Miracle Comeback Keeps Enfield Alive

Enfield 13/14 players and coaches celebrate their improbable come-from-behind win over Putnam Saturday. Photo credit: Tim Jensen

Enfield 13/14 players and coaches celebrate their improbable come-from-behind win over Putnam Saturday. Photo credit: Tim Jensen

Yogi Berra’s legendary quote, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” was never more evident than Saturday afternoon in rural Lisbon.

Facing elimination from the state sectional tournament, the Enfield 13/14 Junior League all-star team entered the seventh and final inning trailing Putnam, 6-0. Three more outs and the Enfield squad would be done for the season.

Jeff Falk and Nick Martin rapped solid hits, and three walks sandwiched around a popup and a sacrifice fly cut the deficit in half, but with two outs.

Ryan Murphy cracked a two-run single, Wyatt Hurlbut drilled an RBI base hit, and Falk belted his second hit of the inning, a two-run double that vaulted Enfield in front, 7-6. Martin reached on a dropped popup, then Nate Chesworth added some insurance with a two-run double. Suddenly, Enfield’s lead was four at 10-6.

Falk and Martin each scored twice during the 10-run rally. Murphy, Hurlbut, Chesworth, Christian Pasini, Cam LeBlanc and Deegan Burke also scored in the inning.

Down to its final at-bat, Putnam managed to push a run across against reliever Dylan DeMaine, but Falk fielded a hard grounder at shortstop and beat a runner to the second base bag for a game-ending forceout, keeping Enfield alive while eliminating Putnam.

Enfield will play Jewett City Sunday at 4 p.m.; earlier Saturday, Jewett City defeated Enfield 5-4 with a ninth-inning run, completing a game suspended by darkness Friday night with the teams tied at 4-4 after eight innings.

An Enfield victory Sunday will force a tournament championship game Monday afternoon in Lisbon. A Jewett City win will clinch the sectional title under the double-elimination format.

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