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Posted July 28, 2005r
Hub Video - 2005 South Boston Little League Champs
By Joe Kelly

     Manager Randy Carey played South Boston Little League and Bath Ruth baseball. He coached in the Babe Ruth league and umpired Little League for a few years before he finally became a full time manager in the Southie Little League eight years ago. Even with that much participation under his belt he emphatically said last Monday's deciding game under the lights at Joe Evan's field "was the best game he has ever been involved in". This "best game" gave him his first championship as a manager with a team he called the best pitching group he has had the pleasure of coaching. After trailing both games early Hub's pitchers gathered themselves and threw two gems.

     In game one Chippewas jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead on Hub's outstanding lefty Haley Nee. She settled down and yielded a handful of hits and two more runs while striking out seven and picked up the complete game 7-4 victory. Andy Tejada led the offensive charge with a triple and two RBI's while Haley and Robert O'Connor both singled in runs. Also contributing RBI's were Sean Skerry and Marisa Finn. For the Chip's Mike Derby went the distance picking up eight K's. Liam Coughlin tripled twice and scored twice. Also collecting hits for Chip's were Mike Capuzzo, Jon Kelley, Brian Mahoney and Logan Coughlin.

     Prior to game two Coach Carey was informed that two of his key players sustained injuries and another was unable to make the game. This left him no choice but to scramble the line-up and have player's man unfamiliar spots on defense. Fortunately pitcher Andy Tejada was healthy and after shaking off a slow start, walking the first two batters and seeing them cross the plate, he allowed just three hits and struck out 11 and more importantly didn't allow another run while pitching all six innings for the 3 to 2 win. Chippewas pitcher Mike Capuzzo was equal to the task giving up only four hits while sitting down 12 batters on strikeouts.

     The final game was a defensive show that left the huge crowd in awe of the ability of these young athletes. Brian Mahoney made a number of tremendous plays for Chippewas helping to keep the game tied going into the final frame but the defensive stars on this night were clearly Mike and Matt Beggan. Mike is one of five twelve year olds that played for Coach Carey four years ago during a rebuilding year. This particular squad was 1 and 20 on the season but Randy says it paid off playing all these 9 year olds for six innings at the time. Mikey moved to short stop in the 3rd inning and proceeded to make a number of huge plays including a 5th inning running catch out behind 2nd base. Not to be outdone brother Matty came up with two game saving plays in the top half of the 6th scooping a hard ground ball on a short hop that had double written all over it and getting over to the bag to record the out. After Chip's got a runner on base Matty snared a line drive that was heading over his head and nearly made a double play as the runner hustled back to the bag. Chippewas Coach Brian Mahoney said that smash was easily a triple and Matt saved the game.

     Tejada retired the final batter and the score remained tied setting up the dramatic ending. Chris Toland was able to work his way on base and with two outs ran on a delay steal toward second, the throw rolled into center field allowing Toland to scamper over to third. Matt Beggan stepped into the batters box and found himself quickly behind in the count with two strikes. After fouling off a pitch he hit a quickly sinking ball toward short right with Brian Mahoney in hot pursuit. The outstretched Mahoney nearly caught the ball while making contact with his right fielder, the ball landed in right and Toland scored the championship run. Hub Coach Carey said it was one of the most determined efforts he had ever seen and the play was ruled a hit. Coach Mahoney was proud of his team's effort and said it was great season that came down to the final play of the year. "We are still the American League champs and have a solid team returning next year," said Mahoney.

     Hub was led by two hits apiece by Jake Thomas and Matt Beggan while Chris Toland scored twice and Robert O'Connor once. For Chip's Mike Derby had two doubles, fouling off eight pitches in one at bat and Liam Coughlin and Jon Kelley both scored a run.

     The runner-up Chippewas are Liam Coughlin, Logan Coughlin, Jonathan Kelley, Mike Derby, Mike Capuzzo, Brian Mahoney, Kevin Mayer, Christian Hennessey, Steve O'Brien, Chris Karros, Matt McDonald and Sean Turpin. Manager Steve Forcillo, Coaches Brian Mahoney, Jonathan Kelley and Joe "Nice Hit" Curran.

     The Champion Hub Video team is Mike Beggan, Andy Tejada, Joel McCarthy, Robert O'Connor, Marisa Finn, Matt Beggan, Haley Nee, Mary DeMoura, Sean Skerry, Chris Toland, Jake Thomas, Patrick Golden and E.J. Corbett. Manager Randy Carey, Coaches Jay Beggan, Kenny DeMoura, Billy Finn, Assistant Coaches Kevin Toland and George Thomas.



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Fellow Little Leaguers enjoyed the action at Evans Field.

Members of Hub Video celebrate after the last out.

The stands were filled with happy spectators.