By Mal Boright
The Williston Little Leaguers (ages 11 and 12) are back home after going 1-3 in the New England Regional Tournament last week in Bristol, Conn.
Coach Paul Angstman’s charges bowed out of the event last Wednesday with an 8-5 loss to Bangor, Maine, a game televised on the New England Sports Network (NESN), the Boston Red Sox channel.
The game had high drama.
Williston trailed 4-0 when Aiden Johnson crushed a three-run homer over the fence in center to bring the locals within a run of Bangor.
“That home was nearly 300 feet,” said Angstman in an e-mail. He said the ball went over the scoreboard, which was 25 feet beyond the fence.
But Bangor pushed over four runs in the bottom of the inning and a two-run rally by Williston in the final frame fell short.
Along with Johnson, Angstman said Jonah Roberts and Griffin McDermott “hit consistently well the entire tournament.”
He credited pitcher Ben Herskowitz for “keeping us in the (final) game.”
The coach praised the work of Jim Neidlinger’s clinics at Bases Loaded and son Nick, his assistant.