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July 25, 2013
Southie's Mayor's Cup Championship Finalists
By Kevin Devlin

Southie defeated a talent-laden Cedar Grove team (recently undefeated in the suburban league) 3-2. Cormac Lafferty tied the game with a timely triple and then Owen Leahy came through with a well-placed sacrifice bunt that turned out to be the game-winner.

“What a great game by both teams,” McGarrell noted. “It was well-played. Our kids really executed when they had to and showed fortitude. I couldn’t be any happier for them. They deserved this win.

”Next, Southie faced Allston-Brighton and their bats came alive as they handily won, 13-0. Mike Callow had a homer. James Buzzell had three hits. Edward Murray, Lydon McGarrell, Mike Crowley, and Aiden Young had hits. 

Southie had to face Cedar Grove once again. This time, Southie rolled to a 12-5 victory. Jake Harrison had a home run. David Pittman had a tremendous game in left field displaying his “gold glove defensive ability.” Timely hitting by Will Ahearn enabled Southie to advance the semi-finals. Against Jamaica Plain, the local entry cruised to a 9-2 win. Bobby Delaney hit a home run and was solid on the mound.

The championship featured South Boston against the South End. The South End scored five runs in the first inning. Southie didn’t quit and battled back closing the deficit to 2 runs, 5-3. Evan Markos and Declan Callahan came through with clutch hitting and second baseman Ryan Donovan made a great defensive play.  Unfortunately one more comeback was beyond their grasp.

Manager McGarrell wasn’t surprised they made it into finals but felt the heat and maybe too much baseball finally took its toll on his young stars.

 “These kids have been focused and were dedicated in showing up for practices to get them ready for these tournaments,” he said. “We have a team first attitude and they’re matured.

“I couldn’t be prouder,” McGarrell added. “They also played four games in a Pembroke tournament and won all of them.  Overall, they played a lot of games and I think the heat took its toll on them in the finals.  “They represented South Boston as South Boston should be represented,” McGarrell further stated.

“They played with class, good sportsmanship and a commitment to hard work. They played their hearts out and everyone should view them as champions. Winning is just a bonus. I would also like to say ‘Thank You’ to my coaches, Chris Crowley and Mike Murray, as well as to all the enthusiastic parents.”

(Writer’s Note: A hearty thank you also to Manager McGarrell for supplying SBOL with this information. I would like to add that our kids need more role models with McGarrell’s coaching philosophy. He’s attempting to build winners but more importantly build character. Winning takes hard work and losing gracefully is hard…but necessary.)   

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