The Next Big Thing

The Littleton 12U All-Stars competed in the Cal Ripken Central Mass. State Tourney this past weekend against the same great competition they had faced during Districts. While they took heavy losses in every game, the Tigers showed some moxie and had their moments. Matt also came off the DL for two games to help out. In Game #1 vs. Milford Nick, Joey and Matt all clubbed singles with Matt going 2 for 2 after not swinging a bat or practicing for 2 months. Nick and Mike D. both scored the runs of the game. In Game #2 vs. Douglas, Jon T. got a single as the only hit of the game. No runs were scored. During game #3 against Sutton, Cole hit a double and Matt went 2 for 2 again with a single and double as the hits of the game. Matt also stole home to score Littleton’s only run. In game #4 vs. Uxbridge, the Tigers finally started to find some rhythm and put up 5 runs during the game. Connor was the heavy hitter with a home run while Joey, Jon T. and Adam all stroked singles. Christian, Connor, Jon, Joey and Mike D. all scored. Game #5 against Groton was the local “sandlot classic” of the series, with both teams well-matched. Littleton took an early 2-0 lead (the first of the tourney for the team) without any hits (on a walk and catcher’s interference) before Groton came back in the 4th inning and maintained the lead until the end. The final score of 9-6 shows that it was a competitive game all around. Connor hit another home run while Cole and Nick hit singles.

Now on to the next Big Thing as all the boys graduate from junior-level baseball to continue playing AAU club ball, school ball, or Babe Ruth on the big 60/90 diamond if they have the talent and desire. This year on the 50/70 field has been a valuable learning experience because of the rule changes, extra distance on the base paths favoring defense, and the need for head’s up base running and stealing. Having taken a glance at Middle School baseball rules, the regulation bat weight will also be heavier (-3) which will add to the challenge. As good as any of these boys may be now, they will need to grow into the Big game all over again. It will be fun and interesting to watch.

Matt returns to the DL a little more sore, but knowing that after sitting for 2 months he was able to come off the bench and make key contributions under highly competitive circumstances. Now it’s back to physical therapy and waiting to see if the Fall Season will be playable or not. Stay tuned…

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