BRISTOL, Conn. — Jake Mather’s solo home run in the top of the fifth inning lifted Coventry to a 3-2 victory over Pittsfield, Mass., Sunday to advance to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
Coventry is the 10th team from Rhode Island to reach the Little League World Series and the first since 2016 (Warwick North). It’s the fourth time in five years a Rhode Island team reached Williamsport and the seventh time since the New England Region was formed in 2001.
Logan Lama picked up the win after tossing five-plus innings and Anthony Colucci finished the job, starting with the last out of the fifth.
Both teams scored two runs in the third inning, with Coventry striking first. Tommy Turner and Mather reached on back-to-back singles, then moved up a base on a wild pitch.
Kody Fretts scored Turner with a single, while Mather would add his run on another wild pitch by Pittsfield starter Evan Blake.
Pittsfield tied the game, 2-2, with the help of four straight walks in the bottom of the inning after Ben Jacob’s one-out single.
Mather was 3-for-3 at the plate.
The rematch of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island champions was a much closer contest than Wednesday’s game, when Pittsfield beat Coventry, 10-1, forcing the Rhode Islanders to play an elimination game on Friday. Coventry won that game in dramatic fashion, walking-off with a 6-5 victory over Goffstown, N.H., after scoring six runs in the final frame to advance.
Manager Lou Simon’s squad now opens play against Southwest champion Houston, Texas, on Thursday in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.