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Tough Series start for Nashua 14U Babe Ruth All-Stars

It wasn’t the best of starts Thursday to the 14U World Series for the Nashua Babe Ruth All-Stars in Demopolis, Ala.

The locals dropped a 6-3 decision at the hands of last year’s runnerup, Eagle Pass, Tex.

Nashua had a 2-1 lead going into the fourth before Eagle Pass plated five runs for the first game of tourney pool play.

“We definitely didn’t play our best,” Nashua coach Todd Holbrook said.

Ryan Bourgeois, who will be a sophomore at Nashua North in the fall, was Nashua’s Ron Tellefson Player of the Game as he drove in all three runs for the locals with a two-run single in the second and an RBI single in the fifth, going 2 for 3.

In all, Nashua pitching issued six walks and the locals made three errors, including allowing a popup to drop in the infield to open the door for Eagle Pass, the Southwest Regional champions.

“Awful,” said Holbrook, who’s team actually outhit Eagle Pass 5-4.

Nashua led 2-0 before Eagle Pass got on the board via a triple and a wild pitch in the bottom of the third. Other hits for Nashua came from Ian DeLuca, Devin Sawyer and Elias Bourque.

Roberto De La Garza paced the opposition with a two-run single while Issac Stanwick went 1 for 2 with two runs scored and an RBI. De La Garza was Eagle Pass’s Player of the Game.

Donovan Becerra was the winning pitcher for Eagle Pass. He worked six innings and allowed three runs and four hits and struck out three batters. Alexander Paniagua pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the save.

Nashua’s Nolan Mederos took the loss, allowing all six Eagle Pass runs – but just two were earned – on three hits and five walks in three-plus innings. Nate Smith allowed one hit over 2.1 scoreless innings.

Nashua is off until Saturday when it takes on West Alabama at 6:45 p.m. Holbrook has tabbed Nick Shaw, who will be a freshman at Nashua South, to pitch on Saturday.

(Material from Babe Ruth Media Coordinator Barry Allen was also used in this report)