2018 8U Cal Ripken State Tournament Underway!

Brian Fabry

Plymouth is the host for the second-annual 8U tournament showcasing Cal Ripken Baseball at the first level of state championship play.

Today was another fantastic day at Forges Field for the 8U EMass State Tournament here in Plymouth! 
What a treat it is to host these kids vying for a state title!

In game one of the day - Burlington pushed across five runs in the third inning while sending eight players to the plate in an 8-3 win over Dracut, who falls to 1-1 in the tourney.

Cole Pagliccia picked up Player of the Game honors with six innings behing the plate in 80+ degree heat and reached base twice for Dracut. Evan Brothers picked up POG honors with a perfect day at the plate going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and closed out the game on the mound in the final two innings.

Game 2 was Chelmsford and New Bedford in a tug-o-war for three innings of scoreless baseball until the South End sent nine players to the plate in a four-run, fourth inning. The offensive flood gates opened as SE New Bedford would score six more in the final two innings to cruise to a 10-2 win over the Lions. James McConnell was the star of the day for Chelmsford as Mason Abreau picked up the gold for NB going 1-for-2 with 2 RBI.

Game 3 was your hometown Plymouthians setting the ship straight in a 5-1 win over Marshfield as the Rams were the first team to be sent home in the tournament.

Nate Smith was outstanding with five punch outs in two innings of work, was 2-for-3 at the plate and added two runs scored for Plymouth. Mac Clavadetsher knocked in Marshfield's lone run with a double in the fifth inning to gain player of the game honors for the Rams. Anyone with the name "Mac" is a ball player worthy of that honor regardless.

Would like to thank Lou Merloni for the celebrity appearance on the field and also the entire Marshfield team, family, and friends for being class acts throughout the tournament.

The nightcap was a doozy as Old Rochester did all they could to scrape out a win but fell short to Dedham, 6-4. The Bulldogs had runners on second and third and one out in the sixth but couldn't push across the tying run.

Again - thank you to Old Rochester and Manager Bryan Hale who was awesome throughout the districts and state tournaments here in Plymouth. Showcased a great group of kids and a promising program in their first year within the Cal Ripken ranks. Well done, my friend.

My table for the Sunday beer would be Hale, Merloni, and head coach Bryan Brothers of Burlington. Next year at Cabbyshack for sure.

Till tomorrow.....

Plymouth vs. Dracut - 5:30pm Forges BB1
Chelmsford vs. Dedham - 5:30pm - Forges BB2


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