The 75's completed play with a win, earning second place while the 80's Back Office Associates team took third place.
The 75's beat Nami Construction of New Jersey 17-8 to finish 5-1 for the tournament earning themselves the second place finish. Rob Robidoux, John Seliga, Bob Buck and Chas Crawford led the charge for the 75's the plate.
The 80s dropped their final game to Pfeiffer's of Wisconsin to finish at 3-2 for the tournament and taking third place. Leading the play throughout the tournament word Joe Graziozi, Nate Koppel and Jim Van Baalen.
Congratulations to both of our teams on their fine showing at this tournament.
Champion 75s Travel Team
The CCSSL 75s Back Office Team was successful in winning the AAA Division and securing the championship. The 75 team was composed of Dave Badger, Bob Buck, Bob Blakeslee, Jack Deschamps, Chas Crawford, Rich Johnston, John Lamberti, Ray Castellano, Chris Sweeney, Vince Scales, Jim VanBaalen and Stu Winston. Chas Crawford, Bob Buck and Bob Blakeslee stood out both offensively and defensively and were selected to the All-Tournament Team.
The CCSSL 75's travel team sponsored by Back Office Associates competed in Lakeland, Florida in the 2015 Tournament of Champions Tournament on the 6th. Despite a string of health issues and injuries, the team captured 3rd place. The roster consists of: Chris Sweeney, Jack Ferrie, Jim Parmelee, Vince VanNorman, Joe Graziosi, Jack Deschamps, Mike Sullivan, Bob Blakeslee, Hank Baldasarri, Tony Bonina, Tom Daronco, Jim VanBaalen, Nate Koppel and Stu Winston. Bernie Powers is the manager. All teams in this tournament won qualifying tournaments sometime during 2014 to be eligible. Jim Parmelee was selected to be the team's representative in the All-Star game to be held on the evening of the 5th. One player per team was allowed.
Based upon a qualifying record of 3 and 2, BOA needed to win five consecutive games on the final day to win the championship and they gave it a gallant try. During the first two days of competition, they had beaten Fort Myers Tax Town, Chicago Geezers and the New York Statesmen and lost only to a major team, the Bucs and Bulls from Tampa, Fl and the Pro Health team from Wisconsin. This pushed BOA into the dreaded, final day Losers Bracket, from which few teams emerge alive but BOA nearly did so by winning three consecutive morning games making them eligible for the afternoon’s championship finals in which they had to win two games from the well-rested Pro Health team. BOA gave their opponents all they could handle until the fifth inning when they “hit the wall” and the undefeated Pro Health team pulled away to win the tournament 16-8.
The players for BOA 75’s team were: Jim VanBaalen, Nate Koppell, Joe Graziosi, Tom Daronco, Chas Crawford, Mike Sullivan, Chris Sweeney, Vince VanNorman, Bob Blakeslee, Jim Parmelee, Hank Baldassari, Stu Winston, Tony Bonina, Jack Deschamps and Jack Ferrie.
Selected by manager Bernie Powers were three players the second-place team could nominate for the all-tourney team. Although many others also could have been selected, he chose: Jim VanBaalen who pitched all but two innings of the nine games played; Jim Parmelee who batted .656 with two doubles, two triples and two home runs; and Mike Sullivan who hit .538 and played excellent ball in the middle field. BOA are scored 130 runs to their opponents 108 and batted over .500 as a team.
The CCSSL 75 Travel Team sponsored by Back Office Associates Finished 2nd at the Northeast Championships in Syracuse, NY. Games were played on July 13-15th. After beating Brookhouse restaurant from Rochester, NY, they lost the afternoon game to Peach Tree Restaurant from Harrisburg, PA 13 – 12. On Tues. they beat the Syracuse Cyclones 17 – 5 only to come back to play them again in a ten inning win 20 – 19.
Coming out of the losers bracket on Wed. they won the two morning games, one being against Peach Tree, forcing them to play Peach Tree again for the championship. Rich Johnston and Jim VanBaalen shared the pitching duties, while Vince VanNorman, Stu Winston and Jim VanBaalen provided consistent offense and defense and were selected to the all tournament team.
Standing (L-R): Chas Crawford, Jim Parmalee, Tony Bonina, Stu Winston, Chris Sweeney, Jack Deschamps, and Mike Sullivan; Kneeling (L-R): Jim Van Baalen, Hank Baldassarri, Joe Graziosi, Vince Van Norman, Tom Daronco and Bernie Powers (Mgr.).
The 75's travel team, sponsored by Back Office Associates of Harwich, participated in the Northeast Championships in Syracuse, N.Y. July 14 - 17. Losing in the first game of a two out of three format, Back Office roared back to win the remaining two games to become eligible to play in the Tournament of Champions next February in Polk County , FL. The whole team, shorthanded as it was with only 12 players, played out of this world and each of them could have been named to the all-tourney team. Unfortunately, only 5 could be so named and those selected by the manager were: Jim Parmelee, Chris Sweeney, Mike Sullivan, Stu Winston and Jim VanBaalen. Other players were Hank Baldasarri (who should have been all-tourney), Jack Deschamps, Chas Crawford, Vince VanNorman, Tony Bonina, Tom Daronco and Joe Graziosi. The manger was Bernie Powers.