On July 3, Hillside Construction, the North Middlesex entry in the Leominster Babe Ruth League, won the Division I championship.
They defeated a tough team from Leominster 7-5. Ballplayers on this year's team are all from Pepperell and Townsend. Hillside Construction built up a 7-2 lead early and held off a Leominster rally in the seventh inning.
Chris Powell dropped down a perfect suicide-squeeze bunt to score the team's third run and he later delivered a sharp single to the outfield for another RBI. Jimmy Ciampa, John Boutwell and Colin Lomax also delivered big hits to drive in runs.
David Newhouse was effective on the mound for the victors, going six strong innings. His fast ball kept Leominster off balance all game long.
Manager Stanton and coach Dube have combined, once again, to bring ballplayers from Townsend, Ashby and Pepperell a well-deserved championship. They have won the title numerous times over the years.
The Leominster Babe Ruth program has given players from North Middlesex an opportunity to play quality baseball at a reasonable cost for many years. It is a terrific baseball experience for 13 to 15 year old players. Games are played at Leominster's McGlaughlin Park, which is a marvelous two-field complex with lights for evening games, a fully stocked concession stand, and a horde of local volunteers who maintain a first-rate facility.
The future of North Middlesex baseball bodes well. The game was well attended by fans