SAUGUS — There was nothing more that Peabody West Little League all-star manager Ed Silva could’ve asked for out of his starting pitcher, John Mulready in yesterday’s District 16 Williamsport winner’s bracket final.
Mulready was patient with his pitches and commanded the ball well. He had a no-hitter going into the fourth inning, but Wyoma of Lynn broke through and managed to hang on for a 2-1 over Peabody West.
It was a classic pitcher’s duel between Murlready and Wyoma’s Bobby Alcock, one that the latter helped himself win with a two-run homer over the left field fence in the fourth inning.
“That was meant to be,” said Wyoma manager Rick Anderson. “We’re both in this winner’s bracket here, probably because of those two pitchers, and it was another great day on the mound for them.
“Bobby made the pitches when he needed to, and we made the defensive plays when we needed to. We needed to score the runs before they did, but we never felt safe against that lineup.”
Unbeaten Wyoma earned itself a spot in the District 16 championship game Thursday night, while Peabody West plays tomorrow to keep its tournament hopes alive against the winner of tonight’s Lynn Shore/Saugus National matchup.
Mulready retired the first nine batters he faced, including six strikeouts. But Wyoma’s Kyle Finnigan led off with a single to center field in the fourth, which Alcock followed up with his fence-clearing blast to go up, 2-0.
Peabody West got things going in the bottom of the inning after Jenarro Herbert walked. Joe Castrichini came in to pinch run and moved over to second on a fielder’s choice. He advanced to third base on a passed ball before scoring on another fielder’s choice by Pat Hosman to cut the deficit to 2-1.