AUBURN, Mass. – One day after the Auburn Senior League All-Stars dominated a World Series game, the 15- and 16-year-olds were crushed on Wednesday by a team from Guatemala in a mercy-rule shortened five-inning game, 12-2, in Bangor, Maine.
The loss eliminated Auburn from a chance at the World Series title.
“It’s unfortunate it ended like this, but this has been the greatest season ever,” said Auburn Manager Dalton Goodrich. “We’re the best team ever from Auburn, from Massachusetts and from New England. No team has ever made it to the World Series from New England, so it’s quite the accomplishment to get here.”
Auburn lost to Juvenil de Guatemala L.L. of Guatemala City, Guatemala, representing Latin America in the Senior League World Series.
The game ended early after Auburn batted in the top of the fifth inning. The mercy rule stops a game if one team is up by 10 or more runs after the fifth inning.
“Guatemala is the best team here,” Goodrich said. “Everything we pitched, they hit. They made every play out there and they’re very fast.”
Auburn jumped out to an early lead with a run in the first inning. The squad was able to manufacture a run after Tyler Desjardins walked to begin the game. He stole second base, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a sacrifice fly.
But it was all downhill for Auburn after that brief first-inning lead. Latin America went ahead quickly with two runs in the bottom of the first, followed by a 10-run explosion in the second inning to put the game out of reach at 12-1.
By the end of the second inning, Auburn had already committed five errors and allowed 11 hits.
Auburn rallied for a run in the fourth inning as DJ Scavone scored on a Ryan Angelico double. But that only brought the team within 10 runs, and with no runs scored in the fifth, the game was stopped.
The loss dropped Auburn to 1-2 in the World Series tournament, which includes teams from across the United States and foreign countries.
Auburn faces Canada on Thursday afternoon, but, win or lose, cannot advance to the semifinals.
Auburn's 13 team members also play for Auburn High School. They are Ryan Angelico, Lincoln Bois, Joshua Boucher, Tyler Desjardins, Joe Fahey, Drew Goodrich, Matt Kapulka, Ryan Kozlowski, Tyler Lamonda, Ryan Mulcahy, Matthew Nelson, Kyle Quitadamo and DJ Scavone.
The manager is Dalton Goodrich, and the two coaches are Rich Kapulka and Dan Scavone.