Poremski Slugs Two Grand Slams In 14-11 Victory
It's been 50 years since the
Brookline Little League Association first welcomed our community's future
baseball hopefuls to the Community Center to make the yearly run at local
stardom, and in that span of time our hardball fans have witnessed
many fine feats of athletic prowess. There have been no-hitters and power
hitters, defensive standouts and miraculous achievements. Droz Steel's
offensive juggernaut scored 247 runs in the 1985 Little League campaign,
Tim Schumacher hit 23 homers in a 20-game Little League season in 1972,
Jack Flavin struck out 21 batters in a seven-inning Pony League game in
1961, and the 1955 Travelling Pony team went 28-0 to post the best ever
single-season mark, to name but a few.
And now, in the year 2000, we can
add another remarkable achievement to the annals of BLLA history. On
April 30, in a Little League game featuring two strong contenders,
Josh Poremski swatted two grand slam homers to lead his team, Steve
Poremski Plumbing, over rival Burton's Buccaneers by a score of 14-11.
The twelve year-old slugger finished the game batting three-for-three,
including a single, walk, two grand slams, eight runs batted in, and on
the defensive side, the stand-out catcher contributed by throwing out two
runners trying to steal. All things considered, it was an incredible
performance worthy of its place in league lore.
Here's how the scorekeeper
captured the moment:
In the top of the first inning,
with Buccaneer Mike Storino on the mound, Poremski's Bo Hodgkiss, Zach
Sheridan and Bubba Thurner loaded the bases with consecutive singles.
Josh stepped to the plate with no outs and drilled a 1-0 pitch over the
left-center fence to make the score 4-0. Josh added a single in the third
inning to set up the team's fifth run.
Then, in the top of the fifth
inning, with the score tied at 5-5, Andrew Robinson, Hodgkiss and
Sheridan again loaded the bases on consecutive singles with one out.
Buccaneer T.J. Gault, one of the league's finest hurlers, stepped in to
put out the fire. He struck out Thurner and prepared to take on the
In a battle of strength versus
strength, Gault delivered his blazing fastball and Josh connected,
depositing the pill deep over the fence in dead center, putting the
Plumbers up 9-5 and giving them the edge they needed to hold on for their
3-run victory. Josh added a walk in the sixth inning to cap his perfect
day at the plate.