Barnstable defeated in regional final
The Barnstable 10U baseball team took its season as far as it could go.
Unfortunately for the Barnstable boys, it ended in defeat.
After wrapping up the New England Regional around 9 p.m. Friday night, Barnstable was back on the field about 11 hours later Saturday morning and lost to Mid-Atlantic Regional champion Great Kills (Staten Island), New York, 11-2, in the 9-10 Little League Eastern Regional Baseball Tournament final in Cranston, Rhode Island.
Barnstable went undefeated through the state tournament and the Eastern Regional until losing Saturday. Still, it was the final game since there’s no World Series for the 9-10 age group.
Barnstable’s defense had carried the team all season, but its sloppy field play Saturday allowed New York to take a 5-1 lead through the first two innings.
Great Kills pitcher Mike Uccio shut down Barnstable’s offense by using a change-up and a curveball in 4.2 innings.
“Our team was wiped out this morning,” Barnstable coach Steve Johnson said. “Nothing went our way in the beginning. After that, kids didn’t have the energy to fight back.”
Barnstable could only counter with a bases-loaded walk in the second and by stealing home on a first-and-third play in the fifth.
Despite the loss, Johnson said he enjoyed coaching players that embraced practicing 5-to-6 times per week and appreciated being around the game and one another.
“It’s the kind of kids you dream about having,” Johnson said. “Anytime I called a practice, not one kid ever complained, especially when it was hot out.
“These kids will never forget this week,” Johnson added. “We were proud to come home with the banner.”
He also called the support from the parents and town baseball officials a “total town effort.”
Brandon Gomes lifted Barnstable into Saturday’s final by hitting a game-ending single in the fifth inning of Friday’s 11-1 slaughter-rule win over Warwick, Rhode Island. Barnstable scored 11 unanswered runs in that game after falling behind, 1-0, after the first.
Reid Buckler finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs, while Logan Our, who hit seven triples in the tournament, went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Brady McCarthy and Eric Stanley hit RBI singles in the second to give Barnstable a 2-1 lead. Barnstable then added three in the third and four in the fourth to make it 9-1.
Jack Tarbox pitched four-plus innings before reaching his 75-pitch limit and also went 3-for-3 with two doubles at the plate. Daniel Murphy pitched the rest of the way.
Johnson said the team will celebrate locally the rest of the month before school begins.
Then next month, the boys will also get an even larger recognition when they’re introduced at Fenway Park before the Sept. 14 Red Sox game, which is fittingly against the New York Mets.