Local players enjoy deep run with Babe Ruth team

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The Portland Babe Ruth baseball team, featuring players from Falmouth, Portland and South Portland, had its run come to a close last week at the U14 World Series in Westfield, Massachusetts after going 3-2 in pool play. Portland won three of its first four games, then lost, 3-0, to Wisconsin to fall short of the knockout round. Portland allowed the second fewest runs of the 12 teams participating in the tournament.

Front row, from left: Batboy Brandon Mielke, Jackson Villani (Portland), Henry Westphal (Portland), Liam Niles (Portland), Robby Shiels (Portland), Garen Kelley (South Portland) and Ike Kiely (Falmouth).

Back row, from left: Coach Steve Niles, Alex Smith (Falmouth), Luke Hill (Portland), Caden Horton (South Portland), Brian Riley (Portland), Mike Jones (Portland), Liam Riley (Portland) Griffin Buckley (Portland), Manager Matt Rogers, Nate Rogers (Falmouth) and Coach Dan Riley.

Not pictured: Vincent Morrone (Portland) and Manager Ian Boyle.

“(The boys) played baseball the way it should be played,” Matt Rogers said. “They hope to make a similar run next year when they’re 15.”