Welcome to New England Elite Baseball League, comprised of the most talented teams in New England. Our mission is to maintain a competitive league with a strong focus on structure and organization within the league. Programs that are part of the EBL will have a team page on our site to promote their program, post team rosters and update game scores and stats. By being part of the EBL League, you will better your program for your players, as it will eliminate constant changes, cancelations and the hassle of finding games last minute.
The U12 Crush participated in their first tournament of the season this weekend winning the 12U New England Invitational. The team combined for a total of 49 hits and 7 home runs in 16 innings led by Luke Sidwell’s 8 hits and Brett Jussaume’s 2 HR’s. The pitching was on point with Dan Nineve, Tim Raisman, Anthony Wescott and Ryan Gately holding the opposing teams to a combined 14 runs through 4 games. The defense, under the leadership of Catcher JJ Sanzi held strong in critical situations to help the pitching staff keep the opponents at bay.
In Cape Cod this past weekend, our Jr. Gulls 10u team brought home the gold, as they were champions of the 2017 Dugout Dawgs Wood Bat tournament.
Using wood bats for the first time proved not to be an issue at all, as the Gulls went 4-0 on the tournament, outscoring opponents 28-1.
Pitching was solid as usual for this team, as Jayden Cruz, Jayden Souza, and Nolan Donaldson combined on the mound to strike out 23 batters and only allow 8 hits on the tournament.
Connor James went deep and had 2 RBI for the Jr. Gulls and Justin Cleaves had 2 hits, 4 walks, and led the Gulls with 4 RBI on the tournament.
The Jr. Gulls 10u took the championship game from the Jr. Bay Sox Red, a team that has handed our Gulls one of their 3 regular season losses. Jayden Cruz was a huge part of this game, tossing a complete game 2-hit shutout with 7 strikeouts.
Nokona's 13u Chiefs took home the championship this past weekend in the Concord Cannons 13u Showdown Tournament. Nokona had a thrilling come from behind win over the Keene Jr Swamp Bats in the finals - finishing it off with a 10-6 extra innings victory. Facing an early 5-1 deficit in the final, Jake Burns came on to throw 6 2/3 innings of stellar relief to keep Nokona in the game. In the 7th, the Chiefs were down 6-4 with nobody on base and 2 outs before rallying to tie it. Consecutive hits by Garrett Burke, Marc Willi, Matt Ray and Dante Pavone notched things at 6-6 to send it to extra innings. In extra's Johnny Donnellan smashed a 2 run double off the wall to take the lead, and Pat Hart came on for the save to close things out for the championship! It was a great weekend for Nokona, who got contributions from every team member throughout the weekend. Thank you to the Cannons for putting together a great tourney!
The Legends 13U & 14U Prospect Teams both win the NYBC Northeast Qualifier at Baseball Heaven in NY this past weekend. Each team earns a berth to the 2017 NYBC Championship Week at Baseball Heaven in July, with 12 games airing live on The CBS Sports Network and MLB.COM.
The 13U Prospects bounced back from an opening game loss to the nationally ranked powerhouse Tri State Arsenal to win the final 4 games to earn the automatic bid. JR Bozek (Danville, NH) was one of the few bright spots in game #1 vs the Arsenal with 2 hits along with a double. In game #2 Ashton St. Pierre (New Durham, NH) threw a 2 hit shutout while striking out 12 against a very strong Dodgers Elite team from NY 8-0. Chase Eary (Danvers, Ma) was 2-3 with 2 RBI's. In the 3rd game the Legends came out swinging with 19 hits and pounded the Black Sox 19-0. Colin Lemieux (Warwick, RI) was 3-3 with a HR, triple and 4 RBI's, Tom McAndrews (Haverhill, Ma) added 2 hits, Payton Palladino (Danvers, Ma) and Ryan Hutchinson (Hamilton Wenham, Ma) both added 2 hits apiece.
In the playoffs the Legends beat another nationally ranked team in the Delaware Vipers 5-2 in a hard fought low scoring game. Luke McClintock (Hamilton Wenham, Ma) was the story of the this game pitching 6 1/3 innings allowing 5 hits while striking out 6 against a powerful line up. Roman Ercoli (Concord, Ma) came in to get the save in a huge pressure situation. In the final game the Legends got matched up against the #1 seed NJ Prime Elite. In a hard fought game it took extra innings to get the victory but the Legends prevailed 4-2. Eric Wing (Georgetown, Ma) had 2 hits, Mike Tonelli (Shrewsbury, Ma) made some clutch plays defensively at 3rd base including the final out. James Carmilia (Danvers, Ma) had a huge sacrifice fly in extra innings that brought in the 4th run and Peter Martin (Manchester, Ma) had a huge squeeze bunt to bring in the winning run in the 7th inning. The 13U Legends now have won 2 tournaments on the young season and have a overall record of 12-1.
The 14U Legends Prospects went 5-0 with a thrilling walk off win in the bottom of the 7th inning to take home the Championship. In game # 1 the Legends beat Apreda Baseball 8-0. Jack Penney (Wakefield, Ma) got the win on the mound while Matt Maloney (Windham, NH) added 2 hits. In the 2nd game the Legends edged out the Mojo Junior Ducks 5-4 behind Carter Coffey's (Hamilton, Wenham) 4 innings on the mound.
In the playoffs the Legends got matched up with the Akadema Surge. The legends came out swinging scoring 6 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning and never looked back winning 15-2. Matthew Sapienza (North Andover, Ma) got the win on the mound holding the Surge in check for the whole game. Marcus Montagnino (Gloucester, Ma), Lee Pacheco (Salem, Ma) and Jack Gilligan (Salem, Ma) each had 2 hits on the day. Brady Green (Exeter, NH) had a big hit with 2 RBI's while Alex Bodnar (North Andover, Ma) added a Sac Fly. Ben Olszak (Danvers, Ma) got on base twice with a hit and a walk and Jax Budgell (Newburyport, Ma) added a walk and a stolen base. In the 2nd round the Legends got matched up with the Noreasters from the EBL. The Legends scored 5 runs in the top of the 1st inning and had to hang on to a 5-4 win in a nail bitter of a game. Tommy Beauregard (Salem, Ma) got the win on the mound and Kurt Thomas (Harwich, Ma) got the big save pitching the last 2 innings and striking out the last batter with a runner in scoring position to send the Legends to the Championship Game.
In the Championship Game the Legends played a great Team Steel team from NY. With the game being tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the 7th inning Sapienza lead off the inning with a walk and then Penney sacrificed him over to 2nd base. The Steel chose to intentionally walk Pacheco setting up the heroics by Tyler Martin (Acton, Ma) who then drove a pitch up the middle driving in the winning run for a walk off championship win!
Competing in their first tournament of the year and featuring a very strong field of teams, the GBG Hawks Black 11U team lead by manager Dan Morse battled their way to a championship.
Game One against the NE Hurricanes Salem featured a dominant complete game pitching performance by Ben Grainger, and an offensive outburst led by Vincent O’Leary, Jackson Morse, Tyler Prescott and Ryan LeClair. The Hawks took an early first inning lead and didn’t look back en route to a 12-1 victory.
Game two vs. SU Pirates from New Hampshire again saw the Hawks jump out to an early 5-0 lead, on big hits by Ryan LeClair, Vincent O’Leary, and Nolan Rappoli. Chase Hartsell was outstanding on the mound and kept the Pirates in check, but some costly and uncharacteristic misplays by the Hawks defense allowed the Pirates to tie the game. After a back and forth battle tying the game at 6 runs a piece, the Pirates walked off on a sharp base hit scoring the winning run.
Game three was a must win game for the Hawks to have a chance to advance to the round. Playing the undefeated Noreasters Blue. Tommy Martorano was stellar on the bump going five innings, allowing only two runs on five hits and striking out eight. Ryan LeClair homered in the first to put the Hawks on top, and Vincent O’Leary homered twice to extend the lead. Nolan Rappoli and Ben Grainger, added timely hits. Jack Weddleton, Nicky Hasapidis, and Bobby Quill made solid plays defensively and Jackson Morse came into close the game.
The Hawks advanced to the playoff round as the fourth seed and faced the first seed and tournament host Legends Prospects. The Hawks and Legends traded the lead back and forth but eventually the Hawks prevailed 8-6. The Hawks captured the lead in the first with a no-doubter homerun by Ryan LeClair. In the fourth the Hawks took the lead for good when Nicky Hasapidis singled to drive in a run. The Hawks tacked on three more runs in the top of the sixth with a huge two out two run double by Jackson Morse. Jackson earned the win going three strong innings, Ryan LeClair finished the game recording the last nine outs and getting the save. Jack Weddleton and Nicky Hasapidis collected multiple hits and Tyler Precott, Nolan Rappoli, Chase Hartsell all collected hits, Bobby Quill was stellar defensively in the outfield and was a menace on the base paths.
The Championship game featured the high flying Hawks against Nokona the number two seed. Ryan LeClair didn’t allow a run and the Hawks offense led by Tommy Martorano’s huge first inning two run singled compiled twelve hits on their way to the 15-0 victory and their first tournament win of the season.
Against the odds, this group of just nine 10-year-old ball players embarked on their first game together as a team, having had just one hour-long outdoor practice session in 2017. They took the the field at 7:00 am to warm up for their 8:00 am game and got rolling early.
After some shaky defense to start, the Kings settled down and played solid baseball against a worthy opponent in the Jr. Spinners in game one. The offense was sparked by consummate lead off hitter, Yugo Murata, who led the early assault with a single to center, and buoyed by a first inning home run by Kaidan Sheehan, who led the team with 8 hits on the day. Elias Brendel mashed his way through the day from the beginning as well. And, Ford McCarthy added an opposite field laser that went for a ground rule double en route to a game one 8-7 victory. The pitching of Yugo Murata was invaluable as he dealt strike after strike over four innings to get the save, while Kaidan Sheehan picked up the first W for the Kings with his two-inning debut.
Game two vs. the Mizuno Beantown Bombers was highlighted by an epic pitching debut from Armanis Romero, who 1-hit the opposition over four innings. Armanis yielded just one walk en route to the 10-0 mercy victory! The team hit and fielded well in game two. The top of the order continued to produce at the plate while others like Armanis Romero and Alex Soto began to find their strokes at the dish as well. All the while, Jae Lacey quietly stalked pitchers at bat after at bat delivering more solid contact with each opportunity. And, Owen Manning, who did yeoman's work by catching Two Games for the Kings, added one of his two sharply hit doubles on the day.
Game three vs. the Mass Hurricanes was led by a gutsy Ford McCarthy on the bump. Ford took a rocket come-backer off his pitching hand in the second inning. He was down, and refused to be out. Ford willed himself back to the bump and pitched four tremendous innings for the Kings, earning his first AAU W and paving the way for his team to advance to the championship. Evan Feldman debuted in relief and appeared incapable of missing the strike zone as he pumped strike after strike to the opposing hitters. When the young gun tired, Elias Brendel came in with his gun blazing and locked down the W with his first save. The Kings' offense continued its pace, posting another 9 runs in a 9-5 win. Alex Soto and Jae Lacey broke out with their first hits of the season along the way.
The championship game featured the Kings' fearsome nine against the battle tested and high powered Southern Maine River Rats, and their number one seed. Elias Brendel took the ball to start the game and kept his team in it for the first two innings before handing the ball to Alex Soto. After falling behind, 3-0, and sparked by teammate Alex's strength and determination, having left practice with a fever the night before, the offense re-awoke behind a deep drive to left center by Kaidan Sheehan, another double by Ford McCarthy and a frozen rope from Elias Brendel to even the score. The boys continued to produce through the order with two outs and emerged with a lead that Alex Soto was determined to protect. Alex masterfully, pounded the strike zone over four shutout innings against an offense that has already scored 19 runs in one game earlier in the day! The Kings made plays and added to their lead with more offense from Romero, Lacey, Manning and Feldman, and hoisted the big trophy after an 8-4 win, and a long, long, day of baseball fun.
The North Shore Academy Royals traveled to East Lyme, CT to play in the "War at the Shore - Spring Swing 2017" tournament. With a 3-1 record, The Academy took the championship, beating the Connecticut Warriors 6-3 in the finals.
The offense was paced by shortstop Morenel Castro, who had 7 hits in the tournament, and pitcher/catcher Michael DeOreo, who had 6 hits and 5 RBIs. Outfielder Nick Groussis was on base all tournament, reaching base 9 different times. Tony Silva was clutch, knocking in 5 RBIs during the tournament. Pitcher Owen Gasinowski also had an inside the park homerun, which would have been out of most fields.
On the defensive side, outfielder Cooper Oldeman, and infielders Jake Creamer, A.J. Altieri, Brendan Manoogian, and Tyler Adamo were excellent - all making game-saving plays and were solid the whole tourney.
On the mound, Tyler Gilmore was the star, grabbing two wins over 6 innings in two days. This was a great TEAM championship win over a talented opponent. Nice work, boys!
In 2017 the New England Elite Baseball League will be entering it's 6th season. When the EBL started in 2012 there were 250 teams during it's inaugural season now there is close to 500 teams in the league for the upcoming 2017 season. "We have some great people and very strong programs in our league year in and year out. These programs value organization, structure and accountability. When you add people who care about the league with a great concept then you have a solid product." says Mike Costantino. The New England Elite Baseball League is in a class all by itself when it comes to the travel baseball circuit in New England and we look forward to improving each year. We want to thank all of the coaches and program directors on making the EBL the best travel baseball league possible and we appreciate all of the hard work.
We have been very picky with what programs we let into the EBL over the past 4 years. We will not add any single teams into the league and we avoid any programs that have bad reputations. Accountability is very important in the EBL, there are no cancellations allowed and if a team does cancel then they will be up for discussion for permanent removal from the league immediately. Once the schedules come out we want all the teams in the league to know that all games on the schedule need to be played. Some of the other leagues do not hold teams accountable for canceling games so as a league we take great pride in our no cancellation policy.
All of the original programs that helped start the league from day one are still going strong and are very helpful with the playoffs, all-star and championship games each year. The original programs that had a big help in starting the EBL in 2012, are Nokona, Noreasters, Mizuno USA, Legends, Jr. Spinners, Team Boston, Concord Cannons, Maine Lightning, Hurricanes and Stampede. All of those programs are still very successful and were a big part of year #1 by attending monthly meetings and coming up with their own creative ideas that have been implemented in the league structure.
The EBL staff is very excited about the upcoming 2017 season and we look forward to some very competitive games. The playoffs and all-star dates have been announced and the regular season schedule will be released during the first week of March. With all of the programs coming back from the 2016 season and the addition of some new programs to the league it looks like 2017 season will be as good as advertised!
Ripken Baseball is proud to partner with the New England Elite Baseball League in their effort to bring a better experience to top-tier travel teams in the New England area. We’re excited to provide NEEBL teams with exclusive offers on tournaments at our world-class facilities in Aberdeen, MD and Myrtle Beach, SC—where teams can compete on our major league-caliber diamonds and enjoy elite competition.
Here’s to providing great teams with great baseball experiences! We wish the best of luck to the New England Elite Baseball League in its inaugural season and to all the teams getting ready to compete in 2012!