AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn Senior League All-Stars hope a new umpire staff shows up Tuesday for the next game in the Senior League World Series.
The 15- and 16-year-olds from Auburn came within one out of winning their first World Series game Sunday against Grand Rapids, Mich., but they got “gypped,” according to Auburn manager Dalton Goodrich.
“There were bad calls all game from the umps,” Goodrich said. “Lincoln Bois made this great diving catch for the final out of the game, but the umps said he trapped it. Our pitcher in the final inning [Tyler Desjardins] didn’t get any called strike threes when it was clearly a strike. We got robbed.”
Auburn, which went undefeated in the Senior League Eastern Regional Tournament last week in New Jersey, was leading 6-2 going into the last inning against Michigan. It then gave up five runs in the seventh as Michigan celebrated a walk-off win.
The tournament is in Bangor, Maine, and includes teams from across the United States and from foreign countries.
“In the regional tournament, we crushed Maine 35-0. They’re Maine umps here, which is why we aren’t getting the calls,” Goodrich said. "They're trying to get back at us."
Auburn’s players were frustrated with the calls Sunday night also. After the game, many players took to Twitter to express their anger, including DJ Scavone, who said the “Umps stole the game!”
Ryan Angelico was getting restless on Monday afternoon: “Just want to get back on the field and play Maine and make a statement #TeamEast.”
Auburn’s next game is against Maine.
“We just have to go out there and play our game,” Goodrich said. “It’s going to take all the heart in the world from these kids.”
The games after that are against Latin America, then Canada.
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.
Come back to The Auburn Daily Voice to find out how Auburn does in the World Series.