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Coach Jason Harvey of KR Express Baseball and Elite Physical Therapy has been a trusted contributor to the RIBBE for over a year. Jason and I have had great conversations about sports, therapy, parenting, equipment, and more and I value his emails and input into the Rhode Island baseball community. Here is more from Coach Jason regarding the 11U Open Division of New England AAU Baseball:
It’s hard to believe that the NEAAU season is over. Here is an update on the 11U Open Division Playoffs. The 11U Open Division New England AAU League Playoffs took place last weekend all over New England. The 11U Open Division has 50 teams competing for 24 playoff spots throughout the regular season. Of the 50 teams competing in the 11U Open Division, 12 teams are from Rhode Island. Out of the 12 teams in Rhode Island, 6 teams qualified for the NEAAU League Playoffs. The NEAAU League Playoffs consist of the top 24 teams based on winning percentage. The 24 teams are divided into 2 Divisions with 12 teams in each Division. Each Division has 4 pools of 3 teams. The 4 pool winners in each Division were then placed into Bracket Play for the chance to win their Division. The Division winners would then play against each other in a best of 3 series for the New England AAU Championship this coming weekend.
Out of the 12 Rhode Island teams, 6 made qualified for the playoffs:
The two Rhode Island teams who won their pool advanced to bracket play were the KR Express (Lincoln, RI) and Seawolves Baseball (Bristol, RI). The KR Express defeated the RI Renegades (Smithfield, RI) and the South Shore Rox (Raynham, MA) in pool play. The Seawolves Baseball defeated the North Red Hawks (North Attleboro, MA) and the Valley Warriors (Andover, MA). The KR Express then went on to defeat Samurai Baseball (Taunton, MA) in bracket play. The Seawolves Baseball went on to defeat the Middlesex Reds (Medford, MA) in bracket play. This guaranteed that a Rhode Island team would be represented in the New England AAU Championship as the Seawolves Baseball and the KR Express would meet in a final four matchup for the chance to play for the New England AAU Championship. This was the fourth game of the weekend for both clubs.
After the Seawolves took an early lead, the KR Express clawed back to within one run before the Seawolves had one more surge to close it out. Both teams had great contributions all weekend. Jon Kay from Seawolves Baseball pitched a complete game no hitter against the Valley Warriors in Pool Play. Will Labrie from the KR Express pitched a complete game allowing three hits and three runs while striking out 5 and walking none in a win against the South Shore Rox in Pool Play. The KR Express pitching combination of Ethan Palmer, Ryan Landry, and Will Labrie combined to pitch 15 innings with no walks in the three wins against the Renegades, Rox, and Samurai Baseball. Offensive stars for the KR Express were Colin Lahiff, Luke Marchand, and Nolan Harvey who each had 6 hits on the weekend. Carson Mellen drove in 6 runs while Lahiff and Harvey each drove in 5 runs for the Express. Lahiff hit two home runs in one game. The offensive stars for the Seawolves were Brendan Dinezza and Shane Baker with 6 hits apiece and Jon Kay with 8 hits. Shane Baker led the way driving in 13 runs, while DiNezza drove in 9, and Kay drove in 5. Kay homered against the Reds while Baker homered twice against the Express.
The Seawolves will now play against Maplewood Baseball (Fall River, MA) for the New England AAU Championship in Rehoboth, MA, 38 Martin Road, Rehoboth, MA this coming weekend June 15th and 16th.
Thanks to Coach Jason Harvey of KR Express for this outstanding update and for the great action photos of the Seawolves and KR Express teams. And good luck to the Seawolves club as they play for the New England AAU Championship this weekend.