Tag Archives: tournament

New York Nine Fall Two Runs Short In Title Defense

Posted on by

October 16 (Yaphank, NY) – Winning a championship at any level is difficult, defending the title is even harder. After claiming the 2015 crown at the Antonia Agostinelli Memorial, the 2016 New York Nine Fall 18u club set their sights on repeating championships this weekend at Baseball Heaven.

Opening pool play at 8am on Saturday, the Nine were successful against Team Steel by a score of 8-2. Matt DeMartini fired a complete game, while Jessie Spellman and Mike Garcia each scored twice and eight different players had hits.

The second pool game pitted the Nine against an elite Team Connecticut Select squad, with the Nine emerging as 3-1 winners. Chris Moreno gave the Nine some breathing room in the second as he stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch with a brilliant headfirst slide. Danny Alfonzo’s two RBI double plating Randy Flores and Robinson Plata proved to be the difference in support of Danny Betances who allowed a single run in a brilliant complete game victory.

Looking to secure the pool with a win the Nine faced off with Long Island Baseball Prospects at 10am Sunday and behind some poor defense and timely LIB hitting fell behind 3-1, which is where the score stood into the 6th inning. With two outs, Danny Alfonzo’s double, Joseph Caba’s single and German Sepulveda’s double knotted the score at three. With Tyler Paulino running for Sepulveda, pinch hitter Brian Lopez plated Paulino with what turned out to be the winning run. Mike Ruffini was brilliant in relief, not allowing a hit in two scoreless frames, picking up the win.

With the 3-0 record, the Nine clinched the #2 seed in their bracket and had to wait around until 6pm to play in the semi-final against the Next Level Titans. The Nine couldn’t muster much offense against William Gilbert, who was outstanding in his own right, fanning eight. Austin Cole, ultimately the winning pitcher, was every bit as masterful as he allowed one unearned run in his five frames of work under the watchful eye of the multiple MLB scouts there to see him. The 6’7 RHP ran his fastball up to 90mph and worked through some defensive lapses behind him. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the 5th, Joseph Caba scored on a Tyler Paulino ROE and Robinson Plata’s daring advance of home on a ball just next to the Next Level catcher provided reliever Julio Suero, who worked through runners on the corners, the one run needed to secure the save in relief.

In the Championship game, some 11 hours after the first pitch of the day seen by the Nine, Adirondack Heat hurler Rob Debrino bested the Nine offense. Debrino fanned ten, allowing only two hits, a single to Robinson Plata and a double to Randy Flores, as the Heat claimed the crown with a 2-0 victory. Nine starter Mark Novello and reliever Derrick Jimenez threw well enough to give the Nine the chance to win. The Nine finished in second place, having posted a respectable 4-1 record in 36 hours of baseball action in the Agostinelli Memorial Tournament.

Category: News | Tags:

New York Nine Win Antonia Agostinelli Memorial Tournament

Posted on by

October 18, 2015 (Yaphank, LI) – The Antonia Agostinelli Memorial Tournament, run by Sal Agostinelli to raise funds for cancer awareness, took place over the weekend at Baseball Heaven. The 40-team tournament invites the areas top clubs and is the final big event of the calendar baseball year.

NY Nine 1, East Coast LumberJacks 0 – In the tournament opener, the Nine rode the right arm of RHP Cameron Johnson who retired the last 11 batters he faced en route to the complete game shutout. John Marti’s third inning sacrifice fly plated Jake Hertz giving Johnson the only run he would have to work with.

New York Nine 8, Shrub Oak 4 – In a game where there was a twenty mph crosswind, making things difficult for everybody, the Nine jumped out to a short lived four run lead in the bottom of the second as Jeremia Bueno, Hector Coco, CJ McCarthy and John Marti all singled and ultimately crossed the plate ahead of Nick Vella’s two-run double. Winning pitcher RHP John Zapata, was victimized by two wind-aided two-run singles setting up a dramatic fifth inning as time expired. With the score tied, Darien Rivas and Nick Vella singled and stole second and third base respectively. After a strikeout, Aaron Sabato was hit with a two-strike offering to load the bases. Following a critical strikeout for the second out, Bueno’s opposite field grand slam capped the dramatic win for the Nine.

NY Nine 5, Long Island Prospects 1 – In a winner advances pool play finale, the Nine fell behind early. The Nine, however, took the lead 2-1 on Trevor Johnson’s two-run single that scored both CJ McCarthy and Jake Hertz. The Nine put the game away as Hertz and Johnson both scored on Jeremia Bueno’s single ahead of Ryan Popp’s RBI double. RHP Spencer Lodes picked up the victory as the Nine closed pool play 3-0.

PLAYOFF ROUND

Quarterfinals, NY Nine 9, Long Island Storm 3 – RHP Austin Cole battled through early command issues and fell behind in this contest 1-0 with the bases loaded and no one out in the first, but escaped further damage. The Nine offense exploded in the second inning for seven runs. Trevor Johnson finished 2-2 with a run scored and stolen base, Daniel Alfonzo was 1-1 with a walk, single and two runs scored, Nick Vella was 2-2 with a double, single and run scored and Anthony Martinez was 2-2 with a single and mammoth two-run home run to right field giving Cole the victory after five gutsy innings.

Semi-Finals, NY Nine 6, Long Island Titans 0 – The Nine opened the scoring with three runs in the second and tacked on two more in the third and one more in the fourth inning. RHP Ryan Steffens was outstanding spinning five shutout innings as RHP Andrew Pena came on to close the door. Trevor Johnson was 2-3 with a walk, run scored and stolen base, Ryan Popp was 2-4 with a run scored, And Daniel Alfonzo, Jeremia Bueno, Justin Tavaras and Nick Vella all scored for the Nine as they shut out the bracket’s #1 seed.

Finals, NY Nine 10, New Jersey Super 18s 2 – With a first pitch temperature of 37 degrees, and playing in their fourth game of the day, with the first being at 8am, the talented and tired roster dug deep one last time. LHP Matteo Flamio was masterful through the front four innings pitching out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the fourth while LHP Vladimir Baez tossed the fifth frame in the mercy shortened contest against the #2 seed Super 18s. Both Jake Hertz and Anthony Martinez doubled, singled and scored a run. Danny Alfonzo singled and scored a run,Ryan Popp added a 2-RBI triple and scored and Trevor Johnson was 2-2 with a triple, single, two walks and three runs scored.

Tournament Notes

The Nine went 6-0, winning all six games in a two-day span including four victories in fourteen hours. Johnson was named Agostonelli tournament MVP finishing with an .800 average (8-10) with three walks and six runs scored. The Nine scored 39 runs against allowing just 10. Martinez was 6-9 with three extra base hits including a home run. Jeremia Bueno was 10 for 17 (.588) with a grand slam, Nick Vella was 7 for 15 (.467) and Jake Hertz scored 5 runs.

Category: News | Tags:

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

Posted on by

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.