Babe Ruth, LL finals on tap Saturday
It’s a big day in the world of youth baseball on Saturday in the Granite State.
In Babe Ruth action, the 13-year-old state championship final is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in Rochester between Bedford and Goffstown, which was a 6-4 winner over the Manchester Ray Lebel All-Stars Friday.
The 14-year-old final starts at 2 p.m. in Barrington and pits Manchester against Portsmouth.
And in the Little League 11-12 year-old state championship, District I winner Salem will meet District II champ Rye at the Manchester Central Little League field at 4 p.m.
Goffstown 6, Manchester 4: Goffstown got in the final word in a back-and-forth losers’ bracket final. Goffstown broke a 4-4 tie with a run in the fifth and added an insurance run in the sixth to set up today’s meeting with Bedford.
Goffstown was led by Ethan Smith with two doubles and a run scored. Manchester’s Dylan O’Sullivan had two RBIs.
Manchester had to survive a scare earlier in the afternoon when it completed a rain-suspended losers’ bracket game with Exeter.
The game picked up in the sixth with Manchester ahead 6-1. But Exeter scored five in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and force extra innings.
Manchester won 8-6 when Keegan Hall doubled home Eric Langley and Aidan Horne in the eighth inning.
If Goffstown beats Bedford, a final game would take place 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
Portsmouth 12, Barrington 4: The hosts were ousted on Friday night as Portsmouth cruised in the losers’ bracket final to earn a place in the championship.
Manchester has sailed through the tournament so far, with wins over Plymouth, Portsmouth (by a 6-0 score) and Barrington. After the loss to Manchester, Portsmouth fought back with a win over Plymouth before knocking off Barrington.
If Portsmouth wins today, a final deciding game will be played 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game.
Salem vs. Rye: Salem earned its spot in the finals with a come-from-behind win over Bedford on Monday when John Olivo hit a two-run walkoff home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Salem had trailed in the game 5-0 and came back to take a 6-5 lead on a grand slam by Nick Robertson. A Nick Delaney solo homer made it 7-5 Salem. But Bedford came back to tie the game at 7-7 in the top of the fifth, setting the stage for Olivo’s heroics. Game 2 is set for Sunday at 5 p.m. and a third game, if necessary, will be Tuesday at 5:45 p.m.