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.
After losing in the Championship Game the past two seasons as 9U and 10U NEEBL finalists, Team Mizuno 11U Navy traveled a difficult path to capturing the Division 1 11U crown in 2016. Team Mizuno was the 7 seed and therefore was the away team for each of the 6 playoff games it played, the last 4 of which were elimination games, and the last 3 played at the oppositions home field.
Mizuno squeaked by a tough Jr Spinners team 8-6 in Game 1, then dropped an 11-4 decision to Nokona in game 2.
The first elimination game was a rematch of last year's 10U D1 Championship game against the well coached South Maine River Rats. Mizuno played its best game to date in the playoffs and came away with a 9-1 victory. Starting pitchers Rob Penswick pitched two shutout innings and then gave way to Matt Draheim who pitched the final 4 innings, allowing only 1 ER. Penswick had 3 hits, Chris Walsh, Seamus Vining and Tyler Tedeschi each had 2 hits, one of Tedeschi's being a 2 run blast over the left field fence.
The task grew even tougher heading into game 4 as Mizuno needed to defeat Nokona twice in order to advance. Nokona had easily defeated Team Mizuno in all 3 games the teams played against each other in 2016. Due to bad weather the weekend prior, Games 4 and 5 were played at Nokona's home field in Medfield, yet Team Mizuno won a back and forth 10 inning battle in Game 4 on Wednesday evening by a score of 8-7. Chris Walsh pitched 6 gutsy innings and Matt Draheim was spectacular in the final 4 to get the win. Walsh ( 2 hits, 3 RBI) Seamus Vining (2 hits) Naythan Ruehs (2 hits, 1 RBI) and Brayden Phinney (2 hits 2 RBI) lead the offensive attack.
In the deciding game 5 on Friday evening, Team Mizuno came out strong and never looked back, winning easily by a score of 10-3 to advance to the Championship the next day. Cam Champney was spectacular on the mound for Team Mizuno, allowing only 2 ER in a complete game effort. The offense was lead by Chris Walsh ( 2 triples, 2 RBI), Tyler Tedeschi ( 3 RBI), Seamus Vining (2 hits and 1 RBI) and Champney (2 RBI).
In the Championship Game against the Mass Hurricanes, Team Mizuno got great pitching from Matt Draheim (3 IP, 1R) Robbie Penswick (3 IP 1R) , and Chris Walsh (1 IP, no runs). Offensively, Team Mizuno was lead by Naythan Ruehs (3 hits, 3 RBI) Tyler Tedeschi (2 hits, 2 RBI), Penswick (2 hits, 2 RBI) and Seamus Vining ( 2B, 2 RBI).
Mizuno received great defensive efforts from Tate Fielder, Matt McGuiggan, Brayden Phinney and Wes Hillman in the Championship game.
The SU Pirates 12U Navy team has plenty of reason to celebrate their season, as they capped off their final weekend with an 8-6 win over the Vikings Baseball to secure the Division II Elite Baseball League title.
Starting pitcher, Zach Ferris (5 IP, 4 ER, 3 H, 3 K, 0 BB) set the tone early with his command of the strike zone--forcing swings and allowing his defense to work behind him. An aggressive Vikings Baseball team put pressure on the Pirates, taking an early 3-2 lead, with timely contact at the plate and skill on the base paths.
The Pirates offense was up for the challenge and exploded in the 5th inning for 5 runs. The Pirates bats were led by Liam Walsh (1-2, 2B, BB, 2 RBIs), Zac Roffman (1-2, 2B, BB 2 RBIs), Jack Lacouture (2-3, RBI), and Gavin Bond (2-3, RBI).
Relief pitcher, Jake Tobin (2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 K, 2 BB), entered the game in the bottom of the 6th inning and threw the final two frames, securing the championship with a game ending strikeout.
“I could not be happier for this group of players and coaches” said Scott Dubben, the Director of Baseball for Seacoast United. “They set the tone early in the year that they were going to be a very competitive team and they never let up. This is our first league championship and a testament to their hard work and determination to compete and develop their skills. This is a big step forward for our program and I am very proud of them.”
12U Navy entered the Division II playoffs as the 5th seed and accumulated wins against Rivals Baseball 18-7; #1 seeded Junior Gulls, 9-5; and a semifinal victory against Rivals Baseball, 16-1. The championship win against Vikings Baseball capped off 12 Navy's tenth straight victory and the first league championship in the history of the Pirates baseball club.
The league director said it best before handing us the championship trophy. He said, "These guys should now be called the Comeback Kings instead of the Triple Crown Kings." That's truly the story of this championship run. It took heart, fight, determination, a never give up attitude, to win the championship. Of the five games we won, four of them were comeback wins. Only a true team can overcome such obstacles. Every single player on the team contributed to this championship. Every single player had their own defining moment where they put the team on their shoulders and carried us. The playoff run was an incredible fun ride. One that the team should be proud of.
A season that began with a no-hitter in Florida ended with a New England Elite Baseball League championship. The 11u Bobcats, coached by Joe Evans, defeated Rivals Baseball of Woburn, Mass., 19-6, to complete their season at Gergler Park in Bow. The Bobcats (21-10) reached the EBL Div. II championship by winning four straight elimination games in the playoffs at Stoneham, Mass.
In the championship, right-handers Matt Lamy and Nathan Innerfield combined to overpower the Rivals. Logan Gordon and Evan Provost handled catching duties, and there many great plays on defense. Cameron Evans sealed the title with a running catch in left-center field. The Bobcats took an 8-6 lead into the seventh inning and erupted for 11 runs, highlighted with a grand slam by Cam Olivo (five RBIs). Ryan McSweeney hit a bases-loaded double, while Nick and Nate Steigmeyer combined for multiple hits. Lamy and Zachary McCoy turned a clutch double play in the fifth inning. Lefty Connor Haas was dominant lefty for the Bobcats all season, and Ryan Cunningham was Mr. Dependable on defense. Ethan Gray (injury) played half the season and was a key contributor to a magical 2016 season. Congratulations to the Bobcats and Rivals for a great season!
Austin Knight’s two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Junior Swamp Bats a dramatic 11-9 win over Team Boston in the New England Elite Baseball League’s 11U Division IA championship game Sunday at Rivier College.
It marks the first league title for the JSB program during their two years in New England’s premier travel baseball league.
The JSB, the top seed in the playoffs, jumped out to a 7-2 lead through innings, but Team Boston rallied for six runs in the fourth inning to go ahead 8-7. Team Boston tacked on another run in the fifth to make it 9-7.
The JSB rallied for one run in the bottom of the fifth to cut the deficit to one run and tied the game in the sixth on a squeeze bunt by Isaac Fletcher.
Fletcher made one of several standout defensive plays for the JSB when he threw out a runner trying to steal second base in the seventh inning.
Home runs by Brock Haynes and Logan Schmitt – the first homers of the year for each – helped the JSB to an early lead.
Haynes threw two shutout innings to open the game, while Sam Timmer came on in the fourth to stop Team Boston’s long inning and finished the game out, allowing just one run over four innings.
The JSB finished the year 22-1, going 10-0 in league play, winning the JSB Memorial Tournament and going 4-0 in the playoffs.
The team included Owen Aivaliotis, Hayden Anastacio, Jack Cravinho, Isaac Fletcher, Brock Haynes, Ryan Jackson, Noah Kinara, Austin Knight, Jamison Nystrom, Tanner Payne, Logan Schmitt and Sam Timmer. The head coach was John Luopa with assistants Eddie Weeks, Dave Fenuccio and Zak Payne.
The USA Mavericks 12U Blue team won the New England Elite Baseball League Championship with a 7-6 win over a tough and battle tested Legends Prospects team on Monday night at Roger Allen Park. The game was a back and forth clash from the first pitch through the game ending double play in the top of the 7th. Ashton St. Pierre was the starting pitcher for the Mavs going four full innings with Joe Allen getting the win, coming onto the hill for the final three innings.
The Mavericks had 13 hits in the game and played a great defensive game highlighted by Joe Allen’s stab of a one hop line drive on the mound, turning to throw to shortstop Hunter Chase to get the lead runner and on to Zach Fredericks at first to complete the game ended double play and the championship trophy was in the Mavericks hands.
The Mavericks EBL championship playoff run began with a 12-2 win over the East Coast Eagles and then two wins over the SU Gold team, 6-1 and 4-3. The Blue ended their season with a 24-2 record playing teams from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. On the season the Blue scored 226 runs and allowed 71.
The Southern Maine River Rats 9U 10-0 victory over the Seacoast United Pirates-North team was the organization's second consecutive championship at this level. This year's championship run was led by a powerful offense and great pitching depth. In the championship game, Brock Gibbons showed why he is considered one of the best players in the EBL, as he threw a no-hitter and logged 13 strikeouts in the 5 inning game. He and Ryan Camire each and added in-the-park homeruns in the first and second inning, which got the River Rats off to a quick 2-0 lead. With Gibbons in control on the mound, the River Rats continued to build their lead to into the third inning, as Dylan Kullman singled and then scored on a double by Gibbons. They put the game away in the fourth, plating six runs, as Camire led off with a single, which opened the door to runs by Tyler Sevigny, Scott Robitaille, Henry Kenniston, Drew Lariviere, and Caleb Vacchiano. Login Desrochers led off the bottom of the 5th with a very hard hit ball, deflecting off the third baseman, that led to a double. He eventually scored the game-clinching run on two passed balls.
The River Rats finished the season with a record of 23-3-1 and averaged a little more than 12 runs per game, while allowing just 3 per game. Gibbons and Caleb Vacchiano were the leaders of the pitching staff throughout the season, while Dylan Kullman, Login Desrochers, Henry Kenniston and Scott Robitaille all pitched in key spots throughout the season. During the playoffs, Dominic Hussey and Drew Lariviere both had huge contributions on the mound, which allowed the team to rest some of their other arms. Isaiah Cole and Tanner Filiponne both showed great attitudes all year long and they both contributed some key hits down the stretch.
MIZUNO NORTHEAST 10U NATIONAL TEAM WINS EBL'S DIVISION 2 CHAMPIONSHIP!
Mizuno Northeast 10U National's win the Division II Championship over the Maine Lightning Blue. Carter Bentley started the game off with a few strong innings on the mound to give the offense a chance to get ahead. Luke Gallo swung the big stick for the National's going 3-4 with a double. When the game was tied, Leo Colena managed to get on base followed by a base hit by Andrew Schmit moving Colena into scoring position in the last of the 5th. Colby Coghlin tagged in the game winning RBI with a sacrifice fly to left field. Outstanding catch from Jack Kamin in left field saved a run. Puglisi was able to hold off the Lighting in the final few innings to secure the win. Final 6-5
JUNIOR SWAMP BATS 11U WINS JSB MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND TOURNAMENT!
The Junior Swamp Bats 11U team scored seven runs in the first inning as they capped their championship run with an 11-0 win over the Bulldog Prospects. The JSB held their opponents to six runs in four games, winning 5-4 over the New England Ravens, 16-2 over the NE Granite and 7-0 over Team New England in the semifinal game. Jamison Nystrom (6-for-8, four RBIs), Brock Haynes (4-for-6, three RBIs) and Isaac Fletcher (5-for-7) led the offense.
MASS HURRICANES 11U TEAM WINS MEMORIAL DAY TOURNAMENT!
The Mass Hurricanes 11U team won the NH Bobcats Memorial Day Tournament this weekend. The team went 4 - 0 in the tournament beating the Rivals, Junior Spinners Navy, and Concord Cannons on the road to playing the Junior Spinners Red in the Championship game. The Mass Hurricanes defeated the Junior Spinners Red in the championship, led by the arm and bat of Dawson Bryce. The 11 year old from Tauton threw a complete game and went 3 for 3 against the Junior Spinners Red in the Championship game. He also got the win in the semi final game against the Cannons, pitching one inning and going 3 for 3 with a home run in that game.
TEAM MIZUNO NORTHEAST 13U TEAM WINS SUPER EAST TOURNAMENT
Team Mizuno Northeast 13U took home the 14th Annual Super East Baseball Memorial Day Classic Championship on Monday, May 30th. The team went 5-0 and overcame a 4 run deficit in the final inning vs TCB American. Gavin Price went 4 strong innings while Josh Keevan came in for relief work to keep a strong TCB team off balance. Mizuno had some huge hits from Colin Schofield, Jonathan Santucci and Cody Smith.
The 14U Nokona Chiefs went 5-0 this past weekend to win the Northeast Baseball 14U classic Tournament. The Chiefs outscored their opponents 55-5 in pool play to go 3-0 and earn the #1 seed.
In the Semi Finals, the 14’s faced a Talented GBG Hawks team that only allowed 7 runs in Pool Play. The game remained scoreless until the 3rd inning when Nick Croteau knocked in the games first run with an RBI single. Randy Reyes followed up with an RBI double. Mike Milanoski, Jamie O’brien and Matt Maiona also drove in two runs. The story of the game was Wyatt Scotti’s performance on the mound. Scotti threw 6 shutout innings, allowed 1 hit, and struck out 10.
In the finals, the chiefs were matched up against a talented Northshore Tigers team that had only lost one game all season and had scored 55 runs in their first four games of the tournament. Randy Reyes started on the mound and did a great job quieting the Tigers hot bats. He went three 3 innings, allowed one run and struck out 4. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the 3rd Inning, the Chiefs bats exploded for 9 runs. Ethan Kee & Wyatt Scotti combined to knock in 7 runs and Zander Gomez pitched the final three innings to secure the 13-5 championship victory.
Wyatt Scotti was named the tournament MVP. He went 11 for 17 on the weekend with 12 runs batted in while pitching a complete game shutout.
THE LEGENDS 11U & 12U PROSPECT TEAMS BOTH WIN NEW ENGLAND PERFECT GAME SUPER 25 CHAMPIONSHIP!
The Legends 11u and 12u prospect team both win the New England Perfect Game Super 25 Championship. Both teams will have the chance to represent New England in Ft Myers Florida at the Perfect Game National Championships.
The Legends 11U team went 6-0 in the tournament and had two walk off Home Runs in the semi finals and Championship games. The 11U Prospects are now 31-4 on the season and are off to Aberdeen to compete in the Memorial Day Weekend Tournament at the Ripken Complex. The Legends will then compete in the EBL playoffs then will end the season in Kentucky for a week long tournament at the Baseball Youth Nationals.
The 12U Legends Prospects were also 6-0 in the tournament and dominated the tournament by throwing 4 shutouts and only letting up 7 runs throughout the weekend. The Prospects are now 30-3 on the season and will also be heading to Maryland and Kentucky to end the season. The 12U Legends will be heading to Ft. Myers to compete for the National Championship in late June for 1 week.
NO HITTER THROWN BY ANGEL QUINONES OF THE 13U BRIAN ROSE BASEBALL TEAM!
Congratulations to BRB Bulldog 13u pitcher Angel Quinones who tossed a No Hitter with 14 strikeouts during this weekends divisional game to lead his team to a 7-0 win. Angel is pictured here with Program Director Brian Rose, catcher Ethan Moniz and head coach Jamie Sylvia.
GRADY MEYER TRHOWS NO HITTER FOR SLUGGER'S FURY!
Grady Meyer, Slugger's Fury 13u d1a player, threw his first career no hitter Saturday afternoon. Meyer faced 27 batters, six over the minimum to complete the game with just 73 pitches. Needing just 2 strikeouts, Meyer took advantage of the stellar defense behind him to cruise through his outing.
THE JUNIOR SPINNERS 12U RED TEAM HAD A GREAT WEEKEND AT BASEBALL HEAVEN WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP! IN GAME 1 MIKE SOARES PITCHED A GREAT GAME TO GET THE WIN. BRISEAN EVICCI AND JOSH KIETH HAD BIG HITS IN THE 6TH INNING TO PULL THE TEAM AWAY. GAME 2 VS BASEBALL HEAVEN TEAM WAS A BACK AND FORTH CONTEST. TIMMY CONNOR AND SAM HARRIS COMBINED TO GET THE WIN. KYLE ESPINOLA AND TIMMY CONNOR BOTH HAD BIG HITS IN THE 5TH INNING AND SEAN OKEEFE HAD A HUGE SINGLE IN THE 6TH FOR THE WALKOFF VICTORY.
GAME 3 WAS A TOTAL TEAM EFFORT WITH EVERY PLAYER ON THE ROSTER REACHING BASE WITH A HIT OR A WALK IN A MERCY WIN. THE SEMI FINAL GAME WIN OVER PYA LEGENDS WAS A COMPETITVE ONE. KYLE ESPINOLA GOT THE WIN ON THE MOUND WITH NICK SOLITRO GETTING THE SAVE AND SHUTTING THE DOOR. THEY HAD A BIG 8 RUN 5TH INNING TO PULL AWAY. ANSON RODGERS, VINNY LOGUIDICE, AND SAM HARRIS HAD THE HITS IN THAT INNING AND MASON RICE HAD AN INSURANCE SAC FLY. ANTHONY GONZALEZ PLAYED STELLER BEHIND THE PLATE. IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME THE TEAM NEVER GAVE UP EVEN BEING BEHIND 8-0 TO START THE GAME. ON THE MOUND ANSON RODGERS GRINDED TO KEEP THE TEAM IN THE GAME. BRISEAN EVICCI CAME IN RELIEF AND SAM HARRIS CAME IN IN THE 6TH AND 7TH TO SHUT THE DOOR. KYLE ESPENOLA HAD A HUGE 3 RUN HOME RUN IN THE 5TH INNING TO COME WITHIN 1 RUN. NICK SOLITRO LED OFF WITH A BIG SINGLE AND MIKE SOARES SCORED THE TIEING RUN AS A PINCH RUNNER. ANSON RODGERS THEN LED OFF THE 7TH INNING WITH A DOUBLE AND ENDED UP SCORING THE WINNING RUN ON A SINGLE BY KYLE ESPINOLA TO TAKE HOME THE TROPHY!!
The red-hot 13U New Hampshire Bobcats won five straight games in the 2016 Jr. Spinners Springshot Tournament, clinching the title with a 9-3 win against Northeast Baseball at LeLacheur Stadium. Tournament MVP Marcus Soucia collected 11 hits and 15 RBIs in the tourney, including a big game in the opener against Jr. Spinners Prospects. After erasing a five-run deficit, Luke Ramsey's walk-off single in the seventh inning propelled the Bobcats to an 8-7 win against the Prospects. In the championship game, the Bobcats rallied and took the lead on Soucia's bases-loaded double. Josh Morissette pitched four innings to earn the win, and steady lefty Dan Sarmiento closed out the victory in the seventh. In pool play, the Bobcats racked up 20 hits against Spinners Scout, including an inside-the-park homer by Ramsey and three hits by Ryan Smith. Ramsey pitched a dominant five innings for the win. In other games, Nick Kiah threw a no-hitter along with catcher Anthony DiNardi against the Hit Doctors, and Peter Haas earned the victory in the semifinals with three strong innings.
The Bobcats have opened the season with 11 straight wins. Many congratulations to the entire team: Hunter Caron, Will Coogan, Anthony DiNardi, Peter Haas, Nick Kiah, Alex McGandy, Josh Morissette, Aiden Perigny, Luke Ramsey, Dan Sarmiento, Jake Shapiro, Ryan Smith and Marcus Soucia.
The bats showed up for the SU Pirates 9U South to win the SU Pirates 2nd Annual Spring Swing Tournament going 3-1 in the tournament and scoring 68 runs in 4 games. After losing a 12-11 game to the Seacoast United Pirates North team on Friday night, South went on to win 3 in a row to win the tournament. Saturday they faced off against the Legends and won 18-8 to finish pool play at 1-1. Sunday they went 2-0 on the day beating Nor’Easters Silver 14-13 in the semi-final game and then the Maine Lightning 25-14 in the championship game. A few of the offensive highlights were Timmy Knight having 11 hits and 6 RBI’s, Alex Santora with 12 hits and 5 RBI’s and Mason Mcdonald with 7 hits and 9 RBI’s on the weekend. Coach Jon Wu said after about his team “I was most impressed with how they all played with heart and intensity throughout the entire weekend, especially after losing the first game. We faced some good teams and tough challenges, but they were always able to bounce back.”
The USA Mavericks 12U Blue team was victorious, 4-3 over the CT Nationals on Sunday May 1 to win the War at the Shore Spring Swing Tournament in E. Lyme, CT. The Mavericks went 4-0 to capture the championship trophy beating the CT Nationals in the opening round 10-0. Next up they beat the Shoreline Hammerheads 12-2 then they won a 12-2 face-off with their USA Training Center partners the USA Mavericks Red team. The finals brought on a rematch with the tough CT Nationals team. The Blue hung on for a hard fought 4-3 battle with the Nats. The Mavericks are currently 12-1 competing in the New England Elite Baseball League(EBL) and tournament play.
Two weekends, two tournaments, and two championships! The 10u Blue Nor'Easters are off to a hot start, winning their first two tournaments in back to back weekends. They took the trophy in the New England Invitational tournament on April 16th and 17th defeating the Minutemen 17-6. The 10u team wasted no time continuing their winning ways the following weekend by taking home the championship in the Top 16 10u Tournament defeating the Concord Cannons 16-8. Blue went 6-0 en route to the championship.
Jake Bartlett blasted his first career home run, while Jeremy Delacruz kept the Nor'Easters alive tossing 5 innings of one run relief shutting down a tough Legends team to advance to the finals in the Top 16 10u Tournament.
The Nor'Easter bats came alive in the championship game scattering 20 hits as a team.
Teddy Gibson closed out 2 of the 6 wins during the tournament.
Congrats to our 10u blue team: Anthony Burgess, Ryan Wolff, Teddy Gibson, Jeremy Delacruz, Tyler Killea, Anderson Petry, Jake Bartlett, John Cronin, Gavin Cronin, Jayden Villanueva, Jack Gruenburg.
It was a complete team championship!
The Maine Lightning 10U Blue Team won the 10U Seacoast United Pirates Spring Swing Tournament in Berwick Maine this past weekend.
They did it by going 4-0 over the two days defeating Seacoast Pirates North and Dover Baseball in pool play. They met Dover again in the semifinals and defeated them 8-4, which put them in the championship game against Sea Coast Pirates North again, winning 7-1.
Kneeling L to R: Andrew Cheever, Jamie Lano, Will Caruso, Regan Buck
Middle Row L to R: Owen Mitchell, Sam Bradford, Quinn McDonald, Hayden Furber, Danny Naous , Ashton Blanchette, John Pelletier
Back Row: Mike Bradford (assistant Coach), Mike Buck (Assistant Coach), John Lano (Head Coach), Mike Caruso (Assistant Coach)
The Legends 11U & 12U Prospect Teams both took home the Championship at the New England Baseball Complex’s Spring Classic Tournament. The Legends 12U Prospects outscored there opponents 49-4 in 5 games. In the championship game they beat the NE Storm 11-1 on a 3 run walk off home run by Roman Ercoli. Eric Wing was the winning pitcher and was also 8-11 throughout the tournament. The Legends 11U Prospect Team defeated the Mizuno Beantown Bombers 7-4 in the championship game. They outscored their opponents 49-8 in the 5 games and were very dominant throughout the tournament. Payton Manca was the winning pitcher and Teo Spadaccini got the save. Payton Manca went 7-11 with 2 doubles and a home run throughout the tournament.
The Legends 14U Prospects went 5-0 to capture the New England Baseball Complex’s Patriots Day Bash Tournament. In the 5 games the Prospects had 3 shutouts and only allowed 6 runs while scoring 29 runs. After going 3-0 in pool play the Legends played the NE Ruffnecks in the semi-finals and won a close game 5-4 behind the strong pitching of Will Jones and Lucas Garcia. In the Championship game the Legends won another close game vs the RBI Hawks 2-0. Aidan Cann was the story of the game pitching 5 scoreless innings without allowing a walk. Sean Helfrich led the offense going 7-13 throughout the tournament.
The Southern Maine River Rats 9U team is off to a fast start this season, as their record stands at 6-0. Despite the cold weather, their bats have been hot and they’ve benefitted from excellent pitching. They opened their season against the Londonderry Redwings, taking both games 10-7 and 17-2. This past weekend, the River Rats had two double-headers, the first being in Stoneham, against the Legends Prospects. Brock Gibbons dominated on the mound, striking out 9 in three innings and adding 3 hits, as the River Rats posted a 16-0 victory. Dominic Hussey added his first 2 hits of season. Game 2 saw more great pitching from Caleb Vacchiano and Henry Kenniston as the River Rats took the second game 14-2. This past Sunday, the River Rats hosted their in-state rivals, Maine Lightning, and won both games, 14-4 and 21-1.
Logan Desrochers currently leads the team in hitting at and impressive .563 and coming up with some timely hitting. Scott Robitaille showed some grit on the mound and is also among the top hitters on the team. Dylan Kullman has contributed defensively behind the plate and with the bat hitting .500. Other key contributors helping the team get off to a quick start are Ryan Camire, Tyler Sevigny, Drew Lariviere, Tanner Filippone and Isaiah Cole. The River Rats have shown a lot of depth so far, both offensively and defensively, as every player has at least one hit so far this season. It is still very early, but it looks like the River Rats could be a tough team all year
The 2016 New England Elite Baseball League season is set to get underway this upcoming weekend. This season marks the 5th year anniversary of the EBL and we are pleased to announce that all of the programs are coming back from the 2015 season. Along with all of the programs returning the EBL is excited to add some new solid programs that will bring organization, structure and quality teams to the league. Those programs are the Mizuno Northeast, New England Storm, Beantown Bombers and the Home Run Bulldogs just to name a few.
"The Mizuno Northeast program has been around for a long time and has produced some great teams over the years. I have a lot of respect for the guys that run that program and I believe they will be a great fit in our league. The New England Storm has had some very strong teams the last few years so they should be another great addition along with all of the new programs coming on board this year" says EBL director Mike Costantino.
The EBL playoffs will still consist of the top 8 teams from each age level competing in a double elimination tournament bracket. The winner of each bracket will then meet the following weekend to play the Championship Game on Championship Saturday. The EBL will also be holding it's 5th annual ALL-STAR game for all age levels. This is a great day for the best of the best in our league to square off at a beautiful complex.
We are excited about the upcoming season and we wish all the teams good luck over the course of the year. Have fun, play hard and represent the EBL in all the tournaments that you participate in all year long.
Seacoast United took four teams down to Vero Beach, Fla. last weekend for the annual Treasure Coast President’s Day Challenge at historic Dodgertown. The U-14 team went 3-1 in pool play, beat the GRB Rays, 3-1 in the semifinals and then held off PA Playmakers, 17-15, in the championship. “The kids threw their gloves up in the air and just dogpiled on the mound,” Seacoast United U-14 coach Jeff Carter. “It was kind of a cool to win a tournament in Florida. I knew we had the talent to win it, it was just a matter of how the kids adjusted to being outside, and they adjusted well. We knew there was a lot of potential with this group.”
Seacoast United scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, breaking a 13-13 tie. Garrett Langis of Rochester and a two-run single and Nolan Elmore of Brentwood had a two-run triple in the inning. The Playmakers scored a run in the seventh and had game-tying runners on base with nobody out before Stratham’s Garett Roberts struck out two and got the third out on a fly ball. “It was exciting to win our first tournament here. It came a year earlier than we expected,” said Seacoast United Director of Baseball Operations Scott Dubben. “I was happy for the guys to win it.” The U-14 Pirates scored 55 runs over the 6 games played in the tournament and had two stellar performances by Mike Leonard; who only gave up 1 run over 12 innings of work during the tournament. An unsung hero for the Pirates goes to Nolan Elmore (Brentwood); Elmore being the only catcher that made the trip with the U-14 Pirates caught every inning of all 6 games. “As much as I love these boys as players for me, I love them even more as people. They are an outstanding group of young men and I am lucky to be able to be a part of their lives” said Carter about being involved with this team.
Members of the U-14 team included Jack Russo (Portsmouth), Calvin Hewett (Portsmouth), Alec Lawry (Exeter), Cade Thompson (Stratham), Jake Pike (Fremont), Nick Guerin (Rye), Riley Linn (York, Maine), Mike Leonard (East Kingston), Nolan Elmore (Brentwood), Garret Roberts (Stratham), Garret Langis (Rochester) and Kyle Wolff (Stratham).
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!