Like the perfect beings they represent, the Angels swooped down on beautiful Walsh Field Wednesday night to cap the first unbeaten, championship season in the Belfast-Northport-Swanville Little League since 1991 — when another Angel squad accomplished that impressive feat.

The No. 1 Angels finished 19-0 overall with Wednesday’s 17-5, four-inning victory over No. 3 Yankees in the season finale. The last time a B-N-S squad finished unbeaten was in 1991, when another Angels team also was league champs, said Larry Dyer, a veteran coach in the league.

The Yankees, an upstart in the double-elimination playoffs after only securing five regular-season wins, finished 7-13 overall, including 2-2 in the postseason, both victories over the No. 2 squad.

The Angels had a dominating team all season, with strong pitching, hitting, fielding and base running.

Wednesday’s championship game was another fun-filled event for Little League fans at Walsh Field as B-N-S officials — led by public address announcer Sandi Roman — made all the youngsters feel as if they were playing at fabled Fenway Park. Roman keeps the official scorebook, announces (actually sings) each batter’s real name (and nickname) and sings the national anthem.

The league’s final regular-season standings were: Angels 16-0, Giants 12-4, Yankees 5-11, Tigers 4-12 and Indians 2-14. In the playoffs, Tigers beat Indians, Yankees defeated Giants, Angels downed Tigers, Giants bested Indians, Giants beat Tigers, Angels beat Yankees and Yankees upended Giants.

Previously in the playoffs, the Angels needed to rally from a large deficit to beat the Yankees 14-13 to remain in the winners’ bracket of the tournament. In fact, the Angels won two playoffs with comebacks in the final inning on game-winning hits by Ricky Smith.

The Angels include Zach Darres, Ricky Smith, Zach Dyer, Lucian Gordley-Smith, Peter Spectre, Tyler MacLeod, Isreal Parsons, David Maxcy, Alex Newcomb, Timmy Smith, Ashley Kiernan and Sammy Spectre. The team is coached by Larry Dyer, Mike Dyer and Nate Spectre.

The Yankees include Nathaniel Johnson, Travis Tran, Konnor Harford, Tristan Roberts, Sam Goguen, Nicholas Larochelle, Nick Johnson, Caleb Wallace, Max Lewis, Austin Moody and Luke Lightner. The team is coached by Jason Wilcox, Mark Goguen and Mark Wallace.

On Wednesday, Darres and Gordley-Smith pitched for the Angels, combining to allow five hits, six walks and fanned eight, while Wallace and Roberts worked the hill for the Yankees, allowing 12 hits, five walks and striking out two.

Pacing the strong Angels’ offense were Darres (2 singles, 2 doubles, 4 runs), Ricky Smith (home run, 2 runs), Dyer (run), Gordley-Smith (3 singles, 2 runs), Peter Spectre (triple, run), MacLeod (2 singles, 2 runs), Parsons (double, 2 runs), Timmy Smith (run), Newcomb (run) and Sammy Spectre (run).

For the Yankees, Nathaniel Johnson (double, run), Moody (run), Harford (single), Roberts (single), Larochelle (single, run), Wallace (single, run) and Lewis (run) led the charge.

Solid defense was displayed by players on both teams, but the defensive highlights included stellar efforts by Yankee shortstop Nathaniel Johnson and second baseman Tran, as well as a stellar barehanded play of a batted ball by Angel second baseman Parsons.

Sensational stats

The Angels compiled impressive statistics en route to their unbeaten, championship season. They included 229 hits, 235 runs, 150 singles, 51 doubles, 16 triples, 12 home runs and 114 walks.

Individually leading the way were Darres with a .740 batting average, with 49 hits, 48 runs, 14 doubles, four home runs and only two strikeouts in 63 at-bats; Ricky Smith, .500 average, with 25 hits and 31 runs; Gordley-Smith, .795 average, with 51 hits, 29 runs, 15 doubles, six triples and only three strikeouts in 64 at-bats; Peter Spectre, .324 average, with 18 hits, 18 runs and four home runs; MacLeod, .485 average, with 26 hits and 25 runs; and Parsons, .435 average, with 22 hits and 13 runs.

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