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Posted by Steve Guilbault at Sep 19, 2007 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
Spring Season Tee-6 Tee-7 AA AAA Majors Challenger
baseball age - see chart 6 7 8-9 10,11,12 10,11,12 6 to 18
season dates April - June April - June April - June April - June April - June May - June
medical release form required yes yes yes yes yes yes
try-outs no no no no yes1 no
# players per team 12 12 10 12 12 12
# teams per division 8 8 14 12 7 6
# games per season 12 12 13 14 18 10
# innings per game 3 3 6 6 6 3
pitching tee machine2 & coach player player player tee & coach
max. # innings pitch/week -- -- 6 6 6 --
continuous batting order yes yes yes no no yes
strikeouts/walks no no yes yes yes no
bunting no no no3 yes yes no
base stealing no no no3 yes yes no
playoffs no no yes yes yes no
All Star games4 no no yes yes no no
uniform keep/return to league keep keep keep return return keep
snack bar coverage no no yes yes yes no
Summer Season5 no Braintree Only travel travel travel no
1 June tryouts for Majors Division          
2 pitching machine on mound            
3 phased in during season            
4 qualify by coach recommendation          
5 by invitation (more info to follow)          
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11 A Team Wins District 8 Championship

Posted by Steve Guilbault at Aug 5, 2007 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Braintree American’s 11 year old team recently won the District 8 Championship and participated in the State Tournament. They began their District play against Hanson in the opening round with a 4-1 win.


Next up was a cross town meeting with Braintree National with the winner advancing to the Championship round. In a very well played game on both sides American led early 2-0 but National fought its way back tying the game at 2 going into the final inning. American pulled it out in the bottom of the 6th with a squeeze play to advance to the Championship round with a 3-2 win.


The Championship round featured a rematch with Braintree National as they defeated Cohasset in the double elimination tournament to advance. This was the third meeting already this summer between the two with each team winning once. American jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first but National kept battling back in what was another great game between the two and another one run game with American holding on to win 6-5 and winning the District 8 Championship.

 Following the District Round Braintree American represented District 8 in the State Tournament.  In the first game at Sandwich the team never got going and was knocked out of the winners’ bracket with a 12-2 loss to the eventual State Champion.   

Needing to win to stay in tourney Braintree hosted Saugus National. The visitors jumped out early to a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first but after that it was all Braintree in a 14-6 win eliminating Saugus and staying alive for the next round.Against Taunton West on the road next Braintree again needed to win to stay in contention. In what was a close game in the first few innings Taunton’s bat’s came alive in the middle innings and went on to win 9-2 eliminating Braintree from the tournament.


Congratulations to Alex Alexander, Nick Cadigan, Dominic DeFrancesco, Mark Donovan, Patrick Finnerty, Blake Guilbault, Joey Harrington, Patrick Horrocks, Kevin Joyce, Danny Kelly, Ryan Martin, Mike Sullivan, Jack Zanca and the Coaches Frank DeFrancesco and Chris Kelly on the District 8 Championship.