The Seacoast United Outdoor Complex at Epping hosted the 9, 10, 11 and 12u division one, New England Elite Baseball League playoffs June 9th and 10th. The Pirates had a good showing throughout the playoffs from both the 11 and 12u teams. The 11u Gold team finished third in the league, after losing in the semi-finals. The team finished 17-12-2.
The 12u Gold team came into the weekend as the number 1 seed as they played on their home turf at the Epping facility. The team defeated the Mizuno Runbirds (7-3), Concord Cannons (12-2), and the Lowell Jr. Spinners (2-1) to advance to the Championship game. There the Pirates met the Giants Futures from the National League. The two teams had proven to be the best teams in the league all season, and were on a road to meet in the finals. The Epping facility was filled with Pirates fans of all ages and teams, and the Pirates did not disappoint. In the bottom of the first inning, the Pirates hit three solo home runs, (Timmy Avery, George Young, Noah Fitzgerald) and had Epping roaring. The pirates got three gutsy pitching performances from Jake Fredericks, Angus Moss, and Jake Carlisle, as they all kept the Giants off balance. The Giants struck back with two homeruns of their own, and made the score 3-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth. Wells saw his team battle every game, and never let any momentum swings bother them, and the Pirates proved to be tough once again. Ryder Aubin hit a 2-2 curve ball over the right field fence and the fans erupted as they watched the fourth homerun of the game for the Pirates, give them the lead with three outs left. Jake Carlisle struck out the final batter of the game and the players celebrated.
This was a team that earned their championship through hard work, being good teammates, and believing in each other when times were tough. “There was never a time in the season when one player got upset or down on another player” Wells said. Wells commented, “The team responded when I challenged them, and they always found a way to get a job done. Every one of these 13 boys had a part in this. Not just one player carried this team. Every week we had a new hero, and that ultimately led to this championship” “This is the fourth year I have coached at the 12u Division one level, and this is one of the best 12u teams I have seen.”
The Division One Championship was the first for the Seacoast United organization, and proves that the organization is among one of the best in New England. The organization is competing for championships in all age groups, as they are the only New Hampshire organization to have a Nationally Ranked High School showcase program as well. The 12u Pirates will take some time off before they head to Cooperstown and try and follow up last year’s 12 Gold run of 9th place out of 104 teams. Coach Wells wants to thank the families of his players for being great people, and allowing him to coach and the players to play. It made as big of an impact as anything this year. He also wants to say thank you to all of the fans that came out to support the team this weekend. The atmosphere played a big role in the Championship.