2018 District 3 TOC Champions - NLLN Majors Red Sox
Novato North Red Sox – Majors TOC Champions (from Marin IJ)
The Novato North Red Sox won the District 3 Tournament of Champions for the Majors Division, besting the Novato South Giants in the championship game on Wednesday night by a score of 5-0. The Red Sox, winners of the Novato North regular season and play-off titles and the Novato City Championship, previously beat the San Francisco American Rangers and Dixie Terra Linda Rays in their run through the tournament of teams that were winners of their respective leagues.
Conor Croteau was dominant on the mound in the championship game, allowing one hit and striking out 12 before reaching the pitch count limit and with two outs in the fifth inning. Croteau didn’t allow a hit until the fifth and Novato South wasn’t able to advance beyond second base. Vinny Ciolino came on in relief and recorded the final four outs to preserve the shutout.
Bennett Hadd settled down and pitched well after the Red Sox scored three and left the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning. He gave up 10 hits, struck out 8 and walked only one before reaching the pitch count limit in the fifth.
The offense for Novato North was led by Ethan Wood (3 hits), Hugh Brady (3 hits) and Vinny Ciolino (2 hits, including a homer). Croteau and JD Rhodes also contributed key hits. They were solid in the field all night, including spectacular plays by Zack Farbstein, diving to make a catch in center field, and Croteau, getting to a ball hit sharply up the middle from his shortstop position and throwing to first in time to record the final out of the ballgame.
Dakari M had the only hit of the game for the Novato South Giants.
CONGRATULATIONS NLLN RED SOX (MAJORS) & ASTROS (MINORS AAA)
2018 NOVATO CITY CHAMPIONS!!
MAJORS RED SOX - Back row: Vinny Ciolino, Coach Paul Farbstein, Coach Mark Moyer, Ethan Wood, Manager Bill Croteau; Middle row: Matthew Moyer, Conor Croteau, Hugh Brady, Justin Preseinger; Front row: JD Rhodes, Zack Farbstein, Maci Croteau (mascot), Luke Smith, Lincoln Smith (missing from photo: JD Kuhlmann and Nathan Mandelbrot)
MINORS AAA ASTROS - Front row: Julian Oliver, Ryan Marvier, Logan Reed, Duke Mesenburg, Austin Geyer; Middle row: Calix Mayes, Max Figueroa, Jacob Brown, John Cook, Drew Keehn, Dawson McGuire; Back Row: Ted Keehn, Corey Reed, Evan Oliver
FRONT (kneeling) - Hugh Brady, Justin Preseinger, JD Kuhlmann, Maci Croteau (mascot), Conor Croteau, Nathan Mandelbrot and Matthew Moyer; BACK (standing) - Bill Croteau (manager), Paul Farbstein (coach), Travis Wood (assistant coach), Mark Moyer (coach), Zach Farbstein, Ethan Wood, Vinny Ciolino, JD Rhodes, Zac Ciolino (assistant coach); NOT PICTURED - Luke Smith, Lincoln Smith
Congratulations to Jake Simpson of the Angels, pictured above with with fellow nominees Angelo Moresco (Cubs), Conor Croteau (Red Sox), Nicholas McAuley (Giants) and Zade Hubbs (Pirates) - CONGRATULATIONS BOYS!!