2019 Season by the Numbers
The weather was hot, the softball was scorching!
12-U Teal, Nutmeg State Games, New Britain CT, 8 teams
Pool play was shortened to 70 minute games due to the (over-hyped) temperature concerns. Game 1 saw a 10-5 victory over the CT Titans Green, Game two, played with 8 players, ended with a 8-7 loss to the Rawlings Wildcats ’07. Game 3 was recorded as a 7-0 victory as the Bristol Gators withdrew after losing their first two games (badly). Sunday was called off again due to the over-hyped heat that failed to meet expectations on either day. The decision was driven by the City of New Britain, not by the Nutmeg State Games. As will be evident below, anyone who had issues did so as a failure to prepare and maintain proper hydration. Coaches, Parents, and players alike bear that responsibility. The temperatures were manageable and in fact were less than last years hottest weekend where less mitigating steps were taken.
12-U White, Nutmeg State Games, New Britain CT, 8 teams
The older team started a bit later with pool play resulting in a 12-0 win over the Shoreline Sting Blue, a 5-4 loss to the Tucci Elite, and wrapping up with a 9-0 win over the East Coast Impact.
The two 12-U teams finished as the #2 seeds in their respective pools. If seeded 1-8, White would have been #3 and Teal #4. The top seeds in each pool were declared the Champions and Runners-up. All in all a disappointment of a weekend that was out of our control.
14-U Black, Skirt in the Dirt, Leominster MA, 12 teams
Pool Play was shortened to 2 games and saw a 6-5 loss to Raiders Softball – Gray and a 4-3 win over the RI Thunder Futures. The 1-1 record earned the squad the #4 seed and a morning match-up with the Noreasters which ended with a 6-1 victory. That set up a game vs the older CT Bombers White (the #1 seed) which resulted in a 3-2 win to advance to the semi-finals. There, vs the RI Futures, the teams run ended with a 4-3 loss and exact reversal of the Saturday match-up of the same two teams. A 3-2 record and a Third Place finish for the weekend heading into USA Nationals in VA.
14-U White, Skirt in the Dirt, Leominster MA, 12 teams
The shortened Pool Play saw a 8-0 victory over the New England Storm – Gamble followed by a 8-1 victory over the Noreasters. The 2-0 record with 1 run allowed earned the team the #1 seed and a first round bye. In the quarterfinals they matched up with the #4 seeded younger Bombers Black, a hard-fought battle ended with a 3-2 loss and a shortened weekend for the White team. Next up USA Nationals starting Thursday in Sterling VA.
16-U Black, GROWS/Rapids Tune-up, Watertown CT, 8 teams, @ the 18-U Level
In a respectfully non-adjusted Pool Play the team earned a 9-1 victory over the CT Hornets, a 6-5 win over the Host CT Rapids, and concluded with a 8-3 win over the Freedom. Sunday morning saw a rematch with the Freedom and a 10-2 victory, followed by a tough 3-2 come from behind win over the Hurricanes to set up a rematch with the host CT Rapids in the Championship where the Bombers prevailed 6-5. A perfect 6-0 weekend heading into the USA Nationals in the Richmond VA area. Note: Delaney Harrington had 3 home runs over the weekend including a 2 run shot in the finals!
16-U White, Cape Cod College Showcase, Swansea MA, 36 teams @ the 18-U Level
Four Pool Play games, 1 Fri and 3 Sat, saw a 7-4 victory over the Dighton Dirt Dawgs, a 10-0 win over the Bay State Blaze Glen, a 9-2 victory over the Bay State Thunder, and finally a 4-2 win over the South Coast Scream Todd. Sunday started a bit late, due to good seeding, and went much later than usual. First elimination game was a tight 2-1 win over Firecrackers 2, then a 4-3 win over the Drifters Gold, semi-final saw a 7-5 win over the RI Aftershock, the Championship game ended with a 6-2 victory over the Vermont Rockets featuring the VT Gator-aid Player of the Year (Pitcher). a terrific 8-0 weekend heading into the teams trip to USA Nationals in VA.
A 23-5 weekend for the organization with two Championships and a Third Place finish.
The weather wasn’t the only thing hot!
12-U Teal, Woburn Tournament of Champions, Woburn MA, 10 teams
Pool play was scheduled to start on Friday under the lights but thunderstorms on Thursday night changed that. Saturday started pool play with a 7-6 win over the North Shore Breakers, a 4-3 victory over Miss Scotties (who would be the #2 seed only giving up 5 runs in pool play) and completed with a 12-3 loss to the Lumber Yard Xplosion. Due to the runs allowed Teal seeded 5th of 10. Sunday’s elimination round started and ended with a 16-4 loss to the #4 seeded Hokomoke Rox. A 2-2 weekend.
12-U White, Woburn Tournament of Champions, Woburn MA, 10 teams
Pool play schedule was redone taking away a game under the lights, so the team created their own spotlights.
Saturday morning saw a 8-1 victory over the New England Storm, a 16-1 crushing of the Tewksbury Redmen, and ended late in the evening with a 19-1 drubbing of the North Shore Breakers. The team earned the #1 seed and an late start on Sunday. The quarter-finals saw a 17-0 whitewash of the North Shore Breakers, followed by a 13-12 come from behind, and walk-off, win over the Hokomoke Rox in the semi-finals and finally a 11-0 mercy victory over the New England Storm in the Championship. A very long and hot 6-0 weekend.
14-U Black, Bash at the Beach, Pawcatuck RI (and surrounding towns) 14 teams
An odd schedule with 2 games on Friday and the third Pool Play game on Saturday, then eliminations on Sunday.
Pool play saw a 10-0 blanking of the Bay State Blaze, a 5-3 win over the Ravens, and finished with a 5-2 victory over the CT Rapids. This earned the team the #2 seed for Sunday. A late start and added delays threw the scheduled times out the window, but results are what matter and they were a hard fought come from behind 3-2 victory over the CT Diamond Club Black, a tougher than it sounds 9-1 victory over the FPN 14-U, and a 10-0 barrage over the Ravens in the Championship. A 6-0 weekend where the play was hotter than the temperatures.
14-U White, Woburn Tournament of Champions, Woburn MA, 16 teams
All the issues mentioned above with the 12-U teams. While successful, not a tournament we will revisit in the future.
An abbreviated 2 game pool play started with a 10-2 victory over the New England Storm – Gambale, a 4-3 win over the Mass Fusion. This earned the team the #1 seed from their pool, Elimination play started with a 8-0 victory over the
New England Storm Allie, followed by a 8-0 victory over Mass Fusion, a 12-0 victory over the Mass Drifters, and completed with a 2-0 win over the Rangers in the Championship game. A perfect 6-0 record on a perfect July weekend!
16-U Black, Elite Showdown, East Hartford CT, an 8 team event
A new group running tournaments at the P&W complex, seemed worthy of a try.
Pool play saw a 10-2 victory over the CT Bullets, a 6-4 loss to the CT Intensity, followed by a 2-0 win over the CT Crush. This earned the team the #2 seed going into Sunday. Elimination play saw a 3-2 victory over the CT Crush, a 5-0 revenge win over the CT Intensity, and finally a hard fought 8-7 loss to the CT Diamond Club in the Championship game. The 4-2 record earned the squad a Runners-Up finish worthy of a very gritty team.
16-U White, South Coast Scream Open, New Bedford MA, a mixed 16-U & 18-U event, 5 teams
Pool play saw a lackluster day of a 5-2 win over the South Coast Scream Rich, a 4-2 Loss to the South Coast Scream Todd, and finally a 10-2 victory over Metro-West Thunder. Sunday’s elimination rounds returned to the teams business-like approach and saw a 4-3 win over South Coast Scream Todd, and ended with a 6-1 victory over South Coast Scream Rich for the Championship. a short 4-1 weekend that ended way better than it started.
For the organization, a 28-5 weekend with 4 Championships and a Runners-Up.
What a weekend it was in CT Bombers Land!
12-U Teal, Lightning Flash, Southington CT, 14 teams
Pool play started on a promising note with a 13-0 Defeat of the Westchester Heat followed by a 7-3 victory over the CT Bullets before facing the CT Seahawks Black where the team suffered a 13-0 loss. Still the 2-1 recorded earned the young squad the #5 seed and a Sunday early game vs the 12th seeded Shoreline Sting Blue. They showed up, we didn’t and the 11 year old team went don 10-3 ending the weekend with a disappointing 2-2 record.
12-U White, Lightning Flash, Southington CT, 14 teams
A near perfect pool play started with a 5-1 victory over Team Nitro L.I. before a 4-3 win over the host Southington Lightning which featured, among other things, a nifty 4-6-3 double play. Then on to a 12-0 drubbing of the Monroe Mustangs. The 3-0 pool play record earned the team the #2 seed and a late start on Sunday. Eliminations began with a 10-0 win over Team Nitro L.I. and an 8-4 triumph over Southington Lightning before a heartbreaking 5-4 loss in the Championship game to the CT Seahawks Black. Still an impressive 5-1 weekend and a Second Place finish.
14-U Black, NSA New England Regionals, Plainville MA, 12 Teams,
Pool play saw a 5-5 tie with the N.E. Hurricanes Blue, a 13-3 win over the Bay State Blaze, a 4-3 victory over the MASS Dynamites, and a 9-1 victory over K.P. Pride. Double elimination started with a 5-2 loss to the R.I. Rebels, followed by a 5-4 win over the Seacoast Hurricanes Red, and 11-1 thumping of the R.I. Thunder Futures before a 7-0 loss tot he R.I. Rebels ended the run. A very good 5-2-1 weekend finishing in Third Place.
14-U White, NSA New England Regionals, Plainville MA, 12 Teams,
The Pool Play set an interesting tone, a 14-0 humiliation of the Seacoast Hurricanes Blue, a tough 4-1 loss to the R.I. Rebels, a 9-0 win over the N.E. Dirt Dawgs Gold, and a 15-0 win over the Bay State Blaze, a 11-2 win over the R.I. Thunder Futures and a 3-0 victory over the Mass Dynamites. The pool play record afforded the team a late start while lesser teams were eliminated. Then there was a 9-1 victory over the R.I. Rebels and a wit for the last team to emerge from the losers bracket. Wouldn’t you know, the R.I. Rebels came back around. The team, down 9-0 and three outs from being mercied, fought back and tied the game at 9 in the bottom of the 5th before winning the Championship by a score of 10-9 with a walk-off in the bottom of the seventh. Aaliyah had 6 HR’s with three being Grand Slams, Paige also had an HR. Too many highlights to list. A very good 6-1 weekend.
16-U Black, NSA New England Regionals, Swansea MA, 12 Teams
Results were, 9-5 win over Bay State Blaze, 5-0 over New Hampshire Comets, 11-1 over Metro West Thunder, 8-0 over Frozen Ropes, earning the #4 seed. Elimination rounds saw an 11-1 victory over the Central MASS Crushers before a 4-0 loss to the CT Titans and a 4-2 loss to the Mass Drifters Navy to end the weekend with a 5-2 record.
16-U White (@18-U), NSA New England Regionals, Yalesville CT, 12 Teams
Pool play began with a 6-5 late inning loss to CT Freedom Elite, an 8-0 victory over the Boston Batbusters, 9-5 win over CT Mirage, a 15-1 drubbing by the Ulster Fillies and a 4-2 win over the Shoreline Sting. Elimination rounds saw a 7*4 victory over Team CT, a 4-3 semi-final ITB win avenging of yesterdays loss to the Ulster Fillies, and finally a 5-4 loss to the CT Freedom Elite in the Championship game. a terrific 5-3 weekend ending with a Second Place finish.
12-U Teal started with a 5:00 game on Friday afternoon. This may have been the team’s single worst effort of the season suffering an 18-3 loss to the Valley Fusion. There was a frank discussion after the game and the girls held a mini-team meeting prior to the next game on Saturday. Saturday started with a well played game ending with a 5-1 loss to CT Diamond Club (Windish) followed by an event filled 9-4 victory over the BVSA Titans. Sunday saw a rematch from Friday ending in a 10-4 loss to the Valley Fusion. a 1-3 weekend where the losses were to the eventual Champion (2) and the Third Place finisher. The important thing was the way the team responded after the Friday debacle.
12-U White traveled to Saratoga Springs NY to play in the 12 team Saratoga Miss Softball tournament. Pool play started with a 8-5 loss to the Classie Lassie Heat followed by a 9-1 victory over the Burnt Hills Spartan Crush and a 13-0 win over the Saratoga Thunder Red.Sunday’s elimination rounds started with a 16-0 laugher vs the Dalton Warriors and ended with a tough 7-6 loss to the Mass Drifters a foe from the past. The tieing and winning runs were on third and second respectively when the final out was recorded. A 3-2 weekend record.
14-U Black, Played in the 7 game guaranty Firecracker on the Fourth in Windsor CT, a 14 team affair. A long Pool Play started with a 5-1 victory over the South Jersey Thunder, a 15-1 drubbing of the Shoreline Breakers, a 7-3 win over the Capitol District Fusion, a tough 1-0 win over the Polar Crush, a 5-5 tie with the UNY Revolution, and concluded with a 6-6 tie with the R.I. Rebels. The Black team was the only one undefeated in pool play earning the #1 seed for Monday’s elimination rounds. Sunday started with a 6-1 victory over the R.I. Rebels before coming to an earlier than expected end with a 11-6 loss to the L.I. Surge. A terrific 5-1-2 weekend ending with a Third Place finish.
14-U White also attended the 7 game guaranty Firecracker on the Fourth in Windsor CT, a 14 team affair. Their Pool Play consisted of a 5-1 loss to the L.I. Surge, a 9-2 victory over the Shoreline Breakers, a 5-4 victory over the CT Gators, an 11-2 win over the R,I, Rebels, a 7-3 win over the Southington Lightning, and ending with a 9-7 loss to the UNY Revolution. The 4-2 pool play record earned the White team the #4 seed. Sunday began with a 8-1 victory over the CT Lady Knights before a 4-3 loss to the L.I. Surge ended the day. All in all a good 5-3 weekend earning a Fifth Place finish.
16-U Black attended the Tradition College Showcase in Wallingford CT. Pool play saw a 3-2 victory over the Ridgefield Rebels, a 4-0 win over the Ulster Fillies, and a 12-0 loss to the Valley Fusion. Sunday saw a heart-breaker in a tough fought 2-1 loss to the N.H. Comets. A rare 2-2 weekend that Coach Trad feels will pay dividends down the road.
16-U White played in the same Tradition College Showcase but at the 18-U level. The weekend started with a 4-2 victory over the N.J. Sparks and a 11-4 win over the Sting Gold, before concluding with a 4-1 loss to the CT Titans Green. Sunday saw a match-up with 3 of Coach Scott’s graduates from his HS program now playing for the 18-U Green Devils where the team suffered a 7-6 loss after three innings of ITB to determine a winner. A tough battle that someone had to lose and it was simply the wrong someone. Also a rare 2-2 weekend.
12-U Teal, visited our friends the Southington Lightning for their Summer Scorcher. The 12-U division had 8 teams with Pool Play saw a 5-4 victory over the Long Island Surge Blue followed by a spirited 7-2 loss to the Host Southington Lightning ’06, and concluded with a disappointing 12-4 loss to the Tucci Elite. Teal seeded third in the A Pool so they were matched up with the second seed from the B Pool the NY Warriors. Sunday morning saw a well fought if not disappointing 6-3 loss.
12-U White also went to Southington but with very different results. Pool play saw a 10-0 run rule game over the Empire State Huskies only to be followed with a 18-3 run rule victory over the NY Warriors and concluding with a tough fought 5-4 walk-off win over the Long Island Surge ’06. The 3-0 day seeded the White team as B1 and a Sunday match-up with A4 the L.I. Surge Blue which ended in a 4-3 victory. The semi-final match-up was with the L.I. Surge ’06 who were dispatched by a score of 9-6. The Championship game saw a rematch with the NY Warriors. The White team dispatched them again, this time by a 9-1 margin. A perfect 6-0 weekend.
The next 4 teams all attended the Silver City Slugfest with 9 14-U and 10 16-U teams.
14-U Black, Started off with a 7-2 win over East Coast Firecrackers Blue before a 2-1 loss to the CT Barracudas and finishing pool play with a 9-2 win over the CT Bullets Red. Sunday saw a rematch with a familiar foe where the Black team went down 2-1 vs the CT Lady Knights.
14-U White, Started Saturday with a 13-1 victory over the CT Angels, followed by a 10-0 win over the CT Lady Knights and finishing up with a 11-0 dispatch of the CT Bullets Red. Sunday saw a late start with a 9-0 shutout of the CT Bullets Red along with a 8-2 victory over the CT Lady Knights before a 16-1 drubbing of the CT Barracudas in the Championship game. A perfect 6-0 weekend where the team simply outclassed the competition.
16-U Black Started Saturday with 10 players (1 away at a wedding) and a 6-0 victory over the CT Gators, one player suffered an injury and a second had to leave also for a wedding (don’t these people know it’s softball season?) before game 2 leaving the team with 8 players for the remainder of the day. game 2 saw a 2-2 tie with the Valley Fusion followed by a 4-0 win over the CT Wreckers. Sunday’s elimination games started with a 5-1 victory over the Ridgefield Rebels, a 5-0 victory over the Valley Fusion and finally a 3-2 loss to the CT Bombers White in the Championship game to end as Runners-up.
16-U White, A great weekend starts with pool play results of 3-0 over the RI Aftershock, 6-0 over the MA Drifters, and 8-4 over the CT Mayhem. Seeded #1 allows a late start on Sunday and a 9-1 win over RI Aftershock and a 10-0 victory over the MA Drifters to reach the Championship where the White team put down the Black team in a tight 3-2 victory. A perfect 6-0 weekend.
For the Organization, 25-6-1 with three Championships and a Runners-Up between the 6 active teams.
12-U Teal, attended the NSA Dynamite Classic in Taunton (Lakeville) MA. Pool play started with a rushed and resounding 13-0 victory over the Bay State Blaze followed by a disappointing 9-8 loss tot he South Shore Chaos and a lackluster 18-6 run rule loss tot he South Coast Scream. The 1-2 record earned the team the #7 seed of 10 teams. Sunday morning started with a rematch with the South Coast Scream with the run rule being avenged with one of our own registering a 15-5 run rule victory to advance to the Semi-Finals. Unfortunately the team ran into a buzz saw in a very short 13-0 loss to the host Mass Dynamites. A 2-3 weekend with more lessons learned.
12-U White, went to the Lightning Strikes event in Southington CT. Pool play saw a 10-3 victory over the Rawlings Wildcats followed by a 7-4 loss tot he CT Mirage Nationals and ending with a 6-5 loss to the TC Futures. The 1-2 record earned the team the #6 seed out of 12 teams. Sunday began with a 4-3 victory over the NY Warriors before ending with a 8-7 loss to the Northeast Hurricanes. A 2-3 weekend for the older 12-U team.
14-U Black, attended the CT Bombers NSA Father’s Day Slug Fest in Franklin CT. Pool play saw an 11-3 defeat of the CT Crush followed by an identical 11-3 victory over the Shoreline Sting Blue before suffering a 9-1 defeat at the hands of the CT Lady Knights. The 2-1 record gave the team the #2 seed and a bye to the Semi-Finals. Sunday began with a 12-0 drubbing of the CT Shock in the Semi-Final and a 4-2 loss in the Championship to the CT Bombers White, the older 14-U team. The 3-2 weekend earned the squad the Runners-Up of the 6 team tournament.
14-U White, attended the CT Bombers NSA Father’s Day Slug Fest in Franklin CT. Saturday began with a 6-1 victory over the CT Shock, a 6-5 win vs the CT Lady Knights, and concluded with a 8-4 win over the Shoreline Sting Blue. The team was the only one to go 3-0 earning the #1 seed and a bye to the Semi-Finals. Sunday saw a rematch with the CT Lady Nationals ending with a 9-0 victory to advance to the finals where the White team prevailed 4-2 to earn the Championship. All in all a very nice 5-0 weekend at home.
16-U Black, traveled to Swansea MA to play in the NSA Xtreme Father’s Day tournament hosted by the S.E. Mass Xtreme. Pool play saw a 12-0 victory over the Bay State Blaze followed by a 7-1 win over the Franklin Fury before enduring a 11-4 loss to the Mass Drifters Navy. the 2-1 pool play earned the squad the #2 seed for Sunday morning. Swansea uses an interesting elimination bracket where the lower seeds meet then the winners take on the next lower seeds etc. this results with the #2 seed, in an 11 team tournament, getting a bye tot he semi-finals. There the Black team registered a 5-0 victory (avenging Saturday’s defeat) over the Mass Drifters to advance to the Championship where they notched a 6-5 victory over R.I. Fire & Ice. A good 4-1 weekend.
16-U White, also traveled to Swansea MA to play in the NSA Xtreme Father’s Day tournament at the 18-U Level hosted by the S.E. Mass Xtreme. Saturday saw a 12-0 victory over the Bay State Blaze, a 8-3 victory over the New England Phoenix, and concluded with a 10-0 win over the Metro West Thunder Regional. The 3-0 record allowing only 3 runs earned the team the #1 seed. Using the same elimination format as described above under the 16-U Black the White team earned a bye to the Semi-Finals where they notched a 9-3 victory over the R.I. Fire and Ice Red to advance to the Championship where they needed to score 1 in the bottom of the seventh to claim the
3-2 victory over the R.I. Fire and Ice Blue. A very nice 5-0 weekend playing up at the 18-U level.
Over all a 21-9 weekend with 3 Championships and a Runners-up.
10-U, took their first trip to Southington and Panthorn Park for the 8 team Summer Lead off Tournament. Pool Play was interesting starting with a 6-6 tie with the CT Diamond Club, a 12-0 whooping from the Empire State Huskies, and a fantastic 5-2 loss to Team Long Island, a very good team. The team pulled 9:30 match-up with the Rawlings Wildcats, the seventh match-up this season! The first inning was terrific and saw a legitimate (over the fence) Grand Slam by Madison Taylor. Despite good pitching by Jillian Fugere the game devolved from there and the good guys finished their season with a 15-4 loss and an overall record of 11-22-1. The season was MUCH better than that record indicates. Now the Baby Bombers will go their separate ways and see one another across the diamond in their LL All-Star tournaments.
12-U Teal, traveled to Watertown to the GROWS/Rapids Spring Bash a 6 team NSA Tournament. Saturday saw an unexpected 7-6 loss to the CT Titans Green followed by a 24-8 drubbing of the Wolcott Eagles and concluded with a 5-2 loss to the Host CT Rapids. This earned the team the #6 seed and a game vs the older CT Bombers White who seeded #3. The 11’s put up a scrappy fight requiring the White team to score two in the bottom of the last inning to win 6-5. A non-disappointing loss to end Teal’s weekend with a 1-3 record.
12-U White, also attended the Spring Bash in Watertown. Pool play results were a 16-0 victory over the Southington Lightning 07, a 15-0 victory over the CT Hurricanes, and concluded with a 7-2 loss to the Valley Fusion. The 2-1 record earned the team the #3 seed and a match-up with the #6 seeded younger CT Bombers Teal. After time expired Melina Grazziano hit a hard shot double to drive in the tying and winning runs in a 6-5 victory. Next was a 7-3 victory over the Southington Lightning and a rematch with the Valley Fusion in the Championship game. This didn’t go as desired and ended with a 10-2 run rule loss. The team finished with a 4-2 record, a Second Place finish, with both losses coming at the hands of the tournament Champions.
14-U Black, the younger 14-U team also attended the Watertown Spring Bash. Unfortunately there were but 5 teams in the 14-U division. That said there were games to be played. Pool play saw a 7-1 victory over the CT Hurricanes, a 6-1 victory over the Host CT Rapids, and ended with a 12-0 win over the Shoreline Sting White. The team earned the #1 seed as a result. Sunday’s semi-final saw a 5-0 victory over the CT Bullets to advance to the Championship game, Once there the good guys went down 7-4 to the Host CT Rapids earning a 4-1 record and Second Place in the tournament.
14-U White, traveled to Swansea MA for the Xtreme NSA National Qualifier, a 13 team event. Saturday didn’t go as expected with a 8-6 loss to the N.E. Dirt Dawgs, followed by a 12-0 victory over the South Coast Scream, and concluding with a 9-3 loss to the R.I. Fire and Ice. With the rust shaken off Sunday was the day to go to work! Results were 10-2 victory over the Shoreline Sting, a 13-0 avenging of yesterdays loss to R.I. Fire and Ice, followed by a 8-7 semi-final win over the CT Titans setting up a 6-4 victory over the K.P. Pride to take the Championship with a 5-2 record for the weekend.
16-U Black, had an excellent Saturday playing up at the 18-U level in the State of Shock tournament. An NSA sanctioned event in Meriden CT, Pool play saw a 7-0 victory over the CT Lady Knights, a 7-4 win over the Queens Nassau Comets, and finally an 8-0 win over the CT Tides. Sunday was a new day and saw a tough 4-3 loss to the CT Lady Knights ending the teams weekend. Still a 3-1 outing for the first weekend back together portends good things for the season.
16-U White, also played up at the 18-U level in the State of Shock tournament in Meriden. The older 16-U team saw a 7-0 win over Team CT followed by a 8-0 loss to the CT Eliminators and a 4-4 tie with the CT Rapids. Sunday saw a 6-2 win over Team CT followed by a weekend ending 7-0 loss to the CT Eliminators. a 2-2-1 first weekend of the season.
For the Organization a 19-15-2 weekend with a Championship and two Second Places.
10-U competed in the CT Titans Mike Arburr Memorial Tournament in Windsor CT.
Game 1 resulted in a 13-4 victory over the CT Gators
Game 2 was a 18-2 loss tot eh Rawlings Wildcats
The final Pool Play game ended with a 12-0 shellacking from the Southington Lightning
The team was seeded 8th of 11 and matched up with the 9th seeded Westport Wreckers. The Baby Bombers pulled away for a 10-3 victory and the sixth match-up of the year withe the eventual Tournament Champions (now have a record of 33-2) the Rawlings Wildcats. The good guys went down 11-1 ending their 2-3 weekend.
12-U Teal also competed in the CT Titans Mike Arburr Memorial Tournament in Windsor CT.
Pool Play saw a 10-3 win over the CT Titans Green before a 8-1 loss to the NY Warriors, and (no disrespect intended) a 16-3 loss to the inferior Blue Angels. The 1-2 record earned the team the 18th seed out of 22 teams and a spot in the Silver Bracket. Sunday’s eliminations started, and ended with a 8-3 loss tot he Berlin Bulldogs where the team was snake-bitten to hit virtually every ball right at a defensive player. The Bulldogs made the plays and ended Teals day early. A 1-3 weekend.
12-U White competed in the Hurricane on the Hill. Last year the team had finished second in a 12 team event here. So they returned to defend or improve upon that finish. This year there were only 5 12-U teams, the first a a few disappointments for this weekend. Due to two injuries and a family wedding (Maine) the squad would compete this weekend with only 8 players, taking an out every time the ninth spot in the line-up came around. Pool ply started with an 19-7 victory over the Fireballs. In the second game the good guys were up on the New Milford Chaos before a horrific and bizarre sliding injury resulted in Summer having to leave in an ambulance, later to be diagnosed with a broken pelvis. With the team down to 7 players the game resulted in a 7-0 forfeit, as did game #3. The 1-2 record gave the team the #4 seed and a play-in game with the #5 seeded Fireballs for Sunday morning. With a flurry of communications it was arranged for the Teal team to supply an 8th player for Sunday, leaving them with 9. However The player who was in Maine for a wedding, supported heavily by her family, would return very early Sunday morning allowing the team to compete with their own players, albeit only 8, as they desired. So elimination game #1 resulted in a 12-0 win over the Fireballs, #2 with a 12-1 defeat of the New Milford Chaos, and in the Championship a 7-5 victory over the CT Diamond Club. All with only 8 players! There is not enough time or space to recount all the heroics of this weekend. Suffice it to say it is one none of these girls will ever forget. Now all thoughts and prayers are directed at Summer as we await definitive word on her condition and prognosis.
14-U Black competed in what was thought to be a major event, the Tradition Futures Classic in Wallingford CT. Unfortunately it was less than anticipated drawing only 6 teams in it’s inaugural season. Pool play progressed with victories of 11-0 vs the Shoreline Sting White, 12-5 vs the CT Raiders, and 16-2 vs the Shoreline Sting Blue. The team earned the #1 seed for Sunday. Elimination rounds resulted in a 5-2 victory over the Cheshire Flames and the Championship game ended with a 14-0 routing of the CT Raiders. While not the road expected the results were what was desired. This team will earn hardware all season long!
This weekend all 4 active teams went to the same Ed Keene Memorial Tournament in Plainville MA. This is another NSA Tournament that uses a no new inning after 90 minute format so the girls get to play more than the USSSA or USA 75 minute format.
10-U, a rough but very productive weekend started with a 5-3 loss to a talented and disciplined South Coast Chaos. A quick change of venues and back on the field for a 10-1 loss tot he R.I, Rampage followed by a 5-1 loss to the Rangers. The 0-3 pool play saddled us with the B4 seeding and an elimination game vs the A1 seeded East Coast Lady Sting where the team went down in a 5-3 defeat. The 0-4 record defies the steps forward and the increased competitiveness of the team as a whole.
12-U Teal, started off with a 11-5 victory over the NE Shockwave followed immediately with a second 11-5 win over the Bay State Blaze. A single game slot break and them a 13-1 loss to the Mass Drifters, a very professional and disciplined team, The 2-1 pool play record earned the team the #6 seed for Sunday’s elimination rounds where they would play the winner of the #11 vs #14 seeds. The squad faced the host team K.P. Pride Green and in a tighter match than the score reveals they were victorious 10-3. This set up a quarterfinal game vs the #3 seeded Mass Dynamites who, after a close and spirited start ran away with a 15-5 defeat over Teal. Teal had some significant firsts in their third outing. 1st two win Saturday, 1st Sunday win, and 1st winning weekend (3-2). The journey begins.
12-U White, started off where they left off the past two weekends, a 7-3 win over the Polar Crush followed by a 13-1 run rule game over the South Coast Scream and after a break pool play finished with a 5-4 victory over Raiders Softball. The 3-0 record earned White the #4 seed and a later start on Sunday. Elimination rounds began with a 5-3 victory over the Walpole Crush followed by a semi-final 8-6 loss to the Mass Drifters. A good 4-1 showing for the weekend.
14-U Black, began Saturday with a 7-1 victory over the NE Storm before some hometown cooking favored each opponent going forward. The second game was a tough 5-4 loss to Raiders Softball followed by a slightly bizarre 8-2 loss tot he Bombers Elite. The 1-2 record earn the team the #9 seed and a match with the #8 seeded host KP Pride. The good guys went down 12-5 and ended the weekend with a very rare 1-3 record.