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Middlesex Senior All-Stars are 2-0

A 5-run first inning helped Middlesex defeat Richmond County 6-5 on Monday in a Senior Little League All-Star game at Rappahannock High School.

Middlesex, which defeated Caroline County 11-1 on July 3, remained undefeated and played Essex at Essex High School on Wednesday, July 8, at 7 p.m.

The winner of the Middlesex-Essex game plays in the District 15 championship round on Friday, July 10, at Essex High at 5 p.m. The loser plays on Thursday, July 9, at 7 p.m. at Rappahannock High School. The district tournament is double elimination.

The winner of the District 15 Tournament will advance to the state tournament in Pound in southwest Virginia on Wednesday, July 15.

In the win over Richmond, Kevin Walsh of Middlesex was hit by a pitch to start the first inning. The next five Middlesex batters, Morgan Thomas, Travis Myers, Mason Goodrich, Adam Baldwin and Harley Moore, each singled to build a 5-2 lead.

Richmond, helped by an error, tied the game at 5-5 with 3 runs in the top of the third inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, Middlesex got the go-ahead run. John Walsh walked, Alexander Crittenden laid down a sacrifice bunt to move J. Walsh to second base., K. Walsh grounded to the shortstop and was thrown out at first, moving J. Walsh to third base. Morgan Thomas then singled to send J. Walsh home for a 6-5 Middlesex lead.

Morgan Thomas started on the mound for Middlesex but left after 2/3 of inning with 1 strikeout.

Kevin Walsh came on in relief and pitched 5 innings with 7 strikeouts. Walsh left in the sixth inning when he reached his pitching limit. Mason Goodrich took over, struck out 2 and retired all 3 batters in the seventh inning to earn the save.

At the plate for Middlesex, Morgan Thomas had 2 singles, 1 run, and 1 RBI; Mason Goodrich, single, 2 RBIs, 1 run; Adam Baldwin, single, 1 RBI, 1 run; Harley Moore; 1 single, 1 RBI; Kevin Walsh and John Walsh, 1 run each; Travis Myers 1 single, 1 run; and Alexander Crittenden a sacrifice bunt.

In the opening round on July 3, weak pitching by Caroline County helped Middlesex post an 11-1 win in a 5-inning mercy rule game.

For Middlesex, Baldwin had a double and 2 RBIs; Travis Myers, 1 double, 2 RBIs; Goodrich, 1 single, 2 runs; J. Walsh, 1 single, 2 runs; Alexander Crittenden, 1 run, 1 RBI; K. Walsh, 1 sacrifice bunt, 1 run; Thomas, 2 runs; Bristow, 2 runs; and Moore, 1 run.

Kevin Walsh started the game, pitched for 2 innings with 4 strikeouts. Harley Moore relieved, pitched 2 innings with 2 strikeouts, and gave up 1 run. Shane Bristow relieved, pitched 1 inning with 2 strikeouts.

In other all-star action, the Middlesex Junior League Baseball All-Stars (ages 13-14) lost to Essex 8-5 Tuesday and played Mathews on July 8 in the losers’ bracket. The winner of that game advanced to a 7 p.m. game on Thursday, July 9, at the Richmond County Little League park. The loser was eliminated.

In Junior League Softball All-Star action, Lancaster, which has some Middlesex players, lost 10-3 to King George and played Essex on July 8 in the losers’ bracket. The winner of that game advanced to a 6 p.m. game on Thursday, July 9, at the Richmond County Little League park. The loser was eliminated.

The Middlesex age 9-10 softball and baseball all-stars each won one game and lost two in their respective tournaments.

To check the latest scores, visit http://www.eteamz.com/vadistrict15 for nightly updates.

posted 07.08.2009

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