Portsmouth 10-year-old All Stars advance to states

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PORTSMOUTH — Down to their last at-bats, things didn't look good for players on the Portsmouth 9-10-year-old Majors Little League All-Star team, as they were behind three runs to rival Middletown in the District 2 finals Sunday at home.

But a big defensive play in the top half of the inning may have given the team the spark it needed to rally for the win, said manager Bob Yates.

"We were down 6-1 at one point," he said. "We got a run in the bottom of the fourth, a run in the fifth. We went into the last inning trailing 6-3 and we were struggling — kind of flat. We produced a double play in the top of the sixth, which seemed to give the boys some momentum coming off the field and they finally turned into who they really are. They're a strong squad."

Strong indeed, as the team produced four wins in the bottom of the sixth to take the game — and the District 2 championship — in a 7-6 win.

"The game-winning hit was by Tim McGuire," said Mr. Yates. "He got the game-winning single up the middle and knocked in two runs. He's the new hitting machine in town. He had three hits and four RBIs."

Justin Parsons started the game and pitched well, he said. Brewster Mott pitched in relief and got the win.

"He also had two hits," said Mr. Yates.

The champs now advance to the states, playing host Warwick at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Warwick Continental Fields, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick.

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