The Greenwich 11-Under Cal Ripken All-Stars have spent the summer capturing championship trophies.
The summer began with Greenwich winning a District title, then the team garnered the winner’s trophy at the Cal Ripken New England Regionals.
Greenwich’s 11U All-Stars edged Fairhaven Massachusetts, 4-3, in the title game Thursday night in Dover, New Hampshire. Trailing 3-0, Greenwich rallied to tie the game, then earned a walk-off win, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning. With a runner on third, Greenwich’s Maddox Monterisi delivered a single, which scored the game winning run. Monterisi was named the Player of the Game.
Philip Tarantino pitched four strong innings for Greenwich and Liam Zeller was impressive on the mound as well for the victors. By winning the New England Regionals, Greenwich qualified for the Cal Ripken 11U World Series. They had the option to go and play in the Cal Ripken World Series next week, or play in the Cal Ripken World Series as a 12-year-old All-Star team. They decided that they will compete in next year’s Cal Ripken World Series as a 12-year-old team. Winning the New England Regionals earned an automatic bid into the 2022 Cal Ripken World Series, so they won’t have to play in any of the qualifying tournaments.
On its way to advancing to the championship game of the New England Regional tournament, Greenwich went 3-0 in the tourney’s pool play to earn a first-round bye. They then topped Manchester, 8-1, to earn a spot in the finals.
Coached by Jeff Mini, Steve Vlahovich, Dave Tompkins and Brian Natale, the Greenwich All-Stars’ first time this summer came at the District Tournament. The topped New Canaan in the championship game, 12-3. Philip Tarantino paced the lineup with a team-high four RBIs. For the tournament, Greenwich, which also posted 5-1 and 13-2 wins against New Canaan and Norwalk, respectively, had 27 hits, while allowing only six runs.
In the State Tournament, Greenwich rebounded well from a first-game, 6-2 loss to New Canaan. Zeller and Luke Wells provided strong hitting and pitching in a 10-4 win over West Hartford. The team then defeated New Milford, 7-4 and New Canaan, 9-0, to make it to the final. In the title game, Greenwich dropped a 14-2 decision to Danbury, but still qualified for the New England Regional tourney due to their fine showing at the state competition.
The Greenwich Cal Ripken 11U All-Stars’ roster included: Alex Becker, Will Conte, Julian Dyson, Gavin Kirsch, Maddox Monterisi, Jake Natale, Jaxson Perez, Philip Tarantino, Cal Tompkins, Luke Wells and Liam Zeller.