BRISTOL - Even if Washington D.C. doesn’t win another game in the Little League Baseball Mid-Atlantic Regional, Jacob Goldman will always have a memory to last a lifetime.
With his team trailing New Jersey 7-5 on Monday afternoon, Goldman stepped up to the plate with D.C. down to its final out in the bottom of the sixth inning. After taking two pitches for balls, Goldman fouled another off, and then he did it.
The right-handed hitter rocketed a belt-high fastball to right-center field, pushing it a couple feet past the Breen Field fence for a three-run walk-off home run, and he was mobbed at home plate as his teammates celebrated the 8-7 victory.
Goldman’s bomb capped a hectic, wild finish in the final frame.
After D.C. (1-0) had bounced back from a 2-0 hole to take a 3-2 lead in the second inning on Will Twomey’s RBI single, New Jersey regained the lead in the fifth on Sal Garcia’s two-run home run and Derek Escobar’s RBI double.
New Jersey (1-1) then tacked onto the lead with Yady Mateo’s two-run double in the sixth to take a 7-4 advantage into the last half-frame. That’s when a leadoff walk by Sam Malm, a single by Jackson Loomis and a run-scoring line-drive single by Twomey helped set up Goldman’s heroics.
D.C. will now face New York in a winner’s bracket game at 7 p.m. Thursday, and New Jersey will face elimination against Maryland (0-1) at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
New Hampshire 3, Massachusetts 0: In the top of the sixth, Massachusetts sent the go-ahead run to the plate, loading the bases with two outs, but New Hampshire reliever Nate Kiah shook off three singles to close the game with a swinging strikeout.
New Hampshire (1-0) started its New England Regional strong, grabbing a 2-0 first-inning lead on a two-out, two-run single by Ryan Dutton that scored Adam Lafond and Dillon Gaudet, and the club added onto the lead in the fifth as Lincoln Nyquist scored on a wild pitch.
Lafond earned the victory, pitching five shutout innings and allowing just two hits while firing 12 strikeouts to just one walk.
New Hampshire will face either Rhode Island or Vermont at 1 p.m. Thursday in a winner’s bracket contest, and Massachusetts (1-1) faces elimination against Connecticut at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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