The following was submitted by Malden Little League:
The Malden Rivercats Minor League Baseball Team had an incredible year. The team finished with a regular season record of 11-4-1. The one tie was the only factor keeping them out of first place.
The team is made up of 14 dedicated players. The majority of players were able to play 4 or 5 different positions throughout the season and such versatility would make even Bill Belichick proud. Sebastian Banol, Connor Cavanaugh, Mario Cucuzzo, and Molly Sewell specialized at second base and all outfield positions. Stephan Curtin was the outfield Captain; studying the skill level of the opposing teamís batters and then directing his fellow outfielders on where to properly position themselves. Colton Cutillo played the infield and outfield but is best known for his incredible speed. William Coneeny anchored third base with great success. Tyler Lordan, Jacob Forosisky, Daniel London, and Bobby Spoto juggled the positions of shortstop, second base, and outfield. Brendan Rooney and Madison Smith covered first base.
Thomas Curran was the starting catcher most games and along with Daniel London, Bobby Spoto, and William Coneeny, produced incredible results by throwing out base runners attempting to steal as well as tagging out runners trying to score.
The defensive strength of the team was the pitching staff. Brendan Rooney, Thomas Curran, Jacob Forosisky, Madison Smith, Daniel London, Bobby Spoto, and Mario Cocuzzo pitched with heart and accuracy, keeping runs scored to the lowest in the league.
The teamís offense was magnificent in its own right. Blasts far out into the outfield by Stephan Curtin, William Coneeny, Bobby Spoto, Daniel London, Thomas Curran, Jacob Forosisky, Madison Smith, and Brendan Rooney made the year that much more exciting. Molly Sewell had the most intimidating batting stance and a great eye. Mario Cucuzzo, Connor Cavanaugh, and Sebastian Banol hit consistently throughout the year, giving their team much needed runs. Tyler Lordan and Colton Cutillo could hit in the infield or outfield and even hit into the opposite field, making them very valuable at the plate.
On June 15, the Rivercats team, with their heads held high, marched into the playoffs with confidence and flare. The first playoff game was against the B-Mets and the Rivercats were victorious, 12-9. Daniel London, Brendan Rooney, and Thomas Curran pitched with a combined 12 strikeouts. Between walks and hits, every Rivercat player was able to safely get on base during the game. Bobby Spoto and Daniel London both got doubles in the game.
The next playoff game was against the feared Mudcats, a team that won the city series against the Rivercats last year. Jacob Forosisky, Bobby Spoto, Tommy Curran, and Daniel London pitched and struck out 15 opponents combined. The Rivercats quick and reactive minds along with physical speed on the base paths allowed them to win, 12-7, to catapult into the playoff finals.
The championship playoff game was against the Sandgnats, the regular season first-place team. The Rivercats pitching was flawless with Brendan Rooney and Madison Smith on the mound. Brendan Rooney pitched into the fifth inning, with Madison Smith finishing the fifth and sixth inning. They combined for 14 strikeouts, with Madison Smith striking out the side in the sixth inning to win the game, 11-6.
The Rivercats' 11 runs were a result of every playerís ability to get on base and forge their way to home plate. The mighty Sandgnats were held to a mere 6 runs, much to the credit of the Rivercats defensive players who put forth the time and effort to practice and improve upon their skillsets to create a collaborative and disciplined team of champions.
The Rivercats magic ingredients that propelled them to win the 2013 Minor League City Series Championship was hard work, dedication, teamwork, and a pure love for the game of baseball.