The Brookline Little League Association
made it's best showing so far, sending five teams to the coveted Pittsburgh
Citisports Mayor's Cup championship games at PNC Park on Thursday, August 9,
and Sunday, August 12, 2018. That is a representative in five games out of a
possible seven. Of those five teams, only the 12U Girls and 18U Girls softball
teams claimed the title, but all things considered, it was a great weekend for
Brookline baseball and softball.
On Thursday, the Pony League and Colt
League boys both lost their games to 14th Ward, 11-2 and 12-0 respectively. On
Sunday, the Brookline 12U girls rocked Morningside, 12-1, and the 18U girls put
the big hurt on Hazelwood, 12-3. The 15U girls came up short in their contest
with Hazelwood, 9-2. For the 18U team, this was the third title in a row and,
for many of the players, their fourth Mayor's Cup title dating back to 2012
when they were members of the 12U championship team.
Pony League Boys Colt League Boys
12-Under Girls 15-Under Girls 18-Under Girls
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Pony League Boys
On Thursday, August 9, the Brookline Colts
squared off against 14th Ward in the Citisports Pony League championship game at
PNC Park. In a game where the boys from Brookline were the top seed, 14th Ward
came with all their guns blaring and walked away with a handy 11-2 victory to
claim the Mayor's Cup.
Brookline's powerful bats were no match for
14th Ward's pitcher Liam McCrady, who gave up only six hits, a walk and three hit
batsmen, along with eleven strikeouts in a seven-inning command performance. The
top hitters for Brookline were Brian Vogel with a long double and a single in
three trips; Dimaggio Lonero, who reached base twice on a hit and an error and
scored a run in three trips; Liam Gutendorf, who had a single in three trips;
Nathan Patsy, who had a long double and was hit by pitch in three trips; and
Pacey Daniels who had a single and scored a run in his only plate appearance.
Brookline left nine runners stranded.
In an uncharacteristic lack of strike zone
awareness, Brookline pitchers issued ten walks and hit three batters while also
giving up nine hits. 14th Ward left ten runners on base. In the end, the weight
of Brookline's own mistakes was too much to overcome. In the field, Dimaggio Lonero
made several fine plays at shortstop and catcher Brian Vogel threw out two runners
trying to steal along with one fine putout at home plate.
Members of the Brookline Pony
League Mayor's Cup Runner-Up team include: Patrick Hudyma, Peyton Jaras,
Griffin Englehardt, Dimaggio Lonero, Bryan Vogel, Liam Gutendorf, Nolan Dunn,
Kyle Keener, Nathan Patsy, Ryan Czerniejewski, Tony Mino, Johan Kilmer,
Kevin Jones, Pacey Daniels and Mac Robertson. The coaches are Bryan
Vogel, Kurt Englehardt, Kerry Keener and Bill Lonero. The batboy was
Colt League Boys
Brookline's Colts came to PNC Park as
the #1 seed on Thursday, August 9, to take on 14th Ward. Like their brothers on
the Pony level, 14th Ward's team rose to the occasion and handily overcame the
Brookline boys with a 12-0 shutout win to claim the Pittsburgh Citisports Mayor's
Cup trophy. Once again Brookline could find no rythym from the beginning while
14th Ward relied upon steady pitching and patience at the plate in their lopsided
At the plate, the Brookline bats were
effectively silenced by 14th Ward's Joe Olsavsky, who tossed a two-hitter and
registered ten strikeouts, while walking only two and hitting one batter in his
complete game masterpiece. Brookline stranded seven runners, while Danny
Cunningham and Joe Grimm combined to collect the team's only singles.
On the other side, Brookline pitchers
suffered the same problem as their Pony brothers and had much difficulty in finding
the strike zone. Brookline's first two hurlers combined to walk fourteen batters
along with giving up five hits. 14th Ward left ten runners stranded on base. Only
Cam Colwell, who entered in relief in the fifth inning was able to effectively
throw strikes and calm the storm. In two and one-third innings scoreless innings
he retired seven consecutive batters and allowed just two base runners, both of
whom reached on errors.
Members of the Brookline Colt
League Mayor's Cup Runner-Up team include: Tyler Andrews, Griffin Malloy,
Dylan Wertz, Cam Colwell, Nick Roell, Joe Grimm, Danny Cunningham,
Zack Wheeler, Justin Hancock, Brandon McGough, Mason Beauregard,
Brett Wagner and Thomas Denk. The coaches are Carl Roell, John Wheeler,
Hugh McGough and Kevin Colwell. The batboy was Blake Andrews.
Brookline's 12-Under girls team came
to PNC Park on Sunday, August 12, for their sixth appearance in the Mayor's
Cup championship game since 2012. Led by coach Tara Garrubba, the Brookliners
pounded Morningside, 12-1, to claim their fifth title in seven
The top seeded Brookline girls jumped
off to a 5-1 lead in the first inning and coasted from there. Steady pitching
from Jayla Carrington and solid fielding effectively silenced the Morningside
bats. Carrington yielded only three hits in seven innings, including just one
walk to go with three strikeouts. Brookline's fielders recorded a 1.000 fielding
percentage in their perfect performance.
At the plate, Brookline batters pounded
out fourteen hits, led by Kiara Cerminara 3-3, two doubles, three runs scored;
Ireland Kennedy 3-3, double, two runs scored; Danielle Kohr 2-3, two runs scored;
Alexa Philistine 1-3, double, base on error, two runs scored; Brianna O'Neil 1-3.
run scored; Jayla Carrington 1-3, double, run scored; Chelsea Kohr 1-2, walk;
Arianna Jaras 1-2; Delaney DeVault 1-2, run scored.
Members of the Brookline 12U Girls
Softball Mayor's Cup Championship team include: Alexa Philistine, Kiara Cerminara,
Ireland Kennedy, Danielle Kohr, Brianna O'Neil, Jayla Carrington, Chelsea Kohr,
Arianna Jaras, Paris Sibbet, Alexis Stowe, Olivia Dyer, Riley Joyce and Delaney
DeVault. The coaches are Tara Garrubba, Ralph Cerminara, Kelly Kennedy, Calvin
Kennedy and Julie Joyce. The batgirl is Delaney Baker.
Brookline's 15-Under girls met Hazelwood
on Sunday, August 12, in the second softball contest of the afternoon at PNC Park.
Missing three key players, the top-seeded girls did their best but could not
overcome a strong Hazelwood team, losing 9-2 in the title game.
Hazelwood jumped off to an early 3-0 lead.
Brookline answered with one run in the third. Hazelwood scored one in the fifth
and sixth, then added four more in the top of the seventh to take a commanding
lead. Brookline managed one more in the bottom of the seventh, but that was all
the girls in blue could muster, and Hazelwood walked away with the Mayor's Cup
At the plate, Casey Cunningham and Vanessa
Hudson led all Brookline batters by both going 2-3 with a double each. Jessica
Hancock and Katie McHenry were both 1-3 while Danielle Kohr registered one hit
in two appearances. Hudson and Kohr scored Brookline's two runs.
Members of the Brookline 15U Girls
Softball Mayor's Cup Runner-Up team include: Ashley Williamson, Casey Cunningham,
Jessica Hancock, Vanessa Hudson, Dendall DeMarco, Farrah Love, Katie McHenry,
Bella Vargo, Nicole Larnino, Ireland Kennedy, Danielle Kohr. The coaches are
Frank DeMarco, Robert "Bibbers" Smith and Dave Hudson. Missing from the game
were Cameron Davis, Ashley Elborne and Ayden Dickman.
On Sunday, August 12, Brookline's 18-Under
girls team made it three in-a-row by crushing Hazelwood, 12-3, in the
Pittsburgh Citisports Mayor's Cup title game. For many of our local girls,
this was their fourth Mayor's Cup championship, dating back to their time
as 12-year olds in 2012.
After the first inning the score was
3-0, Brookline. After the second inning it was 9-0 and the fat lady was already
warming up to begin her song and dance. The score was 10-1 after five frames and
12-2 after six. Hazelwood added a final run in the top of the seventh before a
ground ball to second and a short toss to first base unleashed the merry
Good pitching and fine fielding held the
Hazelwood girls to eight scattered hits, while Brookline pounded away for fifteen
dingers, including two long balls. At the plate, the Brookline hitting parade
looked like this ...
Natalie Smith 2-3, double, run scored;
Kaitlyn Falce 1-1, walk, sacrifice fly, home run, two runs scored; Julia Vrabel
1-3, run scored; Ava Barrett 1-3, home run; Reiley Pastorius 3-3, double;
Lindsey Maiorano 0-3, run scored; Kaylee Russman 2-3, run scored; Ashlyn Darden
1-3, run scored; Mikaeyla Vogel, 1-2, run scored; Alex Arnold 1-2, run scored;
Joelynn Jones 2-2, two runs scored. Vogel and Tori Hudson also reached base
Members of the Brookline 18-Under
Girls Mayor's Cup Championship team include: Natalie Smith, Kaitlyn Falce,
Brooke McQuillan, Julia Vrabel, Tori Hudson, Ave Barrett, Reiley Pastorius,
Lindsey Maiorano, Kaylee Russman, Ashlyn Darden, Mikaela Vogel, Alex Arnold
and Joelynn Jones. The coaches are Robert "Bibbers" Smith, Mike Falce, Tom
Smith, Ian Barrett and Dave Hudson. The batgirl was Dana Jones.
winners include the 1995 12-Under boys, the 2012 12-Under girls, the 2012 15-Under girls, the 2014 12-Under girls, the 2015 12-Under girls, the 2016 12-Under boys, the 2016 12-Under girls, the 2016 18-Under girls and the 2017 18-Under girls. Others to reach the title game were the 1994 12-Under boys, the 2013 12-Under girls, the 2013 15-Under girls, the 2015 12-Under girls, the 2016 15-Under girls and the 2017 12-Under boys.