Classic sports photography moves on – Sentinel and Enterprise

LEOMINSTER — And then there were two.

Leominster’s Little League Minor Division City Championship is down to just two teams after second-seeded Classic Sports Photography kept their season alive on Sunday morning with a thrilling 6-5 win over Imperial , seeded third, to Ronnie Bachand of Leominster American. Memorial Field.

With the win, Classic Sports advances to take on top-seeded Hebert Homes on Monday night at Leominster American.

“It was fun. It didn’t look good for a while, but the kids were focused and hungry for a big win,” Classic Sports Photography head coach Shaun DiGeronimo said. is a great victory. Now we are giving ourselves a chance to play for the championship against the other American team Leominster.

Trailing 5-1 entering in the bottom of the fifth, Classic rallied for three runs to cut the deficit to one before striking for two more runs in the sixth to claim the win.

“This group is resilient. They know they can hit and they know they can fight back,” DiGeronimo said. “They’ve been in those situations before and they knew they could come back when they were late.”

Both starting pitchers, Imperial’s James Wyman and Classic Sports’ Mason Burke, scored zeros on the scoreboard in the first two innings, but Imperial broke through with the game’s first three runs in the first half. of the third round.

Three straight walks charged the bases before Isaiah Tourigny tackled the first run of the game on an RBI defensive pick. Sean Normandin had a hit on the RBI field and Wyman received a goal-laden walk to account for Imperial’s three runs in the frame.

Classic Sports salvaged a run in the half. With one out, Nik Nee broke a double to left field and Cash Hastings followed with a walk. Consecutive walks with two tackles a run as Ty Lyons was credited with the RBI base on balls as the Classics cut the Imperial lead to 3-1 after three innings.

Imperial had a chance to break things into the open in round four. Three straight steps to open the frame loaded the bases. DiGeronimo went to his paddock and summoned Grayson Benner to try and put out the fire. Benner then retired the next three batters to come out of the inning unscathed and keep his team in the game.

“Grayson came into a great position and he saved us by taking the side out and he stayed in the game,” DiGeronimo said. “We don’t play tomorrow if we don’t win today, so it was a great moment.”

Imperial added to their lead in the next leg when they scored a pair to make it a 5-1 game. A simple two-point RBI from Normandin highlighted the frame.

“That place in the fourth set definitely hurt, but we came back and got two runs on them in the fifth. Another difficult point for us today was throwing. If we had won that game we would have had to play again tomorrow and that’s tough because you have to try to make sure you have a few arms available and that makes the throw really important,” said Imperial skipper Aaron Gilmour. . “I’m proud of this team and their hard work. To get there, they showed a lot of heart.

Back to the wall in a playoff game, Classics responded in fifth. With two outs, Nee hit a first baseman error before four straight walks scored two runs. Luke Owens and Lyons were credited with RBI walks in the inning. Burke followed with an RBI single to center field to make it 5-4.

There remained a score of 5-4 going into the bottom of the sixth. Against Imperial relief pitcher Ian Johnston, Vinny DiGeronimo started with a walk. Benner then smashed another double to left center field, moving Vinny DiGeronimo to third. Johnston had the next batter retired as the tying run remained at 60 feet.

Brody Ekelund hit a ground fly to second base. The defender opted to make the throw home in an attempt to reduce the equalizer but was unsuccessful as DiGeronimo scored to make it 5-5. On the play, Benner went third.

The next hitter, Gannon Brine, ended the Imperial’s season when he beat a hit as Benner went home with the winning run.

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