The Vikings Baseball Squad posted a 2-0-1 record in Regional Pool Play this past weekend in Coventry Rhode Island. Despite being undefeated in pool play the Vikings were done in by the "runs against" tie breaker rule.
Vikings 5 Red Stockings 5
Vikings 13 Seacoast United 3
Vikings 6 Rhode Island Riverdogs 4
* Highlighted in all 3 games for the 13u Vikings Baseball Club was a solid all around brand of baseball. Coming up just one run short of advancing to the New England Regional FInal Four!
The 13u Vikings posted a combined 13-3-1 record in Divisional Play and the New England Regional Playoffs. This earned them a fifth place finish in the New England Region! The Vikings started off divisional play with a 1-2 record and got stronger as the season progressed by going on a 10 game win streak and a 12-1-1 record in their last 14 divisional & regional contests!
The Vikings 16u Squad is made up of 15 & 16 year old ball players. They are competing in the New England 18u AAU Division. The Vikings posted an 8-0 divisional record and have secured the #1 seed in the New England Playoffs that start this weekend.
The 13u Vikings American were led by Coach Scott Lynch & Coach Rich Blake this Season. This squad was a very athletic group that has continued to show improvements as the season went on!
The 13u Americans competed in the 2013 Dan Duquette Tournament, in which they fell one win short of making it to the finals! The Vikings Started off 1-3 in Divisional play in it's first four games and then went 4-2 in it's next 6 Divisional games finishing with a 5-5 Divisional record. Next season they will be looking to qualify for the New England Regionals!
The 2013 13u Vikings National Team was managed by Coach Mike Haugh and Coach Dan Haugh. The Nationals players displayed a high level of commitment to the Vikings program that started in November with our Vikings Baseball winter workout program & continued all the way into our outdoor practice and game schedule!
The 13u Vikings Nationals were winners of the 2013 Dan Duquette Tournament this season, and also were winners of their NEAAU Division by posting a 10-2 record in divisional play, in doing so they qualified for the New England AAU Regional Tournament in which they earned the right to host the first round of play @ their home field located at Salem State University!
The 12u Vikings led by Coach Mark Shorey & Coach Anthony Bonasoro started off the season slow. After a great display of work ethic during the Vikings Baseball winter workout program the 12u Vikings took a few weekends until they started to put it all together. Highlighted weekend of their season was a Divisional sweep in which they played a great brand of baseball in game 1, followed by a come from behind walk off victory in game 2! The players developed throughout the year and we look forward to capitalizing on what they have learned this year, heading into next season!
The Vikings 14u Baseball Squad advanced to the final four as the #2 seed. They squared up with the South Shore Rox in the New England Regional Semi FInals. The Vikings were down 8-5 in the Bottom of the 7th and like they have done all year answered with 3 runs to force extra innings. In the Bottom of the 8th the Vikings loaded the bases and walked off with the victory with a base on balls by Gus Primo to send the Vikings to the New England Regional Championship!
In the championship game the Vikings fell short of bringing home the New England Title losing to the Triple Play All Stars by a score of 6-1.
The 14u Vikings posted a combined 16-3 record in Divisional Play & New England Region Playoff contests.
The Vikings Baseball club advances past pool play in the New England Regional Tournament with an impressive 3-0 record. The Vikings now clinched the #2 seed in the Final Four of the Regionals. The Semi Finals will be played this weekend!
Vikings 9 RBI Storm 1
Vikings 8 Cape Cod Thunder 6
Vikings 4 BV Spinners 1
* Highlighted in all 3 games were Complete Game pitching performances by Anthony Freni, Pete Morrison, & Kurt Martin.
Vikings Baseball displayed solid team defense led by Gabe Rowe, James Allan, & Gus Primo.
The 14u Vikings Baseball squads offense remained hot throughout the weekend.
On a warm Friday night last November, Nathan DeRoche didn’t feel well. He was having trouble breathing and was bothered by a high-pitched cough that indicated pneumonia, an infection or something as benign as allergies. He was taken to Salem Hospital. But the x-ray there told a more urgent story—this was no infection, this was cancer. Nathan had a mass in his throat and chest, large enough to press against his trachea, leaving a clearing of just three millimeters to breathe.
Just 13 years old, Nathan handled the news with his chin up, even as he was rushed to Mass General Hospital, even as it was determined that the tumor was too big and dangerous to be immediately operated on, not until Nathan had undergone two days of treatments on steroids. When a biopsy finally was taken, the diagnosis was confirmed: Nathan had T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, an aggressive, fast-moving cancer that attacks certain white blood cells, especially in children and teenagers.
There was good news, though. This type of lymphoma is treatable, and 90 percent curable. But like all cancers, the physical and mental toll is high. For Nathan, that has included eight-week cycles of combination chemotherapy, utilizing 10 different types of chemo agents. It has included steroids. It has included a total of 15 spinal taps—painful tests of his lumbar fluid—so far. Nathan will be going through chemotherapy until March 2019.
Through it all, Nathan has not stopped being the same positive, active kid he was before he had any idea what lymphoblastic lymphoma was. He is suiting up for the Vikings baseball team this summer, and has not let his status as a cancer patient interfere with his status as a ball player. He’s lifted the rest of his team with his courage and spirit.
“Nate has a genuine ability to spread joy and positivity to both coaches and players the second he walks on the diamond,” coach Scott Lynch said.
“He has made an enormous positive impact on both the culture and overall attitude of our team.” "Nathan is a daily inspiration to us all, he's facing adversity head on like he knows best, with a smile on his face and positive mindset! We are learning through him, how to become better men & women and are truly lucky to have him as our favorite brother/son!!" - The Vikings Baseball Family
And just as Nathan has inspired teammates, the community around his has been inspired to action to support him. Fundraising and emotional support has come pouring in from Nathan’s extended sports families—Vikings baseball, Vipers hockey, Swampscott Little League, Swampscott middle and high schools, Cops for Kids with Cancer, Nahant4Nathan at Nahant Country Club and even Lynn English and Masconomet high schools have all come through with fundraisers and special events to boost Nathan in this fight against cancer.
He is having an impact beyond his friends from baseball and hockey. During his trips to MGH, Nathan has earned a reputation for leaving doctors and nurses laughing, and Dr. Howard Weinstein, the chief of pediatric hematology and oncology at the hospital, dedicated his fund-raising run in this year’s Boston Marathon to Nathan.
“He is a fun loving and caring teenager who is quite the ice hockey and baseball player,” Dr. Weinstein said. “Nathan has had a tough few months but is making great progress and looking forward to get back to school and playing sports.”
Little surprise, Nathan is already ahead of schedule on that.
(Donations can be made to Citizens bank Nathanstrong account #1326655806.)