August 16, 2018

RYBSA Post-Season Action!

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This season RYBSA fielded All-Star teams in 8U, 9U, 11U & 12U age groups. All the teams worked hard and played hard for a very successful post-season. The 11U team, led by Paul Salera, Tony Placido and Dave Miller went 11-5 in their 4 tournaments, going 4-0 to win the East Braintree tournament and fell just short of first place in the Rehoboth tournament with a record of 4-1, placing second. 

Rehoboth 12-year-olds Play at Cooperstown
Rehoboth 12yrs played in cooperstown Dreams Park in early June for a week worth of tournament action. For thirteen weeks Dream Park hosts 104 teams each week from team all across the country. Our 12s played played team from Minnesota, Florida, Georgia, even Alaska. They didn’t have the best record only winning one game during the week, but played competitively as all but two games were decided by 3 runs or less.

DR Thunderdawgs on Fire!
DR- Thunderdawg applied to 6 tournaments this season with the last tourney in NH - a class A tournament. Our first was in Franklin where we went 4-1 and won the Tournament. Our next tournament was in Charlton, where we had an early exit on Sunday and lost 8-7 to Worcester who we had beat 3 times before. Our next 3 tournaments Dighton, Rehoboth and Milford where we went on a tear and beat everyone we faced. We were successful against programs like Bay State Blitz, Swansea Xtreme, Abington, Nipmuc, Sturbridge, Taunton, and Rhode Island class C champs Darlington. We we were on 18-0 tear and not stopping there.

We accomplished what we wanted to in 4 out 5 tournaments and going to our last one in NH class A where we would face all club teams. As coaches we were thinking, "what happens up there is all gravy. We accomplished so much more than what we set out for, lets go up there and have fun and see what happens". As we arrived to NH and started to play we had realized that this team could play with these club teams.

There was a storm approaching with Thunderdawgs vs. NH State Champs Northeast Hurricanes. They went 3-0 and #1 seed and we went 3-0 #2 seed. But the storm we thought we would face isn’t the one we got. Mother Nature stepped in on Sunday and we finished runner up and nobody played!! We finished the season with a 21-0 winning streak 26-4 out of 30 games played that is a winning percentage of over 850, 4 out 6 tournament champions.

These girls were dedicated, hard working, and best of all coachable. Just hard working girls that hopefully in a few years DR high will benefit from, because two towns, 4 board members and 2 coaches put aside pride and put the best interest of the girls first!!! They have set the standard for every team that comes after them to perform like they have. It has been a pleasure to coach them and being around them for this past year. I am so proud of these young ladies. I would also like to thank all the parents, and the coaching staff Tom Marsella, Bobby Harrison, Eric Horrocks, Jeff Cloonan, Katie Ryan. Way to go Thunderdawgs 21-0 winning streak, 4x – Tournament Champions.

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