Game Recaps

Recap of Antonia Agostinelli Memorial Tournament

Walk off hit gives Team Citius the championship 2-1 ! pic.twitter.com/m4tfxEvrVw — Axcess Baseball (@axcessbaseball) October 16, 2017 The 11th annual Antonia Agostinelli Memorial Tournament was a tremendous success. The two champions were Long Island Baseball and Team Citius. I bounced back-and-forth monitoring both games tonight. LIB put on a great offensive showing, defeating LI Storm by the score of 9-5, while Team Citius defeated Next Level Baseball 2-1 on a walk off hit by Adam Conte. Here are some other of my takeaways from the weekend: On Friday, Next Level defeated Motus Academy 4-1 behind a stellar performance by Ryan Martin (St. Francis Prep 2019) on the mound and another great offensive game from Aidan Larkin (Chaminade 2019). They played a clean game with strong defense and pit...

Ryan Martin Dominates, Next Level Cruise Past Motus Academy 4-1

Next Level gets on the board first on an RBI single by Aidan Larkin pic.twitter.com/yVA7qqSTFU — Axcess Baseball (@axcessbaseball) October 13, 2017 by Hailey Julian Tonight kicked off the 11th annual Antonia Agostinelli Memorial Tournament at Baseball Heaven. Next Level Baseball 2019 took on Motus Academy in a match up of two star-studded teams, but it was Next Level who came away with a 4-1 victory thanks to a three-run first. The first three batters reached base for Next Level and they cashed in when Aidan Larkin (Chaminade 2019) ripped an RBI single to left field. They added two more runs on a steal of home by Will Kennedy (Smithtown East 2019) and a sac fly by Roman Dorosh (Sachem East 2019) who just narrowly missed an opposite field grand slam. The offense was more than enough for sta...

Motus Academy Ride Hot Bats to an 8-0 Victory Over Ontario Terriers

Well-struck double by Boston College-commit Travis Honeyman pic.twitter.com/tlJp4MpSiG — Axcess Baseball (@axcessbaseball) October 7, 2017 The bats of Motus Academy came out hot in their early afternoon victory over the Ontario Terriers, scoring five runs in the second inning. Lou Annunziata got it started with a single to left, and advanced to second when Frankie DiMartino was hit by a pitch. Brady Doran hit an RBI single to score Annunziata and Jason Vasil followed with a single of his own to score DiMartino. Boston College-commit Mikey Florides ripped a two-run single to extend the lead to 4-0 and Carlos Hidalgo followed with an opposite field RBI triple to right center to make it 5-0. “The guys really had a great approach,” said Head Coach Bryan Goelz. “They worked th...

Next Level Baseball Takes First Two Games of Tournament

Final: Next Level 4, Cangelosi Sparks 2 WP: Ryan Martin pic.twitter.com/oZMbw6KlOK — Axcess Baseball (@axcessbaseball) October 6, 2017 Strong pitching, great defense and a red-hot bat of Aidan Larkin (Chaminade 2019) was the key to a pair of victories today for Next Level Baseball. Game One Pat Cullinan got the start, but struggled with his command and was lifted with the game tied 1-1 with bases loaded and one out in the third inning. William Kennedy (Smithtown East 2019) came on in relief and put out the fire in a big way. He fanned the cleanup batter and induced an infield pop out from the following hitter. Next Level wasted no time taking the lead in the top of the fourth when Kennedy walked and stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Larkin hit a sac fly to medium-range ce...

MVP Beast Cruises Past Premier Baseball 8-0

Final: MVP Beast 8, Premier Baseball 0 (5-inning mercy) WP: Jake Krzemienski Ristano: 3-for-3, 2 RBI pic.twitter.com/YR8LpE6hIP — Axcess Baseball (@axcessbaseball) October 5, 2017 It is not uncommon for Long Island teams to struggle in national tournament against elite teams, especially in a tournament such as Perfect Game‘s WWBA Underclass World Championship. Someone forgot to tell MVP Beast that, as they mercied Premier Baseball, a team from Texas, by the score of 8-0 in five innings. Head Coach Pete Kritikos was not surprised one bit by his team’s performance. “The guys that have been with us since they were 11-years-old just know what to do,” said Kritikos. “And to be honest with you, we’ve been there before. Whether we’ve won or lost, we’...

Marcus Stroman Notches Career-High 12th Win of Season

Although the Toronto Blue Jays have suffered through a dismal season in 2017, it has not been the fault of their ace–and Long Island native–Marcus Stroman. Last night, he defeated the Kansas City Royals, 5-2, to notch his 12th win of the season. He fired seven innings, allowing just one ER with five strikeouts. The victory surpassed his 2014 win total of 11 during his rookie season. Additionally, he lowered his ERA to 3.01 and is closing in on his career-high in strikeouts of 166 set last season. Stroman is closing in on another milestone. He has thrown 191.1 IP. He set a career-high last season with 204.0 IP. This is critical in his arbitration case, because pitchers are deemed to be more durable and valuable when they can routinely eclipse 200.0 IP. He dodged a major bullet l...

Jake Pierre Goes 5-for-5, Hits Walk-Off Single to win Northeast Elite

  Jake Pierre walks it off with his fifth hit of the game ! Final: Titans 4, CT Bombers 3 pic.twitter.com/QmwZvDPBKR — Axcess Baseball (@axcessbaseball) September 18, 2017 Jake Pierre stepped up with the bases loaded, having already compiled four hits on the evening; but he was not content. “I just wanted to win the game for my teammates, trying to go 5-for-5 and do something special for once.” The Sachem North junior certainly did that, as he blooped a single over the third baseman’s head to send the winning run home and propel the LI Titans to a 4-3 win over the Connecticut Bombers to take first place in the 18U Northeast Elite tournament at Baseball Heaven. The sweet-swinging lefty had put the Titans up 1-0 in the first inning on an RBI double to score Phil Krapta...

Team Fontana Takes Inaugural Home Run Derby 35-31

We couldn’t have asked for better weather or a better match up for our inaugural Home Run Derby today at NYIT. In what looked like it would be a blowout, Team McHugh made a furious comeback from a 26-10 deficit to come up just short, by the score of 35-31. Below are some of the highlights from the contest…. Anthony Fontana led off the bottom of the first with a huge round. He hit three home runs and compiled 14 points overall. His sweet swing produced several long blasts pasts the cone in deep right field. The Furman-commit got his team out to a quick 14-0 lead. Both teams exchanged two points in the second inning from James Myler and Jarred Vanderhoof. In the top of the third, the captain Tim McHugh put up four on the board. His power bat generated several massive flies out to...

12U Body Armor Titans Win First Place in 104-Team Cooperstown Tournament

CHAMPIONS!!! 12u @DrinkBODYARMOR Titans win the 104 team tournament @CooperstownDP Wow! Wow! Awesome job boys and coaches! 🏆🏆🏆#TitanNation pic.twitter.com/Yr8Ts2bykK — Long Island Titans (@LITitanbaseball) August 25, 2017 Typically Long Island-based teams are thrilled to finish in the toP half of a nationwide Cooperstown tournament. The 12U Body Armor Titans, comprised of players from LI, ran roughshod over a field of 104 teams from all over the country. They finished in first place, defeating the No. 6 seed Tidewater Outlaws from Virginia by the score of 11-9 in the championship game. “It’s a special group,” said Head Coach Brian Anderson. “Not only are they talented but they love to compete. That’s what makes them so good,” he added. The numbers are ra...

Recapping the Top Players in ECR Showcase

Today we covered the Elite College Recruiting (ECR) Showcase at Baseball Heaven. There was a bevy of high-end players being analyzed and observed by coaches representing some of the best baseball programs in the country. Through out the afternoon, I took notes and videos on some of the players that stood out to me. Below you will find notes about the best of the bunch. Matt Brown-Eiring (RHP, Connetquot 2020) Matt Brown (Connetquot 2020) throwing 82-83 MPH, 71 MPH slider and 73 MPH change up. Command of all three, consistent delivery pic.twitter.com/q0oGkI4hf5 — Axcess Baseball (@axcessbaseball) August 23, 2017 Wow. What a pitcher he can be. He checks off all the boxes. The first thing you notice is the compact, clean mechanics from the classic high 3/4 arm slot. He is not the tallest, but...

Elite Takes Brookhaven Varsity Championship In 10 Inning Thriller Winning 4-3

Elite came out on top in a closely contested back-and-forth battle with help from a few of their every day players. The strong team would come together and pull off a clutch victory in the tenth inning after being tied at, 3-3, with the Smithtown Bulls for three and a half innings. The game was won in the tenth on a long fly ball that just short hopped the left field fence off the bat of Thatcher Cord (Westhampton Beach ’18). Cord would come up with two men on and one out in what would have been relief pitcher Mike Hennessy’s last batter anyway due to pitch count. “It felt great,” said Cord. “The inning before we actually had a man on third that we couldn’t get in, so coach pulled me aside and told me to make contact on the first fastball I saw and I just ripped it.” The Bulls would jump a...

Team Steel Gray Defeats LI Patriots White 7-2 to Win JV Title

The Medford Complex in Brookhaven, NY was the venue of champions on Thursday night. While the Varsity Championship was in full swing, Team Steel Gray hosted the LI Patriots White for the JV Championship. Chris Feigel began the game on the mound for Team Steel Gray and Liam Adipietro started for the LI Patriots White. Both were solid early with a scoreless first inning. Then, disaster struck for Adipietro in the bottom of the second. The strike zone seemed to disappear from sight, as Adipietro issued five walks in the inning that scored three before exiting after an inning and two-thirds. Angelo Veltri came in with the bases loaded and two away and retired Jason Schwarm to put the inning to bed, but it was Team Steel Gray ahead 3-0 after two. That remained the score heading into the home fo...

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