This past weekend, June 29 and 30, North Country and Lake Region completed the 12U (age 12 and under) Cal Ripken baseball district championship. Last Thursday, June 27, North Country took it to Lake Region, beating them 10-0 in five innings. This put the pressure on Lake Region to defeat Northfield Saturday, then win back-to-back games over NC to take the title. Lake Region cruised on Saturday, despite a change in venue to Barton due to the saturated field at Gardner Park and a one-hour rain delay. They scored 12 unanswered runs with a total team effort led by Rian Hayman-Jones, Parker Perron, and Josh Royer going 3 for 4 at the plate. Gabe Riendeau pitched very well with seven
strikeouts, setting up the showdown with North Country.
In the first game Sunday at noon, Lake Region broke open the game in the third inning with 5 runs followed by 5 more in the fourth. Parker Brown knocked in three runs with a double and single and the clean up hitter Asom Hayman-Jones tallied four RBI’s with a triple and a single. Rian Hayman-Jones recorded six strikeouts, gave up no walks, and allowed one infield hit in 4 innings as LR evened the score 10-0.
That gave Parker Brown a chance to avenge his previous outing against the NC ace Aiden Gariepy and he delivered pitching a perfect six inning game. It looked to be a pitching dual until, with two outs in the bottom of the thirrd, Lake Region’s Jack King connected for a triple to deep center which brought up the lead-off hitter Rian Hayman-Jones. With two strikes and Aiden Gariepy bringing it, Rian finally squared one
up sending it to the fence in deep center for a home run. In the fifth inning again with two outs, Rian hit a double and was knocked in by Parker Perron’s hit, who was then plated when Parker Brown helped his own cause with another RBI. Parker Brown had a 1-2-3 sixth inning and Lake Region completed the improbable comeback. Congratulations to both teams on some great baseball and good luck to both heading into this weekend’s
12U state championship to be held in Barton.
The tournament opener is Friday night at 6 p.m. The first game on Saturday starts at 2 p.m., and the championship game is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.
— submitted by Jethro Hayman