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July 7, 2014

THE BOYS OF SUMMER

Legends Baseball to compete in two national tournaments

A collection of the best youth baseball players in New England — including many from the North Shore and several from Greater Newburyport — will be traveling down south later this summer to prove themselves against the best competition in the nation.

Not once, but twice.

The Legends 14U Prospect Team recently won the Perfect Game New England Regional Tournament, which was played at Belmont Hill High School and Tufts University the weekend of June 28-29. The win qualified the Legends to play in the prestigious Perfect Game Super 25 Tournament in Fort Myers, Fla., where the Legends will represent New England against some of the best AAU teams in the country. The tournament will run from July 30 through Aug. 3.

Then, once the Legends are finished there, they will travel up to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to compete in the Cal Ripken National Tournament, which is scheduled to start on Aug. 4.

The Legends are based in Middleton and consists of 13 players from across the region who have largely played together for the past four years. The team includes many players from the North Shore, including Tommy Lapham of Newbury and Travis Lane of Georgetown.

“It’s such a great group of boys,” said Jen Lapham, Tommy’s mother. “They’ve all gotten along so well together, and they keep adding new talent and it’s an exceptional team.”

From top to bottom, the Legends have some impressive talent on its roster. All but one of the Legends had a batting average of .300 or better, and the players combined for 19 home runs on the season.

Lane, who will be attending Phillips Andover next year, hit .455 with four home runs, 48 RBIs and just eight strikeouts in 88 at bats while also maintaining an ERA of 3.80 in 42.1 innings of work.

Lapham, who will be a freshman at Triton in the fall, batted .413 with 19 stolen bases, and Shane Smith of Danvers and Johnny Doyle of Topsfield, who will both be attending The Governor’s Academy this fall, each batted over .400 while posting sub-three ERAs and averaged a strikeout per inning.

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