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Jim Derochea
cell 617-548-5488
100 Elm Street
PO Box 56
Stoughton, Massachusetts

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Friday, August 13


The 12 year old, Stoughton American Knights won the District 8 Championship for the 2nd time in three years with a hard fought 2-1 win over Abington!    Each team managed just 3 hits as pitching & defense dominated this game, which was a seat squirmer, right up to the last pitch!   

The duel started out like it was going to be another Stoughton bashing as they scored runs in the first inning for the 10th time in 12 games.    Tyler Dennis and "Back2back" Zach Apotheker blasted homeruns in the first inning.
Tyler hit a curve ball that was down and away from him, over the center field scoreboard for a 1-0 lead.   Before the cheers subsided, Zach took a mighty cut at the next pitch and hit a titanic blast high into the pine trees past the right field fence for a quick 2-0 lead.

Abington scratched for a run as they scored on a blooper to right that took a weird hop away from the Knight's fielder, allowing a run to score from second base to cut it to 2-1.    The call went to the bullpen and with runners on second and third, Tyler Dennis induced two ground balls back to the mound to end the threat.   

The key play in the game came in the top of the 4th inning.    With a runner on first base for Abington, a bloop double put runners on second and third with no outs with the top of the order coming up.    The Stoughton team appealed the lead runner, claiming that he missed second base, but as they threw to second to make the appeal, the Abington runner broke for home.    Dan Floro fired the ball to the plate, where catcher, Trevor Derochea, dug it out and then blocked the plate.   The runner attempted to hurdle Trevor, clipping his shoulder as he soared over the catcher.    Trevor apparently missed the tag, heard no call, so he went back and tagged the jubilant runner who was called out for missing the plate!   When asked about the play, Derochea said, "It kind of felt like the play by (Jason) Varitek against the A's in the playoffs last year.    I knew I blocked the plate and he couldn't have touched it, so I just went back and tagged him."      (And who says there's no educational TV anymore?)    Later in the inning, Stoughton firstbaseman, Connor Sullivan made a run saving defensive play as he snared a hard hit grounder to his right and held runners at 2nd and third as he got the out at first.    Tyler Dennis whiffed the next batter to stifle the Abington rally.

In the 5th inning, Stoughton got in another jam as Abington had a runner on second with one out and the middle of their order coming to the plate. But second baseman Ryan Skiba made a sparkling defensive play as he ranged up the middle on a bounding ball, backhanded it and threw the batter out at first.   Had the ball gotten through, it would have likely tied the game.   Tyler Dennis ended the threat by striking out the next batter to preserve the 2-1 lead.

Abington relief pitcher, Brandon Walsh, pitched very well as he handled the Stoughton squad through the latter innings. He struck out 6 in his 3 inning stint, keeping the mighty Stoughton bats quiet and allowing his team to stay in the game.    In the top of the 6th inning, Abington tried to mount one last rally as they put runners on first and second with no outs via walk and an error.   
Tyler got to 3 balls, 2 strikes on the next hitter.    He threw an inside fastball that had the batter backing away, but the ball tipped off his bat and was held by Derochea for the first out.      The Abington leadoff hitter then stepped to the plate and also worked the count to 3 and 2 before Tyler blew him away with a letterhigh fastball for the 2nd out.      

With the throngs of fans on their feet, Tyler induced a pop up to Dan Floro at short to end the threat, the game and the Little League careers of our local Stoughton 12 year old All-Stars...ending it once again, as District 8 Champions!

  • The members of the team included, Trevor Derochea, Tyler Dennis, Zach Apotheker, Brett Semler, Connor Sullivan, Dan Floro, Nathan Hardiman, Alex McKeen, Chris Cadigan, Ryan Skiba, Matt Cooper, Matt Green and Matt Goldberg.    A special mention also goes out to Russell Katz, who was unable to participate this season due to a knee injury, but whose spirit and support was greatly appreciated and an example of what Little League is all about!

    Wednesday, August 11


    The Stoughton American Knights moved one victory closer to their second District 8 Crown in 3 years by defeating Scituate, 15-3 before a home crowd.   

    Despite the score, things got off to a shaky start.    A couple of errors and a seeing eye basehit through a screened infielder loaded the bases with no outs.    After taking time to compose himself, Trevor Derochea then focused in on the task at hand and struck out the 4-5-6 hitters to end the threat and hold Scituate from scoring.

    As has been the case in 9 out of 11 games thus far, the Knights struck for runs in the first inning!       It was their turn to load the bases with no outs as Trevor walked, Tyler was hit by a pitch off the old coconut and Zach singled. . . but the Knights were determined not to fall to the same fate as Scituate.   Brett Semler knocked in the first run with a well earned base on balls as he battled the pitcher, fouling off numerous offerings before finally winning the battle.   After a fielder's choice cut a runner down at the plate, Dan "The Man" Floro ripped a deep line drive to left center for a 2-run double.      Nate "The Skate" Hardiman then smoked a one hopper to third and was thrown out on a sparkling play by the Scituate infielder, but a heads up Connor Sullivan scooted home on the throw for a 4-0 lead.    Alex "Knuckles" McKeen followed with a single to score Floro with the 5th run of the inning.

    The Knights doubled their lead in the second inning to take a commanding lead.   Trevor singled to left center to start things off.    Tyler Dennis extended a streak of reaching base in 13 consecutive at bats (including reaching on 2 errors) as he walked to move Trevor to second.   Again Zach singled to load the bases and one out later "Sully" laced a double to the opposite field to plate 2 runs.      With runners on second and third, Dan "The Man" Floro stepped up and hit a tremendous HOMERUN to left centerfield for his first round tripper of the Summer.    That homerun solidified a unique achievement in team power since now each of the first 7 batters in the regular lineup have each hit at least one HOMERUN this Summer.   All told, the Knights have banged out 15 HOMERUNS in 11 games this Summer.

    Trevor finished up his 3 innings of work, allowing no runs, just the one first inning hit and striking out 6.      He gave way to Dan Floro for the final 3 innings.   Dan also struck out 6 in his 3 innings of work.    Trevor & Dan held Scituate to just 3 hits in total!

    After Scituate crept back into the game by scoring 3 runs in the 4th inning, the Knights put the game away for good in the bottom of the 4th as they plated 5 more big runs.    Alex McKeen, Ryan Skiba & Trevor all singled with one out, with Ryan's single knocking in Alex.    After a walk loaded the bases, Zach plated 2 runs with a deep double to center field.    "Hitman" Semler followed with a run producing single and Sully knocked in the 15th and final run with a single of his own.

    Floro settled down and mowed down Scituate, striking out 5 in the final 2 innings to secure the victory for the Knights

    Tuesday, August 10


    The Knights got off to a good start in the 2004 playoffs as they defeated cross town rival, Stoughton National, 16-3 behind the big bats of Nate "the Skate" Hardiman and Connor "Sully" Sullivan.    Sully also threw 5 shutout innings to cap off a near perfect day for him.   Sully was 4 for 4 at the plate and struck out 8 in 5 innings of 2 hit ball!      But the crushing blow came early off the bat of "Skates" as he drove in 4 of his 7 runs in the first inning!

    This game featured some power hitting for sure, but it also was one for the recordbooks for a very unique and rare feat.    The Knights batted 5 times in the game and in all 5 innings, the top of the order led off the inning because the team batted around each of the first 4 innings.    The odds of this happening have to be in the tens of millions to one!    And YOU were there!
    And you were there to see the Knights jump out to a quick lead.    Trevor led off with a bad hop bullet to second base, then moved to third on walks to Tyler "Ace" Dennis (5 walks on the day) and "Bret "The Hitman" Semler.    "Sully" then singled to give the Knights an early lead. After an error plated another run, Nate "The Skate" drilled a pitch deep to straight away centerfield for his first blast of the Summer and his first career GRAND SLAM!

    In the second, with 2 men on, Sullivan doubled to knock in a pair.   After Dan "The Man" Floro reached on a single and "Cadillac" Chris Cadigan walked, Nate was hit by a pitch to force in a run to make it 9-0.

    The third saw 4 more runs cross the plate as Trevor led off with a double.   Tyler walked (again), but Trevor was thrown out at third as he tried to advance on a ball in the dirt.   "Back2back" Zach singled to put runners on first and second to set the tables for "The Hitman" as Brett hit a long, long 3 run HOMERUN deep over leftcenterfield fence for his 6th homerun of the Summer!    Sully followed with a single to keep the inning going.    Chris walked, moving Sully to 2nd and he rode home on a Nate "The Skate' single.

    In the 4th inning. Trevor and Tyler walked and Zach was hit by a pitch.   Singles by Semler and Sullivan plated 2 runs and 2 outs later, Nate finished his 7 RBI day by walking, forcing in the Knights 16th run.

    Meanwhile, Sully was mowing down batters, giving up to bloop singles to left and striking out 8 as he continued his strong pitching this Summer.

    As dominating as the bats have been this Summer, the pitching staff has been just as dominating with an ERA of around 2.   The 4 "horses" of the staff, Tyler, Trevor, Dan and Connor have a combined ERA close to half a run a game as they have yeilded only 6 run in nearly 55 innings of work!    The have struck out 80 in those innings, yielding only 30 hits!    KEEP IT ROLLING!

    Tuesday, August 3


    The Knights continued their undefeated season as they beat a tough Braintree squad, 6-3.   Tyler Dennis went the distance, striking out 10 and allowing just 5 scattered hits.

    The Knights took advantage of what was given them in the first as Tyler Dennis walked, then came around toscore on a wild pitches and passed balls.   But Braintree got that gift back in their half of the inning, scoring an unearned run with 2 outs to knot the score at 1 a piece.

    The Knights took the lead in the third.   Trevor Derochea led off with a long, 10 pitch at bat that included getting hit in the ribs by a pitch, that he ended up swinging at.    On the 10th pitch he laced a single to right.    After stealing second and moving to third on a wild pitch, he nearly got caught off third as a Tyler Dennis line drive screamed towards the shortstop...but he took his eye off of it, dropped it and all hands were safe!    Zach followed with a walk to load them up for hot hitting Brett Semler.   Brett didn't disappoint as he ripped a single of his own to plate 2 runs.    Later in the inning, Dan Floro grounded out to get another run home.   

    The Knights extended the lead to 6-1 in the 4th inning with a 2 out rally.   Trevor Derochea fought off a nasty pitch and bounced it in front of the plate and beat it out for an infield hit.    Tyler followed with his 3rd HOMERUN of the Summer Season for the 6-1 cushion.

    Things gotinteresting in the bottom of the inning as Braintree loaded the bases with 2 outs.    As Dan Floro shuffled to his left to retrive a grounder that would have ended the inning, he was run into by the baserunner, a clear interference call...or so Coach Derochea thought.    The umpire originally ruled that it was incidental contact and the play stood, but Coach sited the rule and protested for the letter of the law to be followed.    After a short delay, the rulebook seemed to back up the interference call, but in the end, it was ruled that the player (Dan Floro) stopped and would not have made the play because the ball was by him once contact was made.    End of discussion, unfortunately.    The next batter followed with a single to cut the lead to 6-3 and things got a little tense when the next batter took a mighty swing and lifted one high to right field.    Luckily, he got under it and Connor Sulivan made a nice catch to end the inning.   

    Tyler and the defense did the rest, thwarting a late rally attempt as Connor fired home on a single to hold a runner at third, but the ball was cut off by Tyler and he fired to Floro at 2nd to nail the batter trying to go to second on the throw.    The next batter struck out and that was that with that! End of game!


    Monday, August 2


    The Knights welcomed back their AAU troopers, Connor Sullivan and Trevor Derochea by pounding out 23 hits enroute to a 20-4 victory over Rockland, highlighted by TWO GRAND SLAMS off the bat of Brett "the Hitman" Semler.

    There is not enough room here to recap all of the events, but I will try...
    After getting out of a minor jam in the first inning, Trevor led off with a single, followed by a Tyler double.    Zach followed with a groundout to plate Derochea.   Semler ripped a single to score Tyler and the Knights had a quick 2-0 lead.

    In the second, Nate "the Skate" led off with a walk. "Knuckles" McKeen then laid down a sacrifice bunt that was tossed away by the pitcher, everyone was safe.   Trevor singled in a run and one out later Zach Apotheker doubled to plate another.    After Brett, "the Hitman" Semler reached on an an error, Sullivan ripped his 2nd hit, a double, to plate yet another run for a 5 run cushion.

    In the 3rd inning, Rockland strung together a sun aided double that Sully almost made a spectacular catch on and a single to score a run to cut the lead to 5-1.   But the Knights answered right back to put the game out of reach.    With one out, "Skate" and "Knuckles" singled. With 2 outs, Tyler reached on an error, allowing a run to score. "Back2back" Zach walked to load the bases.   Up stepped Brett "the Hitman" Semler, who promptly made a prophet of his Manager by blasting a GRAND SLAM to give the Knights a 10-1 lead.

    In the 4th, the Knights added 3 more.   "Cadillac" Chris Cadigan led off with a walk and moved to second on a Hardiman single.    With one out, Trevor doubled to left center, scoring Cadigan, followed by run scoring singles from Tyler and Zach.

    Dan Floro relieved Trevor for the 4th and 5th innings and set down Rockland without a hiccup.    But the Knight's bats were not done as they mounted a two-out rally that saw 9 straight Knights reach base.      The 2-out shin-dig started as Nate ripped his 3rd single of the game.   Alex followed with a basehit to put 2 runners on with 2 out.      Consecutive walks to Trevor, Tyler and Zach plated 2 runs and left the bases loaded for you know who...the sizzling Brett Semler!    Brett thrilled the throngs at Goff Field by blasting his SECOND GRAND SLAM OF THE GAME!    (Brett has 4 homeruns and 14 RBI in the last 2 games, which must be a record of some kind...if not, we'll just say it is!)   "Sully" followed with his 4th hit, a ringing double and he came home with the 20th run as Floro, Cadigan and Hardiman followed with singles before the Knights graciously bowed out of the inning.

    "Knuckles" then closed out the 6th inning for the Knights.   

    The Knights can clinch first place with a victory on Monday against a tough Braintree squad! KEEP IT ROLLING!

    Thursday, July 29


    The Knights got their 5th win of the season, to go along with their 2 ties, as they bested Weymouth 5-3.

    The Knights jumped out for 3 as Matt Goldberg and Tyler Dennis reached base and then rode home on the first of 2 Brett Semler HOMERUNS!
    Weymouth struck back for 2 against Knight's starter, Chris Cadigan.   

    In the third inning, Tyler Dennis led off with a single and again rode home on a Brett Semler HOMERUN to give the Knight's a 5-2 lead.   

    Matt Green shut down Weymouth for 2 innings and Tyler Dennis closed things up with 3 innings of work, allowing just a run, a Weymouth homerun and striking out 8 to earn the save.

    Tuesday, July 27


    Dan Floro and Tyler Dennis combined for a 2-hitt shutout, but Dan Snyder for Stoughton National was just as good as he pitched a shutout as well in a hard fought 0-0 tie.

    After 2 first inning singles, Dan "The Man" Floro and Tyler "Kirby Puckett" Dennis didn't allow a hit.    Meanwhile, Snyder scattered 3 hits to hold down the vaunted Knights attack.

    The Knight's hits were off the bats of Ryan Skiba, Matt Goldberg and Nathan Hardiman.

    Thursday, July 22


    The Knights continued their momentum as they defeated Abington, the reigning District Champion, 7-2.   Trevor and Tyler shut down Abington on 4 hits while the Knights made quick work of Abington's ace.

    Abington jumped out on top, scoring 2 runs in the first, but Stoughton scored 1 in their half to cut the lead to 2-1.   With 2 outs, "Back2back" Zach Apotheker and "Hitman" Semler laced singles.    After "Sully" reached on an error, Dan "the Man" Floro singled to right to plate the run.

    The Knights took the lead and control of the game in the 2nd inning.    Nate "the Skate" Hardiman doubled, but a great throw from left nailed "Cadillac" Cadigan at third.   With 2 outs, "Roy Hobbs" Derochea blasted a 2 run HOMERUN to right field to take the lead 3-2.    "Hawk" Dennis then singled, followed by a walk to Zach.    Brett then smashed one to short, but the ball was thrown away for another run.   With runners on second and third, "Sully" hit a deep line drive to center that the centerfielder misjudged, scoring another run.    After Dan walked, the final run was scored on a double steal attempt as Dan raced into second and Connor stole home on the throw to secondbase.


    Tuesday, July 20


    The Knights kept rolling as they defeated a scrappy Stoughton National team, 6-2.    Connor Sullivan pitched a gutsy 6 innings, coming within a strike of a complete game shutout.    Sully struck out 8 and allowed only 4 hits through the first 5 innings.

    The Knights were shut down in the first inning for the first time this season, despite loading the bases with one out.    A tough "infield fly" play resulted in an inning ending doubleplay, thwarting their rally.    But while Sully was stifling the Nationals, the offense got rolling in the third inning.    "Roy Hobbs" (Trevor) led off with a single, followed by a "Hawk" Dennis double.   "Back2back" Zach then blasted a "Majestic" 3-run homerun to give the Knights a 3-0 lead.      Brett "Hitman" Semler then laced a laserbeam down the left field line for a double and moved to third on a wild pitch.    Chris Cadigan knocked Brett in with a hard grounder to the right side for a 4-0 lead.

    Meanwhile, the Knight's defense was clicking on all cylinders behind Sully's pitching.      "Slapshot" Hardiman and "Knuckles" McKeen made nice catches in the outfield and Dan Floro made 2 great plays at second on 2 grounders that he had to charge hard for.    Brett Semler knockked down a rope at third and threw out a National's runner and "Cooop" Cooper made a nice play on a ball headed for double territory as he cut it off and held the hitter to a single.    The nicest play of the evening was turned in by "Knuckles" and "Hitman" as Alex fielded a scalded hit off the center field fence/sign, barehinding it and firing a strike to third base to cut down the runner trying to go from first to third.   That ened an inning and thus, an early rally threat by the Nationals!

    In the 5th, the Knights struck quickly for 2 more with a nice 2 out rally.    With 2 outs, Trevor reached on his third hit of the game and rode home on Tyler's homerun to left for a 6-0 lead.   

    Sully shut the door the rest of the way until he tired slightly in the 6th.   With 2 runners on and with 2 strikes, he just missed his shutout as a bloop hit to right plated the only two runs allowed.


    Saturday, July 17


    Our Stoughton Knights fought back from a 3-1 deficit to tie Cohasset, 3-3.
    Again the Knights got rolling early as Trevor and Tyler singled, then moved on up Zach's deep fly to center.    Brett then smashed one to short to score Trevor but Cohasset's defense cut down a runner at third to end the inning.

    Trevor pitched the first 3 inning and kept Cohasset off balance as he struck out 6, walked one, with no earned runs and though he was credited with 4 hits allowed, 3 were infield hits...the sinker was on!   Tyler shut down Cohasset after that.   Through the final 3 innings, he struck out 8 and did not allow a hit or walk, which allowed the Knights to climb back.

    In the 5th, Zach walked and moved to second on Sully's one out hit.   After moving to 3rd on a wild pitch, Zach scored on a Floro groundout to cut the lead to 3-2,   

    The Knights tied it in the 6th as Trevor led off with a walk and was racing to third on Zach's solid basehit to left center when the fielder misplayed the ball, allowing Trevor to score from first base to tie the game.   

    Again, the Knights played an awesome game against one of their arch rivals and could have easily walked away with a victory, but we'll take the tie...

    Thursday, July 15


    The Knights came within inches of a no-hitter as the only Whitman hit, a blooper, fell just in front of a charging "Cooop" in left.    ...And those mighty bats continued to pound opponent pitching as the Knights pounded out 13 more hits and scored in every inning except the 5th, when they left the bases loaded!

    The Knights jumped ahead in the first inning, scoring a 3 spot. Trevor "Hobby" (as in lefty, Roy Hobbs from "the Natural") Derochea led off with a hard grounder that the firstbaseman couldn't handle and then moved to second on a Tyler "Hawk" Dennis ripped single off the thirdbaseman's glove.   Later in the inning, "Back2back" Zach Apotheker and Connor "Sully" had run scoring hits.    "Sully's" was a laser beam double to right field to plate 2.    Brett "the Hitman" Semler also ripped the ball, but the thirdbaseman robbed him on a great play to prevent an even bigger inning.

    Starting pitcher, "Hobby" Derochea, kept the hitters off balance, with the only blemish being a run scoring bloop single to left that barely fell in.    Trevor then struck out the side to halt any further damage.

    In the second, "Cooop" led off with a single and was moved to second on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Alex McKeen.   In between, Nathan "slapshot" Hardiman was hit by a pitch on the hand, but his check swing was ruled a strike.    A gutsy Hardiman, finished his at bat and didn't miss a beat!   Way ta go, "Slapshot"! Now thats a hockey player for ya!!!!    "Cooop" later scored on as Trevor and "Hawk" Dennis followed with hits.   A "Back2back" Zach walk loaded them up, before the Whitman pitcher wiggled out of further trouble.

    Trevor closed out his pitching stint with a splendid 5 pitch inning as mixed up his pitches and induced a pop to right and 2 soft grounders to Zach at first.
    Meanwhile, the Knights stretched the lead to 5-1 by plating another run in the 3rd.   Connor led off with another bullet double, this time to left center.    Dan "the Man" Floro singled him to third and he scored on a "Cadillac" Chris Cadigan groundout to the right side.

    Tyler started off his appearance by striking out the side in order in the 4th and 5th innings, then helped himself by doubling in Trevor, who had singled before him in the bottom of the 4th inning.   

    The Knights loaded them up in the 5th with no outs as "Sully" walked & Dan "the Man" and "Cadillac" Cadigan singled, but the Whitman pitcher settled down and slithered out of further damage.       "Hawk" Dennis squashed a minor uprising in the 6th after a Whitman batter reached on a one out error. After he moved to second on a wild pitch, Tyler struck out the next hitter, then induced a groundout to Dan "the Man" who fielded it smoothly and threw a rocket to first to end the game.   



    Tuesday, July 13


    The Stoughton American Knights got off to a thunderous start in their Summer Opener against Weymouth, pounding out 4 homeruns enroute to a 13-5 victory.

    The Knights jumped out to a five-spot in the first.   Trevor Derochea singled and was followed by consecutive walks to Tyler "Hawk" Dennis and "Back2back" Zach Apotheker.
    Brett "Hitman" Semler then ripped a single to plate the first 2 runs.    One out later, Dan Floro ripped a double to extend the lead to 4-0 and he later scored on a Matt "Coooooop" Cooper single.

    It was more of the same in the second as Trevor got things started with a basehit to right.      Thats when the real fireworks started as Tyler ripped the first of 3 homeruns in the inning for a 2 run HOMERUN.    Zach followed with a bullet line drive that skipped off the top of the fence for BACK to BACK JACKS!   Brett followed with a single and Connor "Sully" Sullivan blasted an absolute bomb deep, deep into the right centerfield woods for a 2-run HOMERUN!

    Connor benefitted from the fireworks as he pitched 2 shutout innings, giving way to Alex "knuckles" McKeen.    Alex pitched well, tiring a little in his 3rd inning of work, before Dan Floro closed the door in the 6th.

    With the score 10-5, Weymouth having chipped away into the 5th inning, the Knights put this one away in the top of the 6th.    Trevor singled to lead off the inning and moved to second one out later as Zach walked for his 3rd free pass of the night...(Hmmm, are opponents starting to treat him like Barry Bonds)?    The Knights then executed a perfect double steal as Zach took second while Trev raced home on the throw.   Brett capped off the night by blasting a shot over the left centerfield fence for another Knight HOMERUN!

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