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Twelfth Annual Tournament Held
Friday and Saturday, 27 & 28 May 2016 in Belmont, Massachusetts

2016 Baseball TournamentThe 12th annual Brendan Grant Memorial Baseball Tournament again provided a showcase for top high school baseball talent in the New England region. The tournament was held on May 27th and 28th in Belmont Massachusetts with four local high school teams battling for top honors. The four participating teams were the varsity baseball squads from Belmont, Lynnfield, Medford and Reading High Schools. This year’s overall winner was Belmont, which re-captured the championship trophy after last winning overall honors in 2010.

The weather for this year’s tournament was blisteringly hot without much wind. Festivities officially started with the singing of the national anthem just prior to 2:15 pm on day one, and the spectators were greeted with free drinks, hot dogs and popcorn.

The first game of the tournament was an exciting contest and had Reading as the visiting team versus Belmont, in a contest that counted for both teams as a Middlesex League game. Senior Captain Cole Bartels started on the mound for Belmont, while Reading started with Junior Cory DiLoreto. These two teams faced off earlier in the week with the same pitchers and with Reading squeezing-by in a very close 1-0 game. The re-match was another great contest with Belmont coming out on top 5 -2. Both teams played exceptionally well, though the standout of the game was Belmont’s Cole Bartels who pitched a complete game with 12 strikeouts (9 looking) and only 1 walk. He likewise drove in 3 of the 5 Belmont runs, including a 2-run homer to deep left field on his first pitch at bat.

The second game on day one had Medford at Lynnfield, with Sophomore Harry Welch pitching for Medford and Junior Nicholas Aslanian for Lynnfield. The beginning of this game saw a lot of plate and base-running activity on both sides resulting in a 3 to 3 tie after two innings. In the bottom of the first Michael Stellato of Lynnfield hit a 2-run blast over the fence in left center field, which would be the 2nd of two overall home runs in the tournament. Then both sides quickly settled down and the game marched along into extra innings. In the bottom of the eighth inning Lynnfield’s lead-off batter was hit by a pitch and good base running and a sacrifice fly was all they needed to move him around. The final score was Lynnfield 4 and Medford 3.

Saturday started with the consolation game at 11:00 am that had Medford facing-off against Reading as the home team. The starting pitchers had Medford Junior Scott Andrew facing Reading Senior Liam O’Neill. Reading notched three runs in the bottom of the second inning when Pitcher Liam O’Neill helped his own cause with the two run double to straight-away center field, and these would be the only runs of the game. O’Neill would go the distance on the mound, and Reading came out on top 3 to zip.

The championship game started under a blistering hot sun at 2:00 pm with Lynnfield as the home team and Belmont as the visiting squad. Lynnfield started with Freshman Fernando Kelleher on the mound while Sophomore Nate Espelin took the hill for Belmont. The Belmont bats came alive in this game, and they drove in 16 runs overall with 5 in the first, 2 in the second, 5 in the third, 3 in the fifth, and 1 in the seventh. Lynnfield managed to get 2 runs in the third but it wasn’t near enough, and Belmont took home the championship trophy for the first time since 2010.

All four teams showed lots of talent and demonstrated plenty of excellent baseball. With Belmont as the overall winner, Lynnfield placed in the number two runner-up slot, followed by Reading and then Medford. This year’s tournament MVP was Belmont’s Senior Cole Bartels. Click here for all the details on last year's tournament contest. The standings since the tournament first began are:

2005: (1) Lynnfield, (2) Winchester, (3) Belmont, (4) Bedford
2006: (1) Lynnfield, (2) Belmont, (3) Winchester, (4) Bedford
2007: (1) Belmont, (2) Austin Prep, (3) Winchester, (4) Lynnfield
2008: (1) Belmont, (2) Austin Prep, (3) Winchester, (4) Lynnfield
2009: (1) Winchester, (2) Lynnfield, (3) Belmont, (4) Austin Prep
2010: (1) Belmont, (2) Lynnfield, (3) Winchester, (4) Austin Prep
2011: (1) Austin Prep, (2) Belmont, (3) Lynnfield, (4) Winchester
2012: (1) Lynnfield, (2) Belmont, (3) Winchester, (4) Austin Prep
2013: (1) Winchester, (2) Lynnfield, (3) Austin Prep, (4) Belmont
2014: (1) Reading, (2) Lynnfield, (3) Belmont, (4) Austin Prep
2015: (1) Reading, (2) Medford, (3) Belmont, (4) Lynnfield
2016: (1) Belmont, (2) Lynnfield, (3) Reading, (4) Medford

2016 Baseball TournamentNumerous volunteers were instrumental in putting this year's tournament together, helping with refreshments, team support, and making sure the field and facility were in fantastic shape so that the entire event ran smoothly. Heartfelt thanks are extended to the following sponsors who provided significant support or in-kind donations:
Avery, Dooley & Noone, Belmont MA
Champions Sporting Good, Belmont MA
Embassy Trophy of Waltham, Waltham MA
Brendan Kelleher and Reebok
The Meier Family, Belmont MA

Three sets of premier Red Sox tickets were provided for a fundraising on-site raffle by Meier Family. The long list of volunteers is likewise noteworthy, and a tip-of-the-cap goes to all the dedicated volunteers that assisted throughout the tournament. Special thanks goes to former BHS baseball coach Pete Noone for helping to organize the event and championing the activity behind the scene. Additional thanks goes to Belmont Athletic Director Jim Davis, Belmont Trainer Sarkis Asadoorian, and the Belmont School System, as well as the dependable crew of the Belmont Grounds and Recreation Department for keeping the field in top shape.

This year the weather cooperated with sunny skies and no rain. Solid crowds of spectators were once again rewarded with great local baseball at the Brendan Grant Memorial Field, one of the premier baseball fields of its type in the region. As those who attended will tell you, the twelfth annual Brendan Grant Memorial Day Baseball Tournament provided incredible excitement and some top quality good old fashioned high school baseball. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all who helped make the event a success.

We look forward to seeing you at next year’s tournament!