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16uB Impresses with 5-2 Weekend, Fall Short in Finals

By Ryan Westmoreland, 07/08/19, 1:45PM EDT


The Ocean State Makos had a great weekend last week at the SuperEast Easton Summer Classic in Connecticut. The team went 5-2 overall with 3 mercy rules, and advanced to the Championship, where they fell 9-1 at the hands of TCB Bray.

In game 1 vs. TCB Risedorf, the Makos came out swinging, winning the game in 6 innings, 11-2. Devin Machado led the team in hits (3),  and Matt Fortier led the 16uB squad in RBI (3). Jake Santos collected the W on the mound, tossing all 6 innings, K'ing 7 and allowing only 3 hits.

Game 2 was a 7-1 loss for the Makos vs the Hammerheads. The bats were quiet most of the game, and a 7 run 5th inning (only 1 earned run) was enough for the Hammerheads to take the game.

The third game was an outstanding display of hitting by the Makos, in a 17-2 W over the Staten Island Orioles. They had a resounding 21 hits in 4 innings, and extra base hits from Cole Poissant, Sam Budnick, Chris Cabral, Matt Fortier, Tyler Guevremont, Devin Machado, and Devyn Vezina. Poissant added 4 RBI for the Makos offense.

The next game was also a 4 inning mercy rule win over the NH Prospects Baseball Club. Tyler Guevremont threw all 4,  allowing no runs on 4 hits. Devyn Vezina, Connor Carey, and Noah Hodgkinson all had multi hit games, and Carey also led the team with 2 RBI.

The final game of pool play was won in walk off fashion with a Matt Fortier shot to right field, giving the Makos a 9-8 win over the CT Bluejays and also solidifying the #2 seed overall, and a chance in the semi finals. The Makos were trailing all game by as many as 4, but chipped away every inning and walked it off at the end. 1st basemen Connor Carey came up huge on the mound, pitching 3 innings, only giving up 2 hits. 

The semifinals was against our other 16u Makos team, the 16u White. The 16uB ran away with a 9-1 mercy rule W, earning a spot in the Championship Game. Jake Santos again pitched masterfully, throwing a CG and only using 72 pitches to do so and 20/26 first pitch strikes. Noah Hodgkinson, Devin Machado, and Cole Poissant all had 2 hit games, while Matt Fortier, Chris Cabral, and Tyler Guevremont had 3 hit games for the 16uB team.

The Championship, and 7th game of the tournament vs TCB Bray was a 9-1 loss for the Makos. Overall a lot of positives came out of this weekend for the Makos program, with 2 of its teams making the playoff round for the 2nd week in a row.

The 16uB team has been very successful thus far. An overall #1 seed at the Summer Solstice (playoffs rained out), a Championship tie last week at Baseball Heaven (vs the 16uW Makos), and another Title game birth in this past weekends SuperEast Easton Summer Classic.