OLD ORCHARD BEACH – Fayette-Staples of Saco dropped its second game of the double-elimination event and was eliminated Friday from the American Legion Northeast Regional baseball tournament at The Ballpark.

Fayette-Staples, comprised of players from Thornton Academy, lost to Concord, N.H., 4-0.

Fayette-Staples earned a berth in the tournament by being the host team. On Thursday night, the Zone 5 champion lost to Milford, Conn., 5-2.

In both games, Fayette-Staples had chances but couldn’t deliver the key hit. It loaded the bases in the sixth against Concord.

“We left quite a few men on base. I don’t even want to know how many. We couldn’t come up with the timely hit,” said Coach Ray Petit.

Fayette-Staples stranded nine runners.

With one out and trailing 3-0 in the sixth, Dillon Dunbar of Fayette-Staples hit a hard grounder to pitcher Eddie Dionne, who initially thought of going to second.

He pivoted and threw home for the force. The next batter, Brandon Briggs, lined to first.

“Dillon hit the ball hard right at the pitcher,” said Petit. “We couldn’t get anything out of it. That was the turning point.

“Their pitcher was tough. He picked his spots. I thought we put out a great effort in both games. As a host team, we showed we deserved to be here. I’m proud of the effort.”

Dionne, a right-hander, allowed three hits in 8 1/3 innings.

Fayette-Staples starter Jack Kenney gave up six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. 5, ESSEX JUNCTION, VT. 3: Kory Lawrence allowed five hits and one earned run to help Woonsocket, R.I., win an elimination game at Old Orchard Beach.

E.J. Torres and Tyler Geffert rapped out three hits apiece for Woonsocket, which scored single runs in five innings.

Brandon Perrico, Andreas Bracket and Brandon Rainville each had an RBI for Woonsocket.

Ted Andrews drove in the run for Essex Junction in the fifth that made it 3-1.

Woonsocket next faces either Barnstable, Mass., or Milford, Conn.

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