We were lucky because both of their teams made the playoffs. Neither of the boys' teams last year made the playoffs, so it was exciting to see that BOTH of them made it this year. The format was round robin with 4 teams in each pool. The best four teams would then go on tot eh Championships the following weekend. Although we could never afford going tot he US championships, it was fun to talk about Kansas as the next stop if either team won the New Englands.
|Welcome to Connecticut!|
U12 Team's Path. Mom took C on his doubleheader on Saturday to Mansfield, MA. Only a couple of miles away from the local Buffalo Wild Wings. They split their doubleheader so they had to win to move on. C pitched in Game 2 and while garnering the win, had to struggle to get there. I took C to his final make-or-break game on Sunday. It was against the Mass Hurricanes, the team that swept C's team in the regular season. In what has become known as the telephone pole game, C and one of his teammates both hit home runs to left field striking the telephone pole that sat behind the fence. Behind some strong pitching, we took that game 4-3. C's home run was an absolute bomb that probably would have traveled 280 feet if not for the pole. It was a tense game throughout and it was great to see the boys step up when they had to with big hits, big fielding plays and big pitching. With that win, C's team won their pool and was moving on to the New England Championships.
|Mound where G's HR landed|
U10 Championship Game. G's team played much closer to home in Hanover, MA. our first game was against the East Cobb Expos - a team from North of Boston. G topped of a great playoff run with a bomb of a home run and 3 RBIs on two hits. G's team won the first game to make the Championship Game. Unfortunately, the run ended their as we again lost to the Northeast Gators. Even though we had our other ace going, it was a tough row. G's team kept it close but things fell apart in 4th inning as the Gators scored 9 runs to again defeat G's team by a slaughter rule.
Still a lot of fun. Forget about how both Championships ended, we were both very proud of the boys. Yes, it would have been nice to win the whole thing, but they learned a lot about where they are in pecking order. Not a bad experience at all.