The 10U Mustangs had a solid group that played with great effort and emotion along with extremely good sportsmanship. They overcame adversity and were able to reach their goal each tournament.
The end of June marks the end of the regular season for little league baseball and the start of All-Stars. The Penn Yan Youth Baseball 10U team participated in three tournaments this summer and won all three with a record of 13-2. The 10U All Star Team, which is sponsored by Lloyd’s Limited A Pub on Main Street in Penn Yan, competed in The Keuka Classic (Penn Yan’s tournament), Deusenbery Diamond Classic in Naples, and the Railsplitter Classic in Manchester.
The quality of competition increased at every tournament, and the little men from Penn Yan stepped up to the challenge. The Railsplitter Classic had a total of eight teams, and four of them played all spring in Monroe County.
The 10U Mustangs had a solid group that played with great effort and emotion along with extremely good sportsmanship. They overcame adversity and were able to reach their goal each tournament. The strength of the team was the pitching staff, which included Brady Emerson, Liam Chapman, and Brady Bouchard. They combined for 115 strikeouts in 15 games, and four of the games were shortened from six innings to four due to the mercy rule. The team also played great defense with the whole team making plays all summer.
Outfielders included Wyatt Walters, Dutcher Samatulski, Ryan Dann, and Mike Layton. Wyatt showed up big in the championship game in Manchester with a couple of dramatic athletic catches. Mike, Ryan, and Dutcher were also huge assets in the outfield with their ability to keep line drives in front of them and get the baseball back into the infield. Infielders are Liam Chapman, Riley Griffiths, Brady Bouchard, Jaxson Enos, and Brady Emerson, and the leader and voice of the 10U Mustang’s catcher, Reed Bouchard.
Offensively, the orange and blue combined to hit .480 with six homeruns. Homerun hitters included Reed Bouchard with two, Brady Bouchard with two, Liam Chapman with one, and Ryan Dann with a grand slam. Riley Griffiths was a real problem for the other teams because of his speed on the base paths. He won the skill competition for running the bases in a whopping 12.7 seconds. Jaxson Enos played a huge role in the field because he rotated from third to first base depending on the pitcher, a good luxury to have a player able to play both corners.
The coaches, Steve Bouchard, Brian Lewis, and Billy Griffiths along with the parents are extremely proud and excited for these young Mustangs. The future of Penn Yan Mustang Baseball looks very encouraging.