Red Sox earn spot in Little League finals

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BRATTLEBORO — The No. 6 Red Sox once again rode the arm of Harper Cutler to victory. Cutler, the 12-year-old righty, held the top-seeded Giants to just one hit and struck out 13 in his team's 2-0 Little League playoff victory on Friday. Will Fontaine came in to get the final five outs and was flawless as well. He struck out three to capture the save. In a game dominated by pitching, the Giants sent their ace, Rowan Lonergan, to the hill. Lonergan allowed just three hits and struck out five. The Giants' lone hit in the game was off the bat of Halen Ranslow, who hit a clean single through the right side into right field in the fourth inning. With runs at a premium, the Red Sox got runs scored from right fielder Vaughn LaFleur and shortstop Henry Schwartz. LaFleur scored on keen base running after reaching on an error. Schwartz scored on an RBI single from Fontaine in the fifth.

Red Sox 13, Reds 5

The Red Sox combined sharp pitching and explosive bats to defeat the Reds and earn a spot in the league final. Righty Henry Schwartz kept the tough Reds lineup off-balance and allowed just four hits across four innings. Will Fontaine pitched the final two innings and struck out five to seal the victory. The Red Sox lineup, held to just two runs the night before by a stingy Giants' staff, exploded for 13 runs. Harper Cutler led off the game with a home run out of deep center — the first home run in the league playoffs. Cutler knocked in three runs and scored four runs out of the leadoff spot in the order. Nick Fortier had a career day at the plate with an inside-the-park home run and five RBI. Center fielder Rhys Fontaine collected two hits and scored a run. Schwartz, Will Fontaine, and Izaya Bullins each got base hits. The Reds scored five runs in this one — two off the bat of Asher Jackson who hit a two-run double in the first inning. First baseman Jayke Glidden had two hits and scored a run. The Reds also got hits from Chase Austin, Kaden McAllister, and Connor Griffus. Right-hander Sean Cozza struck out five in relief. The Red Sox will face the No. 4 Mets in Tuesday's championship game at 5:30 p.m.

Tournament Rosters

Ages 9-10: Coaches — Chad Gundry, Steven Kunkle, Charlie O'Connell. Players — Lucas LaMorder, Logan Casey, Bowen Kunkle, Briar Cutting, Charlie O'Connell, Eason DeMarsico, Conner Emery, Matthew Satterfield, Silas Golding, Carlos Torres, Kason Gundry, Landon Zinn.

Ages 10-11: Coaches — Sean Cozza, Tucker Leary, Trey Sparks. Players — Gabe Alexander, Sean Cozza, Ryder Leary, Mark Richards, Nick Fortier, Noah Gagne, Henry Schwartz, Brady Sparks, Donnevhan Hall, Kymarion Hall, Lucas Speno, Gordie Kalill.

Ages 11-12: Coaches — Jolene Paquette, Lance Cutler, Ryan Satterfield. Players — Alex McClelland, Chase Austin, Riley Morse, Hayden Avard, Mason North, Sam Bogart, Derek Sage, Harper Cutler, John Satterfield, Jayke Glidden, Lucas Stolpp, Asher Jackson, Evan Wright.

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