Legends Baseball is now accepting tryout registrations for 2016-2017 season. This two day tryout will give players the opportunity to showcase their skills in hitting, fielding & pitching. The tryout fee is $50 per player ($10 for returning Legends Players). We encourage all players to attend our main tryout, however those who can't attend, please call Mike Costantino (603-944-2478) to set up an individual tryout.
|9U & 10U||8/5/2016||Friday||5:30PM-7:00PM||Legends Facility, 30 Log Bridge Road, Middleton, MA 01949||5:00PM-5:30PM|
|9U & 10U||8/6/2016||Saturday||10:00AM-12:00PM||St John's Prep, 72 Spring Street, Danvers, MA 01923||9:00AM-10:00AM|
|11U & 12U||8/5/2016||Friday||7:30PM-9:00PM||Legends Facility, 30 Log Bridge Road, Middleton, MA 01949||7:00PM-7:30PM|
|11U & 12U||8/6/2016||Saturday||12:30PM-3:30PM||St John's Prep, 72 Spring Street, Danvers, MA 01923||11:30AM-12:30PM|
|13U & 14U||8/7/2016||Sunday||9:00AM-12:00PM||St John's Prep, 72 Spring Street, Danvers, MA 01923||8:00AM-9:00AM|
|13U||8/8/2016||Monday||5:30PM-7:00PM||Legends Facility, 30 Log Bridge Road, Middleton, MA 01949||5:00PM-5:30PM|
|14U||8/8/2016||Monday||7:30PM-9:00PM||Legends Facility, 30 Log Bridge Road, Middleton, MA 01949||7:00PM-7:30PM|
|15U-18U||8/14/2016||Sunday||9:00AM-12:00PM||St John's Prep, 72 Spring Street, Danvers, MA 01923||8:00AM-9:00AM|
The Legends 12U Prospects go 5-1 to capture the Cal Ripken Memorial Day Classic in Aberdeen Maryland. The legends were 60 feet away from not making it to the single elimination round. For the most part of the tournament the Legends’ pitching was in control and defense made every play. The story of the tournament was the hitting of the whole lineup. Top to bottom everyone on the team had a great showing offensively. They outscored their opponents 87 to 9 over the 6 games. They scored 26 runs and 25 runs in two games respectively. “After losing the first game and being 60 feet away from missing out on the playoffs; the way all these players responded truly shows their character and resilience” said Assistant Coach Thomas “Powder” Cadmus.
In the first pool play game the Legends played Team Pride. Pride sent out their number one pitcher to the mound. He was one of, if not the best pitcher Legends has faced so far this season. The pitcher kept Legends to 1 run and 1 hit. The lone run came from Chase Eary when he tripled and scored on a wild pitch. The Pride were able to capitalize on the few Legends mistakes. Peter Martin was the pitcher for Legends in this game. He matched the Pride’s pitcher pitch for pitch. Peter only allowed 4 hits and all the runs were unearned and had 5 strikeouts.
In the second pool play game the Legends played the Roxborough Outlaws at Cal Ripken SR Yard. Legends won this game 26-0 in 4 innings. JR Bozek got the win pitching all 4 innings only allowing 2 hits no walks and 6 strikeouts in the shutout. The bats woke up for this game by scoring 26 runs. Every player in the lineup had at least 1 RBI. Luke McClintock and Calvin Tryder lead the way with 4 RBI’s a piece. “When everyone hits like this it shows how good this team can be” Said Head Coach Dave Costantino
In the third and final pool play game the Legends were matched up with the Roxborough Rebels at a mini Fenway Park. The legends only could let up 4 runs in this game to make it to the playoff round because of tiebreakers. Joe Kotwicki got the start for Legends. He was only able to get 1 out before giving the ball to Eric Wing. The legends scored 3 runs in the top of the first, but let those runs right back in the bottom half. “Knowing if we let up 5 runs this game we would be out of the tournament we had to go to our ace Eric Wing and he stepped up and got the job done” said Dave. Eric went the rest of the way pitching 4 and ⅔ strong innings allowing 1 run 5 hits and 2 walks. Wing also hit a clutch home run over the Green Monster in left. Payton Palladino led the offense with 3 hits including 2 doubles. In the bottom of the 6th with the legends winning 15-4 all we needed is 3 outs to make it to the playoffs. Wing got the first two outs of the inning. Then a hit and error got the runner to 2nd base. A pass ball moved the runner to third. Wing got the batter swinging to end the game. “That was the most stressful last 3 outs of a 11 run win I have ever been a part of” Said Powder.
The Legends got the 7 seed and played the Piemont Pirates in the quarter finals at Fenway Park. The Legends would win this game 25-0. Roman Ercoli got the win going 2 innings only allowing 1 hit with 3 strikeouts. Kotwicki relieved Roman throwing a perfect inning with one strikeout. Jeremy Lopez closed the door getting his first outing on the mound of the season. Lopez was also 2-2 with 2 RBIs. Mike Tonelli had his best offensive game of the season going 3-3 with 3 doubles and 5 RBIs. During the game Eric Wing hit his 15th and 16th homeruns of the season. That gave him the record for most in one season by a Legends 12 year-old. “This was one record that many players come close to but never break, it shows how hard Eric worked over the winter to become one of the best 12s to ever play for Legends” Said Dave
The legends played the Clifton Park Plainsmen in the semifinals again at Fenway. The bats stayed hot against a very strong Plainsmen team. The Legends would win 11-0 to advance to the finals. Eary had 2 homeruns to lead the way. Bozek and Wing also added homers, while kotwicki and Tryder both had 2 hits. Roman got the start and win for the second time that day. He went all 5 allowing 2 hits.
The championship game for Legends was at Cal Ripken SR Yard against a very good Baseball U Black Team. For the second tournament in a row the Legends turned to Luke in the championship. Luke went the distance allowing 1 run on 6 hits with 11 strikeouts. “Luke looked very strong all game long and mostly threw fastballs” said Dave. Bozek started the scoring with an RBI triple to deep right center. Lopez added a hit and a RBI. Payton, Kotwicki, and Tonelli all had 2 hits and at least 1 steal. In one inning the Legends scored on two push bunt singles when the runner would steal third and continue on home. The legends would go on to win the Memorial Day Classic 9-1 over Baseball U. The Ripken Baseball Staff gave the championship game MVP to Luke after pitching a complete game. “After this tournament it was hard to pick out one player who truly shined over everyone else. Everyone played well in every game. It was a great weekend of baseball and showed what this team can do with their back to the wall” said Dave. The Legends now have the EBL Playoffs to focus on.
The Legends 12U Prospects will be representing New England in the Perfect Game National Championship in Ft. Myers, Florida. In order to represent New England, a team must compete and win in their Regional Tournament called the Perfect Game Super 25 Tournament. With 24 teams in the pool the Legends were the last team standing by winning 6 straight games to become the Perfect Game Super 25 Champions. “I am very proud of this team and the season they have had so far. Most parents and players really do not understand how hard it is to win any type of tournament never mind a Perfect Game Super 25 Tournament. You need great pitching, solid defense, timely hitting and some luck. For this team to win 3 out of 3 Tournaments so far is unbelievable.” says Legends Coach Dave Costantino.
In Pool Play, it was all about the Legends pitching and defense vs the Connecticut Capitals in game #1. Peter Martin cruised on the mound pitching 6 scoreless innings allowing only 1 hit with 10 strike outs. Peter had help in the first inning when Calvin Tryder hit a towering shot that hit the top of the fence with bases loaded to score 2 runs. Roman Ercoli added a clutch 2 out single to drive in another 2 runs. The Legends won 4-0 in game 1.
Game #2 pretty much was the same story as game #1 with great pitching and timely hitting. JR Bozek threw his second no hitter of the season by pitching 6 scoreless innings allowing no hits with 1 walk and 7 strike outs. Chase Eary had a nice solo home run and Joe Kotwicki added 2 hits. The Legends defeated the Fury 4-0 in game 2.
To wrap up pool play the Prospects beat the Blackstone Valley Spinners 5-2 to become the #1 seed going into the single elimination format. Calvin Tryder picked up the win pitching 4 1/3 innings allowing on 2 runs with 6 strike outs. Joe Kotwicki came in to close the door collecting the save while Payton Palladino hit a huge home run to give the Legends some breathing room.
With the #1 Seed in hand the Legends again face the Connecticut Capitals in the Quarter Finals. Roman Ercoli was lights out on the mound throwing 5 scoreless innings allowing only 1 hit. Payton Palladino led off the game with a towering home run and that sparked the offense as the Legends caught fire scoring 9 runs early. Eric Wing and Calvin Tryder both added monster home runs. Joe Kotwicki and Chase Eary also added doubles. The Legends moved on to the Semi Finals by winning 9-0.
The Semi Final game was one of the most intense games of the season against the South Troy Dodgers out of NY. The Legends once again had to lean on their ace Eric Wing to get them to the Championship Game. Eric was outstanding on the mound throwing 4 scoreless innings allowing no hits with 4 strike outs. The Legends struck first in the bottom of the 3rd inning with 2 outs scoring on a wild pitch. The play of the game was in the bottom of the 4th inning with 2 outs and man on 3rd base, JR Bozek hit a shot out of the park to increase their lead to 3. “That was a huge clutch hit that change the game.” said Dave. The Legends offense came alive after that home run scoring 7 runs including another home run by Calvin Tryder to end the game by mercy rule. The Legends won 8-0 to advance to the Championship.
In the Championship game against the NE Storm the Prospects came out swinging scoring 5 runs in the first inning with 3 straight hits by Payton Palladino, Joe Kotwicki and Eric Wing. Calvin Tryder followed up with a two run bomb and Roman Ercoli added a solo shot. In the second inning the Legends put up a 7 spot with hits by Peter Martin, Jermey Lopez, Payton and Roman. Mike Tonelli added a walk and run scored while Eric Wing hit a double. Calvin Tryder hit his second home run of the game adding 3 more RBI’s to his total. Luke McClintock picked up the win pitching 4 strong innings collecting 6 strike outs and looked very impressive on the mound. "To get to the championship game and having a guy like Luke left to pitch is deflating for the other team." says Dave. The Legends defeated the Storm 14-5 to become the Perfect Game Super 25 Champions.
To win 6 baseball games in 2 days is a great accomplishment for any baseball team no matter how good your team is. You need to have a deep pitching staff some clutch hitting and a little bit of luck. The Legends had the deepest pitching staff in the tournament and displayed some of the best clutch hitting ever put together by a Legends team by winning 6 games in 2 days and hitting walk off home runs in both the Semi-Finals and Finals to take home the title.
The Legends started the journey off with a 14-4 win over Team AB Elite in a mercy rule 4 inning game. Payton Manca and Thomas White each had 3 hits while Jimmy Mitchell, Jake Desmarias and Vaughn O'Leary added 2 hits apiece. Vaughn and Jimmy also added HR's while Ben Kuechle picked up the win on the mound pitching all 4 innings striking out 5.
In game #2 the Legends jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead in the first few innings and never looked back to win 11-3 over the JR Gulls. Teo Spadaccini pitched all 5 innings while striking out 8. Teo also added 2 hits on the offensive side while Ryan Chandor, Jimmy Mitchell and Connor McClintock each added 2 hits apiece.
In the final pool play game the Legends beat the Mass Hurricanes 15-0 in 3 innings. Zach Morris led the offense with an opposite field Home Run. Fletcher Waterman added a double while picking up the win on the mound and Josiah Martinez had a big Sac Fly to drive in a run. Ben Kuechle added 2 hits and Thomas White had 3 RBI's.
After pool play the Legends received the #1 seed going into the single elimination round. The first round the Legends outlasted the Northeast Gators by winning 3-1. The story of the game was Zach Morris who pitched all 6 innings striking out 5 and walking 0. The offense found a way to score 3 runs and that was all that was needed with Zach on the mound.
In the Semi-Finals the Legends got matched up against a scrappy CT Capitals team. Trailing by 2 runs going into the bottom of the 6th inning the Legends leadoff hitter Jimmy Mitchell got a base hit to set up a 2 run Home Run by Vaughn O'Leary to deep center to tie the game up. The very next pitch Payton Manca hit a deep walk off Home Run to win the game to center field that sent the Legends to the Championship Game. "Those two Home Runs were as clutch as I've ever seen any Home Run at any age level, with that much pressure on the line to see both Payton and Vaughn come through like that was amazing. I knew we were going to win the next game there was no way we weren't." says Legends Coach Rusty Tucker.
The Championship Game featured the #1 seed Legends vs the #2 seed Adirondack Heat from NY and this game lived up to the hype. The Heat struck first, hitting a 2 Run Home Run in the top of the 1st inning. The Legends responded quickly in the bottom of the 1st with a Payton Manca 2 Run Home Run to tie the game. The Legends then took at 3-2 lead going into the 4th inning. The Heat then responded by scoring 2 runs to take the lead 4-3 and then added another run in the top of the 5th to take a commanding 5-3 lead heading into the last inning. In the bottom of the 6th the comeback kids started the inning off with a Payton Manca solo Home Run to cut the lead to 1. Ryan Chandor kept it going with a single then he stole 2nd base to set up Connor McClintocks clutch hit to tie the game. After failing to score again in the bottom of the 6th inning the Legends and Heat needed one more inning to crown a champion. The Legends ace Thomas White shut down the Heat in the top of the 7th inning to set up the heroics in the bottom of the 7th. With 2 outs and no one on base Vaughn O'Leary hit a Walk Off Home Run to deep left center field to send the Legends fans and players storming the field for the win. The Legends now will receive the automatic bid to play in the Perfect Game 25 tournament in Ft. Myers, Florida for a week long trip for the National Championship.
The Legends Prospects win 5 straight games to capture the Top 18 Tournament Title. Throughout the tournament the Legends outscored their opponents 42-12. Vaughn O’Leary was named the Tournament MVP going 9-14 at the plate with 2 monster home runs, 2 doubles, 7 RBI’S and 7 Runs Scored. Vaughn also had a great pitching performance in the semi-final game throwing a complete game allowing only 3 hits and 1 run while striking out 8.
In pool play the Legends faced the Jr Spinners Red. Zach Morris was very dominant on the mound throwing a complete game allowing only 3 hits, 1 run with 10 strike outs. This was a 1-1 game going into the bottom of the 4th inning when the Legends bats came alive scoring 4 runs during that frame. Thomas White went 2 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Fletcher Waterman added a RBI Single and Jake Desmarias had a single with a run scored. The Legends went on to beat the Spinners by a score of 5-1.
In game #2 the Legends bats were on fire smashing 14 hits with 5 doubles and a home run. Teo Spadaccini went 3-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI’S and Payton Manca was 2-3 with a double and a huge grand slam shot. Payton also picked up the win on the mound. The Legends scored early and often and defeated the NE Hurricanes Nashua 15-0.
After 2 pool play wins the Legends received the #2 seed and had to face the scrappy Plympton Crush White team in the Quarter Finals. The Crush jumped out to an early 3-1 lead. The Legends battled back to score 4 runs with a huge RBI single by Ryan Chandor while Payton, Vaugh and Ben Kuechle each added RBI singles. Jimmy Mitchell smashed a nice double and scored a run while Teo Spadaccini picked up the win on the mound. Payton Manca picked up the save pitching the final 2 innings. The Legends won 5-4 and displayed that they can also be a great defensive team with some good plays by Jimmy and Josiah Martinez.
In the Semi-Finals the Legends defeated the NE Hurricanes Salem Blue 3-1. Connor McClintock had a huge double to get things going for the Legends. Josiah Martinez had a perfectly executed sac bunt that allowed the Legends to take the lead on a RBI ground out by Fletcher. Vaughn O’Leary picked up the win on the mound and also hit a towering solo home run in the 1st inning.
The Championship Game was now set against a very tough Nokona team under the lights with rain coming down. With their Ace fully rested the Legends had hard throwing lefty Thomas White on the mound where he had 8 strike outs in 4 innings while picking up the win. It was Legends offense that was unstoppable. Payton Manca went 2-3 with a Home Run, Thomas White was 3-3, Connor McClintock went 2-3 and Ben Kuechle also added 2 hits. MVP Vaugh O’Leary (who went 3-4 with 4 RBI’S a Home Run and a double), ended the game with a towering 2 run bomb. The Legends will be attending the Perfect Game Super 25 Regional Tournament next weekend.
The Legends 12U Prospect team goes 6-0 to capture the Top 24 Tournament Championship. The Legends impressive pitching staff only allowed only 1 run and 3 hits throughout the tournament. The offense was just as good scoring 56 runs, with 56 hits and 7 home runs. The Legends Prospects are now 18-0 to start the season. “It’s exciting to watch these guys play, they take pride in their defense, they are very aggressive on the bases, and our line-up is very balanced and that puts tremendous pressure on our opponents.” Said Coach Dave Costantino.
In Pool Play Legends opened up with the Minutemen Red in the first game and won 9-0. The story of the game was the big pitching performance by JR Bozek, who threw a no hitter with 2 walks and 9 strike outs. In game #2, Calvin Tryder threw a perfect game against the Plympton Crush Blue Team collecting 7 strike outs. Eric Wing went 2-2 with a two run bomb. Mike Tonelli, Joe Kotwicki and Payton Palladino also helped the offense each hitting a double.
In the last pool play game against the Beantown Bombers, Legends pitcher Peter Martin was unstoppable throwing a no hitter with 6 strike outs to pick up the win. Eric Wing collected his second home run of the tournament with a 2 run shot. Luke McClintock and JR Bozek both add two hits apiece.
After earning the #1 seed the Legends squared up against the Kings in the quarter finals. Roman Ercoli was the hero throwing a complete game only allowing 1 run, 2 hits and collecting 5 strike outs. Roman took a perfect game into the 6th inning but was broken up with a few hits in the inning. The Legends offense was supplied by Calvin Tryder, Peter Martin and Eric Wing who all hit home runs.
In the Semi-Finals the Legends played the RI Bombers for the right to the championship game. It didn’t take long for the Legends offense to explode scoring 17 runs with 13 hits in the first 2 innings. Luke McClintock jump started the offense with a huge 3 run HR to get the Legends going. Jermey Lopez had two nice hits driving in a run and Chase Eary added a hit as well. Luke McClintock picked up the win pitching 2 scoreless innings with 3 strike outs and Joe Kotwicki pitched a scoreless third inning.
In the Championship Game the Legends faced the Noreasters who are always a tough opponent. Eric Wing came up big on the mound allowing no runs, 1 hit with 9 strike outs to pick up his 4th win of the season. Peter Martin had a huge two out single to drive in 2 runs. Mike Tonelli added a 2 run bomb to put the Legends up 4-0. The Legends went on to score 4 more runs in the 5th to capture their 2nd Championship of the year.
The Legends 14U Prospect Team goes 5-0 to win the Patriots Bash Tournament at the New England Baseball Complex.
The Legends opened up the tournament against the Western Mass Diamond Backs and easily handed them an opening loss of the tournament by a score of 10-0. The Legends were led by pitcher Will Frain (Hamilton Wenham, Ma) who pitched 4 scoreless innings with no walks while striking out 7. The offense was led by Luke Beckstein (Tyngsborough, Ma), Will Jones (Hamilton Wenham, Ma), Will Frain and Sean Helfrich (Coventry, Ri) who each had 2 hits on the day. Tristan Latham (North Andover, Ma) added a big RBI triple.
In game #2 the Legends edged the RBI Hawks by the score of 3-2. Luke Beckstein was the story of the game pitching 7 innings only allowing only 2 runs (1 earned) and 3 hits. In this defensive battle the only offense came from Luca Danos (York, ME) who had a huge double to drive in 2 runs that put the Legends ahead for good.
In the final pool play game the Legends jumped out to a big lead early and never looked back vs the NE Storm. With a combined shutout from Aidan Cann (Hamilton Wenham, Ma) 2 innings and Conor Evers (Hamilton Wenham, Ma) 3 innings and the offense clicking on all cylinders it was an easy win for the Legends. The offense was led by John Mulready (Peabody, Ma) 2 hits and 3 RBI's, Will Frain and Luke Beckstein with 2 RBI's apiece and Josh O'Brien (Ipswich, Ma) added a hit and an RBI. Peter Messervy (Weston, Ma) added a double and played great defense in the outfield.
The semi-finals was the best game of the tournament vs the NE Ruffnecks. The Ruffnecks jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st but the Legends responded by scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st. The Ruffnecks then tied the game up in the 4th inning but the Legends scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th and hung on to win 5-4. Tristan Latham and Sean Helfrich both had 2 hits apiece and both had huge RBI doubles in this game. Will Jones picked up the win pitching 5 impressive innings while Lucas Garcia (Coventry, RI) picked up the save.
The Championship Game featured a rematch with the RBI Hawks and once again it was another defensive battle with the Legends prevailing 2-0. Aidan Cann was the difference in the game pitching 5 innings of shutout ball only allowing 2 hits while walking zero. Once again Lucas Garcia came in for his second save of the tournament. With very little offense by both teams the big play came on a bunt single by Cooper McGrath (Hamilton Wenham, Ma) setting up the first run of the game with a Will Jones RBI ground out. Sean Helfrich added a triple and later scored the 2nd run on a wild pitch. Great defense by Luca Danos, Luke Beckstein and a great pick by first baseman Tristan Latham helped the Legends win the game. The Legends are off to a 13-1 start to the early season.
Legends Prospects go 4-0-1 to capture the title at the NEBC Spring Classic Tournament. Legends dominated the tournament outscoring their opponents 49-4. The tournament MVP was Eric Wing (Georgetown, MA) who went 8-11 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI’S and 7 run scored. Wing also pitched the championship game and went 5 innings allowing only 1 hit with 6 strike outs to pick up the win.
In game #1, JR Bozek (Danville, NH) hit a huge 2 run home run to tie the game. Legends in the last inning up 3-2 let the Bombers tie the game by allowing a run.
In game #2, Legends came out swinging against the Ocean State Jr Waves. Legends scored 6 runs in the first with doubles by Payton Palladino (Danvers, MA) and Joe Kotwicki (Beverly, MA). Peter Martin (Manchester, MA) also went 2-2 with a stolen base. JR Bozek was the winning pitcher allowing only 1 hit with 4 strike outs.
Legends exploded in Game #3 against the NE Storm Orange with a grand slam by Luke McClintock (Hamilton-Wenham, MA), a 3 run bomb by Joe Kotwicki and a 2 run shot by Calvin Tryder (Wakfield, MA). Mike Tonelli (Shrewsbury, MA) and Jeremy Lopez (Amesbury, MA) both added a hit with an RBI. Roman Ercoli (Concord, MA) picked up the win allowing only 1 hit with 4 strike outs.
In the semi-final game vs Maine Lightning, Legends combined 13 hits including a solo shot by Chase Eary (Danvers, MA). Peter Martin was the winning pitcher throwing 5 scoreless innings allowing only 1 hit with 5 strike outs. Legends won 11-0.
In the Championship game Legends faced a tough opponent, the NE Storm. Legends jumped to an early 6-0 lead with a two run home run by Payton Palladino. Eric Wing picked up the win allowing only 1 hit with 6 strike outs. The game ended with a 3 run bomb by Roman Ercoli. Legends won 11-1 to pick up their 1st Championship of the season.
The Legends Prospects go 5-0 to win their first Tournament Championship of the 2016 season. The offense and defense was spectacular for the Legends all weekend long as they outscored their opponents 49-8 during the 5 games. Payton Manca was the tournament MVP going 7 for 11 with a Home Run, 2 doubles, 8 RBI’S and 5 runs scored. He also pitched in the championship game picking up the win going 5 strong innings with 7 strike outs.
In game #1 vs the Braintree Bandits, Vaughn O’Leary was outstanding on the mound pitching 5 innings only allowing 2 hits with 5 strike outs. Jimmy Mitchell went 1-1 with a solo home run. Josiah Martinez was 2-2 with a double and a RBI as the Legends won 8-2.
In the second pool play game vs the NH Bobcats White the Legends bats came alive collecting 10 hits with 4 doubles and a home run. Teo Spadaccini, Payton Manca and Vaugh O’Leary all went 2-2 with a double. Jimmy Mitchell also went 2-2 with a double and another home run his 2nd of the tournament. Zach Morris threw 3 scoreless innings only allowing only 2 hits with 8 strike outs to pick up the win. The Legends defeated the Bobcats 13-0 after 3 innings.
In the final pool play game vs SM River Rats Red the Legends offense stayed hot putting up another 10 hits. Fletcher Waterman went 2-2 with an RBI while Ben Kuechle, Jake Desmarias and Ryan Chandor all added hits. Fletcher also picked up the win on the mound as the Legends won easily 11-0.
The Legends received the #1 seed and squared off against the ABC Mariners in the Semi-Finals. Thomas White dominated on the mound throwing 4 innings allowing only 2 hits with 8 strike outs for the win and he also went 1-2 with a double. The Legends put the pressure on the Mariners early scoring 7 runs in the first inning with the big hit coming from Payton Manca who crushed a 2 run bomb. Teo Spadaccini also added a double and a triple while Ben Kuechle and Thomas White also hit doubles. The Legends defeated the Mariners 10-0 after 4 innings to advance to the Championship Game.
In the Championship Game the Legends played a tight game against the Beantown Bombers. Payton Manca picked up the win pitching 5 innings allowing only 2 hits with 7 strike outs. Teo Spadaccini closed the door in the last inning to collect the save. The offense came up big smashing 9 hits with 4 of them being doubles. The Legends defeated the Bombers 7-4 to become the NEBC Spring Classic Champions.
The 2016 14U Prospect Team has the make-up to be one of the best 14U teams put together in the New England Region. "Going 60-6 last year and adding some solid players to a solid core group from last years team makes this a very scary and dangerous team to play. We have power, speed, solid defense and good pitching. I'm excited to coach these guys again and our schedule will be very demanding so it should be a fun year" says Legends coach Mike Costantino.
John Mulready (Peabody, Ma) and Tristan Latham (North Andover, Ma) will be the big boppers in the line-up. John was last years Legends 13U Prospect teams MVP and he looks bigger and stronger this year. He's a solid catcher and pitcher and can play almost any position on the field. He looks like he is going to have another monster year and that will be exciting to watch. Tristan is also a strong catcher/ 1st basemen and can also pitch very well. Tristan has worked very hard all winter long on his catching and pitching skills and he is in great baseball shape to start this 2016 season. He will definitely be one of the top players in the league, he is a scary guy to face if your the opposing pitcher.
Will Jones (Hamilton Wenham, Ma), Ethan Imbimbo (Brentwood, NH), and Cooper McGrath (Hamilton Wenham, Ma) are 3 returning players that should be top of the line pitchers for this team. Will was 12-1 last year with a 2.39 ERA on the mound and was a huge factor at the plate with 63 hits and 39 RBI's. Ethan was 9-1 with 2 saves on the mound last year. He pitched some of the biggest games of the year and was very consistent throwing strikes. Ethan is also a big threat at the plate where he hit .391 last year with 39 RBI's. Cooper has taking the biggest step forward this year, growing about 3-4 inches and looking very consistent on the mound in the early going. We need Cooper to be big this year on the mound.
Sean Helfrich (Coventry, RI) and Lucas Garcia (Coventry, RI) are the Rhode Island boys who will be 2 big impact players once again this year. Sean is a great outfielder who can cover so much ground in the outfield. He led off last year and will most likely be in that spot once again this year. He batted .376 with 53 hits last year with 19 double and 7 triples. Lucas can play any infield position and will also be one of the top pitchers on this years team. He can hammer the ball for a small kid and it seems like he squares the ball up every time he hits it. Lucas is as clutch as they come so we are looking forward to some big hits from him once again.
Aidan Cann (Hamilton Wenham, Ma), Josh O'Brien (Ipswich, Ma) and Luca Danos (York, ME) are 3 returning players that will be huge impact offensive guys in our line-up. Aidan is a big power guy who is off to a great start already this year, he can play 1st base, 3rd base and will be counted on to be one of our top pitchers. He hit .370 with 60 hits last year along with 2 HR's. Josh is a very consistent hitter who hit .367 with 61 hits last year and is a great middle of the order hitter. He can catch and play outfield and has improved dramatically on the defensive side of the ball. Luca is off to a great start in the 2016 season making some great plays at shortstop and is hitting the ball very well in the early going. He is another kid that was out with an injury for a few months last year but looks in great shape this year and our expectations are very high for him this year.
Will Frain (Hamilton Wenham, Ma) and Conor Evers (Hamilton Wenham, Ma) are two more returning players from last years team. Will has a great swing and had a tremendous year with the bat last year. His on base percentage of .503 led the team last year and he added 49 hits. He can play 2nd base and should eat up a lot of innings on the mound this year. Conor is the guy that can play any position on the field and play it very well. He is very valuable to the team because you can put him in and feel very comfortable if the ball is hit his way. He added 36 hits last year with 27 RBI's.
The two new comers for this years team are Peter Messervy (Weston, Ma) and Luke Beckstein (Tyngsborough, Ma). These guy are two huge additions to this years team and they will make a huge difference in our line-up. "I saw both of these guys play in the league last year and in my opinion they were 2 of the best players I saw play all of last year. Peter is a tremendous outfielder who has already made some amazing catches in the outfield and he has a canon for an arm. He is a very solid hitter who hits the ball very hard on a consistent basis. Luke is a gifted athlete who can play any infield position and will be one of the best hitters on this team. I think he will be a the very top of this team in all of the offensive categories when it's all said and done. Both of these guys can pitch which makes them very valuable." says Mike.
The 13U Prospect Team for the 2016 is going to be a very solid and balanced team. "I'm really excited about coaching this group of kids, they are a very hard working and unselfish group of players and I expect this team to have a tremendous year" says coach Eli Munkholm who is entering his 9th season as a Legends coach.
Lee Pacheco (Salem, Ma) who was one of the most dominant players in the league last season should pick up where he left off last year. He was the Legends MVP award winner for the 12U Prospect Team and has shown no signs of letting up. Lee will be the 3rd hitter in the line-up and one of the top pitchers on the team.
Jack Gilligan (Salem, Ma), Philip DiBlasi (Derry, NH) and Marcus Montagnino (Gloucester, Ma) are 3 returning players from last years team that should have a big impact on the direction of this team. "All three of these guys are big time hitters and should all be in the top-middle of the line-up depending how they are hitting. Phil and Jack will do a lot of catching for this team with Marcus patrolling center field or 1st base. These guys will all help pitching on the mound, Phil has looked very strong this winter so I'm excited to see him pitch in some big games." says Eli.
Alex Bodnar (North Andover, Ma), Ben Olszak (Danvers, Ma), Carter Coffey (Hamilton Wenham, Ma) and Nicholas Coletti (Carlisle, Ma) are all returning players from last years 33-10 team. Alex can play 2nd and 3rd base for this team along with some outfield. He had a tremendous season with the bat last year and we expect the same from him this year. Alex is a line drive hitter so he should have a lot of hard hit balls all season long. Ben is a smooth fielding shortstop/2nd basemen who can field the baseball with the best of them. He has gotten bigger and stronger and his bat will play a big role this year in the success of this team, he is hitting the ball very well in the cages this winter. Carter is going to be the utility guy who can play any position on the field. He is a very valuable player who can play infield/outfield, pitch and can hit at the top or the bottom of the line-up. He has the potential to be one of the leading base stealers on this team. Nicholas is a strong defensive outfielder who has improved tremendously on the mound and should factor in on the pitching staff all year long. He has command of all 3 pitches and is a competitor on the mound so we expect big things this year from him. He is also off to a great start swinging the bat.
The 13U Prospect team has added 5 very strong and talented players. Matt Maloney (Windham, NH), Tommy Beauregard (Salem, Ma), Jack Penney (Wakefield, Ma), Matthew Sapienza (North Andover, Ma) and Ryne Rametta (Tewksbury, Ma). All 5 of these kids are great baseball players and we are very lucky to have them in our program this year. Matt is a strong lefty bat that consistently hits line drives and could be an ideal #2 hitter in the line-up. He is also a strong catcher and infielder. Tommy is a great competitor who is a great athlete and can play anywhere you put him. He could be a great lead off hitter and will be one of the top pitchers on this team. Jack Penney is another tremendous athlete that also hits left handed and should be at the very top of the pitching rotation and could be a possible lead-off/2nd hitter. He can hit, run, field and pitch so there is nothing better than adding a player that can do it all. Matthew has been one of the most impressive guys so far this winter. His baseball knowledge is off the charts and he is very good at everything he does. He should be at the top of the pitching rotation and has shown that he can hit the ball very well so the expectations are high for him. Ryne moved here from Florida and has played high level travel baseball in Florida over the last few years. Ryne is a huge addition to this team and has made a smooth transition already. He can play a great outfield and is a very consistent strong hitter who throws very well off the mound.
"The expectations are very high for this team and they should be, I want it that way. We have great baseball players on this team and they all love playing the game so this should be an awesome year." says Eli.
The 2016 10U Legends Prospect team looks to have all of the right pieces to have a very successful year. Jeff Smith (Danvers, Ma) will be coaching the 10U Prospect Team this year and with his experience and the group of kids on this team it should be a fun ride. The assistant coach will be Ryan Florence who has done a tremendous job with the players over this winter and will work well with Jeff, we are very excited to have Jeff and Ryan on board with us.
Will Cooke (Hamilton Wenham, Ma), Troy Flood (Manchester, Ma), Ryder Florence (Middleton, Ma), Alex Ciancaruso (North Andover, Ma) and Marco Carillo (Stoneham, Ma) are 5 returning players from last years Legends teams. Will played on the 10U Prospect Team last year as a 9 year old so he will bring his high baseball IQ and leadership to this team.
He can play any infield position and figures to be a big part of the pitching staff along with being a big time hitter. Troy is another kid that played on the 10U team last year as a 9 year old, he is a big time hitter and pitcher. He has the chance to be a very dominant two way player for this team and we expect him to carry us a lot this year. This winter Troy has shown us that he has picked up where he left off from last year. Ryder who was the MVP for the Legends 9U prospect team is another kid who can play multiple infield positions and pitch, he brings a solid bat to this team. He had 28 hits last year and batted .418 during his MVP season. Alex was the Cy Young award winner for the 9U Prospect Team last year so we expect another strong year from this lefty pitcher on the mound. He is a lefty hitter who hit .419 last year and we expect him to be a solid hitter this year too. Marco has worked hard on his defense and has become one of the catchers on this team. He bated .326 last year and he looks to improve on those numbers this year. Marco can also pitch and we are hoping he eats up some innings this year.
Cole Mascott (Newburyport, Ma), Cameron Lagrassa (Middleton, Ma) and Drew Sliwkowski (Newburyport, Ma) are 3 new players that we expect to be impact players all year long. Cole is a big strong kid who has the potential to drive in a lot of runs and we expect him to be one of the kids that has a lot of extra base hits when it's all said and done. He is also going to be a big part of this pitching staff. Cameron and Drew are both great lefty hitters who will both be in the top of the line-up. Cameron is one of the catchers and can play a great infield. Drew is a solid defensive outfielder who can cover a lot of ground. Both guys figure to be in the top of the pitching rotation.
Patrick Stokes (Wilmington, Ma) and Jaylon Richardson (Boxford, Ma) are 2 more new players that look to be great players. Patrick is another big strong kid who we are excited about seeing play. He projects to be a middle of the order hitter who plays 3rd, 1st and outfield. Patrick can pitch very well so he's another solid arm to add to our rotation. Jaylon is probably the best athlete on the team and has the chance to lead the team in stolen bases. He is a solid outfielder that can hit the ball very hard for his size. Jaylon is going to be the spark plug for this team.
Tyler Feldberg (Middleton, Ma), Owen Carey (Litchfield, NH) and Miles Buddenhagen (Gloucester, Ma) are also 3 new players to the program. Tyler is a scrappy utility guy who can play any position at any time in the game. He was given one of the Winter Warrior awards this year at the Legends Kick Off Party. Owen is the youngest player on the team. He is only 9 years old and will be playing up a level but getting the experience and the fact that he doesn't play like a 9 year old was the deciding factor in having him play up. Owen can play outfield, 1st base and pitch and looks to be a big time prospect. Miles is a big strong solid player who can play 3rd base or outfield. He can hit the ball very hard and we are expecting big things from him.
The 11U Legends Prospect Team on paper are as dominant as any 11U team that has ever been put together in the Legends 10 year history. Returning all of the core players from last years 30-5 team along with the combination of adding 3 impact players makes this years 11U Prospects the team to beat in the New England Elite Baseball League.
This team is coached by Rusty Tucker who is one of the owners of Legends Baseball. Rusty played 9 years of professional baseball with 5 different organizations including the Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox just to name a few. Jim Mitchell will be the assistant coach once again for this team, he works very well with this group of kids and brings a lot of baseball knowledge to the table. "Jim is a very dedicated assistant coach and I'm very excited to work with him this year" says Rusty.
The 11U Prospects return last years Co-Mvp's Thomas White (Rowley, Ma) and Jimmy Mitchell (Southborough, Ma). Thomas had 8 wins on the mound last year with 80 strikeouts. He also hit .546 with 53 hits, 4 HR's and ended the season tied with a team best .546 Average. Jimmy also had a .546 Average with 53 hits and led the team with 5 HR's, 39 RBI's and 68 stolen bases. "These two guys are two of the best players in the league and I'm looking forward to their leadership and production during the 2016 season" says Rusty Tucker.
Another big impact player is new addition Payton Manca (Winchendon, MA). Payton is a big strong lefty hitter and will be hitting in the 3 or 4 hole to start the season. He projects to be one of the best hitters in the league with the potential to hit 10 or more HR's. He will also be one of the frontline starting pitchers on this team and it adds another strong lefty arm to this staff. One of the other new additions to this team is another big strong lefty Vaughn O'Leary (Essex, Ma) who has the potential to be a big part of this line up and a huge part of this pitching staff, he is also a lefty thrower. “Having 3 big lefty pitchers with Thomas, Payton and Vaughn will allow us to go deep into tournaments with this team. These 3 guys would be #1 pitchers on most teams” says Rusty Tucker.
Ben Kuechle (Lexington, Ma), Zach Morris (Gloucester, Ma) and Teo Spadaccini (Lexington, Ma) are 3 returning players that had great years last year for us and all are expected to pitch for this team. Zach has looked very strong during the winter months on the mound and has earned a spot in the starting rotation. He had 5 wins last year and struck out 45 batters in just 30 innings pitched. Ben was last years Cy Young award winner for our 10U Prospect team with a 7-0 record on the mound. He also had a strong year with the bat, hitting .408 with 7 doubles, 2 HR's and 26 RBI's. Teo is another pitcher that has opened some eyes with his end of the season performances last year along with how well he has looked on the mound during these winter months this year. He is another big strong kid who we expect big things both offensively and pitching.
Jake Desmarias (Nahant, Ma) and Fletcher Watermen (Hamilton Wenham, Ma) look to do the majority of the catching with Zach filling in when he doesn’t’ pitch. Jake had a tremendous year behind the plate last year while hitting .431 with 32 stolen bases. Fletcher is the 3rd new addition to this years team, he can play almost any position on the field and that makes him such a valuable player. These two players are very athletic and will add speed and great defense to this team.
Connor McClintock (Hamilton Wenham, Ma) who batted in the top of the line -up last year hitting .452 with 30 RBI’s is having a great winter with his bat speed, bat control and his hand eye coordination. “He is going to be a force with the bat this year” says Rusty Tucker. Josiah Martinez (Lawrence, Ma) and Ryan Chandor (Weston, Ma) round out the team and are both solid outfielders that will add some offense to this team. Josiah is a lefty batter who has good bat control and hit .450 last year and Ryan is a righty batter that can supply some extra base hits for this team.
We are very excited about the make-up of this team and our schedule will be as good as it gets for the 11U level. We will be going to Diamond Nation in Flemington, NJ, the first weekend of April then we will be at the New England Baseball Complex for the April Classic tournament the 2nd weekend of April. Our May tournaments will feature the Legends Top 18 tournament at the New England Baseball Complex, the Perfect Game Super 25 tournament, then we end the month of May in Aberdeen, Maryland at the Ripken Complex for the Memorial Day Tournament. This team will compete in the New England Elite Baseball League from April-mid June and then will end the season in Elizabethtown, Kentucky for the Baseball Youth Nationals week long trip at the end of July. "The season can not come soon enough, I can't wait to see these boys compete" says Rusty.
This years 12U Prospect Team has a mixture of solid pitching, great defense and a line-up that is strong from top to bottom. Dave Costantino will once again coach the 12U Prospect team and will be assisted by longtime Legends player Thomas "Powder" Cadmus. "Having Thomas as my assistant coach again this year is a great thing for our program. Not only did he play for us for many years he is a very smart baseball guy and the kids like what he brings to the table" says Dave Costantino.
Leading this years team is Eric Wing (Georgetown, Ma). Eric has the potential to be the most dominant 12 year old player in the EBL this year. He throws hard off the mound, he plays a tremendous 1st base and he will be a big time hitter that no one will want to face. Also returning from last years team is 2015 (11U) Legends MVP Joseph Kotwicki (Beverly, Ma). Joe can play all the infield positions and is a big time gamer.
Joe hit .465 with 53 hits last year and was also 10-0 on the mound. Another big time returner is Luke McClintock (Hamilton, Wenham) who hit .505 last year and will be counted on as one of the top of the rotation pitchers and one of the middle of the line-up hitters this year. Luke has the chance to be a tremendous two way player this year.
Roman Ercoli (Concord, Ma) and Peter Martin (Manchester, Ma) should both be at the top of the pitching rotation this year. Both of these guys throw multiple pitches and throw them all for strikes. They have great command of the strike zone. These guys are also very good hitters, Peter led the team last year with a .515 average while Roman was right behind him with a .512 average.
JR Bozek (Danville, NH), Chase Eary (Danvers, Ma) and Jeremy Lopez (Amesbury, Ma) are three more players that are returning from last years 11U Prospect Team. JR Bozek is a very valuable player that can play any position on the field and can play that position as good as anyone. He batted 3rd most of the year last year and had a .413 average. Chase is a lefty bat that supplies a lot of power. He hit 3 HR's last year while hitting .333. Catching and outfield will be his primary positions. Jeremy is an outstanding outfielder who also hits left handed. He hit .324 last year and had a lot of big time hits last year. Jeremy can also pitch and could be a solid relief option for the 2016 team.
This years 12U Prospect Team added 3 big time new players to program. These 3 guys will 100% be impact players on this team this year and should put us over the top. Payton Palladino (Danvers, Ma) is a small guy but hammers the baseball with every swing he takes. He will lead off to start the year and brings a great glove to this team. This is going to be a player that will play hard every day and will be a pleasure to watch play. Michael Tonelli (Shrewsbury, Ma) is another big pick up that brings the power to this team. He will hit some moon shots this year for us and will be a top to middle of the order hitter that can carry our team on any given day. The last new comer is Calvin Tryder (Wakefield, Ma). Calvin is a catcher/utility guy that has a canon for an arm and will defentily eat up some innings on the mound. He hits lefty and is another power guy that will be a very dangerous hitter for teams to face. He could end up being one of the best hitters in the league as the year goes on.
The 2016 12U Prospect Team is a hard working, close knit, balanced team that should have a very successful 2016 season. "Keeping the core players and adding 3 solid players makes us a very dangerous team and I'm excited to watch these kids compete this year" says Dave Costantino. Our schedule is very tough but that's why you come to play for Legends Baseball.