MYSTIC — Waterford use a fine pitching performance by Matthew Shampine and lots of hits to down Mystic, 12-6, Sunday at Rossie Field forcing a deciding game for the District 10 Little League 10-11 baseball championship.
Shampine limited Mystic to just one run and five hits in his five innings of work. Two of the hits were in the infield. He struck out six and walked just two batters.
The two teams will play for the district title Monday at Rossie Field at 5:30 p.m.
"They have a really good pitcher. We've lost two games in this tournament, both to him. He threw strikes, hats off to him," Mystic manager David Volpe said.
"We came out flat and we didn't play as clean as we've been in the last few games. We played error free a couple of times so that's obviously big in Little League baseball — throwing strikes and playing clean baseball."
Still, Mystic had its chance.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the second, Mystic loaded the bases with two outs on a fielder's choice, hit batter and a walk. No. 9 batter Ethan Cabrera (2 for 2) lined a single to center field scoring Tyler Spinner.
But another Mystic runner got caught in a rundown between home and third and was tagged out to end the inning.
Mystic once again loaded the bases in the fourth inning with two outs, but a fly ball to center field ended the threat.
Meanwhile, Waterford finished with 15 hits and 10 of the 12 runs were earned. Mystic committed two errors and misjudged some fly balls that could have been outs.
Waterford scored a pair of runs in the first and added four more in the third when eight batters went to the plate.
Waterford's Nick Ingraham finished 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs. One of his doubles hit off the fence in left field.
Gavin Polcaro was 3 for 4 with a triple and a double. Shampine was 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs and three runs scored.
Mystic did put up five runs in the sixth inning off the Waterford bullpen.
Mark McBride led off the inning with a homer over the left field fence. Aaron Vislosky (2 for 4) drove in a run with a single and Will Haugeto brought home two more with a double. Haugeto was 2 for 4.
"I think the main thing we try to do is to get them to play for each other," Volpe said. "We always talk about it's the name on the front of the jersey and not the one on the back. And I think they buy into that. They were down 12-1 in the last inning and never gave up."