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The 2013 EBL New England Regional Tournament brackets are out for all 9u - 12u divisions ! The double elimination tournament kicks off June 1st with teams from all over New England hosting the first set of games. Champions of each division will be decided on June 9th at Sawyer Park in Kensington, NH. Legends is gearing up to have another banner year in the Elite Baseball League Playoffs.
Teams to Watch :
9u Navy - This is the first season Legends has competed at the 9u level and Coach Matt Small has a talented group of players looking for a championship. Looking to stay hot at the plate are Cole Daniels (Rowley, MA) .462 4 doubles 10 RBIs, and Mathew Mitchell (Medford, MA) .429 5 doubles and 11 RBIs. Pitchers Brett Moore (Gloucester, MA) and Stanely Klopotoski (Newton, MA) are ranked 1 and 2 in league leaders for strikeouts with Moore at 50 Ks and Klopotoski at 45 Ks.
10u Navy - Legends is looking to repeat in the 10u EBL Division 1 bracket after at strong 2013 spring season. This years team is lead by Jack Gilligan (Salem, MA), who has been the most dominant hitter in the league. Gilligan is putting up huge numbers with a .574 average, 3 HRs, and 20 RBIs. On the mound for Legends, Eric Depiero (Beverly, MA) and Alex Bodnar (North Andover, MA) have been consistent strike throwers all season.
11 Navy - Coach Dave Constantino's team heads into the Division 1 bracket as the number 1 seed following a great spring. Look for this team to show off their power in the playoffs with muliple hitters in the lineup that can hit the long ball. Josh O'Brien (Ipswich, Ma) has 5HRs this year and Will Jones (South Hamilton, MA) is right behind him with 3HRs. Cooper McGrath (South Hamilton, MA) has been a great addition to this years team on the mound. McGarth was the workhorse leading the team in innings pitched picking up 3 wins along the way.
You can follow your favorite Legends team at the following link : www.elitebaseballleague.com/page/show/700724-2013-playoffs
The 14u Prospect Team and 13u Navy Team recently competed in the local North East Baseball Classic tournament. North East Baseball runs a series of tournaments throughout the summer that attract the best teams from all over New England. Legends took home trophies in the 14u division in the May 11th and 12th tournament, and followed up the next weekend winning the 13u bracket over May 18th and 19th.
Legends 14u Prospect team went 5 - 0 over the tournament weekend outscoring their opponents 64 - 11 throughout their title run. It took extra innings to decide the championship game as Legends edged NE Baseball 4 -3 in 8 innings. The game featured Andrew Selima (Andover, MA) going the distance only giving up 1 hit along the way for the win. Nick Palma (Peabody, MA) played excellent defense in the outfield making some game saving plays.
The 13 Navy team had a tough road to the championship after being upset 3 - 1 in the opening game. Legends went on to win their next 3 games outscoring their opponents 45 - 2 to set the table for the championship game vs the RI Rays. Legends jumped out to a quick 7 - 0 lead after 3 but the Rays chipped away to make it a one run game going into the 7th. Legends was able to hold for an 8 - 6 victory thanks to a Kevin Lucey (Topsfield, MA) diving catch from the outfield to record the final out in dramatic fashion. Danny Regan (Andover, MA) and Kyle Gonzalez (Beverly, MA) each had 2 hits in the game while Dylan Duval (Middleton, MA) and Eric Chalmers (Gloucester, MA) drove in 4 of the Legends runs. Shane Smith (Danvers, MA) was a workhorse on the mound for Legends picking up 2 of the wins on Sunday.
John Doyle - 13 Navy
April is in the books for Legends Baseball in the 2013 Elite Baseball League Season. It was a chilly start to the year but many Legends teams got off to hot starts. This past month numerous Legends teams saw tournament action in Diamond Nation, NJ with some of the best competition around. With one month down in the season, many Legends teams are having a lot of success around the EBL.
Featured Teams :
11 Navy - 17 - 4 overall (9 - 1 Division) The 11 Navy team had a great showing in Diamond Nation. After winning their first 4 games of the tournament and advancing through pool play, Legends fell to the eventual champion Diamond Jaxx team in the semi finals. Through April Legends is on top of the EBL Division 1 standings led by Josh O'Brien (Ipswich, MA). Like last year, Josh has continued to be the most dominant hitters in the league. So far this season Josh is hitting .517 with 5 HRs and 18 RBIs. On the mound, Will Jones (South Hamilton, MA) has been steady collecting 4 wins with a 2.72 and 19Ks.
12 Gold - 8 - 10 overall (2 - 4 Division) The 12 Gold team has an exciting April winning the Spring Frost Tournament in Kensington, NH. Legends took down the Noreasters 10 - 8 in a back and forth championship game. Leading the way offensively for Legends is Matthew Potts (Andover, MA) and Jake Lucido (Gloucester, MA). Potts is hitting .400 with 2 HRs so far this year. Lucido is leading the team is several offensive categories, doubles (7), RBIs (13), and OBP (.529). On the mound, Mike Johns (Peabody, MA) and Tommy Leire (Boxford, MA) each have 2 victories.
13 Navy - 16 - 4 - 1 overall (4 - 0 Division) The 13 Navy team had the best showing in Diamond Nation. Legends made it through the strong 24 teams to reach the finals before falling to Gallagher Baseball. The pool play games included a John Doyle (Topsfield, MA) no-hitter against Lehigh Valley Baseball. Doyle has had a tremendous start to the season on the mound and has steped up as the teams ace. Through 21 innings this year, Doyle is 4 - 1 with a 0.86 ERA giving up only 7 hits and striking out 26. The offensive has been explosive all season with Gavin Cann (South Hamilton, MA) and Kyle Gonzalez (Beverly, MA) collectively hitting over .500 for the 13 Navy team.
14 Prospect - 14 - 3 - 1 overall (6 - 0 Division) Coach Mike Constantino's team has been dominating division 1 teams around the EBL going 6 - 0 in league games through April. Newcomer Andrew Selima (Andover, MA) has stepped up to be a leader both at the plate and on the mound. Selima is top on the team in most offensive categories hitting .478 with 8 doubles and 21 RBI's. On the mound he is undefeated at 4 - 0 with a microscopic 0.61 ERA. Danny Ryan (Rockport, MA) and Sam Lara (Lawrence, MA) each have 3 wins on the hill, Lara is leading the team in Ks and Ryan tossed a no-hitter against the NE Colonials in the first month of the season.
Legends 13u Navy team battled through a competitive field of 24 teams in the 13u Spring Invitational Tournament in Diamond Nation, NJ. Legends won their first 4 games of the tournament which included a John Doyle (Topsfield, MA) no-hitter against the Lehigh Valley Baseball Academy. Doyle allowed only one baserunner in the game on a walk while stricking out 9 batters. Shane Smith (Danvers, MA) also pitched a great game against a very talented Bronx Bombers team in the semi finals. Smith went the distance in the game to help Legends reach the finals.
Legends exploded offensively in the first 4 games before falling to Gallagher Baseball in the Championship. Scoring a total of 38 runs on weekend, 13u Navy was lead by Kyle Gonzalez (Beverly, MA) and Gavin Cann (South Hamilton, MA). Gonzalez and Cann each had 7 hits on weekend and combined hit .500 for the tournament.
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