The Canton Junior League All Star team (13 and 14 year old players) won the Massachusetts Junior League Junior Championship on Sunday.
They will now represent Massachusetts in the 2016 Junior League Eastern Regional Tournament and will try to replicate the performance of the great 2008 Canton Junior League team. Winner of the Eastern Regionals will advance on to Taylor Michigan for the Junior League World Series.
The tournament will take place in Freehold, NJ from August 5th - 10th, and Canton’s first game will be against Delaware on August 5th at 7:00 p.m.
They need your assist in paying for expenses to get the team from Canton to New Jersey, pay for hotel rooms, and meals. The team leaves on August 3rd so it’s critical we reach our goals as quickly as possible.
Here is a link to make a donation. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Here is a summary on how they won the Massachusetts title.
The Canton Junior League baseball team traveled to Billerica in the sweltering heat on Saturday, July 22nd to play a best of three series against Swansea for the 2016 Junior League Massachusetts State Championship. The Canton Bulldogs shut-out Swansea 6-0 in the first game. Pitcher Justin Wenstrom threw a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts for an unbelievable individual performance. Cam Sanchez was also impressive behind the plate calling a great game for Wenstrom. The score is no indication of how close the game was, as the two teams were scoreless going into the 5th inning. Everything changed when Owen Lehane hit a two-out double to right-center, followed by a Wenstrom single for the first run of the ball game. Canton went on to score three more runs in the fifth on four consecutive singles from Griffin Lincoln, Matt Connolly, Colby Ciffolillo, and Robbie Gallery. The Bulldogs then scored one more run in both the sixth and seventh innings. Lucas Ragusa, Nathan Quan, Joe Bates, and Connolly didn't let anything get through the infield the entire game. The outfield of Max Harkness, Ryan O'Connor, Lincoln, and Gallery also played error free baseball.
The second game was scheduled to take place immediately following, but it was called off due to a power outage. Instead, game two was played on Sunday, July 23rd. Canton found themselves down 0-6 after two innings, but then started chipping away. Sanchez got Canton on the board in the third with an RBI single, knocking in Quan to make it 6-1. In a determined effort, Quan’s pitching steadied the ship and allowed the Bulldogs to hold Swansea to two runs over the next five innings. Canton scored in the fifth when Sanchez and Ragusa each singled to start the inning, followed by a Lehane double knocking in Sanchez. Ragusa scored on a sacrifice fly, but was called out on an appeal for leaving third early. Lehane crossed the plate when Ciffolillo was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded making the score 6-3. Swansea added one more in the bottom of the fifth to make it 7-3, and Canton came right back to score four more in the top of the 6th with an opening single by Quan, followed by a double to deep left by Sanchez. Ragusa singled next and Lehane knocked him in with a double to left center, Lincoln knocked in Lehane with a sacrifice fly to tie the score at 7-7. Canton didn’t allow any Swansea runs in the bottom of the sixth. Canton then took the lead 8-7 in the top of the seventh when Gallery walked, stole second, and was knocked in by a Sanchez double. In the bottom of the seventh, Swansea scored one more to tie the game at 8-8 and send the game into extra innings. Canton started the eighth inning with the heart of their batting order, and the wheels seemed to fall off the Swansea wagon as they committed three errors, which led to four Canton runs. Matt Connolly took over as closing pitcher in the bottom of the eighth and did his job, giving up just one run and sealing the deal on a fantastic Canton come-back to beat Swansea 12-9.
Please show your support for this extraordinary team!!