|Seacoast United Pirates 14U & 16U players in Vero Beach, FL (top), and pitcher Kyle Maurice from Portsmouth, NH (bottom).|
Two Seacoast United Pirates teams recently returned from a competitive baseball tournament at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL, taking place over President's Day weekend. The former spring training home of the LA Dodgers was an incredible venue for sun starved teams from the likes of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Canada. Both NH teams played on first-class fields, experiencing games on both the stadium field as well as under the lights as part of the event.
The Pirates 14U and 16U teams literally played up a full age group in the competition and all of the players benefitted from the experience. Players represented numerous towns within the seacoast NH area as they used the tournament as a tune-up for their upcoming spring seasons.
The 16U team finished with a record of 3-1, including a tremendous 9-3 victory over the Minnesota Classic who went on to win the event. The Classic team were also coming off another tournament championship two weeks earlier in Arizona, making the Seacoast United performance that much more impressive.
Sixteen teams competed in the 14U age bracket and while the Pirates went 0-4, two of the teams in their group made it to the semifinal, including eventual champion Minnesota Blizzard. Many of the players were competing on a 90-foot diamond for the first time and the 14's put in their best performance in their last game vs. Saints Thielbar of Minnesota, finishing up on the wrong end of a 3-2 loss which went right down to the wire.
About Seacoast United Pirates Baseball Club: The Club provides opportunities for players of all ages and abilities. Various indoor programs such as the School of Excellence, King of Swing hitting league, private individual/group lessons, and indoor league play are offered in Hampton, Kingston, Portsmouth, and York. The Club will field multiple teams this spring from 10U-16U. Full time staff include Scott Dubben, Corey Andresen, Jeff Carter, Eric Wells, and Jamie Keefe. For more information visit www.seacoastunited.com or call 603-926-8444.