OLD ORCHARD BEACH — First Title of Cheverus was sailing along one out away from the American Legion baseball state title when Pastime of Lewiston staged a typical rally.

Cheverus then staged its own comeback to win the state title, beating Pastime 5-4, Tuesday at The Ballpark to gain a berth in the Northeast Regional tournament which starts here Thursday.

Drew Ferrick, who was named to the all-tourney team, lofted a fly ball to right field in the bottom of the ninth, scoring winning pitcher Harry Ridge with the clinching run on the sacrifice fly.

It was a situation a hitter relishes and Ferrick went to the plate against lefthander Corbin Hyde with one thing in mind.

“I wanted to hit the ball hard somewhere,” Ferrick said. “Coach Mac McKew told me to be aggressive at the plate. It was easy coming back after yesterday’s game, but we kept our focus.”

The game was a resumption of Sunday’s game which was called after six innings because of thunder showers. First Title led 4-2 after six.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Lewiston had to move its outfielders in. Ferrick’s fly ball wasn’t stung, but it served its purpose as Ridge scored easily. Righthander Joe Sullivan’s throw was late and wide.

“I saw the rightfielder back up and when I was close to first, I turned my head to see if Harry scored,” Ferrick said.

First Title will play Woonsocket, R.I. Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Fayette-Staples of Saco is in the tournament as the host team. They play the Connecticut state champion after the First Title-Woonsocket game.

Lewiston got a runner on in each of the seventh and eighth innings. In the ninth, Ridge got the first two out, but walked Mekae Hyde. Corbin Hyde then doubled to the gap in left center, scoring Hyde. Shawn Ricker followed with a double in almost the same exact spot, tying the game.

In Monday’s opening game. Lewiston scored two runs in the ninth to beat Post 51 of Messalonskee.

“We may not have the best hitting team, but we don’t quit. That’s kind of the way we’ve been all season. We had our best pitcher out there. Some of the calls didn’t go our way, but give First Title credit, they’re a heck of team,” Lewiston coach Todd Cifelli said. “Monday was a long, hard day. All I asked the kids was give me everything they had and they did.”

In the bottom of the ninth, Nic Lops singled up the middle for First Title. He was forced at second on a ground ball by Ridge, who beat the throw at first. Hyde then walked the next two batters to load the bases.

Ferrick took a hard cut, fouling off the first pitch. Moments later, he brought home the winning run while acknowledging that it was his biggest at-bat in high school and legion.

Ferrick was joined on the all-tourney team by teammates Nic Lops, Tyler Flaherty, Louie DiStasio and Ridge.

DiStasio, who had 10 hits in the tournament and pitched three games, was named the tournament’s MVP and won the Sid Schwartz Trophy, named for the late state tournament director.

On Sunday, First Title scored a run in the third and fifth innings and two in the sixth before the game was stopped.

Lewiston scored two runs in the third.


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