BARRINGTON — Thanks to some bottom-of-the-sixth-inning heroics courtesy of Sean Dunphy, Darlington American is now one victory away from capturing the program’s first R.I. Little League District II Major Division banner since 2000.
Dunphy broke a 9-all tie with a home run on a 2-1 count, propelling Darlington to a dramatic 10-9 walk-off triumph against Barrington Sunday night at Sherwood Field. Barrington scored four runs in the top of the sixth to tie this District II final game, but DALL and Dunphy responded with two down in the frame.
The two teams will play for the District II championship on Monday night at Slater Park at 5:45 p.m. with the winner advancing to next weekend’s state tournament in Lincoln.
Darlington belted seven home runs in the contest with Kyle Depatie leading the charge with three round trippers and five RBI. Depatie led off Sunday’s game with a home run, marking the second straight game he’s done that.
Jordan Perdomo went deep twice while Colin Gauthier also victimized Barrington pitching with a long ball of his own.
“I couldn’t be happier for these kids. They have given me everything that I’ve asked of them,” said DALL skipper Kevin Dunphy. “They have really stepped up their game.”