Hall of Fame Inductee Spotlight
Date: Dec 14, 2018
By Collin Quinn
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, RI- The 2018 Valley Blue Sox are hoisting the trophy for back to back seasons, after defeating the Ocean State Waves 19-6 in a game that had no shortage of hits.
The Blue Sox were able to pound out 20 hits and plate 19 runs in the victory. The Blue Sox failed to score in just two out of the nine total innings. The first inning was filled with runs for the Blue Sox as Nate Cardy (Gannon University), Andre Marrero (Quinnipiac University), and Michael Wroth (Herkimer County CC) added RBIs to help to Sox jump off to an early 5-0 start that they never looked back on.
The Blue Sox were lead heavily all night by Simon Whiteman (Yale University) who went 6/7 and added four RBIs in the game. Whiteman also scored five runs and had a batting average of .625 in the playoffs. Connor Pauly (Morehead State University) went 4/6 on the night with one run and four RBIs.
While the Blue Sox were pouring on the runs, the Waves tried to make a run of their own and not let the Blue Sox stay in total command. Waves 3B Grant English (Winthrop University) smacked two home runs in the contest but the Waves could not keep up with the hits the Blue Sox were getting. The Waves committed three errors early in the contest to put the Blue Sox in the front seat to winning their second consecutive championship.
In the sixth inning, an RBI single by Simon Whiteman, and a three-run homerun for Connor Pauly put the game completely out of reach for the Ocean State Waves. In the end, it was LHP Ricky Reynoso (University of Pacific) getting a groundball that was scooped up by 1B Richard Constantine (Western Kentucky University) and he touched the bag crowning the Valley Blue Sox 2018 NECBL Champions.
The Blue Sox have now won back to back championships under head coach John Raiola. First time owner Fred Ciaglo hoisted the Fay Vincent Sr. cup for the second time as a member of the Blue Sox, but first time as the owner of the Valley Blue Sox. The Blue Sox now look to defend their back to back championships next year.
The Blue Sox pounded out 20 hits and 19 runs while the Waves notched 13 hits and 6 runs, making the final score 19-6. The Valley Blue Sox were crowned the 2018 NECBL Champions.