BRISTOL – Massachusetts representative Middleboro Little League is headed for an epic rematch with Maine in the New England Regional Championship after eliminating New Hampshire.
Maine previously defeated Massachusetts 10-4 during the second round of the tournament, but Massachusetts Manager Chad Gillpatrick said he is confident in his team.
“They’re a good team. They have good pitchers” Gillpatrick said. “It’s going to be a battle I’m assuming with the two pitchers, but we have to do what we did today and put the bat on the ball and get it out there and good things will happen.”
Gillpatrick said the team's mindset headed into Middleboros bout with New Hampshire was to keep swinging. In the first 10 pitches, Massachusetts knocked nine foul balls and one game-changing home run from Jayden Murphy.
In the second, Massachusetts added four more scores with Cayden Ellis scoring from a single from Jacob Landers, Luke Bolduc scoring from a double from Mike Marzelli and Landers and Marzelli scoring from a base hit from Gavin Gillpatrick.
Then in the fourth, Lander scored again on a double from Murphy. Marzelli hit a sacrifice-fly to get Murphy home and Ayden Morris hit a deep double to bring home Gavin Gilpatrick.
“Anytime you start the game off or an inning with a home run it gets the team fired up and gets the dugout going,” Chad Gillpatrick said. “We cruised from there. That was the starting point and it was awesome.”
With a chance to go to the championship on the line, Massachusetts ended the game the same way they started it. Murphy scored on a double from Marzelli to push the game to 9-0. Then Gavin Gillpatrick hit a two-run home run to end it.
“It felt great to get up and go to the championship,” Gavin Gillpatrick said.
Jayden Murphy said the team is looking to right their wrong this time around facing Maine.
“I think we’re just going to come back and show them who we really are,” Murphy said.
The New England Regional Championship is set for Thursday at 5 p.m.