May 27, 2018

Babe Ruth team ‘had a blast’ as host for New Englands

Coach Paul Angstman of the Suburban 13-and-under Babe Ruth baseball team was still pumped a week after the July 25-to-28 New England Regional Tournament in Winooski, for which his team was host.
The Suburbans lost their three play-in games, but to Angstman the overall experience was a huge positive.
“It was an absolute blast to host the regional,” he said Sunday. “And we played our way in by winning the state title.”
A host that does not capture its state crown still gets a slot in the tournament. That invitational position was give to Burlington.
After getting zinged 12-1 by eventual tournament runner-up Arlington, Mass. in their tourney opener on the 25th, Suburban lost a highly competitive game 4-1 to Connecticut the next day, Sunday. The locals bowed from the event Monday with an 8-inning 6-5 loss to New Hampshire.
In the opening defeat, Arlington took a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning where it erupted for eight runs, seven of those after two outs.
The next day, in the 4-1 loss to Connecticut, Angstman said, “We put together a pretty good game. Both teams had chances to score.”
He said Storm Rushford and Aiden Johnson turned in good performances on the mound.
In the New Hampshire contest, Angstman said Suburban got out to a 3-1 lead before the teams went back and forth.
“We had the bases loaded with two out in the sixth and guys on the in seventh,” but could not push them to the plate, he said.
Angstman said Rushford, Johnson, Griffin McDermott and Brendan Tivnan were solid hitters throughout the regionals.
He thought, though, the bats generally were “a little quiet” in the regional after a bash-a-thon through the state tournament.
—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent

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