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July 9, 2014

Bursting Out Of The Gates

Huge first inning propels Peabody West to another District 16 final

LYNN — Peabody West Little League’s District 16 all-star team experienced a bit of a power outage in their loss to Wyoma over the weekend.

In the first inning last night, Peabody’s bats looked like they’d been plugged back in and infused with a jolt of lightning.

Peabody West scored 11 times in the bottom of the first and held on to beat Lynn Shore, 13-5, in the District 16 loser’s bracket final at Wyoma last night. The victory means West will face Wyoma at Pine Hill in Lynn tomorrow (5:45 p.m.), needing to win to force a final game in the double-elimination tournament that would be played Friday.

“We were doubting ourselves a little after the other night, for sure. It was the first time these kids have lost in Districts from when they were nine years old,” said Peabody West manager Ed Silva. “It was nice to come out and have some life, and it was really good to see everybody contribute. We didn’t crush the ball — but we still scored some runs.”

Four runs came home before Lynn Shore recorded an out in the first, with Peabody’s patient hitters drawing four walks while sending 14 men to plate in the frame. J.C Espinal, Angello McCollough, Jenarro Herbert and Jake Murphy all drove in runs and leadoff man John Mulready clocked a 2-run double in his second at-bat of the inning.

An RBI double by Joe Gilmartin extended the lead to 9-0, and McCollough hit a 2-run homer (the only long ball of the big inning) to put the exclamation mark on the momentous frame.

McCollough, his team’s pitcher, struck out seven and scattered five hits while pitching into the fourth inning before reaching the 85-pitch limit. Lynn Shore scored four times (aided by two errors) in the second, and Max Gieg’s solo homer in the third got them back in the game at 11-5.

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