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The second seeded Ogdensburg Howland Pump Maples had runners on first and secondbase in the sixth inning against No. 1 seed Saranac Lake on Sunday but a very cool and collective Red Storm team cooly gained a groundout to secure a 6-5 win in the 12U Championship Game of the James Pinkerton Memorial All Star Tournament at Montroy Sports Complex.

The Maples scored three runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-4 lead but Saranac Lake responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth for the 6-5 lead.

Mitchell Brenno doubled and scored on a Brennan Harmer RBI single in the second inning for the Maples. Jared Barr walked and scored on a double by Ethan Baldwin in the third for a 2-1 lead. The lead was short-lived because Saranac Lake tied the game in the bottom.

Ogdensburg scored three runs in the fifth. Garrett Piercey stroked a single and was forced out on a Broadie Woods fielders-choice. After a double by Jackson Troiano, Jared Barr belted a three run homerun. Barr also made a excellent catch diving over the centerfield fence to save a homerun in the fourth inning and fanned four batters in three innings of pitching. Ethan Baldwin struck out three in two innings and Jake Sharp had a pair of singles in the contest.

“I’m really proud on the way we battled back the whole weekend. We improved alot since the Malone tournament,” said coach Scott McCormick who was assisted by Bryan Harmer and Stan Piercey.

In the semi-final game, Ogdensburg battled back from a 3-0 defecit for a 6-5 win over Thousand Islands. In quarter-final action, Ogdensburg defeated Malone 3-1. During Saturday’s pool play, Ogdensburg downed Thousand Islands 3-2 and Massena 11-3.

The U10 title went to Malone which staged two comeback wins Sunday and nipped Thousand Islands in the finals.

Maples 6, Thousand Islands 5: The Maples scored three in the fifth inning and held off TI.

In the fifth, Jackson Trioano started the inning with a double. Grant LeBeau followed with a walk. Jarred Barr plated a run with a single, Ethan Baldwin followed with a single, Justyn McCormick reached on a fielders choice and Mitch Brenno later singled home a run.

Down 3-0, Ogdensburg scored three runs in the third inning. Trioano had a double, Barr blasted a two run homerun, Baldwin, McCormick stroked one out singles and later came around to score on a single from Jake Sharpe.

Barr added a single in the first, Brennan Harmer chipped in a single in the second and the Ogdensburg pitchers fanned seven batters.

Ogdensburg 3, Malone 2: In a back and forth early Sunday morning game, Ogdensburg broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning as Jake Sharpe led off with a single. Brennan Harmer placed a perfect bunt to move Sharpe to second base and Sharp later scored on a fielderchoice by Broadie Woods. The Maples answered Malone’s first inning run as Jarred Barr singled and scored on double by Ethan Baldwin. Ogdensburg answered Malone’s second inning run in the third.

Grant LeBeau reached on a fielders choice with one out and later scored from Barr’s single. Harmer also singled in the second backing up a solid team pitching effort (9 strikeouts).

SATURDAY PLAY

Maples 3, Thousands Islands 1: Jarred Barr doubled and scored on Justyn McCormick groundout in the first for the Maples. The Maples added a pair of runs in the third as Barr reached on a walk, Ethan Baldwin singled and Justyn McCormick rapped a two-run double. The Maples also received a hit from Mitch Brenno in the fifth to back Barr and Baldwin who fanned 10 batters.

Maples 11, Massena 3: Ten hits produced a big win as the Maples broke open the game with a three run fifth and a six run sixth. Jarred Barr belted a triple and a homerun, Justyn McCormick delivered a double and two singles, Brennan Harmer lined two singles while Ethan Baldwin, Garrett Piercey, Mitch Brenno, and Jackson Troiano all singled.

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