Jovan Alexander with the save and Nick Powers with a dingah. Jamel Vilmont is also a part of that team and made a diving catch to prevent runs from scoring.
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.
We will be holding our first registration today August 2nd at Devir Park in Malden from 5:30-7:00PM for Fall Ball! Open to new and returning players ages 8-21. This is a great opportunity to improve your skills while having fun in the off season. Practices will begin on September 2nd, 2015 and run throughout the fall. Hope to see you all tonight!
Summer is finally here Giants! All new & returning players must fill out a 2015 registration form to participate in our upcoming season! Registration for all players ages 8-21 is going on now and we will be accepting registrations throughout July. A schedule will be posted and emailed by July 31st and practice will start up in Mid-late August.
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Mayor Gary Christenson and Julio Henriquez, President of Malden’s Angel Baseball Program joined The BASE founder and President Robert Lewis, Jr. at the BASE’s Roxbury headquarters for a press conference with Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito presented $50,000 in baseball scholarships to the BASE, a non-profit that offers an intensive training program for area baseball coaches and academic tutoring combined with year-round baseball instruction for inner-city students, many of whom have had school or family challenges. Last year, Lewis announced that Angel Baseball players will be receiving as much as $1 million in scholarship funding for the opportunity to earn full or partial scholarships to New England colleges and universities.
Angel Baseball, established in 2004 provides an opportunity for local youth to play competitive baseball at a nominal cost. Through scholarships from the BASE, students have participated in showcases for no cost and in 2014, two players received full college scholarships. The BASE, in partnership with Angel Baseball, aims to expand and launch additional programs in Lawrence, Lowell, Springfield and Worcester. Mayor Christenson, who has been a strong supporter of Malden Angel Baseball commended the BASE and Angel Baseball.
“The funding provided by Governor Baker will go a long way to assist the BASE and Malden’s Angel Baseball in their continued collaboration to support young athletes academically, while providing the opportunity to experience the game of baseball,” said Mayor Christenson.
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