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Andies too much for Falcon nine
RUMFORD -- The Mountain Valley baseball team couldn’t solve Bryan Mauras, who pitched a complete game and Livermore Falls stayed aggressive and utilized small ball tactics to pull away for a 15-3 triumph over Mountain Valley at overcast Hosmer Field.
The teams had split earlier – Mountain Valley won 6-4 and Livermore Falls won 1-0 - and there were playoffs implications on the line. It was the Andies who forced the issue by making things happen in the rubber game.
Livermore Falls (6-7) had started out strong by scoring five runs in the first two innings. The key hits included RBI singles by repeat hitters Ben Keene, Mauras and Hunter Brett. Falcon starter Adam Volkernick was lifted after Evan Castonguay and Jake Keene each singled in the second inning.
“We needed this win,” said LF coach Brian Dube. “I thought we were aggressive with our bats early, but then pitching was important because Mountain Valley came back. The main thing is that the team kept their focus.”
Mountain Valley (4-7), ranked ninth in Class B, came alive with three runs in the third inning, highlighted by Izaak Mill’s towering two-run homer. Cam Kaubris (two hits) doubled, Scott Gauvin singled and Brandon Jacques hit an RBI single. Ryan Nicols walked to load the bases, but Mauras struck out Colin Merrill and Josh Rainey flew out to end the third. Mauras (five strikeouts) settled into a groove and only allowed hits by Scott Gauvin over the final four innings.
”We knew coming into the season that young team would be a work in progress," said Mountain Valley coach Steve LaPointe, who lost seven of eight following a 3-0 start. “But the kids are hustling, so I can’t complain about the effort. Even on those bunts they hustled down the line.”
Livermore Falls broke things open by scoring five runs in each of the final two innings. This was highlighted by the Andies being able to execute their new weapon to the offense. Jim Settz infield single and four straight bunts, resulted in three runs.
The Andies lead-off batter, Alex Rose, was a catalyst by scoring three runs in the game.
“You still have to credit Livermore Falls,” said LaPointe. “They used small ball and that’s the second time Mauras has beat us this season.”