The Legends Prospects beat Nokona Baseball in the Championship Game 7-0 to win the Legends 11U Spring Fling Tournament held in Northborough Ma at the New England Baseball Complex. The Legends Prospects went 4-0 while outscoring their opponents 35-2. This 17 team tournament attracted some of the best 11U teams from 3 different states. This tournament featured some wild endings, spectacular defensive plays and some unbelievable individual performances during the two days. Most of the teams that participated in this tournament are from the New England Elite Baseball League along with a few AAU teams.
In game #1, the Legends Prospects beat the Plympton Crush White 16-1. Jeremy Lopez (Amesbury, Ma) was 2-2 with 2 doubles and J.R Bozek (Danville, NH) got the win on the mound. Edo Spadaccini (Lexington, Ma) had a hit and an RBI. The story of game #2 was Joseph Kotwicki (Beverly, Ma). Joseph pitched a complete game 6 inning shutout while striking out 9. He was in complete control of this game from the very first pitch. Chase Eary (Danvers, Ma) was 2-3 with a HR. Brett Moore (Gloucester, Ma) added a hit and a stolen base.
After earning the top seed the Legends got a bye into the semi final round. Game #3 for the Legends Prospects was the Concord Cannons. Roman Ercoli (Concord, Ma) pitched 6 strong innings allowing 1 run while striking out 6 and only allowing 2 hits. Mike Leon (Danvers, Ma) hit his 2nd HR of the season. The Legends went on to win this game 6-1.
In the Championship Game the Legends played Nokona Baseball. Legends vs Nokona is always a great matchup with this one being no different. The Legends won 7-0 but the game felt like a 2-0 game all the way until the final out. Peter Martin (Manchester, Ma) was the difference in this game on the mound. He pitched a complete game 6 inning shutout allowing only 1 hit while walking 0 batters. Peter had a tremendous tournament and would have been named the MVP if there was such an award for this tournament. Aidan Spurr (Georgetown, Ma) put the game out of reach with his first ever over the fence HR with a 3 run shot in the 3rd inning to put the Legends up 4-0. Luke McClintock (Hamilton Wenham, Ma) was 2-3 in the Championship Game and Eric Wing (Georgetown, Ma) was 6-10 in this tournament while hitting his 4th HR of the season. The 11U Legends Prospects are now 11-1 on the young season.
This past weekend, Seacoast United Pirates Baseball Club hosted their first tournament in Epping, NH. The tournament had representation from 3 Seacoast United Pirates 10u teams (North, South, West), NH Bobcats (Manchester, NH), Akadema Razorbacks (Holbrook, MA), Minutemen Baseball (Waltham, MA), East Cobb Expos (Beverly, MA) and the Jr. Spinners (Lowell, MA).
The SU Pirates South went 5-0 on the weekend to capture the championship with a 9-5 win over SU Pirates West in the first annual Seacoast United 10U Spring Swing. The Pirates collected wins against Minutemen Baseball, Akadema Razorbacks, NH Bobcats, SU Pirates North, and SU Pirates West with 54 runs scored and 15 runs allowed.
No. 2 seed SU Pirates South defeated the No. 3 seed NH Bobcats, 12-2 in 5 innings, to advance to the championship game, while No. 4 seed SU Pirates West upset the No. 1 seed East Cobb New England Expos in the other semifinal game by the score of 10-1.
In the championship game, SU Pirates South jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st with runs by Jake Fredericks (2-2, 1B, 3-run HR) and Zach Brassill (2-2, 1B, 3B). A big offensive 3rd inning lead by Jason Pinsonnault (1-2), Steven Lawton (1-2), Owen Bateman (2-3, 12-16 in 5 games), and Owen Pallatroni (1-3) set up a Jake Fredericks 3-run HR to left-center, putting them up 7-1. Two more runs on an AJ Politano (1-2, 1B) single made it 9-1.
Fredericks, SU Pirates South starting pitcher, was very effective with first pitch strikes and kept SU Pirates West hitters off balance. His battery mate Kevin Tilley caught all five games in the tournament and was the team's defensive MVP.
A.J. Van Winkle was untouchable on Sunday, throwing a no-hitter for the Akadema Razorbacks 11U White Division 2 team.
A.J. threw a no-hitter, striking out 15 batters and walking none. He finished off his amazing performance by striking out the final batter of the game. A.J only threw 6 balls all game long and delivered one of the best pitching performances in EBL history.