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  • The Green Hornets represented Severna Park in championship fashion at the Crab Claw Classic in Centreville.
    The Green Hornets represented Severna Park in championship fashion at the Crab Claw Classic in Centreville.

12U Hornets Are Tournament Champs

June 28, 2017

The 12U Severna Park Green Hornets defeated the Howard County Youth Program (HCYP) Raiders 8-2 in the championship game of the 5th annual Chesapeake Vipers Crab Claw Classic in Centreville, Maryland, over the weekend of June 10-11.

The Hornets cruised to a perfect 4-0 tournament record led by their stable of fireballers. In four games, the Hornet pitching staff of right-handers Bret Boeskin, Jackson Burchick, Michael Carparelli and Jeffrey Janey and lefties Michael Roeder and Cody Sharman teamed up with catcher Nicholas Pratt to limit opponents to an impressive three runs on only 10 hits, striking out 14 batters. The Hornets pitching staff turned in a pair of one-hit gems, once in pool play and again in the championship win over HCYP. The three runs allowed were a tournament low for all teams competing and a credit both to the pitching staff and Severna Park’s collective defense.

The Green Hornet offense was powered by Griffin Bodziak, Brennan Dill, Kiefer Dill and Tyler Woodward, and the aforementioned Hornet players. Throughout the tournament, the Hornets hammered out 46 hits (including four doubles and four triples), stole 21 bases and scored 42 runs to lead the tournament in runs scored. Cheers, high-fives and smiles were infectious while the Hornets were up to bat.

Coaches Charlie Roeder, Duane Burchick, Bryan Boeskin and Greg Janney led the team to an impressive tournament performance with wins over Bigbie’s Black Sox (twice), the Kent Island Buccaneers and HCYP Raiders.

The 12U Hornets play in the Mid-Atlantic Baseball Association Atlantic Division and will cap their season with a trip to Cooperstown, New York, for the week-long Dreams Park Tournament in August.

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