JIM COPPO – Rindge, New Hampshire….The New England Ravens 11U team took to Dr. Arthur & Martha Pappas Field on the campus of FPU for their season opener vs. the Red Wings of Londonderry in a non divisional tilt. The Ravens jumped out early by scoring a pair of 1st inning runs and held Londonderry scoreless thru 3 innings before the Red Wings tied the game at 2 in the top of the 4th. Casey Jordon got the start for the Ravens and pitched a perfect two innings before giving way to Patrick Forbes who pitched the 3rd and 4th before he gave way to Luke Beard. Beard was summoned to the mound by Coach Al Dinardo with no outs and the bases loaded holding a 2-1 lead. After walking in the tying run, Beard worked out of the jam with a pair of strike outs and ground out.
The Ravens then went to work by plating three runs on 4 hits in the bottom of the 4th to take a 5-2 lead. The Red Wings quickly responded with a pair of their own to pull with one, 5-4. The Ravens, behind closer Justin King who put the hammer down, struck out Londonderrys #4 hitter Matt Veneri & #5 batter Zack Rheault before fielding a dribbling grounder off the bat of Londonderry pitcher Anthony O’Donnell and fired a bullet to 1st baseman Sebastian Mexico to record out number 3. King after a huge fist pump, headed to the dugout. He then helped his own cause as he belted a two run single to right center that sealed the victory. The Ravens scored 5 runs in the 6th to take a commanding 10-4 lead. The full offensive Ravens game was on display as they pounded out 10 hits and stole 8 bases. The Ravens are off until next Saturday when they’ll host a divisional DH vs. N.E. Orange. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00pm. The Ravens are 1-0. Luke Beard recorded the win and Justin King earned the save. Battery mates were Anthony Dinardo and Preston Kirby. Sundays DH vs Pawtucket R.I. is cancelled due to anticipated wet weather and field conditions. A rescheduled date will be posted once the game has been rescheduled.
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