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South takes 10U N.E. crown, falls in Eastern final

CRANSTON, R.I. — Win some, lose some. On a long Saturday at Varrato Field, the 10U All-Stars from Southington South Little League did both. They took the New England championship in the afternoon before falling in the overall Eastern Regional championship game in the evening.

The New England crown was earned with high drama. Down 9-5 against South Burlington, Vt. heading into their last at-bat, the Southington stars rallied with four runs to force extra innings, where they scored four more times to win 13-9.

Several hours later, in the Eastern final, the South came up short against Mid-Atlantic champ Monroe Township of New Jersey, 3-1. The New Jersey squad scored all three of its runs in the first inning and made it stand up despite committing seven errors. That’s because Southington managed just three hits.

In Saturday’s first game, the South jumped to an early lead with four runs in the top of the second inning, but South Burlington bounced back in a big way in the bottom half, pounding out seven runs.

Vermont’s advantage stood at 9-5 heading into the top of the sixth. To stay alive, Southington South had to score more runs than it had outs to give. But that’s what came to pass. The South stars scored four times, held South Burlington scoreless in the bottom of the sixth, pushed across four more runs in the seventh and held Vermont without a run once again in the seventh.

The local stars belted out 17 hits in avenging a 9-8 loss they had suffered against South Burlington two days earlier. Shane LaPorte led the way. He had three hits and collected three RBIs. The two Jake N’s — Jake Napoli and Jake Neuman — combined for five hits.



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