Proving it’s not how you start but how you finish, the Cape Cod Clippers 10U team captured the 2020 AAU 10U state championship by running through the competition. The third-seeded Clippers ran through the state tournament and capped off their impressive year by beating the Double Play Invaders by a 6-4 score in the championship game to win trophies and title rings.
The Clippers (15-1) had to wonder what kind of year they were in for when they opened the season with a loss. That game proved to be quite the anomaly, though. After losing in the opener the Clippers scored 15 straight wins and ran their hot streak all the way until there were no more games left to play.
The Clippers came out swinging early, plating four runs in the first inning to set themselves up with a lead to work with. Big hits by Tucker Muldoon and Thomas Palmer helped push the squad out front.
Andrew Fancher took the ball to start the game on the mound and gave a strong showing. He tossed four strong innings, allowing three runs on three hits and left with the lead intact. Big plays in center field by Liam Matthews helped the Clippers maintain their lead until the fifth. The Invaders rallied to tie the game at 4-4 in the fifth, setting up an exciting finish to the title game.
Needing a rally to break the deadlock, the Clippers came through as Vikor Solorzano and Liam Matthews started a two-out rally, getting on base to set the stage for some dramatic heroics. Big two-out RBIs off the bats of Fancer and J.J. Lynch pushed the Clippers ahead by a pair of runs with a chance to win it in the bottom of the frame by securing the final three outs.
Lynch put away the Invaders in the bottom of the inning to finish off the Clippers title run. The pitcher was able to induce a pair of pop-ups to start the last inning and then a fielder’s choice produced the last out of the game and brought home the trophy to the Cape.