Albo's tops Pawtucket Credit Union

Albo's tops Pawtucket Credit Union

Ilijah Guttierrez, of the Fairlawn Little League's Albo's team, smokes an RBI single during his team's game last week against Pawtucket Credit Union of Pineview Little League. Albo's won the game, 14-10. (Valley Breeze photo by Kayla Panu)

PAWTUCKET - It was a slugfest at Pineview Little League last week as Albo's of Fairlawn Little League came back to put four runs on the board, after Pawtucket Credit Union tied things up in the fifth, to take the 14-10 victory.

"We played really smart baseball," Albo's coach Michael Ball said. "Last game we were making bad choices on the base paths and throwing the ball around."

It was a game full of runs as Albo's started things off with a bang, batting around their order and scoring six runs in the first inning. PCU clawed its way back, scoring two runs an inning every inning until tying things up 10-10 in the bottom of the fifth.

"We came out swinging," Ball said. "It was a good game."

Before the sixth, Albo's had plated its last run in the fourth to take the 10-6 lead. Following the trend, PCU came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning. After a scoreless top of the fifth, PCU finally came all the way back from a 6-0 deficit.

Albo's was on its second pitcher of the game in Alex Rhodes after T.J. Lach had gone the first two and a third innings. Jacob Lebeuf started things off with a four-pitch walk and stole second. On a passed ball he swiped third base while Rhodes got two outs on strikeouts. Tiago DaCosta then worked a walk and went right to second trying to force a throw that did not come.

Lebeuf scored on a passed ball bringing PCU to within a run. Andrew Lebeuf then walked on four pitches the fourth pitch going by Albo's catcher Owen Gropper allowing DaCosta to score and tie up the game, 10-10.

Albo's meant business in the top of the sixth after being silenced only two out of the six innings played. PCU was on its third pitcher, Aaron Kinnecon, who came on in the fourth.

The number nine batter, Julian Aceituno, on a 1-0 pitch ripped a solid hit to right field before Gropper hit a bloop fly that dropped in left.

"Julian got a nice hit and had an excellent at bat," Lach said about his teammate.

With two on and no out Ilijah Guttierrez hit a grounder to the shortstop, who was slightly distracted by the runner crossing in front of him. The ball went by the shortstop and into left letting Aceituno score to give Albo's the 11-10 lead.

The flood gates opened as Gropper scored on a passed ball and Lach walked. Guttierrez scored when the throw back to Kinnecon on the mound went over his head. The fourth run of the inning was scored by Lach as he tagged up and scored on Rhodes fly out to left for the 14-10 and eventual win. Kinnecon got the next two outs quickly to end the inning and give his team a chance to answer.

After two quick outs in the bottom of the sixth, Junior Delacruz knocked a double to right center and Jacob Lebeuf reached on a strikeout. Rhodes topped things off with a called strike three to end the game giving Albo's the 14-10 win.

Leite had an infield hit in the first inning to score a run and a single in the third while scoring two runs.

Aceituno, Lach and Guttierrez all scored twice as well. Aceituno, as the nine batter, reached base four times with three walks and a hit. The leadoff batter, Gropper, who received the game ball, went four-for-five with four singles.

For PCU, DaCosta was the leader as he went three-for-three with a walk and scored three times.

He hit a single in the first, a double in the second and a triple in the fourth while also being the starting pitcher. Jacob Lebeuf also scored three times.