Return tournament a home run for the association of youth activities

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There was a lot of baseball in South Dartmouth last weekend as Crapo Field saw the Dartmouth Youth Activities Association’s annual John B. Steele Tournament return to its grounds.

The 12U tournament, which kicked off Friday, saw 16 teams from the South Coast, Rhode Island, Cape Cod and Boston area.

“We have Mashpee, Sandwich and Lincoln, Rhode Island,” tournament director Jim Vieira said of some of the attendees. “Really everywhere. »

Dartmouth had two teams competing this year.

The 12U team suffered heavy losses to Mashpee and the Whaling City All Stars, as well as a 0-0 draw with Fall River’s Maplewood team.

The 11U side, meanwhile, picked up two decisive wins over the weekend, including a 6-5 early morning victory over Swansea on Saturday.

“Yeah, it was tight,” coach Jared Gioiosa said. “We were down 5-3 going into this last set.”

The 11Us reached the quarterfinals on Sunday, where they lost 12-2 to Maplewood.

Gioiosa said that despite the losses, this year’s tournament “was good”.

His son Dominic, 11, agreed.

The young slugger, who went 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs, said he particularly enjoys staying active at home plate.

“It’s just fun to play the game,” he said.

In the end, Whaling City left Dartmouth as tournament champions after a 5-2 win over New Bedford’s South End Youth Athletic Association.

The previous weekend saw the 10U teams face off, with Dartmouth facing losses to Maplewood, Fairhaven-Acushnet and a start at Dennis-Yarmouth.

Overall, Vieira thought it was a very successful tournament comeback after last year’s Covid cancellation – even during the weekend heatwave.

“It’s a tough time, but kids are kids,” laughed Vieira. “After the masks and all that, it was time for people to finally go out and have fun.

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