The 2013 EBL New England Regionals are complete for all 9u - 12u Divisions. The EBL would like to thank everyone for a great small diamond season and especially thank the programs who hosted regional games over the 2 week playoff format. It was an exciting finish to the season and in case you missed it, here is a recap of how each division played out...
9u Division I - The Academy proved they can win the close one going 3 - 0 through the playoffs winning each game by 1 run to take home the title. The NE Hurricanes battled through the losers bracket winning 2 games on Sunday morning to make the title game. The championship game featured a classic pitcher's duel with great defense as the game held 0 - 0 going to the bottom of the 6th. The Academy pushed across a run for the dramatic walk-off win.
10u Division 1 - Despite losing one of the league's best hitters to injury for the playoffs, Legends Navy was able to capture their 2nd straight 10u D1 Championship going 3 - 0 in postseason play. The NE Hurricanes dropped their first playoff game but was able to battle back to make the title game. Legends overcame 2 homers from the Hurricanes in the championship game to hold on for the 5 - 3 victory.
10u Division 2 - The ITZ Thunder came into the tournament as the 4 seed but got hot in the playoffs to capture the DII crown. Team Mizuno had a good playoff run winning a close game over the Seacoast United on Sunday to make the finals. The championship game was all offense from both sides as ITZ beat Mizuno in a 16 - 11 slugfest.
11u Division 1 - Team Nokona rolled in the first weekend and battled from behind against the Noreasters to make the finals on championship day. Nokona was matched up against Mizuno in the title game who knocked out the 8 and 1 seed earlier in the day. Nokona's pitching was too deep for Mizuno and comes away with the 10 - 1 win for the 11u DI championship.
11u Division 2 - The Eagles dropped their first playoff game as the 1 seed but was able to battle through the losers bracket and capture the DII title. The Eagles and Team Mizuno both won close semigfinal games to make the finals. The Eagles offense was too much for Mizuno in the title game as the Eagles took home the trophy with a 14 - 4 victory.
12u Division 1 - The most exciting championship game came from this division. The 1 seed Concord Cannons and 2 seeded Nokona was able to make in through the double elimination playoffs to reach the finals without a loss. The back and forth game ended in dramatic fashion on a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 6th as the Cannons edged Nokona 9 - 8 for the Championship.
12u Division 2 - The favorite and 1 seeded Diamond Jaxx team took care of business rolling in the playoffs winning all 4 post season games for the title. The Dugout Dawgs played good baseball through the playoffs winning some close games to make the finals. The Diamond Jaxx were too much for the Dugout Dawgs in the championship and cruised to a 8 - 2 victory for the title.
The 14U Division II Academy baseball team went 4-0 to capture the 2013 War At The Shore Gold Bracket Memorial Day Tournament. Zach Begin pitched all six innings and held their opponent to three hits and three runs in the Academy’s 11-3 pool play game. Begin had two hits of his own in the game. Luke Hall (2 hits for the game) and Matt Farmer hit key singles to stake Academy to an early 2-0 lead. Jordan DeDonato had a 5th inning two-run double followed by his 6th inning bases-loaded triple to end the game at 11-3. DeDonato finished the tournament 6-of-13 with 6 runs, 7 RBI, 2 doubles, and the triple.
On Monday, Jake Young scattered 9 hits and walked none in a complete game 11-4 quarterfinal victory over the Farmington Falcons. Jackson Quinn (3 hits, 2 walks, and a HBP in 6 tournament plate appearances) led The Academy offense with two hits including a key run scoring double to break open a tight 6-4 game. Nate Wiley followed with a run scoring single to widen the lead to 9-4.
In the semifinals, Trevor Ham scattered 7 hits and only one walk for a five-inning 12-2 win over the NE Longhorns. Entering the 3rd inning in a close 3-2 game, The Academy’s offense erupted with Joe DeBlasio’s three hits including a two-run double. DeBlasio finished the tournament 6-of-11 with 4 runs and 3 RBI. Evan Christopulos added two hits and two runs to the cause.
Christopulos then took the mound in the finals where he limited the RI Raptors to 4 hits in a 6-inning 12-2 championship victory. Mike Scanlon ( for the third game in a row) led off the game with a single and scored the game’s opening run. Scanlon finished the tournament 6-of-13 with 8 runs and 3 SBs. Max Paul belted a two-run double in the 3rd inning to give The Academy a commanding 6-0 lead. Trevor Ham had three hits in the game including a two-run double. Both Spencer Bortone and Jake Young had two hits and scored twice in the title game. Bortone finished the day 4-of-8 at the plate.
The Academy defense shined as well. They committed only two errors over the four-game tournament.
The 13 Navy team had a tough road to the championship after being upset 3 - 1 in the opening game. Legends went on to win their next 3 games outscoring their opponents 45 - 2 to set the table for the championship game vs the RI Rays. Legends jumped out to a quick 7 - 0 lead after 3 innings but the Rays chipped away to make it a one run game going into the 7th. Legends was able to hold for an 8 - 6 victory thanks to a Kevin Lucey (Topsfield, MA) diving catch from the outfield to record the final out in dramatic fashion. Danny Regan (Andover, MA) and Kyle Gonzalez (Beverly, MA) each had 2 hits in the game while Dylan Duval (Middleton, MA) and Eric Chalmers (Gloucester, MA) drove in 4 of the Legends runs. Shane Smith (Danvers, MA) was a workhorse on the mound for Legends picking up 2 of the wins on Sunday. The Legends 13U Navy Team is 22-5-1 in the early part of the season.