SHIRLEY — The Ayer Shirley Longhorns U12 made it six-straight wins Sunday afternoon in its 8-5 victory over Lexington in the final game of Bay State Tournament of Champions play. Ayer Shirley used a two-run fifth inning to hold off Lexington.
Longhorn first baseman Andrew Consalvo blasted two home runs for the hosts.
“We hit really good today,” Longhorns head coach Donald Consalvo said. “Andrew has been struggling a little bit over the last couple games, but he and Johnny really came through for us. We play so many games that hitting spells ebb and flow — just like professional ballplayers.”
Ayer Shirley knocked in three runs in the bottom of the first behind timely hitting from the top of its order. Dylan Vigue and Johnny Dupell reached safely with singles to left and centerfield.
That set the stage for Andrew Consalvo’s first home run of the game.
Andrew Consalvo took an inside letter-high offering from Lexington starter Noah Sevigny and wrapped it around the foul pole in right field for a 3-run blast to give the Longhorns a 3-0 lead at the end of one.
Longhorns starting pitcher Mike Woodland breezed through the Lexington lineup — retiring the first six batters of the game in succession.
Sevigny silenced the Ayer Shirley offense in the bottom of the second.
Sevigny mowed through the meat of the Longhorns’ order to strike out the side.
Lexington put runners at first-and-second with two outs, but it was unable to capitalize as Dupell stepped on second for the force out to end the inning.
Russell cranked an RBI single up the middle to plate Woodland from third to make it 4-0 Ayer Shirley.
The Minutemen ended Ayer Shirley’s shutout bid with a pair of runs in the fourth inning off of three consecutive singles by Lenny Losen, Wayne Brasco and Sevigny (RBI).
The Longhorns responded in a big way in the home half of the inning with back-to-back solo shots from Dupell and Consalvo.
Dupell’s home run soared over the left field fence and landed next to the snack-shack.
Consalvo’s second blast cleared the fence in right enter to make it 6-2 Ayer Shirley after four.
Vigue and Sean Dutton both came across with insurance runs in the fifth inning to make it 8-2. Lexington added three-runs in the sixth inning to draw close, but pitchers Andrew Consalvo and Nathan Hunt collectively slammed the door to secure the win.
The Longhorns fell in a suspended game of pool play Monday night, 10-4, at Winchester.
The Longhorns’ Bay State Tournament of Champions playoff schedule opened Wednesday night at Dale Prentiss Field in Shirley with the result of the game unavailable at the time of publication.
“We have a very young team,” Coach Consalvo said. “We have some 10 year-olds and 11-year-olds on our team.
This is basically real baseball with a modified 50/70 diamond. It is meant to help ease the transition to the standard Babe Ruth diamond.
We have unrestricted bats in this league where we can use the high school bats. We pitched enough today and hit enough. It’s always good to get a win at home.”