The 14u Nokona Chiefs went 6-0 last weekend to win the Baseball Heaven Memorial Day tournament. The Chiefs began pool play on Saturday with a solid 4-1 win against a tough Rhode Island Eagles team and followed up with a win later in the day with an 8-0 win against Academy Baseball Patriot. On Sunday, the Chiefs started where they left off by defeating the NY Swarm by a score of 8-0 and followed that up with a hard fought win against a talented CP Stars team to earn the two seed in the 25 team field.
The Chiefs began their play-off run with an 8-5 win against the Long Island Mudcats to earn a berth in the championship game against the DB Hawks who had knocked off the one seed. The championship game proved to be a classic with Nokona winning the game 4-3 in extra innings on a two out walk-off hit with the bases loaded by Jack Schwartz who also earned the win by pitching a scoreless top half of the 8th.
The tournament win was highlighted by the solid pitching from the entire Nokona starting staff and the hitting of Brandon Lee who collected 10 hits and drove in an impressive 10 runs during the six game stretch.
Pitching played a major role in the Hawks tournament success as they received complete games from Garrett Hughes (6-inning no hitter), Luke Silvia, and Troy Van Vliet. Griffin O’Connor, Reece Rappoli & Robert Jarest also pitched extremely well in the team’s 6-0 run to the trophy. The team outscored their opponents 47-8 in their 6 wins with big offensive outbursts from Chris Mclean, Colin Plante, Mike Debolt, and Jackson Walonis. The defense was anchored by outfielders Will Jarvis and Daniel Donato as the team held their opponents to the 2nd fewest amount of runs in pool play throughout the tournament. Head Coach Paul Rappoli said “Our boys have worked hard all season long and after finishing as runners-up in a previous tournament, I knew they’d be itching to get over the hump this weekend. I’m very proud of our players, parents, and coaches. This is a great day for our program.”
Plympton Crush 14U won the Legends Slugfest Tournament by going undefeated, 4 - 0. Our pitching staff showed its durability using only 5 pitchers in 4 games with 3 complete games recorded. They allowed the fewest runs in the tournament throughout the weekend.
Crush offense found themselves in deficits in the first 3 games. Each time they found different ways to make offense happen. Timely bunts, hit and runs, and heads up baserunning got them back each game. Then, when called for, they hit the gaps with extra base hits to create separation. Substitutions proved valuable performing when their numbers were called.
"It was nice to see all the hard work and practice drills in great use over the 4 games in tournament weekend. We succeeded with every type of baseball play you can ask your players to execute. It was truly a team effort" Coach Tibbetts