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To: Michael.SF.

from a Portsmouth, NH paper (Herald)

"Portsmouth coach Mark McCauley called it one of the worst days in his life, and said the most gut-wrenching moment during that miserable afternoon came when Vermont's third baseman stopped wiping the tears from his eyes, turned to him and said, "Please let him hit it."

...Shortly thereafter McCauley instructed Stephen Hemming to strike out intentionally so he could protest the outcome.

...Place told the Burlington Free Press that he put Bentley into the game as a pinch-runner in the fourth inning and intended to have him pinch-hit later in that inning, a move that is allowed by Little League rules. Place said he forgot to make the substitution.
...McCauley said he also became concerned during Hemming's at-bat after he heard someone in the crowd yell, "Just hit the kid."

According to McCauley, the next pitch hit the knob of Hemming's bat. McCauley said he did not speak with the Vermont coach following the game.

"It was awful," McCauley said. "Absolutely awful. We had to be escorted off the field by security. Both teams were robbed of a valuable moment -- even if that moment was a 9-8 loss. We do not feel good about this."

20 posted on 08/13/2006 10:26:35 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
and from the Burlington (VT) Free Press:


""My sons have played for Denis for four years," she said. "He is probably the fairest and most rule-minded person you can imagine. It was an honest oversight."

Tammy Frieberg, whose son Nate launched a two-run home run Friday, echoed the sentiment.

"It was an honest mistake," she added. "This coaching staff did a tremendous job."...

Portsmouth trailed 9-8 with two outs in the top of the sixth inning and had runners on second and third base. Place knew he wouldn't be able to provide his substitutes a turn at-bat if Colchester maintained the lead. He instructed his pitcher to throw a few wild pitches to entice Potsmouth's runner home to tie the game. That way his substitute would get to the plate in the bottom of the inning to avoid a forfeit.

Portsmouth manager Mark McCauley held his runner on third, however, directing his batter to intentionally strike out and end the game, according to reports in the Manchester (N.H.) Union Leader. McCauley protested the result, and his team won by forfeit.

"It was crystal-clear to me that (Vermont's manager) was not going to let the kids decide the outcome of the game," McCauley told the Manchester Union Leader after the game. "He was going to cover his tail. He was doing what was in the best interest of his team. I had to do the same for my team."

21 posted on 08/13/2006 10:31:16 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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