Fairfield players help Wolfpack to tourney title
Published 3:45 pm, Thursday, August 21, 2014
The Connecticut Wolfpack travel baseball team of players 14 and younger added to its national championship secured in a tournament in Florida in early July by winning the Baseball Heaven East Coast Nationals last Sunday in Yaphank, N.Y., on Long Island.
The Wolfpack played up an age-group division by claiming the title in the 15-and-younger division with a 5-0 record. On July 9, the U14 Wolfpack, of mostly players from Fairfield, won the Perfect Game BCS National Championship in Fort Myers, Fla.
Four of the nine players who won the East Coast Nationals, plus all three coaches, are from town. Two other players were available at the start of the tournament on Aug. 15 but could not play in the final three games last weekend.
The Wolfpack outscored its opposition by 24-2 over 35 innings on Long Island. Danny Kiernan, Henry Prestegaard and Ryan Meury, all from Fairfield, were among the team's top hitters at the East Coast Nationals, coach Mike Fournier said.
Meury, a lefty, started the opening game of the tournament, a 10-0 win over the Levittown (NY) Lightning. He started in a semifinal last Sunday in Connecticut's 6-1 win over the NY Steelheads. Meury was 3-for-4 at the plate and Kiernan supplied a big hit against the Steelheads, Fournier said.
The Wolfpack beat In The Zone, a Long Island-based team, by 2-0 on Aug. 15. The next day, Prestegaard drove home the first run in a 3-0 win over Frozen Ropes Baseball, of New York. Connecticut beat the MLI Phantoms 5-1 last Sunday to win the tournament championship. Fournier said strong infield defense and aggressive base running helped the Wolfpack to the final victory. Prestegaard, on base, was part of a well-executed hit-and-run that led to a run.
John Thorme, who started the last three games, was the Wolfpack's other player from Fairfield.
The week before the East Coast Nationals, the Wolfpack U14 team finished third at the Boys of Summer Tournament at Diamond Nation in Flemington, NJ, in the division for 15 year olds. Connecticut lost to the Academy Stars 8-2, after allowing three runs combined in winning its first three games to reach the semifinals The Academy Stars beat the Wolfpack U15 team 6-4 in a playoff game.
"It was nice to see these guys play hard and compete. They were able to play up and win the tournament," Fournier said.