2020 Covid Cup Tournament to Remember for HHBR’s 14U Team
By Greg Lane, Sept. 14th, 2020, Updated 9/20/20 at 9:00 AM
Hingham Hull Babe Ruth 14-year-old All Star team from left to right: Max Moraites, Griffin Coppola, Aiden Devlin, Brady Lane, Jeremy Alyward, Cole Bohane, Chris Volpe, Chris Swirbalus, Zach Griffin, Jake Schulte, Teddy Swanson and not available for the team picture Charlie Matthews (Hingham Current News File Photo / Greg Lane).
It was a tournament to remember for the Hingham Hull Babe Ruth League’s 14U All-Star Team.
The group of 12 players put together an amazing run that accounted for 35 innings while only giving up 6 runs.
Hingham Hull Babe Ruth President Marc Swirbalus was at the center of all the action, watching the 14U squad put together its magical run to the Semi Finals. He said he was very impressed by how his young team played throughout the tournament and believes the future is bright for the Hingham Hull Babe Ruth program, with the talent coming up through the Hingham Little League.
“It was great to work with all those guys,” Swirbalus said. “They’re a great group of kids. They loved to be able to get back on the field for the tournament. It was a lot of fun.”
Brady Lane, Chris Swirbalus, Cole Bohane, Jake Schulte, Chris Volpe, Aiden Devlin, Jeremy Aylward, Teddy Swanson, Griffin Coppola, Max Moriates, Charlie Matthews, and Zach Griffin composed the squad.
Facing off against Kings Philips / Massasoit Babe Ruth Baseball in the quarterfinals, Brady Lane with stellar pitching struck out 6, gave up only 3 hits and walked none. The team brought out the lumber at the plate as well with hits by Cole Bohane, Chris Swirbalus, Jake Schulte, Aiden Devlin and Griffin Coppola to roll to a 9-1 victory earning a spot in the state semifinal game.
Meeting up with Hingham in the semifinals was Plymouth Babe Ruth Baseball, the state champions last year. The two teams squared off in Hingham’s first pool play action of the COVID Tournament during a double header where the teams split games.
Plymouth jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Hingham-Hull responded with a run in the fourth inning after a Jake Shulte RBI single. Chris Volpe pitched another gem, giving up only 2 runs. In the sixth inning with bases loaded, Hingham-Hull was unable to capitalize, and their tournament run came to an end with a 2-1 loss.
Plymouth went on to win the championship on Sunday beating Newton 5-1 to earn the COVID Cup.
"While this was a tournament we'll certainly remember fondly, here's hoping this was the one & only COVID Cup and we can get back to normalcy in 2021," shared Massachusetts Babe Ruth 4&7 District Commissioner Brian Kintz.
Team Manager Mike Devlin said the majority of the kids on the team have played together the past five years and that the team is a close-knit unit off the field.
“It was great to see them get this type of recognition,” Devlin said. “They’re a dedicated group of players. They all came together and had a great run.”