Londonderry’s 9-year-old and 11-year-old Cal Ripken All-Star baseball squads got the opportunity to play host – and play some high-level hardball – in the district tournaments for their respective age groups last week.
Neither contingent did quite as well as it would have liked, but the locals still did themselves, their coaches, and their programs proud.
Coach John Fennell’s 9-year-old squad went a modest 1-2 in its district tournament, dropping decisions to Barrington and Dover but besting the baseball bunch from Quintown.
Despite the losing 19-12 count against Barrington in its first game, the Londonderry crew received two hits apiece from Kevin Adie, Connor Fennell, Aidan Washington, Kevin Griffin, and Ben Martin.
Fennell’s force then snagged an 11-1 win from Quintown, with Connor Fennell twirling a one-hitter and striking out seven.
The winning side’s potent offensive attack was led by Griffin with three hits – including two doubles – and pitching star Fennell, Justin Rivard, and Nate DeFazio with two hits apiece.
But the hosts were then eliminated from the tourney by a 10-0 loss to the tough Dover crew in their third game. Nathan Kearney had the lone Londonderry hit in that defeat.
As far as the 11-year-old Londonderry group was concerned, coach Bruce Gervais’ guys didn’t have the kind of success they’d enjoyed in their recent invitational tourney title run, which ended with the local guys claiming the crown. But the Londonderry side gave its best shot in the district event.