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
The 12U Concord Cannons captured the Perfect Game Super 25 Regional championship with a perfect 5-0 tournament record. Over the two day tourney, the Cannons allowed just 8 runs and played solid defense committing just two errors. The team will move on to the PG National Championship in Marietta, GA. July 16-21.
In the championship game, Colby Marshall gave up a 3-run homer in the 1st inning without recording an out, he did not back down. Marshall did not allow a hit the rest of the game, as the Cannons defeated the Legends 6-3. The Cannons offense didn’t take long to respond. In the home half of the 1st inning, a 3-run four bagger by Cam Haynes tied the game at 3-3. The Cannons produced all the offense Marshall would need, plating 3 runs in the 3rd inning, highlighted by Tyler Crawford’s home run and Marshall’s RBI single. The Cannons defense was rock solid all game. Second baseman Griffin Wheeler made the defensive play of the tourney ending a Legend rally. With runners on 1st and 2nd, Wheeler made a diving stop of a ground ball headed to centerfield and in one motion slapped his glove down on second base preventing the go ahead run from scoring.
In the semi-finals, the Cannons walked off 2-1 winners over the RI Gulls, on Cam Haynes’ RBI single scoring pinch runner Ryan Kastle. The right arm of Owen Kellington keep the Gull offense at bay. Kellington worked five strong innings allowing just one run while striking out 7. Adrian Siravo had a big day at the plate, blasting solo homer in the 4th and helped set up the winning run with a double to left center in the final frame.
The Cannons went 3-0 in the pool portion of the tourney claiming the #1 seed for the elimination round.
Siravo earned the win on the mound in game one as the Cannons dropped the CT Capitols 9-2. Nate Sottak (2-3, 2 runs), Connor Sullivan (2-3, RBI), and Tyler Wright (home run, 2 RBI) paced the Cannons offense.
In game two, the Cannons busted out the bats, as the defeated the CT Blazers 11-0. Andrew Normindin (3-3, RBI), Levi McAllister (2-2, 3 runs), Siravo (3-3, 5 RBI) lead the Cannons 13- hit attack. Haynes pitched two scoreless innings in relief allowing just two hits.
The Cannons rounded out pool play with a 10-2 victory over the Atlantic Mariners. Wright (4 innings, 7 hits) earned the win on the mound for Concord. McAllister (3-3, 3 runs, RBI) lead the offense.
The Legends Prospects beat Nokona Baseball in the Championship Game 7-0 to win the Legends 11U Spring Fling Tournament held in Northborough Ma at the New England Baseball Complex. The Legends Prospects went 4-0 while outscoring their opponents 35-2. This 17 team tournament attracted some of the best 11U teams from 3 different states. This tournament featured some wild endings, spectacular defensive plays and some unbelievable individual performances during the two days. Most of the teams that participated in this tournament are from the New England Elite Baseball League along with a few AAU teams.
In game #1, the Legends Prospects beat the Plympton Crush White 16-1. Jeremy Lopez (Amesbury, Ma) was 2-2 with 2 doubles and J.R Bozek (Danville, NH) got the win on the mound. Edo Spadaccini (Lexington, Ma) had a hit and an RBI. The story of game #2 was Joseph Kotwicki (Beverly, Ma). Joseph pitched a complete game 6 inning shutout while striking out 9. He was in complete control of this game from the very first pitch. Chase Eary (Danvers, Ma) was 2-3 with a HR. Brett Moore (Gloucester, Ma) added a hit and a stolen base.
After earning the top seed the Legends got a bye into the semi final round. Game #3 for the Legends Prospects was the Concord Cannons. Roman Ercoli (Concord, Ma) pitched 6 strong innings allowing 1 run while striking out 6 and only allowing 2 hits. Mike Leon (Danvers, Ma) hit his 2nd HR of the season. The Legends went on to win this game 6-1.
In the Championship Game the Legends played Nokona Baseball. Legends vs Nokona is always a great matchup with this one being no different. The Legends won 7-0 but the game felt like a 2-0 game all the way until the final out. Peter Martin (Manchester, Ma) was the difference in this game on the mound. He pitched a complete game 6 inning shutout allowing only 1 hit while walking 0 batters. Peter had a tremendous tournament and would have been named the MVP if there was such an award for this tournament. Aidan Spurr (Georgetown, Ma) put the game out of reach with his first ever over the fence HR with a 3 run shot in the 3rd inning to put the Legends up 4-0. Luke McClintock (Hamilton Wenham, Ma) was 2-3 in the Championship Game and Eric Wing (Georgetown, Ma) was 6-10 in this tournament while hitting his 4th HR of the season. The 11U Legends Prospects are now 11-1 on the young season.