Seacoast United Baseball Club began its first weekend of 2011 New England AAU games, with each team playing in a doubleheader on Sunday, April 10th. The three teams combined for a record of 5-1 against strong competition from within the NEAAU baseball division.
The 11U squad opened its season at home on Sunday at Walsh Field in Exeter. Seacoast came away with two wins against the NH Hammerheads in a morning doubleheader, 11-1 and 10-2. Six pitchers carried Seacoast, allowing just 6 hits and striking out 15 over 10 innings. Seacoast capitalized on timely hitting with 20 hits on the day. The 11’s are scheduled for a doubleheader on Sunday, April 17th at Kensington’s Sawyer Park. The first game begins at 12:30pm.
The 12U team won their twin bill at home against the Keene Jr Swampbats in their NEAAU Baseball debut. In the opener with the score tied 6-6 and two outs in the bottom of the 6th inning, leadoff hitter Collin Shapiro stole home to score the winning run. Leading the way for Seacoast were Jameson Pearson and Shane McClure, each having a couple of base hits. Bryce Dawson and Brad Keaveney each pitched three strong innings while striking out a combined 9 batters. In the second game, Collin Shapiro and Michael Sullivan had quality outings on the mound in a 7-1 triumph over the visitors from Keene. Shapiro and Sullivan combined for 11 strikeouts and held the Swampbats to just 3 singles. Showcasing their offensive skills, Dawson, Garrett Fosher, and Sullivan all had multiple hits. The 12’s entertain the Maine Golden Bears on Sunday April 17th at Walsh Field in Exeter with games scheduled for 9am and 11:15am.
Seacoast United’s 14U’s split a doubleheader with the Maine Lightning on Sunday. Maine, which plays in the "Super" division of the New England AAU League, held Seacoast to just two runs on five hits as they handed the 14’s their first loss of the season. Zach Pafford and Ricky Mulligan pitched well in the 6-2 defeat. In the 2nd game, Seacoast United exploded for 16 hits and 14 runs, cruising to a 14-1 victory. Five Seacoast players had two hits a piece and Justin Jewell led the team with three hits. Seacoast had strong pitching performances from Matt Oppici, JT Thompson, Matt Bozek, Sam Leahy, Jewell, and Henrik Barbin.