HADDAM>> For the second straight summer, this group from Madison is the District 9 champions.
Last season, the Madison 11U all-star team won the championship. The same team came back and did it all over again as 12-year-olds.
“It was their main goal to make sure we won the district 9 championship,” Madison coach Teg Cosgriff said. “They won it last year as 11s, so they would have been disappointed if they didn’t finish what they started.”
They finished all right.
Needing one more win in the best of three series, Madison sent nine batters to the plate in three of four innings played and cruised to a 12-2, mercy rule victory over Old Saybrook on Saturday at Robert P. Duval Field in Haddam.
Ian Butler took a walk with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the fourth forcing home Colin Telford to end the game and send Madison to the state tournament.
“It was just a good team effort and defensively I think we did pretty well too,” Cosgriff said.
Madison will play a double-elimination tournament in Division 3 with the District 7 winner and District 10 winner in East Lyme starting July 16.
Emmett Tolis was strong.
The Madison starting pitcher kept the Old Saybrook bats at bay for much of the day. Tolis allowed one hit in three plus innings and struck out three. He was charged with two runs after loading the bases in the fourth.
Zach Matkin allowed a two-run single to Toby Marineau before getting out of the inning.
During the at-bat, Michael Almada was picked off third when he tried to steal home on the throw back to the pitcher.
“It’s been great,” Old Saybrook coach James Bergeron said. “They got this far for a reason. Unfortunately the last few games they didn’t show what they’re capable of.”
Every spot in the order scored for Madison except for the five hole, but Butler drove in three runs, including two on a double in the first.
The bottom four in the Madison order scored seven runs in the third and fourth innings to help cap the tournament.
“We keep preaching team effort,” Cosgriff said. “At some point, everyone’s going to have to contribute and that’s how it played out.”
Brad Cosgriff, Phoenix Billings and Matkin each scored in the first. Two on the Butler double and the third on a George Anastasio single.
Colin Telford led off the second reaching on an error and scored on a Billings double.
Four more came in the third.
Luke Brucher got it started with a double and Ben Goodrich followed with a single to left. Jared Kuryan and Tolis also reached base and scored.
“They’re very strong,” said Bergeron on the Madison team. “They’ve got an excellent team as well and they come to play. We unfortunately made some key mistakes where we shouldn’t have and they didn’t.”
Bergeron added: “I wish Madison all the best.”
“Haddam was a great host,” Cosgriff said. “Beautiful facilities for us, the boys enjoyed that.”