Two-run, walk-off single lifts Coventry into Little League New England Regional final

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BRISTOL, Conn. -— The Coventry (R.I.) All-Stars were one pitch away from going home and putting away their baseball gear. Instead, they'll get a chance to play for a berth in the Little League World Series.

Tommy Turner's two-run single to center with two outs in the last inning turned defeat into victory for Coventry. When Dylan Mourao beat the throw home, Coventry had a 6-5 win over Goffstown (N.H.) in the New England Region's elimination-bracket final game at Breen Field on the campus of the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center. It was a six-run, six-hit sixth inning. Turner started it off with an infield single and finished it with his drive to center. Turner was the 10th hitter of the inning.

"Whew, that was wild," Coventry manager Lou Simon said. "Hitting's contagious. We were down and we were a little tight, a little bit of a hangover from the last game. But I think we started to put it together in the last inning."

That last inning might have erased some of the memories from Wednesday's 10-1 loss to Pittsfield American, the team Coventry will see for the New England championship and a spot in Williamsport, Pa., next week. To call it a wild inning might be an understatement.

Goffstown scored single runs in the first and second, and then made it 5-0 with three runs on three hits in the top of the fourth. Logan Simmons drove in a run with a single. He later scored on a wild pitch while Braeden Lambert scored on the successful part of a double steal.

Coventry, meanwhile, had scored only one run in 11 innings after scoring 20 in its first two, run-rule games. A two-run triple by Logan Lama made it 5-2, and ended the day of starting pitcher Will Perkowski.

After reliever Cam Hujsak gave up an RBI single to Kody Fretts, he retired the next two hitters before walking Sammy Fuentes and giving up a single to Mourao. Tyler Simon walked with the bases loaded, scoring Fretts to make it 5-4.

Isaac Morin came on to pitch for Hujsak and Turner hit the first pitch into center field. Fuentes scored easily and Mourao beat the throw home by center fielder Simmons. The tag by Lambert was just late.

Up next is a rematch with a Pittsfield squad that put a serious hurting on Coventry three days ago.

"We just want to go out there and play like we did in this last game," Tyler Simon said. "They have one really good pitcher throwing [Pittsfield American's Evan Blake], so we just need to hit like we did in this game. We're very confident that we'll play a good game with them and not repeat the last one."

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Goffstown     110     300     —     5     8     0

Coventry     000     006     —     6     9     3

Two outs when winning run scored.

Will Perkowski (5), Cam Hujsak (2/3), Isaac Morin (0) and Braeden Lambert. Jake Mather (3 2/3), Tommy Turner (2 1/3) and Anthony Colucci. W — Turner. L — Hujsak. 2B — G (Ryan Strand, Max Ouelette). 3B — C (Logan Lama).

Howard Herman can be reached at hherman@berkshireeagle.com at @howardherman on Twitter or 413-496-6253.     


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