Milford fields two teams at Burdick tourney
In an effort to keep the field even at the 8th annual Carl Burdick Tournament, Milford Junior Major League was asked to field a second tournament team just days before the event was slated to begin.
Milford manager Adam Stash made a few calls and a squad was formed and if the early-inning performance vs two-time tournament champion Norwalk is any indication, the talent pool in Milford runs deep.
The Milford Red Machine, with less than a week to prepare and only three practices, jumped all over the Norwalk squad and were up 7-4 after two innings on Monday, June 16.
Milford was led by William LeCuyer, Major Peterson, Jack Thomas, Jackson Gryzacz, Jack Beaupre, Nicholas Stevens, Ethan Toledo, Devin Calvin, John Messore, Alexander Bludevich, Thomas Fawcett, Patrick Butler, Carmello Nunno and Christain Galligan.
That’s when the defending champs decided enough was enough and roared back loudly and often shutting down the bats and scoring often to earn the win.
The Red Machine machine bounced back on Tuesday, June 17. Plating an average of five-plus runs per inning and playing solid defense for the majority of the game, Milford earned a decisive victory vs the Stratford Blue squad.
With the win the Milford squad locked up a third seed going into Thursday night’s game.
Offensively, Jackson Gryzwacz hit for the cycle with a 4-for-4 outing.
William LeCuyer had an unassisted double play at third base and had three hits.
Jack Thomas and Major Peterson had four hits each, while Nicholas Stevens and Jack Beaupre contributed three hits apiece. led the way.
Defensively, Milford was bolstered by the play of Ethan Toledo, John Messore, Alexander Bludevich, Thomas Fawcett, Patrick Butler and Carmello Gallagan.
Through a quirk of fate the Milford Blue Thunder opened play in the Burdick Tournament with the Stratford Red squad that they had scrimmaged just a week prior.
Milford’s bats connected early and often posting a decisive opening round victory, and the defense was stifling as only a lone run was plated by the hosts.
An all-around team effort was put fourth by Declan Wywoda, Jake Stash, Matt Galligan, Cal Wrigley, Alex Rodriguez, Justin Gentallan, Steven Witteman, Ryan Giambra, Matthew Stevens, Ben Britton, Luis Lozada and Andre Peterson.