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Tewksbury Chiefs Baseball Roundup, Weekend of June 2 (Photos)

Jun 09, 2018 05:01AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Nick DeSisto, 10u

Tewksbury Chiefs 10u
The Tewksbury Chiefs 10u squad was awarded with the #1 seed in the EBL Silver Division Championship Bracket and was fortunate enough to play at home at Poulin Field on East Street for the weekend.  The 10u Chiefs successfully swept the weekend double headers to move on to the EBL Silver Division Semifinals, which will be hosted by the Tewksbury Chiefs and Tewksbury Youth Baseball once again at Sullivan and Poulin Field on East Street in Tewksbury this coming Saturday.

The Chiefs, lead by solid pitching, strong defense and timely hitting won four in a row to earn a trip to the EBL Silver Division Final Four in just their first year of existence. On Saturday, the Chiefs swept The Show from North Andover.  After falling behind in both games 4-0 in the first inning, the Chiefs mounted comebacks in both games. In game one, the offense was paced by Cam Guedner, Nick DeSisto and Michael Macauda with 5 runs and 3 runs batted in combined in the 5, 6, 7 spots to get the run scoring started. Colton Carmody would knock in two more runs with a single in the fourth to plate two more runs to cap off the scoring in the 10 - 8 victory. Nick DeSisto picked up the win on the mound going 4 and 1/3 strong innings while Ben Barrasso picked up the save closing out the game.

In game two, The Show would once again jump out to a 4 -0 lead in the first inning. This time the Chiefs would not wait around to answer. In the second inning, the Chiefs would bat around featuring hits by DeSisto, Macuada, Brady Schofield, Tyler Crawford, Cam Duval and was capped off by a big double down the right field line by Jonny Sullivan.  Sullivan would score 3 runs and Carmody would drive in three to cap off a 14 to 6 victory. Crawford, Jackson Feudo and Sullivan would combine for 5 innings on the mound giving up just three runs.

The Chiefs took on the Giants early Sunday morning.  Once again, the Chiefs would give up 3 runs in the first inning, having to ply from behind for the third straight playoff game, usually not a good thing for a team. In this game though, Macauda, Benny Barrasso and Brady Schofield would walk in succession opening the door for Tyler Crawford to deliver a two rbi double to cap off a 5 run inning putting the Chiefs back ahead. Carmody, the winning pitcher in the game, would settle down and throw a strong 4 innings, striking out 5 in a gutsy performance to get the Chiefs to 3-0 in playoff action.  The game was then turned over to Colin Durkin who picked up the save and also homered (inside the park)in the contest. The Chiefs added three more runs in the game and came away with a 8-5 victory.

The final game of the weekend would prove to be the closest nd most challenging for the young 10u Chiefs. Colin Durkin who started game two would be touched for 2 runs in the first and then a third run in the third.  Trailing 3-2 heading into the bottom of the 5th inning, the Chiefs needed base runners. Michael Macauda had a big at bat battling an 0 -2 count and turning it into an infield hit. After a big hit from Schofield, Crawford then ripped a tomahawked line drive up the middle to score Macauda. Jonny Sullivan and Jackson Feudo would follow up a Duval walk with back to back hits to cap off the scoring.  That’s all the Chiefs would need as Sullivan would come in on the mound and shut the door with 2  2/3rds innings of scoreless relief giving their fourth victory of the weekend by a score of 5-3.

Tewksbury Chiefs 11u
The Tewksbury Chiefs 11u weathered a push by the NorEasters South in the second inning where the scored five runs, but the Chiefs 11u were able to hang on and won 17-8 on Saturday n game one. The Chiefs 11u collected 13 hits where the NorEasters South tallied nine overall in the high-scoring affair.

The Chiefs 11u opened up the scoring in the first inning, when Mike Parisi singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run. The Chiefs 11u took the lead for good with three runs in the third inning. In the third, Nathan Galanis singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run, Mike Parisi grounded out, scoring one run, and Zach Russo's sac fly scored another run for Chiefs 11u.

The Chiefs 11u put up nine runs in the fifth inning. The offensive firepower by the Chiefs 11u was led by Mike Parisi, Zach Russo, CJ Newkirk, Cameron Thompson, Tyler Bourgea, and David Karlberg, who all drove in runs.

CJ Newkirk was the winning pitcher for the Chiefs 11u where pitched four innings, allowing seven runs, on seven hits, while striking out two. Ben Doucette threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen to finish the game.

The Chiefs 11u squad racked up 13 hits in the game. Nathan Galanis, Robby Welch, CJ Newkirk, and Ben Doucette all had multiple hits for Chiefs.

In game two, the Tewksbury Chiefs 11u struggled to find the groove against the SU Cubs. Offensively for the Chiefs, Ben Doucette went 2 for 3 in the game, while also drawing a walk and scoring two of the three teams runs. Anthony DiFranco also had a strong offensive game going 2 for 2 while Michael Parisi and Nathan Galanis both had 1 for 3 games with Parisi driving in 1 run while Robby Welch drove in the other for the Chiefs 11u. David Karlberg and Cam Thompson worked walks for the final Chiefs 11u base runners of the day.

Pitching for the Chiefs 11u squad in game two were Robby Welch (3 innings, 4 hits, 3 earned runs, 1 strikeout and 4 walks), Ben Doucette (2 innings, 3 hits, 1 earned run and 1 walk). Unfortunately the Chiefs 11u undoing was their defense that let them down on the day which led to 6 unearned runs in the game. 

On Sunday, the Tewksbury Chiefs 11u traveled to Biddeford, New Hampshire for a double header with the Legends Gold, a well-established and respected organization and team. In game one, the Legends Gold came away with a 13-3 victory.

Zach Russo took to the hill for the Chiefs 11u and pitched well over 2 1/3 innings giving up just 4 hits, 1 run and 3 walks. Michael Parisi was the second man in that pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up just 1 hit, 4 runs while walking 5. Cameron Thompson finished the game on the mound going 1 1/3 innings yielding just 2 hits and 0 earned runs and walking just 2.

Offensively the Chiefs 11u were led by Anthony DiFranco who continued his hot weekend going 2 for 2 with a run scored and a run batted in. CJ Newkirk went 1 for 2 on the day and a run scored as did Robby Welch the same, along with a walk as well. Michael Parisi drove in a run as well. DiFranco and Newkirk both came through with doubles on the day as well.

In the final game of the weekend and playoffs, the Chiefs put a yet another good battle and hung in there, but came up just short, taking their second loss of the day, 9-7. Jason Lavoie went to the mound for the Chiefs 11u and gave them a good performance going 3 2/3rds innings yielding just 5 hits, 4 earned runs, walking 5 but also striking out 5 on the day. Anthony DiFranco followed Lavoie to the mound and went 1 1/23 innings allowing just 1 hit, 0 earned runs and three strike outs.

Offensively, the Chiefs were led by Nathan Galanis who went 3 for 3, scoring a run and driving in two along with a double, Michael Parisi, 1 for 2 with 2 runs scored, 2 runs driven in, was it by a pitch and hit a double as well, Anthony DiFranco, 1 for 2 with a walk, Tyler Bourgea, 1 for 1 with a run scored and a walk, Robby Welch, 1 for 3 with a run scored and a double, CJ Newkirk, 1 for 3 and David Karlberg who drew 2 walks and scored a run.   

Tewksbury Chiefs 12u
In just their first year of existence and playing together, the Tewksbury Chiefs 12u squad earned the 7th overall seed of 28 teams in the EBL Division II based on their 5-1 divisional record. With that seeding, the 12u Chiefs were scheduled to play the #9 seeded Central Mass Tornadoes on Saturday and then the #10 seeded Legends Navy squad. Both very well established EBL AAU Baseball programs and teams that have been playing together for many years. The 12u Chiefs were to travel to Auburn, MA on Saturday for their matchup with the Tornadoes and then to Gloucester, MA for their Sunday matchup with the Legends Navy.

After battling all season long, the 12u Chiefs continued to battle in both games in Saturday’s double header. In game 1, the 12u Chiefs ran up against extremely strong pitching from the Tornadoes.  The Tornadoes ace pitcher would come out and no hit the 12u Chiefs for 5 full innings while walking two and hitting one in three separate innings. The Tornadoes pitcher was able to keep the Chiefs off balance during the first five innings as they were able to put up four runs on the board offensively as well. Zach Hayes pitched very well once again for the Chiefs as he only gave up 2 runs (only 1 earned) through 4+ innings before being relieved in the fifth inning. The Tornadoes were unfortunately able to tack on two more runs, one in the fifth and one in the sixth innings to extend their lead to 4-0.

With things looking bleak for the Chiefs trailing 4-0 and having been no hit to that point in the game, Daniel Sullivan stepped up and led the inning off with a hit to right center to both break up the no hit bid and breathe some life back into the Chiefs. Evan Galanis then laid down a fantastic bunt single that Sullivan moved to third base on and Galanis then moved up to second on the throw in attempt to get Sullivan at third. With Galanis’s terrific bunt and speed and Sullivan’s heady base running, the Chiefs were threatening with runners on second and third and no outs, trailing 4-0. 

Justin Magee was next up and drive a grounder to the right side of the infield scoring Sullivan and the Chiefs first run of the game and playoffs, while Galanis moved up to third. Following a passed ball during George DeGregoios at bat, Galanis would speed his way home and score the second run of the game but that was the final threat that the Chiefs were able to muster and ended up on the short end of a 402 final score in game one of both the playoffs and double header. 

Game two was a display of excellent pitching once again from both sides with Scotty Miller taking to the mound for the 12u Chiefs. The Tornadoes were able to get on top first again in this game behind a triple and single, 2 stolen bases and a passed ball. The Chiefs defense was able to step up and turn a huge double play and end the inning trailing 2-0. Undeterred and determined, the Chiefs took their turn at bat and answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the first inning behind Galanis once again who got on, stole second, then third and scored on a sacrifice fly to centerfield from Matty Cooke.  Through the first inning, the Chiefs trailed 2-1 but were right there in the game with the Tornadoes.

Miller went back to the mound and asserted his dominance holding the Tonadoes to just one single over those two innings. In the bottom of the second Sullivan was able to keep his hot day going with another single but the Chiefs were unable to move or score him in the inning. In the bottom of the third though, Galanis ripped a single to right center, would them proceed to steal second base once again and George DeGregorio would then single and score Galanis. DeGregorio would steal second and move to third on a passed ball and ultimately score on a ball hit by Matty Cook that was misplayed. The Chiefs threat would end on a groundout double play. After scoring two runs in the inning, the Chiefs led 3-2.

The final three innings didn’t go as smoothly for the Chiefs as the first three had gone as the Tornadoes came to bat in the top of the fourth and took the lead back scoring two runs on 3 hits and a fielders choice giving the Tornadoes at 4-3 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. Scotty Miller pitched 5 1/3 very strong innings for the Chiefs, and just as Zach Hayes has all season long, provided his team with another very strong performance and effort in the game. Following day 1 of the playoffs the Chiefs found themselves 0-2 with day 2 ahead of them on Sunday.

In another first for the Chiefs 12u squad, they would play a weekend double header on both Saturday and Sunday for just the first time. On Sunday, the Chiefs 12u traveled to Gloucester to play the highly acclaimed Legends Navy team who was coming off of a 1-1 record the prior day. Matty Cooke would take to the mound for the Chiefs in game one. Pitching very well but one of the things that made the Chiefs such a strong team all season, pitching and defense, failed them in this game as they had good pitching, but the defense wasn’t up to the same level as it had been all season. Through four innings Matty Cooke would give the Chiefs four strong innings on the mound striking out four batters and giving up just 5 hits and just one walk and only 1 earned run.

Offensively for the Chiefs in game one, Derek Nazzaro, Zach Hayes, Scotty Miller each collected a hit each while Timmy Bradley had two hits as well. Zach Hayes and Kyle Cummings also drew walks in game to contribute offensively as well. The Chiefs would ultimately go down by the score of 8-1 in game one.

In the final game of the weekend and back end of the Sunday double header, and ultimately the last game of the season, the Chiefs went out and as always battled hard until the final out losing 13-6. Offensively for the Chiefs, Zach Hayes, Daniel Sullivan, Drew Nestor,  George DeGregorio, Justin Magee, and Evan Galanis all contributed hits while Scotty Miller added two hits and Galanis, DeGregorio and Matty Cooke all drew walks as well. Scoring runs for the Chiefs were Galanis (2), Cooke, Miller, DeGregorio and Magee.

Following 6 errors in game one, the Chiefs got back to their more consistent defensive ways highlighted by a couple of fantastic plays by Andrew Whynot at second base and Evan Galanis and Justin Magee in centerfield at different points throughout the game as well. Matty Cooke was rock solid for the Chiefs all season long at shortstop and continued to make several plays during the weekend as well.  Kyle Cunnings and Derek Nazzaro were also stalwarts for the Chiefs on defense throughout the season both in the outfield and infield.  The Chiefs got strong pitching throughout the season from Zach Hayes, Scotty Miller, Matty Cooke, George DeGregorio, Drew Nestor and Justin Magee. Performing and improving throughout the season behind the plate were Daniel Sullivan and Timmy Bradley.

It was a fantastic inaugural season for the 12u Chiefs that unfortunately ended on a down note but can’t take away from the improvement and development that this team has undergone!      

Tewksbury Chiefs 14u
After a slow start to the season, the 14u Tewksbury Chiefs are heating up. The squad entered the weekend coming off of 3 straight wins – including a sweep of division leading Saugus Wings. This past weekend the Chiefs hosted EITC at Antonelli Field at Livingston Street Park.

EITC 4 vs Tewksbury 3
The short-lived winning streak came to an end in game one of Sunday’s doubleheader in Tewksbury. The Young Chiefs struck early. Following a 1-2-3 first from starting pitcher, David Miller, third baseman Nick Theodos hit a rope for a triple that drove in the game’s first run. Miller cruised through two more frames before the visitors went on the offensive. A fourth inning rally consisting of 5 consecutive base hits gave the EITC a 4-1 lead. The young Chiefs didn’t take long to answer. After shortstop Michael Sullivan knocked in Adam Favreau in the bottom half of the fourth, Aaron Connelly reached on an error. A perfectly executed sacrifice bunt by Luke Maresca set up Cody Mercuri to drive in another run on a fielder’s choice. The visitors preserved their victory over the final three innings as the Chiefs fell 4-3 in game 1 of the days double header.

Tewksbury 12 vs EITC 7
Where the offense lacked for Tewksbury in game one, it showed in spades in game two. Seven different hitters recorded at least one hit in the game, while the team collectively gathered 8 walks and 3 hit-by-pitches. Starting pitcher, Michael Sullivan, kept his team in the game by pitching well over 5 innings of work only allowing 4 earned runs. The young Chiefs entered the bottom of the fifth in a 5-5 tie. After a leadoff strike out, Favreau, Sullivan, and Maresca all reached base, bringing Brady Lane to the plate who then broke the game open with a bases-clearing triple, providing the Chiefs all they needed to put away their opponents.

Next Sunday, the 14u Chiefs will travel to Vacationland in Maine, for a double header with the Maine Wolves. 

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