Friday, August 12, 2005
Concord-Carlisle baseball team captures trophy
The Concord-Carlisle Bay State 11s scored a dramatic come-from-behind victory Sunday to upset 2004 champs Acton-Boxborough, 9-8 and win the second-round Bay State Trophy Weekend in the "B" division. Down 3-8 at the top of the fifth inning, the team's comeback was sparked by a triple by Concord's Jack Michaud, which brought home base runners Brendan Canavan of Carlisle and Michael Woo of Concord. A sacrifice drive by Carlisle's Charlie Bloomfield scored Michaud to bring the team within two runs. Concord's Hartley Greenwald and Ben Clement reached base on a double and a walk, respectively, and were driven home on a double by Derrick Amodei of Carlisle to tie the game. Sparkling defensive play on the part of the C-C team held A-B scoreless in the bottom of the fifth. In the sixth and final inning, a double by Vincent Wnukowski of Concord scored Woo to put the C-C team on top, 9-8. The bottom of the sixth was quickly concluded with a line drive caught by shortstop Wnukowski, and back-to-back strikeouts by pitcher Woo.
Key to the Concord-Carlisle victory were contributions by all players on the field, including Concord's Ethan Atwood, who covered second base and made several key outs. Clement contributed three innings of solid pitching, with Canavan anchoring the defense behind the plate for both him and Woo. Carlisle's Christian Wesselhoeft was as always a reliable glove at first base, and key plays in the outfield were turned in by Michaud, Bloomfield and Greenwald. Concord's Charlie Alex-Barton also took a turn in left field, after helping pace the team to a 15-7 win over Lexington from the pitcher's mound in Saturday's semifinal game.
Under the expert coaching of Concord's Adam Wnukowski, the team is now 12-3 after two rounds of play, and is ranked fifth out of the 45 teams in their division. They enter the third and final round of competition looking to secure a berth in the Bay State season finale, the Tournament of Champions, which begins August 15.
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