The Littleton 12U Angels wrapped up their winning 9-1 season with a final victory while visiting against Westford’s more competitive team 14-6. Unfortunately, the game was marked by several incidents of poor sportsmanship on the part of the host team, coaches and fans, but the Angels prevailed through adversity that included the use of an illegal 2 5/8″ big-barrel bat without penalty and also inconsistent umpiring behind the plate that decidedly gave new meaning to the term “home field advantage.” It may have been Machiavelli who once said the best revenge is living well, but tonight the Angels learned that the best revenge is beating a team of poor sports in their own house. Nuf Ced!
Mike W. pitched the first 3 innings, holding Westford to only 1 run while while striking out 6 batters. Joey D. then relieved in the 4th inning and battled the top of the Westford batting order with his brother Adam as battery-mate behind the plate, holding Westford to only 3 additional runs to tie the game before Matt L. took over to close the last 2 innings. Matt had to battle the inexperienced and inconsistent youth umpire behind the plate as much as the Westford batters, but managed to keep the door closed with 4 K’s while allowing only 2 additional runs for a game-ending total of 6. Following an inspiring mound visit worthy of Henry V that featured the liberal use of some choice 4-letter words by yours truly which accurately depicted the situation of the enemy and lightened the mood of the boys, an unbelievable 3-2-3 double-play was made by Mike W. at 1st base and Jared W. at the plate to wrap up the defense with bases loaded and serve a nice hot cup of “shut up” to the trash-talkers on the Westford side. Nice.
On offense, the Angels had given the Westford peanut gallery something to murmur about by establishing a 4-1 lead in the 4th inning. After Westford tied the game, Littleton came back again with 4 additional runs in the 5th inning and 6 more in the 6th inning to assert their dominance. Jared W. was the big hitter of the game with 2 singles, 1 double and 3 runs scored. Joey D. hit a single and triple, scoring twice. Mike W. hit a 2-RBI single, Nick L. hit a single and double, scoring twice. Mikey P. hit a single and scored as did Timmy C. who had his first at-bat of the season after finally getting rid of his leg cast. Timmy hit a RBI-single but pulled a leg muscle while running up the baseline and pogo-ed his way safely onto base. Tucker who was his pinch runner scored. Derek M. also hit 2 singles and a double, scoring 3 times.
An incredible team effort all around with big hits and runs scored all across the batting order!
For many of these boys who have turned 13 this season, this game was the last they will play on the small 46/60 diamond. Next year if they move up to Babe Ruth they will be playing on the 60/90 diamond which is a whole different experience.
A very touching moment occurred when all the boys and coaches signed a baseball to be placed at the grave of Herb Wing who remains with us in spirit as our Angel in the Outfield (see the prior post Another Angel in the Outfield). I am sure Herb is proud of his son Mike and continues to watch him play.
Stay tuned for the Fall Majors wood bat season which will begin shortly after school starts in September…
The Angels continued their winning streak Tuesday night with a 7-4 victory over Westford in a well-fought game where the lead changed hands twice.
Offensively, Littleton came on strong with 3 runs in the 2nd inning and an additional run in the 3rd inning for a 4-0 lead. Westford answered with a run in the 3rd and 3 more in the 4th to tie the game 4-4 before Littleton retook the lead with 2 more runs in the 4th and an insurance run in the 5th to seal the win. Matt L. hit 2 for 2 with a single and double, also scoring a run. Adam D. and Robert C. both hit RBI singles and Mike W. stroked an RBI double. Adam D. stole home on a passed ball and Will B. also stole home on a head’s up call from the base coach when the Westford catcher walked to the mound without calling for time-out.
In the field, Littleton kept Westford at bay with Matt L. starting on the mound and pitching for 3 innings, striking out 9 and giving up 1 run. Mike P. relieved in the 4th inning and struck out 2 more while facing the heart of the Westford line-up. Mike W. pitched the last 2 innings and struck out 4 more to keep the door closed and secure the win.
A well-played game against a good team. Stay tuned for Thursday night baseball…
The Angels defended their home field and served notice to Acton-Boxboro Gold Team 5-3, reclaiming respect from the only team to beat the Angels so far this Summer season!
On the mound for Littleton was Mike W. for the first 3 innings, striking out 4 and giving up 1 run. Nick L. relieved in the 4th and kept the A-B hitters off-balance, striking out 2 more with no runs. Matt L. closed the last 2 innings, striking out 4 and allowing 2 runs, one of which was due to a fielding error with an A-B runner on 3rd drawing an errant pick-off throw to steal home.
Offensively the Angels started with a run by Jared W. in the 1st inning followed by both Jared and Devin F. scoring in the 3rd. Matt L stole home and Mikey P. also scored in the 4th to put up some insurance runs. Jared W., Joey D. and Robert C. all clubbed doubles while Mike W. and Matt L. both got base hits.
An outstanding team effort all around!
The Angels continued their winning record tonight with a 6-1 victory over Acton-Boxboro Blue Team. Big hits were made through the order with “Mookie”, Mike W., Matt L. and Mikey P. all clubbing RBI doubles and stealing bases. Joey D. hit an RBI single and Devin F. scored twice on the action from the top of the order. Defensively the Angels kept the A-B team at bay with an ensemble cast on the mound. Nick L. finally joined the line-up and started the game on the hill, pitching for 2 scoreless innings and striking out 4. Will B. pitched the 3rd inning and collected one K, followed by Matt L. who struck out 2 more and received key back-up from Devin F. at 2nd base who gloved a smoking line drive to retire the side. Adam D. and Mike W. covered the last 2 innings with Matt providing key defense at 1st to complete 5 put-outs with the assistance of Joey D. at 3rd and SS.
Stay tuned for Thursday nights rematch against Acton-Boxboro Gold Team which posted the only win against the Angels so far this season…
“Ban them for the whole year. I think you clean up the game by the testing. I test you, you test positive, you’re going to be out. Serious. I know that if I test positive for using any kind of substance, I know that I’m going to disrespect my family, the game, the fans and everybody. I don’t want to be facing that situation, so what I will do, I won’t use.”
“This game has been hurt a lot already. And I don’t think this game can take any more.”
“Today I was informed by a reporter that I was on the 2003 list of MLB players to test positive for performance-enhancing substances. This happened right before our game, and the news blindsided me. I said I had no comment because I wanted to get to the bottom of this. I want to talk about this situation and I will as soon as I have more answers. In the meantime I want to let you know how I am approaching this situation. One, I have already contacted the Players Association to confirm if this report is true. I have just been told that the report is true. Based on the way I have lived my life, I am surprised to learn I tested positive. Two, I will find out what I tested positive for. And, three, based on whatever I learn, I will share this information with my club and the public. You know me — I will not hide and I will not make excuses. I want to thank my family, the Red Sox, my teammates, and the fans for their patience and support.”
The three above quotes were statements made to the media by David “Big Papi” Ortiz during 2009 on the subject of performance-enhancing substances.
Now here’s the unspun truth about Big Papi’s being “blindsided” by this “recent” news: The players (numbering more than 100) who had previously tested positive in 2003 were in fact notified years ago by the Major League Baseball Player’s Association and the commissioner’s office. This action followed an April, 2004 raid by federal authorities on the two firms involved in testing more than 1,400 samples, when federal investigators seized information including player names and related test results. Any of the players listed in those documents with positive test results were notified at that time and have only been holding their breath and stonewalling against exposure ever since.
Guess Papi really does know there’s something special in his “VitaminWater”…