Boston Wolfpack 11, Mustang Baseball Club 3
By Sterling Endicott
The Boston Wolfpack captured the 2022 MSBL Holiday Classic championship for the 54+ National Division at the beautiful USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida. Barry Foster earned the win in the finals giving up just three unearned runs as Boston defeated the Mustangs Baseball Club 11-3. Sam Steed was named tournament MVP.
The Pack went 3-0 in pool play with victories over the Carolina Rockies, Vituro Health Cardinals, and Westchester Pirates. Leading the offense were Mike Smith, David Oliver, Jose Delgado, David Benedict, Russ Ward, and Efrain Nieves.
In the semifinal, the Jacksonville Hops exploded for five runs without an out to begin the game and took a 6-0 lead in the second inning. Steed came in and settled things down giving Boston a chance to battle back. Steed limited the Hops to four hits in 6+ innings and the Pack eventually won the game 14-7. Jack Held and Mike Noto had key hits to help secure the victory.
In the final, Foster kept the Mustangs bats quiet and was backed by a 4-hit game by Smith as well as timely hits by Eddie Fuller, Oliver, Nieves, and Benedict.