Little League 12's: South Portland falls in Regional Finals

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Re: Little League 11-12: SP falls in New England final

Postby PPH » Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:27 am

South Portland Little Leaguers fall 10-0 in New England final
Connecticut state champ Fairfield American heads to Williamsport after its second shutout victory over the Maine champs.

...Andrew Heffernan, meanwhile, kept Fairfield hitters guessing with a steady diet of breaking balls. They managed one hit in each of the first two innings but he induced five groundouts.

“I was just trying not to get rattled,” Heffernan said. “I was trying to have good body language throughout the whole game.”

Fairfield finally scored in the third with the first of two two-run doubles by Michael Iannazzo. Heffernan reached his pitch limit of 85 with two outs in the fifth.

“He had us off balance, no question about it,” Randazzo said. “I’ll tell you, that boy pitched his guts out.” ... itle-game/
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Re: Little League 12's: South Portland falls in Regional Fin

Postby WCSH » Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:37 am

SoPo Little Leaguers Return to Maine ... /464480796
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Re: Little League 12's: South Portland falls in Regional Fin

Postby Forecaster » Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:21 am

‘This team never quit’: Little Leaguers make South Portland proud

...When asked this week which was more rewarding, his new-found celebrity or the team making it as far as it did, he didn’t hesitate.

“Making the tournament, because it’s a team effort, and it’s not one person,” said Gilboy, who explained that “big-daddy hacks” are forceful swings at the plate.

That emphasis on teamwork was repeated in interviews with several South Portland American coaches and players, and with city residents who cheered the hometown team on during their exciting and improbable tournament run.

“We’re here because of the team,” head coach Jim Poole said he told his players, noting that different kids would step up at different times over the journey to the regional title, which included six games in seven days and several come-from-behind victories.


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