North Andover American narrowly defeated North Andover National by a score of 9-8 in the 9/10 Division District 14 finals on Thursday night at Carl Thomas. The win propelled 10 American to a 2-1 series victory and capped off an exciting series that showcased the strength of both North Andover 10-year old District teams. American's 9-8 victory came a night after a thrilling walk-off win by the Nationals, who in Game 2 of the series overcame a 9-6 deficit by scoring 3 in the fifth inning and a 10-9 deficit by scoring 2 in the sixth inning to pull off an impressive 11-10 victory. Game 3 was just as exciting, with National jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning, but American answering with a 5-spot in the bottom half. The game remained tied at 5 until the fifth, when the Americans seemingly took control with a 4-run inning. But showing the fight that characterized their District run, which saw them win 5 of the 8 games that they played, the Nationals scored 3 in the sixth before finally being retired just one run short.
The two North Andover 10s teams reached the best-of-three final series by sweeping through pool play over teams from Andover and Tewksbury. 10 American was a perfect 5-0 in pool play, and 10 National finished 4-1. Congratulations to both teams for a great tournament. North Andover National moves on to the Bay State Baseball Tournament next week. North Andover American begins preparation for the Section 4 tournament in Woburn with games on 7/9, 7/10, and 7/11. Sectional games will be played at Keafer Park in Woburn. You can follow the Section 4 tournament at the Massachusetts Little League website.
North Andover 10 American - 2014 District 14 Champions!
North Andover 10 American and 10 National after Thursday night's game. Great job boys!