Yankees take McCabe-Waters crown

By MICHAEL LETENDRE STAFF WRITER BRISTOL – McCabe-Waters Little League has established a tradition of excellence in the Mum City for well over 60 years now. And this past June 23, another squad from its ranks was crowned its annual champion. In this season’s final battle, the Yankees claimed the McCabe-Waters Championship. In fact, the championship tilt was one of the best games of the season at McCabe-Waters. Two worthy teams, the Yankees and the Pirates battled it out and the winning squad nabbed the top prize by a single run. The Yankees won the McCabe-Waters Little League championship, 3-2, after a hard-fought battle with the Pirates. In the process, the Yankees will represent McCabe-Water in City Series play, which starts next month in August. And in any championship battle, the winning team relied on an outstanding pitcher who guided the Yankees to the championship trophy. The Yankees were led by a stellar pitching performance from Carson Sassu, who recorded 17 outs in 5 2/3 innings. From there, Sean Matthews came in – earning the save – and closed the game with the last out coming on an incredible catch by Antonio Lopez in the right center gap with two men on base that would have gone for a game-winning hit. The Yankees’ defense was led by Sean O’Neil behind the plate as well as Michael Ferraro and Kyle Small patrolling the outfield. And just like his stellar pitching performance, Sassu made the Pirates pay from the plate as well. Sassu was on the mark and tallied three hits, including a double while scoring two runs while Kyle Greene contributed two hits, including a double and tallied the go-ahead RBI in the incredible showdown. The Pirates had nothing to be ashamed of and almost pulled the game out in the end. Victor Rosa led the Pirates with a home run while Austin Brown and Nate Duhaime each smashed out singles to pace the squad. Sassu limited the Pirates to three total hits in the affair. While Sassu earned the victory, Pirates pitcher Shane Ouellette did all he could to keep his team in the game with a gutsy pitching performance. “We have a great mix of kids on this team that don’t give up and can quickly adjust to playing different positions,” said Yankees manager Kevin Greene. “We get hits from all parts of our line-up and most importantly, these kids love baseball and have fun playing the game.” The Yankees are coached by Greene along with assistant coaches Mike Matthews and Peter Sassu. The Yankees will be featured in the City Series event against both the championship teams from Forestville Little League and Edgewood Little League.