Little League all-stars from the Majors and Minors showcased their skills Sunday at Veira Park in the annual Memorial Day Classic.
The Majors took the field first. In a well-played game featuring all of the 12-year-olds currently playing in Little League, Team Regan edged Team Moore, 5-4. Peter Burke had two hits for Team Regan, while Kenny Hatt pitched solid middle relief for Team Moore.
Team Moore took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Summer Cardoza grounded out, plating Cam Moore on a close play at home. Team Regan responded with three in the second. Jared Regan hit a two-RBI double and Mikey Cosgrove knocked in another run with an RBI single.
In the third, Miles Sidoti singled and Jake Howell followed with a double to make it 3-2. The Moores tied the game in the top half of the fifth on Joe Serpa’s hard single to left field, scoring Colby Balboni.
Team Regan regained the lead, 4-3, in the bottom half. Luke Nivala used a nine-pitch walk to get on base and scored after Jared Regan forced an errant throw to second on a steal.
The teams traded runs in the 6th. Team Moore’s Jake Howell led off with his third hit of the day. Owen Bresnick then plated Howell with a deep double to center to tie the game at 4-4, but Team Regan answered with the eventual game-winner on a bases-loaded walk to Mike O’Brien.
Shortstop Jeremy Regan made two nice putouts in a 1-2-3 seventh to quell any hopes of a Team Moore comeback.
In the Minor League all-star game Team Gold outlasted Team Purple 21-11 in a 30-hit shootout. The Golds racked up 16 hits, while the Purples countered with 14 of their own. Nate Story and Matt Pouliot had three hits apiece; Kaleb Hatt had four RBIs; Eamon Savard three RBIs; and Nate Sawyer launched a rocket to the left field corner for a two-run triple to lead Team Gold. T.J. Lett pitched a strong first inning, holding Purple to one run and Owen diBiaso closed out a scoreless seventh by striking out two of the three batters he faced.
The Purple squad fell behind early, but kept battling back. Pitcher Jack Lionette got out of a first inning jam by striking out the last two batters he faced. At the plate, Tegan Fenner (double), Tobey Roberts (three hits) and Hardy Eville (four RBIs) led the way.