Gibson powers McCabe-Waters to City Series title over Forestville

Published on Monday, 21 August 2017 23:03
Written by DAN ORENCOLE

STAFF WRITER

BRISTOL - Chase Gibson’s final at bat on a Little League diamond was one he’ll never forget.

With the bases loaded and the McCabe-Waters Red Sox up by nine runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Gibson sent a 0-2 pitch on a line drive over the right-centerfield wall for the grand slam.

It was part of another offensive showing for the Red Sox as they beat the Forestville A’s 13-0 Monday night to sweep the City Series in two games.

Gibson’s six runs batted in powered the Sox in the win. Along with the grand slam, he had a pair of RBI singles.

“It was amazing,” Gibson said. “I was really nervous because I knew that this would probably be my last at bat and I knew we needed one run.”

Gibson also started the game for the Red Sox on the mound and pitched into the third inning, not allowing a run. He struck out the side in the second inning before being pulled.

In relief for him were Anthony Ricciuti and Kaiden Dionne. The duo combined for 2 2/3 innings of shutout baseball.

“As a coach I had to plan on god forbid we didn’t win the game and we had to go to Wednesday,” McCabe-Waters manager Mark Gibson said. “So the plan was to pull Chase after 35 [pitches] and Anthony after 35 and quite frankly Kaiden after 35 so I would’ve been full throttle if there was a final game.”

“When I came tonight my goal was three or less runs for them to score and I thought we’d win,” he added. “I asked them to give me a shutout and here we are.”

For the A’s, Ryan Maglio started the game and it was the first time the Red Sox players saw him.

Maglio pitched a strong game and struck out six McCabe-Waters batters. He pitched into the fourth inning before giving the ball to Ryan Wilson.

“We’re the second best team in the city,” Forestville manager Dean Varano said. “In the beginning of the season we were joking around saying we might make it to the City Series. And I told the kids nothing to be sad about just watch for next year and get better and we’re gonna get that trophy back.”

Ricciuti had two singles in the game, capping off his strong City Series.

Jay Fedor finished with a single and drew two walks, including an intentional one in the final inning. That intentional walk put the double-play ball in as a possibility for the A’s but also saw Gibson step into the batter’s box.

Dionne singled and had a walk for the Red Sox.

For the Red Sox, the win caps of a season in which the team lost just one game. With the win, it is the first time McCabe-Waters has won the City Series since 2009.

“It’s such a great group of kids,” manager Gibson said. “They’ve been at McCabe-Waters since they were 5 years old and for them to go out that way, they’re so deserving they were fantastic the entire year.”

Dan Orencole can be reached at 860-973-1811 or  dorencole@bristolpress.com

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, General Sports on Monday, 21 August 2017 23:03. Updated: Monday, 21 August 2017 23:06.