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Mondays’ local baseball: Frontier Cal Ripken 9-and-under team wins state title

Kyle Barnes pitched a four-hit shutout to lead Frontier to a 2-0 victory over Northbridge to win the Cal Ripken 9-and-under state championship Monday in Hinsdale.

Frontier advanced to the New England Regionals in two weeks at Walpole, N.H.

Dylan Martin drove in the only two runs of the game in the top of the fourth inning when he hit a two-out, two-run single. Northbridge made things interesting in the top of the sixth, but Patrick Boyden ran down a fly ball for the final out of the game.

Matt Como and Ben Zaranak each finished with two hits in the win.

For the second straight game, Frontier played errorless defense.

“I’ve nicknamed this team the Iron Curtain,” coach Bryan Barnes said. “Error free games at this level is almost unheard of. I’m very proud of him much these kids have their heads in the game.”

Pat Donohue, Ben Zoly, Owen Zinn-Keane, Max Edwards, Kevin Baumann, Ben Martino and Gehrig Brynda each played well defensively.

In the skills competition earlier in the tournament, Barnes, Martino, Baumann and Zoly took second in the Around the Horn competition. Como won the Golden Arm competition, and Zaranak won the home run derby.

Cal Ripken (12-and-under)

New Bedford 15, Northampton 13 — Northampton nearly kept their run alive in the bottom of the six, putting the tying runs on second and third. But it couldn’t push them across as Hamp as eliminated from the New England 12-and-under Cal Ripken Tournament in New Milford, Conn.

Nolan Zusi, Andy Grygocewicz, Jordan Washburn and Devin Kellogg each had two hits for Hamp in a back-and-forth games.

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