The USA Maverick Blue 11U faced a tough Northeast Hurricanes Salem White squad in the in the finals of the New England Elite Baseball League Division II championship game and held on for a hard fought 8-4 victory in 7 innings Saturday night June 14 at UMass Lowell.
In a hold your breath type of game the two teams exchanged blows and were tied 4-4 after six regulation innings. The 4th seeded Mavs came out swinging in the top of the seventh on consecutive doubles by JC Beason and James Wise. Nick Purdy followed with his 3rd hit of the game plating Wise for the 5-4 lead. Owen McKiernan followed with a 2 run blast over the center field fence for the 8-4 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh Owen Podolec quickly got the first two hitters out but the 2nd seeded Hurricanes refused to quit and had baserunners on 1st and 2nd. Podolec proceeded to get a called third strike for the final out and the Maverick Championship win.
Owen McKiernan started on the mound for the Mavs and was followed by Frank Chase, Zack Boston and Podolec in the winning effort.
Nick Purdy led the Maverick hitting attack with 3 hits including 2 doubles and 2 runs scored. McKiernan had 2 hits including his home run and 4 RBI's and Kyle Druge drove in two on a line drive double to right center.