Published in the July 5, 2017 edition
By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI
LYNN — It was a successful opener for the District 16 Lynnfield 12-year old Williamsport Little League All-Star team on June 25 as they defeated Winthrop 12-10 at Lynn Shore in Lynn.
“We took advantage of their relievers late in the game,” said Lynnfield manager Jeff Mullin.
The offense played nine runs in the final two innings as they scored four runs in the top of the fifth and five more in the top of the sixth to lead 12-9.
Winthrop scored once in the bottom of the sixth, but Lynnfield was able to close the door on Winthrop.
Spencer Riley led the offense, going 3-4 with three runs batted in. He also hit a solo homer in the fourth inning and scored three times.
Devin Bolger had a two-run double to left field in the top of the sixth to give the locals the lead.
Ben Mullin had a double in the fifth while Devin DeLuties had an infield hit to lead off the sixth.
“That hit sparked us,” stated Mullin, as his squad plated five runs in that frame.
The winning pitcher was Ben Caulfield who pitched the final three innings in relief of starter DeLuties, who went the first three plus innings. Caulfield gave up three runs and one walk while striking out two.
Alex Gentile made the defensive play of the game as, in the bottom of the sixth, he had a backhanded play at short and first baseman Tim Pivero made a nice scoop on the short-hop throw to record the first out of the inning.