A semifinal that had a whole lot of good pitching, led to a hitting outbreak in the Northeast Championship game on Sunday May 2nd between the CT Moose and Team Citius.
Ben Hall got the ball to start the semifinal and went four innings allowing 1 run on two hits and three strikeouts. Jonah Balcerzak came in relief and shut down the CT Gamecocks, going three innings, striking out five. Ronan Culligan knocked in the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth, and the Connecticut Moose went on to win 2-1, punching a ticket in Sunday's afternoon affair for the title.
The Moose started hot in the championship game with Jonah Balcerzak hitting a three run blast to kick things off in the first inning. After Team Citius made a middle inning push to tie things up in the fifth inning, Matt DeFilippo knocked in the go-ahead run in the top of the fifth. Little did we know, that was all the Moose needed to get the victory, but the 14u hungry hitters had more in store. One more run came in the top of the sixth, and in the top of the seventh, to add a little bit of a safety net on defense, the Moose put up 10 runs to make it 17-5.
Jake Zirolli got to close things out in the bottom of the seventh and did it in 1,2,3 fashion. The Moose captured the title and won 17-5.
The Moose were unable to take down Team Citius in its first appearance, but when the lights shined the brightest, the 14u Moose came ready to play on Sunday to take home the crown.