Ce­cil Braves win Bridgeton In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - WHIG STAFF RE­PORT

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.

SPE­CIAL TO THE WHIG

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.

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