Tewksbury Chiefs Expand Baseball Offerings To Local Players
May 10, 2018 05:19AM
● By Theresa Gilman
Tewksbury Chiefs Baseball
(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the Tewksbury Chiefs organization.)
Tewksbury Chiefs Baseball Organizational Report
After several seasons of play in the Elite Baseball League at the 13u and 14u levels, the Tewksbury Chiefs baseball organization, currently being operated and directed by former TMHS baseball player Nick Bain, decided at the end of last baseball season to expand its baseball offerings to 10u, 11u and 12u teams. Baseball in Tewksbury has been a tradition for quite some time, and Nick wanted to help strengthen that tradition and help to bring it back as strong as it was with players such as Scott Oberg, Mike Rocco, Scotty Favreau and Pat Devlin, to name a few.
With several AAU baseball opportunities out there for kids today, Nick believed that the Chiefs could provide more Tewksbury kids with an opportunity to play more baseball, while also giving them additional opportunities to improve both individually, and as a team. What is somewhat different about the Chiefs program and team, unlike many of the teams that they play in the EBL, all of their teams are made up strictly of players from Tewksbury, whereas other teams are made up of players from several communities. Through four weeks of play in the EBL in Division II, the Tewksbury Chiefs baseball program looks like this:
Tewksbury Chiefs 10u
Coaches: John Feudo and Josh Driscoll
The 10u Tewksbury Chiefs are currently 5-3 both overall and in EBL Division play. The Chiefs 10u’s leading hitters to this point in the season have been Cholton Carmody who leads the team in hits with ten hits (two doubles and one triple) while also leading the team in RBI with 6. Jonathan Sullivan and Jackson Feudo are consistently on the base paths and lead the team in runs scored with seven each. Nicky DeSisto has contributed on offense with three doubles and a triple as well, along with five RBI.
On the pitching side, Colin Durkin leads the way with a 2.57 ERA in seventeen innings pitched on the young season. Brady Schofield and Ben Barrasso have also pitched very well overall and have helped keep their team in games by throwing strikes and having teams put the ball in play. Cam Gudner, Tyler Crawford, Michael Macauda and Cam Duval have all be steady on defense as well contributing to the teams early season success.
After a very busy last weekend with four games, the 10u squad will be back home at the friendly confines of Poulin Field on East Street on Saturday, May 12 at 12:00 and 2:00 for a double header against the Shoemakers out of Haverhill.
Tewksbury Chiefs 11u
Coaches: James Galanis, Joe Cincotta, Tyler Welch
The 11u Tewksbury Chiefs continue to work extremely hard in searching for their first win of the season. This young group of players who are playing on a mid sized diamond for the first time (50’ pitching mound and 70’ bases) continue to develop on a weekly basis as they learn the new intricacies od baseball on the medium size diamond, opposed to the Little league diamond (46’ pitching mound and 60’ bases) that they play on in town. It’s quite a significant difference first in the size of the field, but also in the way in which you play the game, as the real rules of baseball are now played with leading, stealing and balks from the pitchers being called. Although this is a transition for players of this age, it is providing them with a great opportunity that only very few players had the opportunity to learn on. This age and level of play is the first opportunity that players of this age get to experience before they move on as 13 year old onto the “big diamond” that is used in high school and college.
The coaches are focusing on improvement and working with this new style of play and teaching these young players how to play under these new conditions. Leading hitters on the 11u team are Nathan Galanis .600 AVG, 9 Hits and 4 RBI, Robbie Welch .438 AVG, 7 Hits and 4 RBI, Ben Doucette .411 AVG and 5 Hits and Michael Parisi has 3 base hits. Other offensive standouts have been Jason Lavoie and Zach Russo who have 3 runs scored each.
On the mound, CJ Newkirk is leading the way with a 1.57 ERA and 8 strikeouts in three appearances. Also on the mound, Zach Russo has struck out 6, Ben Doucette 5 and Robbie Welch and Michael Parisi with 4 each. Consistency is the focus with this group of pitchers while working with the extended distance on the mound.
Defensive contributors throughout the season have been Tyler Bourgea, Cameron Thompson, David Karlberg and Anthony DiFranco. The 11u Chiefs get back on the diamond this coming Saturday against the Chelmsford Lions at a time and site to be determined.
Tewksbury Chiefs 12u
Coaches: Jim Sullivan, Steve Powers, Kevin Cummings
The third of the new additions to the Tewksbury Chiefs Baseball program, the 12u Chiefs are currently 5-3 overall and in the EBL Division play. The 12u Chiefs are riding a 3 game win streak and flying high coming off of a 2-0 weekend and a no hitter thrown by Zach Hayes.
Behind outstanding defense by Matt Cooke at shortstop, Evan Galanis at second base, Derek Nazzaro at third base and Justin Magee in centerfield, Hayes completed the 6 inning no hitter by striking out 13, while the fielders took care of the remaining 5 outs in the game! The Chiefs offense was led in Game 1 by Matt Cooke who was on base four times, 3 hits and got on via an error while scoring twice, Derek Nazzarro who was on base 3 times, 2 hits and a hit by pitch and scored a run and Hayes helped his own cause at the plate as well with a double, single, hit by pitch and got on via an error. Additionally, Zach scored on 3 of his 4 times on base! Daniel Sullivan had a good game behind the plate being on the back end of Hayes first AAU no hitter of his career.
Following the break and splendid performance by Hayes and the Chiefs, both teams reloaded for the backend of the double header where Scott Miller would take the mound for the Chiefs looking to complete the sweep on the day. Once again, pitching and defense were the keys for the Chiefs in this one as they would go out and bring home a 7-2 victory behind Miller only giving up 4 hits on the day while striking out nine. Once again, Matt Cooke had 5 putouts in the game at shortstop while Justin Magee, playing second base in this game, had 3 as well. Zach Hayes, had the lone other putout in the game at first base. Other than the four hits, Miller took care of the rest, sitting down 9 batters via strikeout! Timmy Bradley took the duties behind the plate over in game 2 and did a superb job behind the plate for Miller as well. Andrew Whynot and Drew Nestor contributed in both games both at the plate and in the field as well. At the plate in game 2 Matt Cook once again found his way on base three times, 2 more singles and via an error, scoring twice while single runs were scored by Justin Magee (single), Zach Hayes (single), Scott Miller (single), Derek Nazzaro (single) and Andrew Whynot (walk) all scored runs. Collecting RBI for the Chiefs were Derek Nazzaro (2), Kyle Cummings (2) and Zach Hayes (1).
The Chiefs 11u look to stay hot and continue to progress as they work towards the EBL playoffs and are on the road once again this coming Saturday at 12:15 and 2:15 in Waltham, MA against the Viking Americans.
Tewksbury Chiefs 13u
Coaches: Nick Bain, Tyler Lechman
The Chiefs 13u team consists of players coming out of Little league majors play and are stepping onto the big diamond for the first time. Coach Bain and Lechman have been working with this group of players helping to teach them the way to play the game on the big diamond that they will play on for the remainder of their playing career. This sometimes can be a very difficult and challenging transition as traditionally the Tewksbury players are coming directly from Little League diamonds (46’ pitching mounds/60’ bases to 60’ pitching mounds/90’ bases). Both coaches and players have really adapted well to this transition and are off to a nice start at 3-3 overall and in division play.
The Chiefs 13u squad dropped both ends of a league double header this past weekend. Early on in game 1 they had runners on base every inning and just seemed to be one hit away all day but couldn’t find that hit they so desperately needed. Mathew Duggan and Ben O'Keefe combined on the mound in game one pitching well and keeping their guys in the game, unfortunately the Chiefs came up on the short end of an 11-6 loss in the opener. In game 2, Blake Ryder took to the mound and went 4 2/3 innings striking out five batters and only giving up three earned runs. Tristan Leslie came in and finished it up not giving up a run the rest of the way out. Leslie also reached base six times throughout the day. Ryan Flynn, Will McFadyen, Mathew Duggan, Ben O'Keefe, Billy Doherty, Conor Cremin, and Andrew Della Piana all pitched in with hits. Michael Hill stood out defensively at third base while Andrew Duval was once again a rock behind the plate on defense.
The Chiefs 13u team will be heading on the road for a tournament this weekend at the Pirates 13U Tournament in Dover, NH. Before returning home the following week for EBL action at 9:00 and 11:00 at Strong Field.
Tewksbury Chiefs 14u
Coaches: Michael Bowse, Rob Wallace, Joe Vitale, Allyn Hood
The Chiefs 14u team got going a bit late with the poor April weather and field conditions in our area, they have only played two EBL games and have participated in a tournament this past weekend. Game summaries for the first five games of the season are as follows:
In the opening weekend for the Chiefs 14u squad on April 22, the Chiefs welcomed and hosted the Western Maine Mountaineers. In game 1 of the double header, the Chiefs opened the season in disappointing fashion with a mercy-shortened 14-3 loss. Unfortunately errors, walks, passed balls, and mental mistakes were the theme for the oldest team in the Chiefs organization. Newcomer Brady Lane provided a highlight with an RBI double in his Chiefs debut. Shortstop Michael Sullivan also played well defensively, notching six putouts over two games.
Game two of the weekend double header showed slight improvement for the Chiefs, but they still came away with an 8-4 loss. The four run loss saw fewer walks and errors, but it was not enough to avoid the sweep on the day. During the game two loss, utility man Luke Maresca recorded his first hit of the young season. The Chiefs were scheduled to play at Team Boston Americans on April 29th in EBL play but were rained out. Following just one week of play, the Chiefs find themselves at 0-2 overall and 0-0 in division play
This past weekend, May 5 and 6, the Chiefs 14u team traveled out to Needham to participate in the Needham Rockets Takeoff Tournament. Play opened up on Saturday with pool play before moving on to playoff play on Sunday.
The young Redmen got off to a quick start in their first contest of the Needham Rockets Takeoff Tournament with a leadoff double by pitcher David Miller who would later came around to score on a ball put in play by third baseman Nick Theodos. Miller would go on to go 4-for-4 in the game as he pulled the squad to their first win of the young season by a score of 13-9 over the Dirt Dawgs. Miller's battery-mate Colin Goggins, contributed on both sides of the ball as he reached base three times in the game and recorded one caught stealing. Also chipping in with hits in the winning effort were Adam Favreau, Brady Lane, Jake McDonough, and Cody Mercuri.
The second game of the day in pool play resulted in a time-limit shortened loss by the score of 8-7 for the Chiefs to the New Hampshire Bobcats. Adam Favreau led the way offensively for the Chiefs reaching base in all three of his plate appearances. David Miller and shortstop Michael Sullivan also pitched in with triple each as well. Sullivan made meaningful contributions in the field as well, notching three put outs without being charged with an error in the game. Sullivan also teamed up with second baseman Sean Lane to start a 6-4-3 double play to quell the Bobcats short lived rally in the second inning.
The 1-1 performance in pool play earned the team a playoff berth on Sunday morning where they were slated to square off with the Fury, which turned into another close battle for the Chiefs.
In the quarterfinal playoff game on Sunday morning, the Chiefs received a strong pitching performance from Michael Sullivan as he kept the young Chiefs in the game until the very end. Chasing four runs in the top of the fifth inning, Jake McDonough, Aaron Connelly, David Miller, Nick Theodos, and Sean Lane all reached base consecutively to start the inning. All five base runners came around to score in a big fifth to take the lead for the Chiefs at 6-5. The Fury then fought back in the bottom of the sixth, putting up three runs to regain their lead at 8-6. Brady Lane drove in Sullivan in the final frame to close out the scoring at 8-7. Unfortunately it was too little too late as this spelled the end of tournament bid for the team.
The 14U Tewksbury Chiefs return to action with four games this upcoming weekend with a twin-bill in Chelmsford Saturday morning and then a Mother's Day doubleheader at Tewksbury Memorial High School starting at 9AM.
The Chiefs' website is https://www.tewksburychiefsbaseball.com/.