DARIEN, Conn. The Lawrence Funeral Home team defeated the Noroton Heights Fire Department team to become champions of the Majors Division of the Darien Little League . The youngsters won the crown in a 12-9 victory at McGuane Park on Sunday.
Lawrence jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a triple by Harry Rayhill, who also had two doubles that day. Tommy Napolitano then followed with a two-run homer that brought the crowd to its feet as it flew over the center field fence and into the parking lot.
Noroton Heights came back when Chris Vernal stole home in the second inning and then scored two runs in both the third and fourth innings. Nicky Briganti hit an RBI double in the fourth that scored Connor Percarpio.
Neil Ghandi walked in the bottom of the fourth, and was knocked in on a rocket double by Matt Daileader, who scored on an RBI single by Tyler Aponte. Rayhill came back to bat with the bases loaded and hit a bases-clearing double, which put Lawrence ahead 7-5. They scored five more insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single from Dylan Fram, two wild pitches and a two-run homer by Sean Gallagher.
Noroton Heights was not going down without a fight. The team scored three runs in the sixth on a groundout RBI by Harrison Kadish, an error and an RBI double to right by Briganti. Rayhill closed the door with a strikeout to end the rally.
Jack Bogdan and Sean McKay both pitched strongly for Noroton Heights. Napolitano gave four quality innings for Lawrence, and Rayhill earned the save by pitching the final two innings. Lawrence also benefited from strong catching by Devyn Kipphut and fielding by Andrew Lucas, Daniel Guarneri and Alex Barnard.
Lawrence swept through the playoffs with a 7-0 record. Napolitano led the league with five home runs, Rayhill hit over .500 and struck out 70 batters and Gallagher was crowned the fastest runner at the Skills competition.
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