LEOMINSTER — Leominster American representative Whitton Realty had a tough path after dropping the opening game of the Leominster Little League City Championships. Despite facing three straight win-or-go-home situations, American was able to complete its objective on Sunday.
Fueled by a complete game shutout from pitcher Mike Anderson, American also batted around, including three homers in the contest, which helped it to secure a 12-0 five-inning mercy-rule shortened victory over North Leominster representative, ET Duval & Sons, in the title game. It is the second straight year that a Leominster American squad hoisted the city championship trophy, but the first for this group.
“We had to battle back from the first loss,” Leominster American head coach Adam Molzahn said. “We’ve just been on fire since then. Anderson was amazing today, (he) threw 65 pitches and to not give up any runs is great. When we’re hitting top to bottom we are tough to beat. I’m really happy for the boys, they came to compete.”
Aided by some early production in the first inning, Anderson got the boost he was looking for and was in complete control virtually the entire game.
Anderson went five innings strong, allowing just two hits, one walk, while striking out nine.
The American pitcher retired the side in order for the first two innings, and then in the fifth, after yielding just his second hit, he struck out three in a row to end the game.
“Mikey Anderson pitched a beautiful game, probably one of the best I’ve…