BRISTOL, CONN. >> The Brattleboro Little League All-Stars entered the regional tournament after an offensive explosion in the state tourney. In their first game in Bristol, the bats were certainly working again for Vermont's state champion. Brattleboro collected four runs on 11 hits but fell to Scarborough, Maine 8-4.

Brattleboro's Zinabu McNeice threw 3 2/3 innings while striking out seven batters. He also had two singles and knocked in all four of Brattleboro's runs. Caden Wood and Aaron Petrie combined to get the final seven outs.

Brattleboro also benefitted from a three-hit afternoon from Wood. Additional base hits came from Jack Pattison, Alex Bingham, Alex Carpenter and Elias Gradinger.

Scarborough was led by Sam Clark's eight strikeouts. He said, "I came out to throw strikes and pitch to contact." Clark also had two hits at the plate.

Maine was also aided by a two-run homer from Nic Frink who had two hits on the afternoon. In the post-game press conference, he noted "the ball came in belt-high and I took advantage of it."

Ryan Gambardella started a key double play in the bottom of the sixth inning for the winners.

Brattleboro's next game in the double-elimination tournament will be on Tuesday against the loser of Sunday's Connecticut-New Hampshire game. Scarborough will take on Rhode Island at 1 p.m. today.



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Brattleboro starter Zinabu McNeice pitches against Maine.
Brattleboro starter Zinabu McNeice pitches against Maine. (Bradford Holcombe photo)