What a great year for the U14 Tigers. The Tigers would advance to the quarterfinals from last weekend in the New England Elite Baseball League playoffs. Only the top 8 teams in the New England EBL advance to the playoffs in which the Tigers would beat the NE Hurricanes Red team last Saturday and then followed with a tough loss to Ortiz Sports 7-4. The Tigers would move onto the quarterfinals agains a very talented Team Mizuno team. The Tigers would enter the game with 9 players on a 95 degree day.
Peter Doyle would take to the mound for the Tigers and like any other weekend Peter would come in throw strikes, go into the bottom of the 6th with a 2-2 tie. With the hot, hazy and humid weather would finally catch up and the Tigers would have Peter, Tyler Donovan and David Peterson all come in and pitch in the 6th inning as Team Mizuno would push across 7 runs. The Tigers pounded the ball all day but Team Mizuno would make all the plays. The Tigers would only have one strikeout during the game, but they would only have 2 hits also with 3 walks. Leading the way for the Tigers would be Peter Doyle going 5 strong innings giving up only 4 runs, 2 Earned, 1 Wak, 4 Strikeouts and an outstanding showing to keep the Tigers in the game through 5 innings with a 2-2 tie.
What a season it was for the U11 Tigers under the reigns of Coach Ed Field. The Tigers would spend the last two weekends competing for the New England Elite Baseball Championship held at UMASS Lowell. The Tigers would beat the Noreasters on Saturday afternoon sending them to the semi-finals against Team Mizuno who beat the Tigers 6-5 the week before.
The Tigers would start things with one out in the top of the 1st with EJ Field drawing a walk and then stealing second. That would bring up Matthew Devin who would hit a hard single to left having runners at the corner. Ryan Graciale would step to the plate and deliver a rocket off the center field fence scoring EJ Field and moving Matthew Devin to third and Ryan Graciale into second on the throw. The Tigers couldn't punch another run across with men in scoring position with only 1 out.
Team Mizuno would answer back with 5 runs in the bottom of the first on two home runs to take a 5-1 lead after the first. The Tigers would answer back in the second inning with Conor Donovan hitting a single to left field with one out. After stealing second base and Owen Maguire singling both Conor and Owen would get the sign from Coach Field on a successful double steal. Shane Cassidy would come through with a single knocking in Conor Donovan but that would be the only run of the inning as the Tigers would leave two more runners in scoring position.
It would be a pitchers duel the entire way with Max Gieg coming in relief shutting the door with 6 strike outs, 3 hits and 1 run while Team Mizuno's pitcher would give up only two runs in the top of the 6th to hold on for the victory over the Tigers 6-4 and adavance to the Championship game. The Tigers would finish the season with an 18-5 victory while playing some very strong competition around the New England region. The staff wishes all the U11 Tigers success in the upcoming playoffs and all-stars in Little League.
The North Shore Tiger winter workouts are in full-swing. With the big buzz around the North Shore the Tigers have early commitments for their U9 2015 roster. The North Shore Tigers are now putting together winter lessons for all ages every Saturday afternoon.
North Shore Tiger Staff
North Shore Tiger Co-Owner Jerson Perez
Lynn Native Jerson Perez is now Co-Owner of the North Shore Tiger baseball program with the founder of the organization Al Donovan. Jerson is one of those baseball guys who not only brings great practice plans, but also brings the core element of fundamentals at all age groups, says "Al Donovan". I had the luxury of coaching JP back at Lynn Tech High School and the Lynn A's of the North Shore Baseball League. JP played hard but more important he practiced harder on the field and off the field says "Al Donovan". I can remember him coming to practice he would be the first one on the field and last one off the field.
Jerson was elected in the 50th round in the MLB draft by the Colorado Rockies out of Lynn Tech in 1994. Jerson elected to attend New England's Junior College powerhouse CCRI in Rhode Island in which he would play two seasons with CCRI and help his team earn a trip to the JUCO World Series and finish 4th in the country. In 1996 Jerson would again get drafted, and this time by the New York Mets in the 20th round as a Shortstop. Jerson would go on to play 12 years of professional baseball and three years at the AAA level with the Syracuse Chiefs (Toronto Blue Jays). Both Jerson and Al have the same belief in the game: 1) Build on the fundamentals of the game. 2) Compete in practice to a high degree 3) Focus on the little intregal parts of the game 4) Develop solid practice plans at all age levels.
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Team Winter Workouts
Team Winter Workouts
Winter workouts - Hitting
Winter Workouts - Hitting
The team has improved it's record to 15-3 overall heading into the last three weeks of the the New England Elite Baseball League. Leading the hitting attack would be EJ Field, Ryan Graciale, Julien Silvestre, Matthew Devin, Conor Donovan, Colin Reddy, Brandon Bruce, and Max Geig all having 3 or more hits over the weekend. Also, adding to the hitting attack was Danny Gissono, Drew Olivieri, Owen Maguire, Rob Tashijian, Jake Murphy, and Harry Marshall.
The pitching was lead by Colin Reddy, Shane Cassidy, and Brandon Bruce combining for 24 strikeouts, 6 earned runs, 11 hits over the weekend and only 5 walks. With the pitching staff throwing strikes, fielders making the plays and hitters pounding the ball is no reason why the U11 Tigers are one of the top U11 teams in the Division II New England Elite Baseball League.
The Tiger Staff would like to thank all the players and parents for a successful season watching the U11 and U14 teams qualify for the New England EBL playoffs this season. The U11 Tigers would finish 3rd in the New England EBL while the U14 Tigers would finish 4th. The U11 Tigers would also win the 2013 "War at the Shore" Tournament in E. Lyme, CT back in May while the U14 Tigers would finish 3rd in the same tournament.
The U14 Tigers would end the season with 26 wins and the U11 Tigers would win 19 games. It all reflects back on the hardwork over the winter months the players and coaches put forth that proved to be the results througout the entire season. We wish everyone continue success playing ball over the summer and look forward in seeing everyone at tryouts.
We can’t express enough in words how excited we are on the upcoming 2014 season. The North Shore Tigers will take part in the New England Elite Baseball League with six (7) teams ranging from ages U9 to U16. The Tiger program focuses on developing, teaching and educating the game of baseball while having fun. The North Shore Tiger program will take place on the North Shore in one of the greatest baseball regions in the state of Massachusetts.
The North Shore Tigers Directors and Coaching Staff bring Professional Baseball experience, Division I college baseball experience and a number of years instructing baseball practices, game plans and individual instructions. This will bring you a hot, new concept in the game unlike any other program.
We hope you enjoy checking out all of the great info on our website, and we look forward to seeing you in the 2014 Elite Baseball League season! Don’t “swing and miss” on this unique baseball experience with the North Shore Tigers.
The North Shore Tigers will offer baseball, baseball, and baseball. From classes about preparing for the game to skills demonstrations and hands-on learning experiences, each player will leave more knowledgeable about the game of baseball and how to be a better player, teammate, while having fun.