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Image12s 12-Year-Olds Capture District Title in Memorable Style

The Dedham 12s earned an extra-inning victory over Mansfield on Friday night, 11-10 at Capone Field at Fairbanks Park to cap off their fourth consecutive District 4 championship in the Cal Ripken Tournament when Ben Shumway hit a walk-off two-run double with two outs in the last of the seventh.

With the score knotted at 7 after six innings of play, Mansfield jumped ahead in the extra frame on five hits including a home run plus a hit batsman. But as it did all game, Dedham responded in the home half of the seventh with some offense of their own.

Ryan Lahiff hit a one-out single up the middle, then Aidan Kelly reached on a miscue. Nolan FitzPatrick connected for a single to deep right center to load the bases. The next batter, Shawn Nosky, hit a fielder’s choice to plate Ryan. Alex Cherry was hit by a pitch, then cleanup hitter Ben Dean, who had received a free pass in the last of the sixth, was intentionally walked again, this time with the bases plugged to make it 10-9 in favor of the visitors.

That strategy prompted one fan to yell to the next batter, Ben S., “Make `em pay!” The Dedham shortstop did just that with a double to right center plating two runs and fueling a celebration.

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Written by shiretown99

June 29, 2013 at 3:34 am

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