Fillion powers Littleton past Woodsville in 8-2 win


by Corey McKean
Sports reporter - The Littleton Courier

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Brody Fillion is surrounded by his teammates after he hits his second homerun of the day on Wednesday. Corey McKean. (click for larger version)
May 16, 2017
LITTLETON — With the Littleton Crusaders sitting at a record of 7-1 midway through the season and the Woodsville Engineers currently with a record of 8-1, their matchup on Wednesday, May 10, was a big one as the regular season begins to wind down and both teams are positioned in the top of the standings.

The Engineers took an early 1-0 lead through two innings of play but a two-run homerun by Brody Fillion in the bottom of the third inning gave Littleton all the momentum as the Crusaders went on to put up five runs in the third to take a 5-1 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, Littleton extended their lead to 8-1 off three straight hits with the biggest hit being yet another two-run bomb to right center field by Fillion. Woodsville tallied a run in the top of the seventh inning but it wouldn't be enough as Littleton earned an 8-2 victory with Fillion going 4-4 on the day with a single, double, and two homeruns to lead the Crusaders.

A scoreless first inning by both Woodsville and Littleton brought the Engineer offense out in the top of the second where Zach Moore drew a walk, was moved to second off another walk to Seth Hannett and Moore came around to score off an RBI single by Travis Stoddard, giving Woodsville a 1-0 lead. Littleton's Jacob Allaire would hit a double to deep center field in the bottom of the second but he was left stranded as Woodsville remained up 1-0 going into the third inning.

From the third inning, on, Littleton pitcher Derek Walker was solid, as was the defense behind him as shortstop Danny Kubkowski made three straight plays for three straight outs to keep Woodsville off the scoreboard.

In the bottom of the third, the Crusader bats heated up as Walker drew a walk and Fillion blasted a homerun to right field, giving Littleton a 2-1 advantage. Cy Kezerian continued the inning by drawing a walk and was brought around to score off a single by Quintin Ross. Ross also came in to score off a double by Kubkowski, extending the Littleton lead to 5-1 heading into the fourth inning.

Scoreless fourth and fifth innings by both teams and another one, two three sixth inning recorded by the Littleton defense brought the Crusader offense back out where Fillion struck again. Lucas Bray started the bottom of the sixth with a double down the third baseline, stole third, and was brought around to score off a single by Walker. Fillion then crushed a 400 plus yard homerun to right center field to give Littleton a commanding 8-1 advantage heading into the final inning.

Eric Thornton started the top of the seventh for the Engineers reaching base off an error and Moore followed Thornton up with a single, moving Thornton to third. Thornton came in to score off an RBI ground out by Stoddard but Walker would cut the comeback short as he forced a flyout to end the game.

"Obviously, Brody Fillion's day at the plate is the headline. Not very often you see a high school kid hit two home runs in the same game. Derek was stellar on the mound again, giving up only two hits and keeping them off balance," said Littleton coach AJ Bray.

"I liked the fact that we hit throughout the order. It was especially nice to see Quint Ross, Danny and Jacob come up with some big hits in the seven, eight, and nine spots. Woodsville is a good team so to score eight runs and collect 11 hits is definitely a step in the right direction," Bray added.

"The game of baseball is so great because you get to see so many different situations and how young players react. Today we faced a good baseball team that can hit, pitch, and field well," explained Woodsville coach Brent Cox. "Besides one inning I was okay with the way we played. We left a few balls up in the zone and against a good hitting team they will capitalize. Brody had a great game at the plate and Walker pitched well enough to keep us off balance. We did have some hard-hit balls but they played great defense. I am excited for next week when we get to put today behind us and get another crack at them."

The Crusaders were led by Fillion with four hits and four RBIs while the Engineers were led by Stoddard with a hit and two RBIs.

Littleton improves to a record of 8-1 on the season while Woodsville falls to a record of 8-2. The Crusaders will play again on Wednesday, May 17, as they host the Profile Patriots. Game time is posted for 4 p.m. The Engineers will play again on Wednesday, May 17, as they host the Gorham Huskies. Game time is posted for 4:30 p.m.

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