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Future 15s Claim Triple Crown July 4th Classic TItle

The Future 15s helped celebrate America’s birthday in Bergen Country, New Jersey by winning the Triple Crown July 4th Classic. In game 1, Aaron Sabato went 2-3 with 2 RBI and Mike Popaleo gave up 1 earned run over 5 innings. Jack Ryan closed the game with a scoreless 7th in a 3-2 win over the LIB Expos American.

In game 2 of the main pool, Andy Francella gave up 1 earned run through 6 innings of work in a 7-2 win over the Putnam Dutchess Diamondbacks. The offensive stars were Aaron Sabato who went 3-3 with 2 RBI and Danny Lotito who got 2 hits.

In the Quarter Finals, Cameron Johnson struck out four of the last six batters he faced to preserve a 6-5 win over the LI Titans Blue. Chris Corrado’s successful safety squeeze late in the game plated the winning win.

Jack Ryan threw a gutsy complete game in a 4-3 win over the #1 seeded Hackensack Comets to reach the championship game. Eric Mini and Tyler Mandel doubled in two runs each.

In the championship game vs the New York Steelheads, Tyler Mandel went 2-3 with a double and Matt Hegarty went 2-3 with 2 RBI in a 4-3 win. Andrew Gurgitano threw four strong innings in relief to preserve the title game.

This impressive showing came on the heels of their semi-final finish at the North East Collegiate Tournament in New Britain, Connecticut. The New York Nine Organization was represented well both on and off the field by the Future 15s players and coaches.

Futures Claim North East Collegiate Tournament Crown

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.