BILLERICA -- The Billerica Floggers defeated Methuen, 6-5, during a thrilling 10-inning game in Game 1 of the Suburban Pony League championship series at the Locke School.
Billerica can win the title Tuesday (5:30 p.m.) at Methuen.
In Monday's victory, Billerica trailed 5-1 in the second inning before rallying.
In the bottom of the 10th, Jacob Nelson smashed a hit into left-center to score Craig Rich with the winning run.
The Floggers took a 1-0 lead in the first when Rich scored on a wild pitch. Nelson threw 81/3 innings of shutout ball in relief of his twin brother, Anthony.
Jacob Nelson struck out 8 and allowed just 2 hits.
Trailing 5-1 in the second, the Floggers received an RBI single from Gavin Tierney, and RBI groundouts from Rich and Mike Whalen. Billerica tied it in the fifth when Sean Hines led off with a booming double, stole third, and was driven home by Whalen.
Shortstop Kyle Cortese was strong defensively as was catcher Dylan Salk, who threw out three runners.