Dartmouth takes home the trophies in Steele tournament

Aug 13, 2019

Both of Dartmouth’s little league teams playing in the Dartmouth Youth Activities Association’s John B. Steele tournament over the weekend won their respective divisions to claim the championship title this year.

Dartmouth’s 15 and under team emerged as the champions of the senior division on Sunday after a clean sweep, winning all four games they played.

This is the third year in a row that the 15U team has won the tournament.

The team started off strong, beating King Philip of Wrentham 12-0 on Friday evening and outscoring Dighton 18-4 on Saturday.

Sunday morning’s semi-final saw Dartmouth squeeze out a 4-3 win against Swansea before going on to beat Uxbridge’s Jake Strong 6-3 in a seven-inning final for the championship title.

Meanwhile the 12 and under team lost their first game 6-2 to Whaling City of New Bedford on Saturday morning before rallying to beat Tiverton 13-2 in the afternoon. 

Saturday evening’s game saw Dartmouth keep up the momentum, overwhelming Greater New Bedford 11-0.

The team outscored Maplewood 8-5 on Sunday morning before playing back-to-back semi-final and final games in the afternoon — the semi-final against Dartmouth’s own 11 and under team.

After winning against the younger Dartmouth team 10-0, the 12U boys didn’t skip a beat, going on to defeat Boston’s South End team 4-0 to earn the championship.

“It was absolutely a great weekend,” said tournament director Jim Vieira. “The weather was great, and obviously it was a good weekend for Dartmouth.”

Vieira added that he couldn’t remember the last time Dartmouth’s 12U team won the tournament. “It’s been a long time,” he said.