Friday, August 5, 2011

Newton Corner Baseball Pitcher heads for Babe Ruth World Series

Newton Baseball Team on its Way to Babe Ruth World Series

"The Babe Ruth 14-year old division from Newton won the title of New England Champions today." So started the article in the Newton Patch.  Wait a minute!  Marash Girl knows the pitcher from that team!  She's known him since before he was born!

So she called him for an interview, and he graciously granted that interview -- a few minutes after the phone call!

Spencer Anderson of Newton Corner connects with the ball during the Eastern Massachusetts Championship Games, Newton vs Connecticut
(New England Regional Babe Ruth Tournament).  Photo Credit: Cheryl Clegg Photography
14 year old Spencer Anderson, who has been throwing baseballs with his father right here on Maple Avenue in Newton Corner, Massachusetts, since he was three years old, is heading for Glen Allen, Virginia, with his team, the Newton 14 year old Babe Ruth All Stars, to compete in the Babe Ruth World Series!

"I honestly thought we were just going to play a few games and get on with our summer," said Anderson.  "After we won the districts, I realized that we were going to go far!  It feels great, it really does!"

Since late June, Anderson and his team have worked hard with two hours practice every day, even on game day!

"I've been exhausted ever since, going to bed early and getting up early every day, and it's been fine."

"Do you remember throwing balls with your Dad on Maple Avenue?" asked Marash Girl, who has been watching Spencer out there in front of the house since he was a little tyke, throwing balls back and forth with his brother and his dad, Dean Anderson, the percussionist for the Boston Pops.

"Yes, he got me started playing ball when I was about 3.  I've loved it ever since!"

Asked if he admired any baseball players in particular, Spencer answered, "My idol is John Lester who is a leftie pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, and Adrian Gonzales who plays first base for the Sox.  I'm a leftie and they're both lefties. . . I've idolized Lester since I was 8, when I first saw him pitch at a game in Fenway Park. . . "

"Our Newton All Star games started off in district tournaments where we played teams from around Boston.  Our first game against Malden, we won 13-1; against Arlington, we lost 2-1; Medford, we won 4-3; Arlington we won 12-2.  We played Arlington for the Championship for District and beat them 11-4.  Then we went to the Eastern Massachusetts finals where we won all 5 games:  we beat Quincy 10-6, Peabody 11-4, Burlington 21-4, Franklin 13-3 and Lynn 3-2."

"After we beat Lynn, we represented Eastern Massachusetts in the New England Regional Tournament.  (All the State champions from around New England played against each other:  Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pittsfield (representing Western Massachusetts), and Westfield because they were the host of the tournament.)  We beat Vermont 14-4, Connecticut 2-1, Western Mass. 10-1, and that got us into the championship where we needed to win one more game, which we did against Rhode Island, giving us the title, New England Regional Champions!"

Congratulations, Spencer Anderson, and to the manager, the coach, and all of the members of the Newton 14 year old Babe Ruth All Stars, and good luck in the upcoming Babe Ruth World Series!


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