The Factory & All American Baseball enjoyed partnering with Norwalk Babe Ruth this Season. We were happy to offer our facility as a Home Base for the League and it’s families. It’s been amazing to watch the progression & dedication of the players through the program that All American put together this Season. We are proud of all they have accomplished! Hard work truly pays off!
Our very own The Factory staff member and Revolution Player Ryan Williams details the teams success at the J.Lamando Summer Slam Tourment!
Congrats to the Revolution 16U Team!!!
This past weekend, The Revolution 16U team found great success at the J.Lamando Summer Slam Tournament in Wappingers Falls, NY. The Revolution is a travel baseball program that constitutes players from Norwalk. The Revolution is a Norwalk Babe Ruth associate team and the 16U win in the Summer Slam tournament marks the first tournament win of any Norwalk Revolution team ever.
The Summer Slam Tournament is made up of multiple travel baseball programs from the Dutchess County, Hudson Valley area. The Norwalk Revolution 16U team started off strong with a 4-3 win on the first night. Left hander Jack Letizia performed well, especially in the later innings when he gained some extra giddy up on his fastball, and used it to dominate. Cory Acevado came in to get the save for Norwalk, and shut down the Tigers
The second day of the tournament proved to be slightly more of a challenge. Game 1 yswgg in a Norwalk loss to the Falcons, a heartbreaker in which Norwalk lost a 8-5 lead in the bottom of the 6th, and despite a very strong performance from Cory Acevado, Norwalk dropped the game. Later in that day though, Norwalk came through and beat the Bombers in four innings with a run rule. Righty Zach Hurd pitched three shutdown innings, and Ryan Williams came in to close the game in the bottom of the fourth, and record a save as he secured the win. The 11-1 win was made up of key hits from everyone on the team, as the lineup came through 1-9.
The third and final day of the tournament began with a rematch of the Revolution and the Falcons. Falling to a 5-1 deficit initially, Norwalk regrouped and rallied offensively, starting with a double from Left fielder Dax Generoso. The Norwalk Revolution had two incredible innings to make the final 13-5. Lander, T.Troy, and M.troy all contributed on the base path, stealing multiple bases and running well. First Basemen Nick Covino came up with multiple RBIs, as did everyone else in the Revolution lineup. One huge spot was an RBI bunt from second basemen Restaino in which he avoided the tag from the first basemen to reach first safely.
Game two was played after game one against the Generals, a travel team from the surrounding area. Norwalk scored early, as CF Tom Troy, (who finished the day batting .777), hit a leadoff single, then went around the bases with haste. The Generals responded immediately with two runs in the first, off of lefty Jack Letizia. The next inning, the Norwalk offense exploded, scoring six runs to which everyone contributed. With two outs, Catcher Jeff Joslyn came through with an RBI single, then was immediately followed by a 2 RBI double from DH Hurd. Letizia went on to shut the Generals out and perform brilliantly, not allowing a run through four more innings. Acevado then came in to close the game, recording his second save of the tournament, and securing the tournament win.
All around it was a great team win with contributions from everyone on the team. The team’s success can be directly attributed to strong coaching from Head Coach Wally Hurd and assistants Tom Troy and Nick Restaino, along with hard work during the off-season. The 16U team, and all other Revolution teams, had winter workouts once a week for 10 weeks, under the instruction of All-American, a Baseball training association run by Vinny Carlucci. The workouts put players through drills and conditioning similar to that of which college and professional programs do.
So once again, congrats to the 16U Norwalk Revolution team for winning the J. Lamando Summerslam and being the first Revolution team to win a tournament. HARD WORK PAYS OFF!!!!!!!!!
- Ryan Williams, Revolution 16U player, and Factory Employee.