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Spartan boys delivered first loss by Kennett

by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter

Robert Breault of White Mountains was like lightning when he took off to first base after a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the fourth inning. His speed caused him to fly over the bag, causing him to reach back over it, but he was called out. (Photo by Tara Giles) (click for larger version)
April 28, 2021
WHITEFIELD — After a postponed game on Friday, the WMRHS boys' baseball team hosted Kennett for a Saturday afternoon matchup, complete with sunny skies and mild temperatures. The D2 team took the win over the Spartans 5-4, but it wasn't without a fight.

In the top of the first inning, Kennett's first batter drove the ball to Spartan shortstop Tyler Hicks, who threw the ball over to Daniel Stinson on first for one out. With Karter Deming starting on the mound, the Spartan defense was able to retire the half quickly, after seeing just four Kennett batters. In the bottom half, Brody LaBounty made contact, sending the ball to Kennett shortstop Noah Barrows, who was able to scoop it up for an out at first. A Spartan strikeout followed by a fly to center field by Hicks made for out number three.

Kennett lit the board up in the top of the second inning, scoring three runs on a single, an error, and a hit by pitch. Kennett catcher Jack Robinson drove in a run after a line drive to second base.

There was a gap in runs until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Spartans tied things up. Hicks and Deming each reached first on walks followed by a sacrifice bunt from Robert Breault. Kegan Nelson reached on a walk. An RBI single off the bat of Stinson, followed by a hit to shortstop by Parker Valdez made it a new game for the team in blue. The score was tied 3-3 heading into the top of the fifth.

Things were quiet until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Spartans took the lead. Deming doubled, followed by Breault who reached on a walk. A sacrifice hit by Stinson sent Breault home and put the Spartans up 4-3.

Kennett answered in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs. Robinson walked, followed by a double off the bat of Parker Coleman. Bridger Viger earned an RBI after a single. Teammate Brady King followed suit with a fly to left field to put the team back in the lead. In the bottom half, the Spartans hit one infield and one outfield fly that both landed into Kennett gloves, followed by a strikeout to call it a game.

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