43rd Annual David Maltby Memorial Baseball Tournament
The Amherst Little League All-Stars enter this weekends 43rd Annual David Maltby Memorial Baseball Tournament knowing they have a big challenge ahead of them.
Amherst Selects face tough, talented pool
AMHERST The Amherst Little League All-Stars enter this weekends 43rd Annual David Maltby Memorial Baseball Tournament knowing they have a big challenge ahead of them.
After all, last years team lost in the tournament championship to Marlboro, Mass., while two years ago Amherst won the championship in thrilling style against that same team from Marlboro.
This years squad opens play at the tourney at 9 a.m. Saturday when they host Midland, Mass., and coach Chuck Delorme is hoping to at least earn a berth in Sundays semifinals. From there, anything can happen.
I feel we have a pretty good team if the boys show up to play and play with a lot of heart, Delorme said.
Amherst joins U.S. teams Midland, Waltham and Sydney in the tournaments Don Chitty Division while Marlboro and Blackstone, Mass. join New Glasgow and Lower Sackville in the Roy Cormier Division.
After opening against Midland, Amherst plays Waltham later Saturday and concludes round-robin action at 10 a.m. Sunday against Sydney.
Delorme, whos joined on the coaching staff by Bruce Beal, Larry Lines and Brad Skinner, doesnt know much about the teams, but knows both Massachusetts teams will be strong as will Sydney.
If Amherst is to be successful, Delorme said the club will have to get solid pitching and overcome any defensive miscues. Most of the all-stars were members of the Selects squad that won the N.B. district in mid-July before losing to Sydney Mines in the Atlantics.
Well have to have sound defence if were going to be successful. Thats something weve been working really hard at in practice, Delorme said. We know the boys can hit the ball, the key will be the defensive side of the game.
The team, picked by coaches of the Amherst little leagues four A-system teams, includes Ys Guys Andrew Skinner (a three-year veteran and former tournament MVP) and Corey Zollner, Jaret Collins, Joe ODell and Brad Jennings of the Cubs, Alex Embree, Joel Boyle, Josh Lee, Nick Chapman and Lucas Chapman of the Mixers and Ryan Goodwin of the Lions.
Maltby Memorial schedule
Saturday, Sept. 1
Game A - New Glasgow vs Marlboro (Landry), 9 a.m.
Game E - Midland vs Amherst (Foster), 9 a.m.
Game B - Blackstone vs Sackville (Foster), After Game E
Game F - Sydney vs Waltham (Landry), After Game A
Official Opening (Landry)
Game C - New Glasgow vs Blackstone (Landry), After Official Opening
Game G - Midland vs Sydney (Foster), After Official Opening
Game D - Sackville vs Marlboro (Foster), After Game G
Game H - Waltham vs Amherst (Landry), Following Game C
Sunday, Sept. 2
Game I - Marlboro vs Blackstone (Landry), 10 a.m.
Game K - Amherst vs Sydney (Foster), 10 a.m.
Game J - New Glasgow vs Sackville (Foster), Following Game K
Game L - Midland vs Waltham (Landry), Following Game I
Game M - 1st Cormier vs 2nd Chitty (Landry), 3 p.m.
Game N - 1st Chitty vs 2nd Cormier (Foster), 3 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 3
10 a.m. Consolation Final
2 p.m. Championship Final