Ellington All-Stars’ Magical Run Ends

By Matt Stevens

TheSportsDept.com

GUILFORD – The Ellington 11-12 Little League All-Star team captured the District 8 and Section 4 baseball titles in a post-season run that ranks as one of the best in program history. But in an elimination round game of the Connecticut State tournament at Adams Middle School Sunday, Ellington ran into a baseball buzz saw from Newington on the way to a tough 15-0 defeat.

Ellington lost to Newington, 12-0 on Friday, in their first matchup of the double-elimination bracket, but then bounced back and eliminated Wallingford, 12-4, Saturday. With no margin for error remaining Ellington simply needed to keep piling up victories in order to survive.

Newington just proved to be too tough a task.

Newington put up four runs in the first, tacked on four in the second and six more in the third to essentially end any hope of an Ellington comeback.

Ellington’s offense couldn’t keep up with Newington’s pitching. Ellington’s most solid hit was Will Lally’s line drive double that reached the fence in the 4th inning, but it was too little, too late for Ellington.

Ellington Manager Harold Lally said the lack of pitching depth on his team was the main difference between district and section tourney success and dropping two in the state tournament.

“Our pitching – we weren’t super deep. This other team is deep in their pitching – they keep coming down at you, and they don’t drop off.”

“They’re a really good team,” Lally said of Newington. “We ran into them twice this weekend. Those guys can hit.”

Heart, Lally said, has been his team’s biggest asset.

 

“Our defense and hitting – we’re just as good as anybody, but these kids’ heart is the biggest thing. We’re getting our butts kicked, and giving up two bombs and our kids are high-fiving each other and smiling. I think they get it,” the manager said.

 

Ellington’s coaching staff impressed upon their players that they can be very proud of what they’ve done this year.

 

“We made it to the final three of the state. Win or lose, this is an amazing accomplishment for these guys,” Lally said. “I told them I think we’re a perfect team. It doesn’t matter what the scoreboard says, these 12 kids can look each other in the face, and know they gave everything they had for each other. It’s been an amazing run. It takes a special group.”

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