Members of the championship team include, front, from left; Matt Sidman, Aise Pream, Peter Sawyer, John Cormier, Phil Tesoro and Derek Ripa, plus, middle row, from left: Jeremy Gray, Cam McCullough, Kevin Carney, Allyn French, Joey Petka and Kyle Hould, and back, from left; coaches Chuck McCullough, Russ Carney and head coach Joe Petka. Courtesy photo
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DRACUT — For the first time in the history of Dracut baseball, the travel 9-year-old team has won the Massachusetts Cal Ripken District 2N championship and qualified for the state tourney.

After losing their first game in the Districts, the Diamond Dogs ran the table and won all the rest of their games. They had to defeat a tough and undefeated Westford squad 5-4 in order to reach the championship game, where they again played Westford, winning 13-11.

Cam McCullough had a monster game, going 4-for-4 with 8 RBI, and also pitched tremendously in his four innings of work. Allyn French had 2 RBI, as well as catching the game- ending out.

Jeremy Gray collected 3 hits and Aise Pream had 2. Joey Petka stole third base, while Peter Sawyer and Kyle Hould both got on base by walking twice. Kevin Carney had a nice running play in left center on a high bouncing ball by making a bare handed grab and strong throw back to the infield, preventing two Westford base runners from scoring.

Outfielders Matt Sideman and Derek Ripa had their typical strong defensive games. Phil Tesoro and John Cormier’s fiery rendition of “I’m Fired Up – You Fired Up” revved up the Dracut crowd.

“Each and every one of the boys made contributions to our championship in some way,” remarked head coach Joe Petka. “Whether they stole bases, advanced on passed balls, took walks, got base hits, knocked down balls in the infield, made catches in the outfield, pitched, caught or cheered their teammates on. They all put the team first. We have a very talented team, but an even better bunch of kids.”