Concord All-Stars fall for first time in pool play at Babe Ruth World Series

  • Concord’s Jake Sullivan laces a pitch to center field during Kelso’s 11-3 win over Concord on Saturday at David Story Field in Game 2 of pool play of the Babe Ruth World Series in Longview, Wash. Joshua Hart Daily News

  • Images from Kelso's 11-3 win over Concord, N.H., on Saturday at David Story Field as part of the Babe Ruth World Series. Joshua Hart; The Daily News—

  • Images from Kelso's 11-3 win over Concord, N.H., on Saturday at David Story Field as part of the Babe Ruth World Series. Joshua Hart; The Daily News—

  • Images from Kelso's 11-3 win over Concord, N.H., on Saturday at David Story Field as part of the Babe Ruth World Series. Joshua Hart; The Daily News—

  • ABOVE: Concord’s Jonah Wachter stretches to retire Kelso’s Nate Lonner during an 11-3 setback for Concord on Saturday at David Story Field as part of the Babe Ruth World Series in Longview, Wash. BELOW: Cam McGonigle fields a grounder during Game 2 of pool play. Joshua Hart photos / The Daily News

  • Images from Kelso's 11-3 win over Concord, N.H., on Saturday at David Story Field as part of the Babe Ruth World Series. Joshua Hart; The Daily News—

  • Images from Kelso's 11-3 win over Concord, N.H., on Saturday at David Story Field as part of the Babe Ruth World Series. Joshua Hart; The Daily News—

  • Images from Kelso's 11-3 win over Concord, N.H., on Saturday at David Story Field as part of the Babe Ruth World Series. Joshua Hart; The Daily News—

  • Images from Kelso's 11-3 win over Concord, N.H., on Saturday at David Story Field as part of the Babe Ruth World Series. Joshua Hart; The Daily News—

  • Images from Kelso's 11-3 win over Concord, N.H., on Saturday at David Story Field as part of the Babe Ruth World Series. Joshua Hart; The Daily News—

Monitor staff
Published: 8/12/2018 12:24:02 AM

The Concord All-Stars kicked off the 13-15 Babe Ruth World Series on Thursday in style with a no-hit win over three-time champion Torrance, Calif. On Saturday, the New England champs nearly received a taste of their own medicine.

Concord didn’t record its first base knock until the fifth inning and struggled to make anything happen in the second contest of pool play in Longview, Wash., generating only three hits in an 11-3 defeat to co-host Kelso, Wash., at David Story Field.

Kelso starter Jase Schueller held Concord out of the hit column for four-plus innings before the Granite Staters finally ended the no-no bid on Ryan Kastle’s single in the fifth off reliever Kris Tsinnajinnie.

But it was never Concord’s day from the very start.

Starting pitcher Jake Sullivan and the rest of the staff struggled with command as the team walked 15 batters – at least one in every inning – including two in the first as part of a three-run frame for Kelso, which jump-started the team to its first win of pool play.

Concord, now 1-1, is still in good position to reach the semifinals and will play again Sunday against Tallahassee, Fla., at 2 p.m.

Concord fell behind 3-0 before its first at-bats and was staring at a 5-0 deficit in the second inning despite allowing only one hit to that point. New Hampshire tried to rally, but was met with resistance from Kelso each time.

Trailing by five in the third, Concord loaded the bases with nobody out and put two runs across on an error and a fielder’s choice off the bat of Trevor Smith. But Kelso and Nate Lonner answered right back in the top half of the fourth with a two-run single up the middle for the 7-2 advantage.

With the game still in reach in the fifth, Concord chased Schueller, collected its first hit and scratched another run across on Tyler Wright’s RBI fielder’s choice to make it 7-3.

But the kids from Kelso continued to apply pressure.

Kelso loaded the bases in the sixth and scored three more times before Nate Vandersea came on to limit the damage. Another run for Kelso in the seventh all but put the game to bed as Tsinnajinnie worked around a Jarrad Willette single and picked up three strikeouts in the final frame to finish Concord off.

Willette, Kastle and Mike Stoddard finished with one hit apiece to account for Concord’s offense.




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