Sunday, December 20, 2015

Media Day set for Jan. 3

MEDIA DAY: On Jan. 3, the Bobcats are hosting Media Day at Ultimate Sports Academy from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Players will be receiving their uniforms. Professional photographer/videographer Barry Alley is our new team photographer, and he will be taking head and shoulder portraits of every player and coach. These photos will be posted on the EBL team pages and published throughout the season. Please make every effort to stop by USA on Jan. 3 to have a professional portrait taken. Players who have recently joined the program will not receive their game jerseys until March.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Winter Baseball Academy

Players ages 9 and up are eligible to sign up for the Bobcats Winter Baseball Academy at Ultimate Sports Academy in Manchester. Training begins Jan 9-10, 2016 and continues every Saturday and Sunday through March. Workouts are designed to prepare athletes for the spring season with an emphasis on arm conditioning, overall agility and proper fundamentals of fielding, hitting, pitching and catching. Example of a typical Saturday workout:

5 p.m. -- Stretching and plyometric exercises
5:15-6:30 p.m. -- Skill stations for 25 minutes and rotate
Station 1: Throwing mechanics and arm conditioning, long toss. Lead coach: Kevin McGowan, NY Mets minor league pitcher
Station 2: Baseball-specific agility training with a certified trainer
Station 3: Fielding mechanics and proper footwork. Lead coach: Greg LaRocca, former major leaguer

Saturday schedule
Session 1, ages 13-17: 5-6:30 p.m., USA
Session 2, ages 13-17: 6:30-8 p.m., USA

Sunday schedule
Session 1, ages 9-12: 8-9:30 a.m., USA
Session 2, ages 9-12: 9:30-11 a.m., USA

Cost is $25 for 90 minutes of professional instruction. Register at the door or pre-register by emailing info@nhbobcats.com; program director Kevin Gray, 716-4433

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Champions Hitting Camp with Ken Joyce

Ken Joyce of the San Francisco Giants, owner of four World Series rings, is once again hosting the Champions Hitting Camp at Ultimate Sports Academy on Saturday, Dec. 19. Session I for ages 9-12 is from 2-5 p.m. Session II for ages 13-17 is from 6-9 p.m. Log in at usanh.com and register for the camp. 
Joyce is a former hitting coach of the Fisher Cats who has worked at several levels of the minors with the Giants. He has been hitting coach in the Arizona Fall League, Major League spring training and made several stops from Single-A to Triple-A, working closely with Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and others such as Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval. He is no stranger to the Bobcats, having conducted clinics with our coaches through the years. Click here for video of the camp.
"I always enjoy coming to New Hampshire and working with these passionate hitters. What you guys are doing here at Ultimate Sports Academy is awesome!" said Joyce, who covers several facets of hitting, including timing, rhythm, hitting for power, breaking down the strike zone and situational hitting. To pre-register for the Champions Hitting Camp, call 716-4433 or stop by the front desk at Ultimate Sports Academy. "Coach Joyce is the best teach of hitting that I have ever seen. He connects the dots and gets kids to feel and understand the hitting process," said Bobcats director Kevin Gray.



Thursday, December 3, 2015

Welcome Tommy Chase!

Former University of Notre Dame co-captain Tommy Chase has joined the staff at Ultimate Sports Academy and is available for fielding and hitting lessons. Chase, a four-year member of the Fighting Irish, has also coached in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League and is entering his first year as an assistant at Southern New Hampshire University. A native of Cohasset, Mass., Chase graduated from Boston College High School and joined the Notre Dame baseball team in 2009. As a senior in 2012, his teammates unanimously named him co-captain. He was also named a finalist for the 2012 Coach Wooden Citizenship Award as one of "Sports Greatest Citizens." Chase served as an assistant coach and head coach for the Seacoast Mavericks of the FCBL and served as an assistant at Navy and UC-Santa Barbara.program. To schedule a hitting/fielding lesson with coach Chase, call Ultimate Sports Academy at 782-4949 or general manager Kevin Gray at 716-4433.
Tommy Chase, currently an assistant coach at Southern New Hampshire, was as a four-member of the Fighting Irish. He is available for fielding and hitting lessons at Ultimate Sports Academy. 

Friday, November 27, 2015

11u, 12u, 13u meetings set for Dec. 5

The Bobcats are hosting a meet-and-greet and light workout for former New England Blackhawks players on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Ultimate Sports Academy. Players eligible for the 13u team are meeting from 10-11 a.m. Players eligible for the 12u team are meeting from noon-1 p.m. Players eligible for the 11u team are meeting for from 2-3 p.m. Coaches will discuss plans for the 2016 season and begin finalizing roster spots. For more information, call Kevin Gray at 716-4433. 

USA! A new era for Bobcats baseball

The New Hampshire Bobcats are proud to announce that Kevin Gray has been named general manager of Ultimate Sports Academy in Manchester effective immediately. Gray and his partners Jeff and Dina Montembeault take over management of the multi-sports complex, which has hosted a variety of teams and events since opening in 2012. Renovations and facility improvements already have commenced in preparation for the busy winter season. USA plans to add one more indoor workout area (60-x-40), equipped with two more more batting cages and a state-of-the-art hitting system with data capture and MLB-like simulation.

"This is an exciting time for USA and young athletes in the area. This partnership will only strengthen the programs at USA and take player development to a new level," said David Duragano, a founder and owner of USA. "Kevin has a proven track record and his organization and skillset fit the needs of USA perfectly. Looking forward to our future with Kevin and his support staff at the helm."

Since launching their organization in 2012, the Bobcats have expanded to nine teams for the spring season and eight teams for fall. Gray has coached various age levels in recent years and is currently the Bow High School junior varsity baseball head coach. He is also an associate scout for the Seattle Mariners.

"Our passion is teaching baseball with a focus on long-term development. This relationship is a win-win for everyone involved," Gray said. "Thank you to the founders of USA for this opportunity."

The staff at USA has plans for sports camps and clinics, in addition to special events such as a New Year's Eve party with games and prizes. For more information, contact USA at 603-782-4949; email Kevin@usanh.com.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

McGowan joins Bobcats as pitching coordinator


New York Mets minor leaguer Kevin McGowan, who completed the 2015 season with Double-A Binghamton, will serve as pitching coordinator for the Bobcats Winter Academy  beginning January 9-10 at Ultimate Sports Academy in Manchester. McGowan will oversee the Bobcats' throwing program and emphasize the importance of proper throwing mechanics, long toss and arm care. The Nashua North and Franklin Pierce University graduate plans to work with the Bobcats until leaving for spring training in early February.
McGowan fills the role of former St. Anselm College pitching coach Nick Cenatiempo, who has joined the coaching staff at SUNY Cortland. Structured workouts will be held on Saturdays from 5-8 p.m. and Sundays from 8-11 a.m. at USA. Bobcats teams practice for 90-minute sessions. McGowan joins a list of instructors that includes former professionals Greg LaRocca (Indians, Padres), Don Perigny (Marlins, White Sox) and others with college and pro experience. Last winter, Junior Mendez of the Oakland A's joined the Bobcats for several workouts.
"There is no substitute for an off-season program that gives young players an opportunity to practice good habits. I have been fortunate to learn from excellent coaches throughout my career, and I look forward to giving back to younger players whenever I can," said McGowan, who has worked with the Bobcats in the past. The Bobcats Winter Academy is included in player tuition. Non-rostered players are invited to attend winter training at a cost of $25 per session. For more information, contact program director Kevin Gray at 716-4433 or email info@nhbobcats.com.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2015 in Review

Thank you to our players and parents for our most successful season ever! Highlights:
Bobcats Prospects -- The star-studded team played in five tournaments, not including a trip to Florida in February, while posting an 18-10-1 record in all-wood bat games. Dakota Mulcay (class of 2017) and Cody Morissette (class of 2018) were invited to the prestigious Area Code tryouts and are being actively recruited by many colleges. Mulcay led the team in most every offensive category, batting .477. Morissette dominated top competition at New England Baseball Complex and caught the eye of several college coaches this season. He made unofficial visits to Virginia Tech, UNC Ashville and will be visiting Duke this fall. RHP Matthew Chandler, who hit 86-mph at Holman Stadium, along fellow Bobcats made strong impressions on coaches from Franklin Pierce University, Keene State College, St. Anselm College and other schools.



15u -- Southpaws Declan Knieriem, Dylan Bogacz and righty Moises Celaya led a strong pitching staff as the Bobcats made a run to the New England EBL championship as the No. 1 seed. Knieriem tossed a no-hitter against Academy National at St. Anselm College, racking up 13 strikeouts. Bogacz led the team with 53 strikeouts; Celaya posted a team-best 2.44 ERA and led the offense with a .417 average. Table-setter Ryan Tessier led the team with 16 runs, and Tyler Santoro collected a team-best 14 RBIs.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bobcats Summer Camp

We are excited to announce summer baseball camp at Donati Field in Hooksett for ages T-ball through age 13.
Date: July 27-29, 9 a.m. to noon.
Cost: $60 per player; $30 for Hooksett residents

Practice makes perfect, right? Not exactly. Only perfect practice makes perfect! Our camp focuses on skill development through proper fundamentals. Instructors include Laconia Muskrats manager and St. Anselm College pitching coach Nick Cenatiempo and Bobcats staff coaches.

Example schedule, Monday through Wednesday:
8-9 a.m. – registration and player arrival
9 a.m.  – camp begins with team stretching and MLB plyometrics
9:20 a.m.  -- skill stations. Rotate every 20 minutes.
10:45: a.m.  – Snack break
11 a.m.  – Home run derby and skills challenges
Noon – Player pickup

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tryouts for 2016

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to tryouts in order to complete paperwork. Tryout fee is $20.

10u
Wednesday, July 29, 5:30 p.m. -- Gergler Field at Hanson Park, Bow
37 Albin Road, Bow, NH 03304

Wednesday, August 12, 5:30 p.m. -- Gergler Field at Hanson Park, Bow
37 Albin Road, Bow, NH 03304

11u
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 5:30 p.m. -- Gergler Field at Hanson Park, Bow
37 Albin Road, Bow, NH 03304

Saturday, August 8, 9 a.m. -- Gergler Field at Hanson Park, Bow
37 Albin Road, Bow, NH 03304

Monday, June 15, 2015

11u Bobcats bring home title!

Dylan Schuff ripped a bases-loaded single in the first inning, and then proceeded to shut down Academy National, leading the Bobcats to a 6-1 victory in the 11u New England EBL Pool Play championship. The tournament consisted of 10 teams from Division I, Division IA and Division II. Schuff went the distance, allowing only three hits, with nine strikeouts. The defense kept Academy off the scoreboard until the sixth inning. Tim Alley turned an unassisted double play, and Tyler Beleski and Aiden Hanning combined on a double play. Sam Dicicco had two hits and two RBIs. Congrats, team!


In the 12u Division I championship, Sean Wynkoop's three-run homer tied the game at 4-apiece in the sixth inning, but Noreasters Blue plated the winning run in the seventh inning. Starting pitcher Nicholas Ritchie pitched brilliantly, only giving up a pair of two-run homers. Josh Morissette homered in the third inning. Wynkoop and Morissette finished the season with a franchise-record 12 homers apiece. The Bobcats (21-5) took the runnerup trophy following a tremendous season.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

12u Bobcats reach Division I championship

Alex Noel and Nicholas Ritchie pitched the 12u Bobcats into the New England Elite Baseball League Division I championship with pressure-packed playoff performances on Sunday. Noel's complete-game effort beat the Shoemakers, 3-0, and Ritchie followed with a brilliant performance to beat the Legends Prospects, 4-2, as the Bobcats captured the EBL American League title. The 2015 championship features the Bobcats (21-4) against the Noreasters Blue (28-0-1) on Saturday at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. Game time is set for 2 p.m.

Monday, June 1, 2015

10u 'Cats sweep Academy with 9-inning thriller

Logan Gordon ripped a double to score Cameron Evans with the go-ahead run, and the Bobcats held off Academy National for 7-6 victory in nine innings at Youngsville on Saturday. In one of many highlights, catcher Colby Smith made a game-saving diving tag at home plate in the eighth inning. Adam Wetherbee and Gordon combined for three innings of scoreless relief to complete the sweep. Calen Smith's RBI-single helped fuel the 'Cats in the second game.In the opener, Nate Steigmeyer drove in two runs with a two-out single, powering the Bobcats to a 3-1 triumph. Ethan Gray had two hits and scored the game's first run and pitched two innings of relief, and Evans notched the save. Ryan McSweeney and Evan Provost each belted gap-doubles, and Ethan Chow and Nick Steigmeyer added multiple hits. The Bobcats wore custom jerseys in a preview of the organization's new-look for 2016.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Win recaps: Bobcats jump yard with homers

14u: Jake Ross went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and also pitched four effective innings, leading the Bobcats to a 13-4 win over Rivals. In the opener, Richie Marique worked 4-2/3 innings and had eight strikeouts to silence the Rivals. Ross is batting .702 (19-for-27) with six doubles and four triples. The Bobcats improved to 6-2.
13u: Timmy Stevens and Adrian Kennedy, who rank among league leaders in several offensive categories, led the way for blowout wins, 19-2 and 13-4, at Seacoast Mavericks White. Sam Froio notched the victory in the opener and also added three hits and five RBIs. The Bobcats lead their division with a 9-4 record.
12u: Chris Chow and Jack McLean each homered to power the Bobcats to their fourth straight victory. Connor Abood pitched another gem in a doubleheader sweep of Northeast Hurricanes Nashua.
12u: In the opener, Luke Ramsey hit a walk-off grand slam and Nicholas Ritchie pitched another complete game for a 10-0 win over Northeast Hurricanes Salem. The Bobcats (10-2) belted seven homers in the nightcap for a 20-10 triumph. Alex Noel went deep twice. Ryan Smith leads the New England EBL in batting (.722) and has three homers on the season.
10u: Nick Steigmeyer pitched a complete game in the opener, leading the Bobcats to an 8-4 win at the Londonderry Red Wings. Calen Smith snapped a tie game with a two-run single, and Ethan Chow drove in two more runs.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Morissette commits to Boston College

Exeter High School sophomore Cody Morissette, a four-year member of the New Hampshire Bobcats, made a verbal commitment to accept a baseball scholarship to Boston College this week. Morissette, 16, had made unofficial visits to UNC-Ashville, Virginia Tech and St. John's before committing to the Eagles of the ACC Conference. Since earning a save in his first-ever Bobcats game in 2012, he has led teams to multiple league and tournament championships. The recruiting process began in earnest last summer after playing in summer tournaments and participating in the Area Code showcase at Bentley College.
"Proud to say I have verbally committed to Boston College. Thanks to my family, friends and coaches who have helped me along the way. #birdball," Morissette tweeted.
In 2013, the lefty hitter fashioned a program-record 34-game hitting streak in games with the 13u and 14u Bobcats. He has thrown no-hitters and also been a mainstay on defense the past four seasons. Most recently, he led the Bobcats to an 18u tourney championship at Connecticut SportPlex.
"Cody has set the standard for being a leader and demanding excellence from himself. He is passionate about the game and his teammates. Boston College is getting a great player and great person," said Bobcats director Kevin Gray. "Congratulations to Cody and his family for reaching this goal."

Ritchie Express Delivers

Cool-headed Nicholas Ritchie silenced the previously red-hot Legends Prospects in a 7-0 victory for the 12u Bobcats in Division I play on Saturday night. Ritchie went all six innings and threw only 65 pitches, handing the Legends (16-4) their only shutout of the season. The strong righty yielded four hits and struck out five without allowing a walk. Alex Noel delivered a three-run homer in the fifth inning for the Bobcats (8-2). Ryan Smith went 5-for-5 in the doubleheader, homering twice. The Legends won the opener, 15-7, in a game featuring 10 home runs. Josh Morissette also homered.

12u: Winning pitchers Connor Abood and Jack McLean guided the Bobcats to a doubleheader sweep over the New England Blackhawks, 16-4 and 6-4 on Sunday morning. Sebastian Moceri had five hits on the afternoon. Chris Chow and Joey Costa teamed up for the defensive play of the game, with Chow chasing down a fly ball that bounced out off his glove and into the leather of Costa. Erik Hanser and Chris Lacerte provided relief pitching to nail down the second game.

14u: Strikeout king Richard Marique worked five innings, fanning five batters, to lead the Bobcats in a 15-2 against the NH Grizzlies. Marique has a league-leading 22 strikeouts in 11-2/3 innings. Jake Ross had three hits and three RBIs, while Carter Smith knocked in four runs.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Ten wins over the weekend

14u: Logan Galloway, Luke Brown and Foster Stacey combined for the victory as the Bobcats posted an 8-6 win at Hit Dr. Diamonds in Boston. Richard Marique and Jake Ross combined for six hits, including three doubles and a Ross triple.

13u: Poised right-handers Matt Stanieich and Luke McCusker each shut down Hurricanes Red for a doubleheader sweep in Salem. Drake Leask (team-leading 11 strikeouts) earned a clutch save in the opening 5-3 win under the lights.

12u: Nicholas Ritchie and Josh Morissette dominated on the mound, and the Bobcats collected 25 hits to pound the Shoemakers, 11-2 and 12-2, in Haverhill, Mass. Hot-hitting Ritchie went homered and went 6-for-6 at the plate, while Alex Noel also homered as the Bobcats raised their record to 7-1.

11u: Drew Knight, Austin Hazzard and Jake Mitchell all homered during a doubleheader split at USA Mavericks Blue. In the opener, Tyler Michaud drove in Matthew Lamy for the go-ahead run in the seventh inning of a wild 11-10 victory.

11u: Kyle Martin and Sam Dicicco earned wins to sweep Seacoast United Carolina, 14-12 and 15-5. Aiden Hanning and Andrew Wall each scored three runs in the opener, while Dicicco knocked in three runs.

10u: Colby Smith set the tone with an inside-the-park homer in the first inning, and the Bobcats proceeded to sweep Cannons Orange, 13-4 and 9-6. Solid pitching and defense held off the Cannons at Sanel Park.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

12u Division 1 dominance

Composed righty Nicholas Ritchie pitched a shutout in the opener, and the Bobcats completed a 12u doubleheader sweep with an 8-4 victory in the second game at Sanel Park. It was the first-ever matchup between the Bobcats and Cannons in Division I. Ritchie and Luke Ramsey homered to highlight a 10-0 victory in the opener. Sean Wynkoop and Ryan Smith went deep in the second game, and Alex Noel worked 2-1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. Ryan Smith scored a team-high four runs on the afternoon.

11u: Aiden Hanning singled in the sixth inning and promptly stole second, third and home to lift the 11u Bobcats to a 6-5 triumph at New England Stampede on Saturday afternoon. In the opener, right-hander Dylan Schuff in a well-played 4-2 victory for the Bobcats.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Homer-happy Bobcats open with a bang

Nicholas Ritchie, Josh Morissette and Sean Wyncoop homered in succession as the 12u Bobcats won their straight game, defeating perennial powerhouse Nokona, 8-5, in the season-opening weekend at New England Baseball Complex. Luke Ramsey belted the organization's first homer of the season on Saturday night and finished the tourney with two dingers. Ritchie's complete-game pitching effort lifted the Bobcats into the championship bracket, and the Bobcats fell to New England Storm in the semifinals. Right-handers Jake Elbeery and Alex Noel earned victories on Saturday.

In other games, Erik Hanser ripped a bases-loaded single up the middle to give the Bobcats a 7-5 lead against the USA Mavericks, but the Mavs rallied for a 16-9 win. The Bobcats then defeated Blackstone Valley (R.I.), 3-2, behind the pitching of Hanser and Connor Abood. Sebastian Moceri had two RBIs, and Jack McLean drove in a crucial run. Hot-hitting Chris Lacerte smoked a double.



13U Division
Bobcats sweep Blackhawks: Matt Stanieich pitched five shutout innings, yielding one hit, and Henry Crawford Eng worked two innings for the save in a 3-0 victory to open the season. In the fifth, Luke McCusker doubled and Winsor Bean singled to give the Bobcats some breathing room. In game two, Liam Kelly supplied a squeeze bunt, and Nick Von Breeden ripped a bases-loaded single to break things open for a 7-3 win. McCusker earned the win. Sam Froio pitched a dominant three innings of relief, notching six strikeouts without issuing a walk.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Talking hitting with Kenny Joyce

Ken Joyce of the San Francisco Giants, who has served as the organization's Double-A and Triple-A hitting coach, took some time to talk about the fundamentals of hitting with the Bobcats this week. Joyce, owner of four World Series rings, has been working with big-league hitters at the Giants' spring training camp in Scottsdale, Ariz. He also conducted a Champions Hitting Clinic Camp earlier this winter with the Bobcats.

1). What is the most common challenge you find when teaching professional hitters?
The most common challenge working with professional hitters is getting them into position to take a good swing by being on time and in rhythm. Professional hitters all have the hand/eye coordination to put the baseball in play. How they put the baseball in play is a direct result of being in a balanced position to hit against a firm front side that creates resistance allowing the back hip to take the hands to the right slot. When late getting into position to hit, the hands and upper half take over the swing. By starting in a balanced stance with weight evenly distributed on both legs, the hitter can load to the backside to store energy as the front foot lands to create resistance. The firing of the back hip against resistance creates torque, bat speed and the correct path to the baseball.

2). What is the most common mistake that see among younger hitters in middle school and high school?
The most common mistakes most young hitters in middle and high school experience is poor direction and timing. If you split the body of a hitter in half, the front side gives the hitter direction while the backside provides power. When a hitter is late getting his front foot down to create resistance, the front foot often lands open to overcompensate for early weight shift out over the front side. When this occurs, the hitter will be forced to use the hands and upper half to swing resulting in the bat dragging through the hitting zone.

3). So many coaches preach the art of "staying on top of the ball" yet  Ted Williams believed a slight uppercut was needed to stay on plane with the pitch. What are your thoughts on this topic?

I believe Ted Williams is the greatest hitter that has played the game of baseball. By utilizing the lower half in the swing, initiating with the back hip to allow the hands to go into the correct slot, the bat stays through the hitting zone for a long period of time. The bat staying on plane with the ball through the hitting zone creates backspin that will allow the ball to carry. I believe that the path creating backspin is a slight uppercut to attack the ball by staying through it to extension. Staying on top of the ball creates more top spin when the ball is hit and does not allow for the ball to carry. 

4). When you worked with Bryce Harper and Mike Trout in the Arizona Fall League, what did you learn about their swings and styles?

I was very fortunate to work with Bryce and Mike in 2011 and enjoyed the experience of seeing two teenagers mature into the players that they have become. I learned that Bryce was inconsistent with balance and use of his lower half but had the hand/eye coordination and strength to hit the ball a long way. He was very receptive in learning more about striding to balance to be in position to take a good swing. Mike also had incredible hand/eye coordination and made consistent contact with the baseball but was not always putting it in play the way he wanted to. This was due to poor timing which caused him to use his hands and upper half more because he was inconsistent in getting his foot down on time to create resistance. Once he understood how to be consistent with his timing he was able to utilize his lower half allowing his hands to go the correct slot and through the hitting zone longer. Both players are special and deserve all the accolades they have received. It was fun to work with them but I also know I have never taken a swing for either gifted player.

 5). What does it mean to be "short and quick" to the ball?
Being short and quick to the baseball refers to the correct path the hands should take on every swing. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. We want the hands to go from the launching point A (when the front heel plants to create resistance) directly to the ball at contact point B,  in the shortest path possible. The best way to achieve the proper path is to initiate the swing with the back hip which will slot the hands correctly for that direct A to B path.

Thank you, Ken, and good luck to the Giants! Thank you for working with Bobcats hitters this winter! 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bobcats invade Historic Dodgertown

More than 60 players and many of their families enjoyed the Bobcats' third annual trip to Historic Dodgertown and Vero Beach, Fla., for tournament play in February. The journey began with a stop at Washington Nationals spring training in Viera, Fla, where the boys rubbed elbows with some of the players and even shagged fly balls during a round of batting practice with the Nationals! The 12u Bobcats notched the organization's first win with a 4-2 triumph against South Jersey, highlighted with a home run by Sean Wynkoop. On the final night of play, they defeated Seacoast United, 15-5 but did not qualify for the playoff bracket. Right-handers Anthony DiNardi and Luke Ramsey picked up victories on the mound. DiNardi worked four innings on the weekend, striking out seven and allowing one earned run. Ramsey fanned eight batters in three innings without allowing a run. Nicholas Ritchie collected five hits in four games, including two doubles, while Brady Philibotte led the organization with six RBIs over the weekend.

  • In 11u action, Myles Rheinhardt and Austin Hazzard combined on the hill to defeat Vero Beach Baseball Academy, 4-2. Sam DiCicco, Connor Winn and Rheinhardt all had extra-base hits.
  • Drake Leask provided a three-run triple and led the Bobcats 13u pitching staff. Philibotte, Ramsey and Erik Hanser -- a triumvirate of 12-year-olds -- joined the 13u squad and played their first-ever games on a 90-foot diamond.
  • In 14u games, Logan Galloway earned a win as the Bobcats defeated Minnesota, 9-5. Dylan Walsh struck out the side in the seventh inning.
  • The 16u squad picked up their first win on Saturday night under the lights, beating Old School (Mich.), 7-1. Riley Denver reached base in six consecutive plate appearances, and power lefty Dylan Bogacz earned the win.