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16 - July 1, 2011 Hudson Hosts Canada in Wooden Bat League Baseball Action

by Marc Ayotte The Hudson Black Sox took to the diamond on Sunday, June

26, when they hosted the Selects from New Brunswick, Canada, in the Inaugural meeting between the two teams in the Granite State Canadian Challenge. The Sox, as a member of the Granite State baseball league, hosted the north-of-the-border traveling team, which is comprised of age 17 and under all-stars ‘selected’ from throughout the entire Canadian province. Enthusiastic Sox head coach Charlie Huggins beamed at the opportunity to play against who he referred to as the “best of the best Canada has to offer.” Without a ‘true home field’ of their own, the predominantly

retiring the next two batters. Despite facing a flame-throwing Canadian pitching staff that fanned 22 batters, the Sox played tough and were able to earn a 2-2 stalemate with the NB all- stars. Jose Rodriguez had a superb pitching

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NB Selects Tanner Banks slides safely under the high throw to Black Sox catcher Paul Foley

Hudson player squad is called a bunch of “nomads” by the second- year Hudson skipper. As such, the Sox hosted the Selects by using Muldoon Park in Pelham as their home field for this wooden bat league international event. The Selects visited New Hampshire on a three-day, five-

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game swing that pitted them against different opponents, which culminated in a double-header against the Black Sox on Sunday morning. A small but enthusiastic crowd from both north and south of the border witnessed a marathon game in the opener of the two-game miniseries. After falling behind to the Select 1-0 in the second inning, the Sox scored runs in the home half of the third on New Brunswick (NB) defensive miscues to take a 2-1 lead into the fourth. Catcher Paul Foley led the inning off with a single, stole second, and eventually scored on a passed ball. After ultimately reaching third base, left-fielder Robbie Flohr escaped being caught in run-down and scored the go-ahead run. Next, with etiquette in mind, the Sox were gracious hosts to their northern counterparts by committing some baseball defensive ‘faux-pas’ of their own. After Selects’ Tanner Banks led off the visitor’s fifth with an infield single, he proceeded to steal second and then score without even one more pitch being thrown, as Sox overthrows to second and third allowed NB to tie the score at deuces. With the score still tied in the top of the seventh, NB’s Banks led off with a solid single to center off starter Jose Rodriguez, but was stranded at third and after shutting down Hudson in the home half, the two teams’ went to extra innings. Each team had an opportunity to win the game in the ninth inning, which would be the last due to traveling and time constraints for the NB trip home. The Selects bid for the lead ended when Sox second baseman Henry Williams made a nice play to strand the runner at third. In the home half of the ninth, Paul Foley picked up his second hit of the game when he scorched a lead-off single off the shortstop’s glove. He then got himself into scoring position by stealing second. In addition to being solid defensively, Henry Williams also came through with the ‘stick’ as he roped a first-pitch single to centerfield, putting runners at the corners with one out. Selects’ pitcher Devon Thomas was then able to snuff out the Sox rally by


Canadian all-star Jake Shaw allowed two runs but struck out nine Sox batters in the 2-2, extra-inning deadlock

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Red and Black Hoop Camp is Just Around the Corner

The Red and Black Hoop Camp will be held at Talent Hall in

Litchfield this summer. The camp will be directed by Shawn Flynn, head coach of the defending state champion Campbell girls’ squad, and Pat Roye, head coach of the boys program at Campbell. Week one will be July 18-22 and week two will be July 25-29. The camp will concentrate on teaching the fundamentals of the game to each age group so that the player can work independently to improve. The camp will feature lectures, demonstrations, many drills, and game situations. There will be little idle time! Applications can be located on the Campbell High School

Website on the athletic page or by contacting Coach Flynn or Coach Roye at 546-0300. This camp is not a Litchfield school district activity.

performance on the hill for the Sox, going eight strong innings and allowing only five hits while punching out seven Selects hitters. “The results were not what we had hoped for,” expressed head coach Huggins in the second game of the twin-bill. The Sox went down to defeat, 10-1, to the visiting Selects. Tristan George started on the mound for Hudson and went five and two- thirds innings, giving up nine hits and seven runs and walking only two and striking out four. The offense sputtered,

Jose Rodriguez gave a much-needed dazzling performance on the hill for the Black Sox, going eight strong innings

collecting only three hits. Paul Foley added to his one-hit game total by picking up another hit as well as two stolen bases. Bubba Whitman recorded one hit, producing the sole Sox RBI, and Anthony Cestrone chipped in with a hit.

Defensively, Henry Williams, Jose Rodriguez, and Luis Bonilla were solid. Post-game, Coach Huggins commented briefly on the wooden bat league, saying, “The kids are playing AAU ball for not AAU money,” indicating the quality of baseball falls short of only the quality of his players as individuals. “They’re good players, but more importantly, good boys,” he added. The Sox coach also wanted to send out special kudos to Rick Tarpey for his help in preparing the field and concession stand for this event.

Congratulations, Aidan!

Litchfield Rookie League 2011 Championship game, hitting your first career home run, hitting a grand slam for your second home run to force extra innings, going 3-3 with seven RBIs, and winning the championship … priceless. What are you going to do now? Yup … Disney World on Sunday, baby! Your Mom, Dad, and brothers are proud of you, Aidan P. (Bambino). You Rock!

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