Backed by strong pitching, solid defense and timely hitting, the Brewers defeated the Indians in the finals of the Andover Little League Majors Division last month to secure the 2014 championship.
The Brewers set the offensive tone of the game in the first inning with towering home runs by 12-year-olds Ben Weeden and Aneudy Moreno, who later added another home run to his game stats. The bats were hot for their teammates, too, and by the end of the game, every player in the Brewers’ lineup had contributed to the team’s performance.
Although the Indians led the league in runs scored this season, Brewers pitcher Jason Denoncourt, 12, carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, when Indians lead-off batter Andrew Kombouras smacked a home run to center field on what was Denoncourt’s final pitch of the outing.
On defense, 12-year-old Michael Leone led the Brewers with big plays at shortstop, including a deep up-the-middle grab to enable him to throw out a speedy runner at first base and a diving play later in the game that took away a hit from the Indians.
The championship game capped off a season that saw the Brewers battle to overcome a winless start in their first four games to then go on to drop just two additional games the entire rest of the way to the finals. Parents of the Brewers players cited the chemistry and leadership shown by the teammates, and commended the team for playing as a unit, not as individuals.
The championship Brewers team included #1 Aidan Ritter, #2 Quinn Curtin, #3 Jacob Pepi, #4 Matthew Shea, #6 Evan Giggey, #7 Aneudy Moreno, #8 Ryan Grecco, #9 Michael Leone, #10 Sean Sullivan, #11 Ben Weeden and #12 Jason Denoncourt. Team coaches were Patrick Grecco, who also serves on the league’s board of directors; Jesse Ritter and Larry Shea. Ryan Giggey was the bookkeeper.
The June 19 division finals marked the end of the inaugural season for the new Deyermond Park fields on Blanchard Street. They were dedicated and christened on a rainy spring afternoon in April with a “Sand Lot” game incorporating players from all of the division’s teams, with play culminating with the finals last month.