Lions make dramatic comeback to tie championship series

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Mixers tie up consolation series with Cubs

AMHERST – The Lions proved the old adage ‘It Ain’t Over Till It’s over’ during Amherst Little League action against the Y’s Guys Wednesday night on the Landry little league field.

Down 7-3 at the bottom of the sixth and final inning, the Lions scored five runs to win the game 8-7.

The Lions came back to make it a 7-6 game and had two runners on base, including Graden Chitty on third base.

Michael Farrell was at bat for the Lions and was being walked intentionally by the Y’s Guys pitcher, J.D. Pettigrew. After the second pitch the Y’s Guys catcher threw the ball back to Pettigrew when Chitty took off, stole home, and tied the game 7-7.

“I didn’t tell Chitty to steal home,” said Lions coach Mike MacKenzie. “He was watching and when the catcher lobbed the ball on the second pitch, just as he threw it, Chitty stole home.”

Asked what it felt like to steal home to tie the game, Chitty said, “Exciting.”

After Chitty stole home, the Lions had Mat’s Stone on second and Farrell on first and Cameron Smith was up at bat.

“Cameron hit a little blooper to second and the ball popped over the second baseman and Mats scored from second, and Michael was safe at second,” said MacKenzie.

The game started with the Y’s Guys taking a 4-0 lead at the top of the first inning.

“We said, ‘boys, we got six inning to go, take a couple breathers and get a couple runs each inning,’” said MacKenzie. “They get down on themselves, but once they got a couple guys on base in the last inning they started to focus.”

With the win, the best-of-five championship series is tied 1-1. The Y’s guys won the first game of the series 10-2.

Stone pitched Wednesdays game for the Lions, striking out six batters while giving up five hits and three walks.

Stone hit a home run and a single, Cole Stevens hit a double and Smith and Chitty hit one single each.

Pettigrew pitched the entire game for the Y's Guys and had nearly identical statistics as Stone, striking out six batters, and giving up five hits and four walks.

Connor Austin hit two singles, and Pettigrew, Nate Stone and Jackson Comeau hit one single each.

Mixers vs. Cubs.

The Casey Concrete Mixers tied their best-of-three consolation series 1-1 with the Cumberland Paving Cubs after winning their game 8-5.

Jackson Colborne pitched the win for the Mixers, striking out five batters, and giving up four hits and seven walks.

Reese Blakeney hit a double and single for the Mixers, and Colborne and Jill Gallant hit two singles each.

Riley Girouard, Josh Arsenault, Dylan Jolly and Ethan Bishop hit one single each.

Brandon Hicks pitched for the Cubs. He struck out nine batters, and gave up 10 hits and three walks.

Zack Gould hit a triple and a single for the Cubs, and Elliott MacNutt and Ty Beed both hit one single.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organizations: Amherst Little League, Cumberland Paving Cubs

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