The Wellesley Raiders 9-year-old Little League All Star team recorded their third straight come-from-behind win to capture the Suburban Youth Baseball League championship, defeating Hanson 15-13 in extra innings Wednesday night to cap an undefeated 13-0 season.
Michael Blair tied the game at 13 in top of the sixth with a two-out, two-run double that drove in Michael Ryan and Owen Asnis to send the game into extra innings, then won it with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh.
It was the second straight game the Raiders were down to their final out before snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, having done so against Braintree in a 8-7 semifinal win, and third straight game they trailed, starting with climbing out of a three-run home in their quarterfinal win over Marshfield.
Wellesley got three solid innings of outstanding relief work from Ryan that kept the Raiders in the game. Ryan didn't allow a single earned run in three innings, shutting down a potent Hanson offense that put double digits on the board in the first four innings.
James Broderick hit a three-run triple and two doubles, driving in three and scoring twice to pace the Raider offense. Andrew Zielinski also had three hits, including an inside-the-park home run. Anders Pineau provided the highlight hit of the game, blasting a towering, tape measure home run over the fence 200-feet away and out of the park.
"I had never seen a nine-year-old hit a home run out of the park before," said Manager Jim Broderick. "He bombed it."
Members of the 2010, U9 SYBL champions include Ryan, Zielinski, Asnis, Blair, Broderick, Pineau and his brother Austin, Mitch Derderian, Owen O'Connor, Donovan Lee, Jack Moffatt, Andrew Pini and Max Tracey
The SYBL League serves 16 communities including Walpole, Dorchester, Newton, Westwood, Braintree, Carver, Kingston, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth, Medfield, Milton, and Parkway Little League of Roxbury/Roslindale.