Barrington U12 All-Stars beat Madison, 4-0, in New England Regional Semifinals

Eagles gain Championship in re-match against New Hampshire

Photos and story by Richard W Dionne Jr
Posted 8/9/19

The Barrington U12 All-Stars received great pitching from starter Alex Anderson and timely hitting from Lucas Tanous and Owen Pfeffer to beat Madison, Conn. 4-0 in the second semifinal game of the …

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Barrington U12 All-Stars beat Madison, 4-0, in New England Regional Semifinals

Eagles gain Championship in re-match against New Hampshire

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The Barrington U12 All-Stars received great pitching from starter Alex Anderson and timely hitting from Lucas Tanous and Owen Pfeffer to beat Madison, Conn. 4-0 in the second semifinal game of the New England Regional Tournament in Bristol, Conn., on Friday afternoon. The win boosts the Eagles into championship game against New Hampshire on Saturday, Aug., 10, at 1 p.m.

Barrington starter Alex Anderson was masterful using his curve to set up his fast ball as he scattered six hits and four strike-outs in a complete game shutout for the Eagles.

“Alex pitched his tail off, said Head Coach Chris Promades. “He was phenomenal. Alex has one of the best curve balls you’ll see. He mixes it up with his fast ball and he’s lights out.”

“I felt great,” Anderson said. “I was hitting my spots. I was getting the ball in play and with my defense, it’s pretty easy to pitch out there,” the pitcher said.

With the score tied 0-0 in the fifth inning, Lucas Tanous came to the plate with Chace Watts on second base and Mason Crain on third base and no outs. A nervous Tanous got a piece of Madison pitcher, Paul Calandrelli’s first pitch and fouled it off the Eagles dugout. He let the next pitch go for a ball and then ripped the third pitch into right field for a base hit. Both Crain and Watts came around to score to give Barrington a 2-0 lead. Tanous reached second base on the throw home and raised his fists in triumph.

“The first pitch I fouled it off,” said Tanous. “I was a little nervous. But I shook it off. I got a good piece of the ball and loaded great. We scored two runs there. It felt great to untie that game. After that I knew we could take this game,” he said.

The Eagles offense was just getting started. After loading the bases in the first three innings and having nothing to show for it, Barrington loaded the bases again.

Anderson sacrifice bunted Tanous over to third base. Will DiGiacomo drew a walk to put runners on first and third. DiGiacomo moved to second base on a passed ball. Blake Dolan struck out for the second out of the inning. But Cullen Crain reached on a walk to load the bases for Owen Pfeffer.

The left-handed Pfeffer ran the count full. Then drove a pitch from Calandrelli over the Madison first baseman and into right field. Both Tanous and DiGiacomo came into score to give the Eagles a 4-0 lead heading into the sixth inning.

Anderson threw 68 pitches before coming out for the sixth. The lanky, right-hander fielded a bunt and threw out Madison’s Shailen Pathy for the first out. Anderson struck out Madison’s burly first baseman Trevor Cash, but catcher Bumpy Promades couldn’t dig the pitch out of the dirt and Cash reached first base. Earlier in the at-bat, Cash hit Promades in the arm with his bat while striking a foul ball. Bumpy was hurt on the play, but quickly recovered and took his position behind the plate.

Gavin Doyle ran for Cash and stood on first base when pinch-hitter Morris Selmani popped out to first for the second out of the inning. Leadoff hitter Johnny Reh drew a walk to put runners on first and second for Madison.

Anderson standing on the mound, took in a deep breath, then got Christian Kells to hit a fly ball to shallow left-center field. Cullen Crain ran out and called off the outfielders to catch the fly ball and end the game. He leapt into the air as the Eagles celebrated. They were now going to play for the championship.

“We know New Hampshire is a good team,” said coach Promades.

New Hampshire beat Barrington in the first semifinals game on Thursday 2-1.

“But we’re going to come out to battle, grind and fight like we always have and give everything we’ve got with no regrets. We are going to leave it all out on the field,” coach Promades said.

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