Mansfield 11-12 All-Stars fight hard to the end

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Mansfield - posted Wed., Jul. 20, 2011
Ryan Kaeser warms up before  July 13 game against Killingly.  Photos by Melanie Savage.
Ryan Kaeser warms up before July 13 game against Killingly. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The Mansfield 11-12 All-Star baseball team fought hard to the very end for the District 11 title. They easily won their first two games against Willington (final score 17-2) and Thompson (final score 14-1). On Wednesday, July 6, they took on the Killingly 11-12 All-Stars.

From the outset, it appeared that the two undefeated teams were fairly evenly matched. Killingly scored early, but an out-of-the park home run by Mansfield’s Zach Ziemba scored three runs and put Mansfield on top by a score of 3-1. Mansfield catcher Jake LeFevre just missed increasing that lead with a hit toward center field that dropped just short of the fence, to be caught by Killingly’s centerfielder for the out.

A homerun by Killingly’s Kyle Derosier at the top of the second put Killingly back on top with a score of 4-3. Killingly managed to score just one more run, ending the game with a score of 5-3 and earning Mansfield its first loss of the tournament.

A match-up in the loser bracket against Pomfret handed Mansfield another win, with a final score of 16-5. The team earned another easy win against Putnam, with a final score of 13-2. This brought Mansfield face-to-face with Killingly again, which had moved into the loser bracket after a 10-0 loss against Jewett City. This time Mansfield triumphed over Killingly, with a final score of 8-6, earning them a trip to the championship match-up, where they faced the undefeated Jewett City team. A win by Mansfield(final score 7-6) forced a second game between the teams. This time Mansfield was defeated by a final score of 11-3, ending their season and earning Jewett City the District 11 championship title.

The coaches for the Mansfield 11-12 All-Star team are: Dave LeFevre (manager), Ryan Hawthorne and Mark Sheehan. The Mansfield 11-12 All-Stars are: Alex Kravchuk, Ryan Kaeser, Kevin Sheehan, Zach Ziemba, Jake LeFevre, Luke Hawthorne, Evan Krukoff, Gianni Romeo, Jack Neumuth, Jack Kricedlo and Ben Garrison.

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