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Brandon Bombers 11, Towson Titans 1
'Boleska and Martin Lead the Way'
By Andy Villamarzo, special to MSBL
Clearwater, FL., November 12, 2016 - The Brandon Bombers are a youthful group
that has been playing together for a short period of time, but is starting to
figure out how winning feels at a young age on the adult amateur level.
On Saturday afternoon at the Carpenter
Complex near Brighthouse Field, the Bombers completed a goal they set out a
year ago since losing to the Towson Titans in a semifinal contest: Win a
national championship. That milestone mark was reached by Damian Fedele's squad
against a very talented Towson team from Maryland, as the Bombers put together
a masterful 9-inning performance, scoring 11 runs and keeping the Titans' bats
at bay en route to a dominant 11-1 victory and the 25-and-over national
championship now resides in the Tampa Bay area.
"I think after we went through the pool
play 5-0, I knew we had a pretty good team," Fedele said. "I knew
once the playoffs started that we were going to play some pretty good
competition with good pitching. My hats off to Towson for a great game today.
We were lucky to find some holes, but I think this team is a special group of
guys and hopefully I can keep them together here for a little bit."
The first few inning for Towson were
especially tough, as the Titans were having problems getting out of the frames
with no runs allowed. Issues started up in the first inning for the Titans,
when the Bombers got three hits and two runs in the opening frame and the
scoring barrage by Brandon would continue throughout the first half of the
Two more runs would cross the plate in the
second inning when Pat Tufrao hit a triple and cleared the bases to give the
Bombers a commanding 4-0 lead. A dominating pitching performance from Tom
Boleska would take center stage for the Bombers. Boleska pitched a masterful
game in helping his club pickup its first championship, and the right-hander
went the full nine innings and struck out eight batters, allowed six hits and
only walked one hitter.
"This was the big one for us," Fedele added. "This is the first time we've won a national championship as
a group, so hopefully there's more to come for us. I don't think words can put
it altogether how excited we are for winning this championship. We've played in
this tournament two years and have previously come as far as the semifinals.
Last year, we lost to a talented Towson team in the semifinals. I think if we
keep the core group of these guys together, we can make a little run."
Taking home the Most Valuable Player honors
was Brandon Bombers' third baseman Willie Martin, who went 2-for-3 with two
singles and a run driven in. Martin has been a major piece to the Bombers'
success over the last two weeks and helping Brandon achieve its ultimate goal
of winning a national crown. Martin said that the chemistry the team has built
through playing in numerous leagues together before taking part in the MSBL
tournament helped the club accomplish the goal at hand.
"I think this is a group of guys who
just really love playing baseball," Martin said. "I think it starts
with the managers, who put together a great group of players. The guys just
knowing each other really well through playing together in leagues has really
helped us to this point. Everybody competes in these local leagues and love
baseball and love to be out here as much as they can."