COLCHESTER, Vt. — Riding an 11-game winning streak, the Adams Glass Senior Babe Ruth team hopes its recent success translates to postseason triumph this week.
The Peru-based team will compete in the Vermont Senior Babe Ruth Tournament at Airport Park in Colchester, Vt., beginning this morning at 10 a.m. against the winner of Franklin City and Colchester.
“We’ve had a great season,” Adams Glass (16-6-1, 8-1-1) coach John Demarais said. “These kids are great, and they’re dedicated to each other and working hard. Not only are they physically talented, but they are smart baseball players as well.”
Adams Glass likes to put pressure on the other team with speed and timely hitting.
At the plate, they’re led by Ryan McCall.
McCall’s batting average currently sits at .389, while Nick Uliva (.370) and Jacob Kennedy (.342) have also made key contributions from the batter’s box.
Kyle Sprague has belted 16 RBI to go along with a .308 average, while Nick Demarais’ 19 RBI is a team-high. Luis Pepen-Matos (.295, 13 RBI) and Alden Kerr conclude notable hitters.
Stealing bases successfully on 80 of 89 attempts, speed is one of the team’s strengths.
Kevin Sousa leads the team with 22 stolen bases, followed by Uliva (16), Kyle McCarthy (10) and Demarais (nine). Alex Lamberton and Michael Danis also provide speed off the bench.
“We’ve worked hard on coaching the mental aspects of the game and focusing on understanding the game from the coach’s point of view,” John Demarais said. “The boys’ have the same enthusiasm during practice as they do in a game. They’re always pushing themselves as well as their teammates to get better.”
In the pitching department, Pepen-Matos is 3-1 with a 1.62 ERA, leading the staff with 71 strikeouts in 39 innings.
Ethan King and Kennedy are each undefeated on the mound, registering a 4-0 record.
Adams Glass finished third in the Vermont Senior Babe Ruth Tournament a season ago.
“Going into the Tournament, we have an 11-game winning streak, and we’re the No. 1 seed,” John Demarais said. “I believe we’re ready to continue to play hard and smart baseball.”
Alden Kerr (Northern Adirondack)
Alex Lamberton (Northeastern Clinton)
Ethan King (Northern Adirondack)
Jacob Kennedy (Chazy)
Kevin Sousa (Northeastern Clinton)
Kyle McCarthy (Northeastern Clinton)
Kyle Sprague (AuSable Valley)
Luis Pepen-Matos (Peru)
Michael Danis (Peru)
Nick Demarais (Peru)
Nick Uliva (Peru)
Ryan McCall (Peru)