MANCHESTER, NH — Seacoast United Baseball Club 16U Pirates recently returned as Champions of the Under Armour Super East College Showcase held in Manchester, New Hampshire.
The Pirates cruised through pool play earning the #1 seed position and met the New England Blazers from Cambridge, Massachusetts in the semi finals. It was a quiet game until the third inning when Bryce Dawson went long with a solo homerun to tie the game. Dawson continued his hot streak with a double and a RBI to give the Pirates the lead. Noah Dubois pinch ran for Josh Saurman after leading the sixth inning off with a single. Nate Rand singled with two outs to score Dawson. Other notable hitting came from Kyle Maurice and Kyle Ball. Starting pitcher Brody Ashley pitched a complete game holding the opponents to one run and advancing the Pirates to the championship game.
There, the Pirates met Team Connecticut Baseball 18U team out of Bristol, Connecticut.
The game was scoreless up until the 5th inning when leadoff hitter Cole Carter opened the inning with a double which brought up Anthony LaBella who walked to get on base. Courtesy runner Cam Scharff, in for Carter, waited patiently while Dave Ecker took his at bat. Ecker found his pitch and hit a deep shot to left field scoring Scharff and Labella and giving the Pirates a 2-0 lead. Starting pitcher James Dowd went the distance and held the 18U team scoreless.
The 16U Pirates roster includes players from across the Seacoast: Chris April (Somersworth), Brody Ashley (Coe Brown), Cole Carter (Dover), Bryce Dawson (Exeter), James Dowd (Portsmouth), Noah Dubois (Coe Brown), David Ecker (Portsmouth), Anthony Labella (Exeter), Kyle Maurice (Portsmouth), Nathan Rand (Portsmouth), Joshua Saurman (Portsmouth), Cam Scharff (Marshwood), Brett Martin (Exeter), and Kyle Ball (Exeter). The team is coached by Eric Wells, head of player development for Seacoast United and Kevin Ford, assistant coach, 16 U Showcase Team. The Pirates return to action after the holiday when the team heads to the Perfect Game Regional Qualifier to be held in Northboro, Massachusetts.
About Seacoast United Baseball Club
Seacoast United Pirates Baseball Club is located in Hampton, New Hampshire and competes in the New England Elite Baseball League. SUBC provides players with an opportunity to experience a high level of competition on and off the field, teamwork, leadership, discipline, and commitment through sports. Learn more at www.seacoastunited.com/baseball.