Barre claims Albion Midget League playoff title with win over Sandstone

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 July 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman

Liam Ward hurled a no hitter to help lead Barre to a 13-0 win over Sandstone this afternoon in the Albion Midget League playoff championship game.

Combining a 17 hit attack with a no hit pitching performance, Barre downed Sandstone 13-0 this afternoon in the Albion Midget League playoff championship game at the Midget League Field.

Alex Gibson hit for the cycle with a single, double, triple and home run to highlight the Barre attack.

Winning pitcher Liam Ward helped his own cause by banging out a triple and home run as the offense also included two triples by Tyler Gibson, a triple and two singles by Kyle Pappalardo, a single and triple by Zander Meakin, two singles by Austin Aman, a double by Colby Ferchen and a single by Drew Caldwell.

Barre’s Kyle Pappalardo beats the throw to second base as Zach Colacecchi covers.

On the mound, Ward hurled a no hitter with 14 strikeouts and two walks. Ward registered three strikeouts in the third and sixth innings and two in the first, second fourth and fifth frames.

Sandstone suffered a major setback in the first inning when Rylend Callicutt, who was scheduled to be the starting pitcher, hurt his thumb while batting and was unable to throw.

Barre took charge early scoring four quick runs in the first inning on a two-run homer by Ward, an RBI triple by Meakin and a run producing single by Pappalardo. A lead-off triple by Alex Gibson ignited the uprising.

Patrick Ricker of Sandstone slides under the tag by Barre’s Zander Meakin at second base.

Alex Gibson added a solo homer in the second inning, Tyler Gibson had an RBI triple in the third and Ferchen a two-run double and Alex Gibson an RBI single in the fourth.

Barre capped off the win by tallying four times in the fifth on a two-run double by Alex Gibson, an RBI triple by Tyler Gibson and an RBI single by Aman. A triple by Papplarado spared that uprising.

Barre, which finishes the season with a 16-0 record, advanced to the title game by downing Vets 8-2 in the semifinals while Sandstone bested Carlton 9-2 in the other semi.

Barre players celebrate capturing the playoff title.