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July 27, 2013

Peabody West tops Holden at Massachusetts Final Four

WEST ROXBURY — Whatever the Peabody West Little League coaching staff said to its team after Friday night's extra inning loss — it worked. 

Peabody West put up 25 hits in its five-inning, 20-10 victory over Holden on Saturday, as the second day of 2013 Massachusetts State Little League Tournament got underway. 

The win puts Peabody West at 1-1 in round robin play as it takes on Newton SouthEast (2-0) Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Holden remains winless after the first two games, while Hanover is tied with Peabody West at 1-1. 

The fourth and fifth innings of the game proved to be key for Peabody West, with the kids scoring a combined 12 runs. Not to mention the three fence clearing home runs, including Dan Marshall's grand slam, which hit off the scoreboard in deep left field. After a somewhat frustrating outing at the plate last night for the Peabody all-stars, they more than made up for it in the win. 

"I think it all came down to more dedication to being discipline at the plate and waiting for their pitch," said Peabody West coach Ed Aiello. "This teams never quits and like to play with their backs against the wall." 

Manager Frank Benea echoed similar sentiments of his teams ability to bounce back after a deflating loss the night before. 

"Our routine was a normal one today, we took batting practice and fielded to get loosened up," said Benea. "Yes, we didn't score anything in the first inning, but I felt good the way they were swinging the bat. We know they can hit, it's just a matter of showing it on the field. They were ready and they had to be ready."

Despite a first inning deficit, Peabody West took over in the second stanza and never played from behind for the rest of the game. The Tanner City kids plated seven runs on eight hits in the fourth inning.

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