Barre, Sandstone score semifinal wins
One big scoring inning provided the spark in both contests as top seeded Barre and No. 2 Sandstone both scored victories this evening in the semifinals of the Albion Midget League playoffs.
Barre defeated Vets 8-2 and Sandstone downed Carlton by a nearly identical score of 9-2 to advance to the playoff championship game which will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Midget League Field.
Barre 8, Vets 2
Breaking away from a 2-2 deadlock, Barre took the lead for good by erupting for six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
A double by Tyler Gibson ignited the decisive uprising which was highlighted by a three-run double by Zander Meakin and a two-run home run by Liam Ward. A fielders choice play off the bat of Jake Foote plated the first run of the rally snapping the 2-2 deadlock.
Ward also had an RBI double in the first inning to give Barre a quick 1-0 lead.
Vets rallied into a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning on a two-run homer by Thomas Furmanski.
However, Barre quickly knotted the contest by scoring once in the bottom of the fourth on two walks and a run producing fielders choice play off the bat of Drew Caldwell.
Alex Gibson pitched the first four innings for Barre allowing 1 hit with 9 strikeouts. Meakin came on to hurl the final two frames giving up 1 hit and fanning 4.
Furmanski allowed 2 hits and struck out 9 over the first three innings for Vets.
Sandstone 9, Carlton 2
Quickly taking the lead for good, Sandstone erupted for six runs in the first inning highlighted by a two-run homer by Rylend Callicutt and RBI singles by Bailey Blanchard and Jake Hughson. A double by Patrick Ricker ignited the uprising.
Callicutt and Blanchard both had 2 hits on the evening.
A trio of pitchers each hurled two innings for Sandstone as starter Christian Doty struck out 5, Zach Colacecchi 4 and Callicutt 6 over the final two frames.
Carlton did take a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a pair of errors.