News: Bristol Announces 2023 Pony League Champions and Award Recipients
|8/17/2023 12:00:00 AM
Bristol Announces 2023 Pony League Champions and Award Recipients
Bristol, CT – [August 17, 2023] – The 2023 Scott/McCooey Pony League Championship was held on Sunday night, August 13th at Muzzy Field under the bright lights. The Bees defeated the Grizzlies in front of a packed house to take home the 2023 Scott/McCooey Pony League championship. The Bees (3-seed) battled in the single elimination tournament, taking down the 6-seed, the 2-seed, and ultimately the 1-seed to win this year's title.
The Bees were led by pitcher Jayden Sokolowski who pitched 6+ scoreless innings, surrendering just four hits and striking out nine, before giving the ball to Cole Chaivanik who closed out the game to secure the league championship for the Bees. The game remained scoreless until the top of the fifth when Shane Barry scored on an infield single by Chaivanik. Luca Alves then doubled to left field, scoring both Sokolowski and Chaivanik. The Bees defensively didn't commit an error behind Sokolowski who pitched into and out of trouble, getting big strikeouts when he needed them most. For the Grizzlies, Bradyn Surreira pitched well, surrendering just three hits over 5 2/3's innings of work, striking out nine. Aaron Burke, Jayden Alicea, Noah Molinsky, and Surreira each had a hit for the Grizzlies.
The Scott/McCooey Pony League coaches and league directors recognize the following players for their hard work and accomplishments on the field this season.
- Don Titus Rookie of the Year: Drew Martineau
- Jim Kilduff Gold Glove Award: Cole Chaivanik
- Jim Kilduff Gold Glove Award: Hunter Dudzikowski
- Jim Kilduff Gold Glove Award: Peyton Hasler
- Jim Kilduff Gold Glove Award: Jason Rivard
- Bill Glines MVP Award: Noah Molinsky
- William McCooey Sportsmanship Award: Elijah Emmert
- George Scott Cy Young Award: Randy DeNoto
- Thomas Monahan Silver Slugger Award: Carlos Hernandez
After another thrilling season on the diamond, the Scott/McCooey Pony League Director, Shawn Mirmina, states, “This league continues to be successful year in and year out thanks to the Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services department keeping the price affordable and allowing these players (and families) the opportunity to play games under the lights at Muzzy Field. The season was a blast and we are already looking forward to next spring. Thank you for all of your support.”
For more information, or to get involved please contact League Director Shawn Mirmina at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.BristolRec.com.
Pony League 2023 Award Winners:
Winning team photo: Bees
Pictured from left to right: Coach Shawn Mirmina, Nathan Barrett, Brady Johndro, Luca Alves, Cole Chaivanik, Dyllon Cumagun, Ethan Brown, Dustyn Cumagun, Jayden Sokolowski, Cole Beland, Hunter Dudzikowski, Gavin Pettit, Shane Barry, Coach Mitch Rossi (not pictured: Sean Buck)
Pictured from above left to right. Don Titus Rookie of the Year: Drew Martineau, Jim Kilduff Gold Glove Award: Cole Chaivanik, Jim Kilduff Gold Glove Award: Hunter Dudzikowski, Jim Kilduff Gold Glove Award: Peyton Hasler, Bill Glines MVP Award: Noah Molinsky, Jim Kilduff Gold Glove Award: Jason Rivard, William McCooey Sportsmanship Award: Elijah Emmert, George Scott Cy Young Award: Randy DeNoto (Not pictured: Thomas Monahan Silver Slugger Award: Carlos Hernandez)