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Lynnfield L.L. 11-year-old all-stars secure second straight district title



Locals beat Salem in the finale to advance to the state sectionals Friday in Swampscott

The Lynnfield Little League 11-year-old all-star team knows something about winning. The local nine won the District 16 title last year as 10s, and they repeated the feat Monday night with a 12-2 triumph over Salem at Lynn’s Pine Hill. They are now heading back to the state sectionals, better known as the Sweet 16, where they will be facing Danvers, the team that eliminated them last year, in the opener at Swampscott on Friday night, July 13, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Coach Matt Adamo is confident in his bunch of talented diamond stars, mainly because of their penchant to come through with the clutch defensive play. “The Salem coach told me after Monday’s game that my team plays the best defense that he has seen as a coach in 30 years,” Adamo said.

Adamo’s team also has stable pitching, led by southpaw Nathan Lopez, who started all four district games against Salem (8-1), Peabody (17-3) and Saugus American (13-1), before the finale with Salem again. In that game, Lopez pitched five innings, striking out four to help secure another win for his teammates. Christian Rosa pitched the final frame to seal the deal.

Anthony Grabau was a perfect three-for-three with two doubles to pace the offensive attack in the championship tilt. He also scored twice and knocked in two runs.

Tyler Adamo accounted for two doubles that produced three RBIs. He too scored twice.

Jarrett Scoppettuolo drove home four runs with two doubles. Lopez helped his own cause with two singles and a double. He scored twice and also knocked in two.

Nick Grousis, Brendan Manoogian and Ryan MacEachern chipped in with singles throughout the title tilt.

Lopez has capable help on the mound with the likes of Matt Papagikos and Dan Dorman, and all three hurlers are confident throwing to catchers Cole Hawes and Nick Lucich.

Reading and Andover round out the participants in this weekend’s State Section 4 Tournament in Swampscott, with the winner being determined in the championship finale on Monday night, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in order to advance to the state’s Final Four.

By Joe Mitchell

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