There was a lot of baseball in South Dartmouth this past weekend as Crapo Field saw the Dartmouth Youth Activities Association’s annual John B. Steele tournament return to its grounds.
The 12U tournament, which kicked off Friday, brought together 16 teams from the South Coast, Rhode Island, Cape Cod and the Boston area.
“We have Mashpee, Sandwich and Lincoln, Rhode Island,” tournament director Jim Vieira said of some of the participants. “Really everywhere. “
Dartmouth had two teams competing this year.
The 12U team suffered heavy losses to Mashpee and the Whaling City All Stars, as well as a 0-0 draw with the Fall River Maplewood team.
The 11U team, meanwhile, had two decisive wins over the weekend, including a morning 6-5 victory over Swansea on Saturday.
“Yes, it was tight,” said coach Jared Gioiosa. “We were down 5-3 to start this final round.”
The 11Us reached the quarterfinals on Sunday, where they lost 12-2 to Maplewood.
Gioiosa said despite the losses this year’s tournament “was good”.
Her 11-year-old son Dominic agreed.
The young hitter, who went 2 on 3 with 3 RBIs, said he particularly enjoys staying active at home plate.
“It’s just fun playing the game,” he said.
Ultimately, Whaling City left Dartmouth as the tournament champion after a 5-2 victory over New Bedford’s South End Youth Athletic Association.
The previous weekend, the 10U teams competed, with Dartmouth facing losses to Maplewood, Fairhaven-Acushnet and an outing to Dennis-Yarmouth.
Overall, Vieira thought it was a very successful tournament comeback after the cancellation of Covid last year – even during the weekend heatwave.
“It’s a tough time, but kids are kids,” Vieira said with a laugh. “After the masks and all that, it was time for people to finally come out and have fun.