12 Year Olds Travel To Kingston, Massachusetts for 2008 New England Regional
The West Warwick Cal Ripken 12 year old All Stars, who recently captured their second consecutive State Championship, will travel to Kingston, Massachusetts this weekend for the 2008 New England Regional. West Warwick will begin play against Nashua, New Hampshire at 2:30 on Saturday. A recap of West Warwick’s journey to the New England Regional and look at this year’s State Champion follows:
West Warwick 6 CLCF 3 (7 Innings)
Led by the solid pitching of Matt Peterson and Matt Masse, West Warwick was able to survive an opening game scare, by defeating CLCF (Cranston), 6-3, in seven innings.
Peterson, who pitched the first six innings, allowed only one earned run on three scattered hits while striking out four and walking none. Masse, who pitched the seventh, struck out the final two batters of the game after allowing a solo home run to Connor Weathers.
With the game tied at 2-2, West Warwick scored four runs on one hit (Matt Masse’s two run single), three walks (Matt Peterson, Ryan Goddard, and Chris Stafford), and one error to take a 6-2 lead.
Offensively, West Warwick was led by Troy Lavoie (2 for 4, one double and two runs scored), Peterson (2 for 2, one run scored), Ryan O’Kelly (1 for 4, one double and one run scored), Ryan Goddard (1 for 2, one run scored), Masse (1 for 4, one run scored, and 2 r.b.i.’s), and Andrew Hebert (one run scored).West Warwick 7 Darlington 1
Led by a four run outburst in the bottom of the third inning, West Warwick broke open a scoreless game and defeated to a 7-1 victory over Darington (Pawtucket).
Picking up the victory for West Warwick was Matt Masse. In five innings of work, Masse struck out five batters and allowed no runs on three hits. After allowing one solo home run in the top of the sixth inning, Kyle Beck struck out the side to the end the game.
In the bottom of the third inning, West Warwick scored four runs on hits by Matt Peterson (single), Matt Masse (single), and Chris Stafford (double).
In the bottom of the fourth inning, West Warwick upped their lead to 7-0 on hits by Peterson (single), Ryan O’Kelly (double), and Masse (single).
Offensively, West Warwick was led by Peterson (2 for 3, two runs scored), O’Kelly (2 for 2, one double, and two runs scored), Ryan Goddard (two runs scored), Masse (2 for 3, one double and one run scored), Andrew Hebert (1 r.b.i.), and Stafford (one double).West Warwick 12 Elmhurst 2
In the Winner’s Bracket Final, West Warwick broke open a scoreless game after two innings and defeated Elmhurst (Providence), 12-2.
Picking up the victory for West Warwick was Kyle Beck. In five innings of work, Beck allowed only two runs on two hits while striking out eight batters.
Offensively, West Warwick received contributions from R.J. Leso (single and run scored), James Kaplan (single and two runs scored), Kyle Beck (single), Matt Masse (single and run scored), Ryan Goddard (one run scored), Ryan O’Kelly (single, three run home run, and two runs scored), Peterson (single, two run triple, and two runs scored, and Troy Lavoie (three runs scored).CLCF 10 West Warwick 7
In the first game of the State Championship, CLCF jumped out to an early lead and held off a furiously rally in the sixth inning to set up the final game of the 2008 State Championship.
Offensively, West Warwick was led by James Kaplan (one solo home run), Chris Stafford (one three run home run in the sixth inning), Dan Chambers (single and run scored), Ryan Goddard (two singles and one run scored), Ryan O’Kelly (one run scored), Andrew Hebert (single and one run scored), and Matt Peterson (single and one run scored).West Warwick 5 CLCF 1
Led by the hitting and stellar four hit pitching of Matt Masse, West Warwick captured their second consecutive State Championship with a 5-1 win over of CLCF of Cranston.
Masse, who allowed no runs on two single in the first five innings, struck out seven batters and walked only two in six innings of work.
For all intents and purposes, West Warwick scored all the runs they needed in a four run second inning. Matt Masse led off the inning with a solo home to right center field. Chris Stafford followed with a double to left field. After Stafford advanced to third on a wild pitch, Kyle Beck’s r.b.i. ground out made it 2-0. Andrew Hebert, James Kaplan, and Troy Lavoie then added three more hits to enable West Warwick to go up 4-0.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Ryan O’Kelly made it 5-0 when he hit his second home run of the tournament.Team Highlights:
West Warwick, who advanced to the Loser’s Bracket Semi-Finals in the 11 year old New England Regional, hope to better last year’s 2-2 record. This year’s group, which features a deep pitching staff, looks to be in position to better last year’s record.
West Warwick’s pitching staff looks to be deeper this year. Heading the list of West Warwick’s deep staff is Matt Masse. Masse, who was a workhorse in the State Tournament, struck out 15 batters and allowed only four earned runs in 12 inning of work. Matt Peterson, who pitched a three hitter in the opener of the State Tournament, has a plethora of tournament experience. In addition to Masse and Peterson, Kyle Beck and Ryan Goddard have had success on the mound in local league play this year. In fact, Beck and Goddard struck out 94 batters and walked only 32 in 65 innings pitched this year. Other pitchers, who could toe the mound are Ryan O’Kelly, Drew Doran, Andrew Hebert, and James Kaplan.
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