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Blue Jays Take 2017 Farm Crown!
|The 2017 Farm League Champion Blue Jays|
The Farm League World Series was worth the price of admission in an epic game between the Blue Jays and Giants. There were highlights throughout the game, both in the field and at the plate for what will go down as a Farm League World Series Classic!
Nathan Guimont had a great play in right field when he fielded the ball cleanly and hit the cut off throw to save a run in the third inning and connected for a hit when batted in the bottom half of the inning. Patrick McGaffigan continued to his great play in the outfield, playing in right and center, while Jack Gattuso did the same along with finding his swing for a clutch hit in the fourth inning.
At the plate, Owen Bouchie connected each at-bat and had a nice hit to drive in a run, and played catcher and in right field. Frankie Dearborn was all fired up for this game and contributed at the plate with two hits, one for a run, and played solid behind the plate at catcher. The "Field General" Dylan Harris had three good at-bats as well as anchoring the outfield in center. To make a nice catch is great for this age group but to make two in one game is amazing, and that is what we saw from Damian Pagliuca, who made a huge grab in the top of the sixth inning at pitcher; Damian also held down the second spot in the order with key hits throughout the game.
There is the Michael Jordan 1997 NBA finals game, where he overcame the flu to the lead the Bulls to victory and then right next to it will be the James Nelson Farm World Series game 2017. Touch and go all week, the team erupted when they saw "Game Time" walking to the field. He did not disappoint with key hits throughout the game and playing solid at both shortstop and pitcher.
Some call him "B," his parents call him Brendan, and the rest of the world just calls him "Legend" Rumor had it that Brendan Nelson's fan club had come Friday and camped out the entire night just to catch a glimpse at greatness Saturday. He did not let them down playing right field and catcher as well as getting two nice hits, one late in the game.
Vincent "VP" Pagluica gave his team another stellar effort, having "VP" lead off gave the Blue Jays a base runner every time as he went 4-for-4 in the big game. His play at third base all season has been stellar and he continued that on Saturday night with key plays and a great force out in the fifth inning. Tyler Boviard played what some would call a perfect game defensively at first base, making one of the toughest positions on the field look easy. Stretching for each out, fielding ground balls and digging throws out of the dirt that in most cases would have been hits. Beyond his play at first, he had great at-bats the entire game, none bigger than a single in the bottom of the sixth that would turn out winning run.
Which leads me to this…bottom of the sixth…man on first…one out….one run wins the game…Christian Lava steps to the plate and with one swing of the bat secures his place in North Reading Little League history with a walk-off hit that was heard around the 01864!
Lava sent the ball to the outfield every at-bat this game, driving in runs at just about each plate appearance – none bigger than his last at-bat, which went the fence it was hit so hard. Christian not only had the game-winning hit but made a huge play at second base in the top of the sixth, part of a 1-2-3 inning. Amazing ending to a great game!
2017 Blue Jays Pictured: (Front row) Owen Bouchie, Brendan Nelson, James Nelson, Patrick McGaffigan, Christian Lava, Frank Dearborn II, Dillon Harris, Vincent Pagliuca, Jack Gattuso, Damian Pagliuca, Tyler Boviard, Nathan Guimont; Back Row: Coach Jim Nelson, Coach Frank Dearborn, Coach James Boviard
Monday, June 12
Blue Jays Sail Past Reds in Playoff Showdown
The crew pulled it off on a hot Saturday afternoon, and all the coaches are extremely proud of the team effort that was put forth by boys to get them to the "World Series."
The Blue Jays had three impressive at-bats by Owen Bouchie, who connected all three times – driving in an important run in the fourth inning. Frankie Dearborn had one of his best days at the plate, keeping two innings alive and was part of a great inning that produced three big runs for the team. He also was one of three catchers to man behind the plate for the Blue Jays, along with Owen Bouchie and Brendan Nelson.
Some call him "B," his parents call him "Brendan"…we call him "Legend." He showed up for his first playoff game with fire in his eye and used his self-proclaimed “powa!” to connect on two nice infield hits. Christian Lava and Tyler “TB” Boviard made a play that would make Mel Allen proud and would have been a This Week in Baseball “How About That” play. On a hard hit ball, Lava made a great back stop at shortstop and threw a bullet to first base. At first base, “TB” took a major league stride and dug out the throw for the out. Both Tyler and Christian also continued to be the power duo for the Blue Jays, driving the ball into the outfield and producing key hits throughout the game.
In the week leading up to Saturday’s game, the Blue Jays worked on their fielding in the outfield and getting the throw in to the designated player in the infield. Nathan Guimont took that training and put it into action, making a great play in right field and making the throw-in quickly to hold the runner on first.
Jack Gattuso had a great game in the field, playing all over the infield and outfield, and Patrick McGafiggan did the same with a nice inning at second base and three good at bats. Damion Pagliuca made great plays at pitcher and second base and continued his hot streak at the top of the order,while his brother Vincent “VP” Pagliuca had a great game at third base, making a force out and going 4-for-4 in the leadoff spot.
James Nelson came to play, and turned in a great game at pitcher, second base, and shortstop – making a nice play at second in the later innings to save a run while continuing to make contact at the plate. Dylan Harris was the general in the outfield and showed off his power swing that has been working on with a nice hit in the fifth inning.
Tuesday, May 30
A's Edge The Indians
Tuesday, May 30
Blue Jays March on at Benevento
The Blue Jays bounced back from the NRLL morning parade – and multiple reports of sugar comas – to play a great game on Memorial Day as they look like the team to beat heading into the final two games of the season. There was great defense at first base by Tyler Boviard and at shortstop by James Nelson, both of whom made incredible catches. Another great play came off a drive to right field that was chased down by Patrick McGaffigen and thrown in to cutoff man Nelson, who hit Boviard at first base for the run-down out.
Christian Lava’s hot bat continued with another extra base hit and great play at second base. Frankie Dearborn drove in a run in the second inning, while also working with Owen Bouchie to take care of catching duties for the majority of the game. Dylan Harris made contact every at-bat, highlighted by a nice hit to left field in the third inning. The VP, Vincent Pagliuca, and his brother, Damion, topped the Blue Jays' lineup with solid performances at the plate, both with nice hits to the outfield and blazing speed on the base paths.
The parade route was temporarily detoured when word got out that Brendan Nelson was located on the common and was without security, but he recovered nicely from the mob of fans and did a great job with an "Iron Man" performance behind the plate in the last inning.
With this being the first game with the kids pitching, the Jays had solid performances on the mound by Boviard and Nelson.
Monday, May 22
Blue Jays and Indians Battle It Out
It was an exciting Saturday afternoon contest between the Blue Jays and the Indians, with a lot of big hits and plays in the field by both teams.
The highlights start off with Christian Lava's three hits, including a triple that reached the fence with bases loaded. Jack Gattuso had another nice hit to the opposite field and we saw some amazing hustle on the base paths from Damion Pagluica and Nathan Guimont.
To his parents he is Brendan, to others he is known as "B," when he takes the field, we just call him "Legend" …Brendan Nelson got the bat going this week with two solid hits as well as playing center field, catcher, and pitcher. Owen Bouchie had another nice hit to drive in a run, and Dylan Harris continues to hit the ball well; this is the second week in a row he found the outfield with a hit.
When James Nelson was not behind the plate, he was making plays at pitcher with a great catch in the fourth inning. Patrick McGaffigan continues to connect at each at-bat and did a great job in center field, while Tyler Boviard put in yet another solid performance, holding down first base and continuing to hit the cover off the ball.
Don’t call him Pence, but "VP" Vincent Pagluica had another solid day at the plate at and in the field, making a great play at third base to end the fourth inning. One of the plays of the game was turned in by Frankie Dearborn. While playing catcher with bases loaded, he responded the call of Coach Nelson from behind the plate and covered home for a force out on a hit to the pitcher, saving a run.
Friday, May 19
Blue Jays - Mets Recap
The heat did not slow down the Blue Jays as they had a great showing in their Thursday night game against the Mets. The game started off with a nice catch by James Nelson at pitcher, and then the bats got going in the second with a double by Christian Lava and a solid hit to center field by Tyler Boviard.
Vincent Pagluica had two nice force outs at third base and another with a throw to second to Brendan Nelson, who made the heads-up play covering second. Jack Gattuso went opposite filed in the fourth inning with a nice hit down the first-base line. Nathan Guimont had a good day at shortstop, fielding a hard-hit ball and making a nice underhand toss to third base for an out.
Patrick McGaffigan continued to hit the ball well and Damian Pagluica continued his streak with another 4-for-4 day at the top of the lineup. Owen Bouchie had a key hit in the third inning with bases loaded, and Frankie Dearborn did a great job on the base paths after getting on base twice.
Dylan Harris continued to play solid in center field and had a rocket in the fifth inning to center field. Hats off to Owen Bouchie, James Nelson, Brendan Nelson, and Frankie Dearborn for putting on the catchers gear and getting behind the plate.
Monday, May 15
Reds Outlast the A's
In a well-played game by both teams, the Reds squeaked out a win over the A’s. Defense was on display from the start as the Reds’ Ryan DiCarlo robbed a single from the A’s by making a nice catch at third base, while the third inning included Colin Anthony and Charlie Considine combining for two quick outs. Anthony fielded two grounders up the middle, with spot-on throws to Considine at first. On the offensive
side, Considine hit a rope that brought Michael Corvino home for a run.
Ryan DiCarlo and Gavin Griffith flashed the leather in the fourth inning, and Lucas
Cabral took charge and made a nifty fielding play in the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Reds started to move runners around the bases. Kelvin Ma led off with a single and Considine followed with a hard-hit grounder down the third base line for a long single. Anthony’s single loaded the bases, and Griffith then ran hard to stretch a well-hit ball to center field into a double. DiCarlo continued the rally with another single, and Jack O’Connell Coyne caught the fever as well with a solid single back through the box.
Anthony Giordano went 2-for-3 at the plate, and Linus Pearsall’s usual hustle got him three singles on the day.
Monday, May 15
Blue Jays Go Up Against the Reds
The Blue Jays had a great Saturday afternoon, putting a lot of what the coaches have been focusing on in practice to work in the game. There were several fielding highlights, including Dillon Harris, who made a nice catch at second base, and Vincent Pagluica, who turned a great double play by making a catch at pitcher and then firing a throw to first for the second out. To cap off the web gems, Jack Gatusso had two amazing catches for back-to-back outs at third base, leading the way for a 1-2-3 inning.
Frankie Dearborn’s bat came to life with a nice hit to center field with the bases loaded, as well as playing catcher for three innings. Tyler Boviard put in another strong performance at first base and went 4-for-4 at the plate. Brendan Nelson stared two 0-2 counts in the face, only to prove the fans that not even that can rattle him, coming away with a base hit each time.
And before there was Brendan … there was James, and he did not disappoint. James Nelson showed off his power swing with a nice hit into center field and solid play behind the plate and at first base. Nathan Guimont connected in the fifth inning with a nice hit and made a smooth play at second base for an out. Damion Pagluica continues to hold down the leadoff position with another great day at the plate and track-like speed heading around the bases.
Owen Bouchie connected on his final two at-bats as well as playing all of the outfield positions as well as catcher and shortstop.
On a final note, congratulations to Tyler Boviard, Christian Lava, and Owen Bouchie, all of whom were recognized for their efforts at high school baseball team's "Varsity Day."
Monday, May 8
Blue Jays Go Toe-To-Toe With the Reds
In their battle against the Reds on Sunday afternoon, the Blue Jays' fine hitting was on full display with everyone in the lineup making the most of their at-bats. Dylan Harris had a nice hit into center field in the second inning and Frankie Dearborn did the same in the third. Owen Bouchie, for the second game in a row, showed he has been working at his swing with three great at-bats.
Tyler Boviard had his power swing going again with an extra base hit to right center and Damian Pagliuca filled in the second spot in the lineup with two nice hits – one to shortstop and the other down the third base line. Patrck McGaffigan and Jack Gatusso also had good days hitting and Nathan Guimont contributed in the field, making a nice play at pitcher for a force out at first base.
Vincent Pagluica had all the fans on their feet as he handled third base for the Blue Jays for just about the entire game, making play after play in the hot corner. The Jays' game ball went to Christian Lava, who had followed up a big day at the plate by making the final two outs game with a double play. He caught a line drive shot to the pitcher mound for out two and then threw the ball to first base to catch the runner off the bag.
Friday, May 5
Blue Jays Battle The A's
It was a fun game Thursday at Benevento with a lot of good fielding moments and some amazing at bats. The Blue Jay faithful witnessed a baseball clinic put on by Tyler Boviard – with his first home run of the season, followed by a double to right center in the next inning, only to be capped off by making a double play while at first base!
No less amazing, Vincent Pagluica had his first home run with a shot heard around Benevento Little League Complex, all the way to the fence in center. Owen Bouchie showed off his new swing that he has been working on, connecting on a nice infield hit. Dylan Harris and Patrick McGaffigan were the field generals, holding down center field for the Blue Jays, while Pagluica had a great shift in left field and a good day at the plate.
Jack Gattuso continued his fielding hot streak, making plays at pitcher throughout the game. Brendan Nelson put on the gear and took the position of catcher to another level, playing behind the plate for threeinnings. Frankie Dearborn played all over the field for the Blue Jays and started off a big inning with an infield single. Nathan Guimont had a nice play while at pitcher with a throw-out at first base and
added nice hits in the second and fourth innings.
A's Score High Marks Against the Indians
Monday, May 1
Blue Jays Flash The Leather Against the Giants
Defense was on display when the Blue Jays and the Giants did battle at Benevento last Saturday afternoon. To start off the highlights, we go to the Blue Jays combo of Jack Gattuso at pitcher and Tyler Boviard at catcher, who combined for two force outs at home plate, saving two runs. Christian Lava at pitcher and Brendan Nelson at catcher did the same to save a run in the final inning.
In the outfield, Dylan Harris in right field and Frankie Dearborn in center both were able to track down deep hits, field them cleanly, and get the throw into the infield to hold runners from advancing. At the plate, Vincent Pagliuca showed off his speed by running out a ground ball at first base for an infield hit. Nathan Gattuso and Damian Pagliuca both had strong at-bats and contributed in the outfield.
Owen Bouchie played all over the field and added a nice hit in the fourth inning, while Patrick McGaffigan showed the fans his power swing with a great hit to center field. James Nelson continued to hit the ball well and had a super day at the plate and on the base paths.
Sunday, April 30
Blue Jays and A's Battle at Benevento
The Blue Jays had another good showing on Thursday night against the A’s. After a slow start, the team came alive with some big innings at the plate with big hits by Christian Lava and Patrick McGaffigan both going for extra bases. Dylan Harris added to the hit brigade with a nice single up the middle that led to another run, and Owen Bouchie swatted a two-out hit with the bases loaded to extend the fourth inning.
Tyler Boviard and James Nelson both had solid performances at first base and continued to impress at the plate. Second base was highlighted by Jack Gattuso, who had great play later in the game fielding a ground ball perfectly followed by a nice throw to first base. Vincent Pagliuca earned the game ball with a shoe-string grab for an out at third base, while Frankie Dearborn added a couple of hits while handling catching duties for the first half of the game.
Brendon Nelson added to an epic season with a great game at catcher, as well as having a solid showing at pitcher. Nathan Guimont and Damian Pagliuca added key hits in the fourth and fifth innings and platooned both infield and outfield for the entire game.
Sunday, April 23
Indians-Blue Jays Battle It Out
Last Saturday, the Blue Jays and the Indians did battle. For the Jays, Christian Lava gave the fans in center field what they came to see and had another amazing game at the plate with his second triple of the spring. Owen Bouchie took on catching duties for a few innings and contributed with solid at-bats, while Patrick McGaffigan showed off his glove work, making a brilliant play on a hard-hit ball to right field and getting the ball back into the infield quickly to save a run.
The team’s hustle award went to Dylan Harris: he sprinted out of the batter’s box quickly on every at-bat and ran through first base, resulting in a productive day at the plate.
The Blue Jays’ game ball went to Tyler Boviard. While playing pitcher, he made a spectacular play on a hard-hit ball, and during that play the ball took an unlucky bounce that knocked Tyler out of the game. Not only did he return to the field the next inning, but asked to play pitcher again!
For the Indians, the leather was on display as they played their best defense of the season. Joe Lanzi made a great fly ball catch at second base and almost had another while in center field. Brady Cullen shut down one batter with an instinctual foul tip catch while behind the plate. Pierce Burnham showed some sweet ground ball fielding that included sharp throws to Hendrik Schomp at first base and to Cullen at third.
Andrew Perrault built on his hitting streak with an impressive three hits, and strong line drives from Branden Levine and Brendan Gazda brought in more runs.
Saturday, April 22
These Indians are Impressive on the Farm
After a long off-season and weather-shortened spring training, the Indians finally got their much anticipated 2017 NRLL season underway with a tough Opening Day loss to the mighty Giants – with their impenetrable defensive infield and relentless offensive attack. A late-game comeback by the Tribe ultimately fell short, but was highlighted by a sweet outfield assist putout from right by Pierce Burnham, who was also swinging the bat really well in his first Farm League game. Strong defensive contributions by Branden Levine and Glenn Mello in the infield and Angelo Marifiote and Brady Cullen behind the plate helped keep the Tribe in the game.
A vacation-week clash with the Reds brought out the die-hard fans, who were rewarded with the Indians' first victory of the season. Solid offensive and defensive contributions from Joey Lanzi, Andrew Perrault, and Levine got the team going and Brendan Gazda wowed the crowd with his heads-up unassisted double play to cut down a Reds rally. A three-RBI Hendrik Schomp bases-clearing triple to the fence followed by Marifiote's second double of the day effectively put the game away – but a full-strength roster rematch with the Big Red Machine is circled on the calendar!
Friday, April 21
A's and Mets Slug It Out ... and Have Fun Doing It!!!
In an absolute slugfest, the A’s edged the Mets, 25-24, in a game where both teams demonstrated they were ready to play by sticking to the baseball basics, exhibiting good sportsmanship, and have fun doing so – and it really showed.
The A’s played a well-rounded game. Dylan Fitzgerald made his debut on the mound for the A’s and gave huge contributions defensively, while the speedy Casey Allston went a perfect 5-for-5 to lead the team's surge at the plate.
Meanwhile, the Mets fielded the ball like they had been playing for years. Throughout the game, they showed how their bats could catch fire, too, and extended innings with heads-up base running, where Wyatt Ares stood out to enough to earn a game ball. The Met's team award for sportsmanship went to Connor Wade, who is said to be the team's secret weapon.
If this first game is any indication, there are big things in store for these two teams this season!
Friday, April 21
Blue Jays Sing A Winning Tune in Farm Action
It took a few innings to get going, but the Blue Jays finished strong against the Mets in this Farm League matchup at Benevento Fields.
Christian Lava led off the highlights with the season’s first triple when he sent a 0-2 fastball deep to right center. At the plate and behind the plate, James Nelson had a great afternoon – hitting the ball well and taking on catching duties for most of the game. Patrick McGaffigan showed his range by playing just about every position in the field while also adding a couple of hits to the stat sheet.
Highlights were all over the field: Nathan Guimont turned in two unassisted outs at second base, Dillon Harris had a great catch for an out at shortstop, and the Blue Jays' double play came from none other than Brendon Nelson, who, while at pitcher, caught a line drive for out one and then threw a laser to first base for the second out.
Owen Bouchie put down the sunglasses and got to work at third base. He was able to take two ground balls and make the force play to get two outs, while Tyler Boviard had another all-star performance at first base, highlighted by running in to make a great catch for an out late in the game. Jack Gattuso came on strong at the plate in the later innings with two great hits, followed by Frankie Dearborn, fresh off the IR, getting his first two hits of the season.
Monday, April 17
No Shortage of Stars for the Blue Jays
their season-opening game against the Reds, the Blue Jays enjoyed a strong day
at the plate and in the field. Tyler Boviard played a solid first base and
turned in the season’s first double play, while Christian Lava picked up where
he left off last year with some excellent at-bats and nifty play with the leather
while platooning between third base, shortstop, and first.
The day also marked the long-awaited Farm League debut of the
Pagliuca twins, and they did not disappoint the North Reading faithful. Vincent
had a stellar day playing third, highlighted by a great catch late in the game.
Damian alternated between second base and outfield, and showed off his speed
with a nice single that saw him hustle down the first base line to beat the
Nelson looked like a pro behind the plate and contributed two nice hits up the
middle. Other Blue Jays fielding stars were Patrick McGaffigan and Dylan
Harris. While playing second base, McGaffigan was part of all three outs
in the third inning. Harris, meanwhile, showed us all how to play center
field, getting in front of every ball hit his way and in one case forcing an
out on a player attempting to go from second to third base.
Jack Gattuso helped his team at third base while also hitting two shots into the outfield, and Owen Bouchie had three good at-bats and capped his day with a web-gem at second base. Brendan Nelson marked his Farm debut with a two-hit day and strong play at catcher and pitcher.
Sunday, June 26
June 17: Blue Jays Sing A Winning Tune
Sunday, June 26
June 12: Mets Make The Final
In a high-energy matchup for the Farm semifinal, Mets catcher Jack Harty was heads-up at the plate for three plays, doing his job superbly trying to stop the run count. Brady Eng made a hard grounder look routine at shortstop, swatting it down, and making a hard throw for a quick out. Anthony Tammaro and Massimo Ranieri teamed up to retire the side all by themselves for a momentum-changing inning when Tammaro pulled down two fly balls; with one of them relayed over to Ranieri with lightning speed for a double play. Colin Anthony retained the Mets’ defensive presence by leaping to knock down a searing line drive over his head, preventing an extra base hit.
At the plate, the Mets overcame an early three-run defecit with non-stop hitting through the order. Evan Smith batted 3-for-3 with 3 RBI, crossing home twice. Ryan Stringer nailed three clutch singles, advancing runners every time. In the third and fourth, the Mets managed two critical rallies, as clean-up man Otto Indelicato smashed ‘em around the bases with each at-bat.
Thursday, June 2
June 1: Stars In the Field For the Giants
One area of the game not mentioned enough is a team’s base running. In the Giants game vs. the A's, we saw two great examples – with Asher Shultz hustling out a ground ball which eventually led him to score, as well as a heads-up play at second, where Christian Lava understood he did not have to run, stayed on second, which eventually led to him crossing the plate as well.
James Nelson made a super catch at shortstop and Mathew Mericantante made all the coaches happy when, without needing to be told, covered second on a hit to shortstop for a force out at second. For a first grader, Tyler Boviard is making first base look way too easy, with one of the great plays of the game stretching out to get the force out at first.
Some of the best highlights at the plate came when the Giants faced the A's pitching. Cole Bakr, Nelson, Frank Dearborn, and Schultz all had two good at-bats. On the mound, Shultz dialed up two strikeouts in his first appearance and Bruce McLaren also had a great first outing at pitcher.
Hats off to the Giants who handled the catching duties: David Duran, Mathew McManus, Boviard, and Nolan Pierce.
Tuesday, May 31
May 26/30: Mets Give A Pair of Amazing Efforts
May 26: Mets vs. Indians
Mets pitcher Brady Eng was as cool and composed as a big league reliever on the mound, and Massimo Ranieri also showed prowess from the rubber, striking out two batters. Evan Smith worked double duty with a clutch RBI single in the third, and showed his impression of a brick wall behind the plate at catcher. Colin Anthony put the cherry on top of a huge third-inning rally with a Texas-League one-bagger and an RBI.
May 30: Mets vs. Reds
Mets hurler Corbin Day showed impressive emerging mound mechanics, recording a strikeout, and southpaw closer Anthony Tammaro hurled a strong inning with his patented focus-and-fire pitching style. Charlie Considine displayed veteran-hitter patience and perseverance at-bat, racking up the Reds’ pitch count and swinging hard to protect the plate. Kian Grabar smacked a fourth-inning RBI, and nailed a strong hit down the first-base line in the sixth. Ben Ferreira contributed to the team's tally marks with two hits and 2 ribbies, crossing the plate once for a score.
Friday, May 27
May 26: Giants Gelling on the Farm
The Giants' game against the Reds featured nifty efforts in the field and at the plate. Cole Bakr turned another double play, Mathew Mericantante dug a ball out of the dirt to make a nice force out at second, and Christian Lava and Tyler Boviard played great at first base. Frankie Dearborn made a nice tag to end the game on a ground ball to second base. Outfield highlights from John Lupien and Bruce McLaren, who both kept the ball in front of them and made crisp throws to the cut-off men. Hitting was provided by the entire team, and highlighted by big bats from Lava, Boviard, and James Nelson. Nolan Pierce started the game at catcher and had a good day at the plate as well.
Monday, May 23
May 19/22: How About Those Mets
In a textbook definition of "slugfest", the Mets battled the Bay Jays with the lead changing hands twice; both teams knocking the seams off the baseballs in six innings of hitting-frenzy hardball. For the Mets, Corbin Day drew first blood with a first-inning, first-pitch blast to right-center for a double, inciting the Mets’ bats to follow suit. Anthony Tammaro then led the charge in a six-run, third-inning rally, smacking a deep single and later crossing the plate. Both teams had exciting defensive plays as well. For the Mets, clean fielding and quick, hard throws helped Ryan Stringer and Colin Anthony take down unrelenting lead runners at third.
The Mets then locked horns with the Giants, with the teams embroiled in a defensive showdown for the first three innings. In the fourth, however, the Mets turned on the jets, and rallied at the plate. Massimo Ranieri was the "Sultan of Swat" with two huge triples on the day, and Ben Ferreira knocked a nasty dandelion cutter to the infield, beating the throw to first with a big smile on his face. Ryan Stringer ran a two-for-one sale, pulling off a solo double play, and Jack Harty put the brakes on the Giants’ base runners with a cool-handed throw to first for an out.
Monday, May 23
May 22: Indians Tussle With the Blue Jays
The Indians' contest with the Blue Jays featured a run-saving play by Indians shortstop Matt Capalbo, who connected with 2B Joey Lanzi to get an out. Also on defense, Desi Brown saved a run from scoring with his throw from the center field fence into second. The was also great all-around defense by Charlie Cooper, Wyatt Ares, and Jackson Donahue.
Brendan Gazda and Brady Cullen made solid contributions catcher and at first base, respectively.
At the plate, the Indians received solid contributions from Ben Shore, Reilly Tassinari, Matt Perrault, and Owen Bouchie.
Monday, May 23
May 19: Giants Keep Making Strides
The Giants' Christian Lava put on an all-star performance in the field against the Mets, turning a double play as well as making plays at pitcher and first base. Cole Bakr also had an amazing double play with a diving catch at second base. Asher Shultz put in a great performance at third base as well as pitcher. The hitting leaders were Frank Dearborn II, Asher Shultz, and John Lupien. In the outfield, Nolan Pierce and Tyler Boviard both played their positions perfectly when called upon. Bruce McLaren brought home the "Ironman Award" as he played just about every positon for the Giants other than catcher, which was covered by David Duran, Mathew McManus and Tyler Boviard.
Monday, May 16
May 15: Mets Edge the A's
|Corbin Day throws to Ryan Stringer as Charlie Considine and Brady Eng look on|
For the Mets, teamwork made the dream work on both sides of the plate. Jack Harty reached first on all four at-bats, confounding the infielders with consistent worm-burners, hell-bent for the bag, and beating out their throws. Colin Anthony continued his Hall of Fame vision quest for record shattering on-base-percentage numbers, crossing the plate three times on the day. In the field, outfielder Evan Smith returned a long hit by throwing to second base with lightning speed, forcing the A’s batter to settle for a long single. Catcher Brady Eng looked like a young Carlton Fisk, shutting down a second-inning rally with a close play at the plate for the out.
Monday, May 16
May 15: Indians Take Down the Giants
Bases-clearing doubles by Reilly Tassinari and Desi Brown, the latter hitting with the wood bat, helped propel the Indians to a 19-13 triumph over the Giants. There was als excellent offense and RBI by Matt Perrault, Wyatt Ares, Joey Lanzi and Brady Cullen, and solid defensive contributions from Owen Bouchie, Charlie Cooper and Jackson Donahue. Matt Capalbo and Brendan Gazda provided great field presence behind the plate at catcher
Sunday, May 15
May 15: Mets and Giants Battle It Out
Monday, May 9
May 8: Giants and Blue Jays Battle it Out
For the Giants, pitcher Asher Schulz and second baseman Mathew Mericantante had the gold gloves, making every play that came their way the entire game. Cole Bakr and Asher Schulz had two big league-looking catches in the field and John Lupien and David Duran did great in the outfield as well. James Nelson made plays at third base and catcher, with the highlight being a backhanded grab late in the game. David Duran, Mathew McManus, and Frankie Dearborn II carried the team behind the plate, platooning at catcher. Tyler Boviard continued to hit the ball well and had a great hustle play, running out the throw to first in the fifth inning.
Monday, May 9
May 8: A's and Indians Circle the Bases
The A's and Indians had a high-scoring thriller on Sunday at Benevento. For the A's, there was also some great defense: Reilly Tassinari and Matt Capalbo connected for a run-saving force out at home plate, Charlie Cooper knocked down a line drive and finished the play with a putout at third, and Matt Perrault made a diving force out at the bag at third base. There were also excellent defensive contributions from Wyatt Ares, Brendan Gazda, Joey Lanzi, and Owen Bouchie.
Saturday, May 7
May 5: Mets Make It Fun In The Mud
Friday, May 6
May 5: The Giants Have a Jump in Their Step
In the Giants contest with the Red, the big bats came from Christian Lava, Frank Dearborn II, Cole Bakr and Tyler Boviard as all four hit the ball with power. James Nelson had a timely hit to the opposite field fans saw some great hustle out of David Duran and Mathew McManus to get down the first base line and get on base. There was great play at shortstop by John Lupien and Mathew Mericantante, with Asher Shultz and Bruce McLaren both having good days at the plate and in the field.
Tuesday, May 3
May 1: The Mets Have the Magic
Monday, May 2
May 1: Giants and Indians Slug It Out
The Giants defeated Indians in a close one, 21-19.
For the Indians, the stars of the game included Matthew Perrault, who had a clutch defensive putout at third base that saved a run and went 3-for-3 at the plate. Reilly Tassinari smashed a double to center field and finished the day with five RBI, while Ben Shore clubbed a bases-clearing triple in the third inning and finished with 7 RBI. Defensive catching was superb by Brady Cullen, Desi Brown, and Brendan Gazda, and there were excellent defensive contributions from Wyatt Ares, Jaxson Donahue, Charlie Cooper, and Owen Bouchie.
Giants standouts included Tyler Boviard at third base and Asher Schultz at shortstop, who put together two great plays in field, and Christian Lava, who made a run-saving play in the outfield toward the end of the game. Cole Bakr capped off his birthday with a good day at the plate and set the record for most gum chewed in a six-inning game. Mathew Mericantante, Bruce McClaren, and James Nelson all racked up hits and showed great hustle down the first base line. Another strong showing by David Duran and Mathew McManus behind the plate, and hats off to David Duran, who put on a show at the plate with a mutli-hit game.
Friday, April 29
April 28: They Must Be Giants
Thursday, April 28
April 27: Mets Have Strong Showings in Setback
Tuesday, April 26
April 24: Reds, Mets and Indians Show Their Stuff
Monday, April 25
A's and Indians Look Fantastic on the Farm
In their Farm battle with the Indians, the A's turned in awesome plays in the field by Ben Cook and Ryan Lehane, and received great hitting from Jack Collin. Lehane turned in a terrific force out at third base during the second inning, while Collin smashed a line drive double into left center.
Wednesday, May 17
Indians and Giants Give Moms a Defensive Treat
The Giants squared off against the Indians on a chilly Mothers Day weekend. The Indians' defense was on display early in the game, led by two sharp plays in the first by Joey Lanzi and Brendan Gazda at second base. The Giants' offense ramped up in the second and fourth, but the Indians kept it close with a big third from Lanzi, Gazda, Hendrik Schomp, and Pierce Burnham. The Indians followed it up with a two-RBI double from Schomp to bring in Lanzi and Gazda once more in the fourth. A strong fifth and sixth inning by the Giants put the game away as the Indians couldn't match the Giants' offensive prowess.