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July 13, 2014

Area Baseball Roundup: North Andover Little Leaguers down Andover to capture district title

NORTH ANDOVER — The North Andover Americans downed the Andover Americans 15-6 to sweep the best-of-3 District 14 Little League championship series.

The North Andover 12-year-olds will play in the Section 4 tourney beginning Wednesday. The Americans will play Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Tewksbury at Poulin Field with the top two from the four-team tourney playing in the title game on Saturday.

The opponents and times are TBA.

Michael Gorgoni got the win in relief last night. He came on in the second inning with Andover leading 5-4 and limited the visitors to one run over four innings.

“He threw to contact and did a great job,” said North Andover manager John Burke.

Reminiscent of when Barry Bonds was the most feared player in baseball, Andover intentionally walked slugger Tristan Latham with the bases loaded. That gave North Andover a 7-5 lead in the fourth. Kyle Moore was up next and made Andover pay with a grand slam over the fence in straightaway center at Carl Thomas Field.

T.J. Fredo contributed two hits and three RBIs. Nick Parisotto also had two hits for the winners.

Latham was walked three times, twice intentionally. The only time Andover pitched to him, he doubled.

North Andover won Game 1 on Friday by a 5-3 score.

This is the second straight year a North Andover team has won the District.

“It’s a great group of 13 kids,” said Burke. “They’ve been working together since June 14. Every single one contributed to the title.”

The boys are fired up to test themselves in the Section 4 tourney.

“Hamilton-Wenham will be very strong,” noted Burke. “It will be four very good teams. It will be great competition and a great experience.”

North Andover 10s to Final 4

North Andover American beat Hamilton-Wenham 11-2 to capture the Section 4 10-year-old Little League championship.

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