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July 11, 2013

Peabody LL Majors softball ready for state finals this weekend

The Peabody Little League Fastpitch Softball program has come a long way in three short years.

Peabody’s Majors Williamsport all-star team earned a berth in the state finals after beating District 13 winner Woburn in two straight games to take the sectional crown.

The Peabody all-stars, made up of two 11-year-olds and 10 12-year-olds, are just two wins away from representing Massachusetts in the New England tournament at Bristol, Conn.

Peabody will play Charlton at Jimmy Pedrini Memorial Field in Winchendon tomorrow at 6 p.m. in their best 2-of-3 series. The second game will be played Saturday at 11 a.m., and the “if necessary” contest is set for Sunday.

“We were down, 4-1, in the bottom of the sixth and final inning in the first game with Woburn and scored four runs to win,” said Peabody manager Keith LeBlanc, who is assisted by coaches Tom Rossignoll and Todd Buckley. “They beat East Bridgewater to face us again and took an early three-run lead before we came back to score four times in the bottom of the third.”

In the rematch Woburn tied it up in the top of the fifth, but once again Peabody answered with two runs in the home half to win, 6-4.

Peabody had previously won District 16 by beating Swampscott twice, 8-0 and 11-2. The 12-member squad consists of best players from the three Peabody LL softball teams. Players voted for the top eight all-stars and coaches picked the other four.

Four members are back from last year’s team that won District 16 but lost in sectionals: pitcher Olivia Keane, Mallory LeBlanc, Kristina Rossignoll and Sydney Lowry.

“We have a wonderful group of girls and they all get along great,” said LeBlanc. “Those sectional games with Woburn were a battle between two evenly matched teams. (Now), the girls are very excited about going to states.”

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