The Amsterdam 14U travel baseball team won the consolation bracket Sunday in their division of the Summer Slugfest tournament in Rehoboth Beach, Del. From left: assistant coach Midge Magliocca, Tyler Williamson, Michael Magliocca, Michael Rocas, Tommy Ziskin, Nicholas Antonelli, Nic Carbone, Carson Cotugno, Matthew Murphy, Matt Hughes, C.J. Durinick, assistant coach Aaron Cotugno, Dane Dillenback and head coach Bill Murphy. (Paul Antonelli/Recorder staff)
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — The Amsterdam 14U and 12U travel baseball teams finished off strong performances over the weekend in the 2017 Summer Slugfest tournament at Sports at the Beach, with the 14U team winning the consolation championship in a dramatic comeback and the 12U team reaching the championship semifinals before bowing out.
After opening the tournament with a pair of wins Friday, Amsterdam 14U suffered a pair of losses Saturday, falling 11-4 to the eventual champion Sykesville Cyclones and 13-1 to the Long Island Gulls, leaving the Rams in seventh place in the 12-team field.
Amsterdam earned a bye into the semifinals of the consolation bracket. where they powered to an 11-4 victory over Coppermine to advance to the conosolation championship. A huge nine-run surge in the fifth inning helped boost Amsterdam to victory.
Matt Hughes hit a two-run single to highlight the inning, and all 11 Amsterdam players had at least one base hit in the game. Michael Magliocca, Tyler Williamson and Dane Dillenback all went 2-for-3, with Magliocca and Dillenback each adding doubles. Dillenback also had two runs batted in. Michael Rocas had an RBI single and three walks in the win, Nic Carbone and Matthew Murphy each laced an RBI double, Tommy Ziskin and Carson Cotugno each had RBI singles and Nicholas Antonelli and C.J. Durinick each contributed a base hit.
In the consolation final against Jersey Shore Baseball, Amsterdam rallied for two runs in the bottom of sixth inning against Justin O’Connor, the No. 2-rated 14-year-old pitcher on the East Coast, to score a 4-3 win.
Down 3-2 in the sixth and facing the hard-throwing O’Connor, Antonelli led off with a walk and Ziskin singled. After a strikeout, Rocas walked to load the bases, Carbone was hit by a pitch to bring home the tying run and Cotugno walked to bring in the go-ahead run.
Jersey Shore loaded the bases in the top of the seventh, but Cotugno recorded a strikeout to end the game and preserve Amsterdam’s win. Ziskin finished with two singles for Amsterdam, Williamson doubled and both Murphy and Durinick had singles.
Carbone pitched four strong innings in the final game before Cotugno threw the last three. Amsterdam’s 4-2 record over the weekend gave the squad a .667 winning percentage that was third-best among the 12 entrants.
The 14U team will next play in the Eastern New York Travel Baseball 14U Super 8 Tournament. The single-elimination tournament, featuring the top eight ENYTB teams from the season, begins Friday and ends Sunday with a final at Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy.
The Amsterdam 12U team reached the semifinals in their tournament. After a pair of wins Friday, the Rams stayed hot with a 10-0 win over the Northern Valley Coyotes in their first game Saturday, but fell 14-2 to the Motus Academy Avengers in the final game of pool play.
Heading into the championship round, Amsterdam 12U was drawn against top-seeded Motus Academy again and fell 16-6. Motus Academy went on to win the championship game, 24-4, and finished the tournament outscoring its six opponents 96-12.