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MWV All Stars finish 2nd in State ChampionshipsUpdatedMonday July 8, 2019 byKevin Drew.
In one of the wildest championship games remembered, the MWV 12U team fell just short of taking home the big trophy in Lancaster.
Once again, MWV had to face off against Suncook Valley in the finals on Saturday. With thunderstorms looming, the two teams were in a pitching dual through 3 1/2 innings before the clouds opened up and the torrential downpours rendered the field unplayable for the day. The game was resumed on Sunday under clear blue skies and a 0-0 score. Suncook threatened right away with the bases loaded and one out but MWV pitched out of the jamb and left the runners on base.
Just like that, we are in the top of the fifth and MWV capitalized with a double and a couple seeing eye singles to score the first run. Suncook, however, had their own rally in the bottom of the fifth with a two out home run that scored 2 runs to get them within 3 outs of the championship. Suncook put their Ace pitcher on the mound with 10 pitches allowed under rule. He got a quick first out and then gave up back to back doubles to an MWV team that would not go down without a fight. With the game tied at 2, the ace had to be replaced and MWV capitalized with shots down the lines and some gap singles to score 3 more runs to give them a 3 run cushion going into the bottom of the sixth.
Also due to the pitching rules, MWV had to go to their limited bull pen. Like MWV, Suncook was going to battle to the end. The big bats struck hard as they scored on a two run home run and with one out, scored again on a single home run to tie the game. Suncook continued to fire away. With a runner on first and third and two out, another pitching change was made to try to get to extra innings. It did not work out as planned. On the first pitch, the Suncook batter sent a laser just over the right field fence to score three and win the State Championship.
Both teams deserve credit for a game well played. The mutual respect for each team was evident and both teams can be proud of their accomplishments over the year. Suncook will represent NH well and we wish them the best of luck going into the regionals. MWV will have a number of returning players and we have not seem the last of these boys.