BRISTOL, Conn. --- After roughing up its opponents in more than half of its games in tournament play, Cumberland American got a bitter taste of its own medicine on Monday night.
Goffstown (N.H.) Junior went around its lineup and banged out six of its eight hits during a five-run rally in the bottom of the second inning that helped lead to an 8-0 triumph over CALL in their New England Regional pool play affair at Breen Field.
All of Goffstown’s runs came off CALL starter Conor Lavallee with two outs, runners on first and second via base hits, and the New Hampshire club (3-0 in pool play, 10-0 overall) hoping to build on a 1-0 lead.
First, Nate Proulx doubled the winners’ lead with a long base hit to right that just fell out of the reach of right fielder Matt Murphy and off the fence on one bounce.
After an infield single by Cam Bond plated another run and a walk to Dakota Mulcay loaded the bases, Ryan Hall lined a two-run single to right-center and Mickey Bridgeman laced a base hit to left to make it a 6-0 contest.
Those six runs was more than enough support for Goffstown starter Colby St. Pierre, who pitched into the sixth inning and limited CALL to four base hits (two coming off the bat of Connor Mastin), struck out five, and walked four (two in the final inning).
The loss was a shock for CALL (2-1 in pool play), which not only had belted 22 home runs and averaged over 11 runs and 12 hits per game during its 10-0 start (that featured six wins by 10 or more runs), but also surrendered just 2½ runs and a handful of hits per contest.
Goffstown struck first in the home half of the opening inning on a run-scoring grounder by Hall that scored Proulx, who led off with a walk, went to second on a soft line single to left field by Bond, and raced to third on a passed ball.
The winners later increased their lead to 8-0 in the third without the benefit of a hit, but on a pair of infield errors and a sacrifice fly to left by Bond.
CALL, which failed to advance a runner past second base off St. Pierre in the first five innings, had its best chance to score in the sixth by loading the bases with no one out on a single to center by Max Hanuschak, sandwiched around walks to Cam Rosa and Lavallee.
But Mulcay then came in to relieve St. Pierre and ended the game by striking out the next two batters and getting the third one to tap back to the mound.
Cumberland American will return to action today at 1 p.m. with a duel against defending New England champion Fairfield (Conn.) American, which boosted its record to 2-1 after defeating Yarmouth, Maine, 10-1, last night.
Tomorrow at 10 a.m., CALL will complete pool play by facing winless Barre (Vt.) Community. Both games, and Thursday’s semifinal-round affairs, will be televised live on NESN.
Cumberland American 000 000--0-4-3
Goffstown (N.H.) Junior 152 00x--8-8-0
Colby St. Pierre, Dakota Mulcay (6) and Dakota Mulcay, Matt Martineau (4); Conor Lavallee, Jake Glod (4), Connor Mastin (5) and Ryan McCormick.