UMYBL Mavs gal­lop to Sub­ur­ban crown Throt­tling of top seed ce­ments first cham­pi­onship since 2004

The Advance of Bucks County - - SPORTS -

On the evening of Wed­nes­day, June 12, the Up­per Makefield Youth Base­ball ieague 10U Mavs travel team ac­com­plished some­thing the league had not seen in nine years.

An 8-1 vic­tory over sal­ley AA at the Hul­meville ooad com­plex in Ben­salem pro­duced the first UMYBi Sub­ur­ban Travel Base­ball cham­pi­onship since the 12-year-old team won it all back in 2004.

Many of the cur­rent 10 Mavs were learn­ing to walk around that time.

The vic­tory was a trib­ute to hard work over the last three years, a col­lab­o­ra­tive spirit through which ev­ery sin­gle player con­trib­uted in a sig­nif­i­cant way, and an op­por­tunis­tic bent that has be­come con­ta­gious.

It was three in­nings of power pitch­ing from ace left­hander An­thony Ben­car­dino and three more from Mikey Sylvester, whose off­speed de­liv­er­ies neu­tral­ized a po­tent sal­ley lineup.

It was a tow­er­ing

sec- ond-in­ning triple by oyan Coola­han, whose emerg­ing strength at the plate is a treat to be­hold.

It was sti­fling de­fense from Sylvester at short­stop Edeny­ing two cer­tain sal­ley runs on a two-out, leap­ing catch) and Dominic bd­wards at his newly minted third base po­si­tion Efive as­sists, sev­eral of them beat­ing a run­ner by thin mar­gins at first).

It was six more in­nings of mas­ter­ful catch­ing from iouis Ben­car­dino, the rock be­hind the plate.

It was a su­perbly placed bunt by Nicholas Tay­lor, who also caught a danger­ous fly ball from his post in left field.

It was great work at first base by Collin Manel, who made ev­ery play while squint­ing into a laser sun­set and ended the game with a sprint­ing grab in foul ter­ri­tory.

It was sec­ond base artistry and hus­tle from Zachary san Ars­dale, who helped send the Mavs to the ti­tle game with a leap­ing catch in the semi­fi­nal win over ien­ape sal­ley.

It was lead­off magic from Josh Moss, whose re­turn to the Mavs this sea­son has brought ver­sa­til­ity, tough­ness and a tan­gi­ble love for base­ball.

It was solid con­tact hit­ting from Devon Pollock, whose ad­di­tion to the 2013 Mavs ros­ter has been seam­less.

And it was the dugout en­thu­si­asm of in­jured lead­off manLin­fielder Josh Hamp­shire, who hopes to re­turn with vigor for the up­com­ing Dis­trict 3 Tour­na­ment.

The cham­pi­onship com­pleted a run of three play­off games in which the Mavs outscored ianghorne, ien­ape sal­ley and sal­ley by a com­bined to­tal of 25 runs.

It avenged a 6-3 reg­u­lar sea­son loss to sal­ley back in May. It com­pleted a 15-1-1 Sub­ur­ban Travel over­all record for the year. It brought out coaches and

The Up­per Makefield 10U Mav­er­icks claimed the 2013 Sub­ur­ban Travel Base­ball ti­tle with an 8-1 vic­tory over Val­ley AA June 12 in Ben­salem. Pic­tured in the first row, from left: Louis Ben­car­dino, Josh Hamp­shire, Josh Moss, Zachary Van Ars­dale, Mikey...

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