Somers swats three hits, drives in pair of runs in deciding game
TRURO - Shoppers Drug Mart Bad Medicine scored early and often and cruised to an 11-4 victory over the Bible Hill Kinsmen Kings to win the Bible Hill-Truro Mosquito Baseball League title.
After dropping the first game in the best-of-three final series, Shoppers stormed back to win two straight.
Emma Somers led Shoppers at the plate with three hits and two RBI in the final, while Michelle Harrison, Ben Gibbon and Darsey Pratt each went 2-for-3 with a double. Quinn Cashen also had two hits and Clare Boudreau, Jack Somers and Will Somers added one each.
Shoppers outhit the Kinsmen 14-9.
Shane Otterson went 3-for-3 with a double for the Kinsmen, while Sam Archibald had two hits, including a double. Austin Atkinson stroked two hits and drove in a run and Thomas Vickers and Zack Webb each picked up a hit.
Shoppers entered the post-season as the No. 4 seed after posting a 5-8 record in the regular season, while the Kinsmen were seeded No. 3 after a 6-7 record.
Both teams' fortunes changed abruptly in the semifinals, as Shoppers and Kinsmen surprised the second-place Firemen Reds (7-6) and first-place Pro Cresting Sox (8-5).
The final series capped on a thrilling season for the local minor baseball program.
The league balanced teams, making action on the field competitive and fun.
Also, the introduction of a pitching machine for the first three innings of games caused a fundamental change in the game, as players developed their swings and built confidence with the consistent pace and placement of the machine.
And while registration numbers were down, smaller teams afforded kids more playing time.