LEWISTON – South Lewiston Little League officially opens its season at 10 a.m. Saturday. All players will be introduced and called onto the field at the Martin Drive complex. Games will be played at all levels throughout the day from T-ball to Major baseball and softball. Family and friends are encouraged to attend this fun and exciting day.
While awaiting those formalities, some South Lewiston players already have enjoyed a successful launch t0 the spring campaign. Gendron’s Mobil defeated Hammond Lumber, 10-9, in a mutual season-opener.
Behind a fine combined pitching performance from Nathan Albert, Hunter Landry and Jake Tiner, Gendron’s was able to nurse its sizable early lead. Jacob Gosselin was strong defensively as well as at the plate, where he drove in four runs.
Hammond shut down Gendron’s down after the first inning behind the strong pitching performance of Colby Bilodeau.
AUBURN – Hardy, Wolf & Downing won its opener in Auburn Suburban Little League Major baseball action over Austin’s, 10-6. Jacob Dubuc and Alex Thompson eached pitched three effective innings to lead HWD. Jack Coyne and Kyle Romero each ripped a triple for HWD. Mason Brushwein was the defensive star with a diving catch in left field.
HRH outlasted HWD, 22-15, to win its initial outing of the season. Cole Butler led the HRH offense with four hits. Brandon Knapp added three, including two triples. For HWD, Dubuc and Romero had four hits each. Coyne added three hits.
Pepsi got off to a strong 2-0 start in ASLL Major baseball. On Opening Day, the Cola Crew defeated Austin’s, 12-7. Ryan Kappelman was a repeat hitter. C. J. Jipson belted a home run for Pepsi. Bobby Shelley was 3-for-3 to lead Austin’s. Defensive standouts were Eli McBride for Pepsi and Justin Keaney for Austin’s.
Jaron Norcross-Plourde faced the minimum of 12 batters in four innings of relief to push Pepsi past East Auburn, 7-3. Norcross-Plourde helped himself at the plate with a triple and home run. Jipson went 3-for-3, including a triple. Austin Cullerton and Matt Verrill led East Auburn’s offense. Llewellyn Jensen pitched three strong innings of relief for East Auburn, while Dillon Hummes played strong defense. Gavin Bates paced Pepsi in the field.
In Minor baseball, Rowe Ford and M&P Auto played a spirited contest. Tyler Libby led Rowe with five hits, including a home run. Seth Kolreg also had five hits for Rowe Ford, while Tanner Sturgis, Aaron Perkins and Colby Levesque pounded out four hits apiece. Chase Martin added three hits for Ford. M&P Auto received great defensive efforts from Keegan Pelletier and Hunter Langlois.
Rowe ran into Pat’s Pizza in its next encounter. Kolreg, Christian Beliveau and Nick Martinez lashed out four hits apeice for the Motormen. Sturgis, Perkins and Levesque tallied three hits each. Pat’s Pizza received a great defensive game from Marshall Chadbourne and Ben Cassidy, who also contributed three hits.
Giles Paradie went 5-for-5 with two triples and a whopping six RBIs for Dillingham & Son in a 14-0 Minor baseball blanking of Hudson Bus Lines. Brendan Whitman contributed three hits for Dillingham. Storm Jipson, Seth Dyer and Josh White all had two hits apiece.
Willow Run Dental celebrated a successful opener in Minor Softball. Every girl in the lineup enjoyed at least one hit. Rylea-Mae Swan and Chloe Hirsch were outstanding behind the plate.
LEWISTON – In opening day competition at Elliot Ave. Little League, Elite Auto fell 13-6 to a persistent United Ambulance nine.
Hurt by errors and wild pitches, Elite was down 5-0 before scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jason Gonzalez, Jared Rubin and Nate Mercier ripped consecutive doubles to fueld the rally.
United added one run in the fifth before Damien St. Pierre tripled in a run for Elite. St. Pierre eventually scored on a straight steal of home when the catcher returned the ball to the mound.
But United scored seven in the top of the sixth to put it away. Three straight walks and a two-run single by Kristin Sostre helped the cause.
Elite’s comeback attempt in the bottom of the sixth inning fell short. United catcher Grant Hartley put out two fires, snuffing a steal attempt at third base and ending the game with a tag-out at the plate. Kaleb Morrisette picked up the win for United. Keenan Lynch collected the save. Ben Chasse suffered the loss.
Melanson Paving got off to a rollicking start with a 15-2 Major Division victory over Anthoine Financial Group. Jeromey Rancourt was the big stick for the Pavers with three hits, most notably two doubles. Austin Wing and Kyle Morin each chipped in two hits, while Dalton Wing and Brock Belanger added two RBIs apiece. Austin Wing pitched five solid innings to earn the win, allowing three hits while striking out 12.
Luc Dostie provided the offense for Anthoine with a double and a single.
In its second go-round of the opening week, Melanson kept up the pace with a 5-0 shutout over Aubuchon Hardware. Wing pitched the complete- game gem. Morin led the offense with two hits. Wing and Rancourt each chipped in a timely hit.
Jacob Charest pitched admirably for Aubuchon, striking out 11 and allowing only three hits. Mariano Webster and Joey Zembas each had two hits for Aubuchon.