suspended until Monday due to darkness, Dunn was called upon to close the remainder of the game.

Dunn was effective, striking out eight through five innings of work and allowing just five hits despite reopening the blisters in his fingers.

Making things even harder on Dunn was some poor defense behind him.

“We beat ourselves up today,” Nashua coach Shannon Dunn said.

The offense was no better, collecting just six hits with Spencer Bergeron providing two of them.

CMBR up next

Nashua takes the field again Wednesday at 10 a.m. where it will take on the CMBR U14 All Stars of Maine in a win-or-go-home matchup while Pomperaug awaits the winner in the finals.

CMBR started the tournament in the loser’s bracket after falling in its first game, but bounced back to win the next two by scores of 12-2 and 8-0.

Getting the nod on the mound for Nashua is Sam McCarthy, who has already won two games in the tournament thus far.

With a win, Nashua will get its rematch with Pomperaug on Thursday at 10 a.m., but will have to win two straight if it looks to win regionals and advance to the Babe Ruth World Series.