BEVERLY — From the point of view of Beverly Little League, home runs brought the District 15 championship flag home.
Ryan Barror and Matt Cross hit back-to-back homers in the third inning, and Cross added another in the fourth, as Beverly pulled away from Hamilton-Wenham, 10-2, in the District 15 final at Harry Ball Field last night.
With kids from Beverly Little League jumping the fence and rushing the field, the Garden City all-stars took the traditional lap with the pennant with giant smiles painted on their faces. Beverly celebrated its first District 15 title in 20 years.
“I’m really, really proud of these kids. This is what its all about,” said Beverly manager Jim Cross. “We’ve been working towards it for years. I’ve been around a long time and I haven’t seen a title, and this is my last year so to get it with these kids is unbelievable. These kids have made it a heck of a ride for all of us.”
As champions of District 15, Beverly advances to the Section 4 tournament being held at Wyoma next week. They’ll open the round-robin format against District 16 champion Peabody West on Wednesday. Section 4 also includes District 14 champion North Andover East, and the District 13 champion (Weston and Acton-Boxboro play for that title today).
In the District 15 final last night, Beverly used its relentless offense to hold off Hamilton-Wenham. The Garden City kids had a hit in every inning and 15 in all. Barror was the leader with four hits while Jon Gilbride had two, Cross had a pair (both homers), Kyle Camara had two. Matt Collins, Clayton McAlpine (two RBI), Sean Munzing, Brayden Clark and Joe Ward also had hits.
Walks drawn by Colten Petrosino and Jack Cairns meant every Beverly player reached base at least once. It was a complete team effort for a team that went 7-1 in district play and scored 87 runs.