Today’s game was the 4th of the series for both Littleton and Northbridge. Since the tourney was pool play involving 2 groups of 5 teams, the Semi-Finalists were determined by best win/loss record (with Runs Allowed as a tie-breaker factor). Going into this game, Littleton was 1-2 and Northbridge was 3-0. Nuf Ced about who was expected to win on paper.
Littleton opened up an early 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning with Connor B. both hitting a double and then stealing his way home. Northbridge answered with 2 runs in the 3rd inning to take a 2-1 lead, but Littleton came back with 2 more runs in the 4th on a 2-RBI double by Matt L. to re-establish a brief 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the 4th, the Northbridge bats stayed hot and scored 2 more runs to retake a 4-3 lead for the remainder of the game. Pitching for Littleton were Christian W. and Mikey P. who gave up plenty of hits to the Northbridge wrecking crew, but kept their cool while the Littleton fielding defense minimized the runs allowed: At 1st base Matt was busy assisting in completing 8 of the Northbridge put-outs including a galloping foul catch that nearly sent him headlong into the fencing protecting the opposing fans. Connor B. was named Littleton MVP for hitting 2 doubles and scoring 2 of the Tiger’s 3 runs.
What must be said about this game is that although it did not change the outcome of the tourney, Littleton played like true dirt-dogs and gave Northbridge their closest game in the entire series. Congratulations to Northbridge and Marlboro who continue on with the Finals match tomorrow. The winning team from that challenge will finally move on to the Cal Ripken Regional Championship tournament in August preceding the Cal Ripken World Series.
Hats off to the Littleton Tigers who played real dirt-dog baseball with Moxie and improved on their record from last year as the 2009 Western Massachusetts District 3 Champions!
Stay tuned for continuing Summer baseball action with the Angels Tuesday night…