Willamantic Ct. ~ J.Coppo…The New England Ravens 18u squad saved their best for last as they squared off against the Central Connecticut Rebels at the Dream Bat tournament at Eastern Connecticut State University in the championship game. The Ravens earned the #1 seed ranking by allowing 2 runs in the pool round. The Rebels allowed 4 in pool play. In the early semifinal game, the Rebels outlasted the Providence squad 4-3 in 13 innings, for the right to face the Ravens and a shot at winning the covented Dream Bat trophy.
The Rebels attacked first, plating 3 runs in the top of the third. The Ravens were able to muster a pair in the bottom of the 4th and looked as if they were getting to the tall right hander. The Rebels, 4 hits on the day took advantage of a New England miscue and plated an insurance run in the top half of the 6th. The Ravens right hander Tanner Putnam went the distance, allowing just 4 hits, striking out 7 and walked 1. New England pounded out 8 hits, Mike Fogarty (2-4), Cam Casper (double), Tanner Putnam, John Friday, Matt Tierny, Tucker Obrey and Cam Riley all added hits for the Ravens.