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REGION — Entering Friday night’s action, four teams remained in the hunt for the Little League championship, and two teams survived both a threat from Mother Nature, and tough challenges to move into the finals.

Sox win a thriller

The third-seeded Pepperell Red Sox held off the second-seeded Pepperell Mets 4-2. The result was ensured when the Red Sox completed a rundown for the final out with the bases loaded.

Picking up the win for the Red Sox with a complete-game effort was hard-throwing righthander Tom McElmury, who allowed two earned runs and five hits with eight strikeouts over six solid innings.

Cam Goldrup worked the first three innings for the Mets and took the loss. Matt Foley came on in relief and was brilliant over the final three innings, allowing no hits or runs while striking out seven. His work kept his team close.

The Red Sox took the lead for good in the top of the first when Josh Cushion and Joe Tierney singled and Andrew Jenna walked to load the bases, setting the stage for Jamie Breen’s two-run single.

The Mets sliced the lead in half in the bottom of the inning when Goldrup walked and ended up scoring on a passed ball.

The Red Sox added a pair of insurance runs in the third when Tierney singled and scored on Breen’s single. Breen later scored on the front end of a double steal to make it 4-1.

The Mets wouldn’t go away and kept fighting to try to get back into the game. The Red Sox thwarted a rally in the bottom of the fifth, when McElmury fired to third to erase lightning-quick Myles Wharram on a delayed steal.

The Mets cut into the lead in the sixth when Joe Dolciotto walked stole second and scored on Justin Roberts’ single, and then loaded the bases before the Red Sox executed the rundown to seal the deal.

Breen paced the Red Sox with two singles and three runs-batted-in, while Tierney also had a pair of singles.

Dodgers shut down Yankees

The Townsend Dodgers overcame adversity to prevail in the other semi-final matchup. Tony Gravel tossed a perfect top of the first on the mound for the Dodgers, but suffered an injury while running the bases in the bottom of the inning. Brian Magee came on in relief and dominated, allowing only two hits while striking out 12 the rest of the way.

Thre Yankees narrowly missed taking the lead in the top of the first but were denied by the Dodgers’ defense when catcher Billy Wilson hustled after a wild pitch and tossed to Gravel covering the plate, who slapped the tag on a sliding Yankee runner.

Yankees’ starting pitcher Mason Trubey tossed goose eggs in the first and second innings, but the Dodgers took control of the game in the bottom of the third. Matt Wilson, Robert Haluska, Matt Russell, Drew Kanan and Magee all drew walks to make it 2-0. The third run scored on a passed ball, before Billy Wilson capped the five-run flurry with a two-run double.

The Dodgers added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth when Magee walked and trotted around the bases when Abe Mughal lined a home run over the center field fence.

The Yankees battled all the way, loading the bases with one out in the sixth. But Magee bore down and got a grounder back to the mound and a strikeout to end it.

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