Littleton Heads to Mass. Central Div. 4 Tourney

The Littleton Tigers are the leading seed in the 2014 MIAA Central Div. 4 Tournament! Planning to build on their undefeated 20-0 regular season, the Tigers will be reckoned with by teams from across Central Massachusetts after a First Round bye. Littleton’s first game is at home on 5/30/14. Here are the tourney brackets:

2014 MIAA Baseball Central Division 4 Playoff Brackets

Go Tigers!

Littleton Repeats as Mid-Wachusett League Champions

 

Littleton High School varsity baseball clinched the Mid-Wachusett League Championship (Massachusetts) for a second consecutive year with a perfect 20-0 undefeated record. Matt Landers as one of Littleton’s starting pitchers also earned honors as a Mid-Wachusett League All-Star pitcher with a 0.31 ERA, 3-0 Wins and 2 Saves despite missing part of the season with a sprained ankle. Returning to active play, Landers threw a complete game no-hitter vs. Clinton High to help wrap up the regular season. Now it is on to the MIAA State Tournament. The Littleton baseball team was also deservedly voted the region’s best high school baseball team for 2016 in a survey by the Lowell Sun newspaper on 5/25/14. Go Tigers!

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From the Lowell Sun, 5/22/14

 

Wolfpac Heads Home

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The NE Wolfpac 2013 Europe Tour has wrapped up with the team heading home to Boston on 7/9/13. The boys have had the time of their lives, from playing against elite Dutch baseball teams to watching an international baseball game between The Netherlands and Cuba (Cuba won 4-0 with the Wolfpac guys shagging 3 foul balls), riding bikes in the sand dunes on the coast and visiting some of the cultural and historical sights of The Netherlands. Most importantly, they have had the chance to build lifelong friendships with their host families and create relationships that may lead to new playing opportunities overseas in the future.

From the parents back home in the United States there is much friendship and gratitude for the many Kinheim club families who welcomed our players into their homes and made them part of their own families during this amazing stay. Their kindness and generosity fill our hearts. Here’s hoping we can return some hospitality in the future (and maybe win some games, too).

Here is the 2013 Wolfpac International exhibition game record:

  • 7/1/13 Bussum Scimitars (Loss 2-4)
  • 7/2/13 Amsterdam Diamonds (Loss 8-10)
  • 7/3/13 Kennemerland Rabbits/Kinheim Juniors (Win 10-5)
  • 7/4/13 18U Dutch National AAA Team (Loss 2-17)
  • 7/5/13 The Hague Tsunami (Loss 5-12)
  • 7/8/13 Kinheim Rookies (Loss 6-8)

Bon Voyage and God Speed, boys.

The Wolfpac Meets Holland’s Best

Wolfpac in the Clubhouse at Pim Mulier Stadium, Haarlem 7/4/13

Wolfpac in the Clubhouse at Pim Mulier Stadium, Haarlem 7/4/13

The 17U NE Wolfpac played against the 18U AAA Dutch National Team and lost 17-2, but the score dosen’t tell the whole story: Matt started the game and went 6 innings, holding the Dutch to only 4 Earned Runs on 5 hits and 2 walks while also striking out 2. When he left the mound, the score was only 4-2 (Holland). Quite a competitive accomplishment given the fact that the Wolfpac was facing the best 17-18 year old baseball players in The Netherlands, one of whom was signed by the Baltimore Orioles just yesterday. A great experience for the boys, one which will give them greater confidence as they return to continue playing in Legion and AAU baseball stateside. For Matt, this loss was a true win!

Stay tuned for tomorrow.

Wolfpac Chases Rabbits

Kinheim and Rabbits with NE Wolfpac, 7/3/13 at Kinheim

Kinheim and Rabbits with NE Wolfpac, 7/3/13 at Pim Mulier Stadium, Haarlem

At last a sweet victory for American baseball! After hosting baseball training clinics for younger Dutch players at Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem during the afternoon on 7/3/13, The NE Wolfpac played a game against the combined Junior squads of the Kennemerland Rabbits and Kinheim, winning the contest 10-5. Luc Lebleu pitched a complete game for the win. Tomorrow’s contest is vs. the 18U AAA Dutch National Team with Matt on the mound. Stay tuned!

Dutch Treat

NE Wolfpac and Amsterdam Diamonds, 7/2/13

The 17U New England Wolfpac International Team has been touring The Netherlands since 6/28/13, visiting the cities and sites while playing against elite Dutch baseball academy teams. What a great experience to be ambassadors of American baseball! The players are staying with host families of the Corendon Kinheim professional baseball club and using the Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem as their base of operations.

Most Americans do not think of baseball in conjunction with Holland, but it has been a professional sport in the country since 1922. The Netherlands National Baseball Team is consistently ranked in the top ten of the IBAF World Rankings and has won the European Baseball Championship twenty times. Although baseball is a minority sport within the Netherlands, it is the main sport of the Dutch overseas territories in the Caribbean (the former Netherland Antilles).

The NE Wolfpac has discovered that the Dutch play the game well: Game 1 vs. the Bussum Scimitars on 7/1/13 was a 4-2 loss, and Game 2 vs. the Amsterdam Diamonds on 7/2/13 was another 8-10 loss. Better luck tomorrow!

Littleton wins 2013 Mid-Wachusett D Conference Championship

Littleton Tigers varsity baseball has won the 2013 Midland Wachusett League D-Conference Championship with an 11-1 league record and 16-2 overall record on the season. Matt was fortunate to be part of the varsity squad as a Freshman and put up some great numbers both on the mound and at the plate: 4-0 W-L, 1.38 ERA, .4oo AVG, and 1.033 OPS.

Now it is on to the State tourney. Go Tigers!

LITTLETON BASEBALL

 Conference: Wachusett D
Date Opponent Time/result
Mon., April 8 Tyngsborough W, 13-3
Wed., April 10 Lunenburg W, 6-3
Mon., April 15 at Narragansett W, 13-6
Wed., April 17 at Lunenburg W, 10-5
Mon., April 22 at Maynard W, 4-3
Wed., April 24 Murdock W, 5-1
Mon., April 29 Tahanto W, 9-3
Wed., May 1 Ayer Shirley W, 11-0
Thu., May 2 at Bromfield W, 12-0
Mon., May 6 at West Boylston L, 8-6
Wed., May 8 Maynard W, 11-4
Fri., May 10 at Murdock W, 11-8
Mon., May 13 Clinton L, 8-6
Wed., May 15 at Tahanto W, 6-3
Thu., May 16 at Ayer Shirley W, 22-5 (6 inn.)
Mon., May 20 at Bromfield W, 15-0
Tue., May 21 at Tyngsborough W, 4-1
Wed., May 22 West Boylston W, 11-0

WACHUSETT LEAGUE D

  LEAGUE ALL HOME AWAY RS/G RA/G
Littleton 11-1 16-2 7-1 9-1 9.7 3.4
West Boylston 9-2 13-4 6-1 7-3 8.8 4.6
Maynard 8-3 11-6 5-3 6-3 5.5 4.4
Ayer Shirley 5-7 5-12 3-6 2-6 3.4 7.2
Tahanto 4-6 8-8 6-4 2-4 4.0 4.9
Murdock 2-9 5-13 3-7 2-6 4.9 6.9
Bromfield 0-11 0-18 0-11 0-7 1.8 7.7