Marathon game starts marathon baseball weekend
Augusta, Maine, lost a 6-1 lead with 2 out in the top of the seventh, then rallied for a 7-6 victory over Brattleboro, Vt., in a 14-inning, three hour and 10 minute marathon in the first game of Saturday’s pool play in the Regional Babe Ruth Tournament at Trumbull High School.
Augusta (1-1 in pool play) led 4-0 after 1, and tacked on two more in the bottom of the sixth before Brattleboro’s one-out onslaught in their final regulation at-bat on four hits, a walk, a hit batsman and two errors.
Brattleboro (0-2 in pool play) had runners in scoring position throughout the extra frames and left bases loaded twice.
More than three hours after the first pitch, and in fact after the scheduled start time for the second of four games Saturday, Augusta kept its hopes of advancing alive when Core Taylor singled, advanced on an error by the pitcher and scored on a single by Noah Bonsant.
All of the games in the tournament can be heard live on hanradio.com, and Monday’s semifinals and Tuesday’s championship game can also be viewed on the HAN Network.
Saturday’s schedule also included Pittsfield, Mass., taking on Cranston, R.I.; Plymouth, Mass., vs. Nashua, N.H.; and New Milford taking on the host Trumbull. Those games are airing live on hanradio.com.
Four more games follow on Sunday:Augusta vs. Cranston at 10:30 a.m., Pittsfield vs. Brattleboro at 1:30, New Milford vs. Plymouth at 4:30 and Nashua vs. Trumbull at 7:30. All of those games can be heard on hanradio.com.
The top two teams in each pool will meet in the semifinals, scheduled for 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Monday. That twinbill can be watched on the HAN Network by clicking “Watch Now” on hanradio.com, or listened to as a radio broadcast on hanradio.com.
Monday night’s winners meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the championship game, also airing in both audio and video formats on the HAN Network.