Coaches and players for the Barre 14-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team pose after winning the state championship. Top row from left: Coach Sean Starr, Kurt Wenner, Shane Starr, Kieran McNamara, Zackary Wilson, Aiden Madison, Hayden Ross, Coach Perley Dexter. Middle row from left: Manager Dan Kiniry, Ethan Young, Trevor Arsenault, Damian Giffin, Alex Keane, Dylan Bachand, Coach Jason McAllister. Bottom row from left: Cole McAllister, Gabe Dexter, Hayden Kennedy, Danny Kiniry.

Barre’s 14-year-old Babe Ruth team defeated Franklin County, 13-0, to win the state championship.

The Granite City crew advances to the New England Regional Tournament in Rochester, New Hampshire. Barre will face off against New Hampshire, Eastern Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts in pool play, which begins July 19.

Barre relied on strong pitching from Dylan Bachand, Alex Keane, Kieran McNamara and Kurt Wenner to capture the title. Barre pitchers allowed six runs during a stretch of three games and combined for 15 strikeouts.


Barre 4, OEC 3

LYNDON — Camden Boucher earned the complete-game victory on the mound Tuesday, lifting Barre Post 10 past OEC.

OEC scored one run in the first inning to pull ahead early. Barre equalized in the fourth inning before adding two runs in the fifth for a 3-1 lead. OEC scored twice in the sixth inning to tie the game, but Post 10 had the final word offensively in the top of the seventh.

"We played relatively fundamental baseball and Cam pitched a heck of a game," Barre coach Cody Carlson said. "... And these guys are putting up a fight with all of them, so imagine when we're a little older. We played Colchester this weekend without our starting third basemen and our starting catcher, and we were missing our ace pitcher. We lost to them 7-0 and 14-4, but we're not that far off. And Colchester's team is close to 80% 18- or 19-year-olds."

Boucher threw 88 pitches and benefited from strong defensive support, leading to a trio of 1-2-3 innings. He recorded five strikeouts, allowed five hits and issued two walks over seven innings.

"Cam is going into his junior year of high school, and he just threw a seven-inning, five-hit game that we won," Carlson said. "And we made some big-time double plays."

During the third inning, OEC was ready to pounce after the leadoff batter reached base, but Barre turned a double play to defuse the threat. Second baseman Zach Stabell fielded a grounder cleanly and threw to shortstop Dalton Cody for a tag at second. Cody immediately fired to first baseman Ethan Robie to complete the double play. In the fifth inning Cody made a diving catch for the first out, kicking off a 1-2-3.

With the score knotted at 3, Cody led off the seventh inning with a stand-up triple down the right-field line.

"It hit the dirt, and they keep their batting cage inside the field," Carlson said. "The kid dove for it, trying to stop him from getting a triple, and he missed it completely."

Dylan Estivill followed with a ground ball to the third baseman. There was a momentary pause as Cody stayed close to the bag, but he immediately made a break for home when the ball was thrown to first base.

"He checked Dalton back, but as soon as he threw it Dalton went," Carlson said. "They threw the ball home, but Dalton was always sliding when the ball was being released. He just flies."

Barre pounded out 10 hits as a team and recorded two stolen bases. Although OEC held Post 10 hitless for the first three innings, Barre's offense eventually woke up and was happy to spread the wealth.

Cody was 2-for-4, Robie went 2-for-2 and Hunter Chase went 2-for-2 with one RBI and one stole base. Teammate AJ Castellanetta had a one-run double in the fifth inning, while Estivill contributed a single and two RBIs. Parker Perron (3-for-4) paced OEC.

Barre will travel to play Montpelier Post 3 for a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Recreation Field.

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