HB U10 All-Star team wins 12-team tourney

The HB U10 All-Stars won a classic back-and-forth battle over a tough Keene team to close out the Swanzey Invitational Championship. HB hung on for a thrilling 9-8 victory with some great defensive efforts, backing up a depleted pitching staff playing their sixth game in six days.

Jackson Goldstein started the scoring in the first inning, driving a triple to the right-field fence scoring Andrew Eckman and Gavin Knudson. Keene battled back with six runs in the second to jump out to a 6-3 lead on five hits and a walk. Gavin Knudsen limited the damage with an out at home on a hot shot to shortstop and Goldstein made a nifty play on a backhander in the first-base hole.

Andrew Eckman gave a gritty three-inning performance on the mound, battling through a tough Keene lineup and held them to six runs with a nice play on a comebacker to the mound.

In the fourth, Alex Razzaboni stayed hot at the plate with an RBI single through the shortstop hole, driving in Bryce Sturges who singled earlier in the inning. Adam Connelly followed with an RBI single to make it 6-5. Then with two outs, Ben Dufoe drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game and Ben Petrella legged out an infield single to put HB back on top 7-6 after three innings.

Keene came right back in the fourth with two runs on a double and couple of walks off of Evan Costa, who had a big hit earlier in the game, though the damage was limited by a great play from left fielder Adam Connelly, who make a great catch on a long line drive to the fence.

In the bottom of the fourth, Elliot Troddyn reached on an error and was followed by a two-out walk to Bryce Sturges. Goldstein then laced a two-RBI double past third base to put HB back on top 9-8.

Sturges pitched a strong fifth inning, and stranded the tying run at second base after a spectacular diving catch by Troddyn in right field. After a quick top of the sixth, HB turned to Goldstein to close out the game.

After a leadoff single and then a strikeout, Sturges made a game-saving leaping catch on a hot shot down the first-base line for the second out. The final out was a weak pop up to Eckman at third, who squeezed it cleanly and the celebration was on!

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