Senior Little Leaguers win three straight; finish 4th
|Middlesex second baseman Alexander Crittenden had two hits in the win over Hampton. (Photos by Stephen Blue)|
Middlesex lost 2-0 to Grottoes Tuesday evening and was eliminated from the Senior Little League State Tournament (ages 15-16) at Pound in southwestern Virginia.
Middlesex, coached by Chuck Walsh and Jerry Crittenden, had a 3-2 record in the double-elimanation tournament and finished a strong fourth among 16 teams. It was one of Middlesex Little League’s best performances ever at a state tournament.
Bristol defeated Middlesex 6-2 in the opening round of the tournament on Friday, but Middlesex regrouped to reel off three straight wins and reach the event’s final four.
As of Tuesday night, Mechanicsville, Grottoes and Dumphries-Triangle-Quantico (DTQ) were the three teams still battling for the tournament title and a trip to the Southern Regional.
|Shane Bristow was the winning pitcher against Bristol.|
Grottoes and Middlesex were locked in a scoreless duel until the bottom of the fifth inning when Grottoes scored 2 runs to take a 2-0 lead.
Middlesex had only 2 singles in the game, one by Mason Goodrich and the other by Harley Moore.
Middlesex tried to muster a rally in the top of the seventh inning when Goodrich singled, but the rally stalled and Grottoes preserved the shutout victory.
Goodrich also pitched and held Grottoes to 5 hits and struck out 2 in six innings on the mound.
On Tuesday afternoon, Middlesex won its third straight tournament game, 7-4 over Bristol. The win avenged the opening round loss to Bristol.
Middlesex collected 12 hits. Travis Myers had a double and two singles; Kevin Walsh and Morgan Thomas, two singles apiece; Mason Goodrich, Harley Moore and Cody Hunter, a double apiece; and Robbie Pitts and Shane Bristow, a single apiece.
Bristow started on the mound for Middlesex and pitched 3 2/3 innings with a strikeout. When Bristow left the mound, Middlesex led 5-2.
Kevin Walsh relieved and pitched the final 3 1/3 innings with one strikeout.
On Sunday, Middlesex fell behind 4-0 in the bottom of the first inning against Hampton Wythe. Kevin Walsh and Mason Goodrich both pitched for Middlesex in the first inning, and were relieved by Harley Moore with two outs. Moore held Hampton scoreless the rest of the game and struck out 10 as Middlesex rallied for a 6-4 win.
Alex Crittenden had a double and a single to lead the 7-hit Middlesex attack. Moore, Morgan Thomas, Adam Baldwin, Shane Bristow and John Walsh added a single apiece.
On Saturday, Middlesex routed Honaker 11-2 in the second round.
Travis Myers had a double and two singles to lead the 10-hit Middlesex attack. Mason Goodrich added two doubles, Morgan Thomas had a double, and Adam Baldwin, Harley Moore, Cody Hunter and John Walsh contributed a single apiece.
Moore started on the mound for Middlesex and was followed by Shane Bristow, Goodrich and Thomas.
In Friday’s opening round game, Bristol only had a total of four hits, but several Middlesex errors led to unearned runs.
Middlesex had two hits in the game—a double by Morgan Thomas and a single by Kevin Walsh.
Thomas, K. Walsh and Harley Moore pitched for Middlesex.