By Lloyd Jones
CONWAY — Players on the U14 Home Run Bulldogs are one win away from accomplishing their goal of winning a New England Elite Baseball League championship and also reaching the 30-win milestone for the season.
The Bulldogs, made up of a collection of players from the Conway, Berlin, Wolfeboro and Fryeburg, Maine area, will play the Mizuno USA Navy team in a nine inning game for the EBL title on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Marshfield, Mass.
Home Run, the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, had sought to host the title game, but it will essentially be in No. 2 ranked Mizuno’s backyard.
“It’s just the way it is,” Greg Allain, coach of the Bulldogs, said on Wednesday. “At least we were able to push it back to the afternoon so we won’t be on the road as early. (Laughing) We’re the home team, we just have to travel four hours to be it. I’m sure we’ll be ready to go.”
The Bulldogs, who went 26-9 during the regular season and 8-0 in the American East Division to claim the No. 1 seed in the double-elimination tournament, were a perfect 3-0 over the July 8-9 weekend in Saugus, Mass., cruising through their bracket to reach the finals.
Home Run beat the Mass Hurricanes from Mansfield, Mass., 7-0; the Vikings National, based out of Melrose, Mass., 10-0 in five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule; and the Saugus Wings Red 16-6.
"The boys played great," Allain said. "We got great pitching and we hit. There wasn't a hole in our lineup all weekend."
The other bracket of four teams did not finish play on July 9 due to inclement weather. They finished the bracket on Saturday. Mizuno USA Navy (18-2 during the season) topped the Vikings Northmen (21-4-1), 13-11, in the bracket final after the Northmen had forced an additional game with a 1-0 victory.
Members of the Home Run team are Harrison Keeler, Noah Barrows, Brady King, Cole Bradley, Austin Eastman, Tyler Sprince, Chase Spencer, Dominick Paradis, Parker Coleman, Bryce Micklon, Dylan Bisson and Colby Hall.
Allain announced Wednesday that Bisson will start on the mound for his club. The Berlin resident tossed a two-hitter in the win over the Vikings.
“Dillon is one of our big guns,” Allain said prior to practice.
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