Several local North Shore players played key roles in leading the Legends 14U Prospects team to the championship in the Perfect Game New England Regional Tournament. Legends qualified to go to the Perfect Game Tourney in Fort Myers, Florida as the New England representative.
The team has an incredible 45-5 record and went 5-0 in the regional tournament, which was held in late June at the Belmont Hill School and Tufts University. Legends, based in Middleton, beat Connecticut Nationals of Waterford (9-4), New England Ruffnecks from Boston (4-2), Taconic Rangers from Connecticut/New York (5-3), Dugout Dawgs from Hyannis (3-2), and New England Stampede Black out of Woburn (6-5).
The Perfect Game Super 25 will feature the best teams from all over the country, and participants must win their regional in order to qualify. All games will be held at the Jet Blue Park Player Development Complex in Fort Myers, which is also the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox.
Manager Eric Costantino is assisted by coaches Peter Doyle and Jeff Smith. The top pitchers are Shane Smith of Danvers, who is 9-1 with a 2.73 ERA, John Doyle of Topsfield (10-2, 2.96 ERA), Travis Lane of Georgetown (9-3, 3.80 ERA), and Danny Regan of Andover (5-0, 2.18 ERA).
Powering the offense are Gavin Cann of Hamilton, who has a .517 average with 46 hits and has driven in 46 runs, Graham Smith of Wilmington (.474 average, 54 hits, 34 RBI’s), and Lane (.455 average, 40 hits, 48 RBI’s).
Defensive standouts are catcher Dylan Duval of Middleton, second baseman Tommy Lapham of Newbury, and third baseman Kyle Gonzalez of Beverly.
Other members of the team that have contributed to the great season are Noah MacGlashing of Pittsfield, NH, Logan Bravo of Andover, Eric Chalmers of Gloucester, and Mike DeFusco of East Greenwich, RI.
Perfect Game Super 25 puts the main emphasis on team commitment, chemistry, and winning as a team. Legends will play at Jet Blue in the tourney that begins on July 30 and runs through August 3.