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New York Nine at the Metropolitan Baseball Classic

Three New York Nine standouts recently took part in the invitation only Metropolitan Baseball Classic, played at MCU park in Brooklyn and Hofstra University on Long Island. The tournament was run by the New York Mets Scouting Department. Two of the clubs the Mets sponsored and put together were the Northeast Mets and the National Mets. There were also other top national baseball organizations such as the Evoshield Canes and Chet Lemon’s Juice and FTB, among others.

Senior first baseman and Villanova commit, Ryan Popp, from Brunswick High School and Junior third baseman Daniel Alfonzo anchored the Northeast Mets club. Dartmouth commit Trevor Johnson played center and hit atop the order for the National Mets, which had a lineup loaded with southern based players. When asked about the experience, Johnson stated, “This was a great experience to play against the best competition in the country and also be able to compete in such close games. It was also interesting to see how I stacked up on my own roster with what the Scouts say were the best players from the south.”

Daniel Alfonzo was his typical low-key self saying, “It was really competitive. Most of the pitchers were 90+ MPH. Every day you faced someone who could really throw. This was a great experience, lots of fun. Playing for the Nine helped me get ready for this”. Alfonzo’s run scoring double in the title game helped earn the Northeast Mets the crown.

Popp anchored the Northeast Mets offense hitting cleanup and helping guide them to the championship game. Popp added, “It was an honor and a privilege to have been selected to play for the Northeast Mets two years in a row in the Metropolitan Baseball Classic. It was fun and a great experience to have played with some of the best high school players in the country and many future professional ball players. The coaches were awesome and long term friendships were made on the team. Best of all was our team winning the Metropolitan Baseball Classic for the first time ever.”

New York Nine Roster Spots Available For Top Players

As the fall season approaches we are still looking for select student athletes who fit the New York Nine organization singulair dosage. After reading our fall philosophy, decide if your current program is accomplishing all you need them to do for both your individual growth and development, as well as giving you the proper coaching and scheduling to achieve your collegiate goals. We still have roster space available for players who believe they are performing at the level of the top ten percent of ballplayers in the northeast. If this is you, contact us at info@newyorknine.org to explore an opportunity within the Nine.

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New York Nine 13u Team Wins Tournament!

New York Nine Memorial Day Tournament

On May 24 and May 25th the New York Nine 13u Spring Team won the Diamond Buddies Memorial Day Tournament. The first game of the tournament saw the New York Nine club beat House of Sports 10-1. Dom Berardi pitched 5 innings, gave up one run on one hit and also helped himself out at the plate by going 2-3. Other standouts at the plate included Carter Meyers, who went 1-2 with a double and 3 runs scored, Doug Conner 1-3 with 2 RBI and Sean Wynn, who went 2-2 with 3 runs scored.

Game 2 saw more of the same from the pitching staff. Multiple pitchers combined to shut down the East Coast Mavs, surrendering 1 run on 1 hit in six innings as the club coasted to a 3-1 victory. Henry Cetina showed a solid batting eye going 1-2 with 2 walks and 2 RBI. Carter Meyers once again chipped in, driving in a run and going 2-3 at the dish.

After these 2 dominant performances, the team was seeded #1 having only given up 2 runs while scoring the most runs of any team in the tournament. On Sunday, May 25, they played their semi-final game vs East Coast Mavs and dominated them once again. Carter Meyers pitched all 5 innings en route to an 11-1 dismantling. It was all all-around effort, Henry Cetina went 2-2 with 2 runs and 3 RBI, John Archer chipped in with 2 RBI of his own and Spencer VanGelder went 1-1 with 2 RBI.

The Championship saw our boys play the Bronx Warriors. And in a workmanlike performance beat them 5-0 in 7 innings. John Archer continued the outstanding pitching seen all tournament, throwing all 7 innings, only throwing 82 pitches, while giving up 2 hits. In the 2nd inning New York Nine would score the only run they needed on 2 errors. They added on in the 6th, after a Carter Meyers double, Joe Denn sacrificed him to 3rd and then John Archer laced a single that scored Meyers. Dom Berardi walked and after an out moved them over to 2nd and 3rd, Doug Conner drove them both in with a single, ending the scoring for the day and the Bronx Warriors chances for winning the Tournament.

We congratulate the entire team and coaching staff who worked hard and performed admirably in taking home the crown!

New York Nine Memorial Day Tournament

2014 Season News

May has arrived and we are nearing our upcoming summer season. We know that all of our players throughout the area have been putting in quality work with their high school programs. It is an exciting summer because we have revamped our website, made significant changes to our rosters and have reorganized our coaching staffs at each level to maximize development, experience and at the proper ages, exposure. Our coaches will be in touch with players shortly as we prepare each individual team.

Lastly, coaches will be writing updates for each of their clubs through the season, with recaps, fun tidbits and team information. We hope this gives parents and players new insights into each team and makes everyone feel connected and part of our New York Nine community.

There are still very limited roster spaces for qualified student athletes. If you are still looking for a summer program and feel you have the skills and the quality of character to play with the New York Nine, please fill out a player questionnaire.

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Website Reboot

With all of the snow that has fallen I think I can speak for all of us when I say we are excited for the upcoming 2014 baseball season. As the winter workouts and training camps wind down, our players continue to work at their respective high school programs and we are confident our New York Nine players will shine on the diamond this spring. As we remind our players to not only work hard but also work smart in all facets of life, we with the New York Nine must do the same. It is a hard climb to the top of any pyramid and it is even harder to remain there. We ask you to please continue to believe in the mission of the New York Nine as every year we aim to improve the already fantastic program we have. We offer a heartfelt thank you to all of our players, parents, coaches, mentors, alumni and friends who believe in and support our mission. I am thankful for you allowing us to translate the lessons baseball provides us into preparing our student athletes for life and teamwork that extend well beyond the playing field.

With that in mind, we have rebooted our website, reformatted our scheduling and wont leave any t’s uncrossed or i’s undotted. We ask you to look around the site, we have brand new biographies for our coaches, we will have up to date rosters with necessary information and each team will have their own blog so you can be caught up with all the news, information, photos and videos of each team. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@newyorknine.org. Thank you all for reading, and supporting the New York Nine.

Ian Millman
President of the New York Nine

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