LEWISTON/AUBURN — Dube Gravel of South Lewiston Little League edged past Poisson’s of New Auburn Little League, 9-8, in a major division baseball clash.
For Poisson’s, both Josh Hamel and Andre Coachman had two big hits to set the offensive pace. Cameron Dubay hit a two-run double to keep the score close as the game was reaching the later innings.
Cam Cote, Hunter Dickinson and Brandon Beaupre reached base all three times at bat for Dube. Beaupre also made a remarkable throw from shallow outfield to home plate to prevent Poisson from having a big inning.
These teams have each won a game in head-to-head play this season and will face each other at least one more time.
In other inter-league play, it took longer than one night for Hammond Lumber and VFW to walk away with their first points of the season. The game started on Wednesday night at Pulsifer Field in Auburn and ended Saturday morning in a 10-10 tie.
Jacob Strout pitched a strong four-plus innings for Hammond, allowing six runs while striking out eight and walking three. Cooper Millett started the game with a lead ff triple and Colby Bilodeau had three singles to lead the Hammond offensive charge. Garrett Poussard, Jacob Labbe and Strout each added hits for Hammond.
In the second game of a home-and-home, Hammond Lumber held off a late charge from VFW and walked away with a 7-4 victory. Bilodeau pitched five-plus innings for Hammond, surrendering just one hit while striking out 12 and walking three. He also led the Hammond offense with three hits, three RBI’s, two runs scored and two stolen bases.
Poussard added a pair of hits, and Dominic Fournier contributed with an RBI double. Cole Pringle came in to pitch in the bottom of the sixth and closed the door on the VFW comeback.
In a close game at Pulsifer Field not decided until the final out with a man on third, Gendron’s held on to defeat Walmart, 3-2.
Sam Blaisdell and Seth Van Deursen each pitched three innings and combined for five-hit, nine-strikeout ball. Blaisdell also had three hits, including a double.
Walmart had solid pitching from Zion Gurney and Zach Couilliard, who allowed only three hits and combined to strike out 17. Both also hit a double. Ben Harris contributed a solid performance, including a hit.
The final inning included a throw out at home by Gendron’s on a relay from Otis Caron to Blaisdell to Nick Powers.
ASLL Major Baseball
AUBURN — Pepsi has won its last three games played in Auburn Suburban Little League major baseball.
Pepsi beat East Auburn 14-2 with strong hitting, led by C.J. Jipson, Jarod Norcross-Plourde and Gavin Bates. Bates hit his first home run, a grand slam. East Auburn had hits from Jaelen Coney and Noah Sterling.
Pepsi defeated Austin Associates, 14-1, on strong offense by Jipson, Norcross-Plourde, Bates and Ryan Kappelmann. Austin had a hit by Billy Ducios.
Bates had multiple hits, including a home run, in a 17-4 victory over Hardy, Wolf & Downing. Others with multiple hits included Nate Farnsworth, Norcross-Plourde, and A.J. Parisi. HWD had hits from Isaac Dumont, Aaron Fanjoy, Reese Cyr and Joshua Pelletier.
Willis recorded two victories in the major division last week. Race Bouchard pitched well to lead Willis in a 15-5 rout of Hardy, Wolf & Downing.
The second win was more of a battle, 2-1 over Auburn Firefighters. This game featured solid defense and strong pitching from both teams. Caleb Hebert outdueled Austin Cox to earn the victory. For Willis, Quinn Myrick had a key single to drive home a run.
ASLL Minor Baseball
AUBURN — American Concrete entertained Hudson Bus in a hard-fought Auburn Suburban Little League minors baseball game ending in American’s favor, 7-4.
Nick Tirrell, Cameron Langlois, Joel Stubbs, Nick Hartley and Jake Arel scored runs for American. Dan Milks, Josh White and Johnathon Meserve crossed the plate for Hudson.
Hudson outslugged Hammond Lumber in another matchup, scoring nine runs in the final two frames to put the contest out of reach.
Jack Hart and Jacob Jackson both had red-hot bats for Hudson Bus with five hits each. Hart also contributed six RBIs.
For Hammond Lumber, Seth Webster led the way with three hits and five RBIs. Nathan Jones also tallied three hits for the Lumber company.
American Concrete overtook Enefco USA, 19-5. R.J. Nichols, Michael Potvin and Jacob Willette scored for Enefco. Matt Scholer cranked a home run. Joel Stubbs smacked a homer for American, with runs scored by Marius Morneau, Colby Levesque, A.J. Tirrell, Cameron Langlois, Jacob Hodgman, Nick Hartley, Jake Arel and Nick Martinez.
ASLL Minor Softball
AUBURN — AEA and Prudential competed in the final game of the day on Saturday in Auburn Suburban Little League minor softball, and the contest lived up to its billing before ending in a tie.
Prudential threw the first haymaker when consecutive singles from Taylor Newman, Hannah Olcott, Sara Younk and Bella Coulombe plated four runs and gave Prudential the early lead. Had it not been for a great defensive play by Miranda Chadbourne, the deficit would have been much worse for AEA.
But AEA had their own ideas on how this tilt would be fought. Speedster Elizabeth Marcotte led off with a single, followed by a Delaney Morneau blast, and had Prudential on its heels. Chantal Ouellette and Ruthie Hurd made sure that this contest would go the distance by both delivering blasts of their own and knotting up the affair.
The middle frames saw the teams trade blows. Prudential’s Cassady Bussiere and Madison Rush led their team’s charge, while the crafty play and hustle of Alexis Trott and Julia Berube was vital to AEA’s success.
So the teams marched into the final frame deadlocked. RBI singles by Prudential’s Anna LeBlanc and Katherine Gilpatrick plated three runners to give them the lead. Just as Prudential expected, however, AEA would not roll over.
AEA loaded the bases in its half of the frame, relying heavily on Morgan Mattson to deliver the game-tying blow with two out.
The two teams meet again in three weeks in what should be another thrilling affair.