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Tewksbury Chiefs Baseball Roundup, Weekend of May 12 (Photos)

May 18, 2018 06:41AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Galanis sliding

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the Tewksbury Chiefs.)

With a rainy Saturday, the 10u Tewksbury Chiefs were only able to get one of their scheduled two games in, and the 12u team had their double header cancelled. The Chiefs 11u and 14u both played as scheduled on Saturday and the 14’s also played on Sunday as well. The Chiefs 13u traveled to Dover, NH for the Pirates 13u Invitational for the weekend.  

Tewksbury Chiefs 10u
The 10u Tewksbury Chiefs hosted the Shoemakers out of Riverside/Bradford in Haverhill, playing out of Batter Up in Methuen. In game one, the Chiefs ran into a very hot and strong Shoemakers pitching staff and ultimately ended up on the short end of an 11-3 defeat. 

Playing strong overall games for the 10’s in game one were Cohlton Carmody, Colin Durkin and Tyler Crawford as both teams battled through the rain. After getting down 4-0 early, the 10u Chiefs continued to battle all game but were held at bay by the stronger Shoemakers on this day. Game two was cancelled due to the rain and will be made up next weekend during the EBL Rainout Playoff weekend. The 10u Chiefs currently sit at 5-4 overall and 3-4 in divisional play.  

Coach Feudo is proud of his guys determination and competitiveness and continues to focus on teaching his young squad all aspects of the game and skill development.

Tewksbury Chiefs 11u
The 11u Tewksbury Chiefs grabbed their first double header victory of the season and wins by the scores of 9-8 and 11-8. In game one, it was the work of starter CJ Newkirk and relievers Robbie Welch, Zach Russo and Ben Doucette on the mound whom combined to give up 8 runs and collect 6 strikeouts in the game, with Doucette earning the win. Offensive leaders for the 11u team in game one include Nathan Galanis (2-3, 1 run scored, 1 RBI), Robbie Welch (2-3, 2 runs scored), Anthony DiFranco (1-2, walk, 1 run scored, 2 RBI and a double), Michael Parisi (1-3, 1 run scored, 2 RBI), CJ Newkirk helping out his own cause (1-2, walk, 1 run scored and 1 RBI) and David Karlberg (0-2, run scored, 1 RBI).

Game two was another offensive shootout with the Chiefs 11u coming away with an 11-8 victory. On the mound, Jason Lavoie went 5 1/3 innings giving up just 4 earned runs while walking just 2 batters and striking out 3! Anthony DiFranco came in and got the save for the Chiefs pitching the final 1 1/3 innings of the game. Offensively for the Chiefs, Michael Parisi continued his hot day by going 2-3 with a run scored and a double, Ben Doucette went 1-3 with 1 run scored and an RBI as well, also with a double and Nathan Galanis continued his torrid offensive run this season by going 2-3 with 1 run scored, 2 RBI and a double as well. David Karlberg also contributed offensively in this game by going 1-3 with 1 run scored and an RBI as well.

Overall it was a great day for the Chiefs 11u squad who continues to work and improve each week. It was tremendous to see them breakthrough this weekend with two hard fought and well earned victories! The 11u Chiefs will be back in action this coming Saturday against the Mass Hurricanes at 8:30am and 10:30am at Otis Field in Mansfield.

Tewksbury Chiefs 12u
The 12u Chiefs unfortunately had their double header scheduled for Malden on Saturday rained out and will be back in action this coming Sunday evening in a non league matchup with the Dracut 12u Travel Team, which will be played at 3:00pm and 5:00pm at Dillon McAnespie Field on Lakeview Ave. in Dracut.

Tewksbury Chiefs 13u
The Chiefs 13u team took a major step in development as a team this weekend. They traveled north of the boarder to dover, NH to play in the SU Pirates 13u Invitational Tournament. The scheduled called for a double header on Saturday againts the Seacoat United Pirates-McAlister and the Seacoast United Pirates-McCoomb, both teams seeded in the EBL Divison 1A. In game 1 the Chiefs couldn't seem to get much going at the plate after a 2 run single by Ben O'Keefe in the first. Blake Ryder took the mound, going a strong 4 2/3 inninags keeping the Chiefs within striking distance. The 13s drop game 1 4-2.

In game 2, the Chiefs found themselves in a back and forth game. Mathew Duggan went 5 full on the mound giving up 4 earned runs. In the top of the 7th the Chiefs found themselves down by a run. Tristan Leslie and Blake Ryder led the inning off with walks followed by singles from O'Keefe and Duggan to load the bases and push a run across. Will McFadyen kept the rally going ripping a bases clearing double to the fence giving the Chiefs a 1 run lead going into the bottom of the 7th. The Pirates got a run in the bottom of the inning forcing extra innings. Teams trade runs in the 8th and the Chiefs got shut down in the top of the 9th leading to a exciting finish with the tournament time limit approaching. With the bases loaded and 1 out, Ben O'Keefe forced a fly ball to deep left center caught by Conor Cremin who relayed the ball in to Tristan Leslie who tagged the runner out between 2nd and 3rd before the run scored leading to an 11-11 tie in 9 innings.

On Sunday, the Chiefs returned to action in the tournament playoffs against the Plympton Crush and came home with a 15-5 defeat. After a rocky first two innings, Leslie settles in to get through five. The Crush were kept off the scoreboard until the 7th giving the Chiefs the chance to chip away which they did with hits from Michael Hill, Conor Cremin, and Mathew Duggan, but it wasn't enough. Duggan and O'Keefe both racked up 6 hits throughout the weekend.

Tewksbury Chiefs 14u
On Saturday morning the Tewksbury Chiefs 14u team traveled over to Chelmsford for the first of their two weekend double headers. Behind two very strong starting pitching performances to kick the weekend off, the Chiefs unfortunately came home with 2 losses.

Saturday, Game 1
Tewksbury Chiefs 2 Chelmsford Lions 4
Saturday morning the 14U Tewksbury Chiefs travelled to Volunteer Field in Chelmsford for a two game set with the Chelmsford Lions. The game remained scoreless through the first three frames while Tewksbury pitcher David Miller settled in on a day that he struck out 10 batters over six innings, also yielding 8 hits and two walks. The young Redmen pushed two runs across in the top of the fourth. One run was driven in on a ground ball by Adam Favreau, the other on a fielding error off the bat of Aaron Connelly. The Lions answered with three of their own in the bottom half of the inning before adding an additional insurance run in the fifth. The Chiefs would go scoreless in the final three frames. Other Chiefs pitching in were Nick Theodos, Luke Maresca, and Sean Lane with on hit each. Rightfielder Brady Lane also made a great diving catch in the bottom of the fifth.

Saturday, Game 2
Chelmsford Lions 14 Tewksbury Chiefs 6
The rains came for the second half of Saturday’s double header. Starting pitcher Michael Sullivan pitched excellent, only allowing 3 earned runs over six innings of work. The young Redmen held a 6-4 lead heading into the final inning before the wheels came off. With Sullivan out of the game, seven free bases, four hits, and an error allowed the opposition to put up a ten spot to finish out the day. Favreau and Theodos contributed two hits each in the game.

Sunday, Game 1
NE Hurricanes 17 Tewksbury 7
A four-game weekend is not typical for any Chiefs team, and this weekend’s schedule showed a lack of depth in the team’s pitching staff. Game one Sunday saw Chief pitchers allow 19 free bases. The offense continued to chug along, churning out seven runs with Miller and Theodos driving in two runs each. Second baseman Sean Lane reached base on three occasions, stole a base, and played excellent defense.

Sunday, Game 2
Tewksbury 8 NE Hurricanes 2
At the end of a long weekend of baseball, the 14U Chiefs picked up a win on Mother’s Day. Starting pitcher Aaron Connelly went the distance striking out 6 and only allowing two base hits. The first two batters of the game came around to score before Connelly settled in and threw six shutout frames to close the weekend. Miller produced at the plate with a single and a double. Cody Mercuri, Sean Lane, and Favreau also added one hit each.

The Chiefs return to action next Sunday at World Series Park in Saugus against the Saugus Wings.

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