.By ANTHONY LABOR The Essex Reporter
The Essex Junction 9- and 10-year-old little league baseball team finished up the East Regional Tournament in Cranston, R.I. with a tough loss to Massachusetts last weekend.
After falling against two strong teams from Maine (13-0) and Rhode Island (11-3), Essex Junction played very well against Massachusetts.
Essex Junction battled from behind to take a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Massachusetts rallied for two runs in the sixth inning and won on a passed ball to take the win.
“We could have won the game against Massachusetts,” said Essex Junction coach David Bostwick. “Unfortunately, we just had an untimely error.”
It was still an impressive year for Essex Junction, who swept the competition in the state tournament last month.
The win allowed them to advance to the East Regional, where they went up against the best teams in New England.
“It was an amazing experience on and off the field for us in the regional,” said Bostwick. “It was great for the guys to play against the best kids in New England. I am very proud of the team. They were competitive throughout.”
Even though the team didn’t come away with a win in the regional tournament, Bostwick was impressed with the maturity the team showed throughout.
“We never gave up in any game when the chips didn’t fall our way,” he said. “We faced some adversity and battled until the end. I am extremely proud of every single player on the team.”