The Giants Senior LTA team went into the Tournament of Champions as the third seed with a 10-4 record. After a first round 1-0 heartbreaking loss to Stoneham, the Angel Baseball Giants ended up in the loser’s bracket, but they bounced back with heart and drive.
The Giants went to Framingham to play an elimination game. Rookie pitcher Jeam Castillo got the ball and pitched a needed shut out as the Giants won the game 1-0. Playing at Kezer Field at Pine Banks Park against Stoneham in an all-or-nothing game, the Giants gave the ball to another young arm when Steven DiBlasi got the ball. After a shaky start and letting up four runs in the first inning, the Giants felt their backs to the wall until veteran Marc Woodman hit a three-run bomb over the center field fence. After that, the Giants’ offense came alive and put up 10 runs to beat Stoneham 10-5. The win put the Giants in the semifinals against rival North End.
As expected, it was a college pitchers’ duel between the North End’s Curry College hurler and Angel Baseball’s St. Joseph’s wing, Jovan Henriquez, with the North End Dodgers on top 2-1 going into the seventh inning. With two outs in the top of the seventh, leadoff hitter Ricky Mendez drew a walk, then rookie second baseman Ryan Censullo hit a sharp grounder that the shortstop couldn’t handle. With runners on first and second and two outs, 19-year-old Jamel Vilmont stepped into the box. After two quick strikes Vilmont worked the at-bat to a full count, and then he hit a 360 ft. home run that put the Giants up 4-2. Henriquez took the hill in the bottom half and struck-out the side. The win gave the Giants a bid to win the 2015 LTA Tournament of Champions versus Billerica.
The LTA Giants’ championship run came up short with four outs to go. After leading Billerica with a score of 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Billerica took advantage of two consecutive errors by the Giants and gained the lead with four runs scored. This was the Angel Baseball Giants’ second trip in a row to the LTA Championship, and the team expects to be back for a third time next year to finish the job.
The Angel Baseball Giants BASE HITZ team went into playoffs with the top seed having gone undefeated in The BASE’s summer league. In the first game the Giants hosted Lowell at Devir Park and piled on the hits and runs behind a group shut out thrown by Matt O’Connor, Steve DiBlasi and Ryan Schaefer. The final score was 8-1 and the team advanced to the semifinals.
On Saturday, August 8, the Giants played Jamaica Plain in the first game of a double-header to advance to the Championship Game. In the first game Giants’ coach Bryan Straccia opted to go with young lefty DiBlasi, and the kid answered the call, allowing two runs on one hit in seven innings pitched. Offensively, the Giants stacked up seven runs in a 7-5 win.
In the second game of a double-header, the Giants faced The BASE’s Astros team with O’Connor on the mound. It was a well-played game by both teams, and as President and Founder of The BASE, Robert Lewis Jr., said, “[That’s] the way baseball should be played.” The Giants went up early but lost the lead in the fourth inning after the Boston Astros tripled to right field with runners on first and third to take a 2-1 lead. In the fifth inning, Vilmont hit a long inside-the-park home run to left field to tie the game at 2-2. Both teams squandered chances to score in the sixth inning, but in the bottom of the seventh O’Connor led off with a triple. After the next two batters walked to load the bases, Schaefer drilled a line drive base hit to right field as the Malden Giants celebrated a 3-2 victory to capture The Base Leagues’ 19u Championship.
After a two-week playoff break, the “G” League will continue this week. Angel Baseball’s G league is our interleague program. Each week players are placed on a different team and play a single elimination tournament where a new “G” Champion is crowned. Come down to Devir Park to watch the action!
The Angel Baseball Giants program is now accepting applications for our Fall Baseball program. Open to new and returning players ages 8-21, this is a great opportunity to improve skills while having fun in the off-season. Practices will begin on September 2, 2015, and run throughout the fall. For more information, contact email@example.com.