Crowning achievement: Unbeaten Kiwanis earns back-to-back titlesTalented youngsters defeat Elks in Rockland championship
Rockland — Thirty straight victories, regardless of the sport or the level of competition, is an impressive achievement. In fact, an accomplishment that does not come around often and requires a special breed of athletes and certain type of team.
Kiwanis, competing for the Rockland Little League baseball championship for the second straight year, is one of those teams, and proved so with a convincing 9-0 title victory over No. 2 Elks Sunday afternoon, June 17 on E. Allen Gordon Field.
No. 1 Kiwanis (15-0) completed an unbeaten season for the second consecutive year and the champs have not lost since 2010. The Elks' season ended at 10-6.
Last year, Kiwanis defeated the Ravens of Vinalhaven 6-5 in eight innings in the title clash, after the eventual champs fell behind 4-0 early in that championship game. Sunday's final game needed no such dramatics, with the top-seeded team scoring early and often en route to the league crown.
Logan Sheridan pitched 4 1/3 innings for Kiwanis, allowing two hits and seven walks, with nine strikeouts. Jack Freeman and Connor Harvey worked the hill in relief, each striking out three batters to preserve the win.
Jackson Arnsdorf and Eric Glaser pitched for Elks, allowing a combined nine hits and three walks, with 12 strikeouts.
Leading Kiwanis at the plate were Mike Norton (double, single), Connor Harvey (single), Jack Freeman (double, single), Vaughn Faller (triple) and Sheridan (home run, single).
For Elks, Arnsdorf and Will Eaton each singled.
Kiwanis got the bats working early when Norton doubled and Harvey singled in the first inning, to put runners at the corners. Freeman then rapped a two-run single and came home an RBI-triple by Faller, putting the hosts up 3-0.
The top-seed added two more runs in the second stanza when Bennett Penney walked, took third on an error and crossed the plate on a wild pitch. Norton then rapped an RBI-single to make the score 5-0.
The runs continued at a torrid pace for Kiwanis in the third inning when Freeman doubled, took third base on a dropped third strike and scored on a wild pitch. Sheridan then helped his own cause, smacking a solo home run to center field to put the hosts ahead 7-0.
Norton scored on a wild pitch in the fourth inning and Freeman crossed the plae in the fifth to round out the scoring.
Kiwanis defeated No. 4 Fisher Engineering 12-2 and defeated Elks 6-3 to advance to the championship game. Elks defeated the No. 3 Ravens 3-2, lost to Kiwanis, and beat the Ravens again 10-3 to advance to the title game.
Team members for Kiwanis include Jack Wadsworth, Norton, Harvey, Freeman, Faller, Sheridan, Penney, Jason Reese, Ben Ripley, Kasey Campbell and Everett Allyn. The team is coached by Jason Butman, Alan Harvey and Parker Wadsworth.
Team members for Elks include Bradley Nystrom, Glaser, Arnsdorf, Nick Crawford-Crudell, Josh Peaco, Maguire LeBlanc, Abe LeMole, Eaton, Alex O'Brien, Sheldon Simmons, Nathaniel Barnard and Theo Hallett. The team is coached by Tom Peaco, Sebastian Arnsdorf and Chris LeBlanc.
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