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By: Jimmy Wolters
Aug 08, 2019
NY Hounds and CT Lawmen emerge victorious!
East Coast Championship '19 Recap
Hounds add another ship to their resume
The 2019 Big Apple Classic newly dubbed East Coast Championship by was a huge success. The event raised money for the C.O.P.S. organization and gave a lot back to all teams in attendance. Thursday night started with a player’s party to welcome all the Teams from out of town. It was the first time there was a Thursday night party but was a no Brainer with so many Teams now traveling in for this event!
The tournament has grown to its Largest in
its 8 year existence with 21 teams and did not disappoint. It featured 3 West Coast Teams, 3 Florida Teams, and many of the East Coast Teams making their first appearance for a highly competitive Major and Gold event.

Friday started Bright and early with games starting at 0800 hrs. and Fresh NY Bagels. By the end of pool play, Max Elite and DEA had the Top Spots in the Major Division and SF Seals and Necessary Force the top spots in Gold. Special Thanks to Brett Helmer and Easton Sports for supporting the event with Bats to use throughout the weekend.

Ceremonies began at 1845hrs with the NYPD Honor Guard and Pipe Band in attendance.
Following the Ceremonies was the HR Derby Finals and All-Star Game. Congrats to Matt Bolan from North Florida Lawmen on his Derby win. The All-Star game was a huge success. The game was played “Chicago Style” with a 16in Clincer and Wooden bats and was New York themed with the Bombers led by Dan Spinelli and the Amazins’ led by Donnie Meyer and were left battling to the last inning with the Bombers walking off with the big hit by South Florida Lawmen Brandon West with the crowd erupting fun was had by all!!!!

With the festivities heating up by the tent area and DJ providing the Vibes it was time for Elimination games to begin. Saturday the games and party continued with Mr. Met making an appearance to play kickball with the kids at the Kids Camp.

A lot of this event is covered by outside sponsors. I want to thank all our sponsors especially 2018 Sponsor of the year Greg Caggiano without your help the event would not grow into the success it has become!

The Major Division featured 9 teams was some serious heavyweights looking to take
down the billing rights to EAST COAST MAJOR CHAMPION. Maximum Elite was on roll all
weekend, starting with a win Saturday against Goodyear which would not be the last time they were to face off against each other. The Hounds who were running around hosting the event were able to find some time to play some softball. Hounds and Max Elite found themselves facing off again in the winners bracket Final in 2019. Hounds were victors in this showdown and in driver’s seat for the Finals. Max Elite now needed to win loser bracket Final to get back to Finals.

Max Elite was waiting on winner of DEA and Goodyear which was a very interesting
match up considering the storyline with the pitching. Goodyear won over DEA. DEA played a great tournament only losing to NY Hounds and Goodyear, being shorthanded Mason picked up some Great Lakes Legends in D. Ward, Wax and JZ which made for some great camaraderie wherever they were in the Park, Kudos to you gentleman. Now the rematch from earlier in the Day between Max Elite and Goodyear. Most on hand expected to see Max Elite and the Hounds battling it out in the finals but Goodyear was rolling and playing their 6 their game of the day behind
the Brash talking and active on the mound Jason Brennan. Jason and Goodyear proved to be too much for Max Elite in this matchup and was heading to the finals for their 7 the game of the day ​against the Hounds.

This matchup drew a large crowd as 2 of the top pitchers on the Police circuit were going to Face off. It would be Duke who would win this battle, pitching all weekend
with stitches on middle finger of his glove hand, he was able to quiet Goodyear’s bats. Brennan worked hard and tried to get into the Hounds heads at the plate but the Hounds offense would explode and take home the Championship with a 20-0 win in 3innings.

Very impressive weekend by the Hounds players for running around nonstop and going 7&0. Also kudos to Jason Mattie
and Goodyear on 7 game Saturday.

1- NY Hounds
2- Goodyear
3- Maximum Elite
4- DEA

Major MVP--- Warren Rivell - NY Hounds
All Tourney Honors-
Duke Settoducato - NY Hounds
John “Mr. Hound” Kassebaum - NY Hounds
Tyler Theiss – NY Hounds
Jason Brennan – Goodyear
Matt Barnes – Goodyear

The Gold Division featured a lot of new comers to NY as the San Fran Seals were stealing the show at the players party, on the field and at the tent at the field. Looking to outdo Cen Cal’s and the NY Hounds Party reputation off the field they were making noise on the field as well ending pool play with the top seed followed by Necessary Force in second seed.

Hot out of the box in elimination was the revamped CT Lawmen who found themselves in winners bracket final against the veteran lead South Florida Lawmen. CT Lawmen would top SFL and be in driver’s seat waiting for winner of SFL and Necessary Force. SFL and their Veteran’s beat the rookie Necessary Force team and would now have the task to double dip CT Lawmen. CT Lawmen
would not be denied as they topped SFL in game 1 to seal the Gold Championship Victory and be on their way to their first World Series visit.

1- CT Lawmen
2- South Florida Lawmen
3- Necessary Force

Gold MVP--- Justin Haggerey – CT Lawmen
All Tourney Honors-
Josh McElroy- CT
Rich Davis- CT
Chris McCreary- CT
DJ Leonard- SFL
Kenny Hernandez- SFL

October 6-9, 2022
Las Vegas, Nv. (Big League Dreams)
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