Seacoast NH MSBL
Diamondbacks 11, Orioles 6 (Game two in best of three championship series sweep)
Submitted by Paul Brooks, Diamondbacks manager
The Diamondbacks swept the best two of three Seacoast NH MSBL 2021 World Series over the defending Champion Orioles, completing a perfect 18-0 season!!
Game one went down to the wire. After the Diamondbacks held a comfortable 5-1 advantage going into the seventh, the Orioles bounced back with three runs making it 5-4. DBacks starting pitcher Dan Reed was relieved with two outs in the eighth by Kyle Bernier who promptly got the third out by strikeout. However, the Orioles mounted a huge threat in the top of the ninth. With runners on first and third and just one out, Orioles clean-up batter, and starting pitcher, Rob Daigle lined the ball back to Bernier who tossed to first for the game-ending double play!
Game two was another tight battle. This time the Orioles took the early advantage of 4-1 going into the sixth. The DBacks would score four in the sixth to take a 5-4 lead. The Orioles got one run back in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score at five. Single runs by the Dbacks in the eighth and the Orioles in the ninth kept the score knotted at 6-6. In the 10th the Diamondbacks erupted for 5-runs, highlighted by a Reed RBI double and 2-run singles by Dakotah Cappelletty and Josh Gagne. Reed would relieve in the 10th and toss a scoreless inning for the Championship.
Orioles Manager Shawn Clifford reached safely on all five plate appearances in game two. Eric Faist and Daigle also put in solid offensive performances. Daigle was the tough-luck losing pitcher in both games, having tossed a complete game in game one and relieving in the 10th of game two.
Reed picked up the win in the first game and the save in the second game. Not to be outdone, Bernier got the save in game one and the win in game two.
Special thanks to the East Rochester Baseball Association for the use of the field and utilities. Also, many thanks to League VP Jerry Boilard and Dianne Charpentier for running concessions.