This past weekend was the Legends Memorial Day Slugfest Tourney in Kensington, NH. Featured again were 12U AAU teams from around New England including NH, MA & RI. The NEB Dirt Dogs lost their pair of games on Saturday to Windham and the Royals. On Sunday they lost again to the Rams before pulling out a consolation win vs. the Legends. Highlights of the weekend were a pair of home runs by Scott and Jonathan which have been added to the Home Run Club totals on the Season Update page.
The late season slide has been compounded by injuries affecting key players, and consists of a pattern where the Dogs open an early lead before giving it up mid-game to a combination of predictable fielding errors and consistently limited production from the lower half of the batting order. Next weekend are the final games of the regular season, followed by the New England AAU Championship tourney on 6/13. For now, Matt remains on the DL pending re-evaluation by the orthopedic specialist a week after the AAU season is over. Hopefully he will be able to return to play with Littleton’s Cal-Ripken All-Star team, but for now it continues to remain a waiting game.