Welcome Ararat Nation to the 2018
Ararat Cal Ripken Baseball Season
Congratulations to Ararat 9Us - 2018 Maine State Champions!!!
Good luck at Regionals!!!
Ararat 9U’s Claim 2018 State Championship 8-5 Over Noble
MINOT – The Ararat Cal Ripken 9U All-Star team received contributions up and down the lineup in the final game of the 2018 Maine State Championship, claiming the title with a thrilling 8-5 win over Noble at Minot Fields. Ararat moves on to play in the Cal Ripken New England Championship in Chelmsford, MA starting July 20th.
Ararat started the tournament with a convincing 14-2 win over Sacopee, followed by an exciting 6-5 walk-off victory over Andy Valley South to stay in the winner’s bracket. In the first of three showdowns against the strong team from Noble, Ararat started slow but stormed back down 4-0 to win 14-4 in 5 innings. Noble refused to go away after beating Andy Valley North 7-6 in extra innings to set up the first rematch in which they extended the tournament to a final game, beating Ararat 7-2.
In the finale which a rain-out pushed to Wednesday 7/18, Noble drew first blood getting on the board in the bottom of the 1st with some timely hits off Ararat starting pitcher Brady Hiltz. Ararat came right back in the top of the 2nd when both Will Davis and Colby McFawn singled and later scored to make it 2-1. Hiltz and reliever Zaden Steele held Noble scoreless in the 2nd and Ararat tacked on two more runs in the top of the third when David Edwards walked and stole 2 bases before scoring on a fielder’s choice RBI by McFawn. The speedy Cody Fournier later walked and scored after stealing 2nd and 3rd and taking advantage of a passed ball to make it 4-1 Ararat.
In the bottom of the 3rd Noble cut the lead to 4-3, scoring two runs off catcher-turned-reliever Danny Millson. Steele came back into the game with another strong relief appearance to maintain the slim advantage. Noble got Ararat to go quietly 1-2-3 in the top of the 4th, then proceeded to load the bases with 2 outs on Steele in the bottom of the inning. A rocket-shot to right field threatened to put Noble out front, but Ararat outfielder Ely Cornish made perhaps the play of the tournament when he sprinted to his right and made a lunging catch to end the threat.
Cody Fournier was at it again on the base paths in the top of the 5th inning, drawing a walk and turning it into a run after two more stolen bases and a passed ball to extend the lead to 5-3. Ararat’s Daniel Beal ripped an RBI double, scoring Millson to make it 6-4. Will Davis came in to pitch the bottom of the 5th and Noble got within a run again with an inside-the-park home run. Davis settled in however and got through the 5th with Ararat holding onto the 6-5 lead.
Pinch hitter Solomon Wood who started the game re-entered in a big spot in the top of the 6th with a runner on. His opposite-field single scored Davis and gave Ararat some insurance. Wood later scored on a wild pitch and Ararat headed into the bottom of the last inning looking to preserve the 8-5 lead. Davis did just that as he closed the decisive contest out with a 1-2-3 inning pitched with two strikeouts, including the last “K” that claimed the 9U Championship for Ararat!
Ararat’s roster also includes Abel Lajoie and Anthony Kavanaugh who both played key parts of victories over the championship run. Ararat’s manager is Pete Fournier who is assisted by coaches Jon Hiltz, Bruce Davis and A.J. Kavanaugh. The New England Regional Tournament will start for Ararat on Saturday July 21 with a game vs. New Canaan, CT at 3:30pm at the 110 Youth Baseball Fields in Chelmsford. Good luck Ararat!
Congratulations to Ararat 10Us - 2018 Maine Runner-ups !!
Congratulations to Richmond 2 on winning the Midcoast Cup!!!
2018 Ararat Cal Ripken Baseball All Star Teams
9U All Stars
|10U All Stars||11U All Stars||12U All Stars|
Manager: Peter Fournier
|Manager: Josh Spooner||Manager: Chris Farrell||Manager: Jerry Merrill|
|Congratulations to all!|
The 2018 Ararat Cal Ripken Baseball season is here!! Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!!
NOTICE: Cal Ripken Approved Bats Rule change:
Cal Ripken Division - All non-wood bats must have the USABat Marking. The Barrel Maximum is 2 5/8". No BBCOR Bats are permitted in the Cal Ripken Division. For the T-Ball Division, bats must be marked with the USABat T-Ball Stamp.
Please make your 2018 bat purchases with this in mind.