The U8 contest pitted Brooklyn’s St. Columba Athletics against Staten Island’s Richmond Titans, and a stellar performance by Titans ace Connor Crabbe proved the difference here, as Crabbe held the Athletics to just two runs in the 8-2 victory.
Give credit to the Athletics defense, though, including a diving catch by centerfielder Cameron Lynch, for keeping St. Columba in the game longer than they should have been.
The U9 championship was once again pitted Staten Island vs. Brooklyn, with the edge going to Brooklyn’s Bonnie Rangers, 3-2, over the Richmond Titans, thanks to the poise of pitcher Ralph Riviere.
More than a pitcher’s duel, though, this contest was akin to a “catcher’s duel,” with both catchers, Jared Foley of the Titans and Jesiah Carpenter of the Rangers, doing a terrific job of framing pitches, keeping the ball in front of them, and staring down baserunners.
The U10 division it was Staten Island again, and the Titans again. And Brooklyn again, and the Bonnies again, this time the Bonnie Braves. The story of this game was its heartbreaking/triumphant finish.
The Titans, led by a strong performance by ace Joe Malvino, were up 3-1 with the Braves down to their last at bats. But the Bonnies would not go quietly, proving once again that “it ain’t over till it’s over.”
Via a series of walks, wild pitches, and passed balls, the Braves were able to keep getting runners on, advancing them, and scoring them, with reliever Adrien Keilty clearly getting more and more rattled as the tension mounted, especially once the Braves tied the score 3-3, and it looked like we were going to extra innings.
But as one last passed ball bounced off the backstop and out of reach, so too did the game, in a 4-3 final.
The U11 contest was an all-Queens affair, pitting the Astoria Storm against the Ozone Howard Wolfpack. After Wolfpack ace John McCabe gave up five runs in the first half inning, it looked like it was going to be all Storm all day long.
But the Wolfpack bats kept chipping away at the Astoria lead, while McCabe put up zeroes in the second, third, fourth, and fifth frames. Once Michael McNally’s hard-hit double down the left field line put the Wolfpack on top 6-5, it was clear that Ozone Howard had seized the game’s momentum and were not going to relinquish it, eventually prevailing, 8-6.
Saturday’s final game saw the U12 Bonnie Robins take on the NYCYSO Rays, friendly rivals with both players and coaches alike pretty familiar with one another. The Rays were the Cinderella story of pool play, barely squeaking into the playoffs via run differential, whereupon they toppled higher seed after higher seed to get to the city final.
But on Saturday, a six-run second inning by the Bonnie Robins proved more than the Rays were able to overcome. Credit where credit is due, Robins pitcher Bryan Jerez virtually silenced the Rays bats all day long, including squelching a late-game rally, for the 6-2 win.
In a tremendous show of sportsmanship during the trophy presentation, Rays coach Danny Cordero kept his team on the field so they could congratulate the Bonnies and wish them well.
The 2015 citywide Borough Cup tournament concludes on Thursday September 3, at Yankee Stadium when the U13 and U14 city champions are crowned.
You can watch all of the championship games online here.