Spartans 8U baseball team makes the playoffs

The Spartans 8U baseball team, led by head coach Danny Hook, and assistant coaches, Lou D’Alessio, Sean McDermott and JP Livingston, made the playoffs in their first year playing together. Playing the top seeded, and undefeated Bulldogs followed by the second place Bombers, the team needed a win or a tie in their last two games. The team started slowly against an older and more experienced Bulldogs team. The team was down 5-0 going into the home half of the fourth inning and was struggling to get any sort of offensive push. However, the resilient Spartans, as they have done several times this year, battled back. Teddy Delaney got the team started in the fourth scoring with a single and scored a run on Jake Serafino’s bases loaded walk to close the gap to 5-1.

The Spartans offense came alive in the fifth. It was up to the bottom of the lineup going into the fifth inning to get the Spartan’s going. Preston Blanco, Jack Livingston, scored on walks while Jackson Weber and Timmy Wagner scored on Mikey Hook’s single with the bases loaded to tie the game at 5 and send the home team into a frenzy. The drama, however, wasn’t over. Mikey Hook came on to keep the game tied at 5. With one on and one out, one of the Bulldogs top hitters stepped to the plate and ripped a ball past the Spartan’s outfielders. Anthony Boccia ran it down and made a perfect relay throw to Johnny Watts who made a perfect throw to shortstop David McDermott who then turned and fired a perfect throw to catcher Jack Livingston who caught the ball and tagged the runner out trying to score, keeping the game tied and sending the players into yet another frenzy. The game ended in a 5-5 tie sending the Spartans to the playoffs and breaking the Bulldogs winning streak at 8 games. 

While Sunday’s game didn’t end the way the Spartans had hoped, they once again battled, twice coming from behind to take the lead. Johnny Watts was once again strong as a middle inning reliever for the Spartans. Luke Mooney, George Davidson, Carter D’Alessio, Preston Blanco, Jack Livingston and Anthony Boccia all drove in runs for the Spartans. The team has showed toughness and grit all season, including coming back from being ten runs down to win. The Spartans will play Saturday at 1pm at Walker Field in Hicksville.

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