Over the past few years Sweet Lou Vidal has been working hard over the winter months getting himself ready to play against the top competition in the New England AAU. Last season Lou would increase his velocity to 75 MPH at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT. While working his conditioning and having worked under his pitching coach in strength, balance, mechanics and throwing drills has seen Lou make a big improvement with accuracy and velocity.
Coming into the season Lou was clocked in the winter months inside at 79 MPH an increase of 4 MPH from his previous season. Half way through the season in a game against the Maine Dirt Dawgs the best U14 New England AAU team Lou would top off at 81 MPH losing a tough 3-1 game at home. By July 15th Lou reached 82 MPH while pitching in a Jr. Legion game vs N. Andover and then on Sunday night Sweet Lou would get his chance on the big stage in Massachusetts biggest High School Invitational of the summer. Lou would take that opportunity and face four batters in one inning striking out 1 and getting 2 others to ground out on off speed pitches while walking 1. Lou would register 82-84 on his fastball while throwing his off speed pitch at 73.
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New England AAU Memorial Day CHAMPIONS
The U9 North Shore Tigers traveled down to Rhode Island for the AAU Memorial Day Blast tournament that started on Friday and ended on Monday. The Tigers would beat a very strong Hawk Valley Panthers team 8-3 to capture the New England AAU Memorial Day Blast tournament in Rhode Island. The Tigers also increased there record to 13-1 overall heading into this upcoming Sunday's showdown with the Quincy Red Stockings Red team in Quincy.
The Tigers would go 5-0 in the tournament beating the Milton Knights, Connecticut Mustangs, Attleboro Badgers, Plymouth Noreasters and Hawk Valley Panthers to capture the Title. The Tigers scored 54 runs over the Tournament while allowing 26 runs. The wins were a direct result of pure teamwork. A variety of different pitchers stepped up to the task, Kyle Rush and Dawson DiBarri took the mound and helped their team, Kyle was a small ball force at the plate bunting with 4 basehit bunts. Jacob Behn won 2 games for the Tigers with pinch running situations. Stevie Migliero had a fantastic weekend at the plate with clutch hits and Dawson DiBarri was fantastic on the bump, not having pitched much this season he stepped up and was a great help to his team. This 9u team has proved what hard work and being a solid team together will result in. This organization is very proud of these boys and we look forward to our final division series coming up next week in Quincy.
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