BEVERLY — And the award for the most exciting District 15 Little League all-star game played this summer goes to Beverly and Hamilton-Wenham.
The boys from the Garden City Williamsport team defeated the Generals last night, 6-5, at Harry Ball Field in a game that featured four double plays, three plays at the plate and, of course, some good old fashioned Little League controversy.
Trailing 6-3 going into the bottom of the sixth and final inning, Hamilton-Wenham rallied. An RBI double by Cameron Peach and a RBI infield single by Adam Parady got the Generals to within one run with two outs and the bases loaded.
Aidan Heney hit a ground ball to first base that appeared to be misplayed, thereby allowing Parady to score and tie the game. However, the umpires ruled that the ball hit a Hamilton-Wenham base runner who was headed to second base, thus ending the game.
Hamilton-Wenham fans felt jilted — the same way Beverly fans felt in the top of the fifth when an apparent home run deep over the fence in left was negated when H-W appealed that the runner didn’t touch first base on his home run trot.
“That was a great Little League baseball game,” said Beverly (6-1) manager Jim Cross. “Crazy things happen. My kids just kept battling, battling, battling and never gave up.”
With the win, Beverly (now 6-1 in District 15 all-star action) moved to Friday night’s championship game at Harry Ball Field (7:30 p.m.). Hamilton-Wenham fell into the loser’s bracket final on Thursday night, where it will face the winner of tonight’s Amesbury vs. Danvers American (5:30)
Hamilton-Wenham (5-2) manager Bill Peach was quick to dismiss the notion that the sixth inning call cost his team the game. Twice H-W was caught trying to take home on passed balls and twice the Generals fielders could have made tough plays to save a pair of runs in the second inning.