BRISTOL, Conn. — Colin Lemieux, a husky 5-foot-10 right-hander, accomplished what few pitchers have this summer against the Scarborough Little League team.

Lemieux quieted Scarborough’s offense, allowing just two runs in striking out nine over 51/3 innings as Warwick, Rhode Island, earned a 5-2 win Monday in the East Regional at Breen Field.

The defeat snapped a 13-game winning streak for Scarborough, which suffered its first setback since a 5-2 loss to Portland American in the first game of district play.

The Maine state champions will play an elimination game at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Fairfield, Connecticut (ESPN3).

While Scarborough Manager Corey Frink declined to speak to media following the game, Warwick Manager Ken Rix was impressed with his team’s opponent.

“That’s a good team we played, they played great defense,” Rix said. “It came down to timely hitting.”


Scarborough got off to a rough start as Warwick grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Sean Gallagher’s RBI single and Lemieux’s steal of home with the bases loaded.

But Scarborough center fielder Peter O’Brien kept his club in the game with what might go down as the play of the tournament.

With one out and runners on first and second, O’Brien made a diving catch on Chase Pariseau’s sinking line drive. O’Brien then flipped over, got to his feet and fired into the infield for a double play at second base.

Scarborough starter Ryan Kelly settled down and retired his final five batters, yielding two runs and two hits over 21/3 innings.

Ryan Gambardella, who struck out all four batters he faced Sunday in an 8-4 win over Brattleboro, Vermont, took over and limited Warwick to three hits in 22/3 innings. But the Rhode Island team scored one run in the fourth and two in the fifth.

Scarborough’s only runs came on O’Brien’s RBI single in the third and Jack Simonton’s leadoff homer in the fifth.


“My curve was on,” Lemieux said. “I left it up a couple times, but when I actually got it down, it was working pretty good.”

Before Monday, Scarborough had scored at least six runs in 13 straight games, all wins.

“Colin’s an excellent pitcher,” Rix said. “He likes the challenge and he obviously did his job today.”

Lemieux scattered six hits and walked one before reaching his pitch limit.

Cullen McGrew recorded the final two outs for Warwick, which is trying to become the third straight team to represent Rhode Island in the Little League World Series.

Pariseau’s RBI single gave Warwick a 3-1 lead in the fourth before Simonton’s homer made it 3-2.

Warwick then took advantage of a reversed call to tack on a pair of runs in the fifth.

Thane Denton’s bunt was called foul, but the umpires huddled and determined that Gambardella touched the ball while it was straddling the foul line, making it a fair ball.

The infield single left runners on first and second, and Warwick extended its lead on Domenic Brazeau’s grounder and an error.

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