Belchertown falls in 7-9 District 2 Little League championship

  • John Waller, left, of Belchertown, runs through first base on his single against Agawam during the District 2 Little League championship for 7-9-year-olds Wednesday in Belchertown. GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Noah Les, of Belchertown, bats against Agawam during the District 2 Little League championship for 7-9-year-olds Wednesday in Belchertown. GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Noah Les, right, of Belchertown, scores on a single from William Vachet beside Agawam catcher Aiden Pisano during the District 2 Little League championship for 7-9-year-olds Wednesday in Belchertown. GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • William Vachet, of Belchertown, pitches to Agawam in the District 2 Little League championship for 7-9-year-olds Wednesday in Belchertown. GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

For the Gazette
Published: 7/20/2016 11:33:30 PM

BELCHERTOWN — Eight runs in the top of the third gave Agawam momentum en route to a 15-12 win over Belchertown in the District 2 Little League 7-9 All-Star championship.

“(There are) ups and downs at this level, definitely,” said Belchertown coach Todd Les. “We’re probably two of the top teams in the league, so it’s not surprising that this would have been a battle.”

Belchertown led 4-1 entering the top of the third, when Agawam scored seven runs to take a 9-4 lead.

With Brady Paul and Zach O’Connor on first and second with no outs, Jonah Higby singled to load the bases. Paul scored on a passed ball and Brady Blanchette hit an RBI single to score O’Connor for a 2-0 lead.

Blanchette and Higby worked their way around the bases and scored following a number of overthrows and passed balls.

With the bases empty and no outs, Cole Ingham walked, advanced to second on a passed ball and stole third.

Vincent Catelotti then scored Ingham on a triple to deep right.

Agawam added two more runs to take a 9-4 advantage into the bottom of the third.

Belchertown answered with six runs on six hits in the bottom of the third.

Cooper Ferguson led off with a single and stole second. Zander Auffrey plated Ferguson on an infield single. Auffrey advanced to third on a single from Evan Perkins. Auffrey scored and Perkins advanced to third on a single by Colin Holt.

Jake Waller singled to score Perkins and stole second to put runners in scoring position for Belchertown. Noah Les hit an RBI single that scored Holt and advanced Waller to third.

Belchertown batted around and added two more runs to lead 10-9 entering the fourth.

Agawam scored another run in the top of the fourth to tie the score.

Tied at 10 in the top of the fifth, Agawam broke the game open again with five runs.

Paul led off with a walk and stole second. O’Connor hit a single and an error on the play scored Paul with the go-ahead run and allowed O’Connor to advance to second. O’Connor then advanced to third and scored on a couple of passed balls.

With the bases empty, Higby hit a double to left-center field. With one out and Aiden Lavelle on second pinch running for Higby, Ingham hit an inside-the-park two-run home run down the first-base line.

“He’s been hitting the ball really well. He’s somebody we can really count on,” Agawam coach Mike O’Connor said.

Agawam scored one more run to take a 15-10 lead into the bottom of the fifth.

Belchertown cut the deficit to 15-12 before the end of the fifth, when the game ended due to darkness.

Holt had an RBI single to score Ferguson, while Auffrey singled home Charlie Fijal.

“We’ve been busting our butts, so it’s kind of just sad that it’s over,” Les said. “This is such a good group of kids.”


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