Bridgewater Little League defeats Plymouth in 12U District 7 final
Bridgewater Little League defeats Plymouth in 12U District 7 final

BRIDGEWATER – For the Bridgewater Little League 12U team, staying calm under pressure was the key to winning the District 7 title game against Plymouth on Wednesday night.

Bridgewater held off a late comeback to defeat Plymouth 4-3 to be crowned District 7 champions. The team will play in the sectionals next week.

After taking a 4-0 lead through three innings, Plymouth fought back to within one run with three runs in the fifth inning. Plymouth threatened again in the sixth inning when the tying run reached base after a walk, but a lineout to center sealed the win for Bridgewater.

“The guys played all six innings and never gave up,” said Bridgewater coach Rich Florence. “They played to the end. That’s one thing we’ve focused on all year: playing to the last out.”

Starting pitcher Brendan Moyer was a key factor in Bridgewater’s victory. Although runners got into scoring position in the first three innings, Moyer was able to keep his composure and lead his team out of the inning each time.

Moyer played four full innings before being relieved by teammate Luke Fantasia.

“If I allow a hit, I know my defense is still there for me,” Moyer said.

His influence on the game was not limited to the mound.

In the second inning, Moyer jumped on a pitch early in the count and sent a high fly ball down the right field free throw line that hit the ground just short of the fence. Moyer flew around first base, then second base, and before he knew it, he had a two-RBI triple to open the scoring of the game.

“He helped us all around. His pitching was outstanding and his big hit got us going,” Florence said of Moyer. “That was great.”

Micah Poulter then brought Moyer home with an RBI single to give Bridgewater a 3-0 lead. Poulter later came on to close the game in the sixth inning. In the third inning, Jake Florence scored a run with a single that ultimately proved to be the winning run for his team.

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However, Plymouth did not have to give up without a fight. Despite a three-run second inning, pitcher Maddox Miller coped well and only allowed one more run in the next three innings.

This allowed his team to get back into the game. Ian Edwards put Plymouth on the scoreboard with an RBI single in the fifth inning before Miller also joined the offense and scored two more runs with a single.

Despite a close performance in the sixth round, Plymouth put up a valiant performance not only in the title game but throughout the entire district tournament. The team avoided elimination against Barnstable and Sandwich to secure a spot in the district title game and nearly came back from a 4-0 deficit against Bridgewater.

Plymouth’s Kingston Brunke had two hits in the title game, and Jack Farley, Owen McCosh and Cooper Campanella each had a single. Mason Robino, David Amato, Dylan Miller, Ayden Conway and Ryan Hurd also contributed to the team’s success on both sides of the court throughout the tournament.

For Bridgewater, Fantasia also had a hit and Cam Goodwin had a double. Landon O’Hearn, Logan Brady, Mason Genatossio, Jeremiah Gonzalez and Hunter McHargue also made significant contributions at the plate, on the basepaths and in the field to keep their team undefeated.

Bridgewater is currently waiting for its next opponent but is scheduled to play three straight games next week, but Florence said the team is ready for any opponent.

After the game, Moyer said what all of his teammates probably think about moving on to the Sectionals: “They are one step closer to their dream.”

“I’m just trying to keep moving forward and hope we can make it to Williamsport,” Moyer said.

By Aurora