BRISTOL - Chase Gibsonâ€™s final at bat on a Little League diamond was one heâ€™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 Aâ€™s 13-0 Monday night to sweep the City Series in two games.
Gibsonâ€™s six runs batted in powered the Sox in the win. Along with the grand slam, he had a pair of RBI singles.
â€śIt was amazing,â€ť Gibson said. â€śI was really nervous because I knew that this would probably be my last at bat and I knew we needed one run.â€ť
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.
â€śAs a coach I had to plan on god forbid we didnâ€™t win the game and we had to go to Wednesday,â€ť McCabe-Waters manager Mark Gibson said. â€śSo the plan was to pull Chase after 35 [pitches] and Anthony after 35 and quite frankly Kaiden after 35 so I wouldâ€™ve been full throttle if there was a final game.â€ť
â€śWhen I came tonight my goal was three or less runs for them to score and I thought weâ€™d win,â€ť he added. â€śI asked them to give me a shutout and here we are.â€ť
For the Aâ€™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.
â€śWeâ€™re the second best team in the city,â€ť Forestville manager Dean Varano said. â€śIn 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 weâ€™re gonna get that trophy back.â€ť
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 Aâ€™s but also saw Gibson step into the batterâ€™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.
â€śItâ€™s such a great group of kids,â€ť manager Gibson said. â€śTheyâ€™ve been at McCabe-Waters since they were 5 years old and for them to go out that way, theyâ€™re so deserving they were fantastic the entire year.â€ť
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