On September 6th the Boston Red Sox introduced the Legends 11U & 13U Prospect teams on the field at Fenway Park before there game vs the Toronto Blue Jays. The two Legends teams marched out of the center field tunnel 15 minutes before the game and were lined up on the outfield grass while be introduced to the sold out crowd. Each player also received a free ticket to attend the game and sat together as a team in the bleachers to enjoy one last night together as champions.
The 11U Prospect team finished the season with a 37-4 record and were the 2014 New England Elite Baseball League Champions at the 11U Division I level. This team was very dominant all year long winning multiple tournaments throughout the year. Below is a list of the players that are on this team. Zachary Abbott (Gloucester Ma), Alex Bodnar (North Andover), Jack Gilligan (Salem Ma), Ben Olszak (Danvers Ma), Carter Coffey (Hamilton Wenham Ma), Marcus Montagnino (Gloucester Ma), Lisandro Pacheco (Salem Ma), Asa Runge (Chester NH), Nick Coletti (Carlisle Ma), Josh Tripp (Hamilton Wenham Ma), Roman Ercoli (Concord Ma). This team was coached by Rusty Tucker.
The 13U Prospect team finished the season with a 46-12 record and finished the season winning the Myrtle Beach National Championship. This team played the game the right way all year long and was one of the best fundamental teams in the history of Legends Baseball. Below is a list of the players on this team. James Lamarca (Lexington Ma), Pat Costigan (Middleton Ma), Josh Cerretani (Peabody Ma), Harrison Brickett (Middleton Ma), Adam Parady (Hamilton Wenham Ma), Anthony Olszak (Danvers Ma), Jack Julian (Manchester Ma), Jack Seymour (Topsfield Ma), Matthew Potts (Andover Ma), Dash Crevoiserat (Middleton Ma), Ian Libby (Melrose Ma), Dylan Christianson (Middleton Ma). This team was coached by Mike Costantino.
Tristan Latham, Will Jones, and Luca Danos participated in the National event held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, NC September 4th through the 7th. The 3 players who will be on next year’s 13U Legends Prospect team, made it to the event through a comprehensive tryout process which included open tryouts at several locations throughout New England. After evaluating hundreds that tried out, Team USA regional staff selected 36 players from across New England to participate in a showcase at Bentley College. From that event, Jones, Latham, and Danos were among the 18 players selected to represent Team New England in Cary, NC. It was quite an honor to make it to the Cary, NC showcase event, which included individual batting, fielding, and speed/agility showcases, as well as 3 (9)inning games against other regions of the Country in front of National scouts and evaluators. In all, 15 regions competed and from those teams, 12 players so far have been select to the 14U National Team Development Program. Neither Latham, Jones, nor Danos have made the squad at this time, but still may as the team is expected to include up to 40 players. The current 12 players on the team are from CA (4), FL (2), TN, OR, IN, OK, WA, and NJ and will be invited back to Cary, NC next Summer for a development program.
Tristan, Will and Luca will join a very talented Legends 13U Prospect team in the spring. "The 2015 Legends 13U Prospect team on paper looks to be as talented as any 13U team that we ever had. I'm very excited about the new guys that we added, along with the core guys that we have returning." says Mike Costantino who will be coaching the 13U Prospect team once again. "I really can not wait to start coaching these guys, it's an exciting time." says Mike. The roster for the 13U Prospect team is follows.
New additions- Tristan Latham (North Andover), John Mulready (Peabody Ma), Connor Brown (Shirley Ma), Luca Danos (York ME), Keegan Mills (Litchfield NH)
Returners- Josh O'Brien (Ipswich Ma), Will Jones (Hamilton Wenham Ma), Aidan Cann (Hamilton Wenham Ma), Will Frain (Hamilton Wenham Ma), Sean Sears (Hampton NH), Conor Evers (Hamilton Wenham Ma), Ethan Imbimbo (Brentwood NH), Cooper McGrath (Hamilton Wenham Ma).
This past season all Legends teams ended there 2014 season in late July with a national trip to the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This national tournament draws teams from all across the country such as Florida, Texas, California, Georgia, Kentucky, etc. This trip is a week long tournament that begins with a skills competition on Sunday with the games being played on Monday-Friday. This beautiful multi-million dollar complex was the perfect location for the Legends teams to end another successful season. The Legends teams represented New England in a big way by taking home 4 national tournament championships and nearly pulling off a 5th.
10U Legends Prospects beat a very talented Virginia Tidewater team 6-0 in the finals behind Peter Martin's (Manchester Ma) complete game shutout. Peter Martin was named the Championship Game MVP. Ethan Anderson (Lexington Ma) had the big hit of the game with a 2 run triple in the 1st inning. Brett Moore (Gloucester Ma) made the play of the tournament with a great catch in right field and doubled off the runner on 2nd base. JR Bozek (Danville NH), Jimmy Mitchell (Southborough Ma), Eric Wing (Georgetown Ma), Chase Eary (Danvers Ma), Aiden Spurr (Georgetown Ma), Joseph Kotwicki (Beverly Ma), and Matt Callahan (Danvers Ma) all played well throughout the week for the Legends. This Legends team finished the season with a record of 35 wins with only 6 losses.
12U Legends Prospects had a thrilling extra inning walk off suicide squeeze by Conor Evers (Hamilton Wenham) to beat the Florida Coastal Xplosion 7-6. This game went 2 extra innings and was won in the bottom of the 8th inning by the Legends. The Legends were down 6-2 entering the last inning and scored 4 runs to tie the game to send it into extras. Will Jones (Hamilton Wenham) got the win in relief by pitching 5 innings. Ethan Imbimbo (Brentwood NH) got the big hit of the game knocking out the opposing pitcher in the last inning with a line drive off his leg. Sean Sears (Hampton NH) started the game pitching 3 strong innings. This team finished with a 28-11 record on the season.
13U Legends Prospects also had a walk-off win in the bottom of the 7th inning vs a very talented Chesterton Cougars team from Indiana. Entering the bottom of the 7th inning with the game being tied the Legends got a lead off walk from the #3 hitter Ian Libby (Melrose Ma), Dash Crevoiserat (Middleton Ma) then executed a perfect bunt that was thrown into right field to advance the runners to 2nd & 3rd. The Cougars then intentionally walked Adam Parady (Hamilton Wenham) to load the bases. The Cougars got the next 2 batters out and then Jack Seymour (Topsfield Ma) comes up clutch with the biggest hit of the season, knocking in the winning run with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning to win the National Tournament. This Legends team finished the season with a record of 46 wins and 12 losses.
14U Legends Prospects went 7-0 to capture the 14U title. In the Championship Game the Legends beat the Bellport Braves from NY 5-3 behind strong pitching from the starter Shane Smith (Danvers Ma) and Travis Lane (Georgetown Ma). Dylan Duval (Middleton Ma) who was named the championship game MVP had a huge 2 run HR to put the Legends up by a few runs late in the game. Eric Chalmers (Gloucester Ma) had 2 huge hits with 2 RBI's and Logan Bravo (Andover Ma) had a really big hit also driving in a run. This Legends team finished the season with a Legends record 60 wins with only 8 losses.
Hamilton Wenham's Little League Williamsport team is a few wins away from representing Massachusetts in the regional tournament in Bristol CT. Of the 12 players on the Hamilton Wenham team 8 players are currently playing for the Legends Baseball 12U team. These 8 players have made a huge impact on the results of these games and have been very dominant, hitting a combined 30 HR's in just 12 games.
"These players have been working very hard over the past few weeks to get to this point" says Legends Manager Mike Costantino. "Every day that I come into the Legends Facility these boys are either doing lessons or practicing." "The Legends coaching staff and Legends family are very excited to watch the boys play this Thursday night at 7:30pm @ Harry Ball Field in Beverly, we will be hoping for a big victory." "Dave Jones is the coach of this team and he has been involved with Legends for a few years now and is doing a tremendous job with these boys. He has been a huge part of the success at Legends Baseball and he deserves all the success that he is receiving right now coaching this team. Legends Baseball is very proud of his coaching staff and our boys."
The 8 Legends players are: Lenny Dolan, Conor Evers, Ian Coffey(2 HR's), Will Jones (8 HR's, .632 AVG, 28 RBI's), Will Frain (8 HR's, 25 RBI's), Cooper McGrath (5 HR's, .500 AVG), Aidan Cann (7 HR's, 21 RBI's, .513 AVG.), and Carter Coffey (11 years old, plays on our 11U Prospect Team).
The 13U Legends Prospect Team went 5-0 this past weekend to win the 13U North East Baseball Classic Tournament. This pushed the Legends overall record to 18-4-1 on the young season.
The Legends outscored their opponents 67-12 in the 5 games and played stellar defense to take home the trophy. Josh Cerretani (Peabody Ma) was named the tournament MVP. Josh was 14-20 on the weekend with 6 double and 7 RBI's. He also picked up the win in the Championship game.
With the offense carrying the Legends the defense did it's part getting out of big jams throughout the tournament. The offense was let by Ian Libby (Melrose Ma) 8 hits and also pitched a shutout in the semi final game. Anthony Olsak (Danvers Ma) 9 hits, Dylan Christianson (Middleton Ma) 7 hits, 6 RBI's. Dylan also stopped the running game with his strong catching. Adam Parady (Hamilton Wenham, Ma) 7 hits, Dash Crevoiserat (Middleton Ma) 5 hits, Jack Julian ( Manchester Ma) 4 hits, 5 RBI's, Patrick Costigan (Middleton Ma) 3 hits, 4 RBI's, Harrison Brickett (Middleton Ma) 5 hits, Matthew Potts (Andover Ma) 6 hits and also picked up the first win of the tournament. James Lamarca (Lexington Ma) was a huge presence on the mound pitching 7 1/3 innings only allowing 1 earned run. It was a great team effort for the Legends throughout the tournament.
Jack Gilligan - 11u Prospect
With cold and raining conditions being a major factor all around the Elite Baseball League, Legends teams are having lots of succes early in the spring. Last weekend with Sunday being the only playable day, Legends 9u - 14u teams went a combined 23 - 2 around the league with some big wins.
Legends 11u Prospect team is off to a phenominal start at 10 -1 with their only loss coming in a tournament playoff game to a talented South Jersey Elite team at Diamond Nation. This team features a scary offense that has put up 10 or more runs in almost every game with numerous players that can hit the long ball.
Also looking good around the EBL is Legends 12u Navy team. They are looking strong with a 7 - 2 overall record and an impressive 4 - 0 in division games. Veteran coach Tom Fresoni has the boys playing solid all around baseball and are looking to stay on top of the standings.
In the 10u Division, the Legends Prospects are making short work of their competition. With an overall record of 10 - 2, they have outscored their opponenets with 104 RS and 37 RA. The preparation this team put in over the winter with leading and stealing has really paid off.
The Legends 14u Gold team is looking strong early with some exciting wins. First year coach Dylan Maki has had some strong starting pitching and timely hitting so far this spring. The team is off to a 7 - 2 start and leading the way in the 14 DII standings.
10U PROSPECT TEAM
10U LEGENDS PROSPECT TEAM WINS JR SPINNERS TOURNAMENT
The Legends 10U Prospect team wins the spinners 10U tournament in Dracut Ma this past weekend. The Legends split the first day beating the Noreasters White in game one 7-1 behind the strong pitching of Brett Moore who pitched a complete game only letting up 3 hits while striking out 7. In the night cap the Legends lost 7-2 to the Noreasters Blue. On Saturday for the single elimination round the Legends beat the Spinners 14-3 to advance to the finals. JR Bozek went 2-3 with a triple and 4 RBI's, Joseph Kotwicki pitched a comple game for the win and also went 2-2 with a triple and 3 stolen bases and Chase Eary was 2-2 with an RBI.
In the Championship Game the Legends got matched up against the Noreasters Blue for a winner take all game. The Legends won 10-0 behind Ethan Anderson's pitching. Ethan pitched 5 innings allowing 4 hits while striking out 7 batters with 0 walks. Ethan was also 2-2 with a triple with 3 stolen bases. Joseph Kotwicki was 3-3 with a HR and 2 RBI's and catcher Chase Eary threw out 2 runners trying to steal.
10U PROSPECT TEAM
LEGENDS BASEBALL TEAMS ENJOY EARLY SEASON TRIPS TO NY AND NJ TOURNAMENTS
Team chemistry and bonding between Legends baseball teams over the past 8 years has been a huge factor in the success of the Legends baseball program. "As a program we take our weekend trips to Diamond Nation in NJ and Baseball Heaven in Long Island NY early on in the season because it gets our kids and parents bonding with each other right away." "This sets us up to have successful seasons with all of our teams along with building character that will be needed to last the whole season." says Legends Manager Rusty Tucker
All of the Legends Baseball teams kicked off their 2014 season last weekend while battling the rain and the cold weather. Most of the teams will be participating in the Ripken Experience that will take place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at the end of July. This trip is a week long National Tournament that our 10U-14U teams will be fortunate enough to play in. The Legends teams have won 5 National Championships and 1 Runner-up in Myrtle Beach since 2009. "The coaches and players are excited to get back down to Myrtle Beach this year after doing a few different tournaments last year." "The weather is always great and the tournament that Ripken runs is always top notch." "This is going to be a fun year." says Legends Manager Rusty Tucker.
Coach Eric Costantino and the Legends 14U Prospect team traveled to Diamond Nation in Flemington, New Jersey for the 14U Spring Fling Tournament on March 22. Legends finished second in the field of 24 teams. The Blue and Gold opened the tournament on Saturday with a victory over the number one seed in their pool, USA Elite Baseball, by a score of 10-7. John Doyle (Topsfield, MA) earned the win pitching 3 1/3 innings while striking out 6. Travis Lane (Georgetown, MA) was sharp in relief and notched his first save of the year. The offense was led by Gavin Cann (Hamilton, MA) (3H, 2R, 3RBI). Danny Regan (Andover, MA) and Noah MacGlashing (NH) each drove in 2 runs.
Legends followed up with a 13-0 trouncing of the Ruffnecks 13U team. Gavin Cann hit the first home run of the season with a blast over the left field fence. Travis Lane notched the win. Graham Smith (Wilmington, MA) had two hits and drove in three runs. Lane and Eric Chalmers (Gloucester, MA) drove in two runs each.
Legends began play on Sunday by blanking the BK Brawlers 8-0 and in the process earned a bye and number two seed. Regan earned the win. Doyle, Shane Smith (Danvers, MA) and Chalmers each drove in two runs.
In the Semi-finals, Legends edged the host team Diamond Jacks Super 14U by a score of 7 to 6. Shane Smith was strong in this start striking out five. Graham Smith earned his first win in a Legends uniform and hit a three run home run. Logan Bravo (Andover, MA) cut down the tying run on a great play from shortstop to preserve the win.
In the final, Legends fell to the number one seed, All Star Baseball Academy (ASBA) of West Chester, PA 9 to 4. Both teams battled frigid temperatures (29 degrees at game time) and single digit wind chills. Although Legends out hit ASBA, defensive lapses by Legends and several spectacular defensive plays by ASBA were the difference in the game. Gavin Cann pitched well in relief.
Tommy Lapham (Newbury, MA) was an offensive spark throughout the tournament with 7 hits, 5 stolen bases and 5 runs scored. Defensively, Dylan Duval (Middleton, MA) was rock solid behind the plate catching every inning of the tournament and throwing out several runners and key times.
Legends 14U Prospects open their regular season against the Stampede on April 5
It's November and Legends Baseball is gearing up for the 2014 spring and summer season. This past weekend kicked off all team practices and specialized programs are running throughout the week. This winer Legends Baseball is excited to be using the Boston Athletic Club to conduct weekend team practices. The larger space allows our teams to work on certain aspects of the game defesively and also has cages to focus on hitting. All of our HS players had their first Boston Athletic Club practice this past weekend and had very productive workouts.
It was back to the basics for all Legends teams over the first couple weeks along with some speed and agility training. Legends players are hard at work and will continue thoughout the winter until the 2014 spring season starts !
The Boston Red Sox invited two Legends Baseball Teams to be recognized on the field at Fenway Park before the Toronto Blue Jays game on September 21st, 2013. The 10U & 13U Legends Navy teams participated in in a 2 hour event starting with a gathering at the Champions Clubhouse located inside Fenway Park and then were led onto to the field where the Legends players were lined up against the Green Monster in left field. The Legends Players had the opportunity to spend 20 minutes on the field where they took team pictures, got there team picture put on the main jumbo-tron and got a chance to look inside the Green Monster. "It was a great day for Legends Baseball and for the kids, they had so much fun and it was great to get all the boys back together after the year that they had" said Legends manager Rusty Tucker.
The 10U Legends Navy Team won the 2013 Division I New England Elite Baseball League Championship for the 2nd year in a row and finished 2nd in the Baseball Heaven Tommy Lasorda Summer Showdown Tournament.
The 13U Legends Navy Team won the 2013 Division I New England Elite Baseball League Championship for the 2nd year in a row and also won the NEB Classic Tournament while compiling a record of 51 wins and 11 loses. This is the 2nd year in a row that the Legends 13U team has won 50 or more games winning 55 games in 2012.
The Legends 16u College Prospect team had quite the summer playing an aggressive schedule of 48 games over 2 months. The schedule included 9 total tournaments that were mostly 18u and some of the biggest college exposure events on the east coast. The young Legends Prospects of mostly freshmen and sophomores had a great experience of traveling around in team vans and checking in and out of hotels all over. Finishing with an overall record of 29-14-5 was a huge accomplishment with the competitiveness of the schedule.
The teams best stretch came late in the season, over their final 22 games, only 2 losses were recorded and the prospects had some exciting tournament runs. Their best finish came in Rhode Island in the 17u In The Zone Classic as the 16s took home the title. Playing their 3rd game of day, Legends held on to a 3-1 lead to beat the ABC Mariners in the championship game. Immediately following the game, the team jumped in the vans and departed for New Jersey to compete in the Diamond Nation 18u Blue Chip Tournament the following day.
Legends stayed hot and rolled through the 90 team field to make it out of pool play undefeated with some exciting comeback victories. Keeping the momentum in the playoffs, Legends found themselves in the finals against a talented Long Island Prospect team. Legends fell in their final game in the season 1-0 but making that game may have been the biggest accomplishment of the season.
Featured on the team this summer was a duo of talented pitchers in Jeffrey Depiero (Beverly, MA) and Zach Steer (Ipswich, MA). Steer, entering his junior year at Middlesex HS, lead the team in innings with 63 and also threw a 7 inning no-hitter against the New York Lightning in a Blue Chip Tournament in Long Island. Depiero, also entering his junior year at Pingree, pitched in some of biggest games of the summer and delivered. Jeffrey had a 6-2 record with a 1.12 era and lead the pitching staff in strikeouts with 53ks in 56 innings of work.
Defensively the team had a phenomenal middle infield in Andrew Olszak (Danvers, MA) and Ryan Spagnoli (Burlington, MA). Both players made every play in their direction and kept the Legends team in every game. In the outfield, Legends had players with tremendous speed that could run the ball down in Nate Estabrook (Salisbury, MA) and Brody Rubenstein (North Dighton, MA). At the plate, outfielder Mike Goodu (Georgetown, MA), had a great summer finishing with a .356 average. Tyler Shemick (LaSalle Academy, RI) led the team in a couple offensive categories with 27 RBIs and 7 doubles. Another big contributor on the mound and at the plate for Legends was Dan Trulli (Melrose, MA). Trulli started and pitched into the 7th inning picking up the win in the championship game of the 17u In The Zone Classic.
Legends 13 Navy Team achieved one of their goals this season of becoming the best 13U Division I team in the EBL. Legends who ended the season 51-11-1, was the number one seed going into the EBL Division I playoffs. Their first game was a tough loss losing in the eighth inning vs the Jr Spinners. Legends bounced back winning their next two games vs Mizuno and Nokona.
In the semi-final game Legends played the Jr Spinners again and pulled off the biggest comeback in EBL history. Legends were down 16-7 going into the top of the 6th inning with two outs and no runners on. One by one Legends hitters found ways to get on base. With bases loaded still two outs, down only 4 runs at this point, Legends most consistent hitter all year Eric Chalmers (Gloucester, MA) comes up to the plate). With a one and one count, Chalmers hit a missile over the center fielder’s head for a base clearing double. With Legends only down one they go into the top of the 7th inning with men on 2nd and 3rd base, John Doyle (Topsfield, MA) had a clutch two run single to put Legends on top 17-16. Bottom of the 7th Jr Spinners battle back with a man on 2nd base with two outs their hitter gets a base hit to center field and Ethan Ketchum (Manchester- Essex, MA) comes up with a nice shoot to the plate where catcher Shane Smith (Danvers, MA) dives and tags out the runner at the plate to win the game. Legends players pig piled on each other in celebration for advancing to the championship game.
The Championship game was held at LeLacheur Park (Home of the Red Sox Minor League team). Legends and Stampede the two teams that have dominated all year, squared up for an unforgettable battle. MVP award winner Danny Regan (Andover, MA) took the mound for the championship game. Legends took an early lead 3-0 in the first inning with a Chalmers walk, Regan single, Kyle Gonzalez (Beverly, MA) double and an error by Stampede. Stampede took advantage of back to back walks by tying the game 3-3. In the top of the 3rd Stampede took the lead 4-3. Regan was relieved by Legends Cy Young award winner John Doyle. Doyle who suffered a calf muscle cramp as the game started hobbled out to the mound to get Legends out of a jam. Legends took the lead 5-4 by scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the 4th. Gonzalez led the inning off with a single and scored on a gap shot by Shane Smith (Danvers, MA). Doyle had a clutch single followed by a Kevin Lucey (Topsfield, MA) walk to load the bases for Robbie Shields (Saugus, MA). Shields laid down a beautiful safety squeeze bunt to score Smith. Stampede battle back tying the game 5-5 in the 5th. In the bottom of the 5th, Legends loaded the bases by Tommy Lapham (Byfield, MA) drawing a leadoff walk followed by a Chalmers single and Regan walk. Gavin Cann (Hamilton/Wenham, MA) drove in a run with a single and Smith had a great situational at-bat hitting the ball hard on the ground to score the run to put the legends on top 7-5. Doyle has been battling on the mound since the 3rd inning had a scoreless 6th inning but had to face the top of Stampedes order in the 7th. With two outs and no one on base, Legends made a huge error that would have ended the game. Chalmers came in to relieve Doyle hoping to finish Stampede off. Chalmers gave up a single to make it first and second. Knowing the tying run is on first base, Legends outfielders played really deep to keep the tying run from scoring. Stampedes 5th hitter came up to the plate and smashed a deep line drive that would have tied the game but Legends speedy Center fielder Ethan Ketchum (Manchester-Essex, MA) tracked the ball down to make Legends the EBL Champions.