Article by Coach Rick Martignetti
Game 1 Semis: Dodgers 13 Astros 5
The 15u North End Dodgers entered this year’s playoffs as the 3 seed and away team in a best two-out-of-three series against the highly talented and highly rivaled 2 seed Boston Astros. Game 1 started off in the Astros favor leading 5 to 3 after the first two innings, but the Dodgers offense scored the next ten runs thanks to heavy hitting from Evan Reynolds, DJ DiCenso and Kyle Bernadini. After a rocky start, Colman Shea grooved swiftly over the next four innings tallying 10 strikeouts to stymie the usual powerhouse Astros lineup. Dodgers take game 1 of the series 13-5.
Game 2 Semis: Dodgers 9 Astros 1
Going for the sweep of the Astros the Dodgers squad gave the ball to Kyle Bernadini to start game two. Kyle allowed the first runner of the game to reach and score, but it was the only damage he’d allow all day tossing a six-hit complete game. The Dodgers scored three in the top of the first and never looked back. Leadoff man Vincent Coppola did exactly what he was supposed to do scoring three runs himself, leading the onslaught as the Dodgers broke out their brooms and cruised to a 9-1 victory and sweep of rival South End Astros.
Game 1 Championship: Dodgers 10, Angels 6
Flying high the 3 seed 15u Dodgers found themselves in the championship game as a colossal underdog against the 1 seeded Jamaica Plain Angels. The Dodgers turned to stud Evan Reynolds as they looked to take game 1 and put their team in a position to shock everybody but themselves. Reynolds scattered six runs over seven innings with ten punch-outs for the game in a performance that can only be described as clutch and composed. The Dodger bats backed the defense scoring ten runs in a pivotal game one. North Adams MVP Nico Alex set the tone for the offense getting on base four times and scoring three runs. Dodgers take game 1 of the championship 10-6.
Game 2 Championship: Angels 12, Dodgers 6
Game two Dodgers sought for Colman Shea to rise to the occasion and complete the miracle-esque upset over their Jamaica Plain counterpart. In his best outing of the entire year, the team captain and catalyst pitched an outstanding game surrendering seven runs with only one being earned. Three errors by the Dodgers in the fourth inning were all the cushion the Angels needed to eventually hang twelve runs for the game. The Dodgers offense fought, but ultimately the deficit was too much and even with a late rally punctuated with an enormous double by Vin Coppola – the hole was just too big to climb out of. Angels take game 2, 12-6.
Game 3 Championship: Dodgers 11, Angels 7
Game three, winner takes all. The underdog Dodgers once again happily gave the ball to Kyle Bernadini who has been a solid, cornerstone piece to the team all season long. Coming together as a complete unit, the Dodgers jump all over the Angels’ starting pitcher to score nine runs in the first three innings. Jase Cherchi and Vin Coppola were huge in the deciding game scoring four runs combined and stealing four total bases. The big power was supplied by Evan Reynolds (Playoffs MVP) going 4 for 5 with three doubles two RBIs and four runs scored; and by Colman Shea (Dodgers MVP) going 3 for 4 with a home-run, 3 RBIs and two runs scored. Bernardini dazzled over 5 strong innings allowing just 3 runs, while trusting his defense to make plays for him. Jase “hands” Cherchi and Richard Pagliuca both had fantastic defensive games in the middle infield for the Dodgers, while rock-solid first-baseman DJ DiCenso made three game saving scoops on balls in the dirt coming his way. The flurry of runs early was too much for the Angels to overcome, all the Dodgers went on to pull the upset and take the trophy back to the North End by beating the Angels 11-7 and 2-1 in the series.
The Dodgers couldn’t have won without quality play from some of their key role pieces. Specialty pinch hitter Jack Flynn hit .429 in the playoffs and totaled a team high 8 RBIs in critical and pressured spots. Outfielder Jake Valeri made momentum shifting, difficult catches look easy playing in a hostile environment throughout the entire championship series. “Mr. Everything” Mike Galigani provided exceptional poise, leadership and timely hitting as a calming presence in the middle of the Dodgers batting order. Evan Frechette’s heads up base running skills allowed him to score a run that gave the squad a little extra comfort room and allowed them to play that much freer. All this plus extra effort provided by Nicholas Shea, Mike Troiano, Francis Shea, Teto Santaniello & Joseph Bova helped the Dodger program bring the title home.
More so, none of this would be possible if it were not for tireless hours of teaching, patience and giving back from coach Dom DiCenso and assistant coach Ed Reynolds. Thank you for all your dedication gentlemen!