The New England Stampede defeated a very talented Legends Prospects team 9-0 on Sunday to capture the EBL Division 1 Championship. With both pitchers dealing and the game tied 0-0 in the bottom of the 5th, Michael Yarin led off with a double. He advanced to third on a bunt single by Jake Horrigan and the Stampede were able to plate 3 runs on a Grant Lavigne single and a couple of wild pitches. The Stampede exploded for 6 runs in the bottom of the 6th thanks to key hits with men in scoring position from Sal Frelick and Zach Stevens. CJ Mckennitt was outstanding on the mound going 7 innings for a complete game shutout. He allowed only 5 hits, walked one, and struck out 2. The win improved his record to 8-0 on the season. The Stampede earned their birth in the championship game by defeating the Hurricanes Prospects 15-5 and the Nokona Chiefs twice (7-3 & 11-6). They will finish up their season this upcoming weekend playing up at the 15U ITZ Wood Bat Invitational in Newport, RI
Sam Henrie used both his arm and his bat to help propel the Bay State Bulldogs (32-5) over the New Hampshire Bobcats (29-8-1) 7-1 in the NEBL Division 1A Championship game on Saturday afternoon before a packed house at Tufts University. Henrie tossed a complete game with 14ks and went 3-3 at the plate with 2 triples and a double. The game was much closer than the final score would indicate as the teams were knotted at 1 until the bottom of the 4th. Paul Kittredge led off with a double and moved to 3rd on a single by Caleb Burke. One out later Evan Gwozdz brought Kittredge home with a sacrifice fly to right. The Bulldogs then erupted for 5 runs in the bottom of the 6th highlighted by a Jared Beniers double and Henrie's second triple of the game a 400 foot shot to the base of the centerfield wall. Bobby Demeo and Jimmy Dolan also added hits in the inning.
The EBL playoffs begin this weekend for the 9U-12U age levels. With some beautiful weather in the forecast the top 8 teams in each age group will compete for the EBL title. The top 2 teams in each age bracket will then play in the EBL Championship on Saturday June 14th. Here is the link to all of the EBL tournament schedules. http://www.elitebaseballleague.com/page/show/1243652-2014-playoffs
Below is the list of the #1 seeds for each age level going into the playoffs.
9U - Division I Mizuno Navy
10U -Division I Legends Prospects
10U- Division II North Shore Tigers
11U- Division I Legends Prospects
11U- Division II JR Spinners
12U- Division I Nokona
12U- Division IA Maine Lightning
12U- Division II Legends Navy