BRISTOL - After a convincing 13-3 win in the first round over Berlin Little League in the District 5 tournament the Edgewood 12U Little League all-stars saw a much better team facing them in the second round Tuesday night and it showed.
Wallingford proved to be a superior team than Berlin and Edgewood lost 8-6.
“It was more challenging,” Edgewood first baseman Ben D’Amato said. “We need to do better next time.”
Following the loss, coach Bob McMahon’s message to the team was simple - you can’t give the other team outs.
“We need to just about make every play,” McMahon said.
The loss forced Edgewood into a must-win game tonight against Yalesville in order to get another chance at Wallingford in the finals.
Despite the loss and falling into the difficult situation, there were some positives Edgewood can look to moving forward.
The biggest one came in the fourth inning after Wallingford starting pitcher Kevin Milewski dominated the Edgewood lineup. The first time through the batting order Milewski struck out five and allowed just one hit, a single.
But the second time through the order, Edgewood figured Milewski out and forced him from the game.
As one of the fastest pitchers Edgewood has seen this season, according to D’Amato, getting a second shot at Wallingford and Milewski could bring a different result.
Another positive was on the mound. Both Jake Stringer and Johnny Montgomery pitched strong for Edgewood.
Stringer let eight runs come into score but was strong until the fourth inning, when he gave up six of those runs.
Looking forward, Edgewood still has a chance to win the tournament and will need to beat Yalesville then Wallingford twice in order to do so.
Yalesville was beaten badly by Wallingford in the first round 10-0, which should give Edgewood confidence in its chances to get another shot at Wallingford. In order to do so, Edgewood will look to replicate the offense that erupted for 13 runs in the first game.
“I think we have to put the ball in play more and hope they don’t make plays,” D’Amato said. “We need to put the ball in spots they aren’t.”