Seacoast United Pirates baseball club sent 5 teams to compete in the Treasure Coast President’s Day Challenge tournament at Historic Dodgertown, located in Vero Beach, Florida. The event took place from February 14th-16th, with teams receiving 4 games over the 3 day span.
Sixty-five players represented Seacoast United in 4 age divisions: 12U (2 teams), 14U, 16U, and 18U. All of the 82 teams participating in the tournament from across the country and Canada played on first-class fields at the former spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Older teams receiving the added bonus of playing on the stadium field for 1 of their games.
The 18u team coached by Eric Wells finished with two wins and two losses in the tournament, highlighted by a come from behind victory on the Stadium field on Day 1. They were down by 3 runs two different times during the game and won 8-7.
Coach Wells was very pleased with his team, ”I’m very proud of how my boys compete and never give up the fight.”
The 16U team earned a big win over a talented Minnesota Millers team 14-3, also on the Stadium field. “With a couple more timely hits our record could have easily been a lot better but we just couldn’t knock the door down in the games we lost,” commented head coach Jeff Carter. “We had great pitching and we feel really good about our players returning to New England.”
The 14u team finished with a .500 record at 2-2. One of their victories came against ASBA Downingtown (PA) 7-0 to start Day 2.
“I am excited about how our younger players performed on the 90’ diamond for the first time as well as the leadership shown by our 14u players,” said head coach Scott Dubben.
Both 12u teams shared a fantastic experience playing against teams from the southern United States. Coaches Corey Andresen and Jordan Anderson expressed pride in their players and their performances.
“Our players got a lot out of this experience and I know many of them can’t wait to come back next year,” commented Andresen.
One of the 12U Seacoast United Pirates teams had a great showing against the eventual tournament champions Team Worth (FL) before ending up on the wrong end of a 10-9 score.
“To be that competitive against teams that are playing year round is a very good sign for our players moving forward,” said Anderson.
About Seacoast United Pirates Baseball: Seacoast United Baseball Club fields multiple teams in the 9U-17U age groups, while providing additional opportunities for players of all ages and abilities. Various indoor programs such as the School of Excellence, King of Swing, private/group lessons and Indoor league play are offered in Hampton, Kingston, Portsmouth and York. For more information, please visit www.seacoastunited.com/baseball or call 603-758-7153.