The Brookline 12-and-under “A” baseball team finished the first round of the Tournament of Champions at 2-4, but Tuesday’s 13-3 win over Methuen East White to open the second round proved the team is progressing.
Coach Arlen Showstack, who normally coaches “Major A” spring baseball, is back coaching the 12-and-under for the first time in 15 years and likes the way his team is playing as it starts the second round. Brookline’s 2-4 record in the first round included a pair of one-run losses that Showstack, now in his 36th year of coaching, thought could have gone either way.
“The first round was somewhat deceiving because we could have just as easily gone 4-2 instead of 2-4,” Showstack said. “Now we’re hitting the ball well and making all the plays.”
Alec Chapman’s eight strikeouts over three innings pitched, including four in a row, and home runs by Max Keating and Reo Shimbori were among the highlights of an 18-hit attack for Brookline against Methuen.
Showstack’s game strategies include baseball fundamentals such as staying aggressive and not falling behind in counts, throwing strikes on the mound and knowing what you’re going to do with the ball when it’s hit to you. The coach is also grateful for his coaching staff of George Leung, Soon Chin, and Stewart Silvestri.
“Because our pitching machine has been broken, George has been instrumental with batting practice and his knowledge of the game,” he said.
Brookline will face West Cambridge at Eliot field tomorrow in its second game of the second round. Showstack is excited to see how his team does going forward.
“This is a great bunch of kids and I’m so glad to be back coaching in the summer,” he said. “More than winning or anything else, we want to show encouragement and support for them.”
The Brookline roster includes second year players Leon Yang, Stewie Silvestri, Alex Chin and Neema Zarrabian. The rest of the team includes Keating, Chapman, Shimbori, Koya Matsui, Sammy Feingold-Gardner, Zach Knoph, Alex Kurtin, Ryan Leung and Justin Yue.