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.
Big day at the Legends Facility today with 5 different Specialized Programs on the schedule.