Bulldogs Reach Semis of State Cal Ripken Tournament

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MARLBORO, Mass. -- The Lanesborough Bulldogs Cal Ripken All-Stars went 3-1 at the 12-and-under Majors state championship tournament last weekend.
 
Lanesborough 11, Marlboro 9
The Bulldogs opened pool play with an extra-innings win over host Marlboro the ended with a Damon Pause walkoff grand slam in the seventh.
 
Josh Rudin and Tyler Bartini each went 2-for-4, and Bartini hit a solo home run in the back-and-forth game.
 
It was 5-5 after six innings, but Lanesborough allowed four in the top of the seventh with an error helping to open the door. In the bottom of the seventh, Judge Martin hit a leadoff double, and after a couple of errors, Bartini and Ozzie Weber each singled. Pause then hit the game-winer with two outs.
 
Weber, Josh Worthington, Tyler Carlson and Michael Butler each pitched in the win.
 
Lanesborough 6, Milford 5
Rudin and Weber each doubled in the fifth inning to help the Bulldogs take control of another back-and-forth contest.
 
Worthington hit a two-run double in the second inning, and Will Thomson singled and scored in the third. In the fourth, Tyler Carlson hit an RBI single.
 
Pause, Damenecoe Conway and Bartini took turns on the mound.
 
Lanesborough 14, Northbridge 5
Martin threw four strong innings, and Thomson finished up to secure the win on the mound.
 
Bartini went 4-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, and Emile Miller was 2-for-4 and drove in three runs. Martin and Weber each went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Thomson doubled.
 
North Middlesex 7, Lanesborough 4
Semi-finals
After the conclusion of pool play, the Bulldogs had a quick 90-minute turnaround on a steamy Sunday.
 
Weber got things started with an RBI single in the first, and Carlson homered in the second. In the third, Weber and Miller each drove in a run.
 
But North Middlesex was able to pull ahead in the late innings despite strong performances on the mound from Weber and Carlson.
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