Lynnfield Williamsport all-stars see District 16 streak come to an end vs. nemesis Peabody West
Local nine returns to the Bay State Tournament this week
By Joe Mitchell
The Lynnfield Little League Williamsport all-star team certainly has had plenty to celebrate throughout the past three years. They were the District 16 champions in the 10- and 11-year-old tournament, while also playing in the state final contest last summer, only to lose to Brookline.
The Lynnfield boys certainly knew that exhilarating feeling of racing around the Little League field with the championship banner in tow, and so that’s why it was especially difficult for them to watch Peabody West take the victory lap last Friday night at the Wyoma Little League field in Lynn after they dispatched the locals to the tune of 15-3 in a three-inning mercy rule game.
“It has been an incredible run,” said coach Matt Adamo. “These kids won districts as 10s and 11s and made it to the title game this year … no other team in the history of Lynnfield baseball has ever had this type of success.”
“Peabody West was the better team. They can hit the ball, and they have a few kids who can really pitch,” added Adamo. “They were fantastic. They hit the ball against us, and they also had a great pitcher, who threw hard. We simply weren’t going to beat them.”
The Lynnfield stars finished the Williamsport Tournament with a winning 3-2 record. They defeated the Saugus Americans, Swampscott and Salem, but lost to Peabody West twice.
But despite all the winning, it was still tough for these young players to watch another team parade the championship banner around the field in what was their last Little League game together, according to Adamo. “It hurt even more to know it was the last time they’d be playing on a Little League field,” the coach said.
These junior Pioneers are back playing in the Bay State Tournament on fields with slightly bigger dimensions than those on a Little League diamond. Its purpose is to get them ready for what lies ahead next year in the Babe Ruth League.
Lynnfield has already wrapped up the first session with a 6-3 record, including the trophy weekend. They started the second session against host Newton on July 18 (after press deadline). They will be home on the Lynnfield High School softball field this weekend with games on both Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m.