Cecil Braves win Bridgeton Invitational Tournament
For the first time since 2013, the Cecil County Braves triumphed at the Bridgeton Invitational Baseball Tournament at Alden Field in Bridgeton, N.J.
The fact it was the tournament’s 50th Anniversary made it all the more special.
Similar to 2013, the Braves defeated fellow Maryland squad Susquehanna Assault to capture the title. They defeated their state rivals, 5-4, on Monday to win the tournament championship.
The victory represented the first for the Braves since the passing of team founder Dick Brockell, who died just three months after the team’s championship in 2013.
“I want people to realize that there is a team that represents Cecil County that goes to these tournaments and it’s kind of an extension of coach Brockell’s teams that he put in those tournaments for so many years,” Braves coach Kevin Brown said.
Brockell, who founded and coached the Braves for more than 50 years, also found success as a coach at Cecil College, where, from 19781997, he amassed a career 404-202 record. The field at the college is now named in his honor.
The Braves topped PME Tree Service (N.J.) in the semifinals before dispatching Susquehanna in the final—two opponents that shut out the Braves, 1-0, during pool play.
“The team scrapped and clawed,” Brown said. “The two games that we lost, we came back and beat both of those teams to win the championship.”
The Braves finished pool play with a 2-2 record and proceeded to win three straight playoff games to take first place.
Cecil will now prepare to play in the Tom Kerrigan Memorial Baseball Tournament, formerly the York Colonial Tournament, during the Labor Day weekend. Cecil is the only team to have competed in that tournament every year since its inception in 1965.
The Cecil County Braves semi-pro baseball team poses with the trophy on Monday after winning the Bridgeton Invitational Baseball Tournament at Alden Field in Bridgeton, N.J.