OLD ORCHARD BEACH – Only two players from Gayton Post hit balls safely out of the infield as Whitestown (N.Y.) rolled to a 6-1 victory Friday to knock the Maine champion out of the American Legion Baseball Northeast Regional at The Ballpark.

Gayton Post scored a total of three runs while going 0-2 in the eight-team, double-elimination tournament.

“If you were to assess our team, you would say we’re an offense-based team,” Gayton Post Coach Todd Cifelli said. “Unfortunately, sometimes you don’t hit, and we didn’t hit the last two days.”

Gayton Post, made up primarily of players from Lewiston High, left a total of 23 runners on base in its two games.

“I think we pressed,” Cifelli said. “We left guys on and we continued to press.

“You can’t try harder in baseball. You’ve just got to trust yourself, your approach you’ve done the whole time, and I think we pressed the last two days.”

Gayton Post, which finished the season 27-3, collected eight hits Friday, but only Trey Ouellette, who singled in the eighth, and Corbin Hyde, who doubled in the ninth, got hits that reached the outfield.

“The pitching that we saw was very similar to the state tournament,” Cifelli said.

“We have an outstanding offense. We just didn’t hit the last two days.

The New York state champion took a 2-0 lead in the second. Ryan Watson led off with a single and scored on a throwing error after stealing second and third. With two outs, Brent Sloma singled, moved to third when the next two hitters walked, and scored on a wild pitch.

Gayton Post scored its run in the third when Hyde drew a bases-loaded walk.

Mike Sullivan made it 3-1 in the sixth when he drove in run with his second single of the game, and Dylan Gorski drove in two runs in the seventh with the second of his two singles.

In the eighth, winning pitcher Matt Engler drove in a run with his third hit.


CONNECTICUT 3, MASSACHUSETTS 1: Patrick Donohue allowed a run on six hits in a complete game to lead Norwalk, Conn., past Worcester, Mass., at Old Orchard Beach.

Donohue struck out four and walked one. Matt Ederle delivered RBI singles in the second and the fourth to lead Connecticut’s offense.

John Boyd struck out nine in eight innings for Massachusetts. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and five walks.


NEW HAMPSHIRE 4, VERMONT 0: Joseph Maher pitched a one-hitter, struck out seven and walked three to lead Bedford, N.H., past Colchester, Vt., at Old Orchard Beach.

Bedford’s offense was sparked by its eighth and ninth hitters. Jordan St. Jean had a double, a triple and two runs scored, and Matt Woodmansee was 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI.

They put Bedford ahead in the fifth when St. Jean led off with a triple and scored on Woodmansee’s single.

Zach Husband added an RBI single in the seventh. Bedford tacked on two in the eighth on a double by St. Jean and RBI singles by Woodmansee and Mike Laflamme.