It looked like the chance at a championship was about to fizzle away in the finals, but then the Hull U12 baseball all-star team awoke from its lumber slumber. Key hits by Christian Truglia, Max McEachern, Aydan Dunham, Logan Griffin, Tegan Belew, and Will Kennerson sparked a five-run fifth inning as Hull took the title game, 5-2, over Bridgewater in the South River League championship game on Sunday.
Angus McKenna pitched four strong innings, allowing only a 2-0 lead for Bridgewater. He allowed just two hits and fanned 10 batters. Dunham got the win in relief with two hitless and scoreless innings.
In the semi-final game, Hull routed Plymouth, 9-0. McEachern and Truglia each had three hits, and Truglia also had four stolen bases. Nate Tiani had two hits, and Josh Miller had a key hit for Hull.
The team ended the season with a 9-1 record. Other members of the championship squad are: Jeffrey Reade, Audie Bernard, Mathew Krauss, and Johan Smith. The head coach is Gary Dunham, assisted by Brian McEachern, Greg Griffin, and Tony Truglia.
The Hull U10 all-stars also completed a 9-1 summer campaign after a tough 4-3 semi-final loss to Marshfield.
Hull trailed early 3-0 before coming back to make it an exciting finish. In the first round, Hull took on a different Marshfield team and coasted to a 20-8 triumph. Multiple hit games were turned in by: Julian Lundrigan, Aiden Gibbons, Rocco Sestito, PJ Rivieccio, Frankie Bernard, Vonn Kunigenas, and Harry Sestito. Key hits and RBIs came from Daniel Shultz, Gavin Griffin, and Josh Gatto.
The team’s offensive success this season came with four players batting over .500: Lundrigan, .533; Kunigenas, .522; Gibbons, .500; and Harry Sestito, .500. And the defense was keyed by a stellar pitching staff of Gibbons, Rivieccio, Kunigenas, and Harry Sestito, who combined for 130 strikeouts. Other key contributors to the team were: Luka Truglia, JD McAuliffe, and Aiden McKeen. The team was coached by Dave Gibbons, Dom Sestito, and Greg Griffin.
“The kids had a blast playing summer travel baseball, and it was the first travel season all of them had played,” said Coach Gibbons. “The weather was tough, with record rain totals, but the coaches put in a lot of time getting the fields ready for play. The future of Hull baseball looks promising as this group was made up of 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds.”
Basketball team playoff bound
The Hull boys’ eighth-grade summer basketball team dropped its final two regular season games last week to finish at 4-6. The team will now enter the league playoffs as either the fourth or fifth seed and will play the first round on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Starland Sports Complex in Hanover (opponent TBA). If they win, they stay for the next round at 6 p.m. Another victory would land them in the championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Jack of all talents
Hull High School junior Jack Burke was selected to the Massachusetts U20 District Select soccer team, which competed this past weekend in Lancaster. Burke was also a member of the Bay State Games Southeast Gold Medal winning team (along with teammate and fellow HHS tri-captain Richie Chau). Burke then ran in the Hull Boosters Nantasket Beach Race on Monday with an impressive third-place finish.
Please send sports information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Weekly deadline is Tuesday at 6 p.m.