With the 2015 baseball season less than 100 days away the New England Elite Baseball League has posted all of the divisions live on the EBL website. Each team will receive their own team page on the website to add rosters, bios and head shots of each player. Team pictures, action shots and stats can be added throughout the season by each team. Having the ability to keep the stats throughout the year has always been a big hit with the families, players and coaches from across the league. These are the little things that set our league apart from all of the other leagues.
The EBL is entering it's 4th season and the expectations are at an all time high as a league. These expectations include organization, communication, competitiveness, accountability and structure. Adding a few new programs along with the returning programs sets up a very competitive 2015 season in the EBL. Rivalries have been created over the past 4 years between certain programs and those rivalries will continue with the hopes of new ones forming.
Most of the EBL programs have been practicing hard since November trying to build chemistry along with working on the fundamentals of the game. A handful of EBL teams will be invited to some of the best tournaments in the country which is a huge accomplishment for our league. Travel baseball has become very popular over the past 10 years across the country and that's why each year the EBL attracts the serious baseball players and the best programs from across New England.
The Scorpions Baseball Club earned a tough victory in the EBL Division 1 Championship Game on Saturday morning at Tufts University in Medford, MA. In a well pitched and defended game the Scorpions outlasted the Plympton Crush 1-0 to earn the victory. Will Hurley (Burlington, MA) earned the victory pitching 6 2/3 innings while allowing only 2 Hits. The Scorpions scored their lone run in the 1st inning on an RBI double by Nick Patti (Woburn, MA). The Scorpions pitching was dominating in the playoffs as they threw 3 shutouts in 4 games.
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