Concord Raiders U14 Blue: Welcome
Welcome to the 2010 Concord Raiders U-14 Blue team's web site. Please copy our address into your Favorites Folder so that you can visit us often. Please make sure that you've registered with the Raiders and been granted access to the "team members only" areas of this site. The team competes in ASA, NSA and PONY tournaments, and the season runs from early May through late July. The Raiders are coached by Greg Higgins. The team Parent Liaison is Tracy Battite.
Tuesday, June 8
The Raiders will be in action this weekend at Swansea Xtreme U14 tournament. This will be the team's first away tournament of the season. The tournament has a large pool of teams from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island. The Raiders Pool Play schedule is as follows:
- Saturday at 9:30 vs. the Long Island Bandits (arrive by 8:30)
- Saturday at 2:30 vs. the Connecticut Hurricanes
- Saturday at 4:00 vs. TBD
Sunday is a single elimination championship round based on seeding from the pool play games.
All games are played at the Hoyle Field Complex in Swansea, located on Community Lane in Swansea.
|Raiders in action at Patriot Tournament|
The Raiders participated in the home Patriot Tournament this past weekend in Concord and unfortunately came up short due to the rain.
On Saturday, the Raiders played three tough, close games but came up on the wrong side of the score on all three. In game 1, the Raiders played the Mass Explosion close for 5 innings. With the score tied 2-2 in the 5th several errors and a walk gave the Explosion four runs and an eventual 6-2 victory. The Explosion were a strong hitting team that ended up as the tournament runner-up. In game 2, the Raider played the Taunton Dynamites close all game but just couldn't generate any offense, falling 3-1. In the final game of pool play, the Raiders carried a 3-0 lead into the fifth inning against the ITZ Lightning. Unfortunately, the Raiders weren't able to tighten up on defense and the Lightning put 3 runs on the board in the fifth and pushed another run across in the 7th for a 4-3 win.
On Sunday, the Raiders came out ready to play. They faced a rematch with the Taunton Dynamites in an 8AM game. The Raiders were firing on all cylinders in this matchup. Great pitching, solid defense and some timely hitting staked the Raiders to an early 3-0 lead. They held onto that lead into the 4th when Mother Nature intervened. A steady rain started falling and the sloppy conditions contributed to 2 runs for the Dynamites. With the Raiders up 3-2 in the 4th the rain started falling heavily, forcing an end to the game and to the Raiders weekend. A great showing by the team ruined by the weather!
The Raiders travel to Swansea next weekend for the Swansea Summer Smash.
The Raiders kicked off their season with a strong showing at the May Mayhem tournament this weekend in Burlington and Woburn.
The Raiders started pool play with a game against the Diamond Gems Black. The Raiders fell behind early but battled back behind strong pitching and excellent baserunning for a 4-4 tie. In Game 2 the Raiders faced the Mass Galaxy. The Raiders were clearly motivated by guest coaches Joslin Higgins (former UNC player), Coach McGloin (CCHS) and Coach Petrocelli (Danvers High School). The girls stormed out to a 3-0 lead through the first 5 innings behind another strong pitching performance and some timely hitting. The Galaxy then decided to play "small ball" and capitalized on a couple of Raiders miscues to tie the game at 3. The score remained tied until the bottom of the 7th when the Galaxy pushed across the winning run for a 4-3 victory. Not to be deterred the Raiders came out firing in Game 3 against a strong Hudson Heat team. The Raiders jumped out to an early lead behind some excellent hitting another outstanding pitching performance. The Heat battled back to tie the game at 4 in the 4th inning. The Heat then moved ahead 6-4 and held on to win after time expired. Three very close and competitive games on the Raiders' first day of competition.
The Raiders came out ready to roll bright and early on Sunday with a matchup against the highly regarded Firecracker Fury Red. The Fury won two tournaments last fall and game in second in their last tournament. The Raiders were not intimidated and they match the Fury pitch for pitch through the first 4 innings with both teams having scoring opportunities stifled by excellent defense and pitching. In the top of the 5th the Raiders had a great scoring opportunity snatched away from them. With a runner on 2nd and two outs a long blast to left field was tracked down and caught with an amazing catch by the Fury center fielder. The game remained scoreless until the 6th when the Fury were able to push one run across the plate. The Raiders continued to battle but couldn't come back, dropping a heartbreaker to the Fury 1-0.
All weekend long the Raiders proved that they are a talented, hard working team. Strong pitching, great defense, timely hitting and excellent baserunning were on display all weekend long. The girls proved that they can play with any of the strongest 14U teams in the region. Thanks to Coach Greg for getting this team ready for the season. It should be a fun ride.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RAIDERS U14 GREY TEAM FOR WINNING THIS TOURNAMENT AFTER AN EXCITING 4-3 VICTORY IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!
Wednesday, March 3
|May 1-2||Scrimmage Day||Lowell, MA||ASA - 2 games each day|
|May 8||Mid-May One Day||Dracut, MA||NSA - Double Elimination|
|May 14-16||Mass Mayhem||Burlington, MA||ASA/PONY|
|May 22-23||Scrimmage Day||Lowell, MA||ASA|
|May 28-30||Memorial Day||OFF||OFF|
|June 4-6||Patriot Tournament||Concord, MA||PONY - Raiders Hosted|
|June 11-13||Xtreme Tournament||Swansea, MA||PONY|
|June 18-20||Father's Day Bash||Dracut, MA||NSA|
|June 25-27||ASA States||Lowell, MA||ASA|
|July 2-4||4th of July||OFF||OFF|
|July 9-11||NSA States||Dracut, MA||NSA|
|July 16-18||Diamond Gem Classic||Nashua, NH||ASA|
|July 23-25||New England Brawl||Arlington, MA||ASA|
Tuesday, April 27
The Raiders will be action this weekend with scrimmages in Lowell and Chelmsford on Saturday and Sunday. The schedule is as follows:
- Saturday, May 1st - McPherson Field, Lowell:
- 10:15AM vs. Northeast Nightmare (Field 1)
- Noon vs. Diamond Gems (Field 1)
- Sunday, May 2nd - Southwell Complex, Chelmsford:
- 8:30AM vs. Westford Waves (River Field)
- 10:15AM vs. Frozen Ropes (River Field)
Directions to Fields:
McPherson Fields, Lowell
- From Route 93 Take Route 93 North to Exit 46 (Methuen/Dracut Route 110, 113).
- Go 3/4 around the rotary and bear right onto Route 113.
- Follow Route 113 for approximately 6 miles and you will come to shopping centers on both sides.
- Route 113 bears off to the right at the lights -- Stay right on Route 113.
- You will come to a set of lights (Wendy's on the left). Take a left at these lights onto Bridge Street.
- Go 7/10 of a mile and McPherson Park is on the right.
Southwell Park Complex, Chelmsford (Consists of Crane, Town, and River Fields)
- The Southwell Park Complex is located at the end of Wotten Street off of Vinal Square in North Chelmsford, MA. 100 Wotten St. with a zip of 01863 will get you a map from Mapquest. The complex has 3 fields (2 lighted), flushing toilets, and a fully stocked concession stand with picnic tables available for your convenience. It also has a playground for young children, and is beside the public boat ramp accessing the Merrimack River.
Tuesday, March 16
April 15th at AtBats: 6-7:30
Wednesday, March 3
Meet the Coaches - Part 1