BRISTOL - New Hampshire scored twice in the second inning and three times in the fourth inning to put it ahead with insurance Friday afternoon in a 5-0 win over Massachusetts in New England Regional action.
The win for New Hampshire, represented by North Manchester Hooksett Little League, guarantees a spot in Williamsport at the Little League World Series. It also will put NH up against Connecticut's Manchester Little League Saturday at noon Sunday in a battle for the New England Region title.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
Connecticut is also a lock for the Little League World Series, having won its contest Thursday against Massachusetts.
A two-run single in the second inning from pitcher Mason DeVall to score Brayden Connolly and Ryson Michaud gave New Hampshire a lead it never surrendered.
DeVall mowed down Massachusetts to the tune of a complete game shutout, striking out 10 and walking two. He threw 90 pitches and allowed five hits.
A two-run triple from Cal Lucier and a wild pitch, scoring Lucier, extended the lead for New Hampshire to put Massachusetts up against the wall until the last inning.
Massachusetts loaded the bases in the top of the sixth, nearly seeing a rally attempt cut short on two close plays and an error on the shortstop. The extra chances gave an opportunity to cut the difference down for Gabe Casiano.
Casiano hit a hard foul ball up the first base line on a ball that could have scored two if fair, but he struck out to end the game
Tristan Lucier and Michaud had two hits, tying for the team-high. Cal Lucier and DeVall had two RBIs each.
Dom LaBranche walked twice and scored one run for NH.
Massachusetts' Mark Bettencourt and Ryan Skerry both tallied hits and walks in the loss. Stephen Saggese struck out two, and worked into the fourth inning.