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10U Redmen Somer-Slam 2015 Recap

Jul 30, 2015 11:18AM ● By Eric Costello

Pictured Back Left to Right; Kileigh Crail, Sarah Downing, Paige Ouellette, Kayla Mirisola, Allison Costello, Samantha Ryan, Kendall Von Khale, Juliana Ricci, Sara Moeller, Shea Frost. kneeling Left Kasey McFadden kneeling Right Colleen Crail

Somerville, MA- Fresh off a second place finish in the 10U Milford Girl’s Softball Summer Slam the 10U Tewksbury Redmen took the field Friday night still hungry against the Cambridge Cardinals at Foss Park in Somerville, MA for the Somerville Girls Softball SOMER-SLAM 2015.  Sara Moeller took the ball and made quick work of the Cardinals in the early innings and then jump started the Redmen offense in the fourth inning with a two run home run. Allison Costello followed her two at bats later with a stand up triple scoring Kendall Von Khale.  Samantha Ryan joined the party with a triple of her own scoring Costello and the Redmen jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the fourth inning.  The Cardinals would battle back though scoring six more runs.  Moeller handed the ball to Costello in the fifth inning and the Redmen closed the book on the Cardinals 10-8 in seven innings.  Tewksbury 10 Cambridge 8

Saturday morning started early with an 8am matchup with another Tewksbury based team the Nor’Easters.  Costello got the nod from Head Coach Nick Mirisola and was solid getting the first three Nor’Easters in order.  Shea Frost scored in the bottom of the first Redmen 1-0.  Costello remained steady and started the bottom of the second with a leadoff triple and would score by a Ryan single.  Ryan too would score increasing the Redmen lead 3-0.  Inning three is when the Redmen would bust the game open scoring five more runs.  The Nor’Easters would scratch out 4 runs of their own but it wouldn’t be enough as Paige Ouellette, Moeller, Kayla Mirisola and Kasey McFadden would also score. Costello handed the ball over to Moeller and the Redmen braved the Storm. Tewksbury 12 Nor’Easters 4

Game three brought the Show Stoppers to Foss #1.  Kayla Mirisola started in the circle for the Redmen and finished in the circle, throwing six solid innings allowing only four runs.  The Redmen bats took care of the rest, scoring in every inning for a total of twelve runs.  Tewksbury 12 Show Stoppers 4  

All of Saturdays work earned the Redmen the #3 Seed and an 8 am rematch with the Showstoppers in the quarter finals.  Costello got the start and made quick work of the first three Show batters.  Once again the Redmen bats were still asleep for the 8am start and went down in order as well.  The Show stoppers would score 3 runs in the top of the second inning and for the first time in the tournament the Redmen were playing from behind.  Tewksbury missed an opportunity in the bottom of the second stranding Costello at third after a walk and two stolen bases.  Sarah Downing led off the third inning with a walk and would score on a Colleen Crail single.  Crail would also score after base hits by Paige Ouellette and Moeller.  Moeller took the ball in the fourth inning and silenced the Show Stopper batters.  Mirisola and Ryan both scored in the bottom of the fourth putting the Redmen back on top where they would remain.  Costello knocked in Ouellette and Moeller for two more runs and the Redmen never looked back and were on to the semi-finals.   Tewksbury 6 Show Stoppers 3  

In the Semi-finals Tewksbury jumped out to a lightning fast 7-0 lead then added 2 more in the second.  It looked as though the Methuen Majesty – Red were no match for Tewksbury.  The Majesty had other plans though and answered with scoring rallies of their own and were within a run of Tewksbury in the bottom of the sixth inning and eventually tied the game 12-12. The Redmen answered in the top of the seventh adding a run and resuming the lead.  Again Methuen answered and after seven innings and almost 3 hours it was a tie ball game.  The 8th inning began with Frost on second base under International Tie Breaker Rules.  Frost would score and so would Moeller, Von Khale, Costello, Mirisola, Ryan, Downing, and Kileigh Crail for a total of eight runs.  Methuen would score once more in the bottom of the eighth and the Redmen survived the three hour and 15 minute marathon.  Tewksbury 21 Methuen Majesty – Red 14

Just fifteen minutes after the semi-final the Redmen had a date with the Methuen Majesty – Blue for the SOMER-SLAM 2015 Championship.  After a quick slice of pizza and something to drink the Redmen came out swinging scoring two runs on a single by Frost and a two run homerun by Moeller.  Majesty Blue answered with a single and home run of their own.  Mirisola got the Redmen through the first two innings before handing the ball off to Moeller who had no intention of allowing Methuen back into the game.  Redmen batters kept up the pressure as well with timely hitting and sacrifices by Von Khale, Downing, K. Crail adding runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings including a bunt single that turned into a solo homerun with heads up base running by Frost, who after catching every inning of the tournament still had enough gas in the tank to round the bases at break neck speed and increased the Tewksbury lead to 8-2.  Methuen would score one more run but Moeller combined with the Redmen defense was just too much for Methuen.  The 10U Tewksbury Redmen celebrated when Moeller struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh and Tewksbury captured the inaugural Somerville Girls Softball League, SOMER-SLAM Championship.  Tewksbury 8 Methuen Majesty – Blue 3

These young ladies played their hearts out and as always represented the town of Tewksbury and the TGSL with class, sportsmanship and fierce competitive play.  

Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, siblings and friends who came out cheer and support the team.  Thank you also to Bob Schofield and his crew at Somerville Girls Softball for hosting the tournament as well as the Cambridge Cardinals, Show Stoppers, Nor’Easters, Somerville Tsunami, Methuen Majesty Red & Blue.  Congratulations Ladies, and a Special Thank You to the Head Coach Nick Mirisola and assistant Coaches Eric Costello, Mike Downing and Kevin Frost.
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