By MICHAEL LETENDRE
Once again, the Edgewood Senior Little League baseball squad is heading for West Deptford, N.J.
The squad won its third straight state title on Saturday, July 18 with a 15-0 triumph over the team from Plainfield/Moosup.
With the resounding victory, Edgewood earned a slot in the East Regional in West Deptford – a tournament the locals won last year or a very tough squad from Rhode Island and advanced all the way to World Series play in Bangor, Maine.
All the action for Edgewood begins this Thursday, July 23 with Bristol squaring off against Elkin Little League of Maryland.
But just to get to New Jersey, it was a task and a half.
Edgewood had to battle teams for four straight games, from Wednesday to Saturday, to secure the championship effort.
Bristol defeated Yalesville 15-2 for the district title on Wednesday but that was just the beginning of a very busy four-day block.
Edgewood defeated Killingly 12-2 in the state tournament on Thursday and then defeated Plainfield/Moosup on consecutive nights – 4-2 on Friday and 15-0 on Sat – to win the state championship once again.
Here’s a quick look at how Edgewood went all the way to the state championship:
Wednesday: Edgewood 15, Yalesville 2 – Matt Thorton, Tom Houle, Joe Acompora, and John McPhee all led the offense for Bristol as Edgewood won the contest by 13 runs for district title.
Ethan O’Day, McPhee, Anthony Lozier, Kevin White and Houle all pitched well for the locals.
Thursday: Edgewood 12, Killingly 2 – In the victory over Killingly, White and Houle held the squad to three hits and Bristol easily cruised to a 12-2 win.
McPhee, Thorton and Mike Mathews all had two hits to pace the victors.
Friday: Edgewood 4, Plainfield/Moosup 2 – The two run win in Plainfield on Friday was spurred by Ethan O’Day who struck out 13 in six innings work with Houle tossing the seventh for the save.
And that set up the final battle between Edgewood and Plainfield in a winner takes all final.
Saturday: Edgewood 15, Plainfield/Moosup 0: The state final played on Saturday in Killingly was over quickly as Bristol scored ten runs in the first three innings and won 15-0 in only five innings oe work.
Kevin White was dominant on the mound, striking out seven in the complete game shutout.
Tommy Houle ramped up three hits to lead the offense for Edgewood.
The team left for New Jersey on Wednesday for the regional, looking to repeat last year’s magical run to get to the World Series, once again taking place from Maine.
By MICHAEL LETENDRE