Here's a look at some recent youth baseball action from the area.
Fairhaven-Acushnet Youth Baseball
When the Livesey Club team lost one of its biggest supporters halfway through the Fairhaven Acushnet Youth Baseball season, coach Mike Souza wasn’t sure how the team would react.
They didn’t lose another game, and their season ended with a walk-off double play to win the 2017 majors title for FAYB.
The team suffered heartbreak when Rogerio Cunha, 62-year-old grandfather of Livesey Club’s Jack Cunha, passed away unexpectedly in July. He was a great fan of the team who loved attending all of his grandkids’ sporting events.
“It changed the team obviously, changed the dynamic, and really we became a family,” Souza said. “The team experienced that loss together, and they really came together to support each other.”
Livesey ended up winning four playoff games in a row to take the majors crown — and fittingly, Jack Cunha was named the MVP of the postseason.
They clinched the trophy against Acushnet Police on a great team defense play, a rare 5-2-3 double play. With the bases loaded and one out, clinging to a 5-4 lead, the ball was hit hard to Jared Seney at third base. He came straight home for the force, where Cunha wheeled and threw to first to complete the DP and end the game.
“We celebrated there, walk-off double play, great moment,” Souza said. “We really had great contributions from everyone on the team, from our rookies to our veterans.”
The full roster: Jameson Francois, Noah Guillotte, Boston Bettencourt, Max Souza, Scotty Joseph, Nathan LeBoeuf, Aiden Hassey, Tyler Mahon, Owen Morin, Brayden Souza and Jared Seney.
FAYB also crowned a champ in the minor leagues, where the Varsity Club squad (which lost its only game to National Lumber) put the finishing touches on a great season with a 7-2 win over Acushnet Company.
Varsity Club put together a great overall effort against a young Acushnet Company team that played gutsy baseball throughout the postseason.
Led in the title game as they were all season long by Aidan Smith and Owen Callahan, Varsity Club celebrated their win in front of a big crowd of supporters.
The complete roster: Max Arruda, Dean Roy, Crosby and Owen Callahan, Aidan Smith, Brayden Nadeau, Evan Manfredi, Ryan Morin, Dylan Mendez, Kaden Jeffrey and Alexander Hu.
Before the title games, FAYB honored its 2017 award winners, including Rookie of the Year (Kam Leaver), pitcher of the year (Aiden Hassey), Silver Slugger (Isaiah Lopez), Gold Glove (Tyler Chang) and Leadership Award (Gage Beauchemin).
WHALING CITY YOUTH BASEBALL
The weather was great, the baseball was even better as Whaling City Youth Baseball’s 8U, 12UA and 12UB All Star teams rolled to championships in each of their divisions in the annual Michael Poulin/Matty Olivera All-Star Invitational Tournament.
Whaling Cith 8U All-Stars
The Whaling City 8U all-stars started their quest with a big 19-3 win over Middleboro Little League. They followed that win up with wins over Rochester Little League, 9-1, and Fairhaven Acushnet, 12-3. That game propelled the little Whalers into the finals and a rematch with Middleboro. The game was never in doubt as Whaling City rolled to a 13-1 tournament championship. The tournament MVP was Ethan Carpenter, who was “lights out” on the mound and swung a big stick the whole weekend. The team was managed by Derek Alafiate and his staff.
“This group of kids and parents were a pleasure to be around this summer, can’t wait to see these kids progress in years to come,” Alafiate said. “The future looks bright at The Whale”.
Whaling City American 12U All-Stars
The Whaling City “A” team opened the tournament with a hard-fought 9-5 game against Wareham Little League. Tournament MVP Mike Williams set the tone, hitting a bomb to lead the offense. Aidan Evangelho and Ian DaCosta also added home runs. The A’s the beat DYAA in a convincing 6-0 game in which Noah Mello hit a couple of long home runs. This set a matchup with perennial New England powerhouse Lincoln R.I. Little League. The Whaling City squad propelled themselves into the finals by a score of 17-5. The final once again brought a matchup with Lincoln. The R.I. team defeated the Americans 9-6 to force a deciding game for the tournament championship. In the final game, the Whaling City A team rolled to a 9-2 tournament championship.
“It has been an absolute pleasure to be around this group and to see how they have developed throughout the years,” said manager Frank Evangelho.
Whaling City National 12U-B All-Stars
The Whaling City “B” team started its road to the championship with a big win over Middleboro Little League, 7-4. Tournament MVP Ayden Silva started the game and combined with Dillon Greene to calm the Middleboro bats. Silva and Jake Lancaster each cracked home runs. Game 2 was a convincing 13-4 win over Plymouth. Chris Pisz and Ayden Silva led the offense, hitting long home runs. Game 3 was another big win, 18-8 over host Fairhaven Acushnet. The bats were booming as Craig Baptista, Jhaden Reis and Silva all tallied key hits to account for the double-digit victory. The championship final brought a matchup with Middleboro, and although the tournament opener was a high-scoring affair, this was a well-pitched and well-played game resulting in a 2-0 Whaling City championship. Silva and Reis combined to shut down the Middleboro bats and bring home the title. The manager of the team, Joel Baptista, was excited with the way his team performed the entire weekend. He said that the entire team fed into its motto of “One team, one goal.”