Hingham-Hull Babe Ruth 14s and 15s Set to Start Play at State Tourney
By Greg Lane, Sept. 7th, 2020
Hingham Hull Babe Ruth 14-year-old All Star Max Moraites at the plate against Marshfield on Saturday. The 14-year-old All Star team beat Marshfield 9-0 to finish South Pool B in first place (Hingham Current News File Photo / Greg Lane).
The 2020 edition of the Massachusetts Babe Ruth state baseball tournament held annually looked like no other previous one.
In years past, the age group champions would move on to play in a regional tournament. The hope there was to win and qualify for the World Series.
This year’s 2020 COVID Cup Championship Series will be the end of the line for the season.
And we all know why that is.
Beginning Friday, August 28th the eight-day state tournament got underway with 40 teams competing in three age divisions.
The Hingham-Hull Babe Ruth League have two All Star teams advance to the Championship Series. After 1st and 2nd place finishes this weekend at the event, the 14-year-old and 15-year-old teams continue their postseason today with the start of the single elimination playoff rounds.
The 15-year-old team (2-2) starts play by taking on 1st seed King Phillip at King Phillip High School in Wrentham. The firsrt pitch is at 5:30 PM. The team is managed by Steve Murray and coached by Vincent Murray and Ryan Murray. The roster includes:
Pitching - Aidan Robey, Johnny Dwyer, Luke Thrun, Ben Berardi, Sean Regan, Reilly Murray
Catching - Willis Malloy, Danny Kent, Noah Ross
Bats - Cal Larsen(Team Captain), Frankie Tamburro, James Murray, James Rozanitis, Tommy Barney, Alex McGowan, Connor McCann
“The guys are playing well and with confidence right now,” said Manager Steve Murray. “It’s going to be a dogfight, but we’re prepared for it.”
As the number one seed, the 14-year old team (3-1) hosts 2nd seed King Phillip at Cronin Field in Hingham at 4:45pm. The 14s have Mike Devlin as their manager, along with Hingham-Hull Babe Ruth president Marc Swirbalus and Greg Lane as their coaches. The team consists of Jeremy Aylward, Cole Bohane, Griffin Coppola, Aiden Devlin, Zach Griffin, Bradly Lane, Charlie Matthews, Max Moraites, Jake Schulte, Teddy Swanson, Chris Swirbalus, and Chris Volpe.
“We have a great group of kids who worked hard and battled all day and all tournament,” said Manager Mike Devlin. "They’re a dedicated group of players," Devlin added.
Single elimination play continues throughout the week with the championship game on Saturday.
“Congratulations to both teams on their great accomplishment so far,” said Hingham-Hull Babe Ruth President Marc Swirbalus. “Every age group did well and that’s great to see. It shows where our program is at and it’s something to build from.”