LYNN — Peabody Blue’s top pitcher, Sean Letarte, battled Wyoma of Lynn ace Bobby Alcock in a back-and-forth District 16 Little League all-star game last night.
Wyoma, however, rallied in the bottom of the fifth and came out on top, 5-4, at the Pine Hill Little League Field.
The Lynn team got three straight hits, including a two-run homer by Shawn Anderson, in that decisive fifth inning. It was the first-ever dinger for Anderson (son of manager Rick Anderson) and gave Wyoma a 5-4 lead.
“I can’t begin to describe the emotions I felt when he hit that ball,” said Anderson, talking about his son’s shot over the fence in left-center. “He hasn’t even hit one out in batting practice. I was so happy for him; it couldn’t have come at a better time.
“Peabody is a real good team and Letarte throws so hard. He’s got great velocity; I bet his fastball is around 65 miles per hour. He doesn’t throw any junk; he just goes after the batter with heat. We were prepared, though, and had practiced to be ready for the challenge.”
Alcock pitched four innings for Wyoma (now 3-0 in District 16 play) before giving way to Kyle Finnegan, who pitched the top of the fifth when Peabody Blue scored two runs without the benefit of a hit to take a 4-2 lead. Ryan Fera walked to lead it off and advanced to third on two wild pitches. With one down Ryan Knight worked a walk and took a wide turn around first base; that’s when Fera broke for home and slid in safely. Knight later came home on a wild pitch.
Peabody Blue threatened to tie it in the top of the sixth with Connor Donohue on the mound for Wyoma. Calvin Ingemi, who was a perfect 3-for-3, singled with one down (He had hit a solo homer in the second inning to tie the game at 1-1 and followed with consecutive singles in his next two at bats). But Donohue got the next batter to hit into a double play to end the game.