COLCHESTER, Vt. — After battling back from an early deficit, Adams Glass could not hold onto its lead in its first game of the Senior Babe Ruth Tournament.
Adams Glass fell to Colchester, 4-3, Saturday, but will look to bounce back today in the loser’s bracket at 11 a.m. against the winner of Franklin City and Lyndon.
Adams Glass (16-7-1) threatened in the first inning, with Nick Uliva and Nick Demarais on first and third, respectively. But, Colchester’s Devin Dessormeau got out of the jam and retired the next two batters.
Colchester took the lead in the bottom half of the inning when Dessormeau singled with two outs and stole second base. He scored on Cory Benoit’s double to grab a 1-0 lead. A lead Colchester would hold until the sixth inning.
Adams Glass rallied in the top of the sixth to grab a 3-1 lead.
Kevin Sousa led off the inning with a single and stole both second and third base. After an out, Demarais rapped a single to score Sousa and tie the game at one, but was thrown out going for an extra base for the second out of the inning.
Kyle Sprague walked and moved to second on a passed ball. Luis Pepen-Matos belted a single to score Sprague and give Adams Glass a 2-1 lead. Pepen-Matos was then brought to the plate, after a Kyle McCarthy walk, by Ryan McCall’s single to right field.
With runners on second and third, Alex Lamberton’s line drive was taken away on a strong play Colchester’s short stop.
Now trailing 3-1, Colchester had the answer.
In the bottom half of the inning, Colchester had two singles and a walk to load the bases with one out. A ground out forced in a run to make it 3-2, and with two outs Hunter McSweeney sent an 0-2 pitch over third base to knock in two runs.
Adams Glass put a runner on in the seventh, but could not bring him home.
“We hadn’t played in 10 days and we were flat until the sixth inning,” Adams Glass coach John Demarais said. “With runners on base we put some pressure on them and managed to score some runs.
“Colchester got some timely hits when they needed them to pickup a tough win on us. Luis pitched very well and it was a tough loss for all of us,”
Pepen-Matos allowed five hits, struck out five and had one walk in a complete-game losing effort for Adams Glass.
Dessormeau allowed eight hits, but struck out 11 and had two walks in the victory.
Pepen-Matos, Uliva and Demarais all finished with two hits to lead Adams Glass.
Benoit had two for Colchester.
Colchester 4, Adams Glass 3
Adams Glass 000 003 0 — 3 8 1
Colchester 100 003 x — 4 5 0
Pepen-Matos and McCarthy. Dessormeau and Antoniak. WP- Dessormeau. LP- Pepen-Matos. 2B- Dessormeau (C), Thayer (C).