The 10u Jr. Spinners were crowned Champion in the 2015 Bobcat Classic. The Spinners were led with power by Forest Nelson who hit 3 home runs in one day, Scotty Brown who had 2 homeruns in the tournament including a Grand Slam, and Andrew Chenevert who had 3 homeruns including a walk off homerun in the semi finals and a come from behind homerun down a run in the top of the last inning in the Championship game. Chenevert also did it with his glove making a diving play at first base with two runners in scoring position late in the Championship game. Riley Ducharme, Scotty Brown, Cam Marshall, Ben Thompson, Ben Pashoian, Andrew Chenvert, and Jaiden Leduc all pitched very well with Marshall and Brown throwing complete games. A Great team win by JSP!!
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.”