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After two innings of squandering scoring opportunities while waiting on a big hit, the Manchester 15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars finally resorted to small ball to get the job done
Manchester’s Kyle Douglas legged out a hustle double, moved to third on a ground ball and scored on another groundball by Dallas Bryan to take a 5-4 lead in the seventh inning and win the District 6 championship over the Franklin County All-Stars at Looney Riddle Memorial Field in Manchester.
The rally came after Manchester squandered prime scoring opportunities with the game tied in the fifth and sixth innings.
“I just wanted to try and get on base and give us an opportunity,” said Douglas of his leadoff double to start the final frame.
Douglas retired the side on the mound in the bottom half of the seventh to finish off the game and the tournament. Franklin County did push a runner to third but couldn’t score.
The decisive seventh came after Manchester had runners on second and third in the fifth inning and a 3-6-2 double-play cut down a run at the plate. Manchester threatened again in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and one out only to see leadoff hitter Dylan McCormick and two-spot hitter Dusty Harryman fly out to end the threat.
But the seventh went much smoother. After Douglas doubled, Stanton Keele bounced a groundball to second base to move Douglas to third and a groundball by Dallas Bryan was enough to plate Douglas.
Douglas also picked up the win in relief of Bryan … Read the complete story in this week’s (July 11) print edition of the Manchester Times.