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New York Nine Futures Club Wins Blue Chip Summer Challenge Tournament!

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The New York Nine Futures went undefeated to win the Blue Chip Summer Challenge at Baseball Heaven. In going 7-0, the Futures team had the highest run differential in the tournament, outscoring the opposition by 41 runs. Congratulations to players and coaches on their hard work and fantastic finish!

To start off the tournament, on July 22, the Future teams defeated Frozen Ropes 4-1 in seven innings. Eric Mini went 2-3 with a double in the first inning and a single in the sixth. Spencer Lodes looked sharp on the mound giving up just one hit, allowing no earned runs while punching out 5 with no walks in his 3 innings of work. Mike Papaleo got it done on the rubber on the way to a win, allowing only a single run in 4 innings.

The next day, the Futures went to Stony Brook and beat Steel Sports 7-2 in seven innings. Michael Gaitan went 1-2 with a triple in the second inning. Steel Sports had no answer for William Gilbert, who allowed a single hit in his 4 innings while striking out 3 and walking none.

July 24th came and the Futures won again. This time by a score of 8-0 against the Diamond Spikes. Tristan Sarcone had a huge day both at the plate and on the mound. He went 2-2 with 2 triples and also threw 5 innings of shutout baseball. Not a single Diamond Spike player got past 2nd base as Sarcone struck out 6 and didn’t walk a single batter.

For the Futures, July 25 was a good as they jumped out to an early lead against the Clue Crabs and never looked back, winning 12-2. The Nine Club scored 8 runs in the first 3 innings putting the game away early. Scoring 12 runs means that a lot of players will have big days and Preston Milano and Eric Mini didn’t disappoint. Milano went 2-3 with 2 RBI and a run scored while Mini went 2-3 with a double, triple and 3 RBI. Matt Hegerty threw 4 innings, struck out 6 and went 2-2 at the plate.

Sunday July 26 saw the Nine play 3 games. First of the day was a tight game into the 6th inning when Michael Mateo drove in the go ahead run in the bottom of the inning. Tristan Sarcone put the dagger into the heart of the New York Knights with a triple in the 6th that put the Nine up 4-1. Rob Rota threw a CG for the win.

In the semi-finals, the Nine exploded in the 5th inning for 9 runs leading to a 14-6 win over the Dutchess Aces. Johnny Archer had a monster game, going 3-3 with 3 doubles and 6 RBI and 3 runs scored. Michael Gaitan chipped in a home run and Eric Mini went 2-3 in the win. Robbie DeBenedictus threw a 5 inning CG.

In the Championship Game, the New York Nine and Frozen Ropes were scoreless through 3 before New York Nine scored 4 in the bottom of the 4th and then Frozen Ropes scored 3 in the top of the 5th to tie it up at 4. In the bottom of the 5th, the Futures broke the tie on an RBI single by Johnny Archer bringing home Mike Papaleo. Preston Milano also got it done with the bat, adding 2 hits and 3 RBI. On the mound, the Nine once again got a fantastic effort by Spencer Lodes, who tossed a CG and struck out 6 while only walking 2.

The New York Nine Organization couldn’t be prouder of the work and effort these athletes put in and once again congratulates all the players and coaches on their tournament win.

Fall Tryout Information

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As the summer season winds down, the New York Nine is actively preparing for the upcoming fall season. If you are between the ages of 12-18, athletically qualified and looking for premium baseball instruction and opportunity, the New York Nine is the place for you. Since 2006, we have helped over 200 athletes continue to play baseball in college and over 40 players have signed professional contracts. Click here to fill out the form (or fill out the form below) to register for the upcoming free August tryouts, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the exact date, time and location.

UPDATE: Tryouts will be held at Blind Brook High School on Sunday August 9 and August 16 from 9 am to 1 pm. Please report at the appropriate starting time.

Position (and dual position) players: 9 am
All pitcher only players: 11 am.

All catchers will remain to catch live pitching.

You will be assessed on your running, throwing, fielding and hitting ability as well as current and projectable level of athleticism. For hitters ages 13 and up please bring a wooden bat if you have one.

Tryout For New York Nine Will Be Announced Shortly

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After a very successful tryout at Blind Brook High School, the New York Nine will announce its series of tryouts for prospective New York Nine players in the next week. The 2014 season already has seen the Nine Program win 5 tournament championships, a World Series national quarter final finish, our Rookies finish 5-1 at the Premier World Series and 4 alumni drafted. Once again, The Nine will be looking for dedicated student athletes for our upcoming fall season. The areas premier amateur baseball development program, with our quality staff, are looking to take you and your game to the next level. Please fill out an online player questionnaire for an invite to our next series of tryout camps! Stay tuned for announcement of exact time and place.

Futures Claim North East Collegiate Tournament Crown

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The New York Nine Futures captured the North East Collegiate crown after a grueling 6 games in 3 day stretch. On Friday, June 25, the Futures coughed up a late game lead en route to a 6-6 tie with the Westchester A’s. In game 2, the New York Nine entered the bottom of the 7th down by one run. Ryan Popp quickly led off with a triple, and Jon Michael Dolgetta singled him home on a ground ball to left field. Robert Donis was inserted as a pinch runner for Dolgetta immediately before Ted Sabato, Jr. laced a double into the left centerfield gap, ending the game for the Futures in dramatic, walk-off fashion.
On Saturday, Robert Donis fired a 3-hit shutout against the Brooklyn Bonnies in a game that saw the Futures dominate. Connor Redahan, Justin Tavaras, Jon Michael Dolgetta, and Randy Ramirez all paced the offense with 2 hits apiece.

Sunday’s quarterfinal game was a rematch between the Westchester A’s and the Futures. Starting pitcher Chandler Brierley fanned 6 while allowing only 1 hit in a 4 inning run-rule shortened game. Chris Pichardo led the offense with 3 hits while 8 different players crossed the plate for the Nine.

In the semi-final vs the #2 seed, the Connecticut Capitals, starting pitcher Jake Hertz gave the Nine a gutsy complete game. The offense was provided by Ted Sabato’s 2 hits, one of which was a triple, and 2 RBI; while Ryan Popp scored 2 runs.

The championship game pitted the Futures against the #1 seeded South Troy Dodgers. The game was a scoreless battle heading into the 4th inning, when the Futures busted out for 5 runs and took advantage of some key miscues by the Dodgers. Leandy Castro led off the inning with a single, which was quickly followed by a Randy Ramirez triple and Ryan Popp double. This was all the offense the Nine needed because Trevor Johnson only gave up 1 run while striking out 4 in a complete game to secure the championship.

The weekend proved to be a stellar one for the New York Nine organization, with the Future 15s performing admirably and earning a berth in the playoffs, where they defeated the Connecticut Blue Jays by the score of 4-2 behind a complete game by Danny Giangrande. In the semis, Danny Lotito kept the Future 15s within striking distance before ultimately falling by the score of 4-1.

New York Nine Summer Coaches

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We are pleased to announce the coaching staffs of each New York Nine team. They are as follows:

Select (12u): Eric Alessio (Head Coach), Joe Kelter

Rookies (14u): Gabe Guerrero (Head Coach), Joe Berardi and Kelvin Espinosa

Future15s (15u): Matt Otteman (Head Coach), Christopher McCarthy and Chris Petraglia

Futures (16u): Ian Millman (Head Coach), Anthony Smith, Frank Gracesqui, Kirk Castro, Ted Sabato

Showcase (17u): Stanley Latimer (Head Coach), James Mondesir and Michael Mondesir