Wednesday, June 20, 2018

MIAA Baseball: 2018 "All-Super Eight" Team

By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

On Monday night, Franklin was crowded Division 1A Super Eight champions for the first time in school history. Not only is it a first for Franklin, but it also represents the lowest seed (7) to ever take home the Super Eight crown. 

With the tournament now completed, Suite Sports is excited to unveil its 2018 "All-Super Eight" Team, compiling the best pitchers and position players based on tournament play.

Check back in throughout the week for coverage across the remaining MIAA Baseball State Tournaments. Then, next week, Suite Sports will announce its 2018 MIAA Baseball All-State Team as well as its 2018 MIAA Baseball Player of the Year.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

St. Peter-Marian Storms Back to Solidify Div. 1 State Final Berth

By John McGuirk (@Patsfan1313)

Westfield, Mass. - You could say history was on its side considering playing in the Division 1 baseball state semifinals is considered old hat for St. Peter-Marian. The Guardians have trekked down the road before, winning a sectional championship three times over the last four years.

The Guardians opponent on Tuesday afternoon, Longmeadow, was a newbie to the big dance. The Lancers are not entrenched in the same kind of baseball tradition, much-like their counterparts. Reaching the playoffs for the first time in seven years, Longmeadow made the most of it after winning its first Western Mass. title on Saturday.

Early on, Longmeadow showed no trepidation  jumping out to an early three run lead. But mid-way through, the tide turned as St. Peter-Marian plated four runs in the fourth and added two more the following frame to secure a 6-3 win over Longmeadow at Bud and Jim Hagen Field on the campus of Westfield State University.

Burns Powers Austin Prep to First State Final Appearance

By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

Lynn, Mass. – One season after coming up a game short, Austin Prep will play for a state championship.

Peter Burns drilled a two-run home run while Colin Jaena tossed a complete game to lead Austin Prep to a 5-3 win over Dedham in the Div. 3 State Semifinals on Tuesday night at Fraser Field in Lynn.

The Cougars (23-2) will make their first state championship appearance in school history on Saturday versus defending Division 1 champion Taconic. 

Cohasset Routs Austin Prep for Spot in D3 State Lax Final

By Michael Abelson (@ABELS0N)

Peabody, Mass. - It was a thorough domination by the Cohasset boys lacrosse team, as the Skippers rolled past Austin Prep, 18-5, in the Eastern Massachusetts Division III lacrosse semifinal at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Skippers surrendered the first two goals of the game before rattling off seven in a row and cruising the rest of the way.

MIAA Baseball: Bryan Woelfel is SuiteSports' 2018 Super Eight MVP

By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

After an exciting MIAA Division 1A "Super Eight" Tournament, Suite Sports is excited to announce Franklin right-handed pitcher Bryan Woelfel as our 2018 Super Eight Most Valuable Player.

Woelfel was sensational serving as Franklin’s closer and number two-starter throughout the tournament. Over four appearances, the right-hander went 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA. 

Woelfel kept hitters off balance with the ability to spot up fastballs that carried significant run on both sides of the plate. He showcased a funky side-arm delivery that made his slider devastating for right-handed hitters.